With over 25 years in the construction industry, we’ve been around the block enough times to know and expect exactly what sort of questions our clients will come to us with.
So, this article should work as a one-stop shop for those sorts of queries and questions, as in the next few paragraphs we will put down everything you need to know about building a luxury home, all on one page!
#1 Am I Making the Right Decision?
One of the most common questions we get asked is mainly from clients who want to gain reassurance they are making the right decision.
Designing and building your own bespoke custom-built home is a lengthy and expensive process and so many do feel trepidatious at first signing up to such a big project. I mean, why not just buy a luxury home that’s already built? Well the answer is, although it might save you some hassle, it will never measure up to the dream home you’ve envisioned all your life.
Building your home from scratch means you have endless opportunities to make your home exactly how you want it to be. From hidden rooms to cinema-style basements, designing your own home means you get a say in every last detail.
So, if you are in the market for a luxury home, it’s best to weigh the pros and cons of building versus buying an existing home. If controlling your home’s design to meet the needs of you and your family is a priority for you, then you’re on to the right track!
#2 How Do I Make Sure My Dream Home is Realised?
It takes some work and strong collaboration to really work with your architect, interior designer, and builder to ensure what you envision in your head becomes a reality. That’s why we specialise in providing the entire process for our clients from design to build.
The best way to make sure your plan for your dream home is carried out, and to a high-standard, is to meet consistently with your design team until every little detail has been written down. Once that is done, you should ensure you receive 3D drawings of your final plan.
This means you can see in a virtual reality style exactly how your home will look. This is where you can then make final amends until what you see on paper is matching the vision in your head.
#3 Why are the Building Specifications So Important?
The lifeline of your design and build project is your building specifications. This document is part of your contract and is vital to ensuring everything you agreed on in your architectural drawings is constructed, including fittings and appliances.
The complete set of specifications should be signed off on before you begin construction, and you should make sure you check it thoroughly as anything missed could be detrimental to your budget and your timeline.
This document helps you retain control of your project and also results in a more accurate budget as everything in your future home is already planned and accounted for.
#4 Why Do I Need to Choose my Materials and Appliances Early?
Cabinets, sinks, countertops, flooring, hardware, fixtures–virtually everything you can think of that’s going to be in your home needs to be decided and ordered early in the process. It can take weeks–even months–for your order to be fulfilled, and sometimes materials are out of stock.
Without the right materials, the build can become delayed, so having them before they’re needed helps keep your timeline on track.
As the decision-making process can be overwhelming, you should give yourself plenty of time to consider your options, ask questions, do research, and make your decisions. Then, do your best to stick to those decisions… frequent mind-changing is known to be the number one killer of construction schedules.
On this note, we make sure to tell our clients to be prepared that changes to the specifications will likely cause delays and will increase costs. If you anticipate you will make changes along the way, build in some wiggle room in your budget to allow for this.
#5 How Long Will It Take to Design and Build My Luxury Home?
Of course, this is a near-to-impossible question since a custom home can take anywhere from 10 months to two years to complete. When it comes to custom homes, you also have to include the time it takes to source, manufacture and install bespoke elements into the home.
Luckily, at MG Design and Build we will be able to provide you a cohesive schedule for your project with a clear timeline of what needs to happen and when, so you will always be in the loop.
While there will be mistakes made and stressful days, there will also be days of complete joy and excitement while you are building your luxury home. It is an amazing thing to see your vision come to life right in front of your eyes!
Partner with us as your dream home build team and ensure your vision is made into reality.