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The ProcessHOMEBUILDING 101: GETTING STARTED ON YOUR DREAM PROJECT

Over the years we have found the happiest homeowners are those who know what questions to ask themselves before the construction process begins. These three critical questions are: 


1. WHAT IS MY BUDGET?

Before you can make an objective decision about building or remodeling your home, you’ll need to figure out how much you can afford. Your budget is not just how much you can spend; it should be based on what your are comfortable spending as well. 


The costs of a construction project include many factors:

  • Land or Property Cost
  • Soft Costs (permits/building fees, finance charges, etc.)
  • Hard Costs (construction labor, materials and builders fees)
  • Contingency (funds set aside for unexpected expenses)


2. WHAT IS MY WISH LIST?

Depending on the budget you come up with you need to prioritize the items you want to include in your project. All projects involve some type of tradeoff. The best way to figure out what is most important to include in your project is to make a wish list. Ask yourself questions such as:

  • What do you like about your current home? What do you dislike?
  • What are the main reasons you purchased this property?
  • What style do you like? (for example: Contemporary, Spanish, Traditional, etc.)
  • What spaces are most important to you?
  • What type of entertainment features are important?
  • Do you need to have a special area for furniture or art?
  • Does your property have a view or outdoor feature?


Three-Minute Drill: 
Now that you are warmed up, take three minutes to write down all the items you would like to see in your project by room-by-room. It is important to do this quickly or you risk over-thinking it. Now take the top three items in each category and rank them 1, 2, 3 in order of importance. This will help you with your budget and when you meet with your designer or architect.


3. WHAT IS MY TIMEFRAME?

​The final and equally important consideration is your timeframe. It is important to be realistic and plan enough time for design and construction. Listed below are some general timeframes for a 4800 square foot home and a kitchen remodel.

FLOWCHART:

THE DESIGN & BUILD PROCESS

Is this your first home remodel or new home construction? Click the icon for a a handy flowchart which shows the design and construction sequence of a project.