Over the past few weeks I have been reminded multiple times: the most important element in building is having a good plan in place before starting construction.
“BY FAILING TO PREPARE, YOU ARE PREPARING TO FAIL.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
It is hard for many to justify the expense of developing a good plan before starting construction. After all, budgets are tight for everyone these days! There are many website dedicated to providing home plans for you that will save you thousands of dollars on design fees. There are ‘drafters’ in the area that can modify them to make them what you want. Perhaps even your builder is willing to “mark up” the plans to make the modifications you need.
Unfortunately, this approach to construction leaves out a very important step – DESIGN. Design matters and you get what you pay for almost without exception. A good planning process up front that includes the builder and architect will result in the most efficient, functional, and comfortable home for you. A balanced team understands how to use your resources (money and materials) efficiently to produce a design the fits your goals. Design Matters.