Building a custom home may just be one of the most exciting events in any homeowner’s life, but it isn’t all smooth sailing! Like any other construction project, building a custom home will involve a great deal of planning and forethought, not to mention adherence to a few important requirements.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of details to consider with custom home design and construction, again just as it is with other construction projects. Some of the most important concerns you will have to deal with are conformance to local building codes and the realization that some things may not work out exactly as you had planned.
No construction project should be undertaken without regard for local building codes. When hiring designers and contractors, you should make absolutely certain that the people you are hiring are well-versed with all the requirements for building a home in your locale. The best way to ensure this is by hiring totally reliable personnel who come to you with recommendations from people that you know and absolutely trust. By doing so, you will almost automatically be able to weed out the incompetent personnel from those who you are reasonably sure will do the right thing.
It would also help to hire personnel that can show you a verifiable record of successfully completed projects. If the architect or general contractor you hire can present you with a list of buildings that are still standing–and that you can inspect for yourself–there is a good chance that he knows about conforming to local building codes. Furthermore, he will be more likely to be able to help you build a structure that conforms to local codes as well.
As much as you want your custom home to be designed and built according to your exact specifications, there will inevitably be some areas where you will have to give in a little due to structural considerations or the need to conform to local building codes. By hiring a competent designer and general contractor, you can ensure that any compromises will not adversely affect your vision to a considerable degree.