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What should my contractor do during the Architectural Design Phase?

Feb 8

What should my contractor do during the Architectural Design Phase?

Our experience has shown that homeowners approach the custom home building process in one of two ways.

  • The first step in the Design Process: Work with an architect to design their home. After plans have been completed, you can choose a builder/interior designer.

  • Path 2 Build a trusted team including an architect and builder.

People begin their journey thinking that Path 1 will be the best. First, design a home. Then price it, make decisions, and build it. This makes perfect sense if this is your first time going through the whole process. Unfortunately, homeowners who choose this path often find themselves in a frustrating situation.

Is it better to hire an engineer or a builder before you make your decision? Find out what you need to know.

Path 1 may delay construction for a while. This is because homeowners rush to make the first phase of their design choices. Once they have made those selections, they will need to update and revise their architectural and engineering plans. Then, builders will provide detailed construction estimates and then permit, approvals and preparation of the site.

Or worse, the homeowner discovers that they can't afford the home their architect-designed. This can result in costly architectural revisions and the devastating decision to abandon their dream home.

In our three decades of custom homebuilding, we've seen these two scenarios all too often. Path 2 is the path that homeowners choose to follow because they have learned enough about the custom home building process before taking their first step.

They have listened to all of the opinions and are now putting together their dream team including an architect, builder, or interior designer. This makes construction more efficient, collaborative, and fun.

This should give you an idea of what your custom builder should be doing during the architectural design phase.

  • Cooperating closely with your architect/interior design
  • Keeping plan development on schedule
  • Based on their own homebuilding experiences, providing unique design ideas
  • Preliminary estimate after your initial conceptual home design
  • We provide valuable insights and construction expertise
  • Offering cost-savings and value-engineering solutions
  • high-performance home specs
  • Avoiding potential problems in construction
  • Assuring the alignment of budget and home design
  • Incorporating universal design elements to allow for aging-in-place
  • The interior designer should be able to see the path that will lead them to their final choices.
  • Facilitating the structure and civil engineering processes
  • Preparing submission package for permit and HOA approval
  • Initiating the comprehensive bidding process
  • Get ahead of any pre-construction tasks, which do not require HOA approval.

Your custom builder has a lot to do in the architectural phase. Your builder can ensure that your budget and design are compatible. They also will ensure that your home moves seamlessly from the architectural designing phase into the preconstruction and construction phases. It's important to find a trusted builder to assist you throughout the entire process. This will ensure that your custom home building experience is enjoyable, creatively satisfying, collaborative, fun, and stress-free.


Cedar Park Home Remodelers

Cedar Park, Tx

(737) 307 8281