What to Look for in a Custom Home Builder
Making the decision to design and build a luxury home from the ground up offers the chance to create something new both physically and emotionally. Building your own home not only brings a new architectural building tailored to your vision and lifestyle into existence, but is a new way of imagining the life you and your loved ones will enjoy inside of it. Choosing a home builder to partner with in this process is a crucial step, not only to ensure that your vision is realized, but to make the process itself creative, enjoyable, and minimally stressful. When meeting with builders, look for these two qualities to ensure that the partnership will be a good fit.
It is difficult to quantify what makes a good listener: some people stay engaged by peppering the speaker with questions, while others prefer to repeat the information back to the speaker to ensure they have got it right. But regardless of listening style, you should feel heard and understood by your builder from the first planning meetings you have. A good builder will never forget that the goal of negotiating about plans, materials, and process is to make your vision as realizable as possible, and will try to understand your desires fully in order to optimize solutions to possible problems.
The point of hiring someone with a particular area of expertise is to augment your vision with their understanding of the practical factors that will need to be addressed. Ideally, then, your builder should display a strong operating knowledge of regulations, codes, the physics of particular structures and materials, and how certain approaches may be tailored and optimized to your building site’s geographic region. This will require that your builder be forthright with you about limitations, honestly communicating if there will be problems with an initial plan.
Be attentive to the way they frame the problem: do they follow up with alternatives that retain key aspects of your initial plan? Do they ask questions to ensure that they understand which aspects are optional and which you are not willing to let go? Picking a builder who thinks “How can we make this happen despite particular obstacles” will produce a much more robust and enjoyable collaboration, and you will be happier with the product.
Bring your dream home to life! Contact the experienced custom home builders at Erotas Custom Building online or by calling 952-401-4300. We are responsible for building some of the most beautiful and luxurious homes in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area.