Custom Home, Home Remodel Planning Process

Custom Home, Home Remodel Planning Process

We often get requests to quote new home projects or major home remodel projects where the client provides us with professionally prepared architectural plans.  We are grateful that the client has given merit to thoughtful planning but, architectural plans, though absolutely necessary, may not provide some necessary information with regard to many of the finish details.  By details, we mean: electrical and lighting plans that consider furniture placement, accent lighting preferences and daily activity; a well-planned telecom system that will address the client’s entertainment preferences, computer uses and telecommunications requirements; cabinet styles and finishes; finish woodwork styles and finishes; finish fixture selections including plumbing and lighting; flooring and tile selections; interior and exterior finishes and textures and appliance selections.

Though, from the architectural plans, we are able to provide the client with an accurate cost projection for the construction of his or her project, for the above-noted items, we can only provide an estimate on our grasp of costs. The assignment of allowances then, renders determination of the final costs of the project undetermined until all selections are finally made.

Planning the construction of a new home or a home remodel can be a rewarding yet stressful challenge for the client. Due to the stress induced by questions yet to be answered, the client often delays the finish selection process until the project begins to physically take shape. It is at this time that the client’s thinking begins to shift to such details.  The danger of delaying such decisions, of course, is that, until all selections are made, the client must endure the stress of not knowing the ultimate cost of his or her project.

There is, of course, a better planning process that gives the client the tools to confidently and comfortably plan his or her project from start-to-finish. Such a process allows the client to determine all costs before the construction begins. He or she can then live each day during the construction process content in the knowledge that the finished product will be exactly what was hoped for and that it will not cost more than was anticipated.  The “Planning Process” will be explained in our next entry.