On Careful Design

By Dotty Brothers | June 4, 2020
On Careful Design

People have a hard time believing us when we tell them Design is the hard part.

We get it: seeing people hauling drywall or large sheathing looks exhausting. The tat-tat-tat-tat of the heavy coil roofing nailer sounds like a lot of work. And it definitely is! The difference is that those tasks are being performed to order. The blueprint guides our crews, and they are incredibly good at doing what they’re supposed to do.

But that blueprint? That’s the design that we come up with together. And getting there is, in fact, the hard part. The process starts with a site evaluation. We walk the lot where your custom home will be built, and we consider everything. If there’s water, do you want the house to face it directly? At an angle? Maybe the shoreline juts or curves in a way that suggests a location. Do you want your kitchen to be exposed to sunrise? Sunset? Both? Neither? All of this—and more—drives where we place your custom home.

We also have to talk lifestyle, and we like to focus on both the long and the short term.

How do you want to enjoy your home? What do you like to do? What are you interests, hobbies, passions? Beyond that, what might happen in the future? Some people plan to have a parent or two live with them in their later years. Do you need a full mother-in-law apartment? A separate bedroom/bathroom suite? If you have an adult child live with you, do you want a separate entrance to that space?

What about your own aging? Planning for that doesn’t require that you compromise on design. Some people look to single-level living. Others just want to ensure the master bedroom is on the main floor. Zero entry showers, door widths, kitchen layout, ramps rather than stairs—all of these can be built to accommodate potential needs while maintaining beautiful design and high quality craftsmanship.

All this, and we haven’t even talked about traditional design questions:

how many bedrooms, bathrooms? Separate dining room? Open floor plan? Kitchen layout? Fireplaces? All of those questions get the same careful treatment, based on discussions with you about how you live, and what you like.

This is work that has to be done up front. First, a custom home is maybe the most expensive single investment you’ll make in your life. Our aim is to build these homes once, to order. Not be back in two years for a bathroom renovation, and in five for the kitchen. Second, careful design keeps the budget in place. There’s nothing like change orders during the build to blow up a budget. We want you to know exactly what you’re going to get, and then build that for you.

So when we say Design is the hard part, we meant it.

It’s doubly so for you, the homeowner. There are so many decisions to make, so many questions. But we’ll be there with you, taking our time, guiding the discussion. And in the end, your custom home will be exactly how you wanted it.

Contact us to talk about your future home.

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