Design a set of House plans and Custom Home Builders
It is our philosophy and perspective that homebuyers have a greater advantage when they select a design-build company to be the Builder of their home. By selecting the builder of choice and qualification, rather than designing a set of House Plans just for bidding purposes this will put the homebuyer in the driver’s seat right from the start and helps to stay on budget. www.montesmithdesigns.com also works with severa lcustom home builders who have their homebuyers commit to their building company, with Monte Smith Designs providing the Architectural House plans..
The advantage of having a design-build company design your house plan is so that hidden cost factors, associated with design changes, can be manifested right from the beginning. Some of our clients ask that we design in accordance their budget. We are able to get them as close as we can by efficiently designing areas of importance, including those that receive highest consideration on their “wish list”. We believe in keeping the homeowner apprised as to the cost of their House Plans and we can actually price out the cost of the house plan after the preliminary designs are completed. In the end, we believe that this is a more viable option for the homebuyer, and will eliminate any unwelcome surprises within the process of creating a set of House plans.
One of the biggest misconceptions of home purchasers is their belief that the standard cost per square foot is the same for all home plans, and that any cost difference is a direct profit for the builder. This is not true, as costing out a house is like asking how much a bag of groceries costs. The answer is a result of what is placed in the bag. The same is true in designing a set of House Plans, as it will depend on the design, the specifications, the allowances, and the skill of the subcontractors.
Monte Smith Designs will guide you toward making the best decisions possible, so that your home stays within budget. Designing and building a home from a custom designed set of House Plans that has never been built, is not an exact science. Changing materials and labor costs is sometimes like shooting a moving target at best, which is why so many builders/designers miss their mark. The biggest advantage with having Monte Smith as your designer is you will have someone who has been a framing contractor, builder and designer which allows better explanations to the home buyer during the design phase. The design-build advantage includes one point of contact, from project conception, to project completion. This ensures that client’s set of House Plans are executed with maximum precisions and consistency, minimizes cost overages and unexpected expenditures, avoids costly errors, saves time, minimizes client stress, maximizes client’s creative input, and eliminates finger-pointing between subcontractors.
I often ask a homebuyer, who is looking to put their House Plans out to bid, if they are going to hire the builder with the lowest bid. Their answer is typically “no”. I also ask them to consider what would happen if all bids came in close to the same and they liked all the builders, and their answer is usually “I don’t know”.
Interviewing builders before starting the design process for your House Plans is important in finding out how the builder services their products, and the need of researching their previous track record. Remember that your house is a service product when it is being built, and the house becomes a home, as well as a commodity, when it is sold.
Monte Smith is the general manager of Mastercraft Homes and can be contacted at 808-688-6400