If you’re getting ready to build a custom home in Ottawa, or even just want to tackle some major home renovations to update and even overhaul your current home, you’re going to want to understand every little detail involved in the planning process.
This will guarantee that you move through the process efficiently, that you save money whenever possible, and that you complete your home renovations or your custom-built home on time and on budget.
Let’s dive into a couple of critical things you need to focus on when you’re getting ready to tackle this kind of project!
Outline your goals and expectations ahead of time
Just as you wouldn’t leave on a road trip without a destination in mind (just as your GPS would be useless on that road trip without a destination in mind) you cannot tackle home renovations or a custom home build in Ottawa without understanding EXACTLY what you want the finished project to look like.
Ask yourself questions like:
- What does your new home/renovation have to feature?
- What are you priorities (eco-friendliness? uniqueness?)
- What problems are you trying to solve in your current home?
- Is this a home for life or do you foresee selling in the not-too-distant future?
- When do you want everything completed?
- What kind of inspiration can you show your designer and builder so that your dreams come true?
Cover all of those bases and you’ll find this process goes a lot smoother.
Get concrete when it comes to your budget
Even though there are probably haven’t been any home renovation or custom home build projects that have EVER been completed without the budget adjusting at least a little bit, you’re going to want to get as concrete as humanly possible about the amount of money you’re willing to spend on this work ahead of time.
There is a big problem with going to architects and builders with an idea of the work you do like to have done without a budget. These professionals can create amazing designs or concepts, but if they aren’t aware of your budget there will be a problem.
Naturally they are going to go big with these designs, and when you get hit in the gut with the projected total expense that they report back to you, you’re going to feel awful about all of the things you “lose” when you pare things back.
If, instead, you provide these designers and architects with a concrete budget to begin with they’ll understand their constraints right out of the gate – and create for you an amazing custom home or home renovation project that fits your financial reality.
Choose the Right Contractor
Though there are a lot of designer and builder operations out there that do fantastic work when it comes to custom homes and home renovations, you’re going to want to think about assembling your own “dream team” of professionals to make sure that you get exactly the kind of results you’re after. That all starts with choosing the right custom home contractor.
If you don’t want a cookie-cutter home from the major home builders in Ottawa, consider choosing a custom home built by Lucas Contracting. You get to choose very detail of your home. If there is a decision to be made, you will be the one to make it – though the design and building professionals at Lucas Contracting are of course happy to provide their expert guidance.
Contact the Lucas Contracting team to set up a free consultation or start the home building process. Your dream of a custom home in Ottawa starts with a phone call!