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Over the years, as we have observed contractors working on our home, one thing has become clear: this is not easy work. Whether the contractor is replacing pipes, framing a new room, or installing flooring, they are always working really hard to get the job done. We admire this. Many other professionals could benefit from observing this work ethic. As soon as we realized how hard contractors work, we had to share that fact on the internet. In fact, there are lots of other facts about contractors that we feel are worthy of sharing, which is why we continue to post on this blog.


Important Things To Know About The Design-Build Process

If you want to have a custom home built, the best approach is often to work with a design-build company. These companies handle the whole project, from drawing the plans to actually building the structure and outfitting the interior. Working with a design-build company requires less coordination than working with a separate architectural firm and building company. However, there are a few things that are helpful to know as you begin this process. 

Designing the home will still take time.

Even when you work with a design-build company, having the house plans drawn will be one of the more time-consuming aspects of the process. There's more to designing a home than many customers realize at first. The architect needs to research and specify the materials used for each part of the home. They need to find ways to ensure your preferred layout and room setups match up with the building codes. In some cases, they may need to submit the designs to the local building office for approval before the building begins. So, don't be dismayed if the design-build team tells you it will be a few weeks or even a couple of months before they have your design completed. 

Changes may incur a charge.

If you make changes to the home design at any point during the building process, the company may charge you a fee. This is because it takes quite a lot of work to make certain changes once the building has begun. For instance, you may think you're just asking for a closet to be larger, but this may require the builders to cut into whole new sheets of plywood, move an exterior wall, and use a different window size. If you're on a tight budget, it's a good idea to ask "how much would this cost to change?" before making changes once the building has begun. 

Once the structure is up, you may not be able to move in right away.

You're probably very excited to move into your new home. But you may not be able to move in as soon as the walls are up. The design-building company will need to have the home inspected and obtain what's known as a certificate of occupancy before you can legally move in. Even though it's your house, the company could be held liable if you move in before this certificate is obtained, so it's in everyone's best interest to follow protocols.

Now that you know a little more about the design-build process, you're prepared to navigate this fun experience. Before long, you'll be relaxing in your new home. 

Contact a design-build company to learn more.