Have you ever dreamt of building your own home from the ground up? Imagined the exactness of your ideas based on your other homes, magazine images and friends’ homes? Most of us have, but most of us don’t get the opportunity to make that dream a reality. In this blog series, we are going to outline the process for you as we work with our clients as their dream home comes to life. We will be including the not-so-sexy details, some pricing insight when we can, and then the fun design decisions!
So let’s start with the land. Like I said, we are literally starting from the ground up!
Our client purchased a parcel of land – and then decided to buy the one immediately next to it. You know, for privacy and to not be confined in their architecture. Plus, the price was a helluva deal, so if they decided, they could sell the second parcel later. Keep in mind these decisions are made over months or years.
Once they had decided on the size of the house they wanted, a back yard entertaining area, including a swimming pool – AND the privacy desired, space they decided to keep the second parcel. So THAT means the lots had to be combined, or re-platted. This required a survey and approval by the local government. Chalk up the first check written (other than the original purchase of the land) at roughly $1200.
Once the re-platting was done, it was time to confirm their builder! This is (obviously) a key decision so our clients interviewed multiple to determine who they were most comfortable with handling this size of a project on their behalf. This relationship needs to be built (pun intended) on the quality of the builder’s previous jobs, their style of communication, an understanding of the custom details requested, the way they price their services (key point but not the deciding factor) and integrity.
For now, we are keeping the identities of the innocent protected, so the builder (and later the architect) will remain unnamed. Should everything go off without a hitch – as we hope it will – all parties will be revealed and praises sung. Maybe our clients will even pose in front of the house and give me permission to publish them! They are a little shy, but are awfully good looking (I’m buttering them up in case they are reading this right now – hee hee).
So our next step is the architect. Stay tuned. Some super cool exterior renderings are in store!