As exciting as building a new home is, it does require a lot of work. To avoid the hassle of hiring each professional and supervising their work yourself, opting for a turn-key solution can be the perfect decision. When a single firm is hired to manage the entire building project, from checking on zoning to the new home’s interior design, not only will it save a lot of headaches but also time and money.
The perfect home starts with the ideal design, but it does not imply unattainable architectural costs. Getting the right architect for the job is essential, though, as explained in our previous blogs, so it is important to understand the costs involved. It does not mean, though, that it is necessary to get the most expensive or the most experienced professional in town. Read on to find out how architectural fees are calculated and how it is possible to save on some of the costs.
Since the architect you choose will do much more than produce the architectural drawings, it is essential to pick the right one for the job. A highly experienced professional, who at the same time is a skilled communicator, is needed to carry out all the work required to deal with zoning bylaws, building codes, coordination among the different engineers, as well as contractors’ bids, as you progress with the building of your home.
An architect – contrary to what many may think – does much more than draw building blueprints. This professional will not only support you during the indispensable building permit application process, but also embody your housing dreams and needs, while saving you lots of headaches.
With finances squared away, you are now ready to start really planning for your new home. It is time to call in a surveyor, whose main task is to mark and document the location of legal property lines in order to prevent any legal disputes. This professional will provide the relevant data for architects and engineers to start doing their work.
Finding a place to call home is an exciting adventure, but having one custom-built just for you is even more so. The challenging part is the financing. Getting a loan even for a new build is attainable, though, so here is a brief rundown of aspects to consider.
The very first step to take before building your new home – and even before getting the permit – is to find out what your land is zoned for. If you haven’t made your purchase yet, it would be a great idea to check that first, before buying, to determine whether the home you envision can be built.
So you have a piece of land and you are ready to build your new home… Not so fast! There is a series of steps to take before any construction can begin. Even before you can get your hands on a building permit – which will allow you to start building – there is zoning, financing, surveying, architectural and engineering work to deal with.