Calgary Custom Home Builder started with a vision. For many individuals, building a custom home can be the culmination of a life long ambition. Unlike tract housing, a custom home can reflect the unique desires and needs of the family it is built for. A custom home reflects a process of close consultation and cooperation between the builder and the individuals who have commissioned the home.
When building a custom home, the commissioning party will be closely involved in the design and construction process. In general, this process can be divided into the following three steps: Pre-building (preparation), design, and the final construction process.
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Pre-building and Preparation
Preparing to build a custom house involves several separate stages, including developing an overall concept, selecting a building site, and establishing a budget for the entire process. This process is usually carried out in cooperation with the contractor, who will assist the commissioning individual in establishing realistic goals.
First of all, an initial concept of what is desired must be arrived at. Building a new home on a suburban lot that already includes city utility links is a far different process from building a home on unimproved country land. At this point, the size and intended purpose of the new home must also be established. For example, a home intended for a new family will no doubt include extra bedrooms in order to allow for any children, while a vacation home will include larger provisions for entertainment activities.
In addition, it is important to determine if there are any relevant property restrictions that may impact the custom home’s construction. Zoning and environmental regulations will often restrict what type of structures can be built on a property and it is important to carefully research these issues. The contractors and architect can assist in this process, as they will have an in depth knowledge of the local housing law.
Finally, establishing a realistic budget is a vital part of the process. Because outside factors may result in the total cost of the project fluctuating, the owner should allocate a budget that includes a margin in case there are unexpected costs. In addition, the budget should be arrived at in cooperation with the architect and any other contractors who will be able to provide accurate cost estimates for the project.
Design and Plans for the Home
The design process includes all aspects of the new home, including the materials that will be used, the external design, including access ways and exterior structures, and the interior architecture. This is an extremely detailed process, requiring the assistance of a skilled architect and design staff.
During this process, the initial concept for the home will be converted into a series of detailed blueprints. The contractor and owner will work together to determine what type of utilities the house will include, ranging from traditional electrical and plumbing utilities to wiring the house for a local area network (LAN). The placement and design of living spaces, kitchens and common areas will also be arrived at.
After this phase, the interior design will be finalized. The architect and owner will determine what type of materials will be used, adding a personalized touch to the basic design. For example, depending on the owner’s vision, the home may either incorporate the extensive use of tiled floors or focus on traditional hardwood floors.
When this process is completed, the owner and contractor will be able to start the preparations needed to begin construction. In addition, the blueprints will allow both parties to review the home’s design and make any needed changes before construction begins. At this stage, a final estimate of the material and labor costs involved in creating the final product can also be established.
The construction phase will involve taking the blueprints and converting them into reality. At this point, the materials will be ordered and the contractors will start to build the house. Construction involves a number of steps, including preparing the ground for construction, obtaining any needed permits and the final construction of the home itself.
Before construction begins, the contractor will secure the needed building and site permits from the local jurisdiction. In some areas, road use permits may also be required, especially if the site will require the use of heavy construction vehicles.
Preparing the site will include clearing the area for work, establishing the foundation and preparing to connect the house to the local utilities networks. Depending on the nature of the site, this may be a short process or one that requires an extended period of construction.
During the construction of the house, the owner will be in constant contact with his or her contractors. Any unexpected costs or building issues will be brought to the owner’s attention so that the issues may be quickly addressed. Finally, upon completion of the home, the owner, architect and the other contractors will conduct an inspection of the home to ensure that it has been completed to the owner’s satisfaction.
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Ultimately, constructing a custom home is a process that demands the close involvement of the owner. However, by building a custom home, the owner can live in a house designed to his or her exact specifications. Whether it is for a couple’s retirement cottage or a large family home, this process can produce the ideal living environment for the owner and his or her family.