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The Role of the Builder

Categories: Blog, By Tresidio Homes, Learn | Posted: August 20, 2020

A lot of people don’t understand the sheer complexity of the builder’s job and the systems required to build a house from scratch.

Many analogies have been used to describe the professional builder: the conductor of an orchestra, the captain of a ship, even a general executing a military campaign. The point is that the builder is the one who must coordinate the innumerable players and products needed to transform a set of two-dimensional drawings into a finished home. The builder has to make sure that everything happens just when it’s supposed to, and that the end result is exactly what the clients envisioned.

Ideally, this responsibility begins well before the first shovel breaks ground. One advantage to choosing a builder early in the design process is that the builder can make sure the home can be built in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. Bringing on a builder at this early stage can yield significant cost savings.

Once the plans are complete, the builder has to work with local zoning and code authorities to secure the proper permits. Professional builders have a thorough understanding of building codes, as well as good working relationships with local authorities. This is another big plus to hiring a pro: the building department is likely to scrutinize more closely a permit application submitted by a homeowner, or even by a small building company, than one submitted by an established professional contractor with a reputation for solid management and quality work.

Professional builders also have close relationships with quality subcontractors. And because the builder is a source of ongoing work for those contractors, prices offered to the builder will likely be less than prices offered to anyone else.

Once the project is under way, the builder’s management skills really make a difference. These skills include:

  • Keeping the job on schedule by ensuring that all workers and materials show up at exactly the right time. Construction timetables can change quite often, with causes that range from bad weather to late deliveries. The time and organization required for the builder to constantly adjust everyone’s schedules is something homeowners seldom see.
  • Overseeing the job to guarantee that all trades deliver quality work. The builder knows enough about each specific trade, and has a good enough relationship with each subcontractor, to make sure things get done right. For example, if it’s too cold to pour a concrete slab, the builder will have the knowledge and authority to put it on hold even if the concrete contractor is tempted to move ahead.
  • Solving and preventing problems. A new custom home is an extremely complex undertaking with a million things that can go wrong—and that will go wrong without a skilled and experienced person in the lead. Having a professional builder in charge of solving problems takes a lot of stress off the homeowners.
  • Completing the punch list at the end of the project. Everyone has heard horror stories of unprofessional contractors who left a job with a list of small things undone. The professional builder has the resources to make sure that everything is complete before the key is turned over.

Finally, from start to finish the builder protects the homeowner by carrying the needed licenses and insurance policies and confirming that everyone else on the job is similarly covered.

Building a home is not a seat-of-the pants endeavor. Good builders have well-honed management systems for making it all happen. These systems are an important part of the professional builder’s value.

Interior Design Ideas for a New Custom Home

Categories: Blog, By Matt Lee, Learn | Posted: July 30, 2020

Designing a custom home is an exciting project that’ll (hopefully) leave you with your dream home.

When it comes to customizing a new home, you have the opportunity to mesh traditional and modern elements to give your home style and sophistication. Below, we’ve outlined some top choices for interior design ideas to customize your home. 

A Home Office

Home offices are going to become an increasingly lucrative addition given the work from home conditions brought on by COVID-19. There are hosts of benefits to building a home office; having a separate workspace will greatly improve your productivity, it’ll create a barrier between work and play, and will reduce distractions. Especially if you have children or partners in the home, it’s essential to create that barrier and make a private space for you to work productively. Designing the home office is also a great way to spark creativity by playing with the decor. This could be with decorative screens, wall color combinations, or accent colors! This home office could serve you well going into the coming months, as many homeowners will continue to work from home for the next few months.

A Wet Bar

While a custom home may already have an entertaining space in mind, introducing a wet bar elevates your entertaining capabilities to the next level. The wet bar brings both luxury and fun to your home, and can actually be installed quite inexpensively as an addition to an existing living space. It should add value to your home as it’s somewhat of a showpiece, and it will also leave you with more space in your kitchen and fridge as you keep your spirits and wines in their own place. The wet bar can easily be a space that’s integrated into the living room space, is next to a media room, or as a surprise in the basement. 

Make the Kitchen Stand Out with Colored Accents and Cabinets

We’re seeing many homeowners shift away from the traditional white kitchen! Colored cabinets are a great way to introduce energy and personality to a space. Even dark cabinets that we used to think made a space look darker and smaller are coming back, as the perfect dark shade will bring a luxurious feel to the space and offer a great contrast with the rest of the kitchen. 

Design a Custom Kitchen Island

There are a host of benefits to adding a custom kitchen island. In addition to making the space more conducive to socializing while a family member is cooking, this is a great place to make the island an accent through a pop of color or introduction of a new material. This is also the spot to creatively integrate lowes interior handrails and rounded edges to make the home set up for aging in place and safe for young children as well. 

Invest in the Countertops 

Countertops set the stage for the rest of the room, so it’s a great idea to pay mind to both the most popular quartz countertop colors and materials. The countertops in both the kitchen and bathrooms are important in giving the home a luxurious feel, and many homeowners will opt to invest in granite, marble, or even stone countertops. Each of these will add personality as well as functionality to the space and should serve as an aesthetically pleasing contrast to the cabinetry. 

A custom home is an exciting opportunity to take your home’s design into your own hands and ensure that it reflects your personal style. The possibilities are truly endless!

Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.