Matthew Ankeny, May 2014, Houzz
Building a home is a huge and exciting undertaking. You are investing yourself emotionally, creatively, and financially into a project that will effect every day of your life spent in that home. Not only do you want the final product (your dream home!) to live up to your expectations, you also want the process to go smoothly. Choosing your home designer or builder is a tremendously important decision.
So where do you start? And with so much talent in the Twin Cities, what criteria will help you narrow down your home building options?
Here are 4 key factors to keep in mind as you handpick your home building dream-team:
1. Collaboration. This is your home. No matter the level of mastery that a builder brings, not all of them will genuinely listen to your wants and needs, or even offer opportunity for custom collaboration along the way. At the same time, a designer of excellence will not only listen, but also bring new ideas to the table, giving life to home features that may have otherwise been beyond your imagination.
2. Quality. There is a vast array of materials available within the home building market — some are of exceptional quality and built to last, some are not. Not only do you want a builder who has expertise in construction materials, you want one who truly values the standard and durability of the supplies that go into building a magnificent home.
3. Details. Home building is an art. Layering details in a room adds refinement and personality, making your home one-of-a-kind. Look for an architect and building team that can think beyond the big picture, artfully adding original qualities to your new home. If what you’re looking for is a home that is genuine and unique, be cautious of “custom” builders who rely on mass produced plans and products. Artistic details make your home truly yours.
4. Trust. When selecting a builder, trust is critical. Not only is a homeowner trusting their builder to manage the costs, quality, and team members involved in creating a fine-tuned home, they are selecting somebody they will just plain spend a lot of time with, so they should be likable. Make certain your builder puts their integrity first, respects your budget, and provides value in all aspects of construction. Requesting a comprehensive list of referrals is a wise way to confirm their trustworthiness.
Take the time to consider the style and integrity of your home building options and you’ll enjoy not only the home of your dreams, but the experience of a lifetime!
HENDEL Homes is a an architectural home design and build team in the Twin Cities MN that focuses on home building with customization and detail. With personal care and collaboration, we are with each client throughout the entire process, from initial design plans to finish details, and we remain a resource to them for years to come. Contact us today!