Costly Home Remodeling Mistakes A Design Builder Can Prevent
Planning a home remodeling project can be an exciting time for any homeowner. We all want to create a living environment that meets our needs, expresses our personal style and is the perfect place to create lasting memories with our family and friends.
Planning your project and putting together a team is the most important elements of a creating remodeling. If it’s an extensive project, you may need to hire an architect, interior designer, and general contractor. Or you can choose to work with a design builder and get all three from one firm.
Even a simple home remodeling project can be a challenging and complicated affair. Working with a design builder can make the process run more smoothly and help you to avoid common mistakes that can cost you in both time, and money.
Here are seven mistakes you can avoid by working with a design builder on your next project.
1. Your Creative Vision is Unclear
One of the most common mistakes is not knowing exactly what you want. A design builder will work closely with you to understand your creative vision. Their design team will learn about your lifestyle, understand your needs, and help to flesh out your creative vision before hammering a single nail. They will have knowledge of current trends, the latest technology, and will help you to maximize your budget so you can afford the luxuries you dream of while keeping your project on track.
2. Hiring A General Contractor, Before Considering All The Possibilities
You’ve decided on your project and have begun to vet builders. You meet a contractor and you hit it off. He seems nice and knowledgeable so you sign a contract. Choosing the first contractor that comes along is never a good idea. You should vet several, check their references and their work. A professional design builder is an option that you should explore before signing any contract. Because they can handle every aspect of your project from design, to planning, budgeting and construction, working with a design builder can often be a much smarter choice. Let’s meet up for a free consultation! Submit the form and we’ll contact you by the next business day.
3. Choosing A Design Builder Based on Price
Money is always a subject when it comes to a home improvement project. While a contractor can come in with a low price, is it really a bargain? A general contractor may not provide needed architectural services, that’s an additional expense. What about interior design? Another additional cost. Working with a design builder, when you receive a proposal, it will clearly break out all of the services you can expect. You’ll receive a comprehensive project plan and budget, along with contingencies and clear policies for change orders and additional costs.
4. Not Working With A Designer
If you hire a general contractor, they might not have the depth of design experience that your project might require. The first half of “design-build” is design! You can be sure that when working with a full-service firm that they will have the design experience to understand and define your creative vision and help you to achieve it. They will also have a deep understanding of the latest trends, materials, finishes, and technologies available and can work with you to suggest high-quality alternative materials that can deliver the look you want while stretching your budget.
5. Starting a Project Without A Contract and a Plan
This is common sense, but you should never start a project without a detailed plan and a binding contract. When you work with a design builder you can rest assured that every element of your project including costs, the scope of work, the order work will proceed, material costs, design costs, and every other aspect of your project will be clearly outlined and delivered in the form of a formal contract. Your contract will include any contingencies for additional costs like change orders, or upgrades.
6. Compromising Your Vision
You’ve probably been saving up for your project for years, or you are paying for it with a home equity line or loan that will take years to repay. You’ve developed your creative vision and now it’s time to get started. The last thing you want is a contractor to steer you away from your creative vision towards a finish or layout that is not what you want. Working with a full-service design builder means that your vision and budget will always be top priorities. They can help you to maximize your budget by creative choices in materials or can work to get you discounts so your vision is realized.
7. Not Staying Involved In The Process
As the homeowner, you’re the most important member of the team when you work with a design builder. From the earliest parts of the process, your design builder will turn to you to learn about your needs, lifestyle, and vision. They will consult with you throughout the design process and conduct regular walkthroughs of the job site. You may be asked to sit in on the planning meetings and scheduling. Your design builder will always be available to answer any questions and will contact you if questions arrive on site.
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Partnering with a design builder for your next home improvement project is a smart move. You can often stretch your budget because all services are provided in-house. That means no additional costs for architects, engineers, or designers.
Because all services are in-house, your budget can be maximized. Decisions can be taken at quickly when the architect is down the hall from the builder (or maybe even the same person!). They work closely with you to make sure that your creative vision is met and have the talent, expertise, experience, and knowledge to provide the highest quality craftsmanship and deliver your project on time and on budget.
If you’re seeking a high-end design builder to remodel your kitchen, master suite or an entire home, contact us at (800) 371-8970 or click here! Joseph & Berry are Greater Dallas’s preeminent design-build firm and has completed hundreds of bathroom projects.