Why the Best Architect for Building Your Dream Home is YOU

Posted by Andrew Barden on Aug 23, 2019 12:19:25 PM
Andrew Barden

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Whether you’re building the home of your dreams for your family or building a downsized home to spend the rest of your life in, the house you’re creating will serve as a perfect, unique space for your interests, tastes, and lifestyles.

So, why trust anyone but you to design it?

After all, no one can envision how you’ll live in your home and design features to suit your needs better than you. There are so many subtleties in home design that you hold close to your heart, why risk these being lost in translation?

Luckily, with the help of a team of building experts and your Independent Dealer, you can feel equipped and empowered to be hands-on with designing your own home. 

We’ve spoken to many homeowners who are grateful they were heavily involved in designing their own home, and acting as their own architect and voice throughout the process. In this article, we’re going to explore some of the reasons why they cherished the experience, and made the choice to do so.

3 Reasons to Take Charge of Your Custom Home Design

Here are some of the reasons why many homeowners are opting to skip the architect:

  1. You get more out of your investment
  2. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity 
  3. Architects and builders often have different goals

More For Your Money

According to the American Institute of Architects, the money you spend on an architect buys you five services: preliminary design and programming, design development, construction documents, budget analysis and bid supervision, and site inspections and review.

However, it’s not uncommon for architects to only complete the first two services at a “discounted rate,” and leave the rest to be handled by the homeowner and builder. While the homeowner pays the architect less, they end up spending more in the long run to have the remainder of the design services handled by someone else. 

When a homeowner partners with an Independent Dealer and the Barden Building team, all of the design services are handled in collaboration with the homeowner -- ensuring all requirements are met, and all design details are accounted for.

We go into more detail about finances, budgets, and architects in our How Much of Your Home Building Budget Goes to an Architect blog -- if you’re interested in learning more about this topic.

You Only Build Once

The building experience should be an enjoyable one, not a stressful one. 

You don’t want the design experience to feel like a tug-of-war conveying your ideas with someone who does not know you or understand. 

When working with the drafting team at Barden, their only role in the design process is making your vision come to life on paper. You are in charge of iterating the features you want in your home to suit your lifestyle, and can fully express your vision. The team will help keep you on track with what complies with local building codes. 

Goal Alignment Between Teams

When your design team is working with your engineering, manufacturing, and building team -- you’re able to ensure that everyone is on the same page and working toward the same goal.

When a third party architect is charged with designing the home, once they deliver the plans, their responsibilities (and interest) in the project have ended. If there are issues with feasibility between design and build, it can be difficult, if not impossible, so ensure the architect helps solve the problem.

When everyone is on the same page, things run more smoothly. Plus, with you at the helm as the homeowner, the page that everyone is on will exactly match your wishes.

A Real Life Example:

At Barden Building Products, we see the importance of these three elements play out project after project.

One of the most poignant examples of this in action happened earlier in the year when we were approached by someone with a full set of plans ready to build. When we priced the home out, the cost was extremely over their budget. We then found out that the customer had already put over $17,000 and a few years into architect fees for the plans. 

Even after years of expert consultation, Barden still made changes to their plans and changed the specs on almost every material for the entire building. It was back on budget and ready to build in two months time.

This is an EXTREME situation, but versions of this same situation walk through the door here constantly!

Get in Touch with the Barden Team and Start Designing!

Simply fill out this form on our website and we can get the ball rolling on your project. 

We’ll put you in touch with one of our local, Independent Dealers who can work closely with you and our team to ensure design and build success.

Your dream home comes from YOU. Let’s get designing!

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