Building Your Dream Home Build Team: Selecting Your Builder
So you’re moving along with your plan of action – designing and building your luxury dream home – but what’s next? Assembling your build team!
Along with selecting your architect and interior designer, choosing your builder and their team is one of the crucial and incredibly impactful steps on your design and build journey.
Choosing the right team for the job can make this incredibly exciting, but also challenging, project smoother and simpler from the get-go. A partner you can trust and who can deliver your dream home visions for you and your family is the ultimate goal.
In this post, we will give you some key pointers for choosing the right builder for your custom home, that will guarantee high-quality construction but also an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Turning Your Dream Into Reality
When you’re choosing your builder, you may have already begun the design phase with an architect, or you may not. Either way, choosing your builder you need to consider how well they can collaborate with an external architectural practice in making a home design that is attractive but also practical and can be constructed within your budget.
You can also consider looking for design and build companies like ourselves, who can manage the design phase in-house, ensuring that the design and construction of your home are well-aligned.
When selecting your builder you may also want to quiz them on their experience turning architectural plans into a real house. With years of experience designing and building homes, you soon learn exactly what will and won’t work when it comes to keeping within time schedules and budgets.
A builder that can provide valuable construction insight and expertise will be able to add value to your design and even offer cost-saving options while maintaining a high-spec standard throughout your home.
Experienced Expert Build Team
In the UK, you don’t need any specific licenses or qualifications to be a builder, however, many building companies have accreditations that provide trust and quality assurance. Asking your builder if they hold any of these accreditations can be a good indicator of their quality of work.
Another thing you can do is check the builder is registered with NHBC, a leading independent standard-setting body that ensures new home builds and builders are compliant with the relevant building and fire-safety regulations. Most builders will be registered, and you can even check their register for your potential builder’s company easily here.
Finally, to ensure your builder is experienced and qualified for the job, you can request to see photos or visit their current or previous home build projects. Your prospective builder should also be able to then provide contact numbers for the property owners they have worked with before.
You can then contact these references and ask for yourself how well that builder worked and whether they would be a good fit for you and your dream home.
Questions To Ask Your Builder
If you have narrowed down a few builders for your custom build project, then it’s best at this stage to interview them either face-to-face or over the phone. With this opportunity, you can assess how organised, transparent, communicable, and experienced your builder and their team are.
Key questions to ask should centre on:
- How they guarantee high-quality construction and finish
- What communication methods they use to keep you in the loop
- How knowledgeable and hands-on they are
- How they mitigate challenges and schedule delays
- How they ensure the construction team stays on schedule and budget
- What happens when there is a change in design or plan (whether made by you or unforeseen circumstances)
- How the project team is made up (sub-contractors, project managers, etc.)
- Who will be your main point of contact?
- How will questions and concerns be addressed during construction?
Overall, you want to feel out whether your builder will be a ‘good-fit’ and how easily and effectively they will be able to partner with you. In the instance there are any issues, you also want to trust in your builder and their problem-solving abilities, as well as their listening skills!
If the builder tells you their team will establish a regular meeting schedule with you, your design team, and their subcontractors, then you can rest easy knowing that they value organization, accountability, communication and efficiency.
Looking for a “good fit” here. Hiccups are inevitable in construction. You want to make sure that you like the builder’s communication style and that you trust the builder will value your opinions and concerns throughout construction.
Choosing a luxury home builder can be overwhelming, so take the time to analyse your builder’s communication, expertise and assurances so that you get the very best service.
Want to talk to one of our project managers? When you choose MG Design & Build for your luxury home you get a team of experienced and passionate experts who always put your interests first.
You can rest easy with a build team you can rely on and your own dedicated point of contact who will keep you and your family at the centre of the design and build of your new home. Give us a call today.