USING A CUSTOM BUILDER
Using an architect for the design of your new home is not
your only choice. A custom builder is another option that
What is a Custom Builder?
A custom builder can be a licensed architect, but does
not have to be. A custom builder does not draw up a blue
print for your new home. They will design your new house
on a computer. Then, once a design is selected, a custom
builder will also construct your new living space.
Basically, a custom builder is an architect and contractor
What is the Advantage of Using a Custom Builder?
Using a custom builder has a few advantages. Since
your builder is also designing your new home, the cost of
the design will be factored into the overall price of
construction. Using one source for the erection of your
new home will likely result in an overall cost that is
less than if you were to use an architect and contractor
Since there is one person involved in the overseeing and
development of your home, there is less chance for
accidental variation from the agreed upon plan and layout.
Are there any Disadvantages to Utilizing the Services
of a Custom
Not really. In general, an architect's strong points
are conceptual -- look of the house, traffic movement,
etc.. A custom builder's forte is technical. They know
which nails work better in which types of wood.
Where Can I Find a Custom Builder?
Ask around. You can also visit the
National Association of
Home Builders. This website will provide you with a
multitude of custom builders in your neighborhood.
How Do I Know if the Custom Builder I am Interested in
Using is Competent?
to choosing an
architect and a
contractor, you want to find out the qualifications of
any custom builder before you decide to let them construct
your new house. First make sure they show you their
builder's license. If they do not have one, you don't want
to hire them for your job.
Also, find out how long they have been in
business and ask to see some past work that they have
done. Ask past clients if they are happy with the end
product. You also want to find out if the scheduled time
of completion was accurate and if the final cost varied
much from the estimated cost.
Any good builder will offer you a
home warranty, protecting you from any issues that
may arise as a result of their poor craftsmanship.
custom home construction loans.
Building a New Home:
Choosing a Builder