As a builder and general contractor, I’m available to answer all questions you have – at every point in the process of building your new home. Building is a collaborative venture and I encourage homeowners to ask everything that crosses their minds: from structural to procedural to design guidance questions. To that end, I also encourage anyone building a home to develop a comfortable depth of knowledge outside from that gathered from their builder – whether that’s Black Canyon Builders or someone else.
I’m not suggesting a homeowner needs to become “an expert” on all aspects of building – that is precisely why there are general contractors. There is a two-fold reason for pursuing some independent research. First, a general base of knowledge will ensure that you and your contractor are communicating about the proper priorities and to your preferred depth of detail. A good contractor will place communication as a top priority. The effectiveness of the communication is determined in part by both contractor and homeowner taking active roles and identifying what is important to them.
The second reason for conducting some independent research is for inspiration – pure and simple. Some elements of a home are difficult to put in words, like ambiance and feel. An image found in a magazine can capture those aspects without requiring a degree in architecture. Magazines and books can help pinpoint a specific architectural element that you’d like to incorporate into your new home or even provide the inspiration for a comprehensive design theme and style.
There are practical reasons for early-stage research as well. In most cases, this refers to balancing your desires with your budget.
Whatever research you take on, I unequivocally recommend that you bring your builder in on the discussion. From the nuts and bolts of the finances to the most creative design and style decisions, a good builder will work with you to bring your vision to life and forthrightly discuss alternatives and potential compromises.