TIPS + ADVICE For
Building A Custom Home
Cheap costs more
Cheap solutions will invariably cost more time and money to replace than if the work had been done correctly the first time.
Smart Design Saves Money
Smart site design allows the building to take advantage of natural lighting and breezes to minimize heating and ventilation costs.
Quality materials always will cost you less over time. Buy the best windows, doors, cabinets, hardware, faucets, etc. That your budget can afford.
Pre-prime exterior wood
Pre-prime faces & edges of exterior wood trim & siding to prevent damage from moisture.
Quartz Dining lighting
Quartz halogen lighting shows off food in the best way; use it over your dining table.
When installing any new material, always make certain that the subsurface over which the new material is being installed has been installed correctly (proper type and amount of fastenings, level and / or plumb, dry, smooth, no rough edges, etc.). This is just as true for concrete as for carpets.
Get it in writing
Get all your agreements in writing and use aia forms of agreement for your own protection.
Purchase "attic stock"
Purchase "attic stock" (5% extra materials) to save for minor repairs of flooring, tiles, & shingles.
Maple + Cherry
Maple and cherry used next to each other are a gorgeous combination.
RELATIONSHIPS ARE KEY
Cultivate a strong relationship between site, building, and landscape.
Get At Least 3 Bids
To get competitive prices from contractors, always pre-qualify a select list of builders and then get bids from 3 or 4 (no more and no less) of them for your project.
Melt the barriers between interior and exterior to bring the outside into the living space and expand the feeling of the interior.
Get all change orders during construction in writing before any work on the change begins.