Designing your new home is such an exciting part of the building process and is often what most people look forward to. In fact, sometimes clients get so involved in this process and the multitude of options that they can get a little carried away and end up with house plans that far exceed their budget.
Luckily, there’s an incredibly easy way to fix this – working with your builder and your architect or building designer from the early stages of the building process. There’s nothing to say you can’t engage both parties at the same early stage – in fact, we’d suggest you do. This way, you benefit from the professional experience from both from the very beginning.
One practical example of this benefit is controlling your budget. An architect or building designer can introduce all the design elements that you’re after, while the builder can provide accurate costings and expert advice on building techniques and materials. This combination means you’ll have plans for a beautifully designed home that satisfies your brief, without any budget blowouts down the line.
This can also save time during the build process. Instead of working initially with an architect or building designer, and then with a builder, who may require changes and additional back and forth, involving a builder and architect or building designer simultaneously means you only need to go through the planning process once. You won’t need to be the ‘middleman’ but can relax while your team looks after every part of the process.
Establishing a relationship between builder and architect or building designer early in a project also allows for strong lines of communication, a foundation that will carry through the entire project. This is especially important should unforeseen issues arise, such as a Council’s rejection of a design element or relaxation application. A situation like this benefits from the builder, architect or building designer and client communicating effectively in order to reach the best possible outcome and avoid delays.
Experienced builders and architects understand that working collaboratively to achieve a common goal is the best way to get the job done. Successful collaboration means you are more likely to achieve a home that you can enjoy for years to come, delivered on time and in budget.
Should you be ready to start the building process, get in touch with the SX Constructions team. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about working with a builder and architect collaboratively.