The biggest issue that arises as people start to design their Dream Home is the lack of checks and balances during the architectural design phase. What often happens is that the homeowner has a budget in mind, but that does not always align with what has been drawn out by the architect. The architect’s primary responsibility is to present you with a design of the home you want, which includes the sizes of rooms, the number of rooms or areas, and the look and feel of the house. But who is making sure that the size of the house and all its details fall within your budget?
Answer: You must bring the builder in as part of the design process, so he can do general cost checks to make sure you stay within your budget. In addition, it’s very important to have an idea of the materials that are being used on the exterior (architect) and interior (designer or homeowner) of your home, and the builder can easily gather pricing for these materials (per square foot).
Conclusion: If you design your house without checks and balances throughout the process, it is very likely that your Dream Home will exceed your budget and you will spend a lot of time, money, and resources on a design that does not meet your budget.
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