DESIGNING YOUR HOME
Working with EDHB to conceive your new home and execute the plans for building it can be very exciting. The greatest reward may be the pleasure of knowing that the design is a functional work of art created especially for you. While designing your new home, EDHB will certainly consider your functional and aesthetic needs. But we will also take into consideration things such as the land form and orientation of your lot, wind patterns, surrounding vegetation, angles of the sun in the winter and summer, and – of course – your budget. The design process is a very personal matter and the chemistry between EDHB and the client is most important
We seek to get involved early in the design phase so that we can manage the project more efficiently, provide effective building solutions, and identify challenges early on to mitigate design changes after construction commencement.
This involves detailed pre-construction planning crucial to successful construction and on-time delivery, and allows the client and builder a clear pathway to the bidding process, construction phases, and through to completion.
ARCHITECT AND BUILDER
It can be a bit intimidating to select the right builder and architect – someone who can identify your needs, design that masterpiece called home, and design it in a way that fits a realistic budget. You will need to weigh many factors before you make your final decision. The architect’s training, talent, aesthetic sensibility, personality, reputation, ability to adapt to site requirements, and skill at giving shape to owners’ ideas and desires are all important and just a few of the things to consider.
Every firm provides different services, and every firm may well charge different fees for similar work. It is important to know exactly what you are going to get for what you are going to pay.
TRUST BETWEEN BUILDER AND CLIENT
A relationship based on trust between you and your architect and builder is critical to the success of your home building process. You and he or she need to be able to talk honestly and openly about what you want and what is possible. Believing that you can establish a high level of trust should bear a tremendous amount of weight in your final decision. Remember that a great personality is not an indicator of honesty and trustworthiness. Having confidence in your architect and builder is critical to the success of the project.
SELECTING YOUR TEAM
Once you’ve selected your architect and builder, keep the process moving. Architects can offer compelling arguments about why you should retain us before retaining your builder. We EDHB Custom Home Builders can be just as persuasive that the builder should be on board first. It’s really your call but we are a design build firm who do both and the decision is easy. But no matter whom you decide to retain first, get your team together early in the process. This will save you a great deal of grief during the design and construction stages, because the builder has to be able to actually build whatever the architect designs. Their close cooperation is crucial from the very beginning. In addition, a strong architect/builder relationship will also help you make the most of your construction budget – something that rightly concerns everyone involved in the process. Because builders spend so much time in the field, they will be more aware than architects of actual construction costs.