Before you can build the custom home of your dreams in Colorado Springs, you have to build a team that will help you achieve that goal.
It may seem like there is risk involved when hiring for a project that requires a major financial investment, but there are measures you can take when vetting prospective candidates to increase the odds of a positive result.
Who Is Part of the Custom Home Building Team?
When it comes to building a new home in Colorado Springs, Monument, or the surrounding area, there are a couple of key players. You need an architect, builder, and designer to assist with creating plans for your custom home. Then you have the builder or general contractor who oversees the construction phase of the project. At various points of construction, your project manager will bring in professionals such as electricians, plumbers, carpenters, roofers, and interior designers to carry out specific tasks.
Finally, you may also require the assistance of a realtor to find a piece of land on which to construct your new home.
One option when building a new home from scratch is to hire each professional individually, which typically involves creating a set of plans with your architect and then bidding out the project to a general contractor or home builder to manage construction. Another option is to hire a design-build firm that can handle each aspect of the project, such as Gowler Homes, negating the need for you to search around for multiple team members and then coordinate between them throughout the home building process. Gowler Homes can even help you find your land, in addition to overseeing the design and construction.
Steps to Selecting a Team for Your Custom Home Build
There are numerous benefits to working with a design-build team in the Colorado Front Range, but even then, you have to find the right one for you. The quality and type of services a company offers, their design style, as well as their unique home building process and collaborative approach, can influence the cost and caliber of your project, as well as how much you enjoy the process. Here is how to get started on finding a professional design-build team to construct your new custom home:
1. Set a Budget
Although you won’t deal with hard numbers until later in the project, you should have a ballpark range of how much you want to invest in your new home before seeking out your dream team. Different design-build companies may prefer working with certain price points, so establishing a preliminary budget upfront enables you to narrow down your selection. At Gowler Homes, our budget ‘sweet spot’ for building custom homes is $900,000-$2,000,000, not including land. Consider all the expenses that may be involved in your new home build, such as purchasing land and the costs of materials, labor, and permitting. Depending on the topography of your land, you may also have to pay for site preparation, soil testing, installing a septic system, excavation, or well drilling.
2. Do Your Research
You can do preliminary research on potential home building companies in the Colorado Springs and surrounding area by viewing their websites and social media accounts. Make sure each prospective firm is licensed, bonded, and insured. Check for affiliations with reputable industry organizations, such as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and local Home Builders Associations (HBA). Find out if there are outstanding complaints or lawsuits against the company and read reviews on Google, Facebook, Houzz, Angie’s List, and other sources.
3. Interview Top Companies
Once you’ve got your shortlist of potential design-build firms for your project, schedule a consultation. Here are a few helpful interview questions to ask a home builder before hiring them or signing a contract:
- How long have you been in business and what home styles are you most experienced with?
- Do you consistently use the same vendors and subcontractors, and can you provide me with a list?
- Do you offer a warranty on materials and craftsmanship? If so, what is the time period for the warranty?
- What does your typical home-building process look like and how long will my project take?
- When and how can I make changes or upgrades throughout the project? Do all decisions need to be finalized before construction begins?
- Will there be one person I primarily communicate with for the duration of the project? If they are unavailable or out of town, how should I communicate questions and concerns?
- How is the construction budget developed and how does financing work?
- What is your process for inspections throughout construction and the final walk-through?
- Can you provide references from previous clients and/or let me tour a home you’re currently building in Colorado?
- How do you help with budget control and implementing cost-saving measures throughout the project?
- What is your warranty?
Although vetting potential custom home builders takes time, doing your due diligence at this stage is essential to set up your project for success.
Designing and Building Your Custom Home in Colorado
Building a new home is likely to be one of the biggest investments you make in your life. You want a team by your side that understands the importance of creating a place where your family can thrive for years to come. At Gowler Homes, we take a collaborative approach that involves you as the homeowner and our team of professionals to design and construct a new home that fulfills your vision and makes the most of your investment.