The first thing to do is narrow down what you are looking for in your dream home. Research both online and current homes on the market.
Visit Current Homes
Start looking around for homes that are like your dream home. Take pictures. If possible, talk to the homeowners to find out how functional their home is and what they would change.
Decide what is most important to you and if it fits in your home design budget. Revise your list to put your top must-haves as the priority.
Make a Rough Sketch
Scaled paper, available at most hobby or business retail stores, a ruler and a good pencil is all you need. Decide how big you want your spaces and put it on paper.
Take Your Research to a Professional
This is when an architect starts to translate your inspiration/vision. You may know exactly how you want your space to look, but things like drainage, plumbing, electrical and gas need to be included in the drawings.
Find a Custom Home Builder
This is one of the most important decisions you will make, given that you will have to work with them for several months. Here are a few things to consider when choosing one:
- Past work - Visit both, some of their early projects as well as new construction. Talk to the homeowners and ask if they have noticed any problems with their home.
- Permitting - Be sure to get proof of permits.
- Sub-contractors - Be sure to get a list and check out each subcontractor to make sure they have proper permits and no complaints against them.
- Have an attorney look over any agreement to ensure your interests are protected.
The Build Process
Remain involved with the contractor during construction. Visit the site regularly. Get the contractor to address your concerns if any as your dream home takes shape.
Details, Details, Details
It’s all in the details. One of the most challenging things for those building a custom home is making the time to choose things, like faucets, flooring, cabinets and lighting. And making sure they all match! There are a number of choices and resources for them. Make a list of your favorites and the prices to compare with your contractor pricing.
When construction is complete, you should have a walk-through with your contractor.Now is the time to point out items requiring correction. Have an independent inspector look at the new construction for hidden flaws.
Most people start planning décor after the initial design is completed. Estate sales, thrift stores, antique shops and online are some places to source your items. This is when an interior designer can provide valuable service with a plan, source items and stay organized and within your budget.
Come in to our Showroom
We are a full service design firm that do whole house design and remodels, residential additions, kitchen and bathroom design and remodels and interior and exterior improvements.
Ovation Design-Build has streamlined the remodeling process by offering clients a comfortable location to choose selections and finalize plans at our Design Studio.