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Custom Home Builders vs Architects

Custom Home Builder | September 19, 2019

Getting to know the differences between custom home builders and architects will help you make an informed decision when it comes to hiring the right person for the job. At Jaheny Custom Builders, we understand how important it is to hire the best company for your particular requirements. That is why all of our custom home building services are tailored to meet the needs of each individual client.

What is a Custom Home Builder?

A custom home builder will construct your home as it is designed within the agreed upon timeline and budget, while using code-approved construction methods and techniques. A custom home builder can take care of everything from ordering the building supplies and materials to preparing the construction site, from bringing in sewer, water and electric lines to setting the foundation and building the home. During the home building process, a custom home builder will also handle subcontractors, prepare estimates on change orders, obtain permits, handle inspections, and resolve any construction problems.

What Does a Custom Home Builder Contribute?

An experienced custom home builder will take the time to ensure that your new home is being built with the best products and systems available and has the technical expertise to offer suggestions for improving the home’s design or for potential cost savings. Throughout the entire building process, a custom home builder will keep you updated on the project’s progress, notify you of any decisions that need to be made, and work with subcontractors to resolve any issues.

What is an Architect?

When working on a custom home, an architect will consult with you to determine your lifestyle, family needs, desires, and goals in order to determine the best floorplan and conceptual drawings for your future home. Once the drawings have been drafted, the architect will obtain feedback from you and the builder to ensure that the plans are aesthetically pleasing, functional, structurally sound, and can be built within your budget. On certain projects, an architect can obtain permits, as well as supervise, inspect, and troubleshoot construction problems.

What Does an Architect Contribute?

Architects have a wealth of knowledge about product innovations, building codes, materials, and costs that they can use to help you save money on your custom home building project by reducing energy use and future maintenance costs. By crafting detailed designs, an architect can also reduce your involvement in contractor and sub-contractor negotiations, interpret complex design aspects for the builder, and reduce mistakes and expensive change orders during construction.

If you would like to know more about the differences between custom home builders and architects, or if you are interested in our custom home building services, please contact Jaheny Custom Builders at 604-551-0320 or 604-307-0450 or by filling out a contact form on our website.