Building your dream home from scratch is a daunting task, especially if you’ve never worked with an architect, builder, and design team before.
To make the project a little easier to wrap your head around, here’s some advice from construction professionals.
Do your research
The building process isn’t short, so make sure you are happy with your team — you’re stuck with them for a long time.
This requires doing a little homework.
To start the building process right, you’ll want to do the following:
Conduct extensive online research to make sure you’re using a reputable builder
Get referrals from friends and family
Look at examples of the builder’s current work
Nikki James, studio manager at Ashton Woods, a builder and design studio constructing homes in the South and Southwest, recommends visiting a builder’s model homes and those under construction.
It’s fine to even be a little sneaky, says Jesse Fowler, president of Southern California-based Tellus Design + Build. Pop in at a construction site unannounced to see what the job site looks like. Workers not wearing hard hats or lots of garbage on the ground are red flags.