What to Ask Yourself before You Start Building

With the start of a new year we often think about what we want to achieve in the coming months. If building a custom home is one of your 2016 goals, this article will help you think about some of the questions you’ll want to answer before committing to the project.

What are you looking for?

This may sound pretty simple but it’s a very important question. Many of the clients that we meet and work with have dreamed about building a timber home for years. They know which specific attributes they want the home to have and they already have everything mapped out from the square footage to the color of the curtains. Other clients have a brief concept but have so many ideas they don’t really know what will look best or work with the land that they have. You want to have a clear plan before you start building your home so that you can avoid any future changes to the project once production starts.

If you want to know how to choose the right log home design, check out one of our recent articles that walks you through some of the key things to consider.

What are your expectations with the builder?

Not all builders are the same so it is important to understand what type of relationship you want to have with your builders and contractors to ensure you have a great experience. If you are the type of person that wants to be involved in every aspect of the build, you will want to find a company that will keep you in the loop, invite you down to their log yard and share all the latest progress. Or you might want to have a hands-off approach so find a company that you fully trust and just get updates now and then. A good builder and design can make or break a project, so make sure you spend some time having those detailed conversations. Price isn’t always the most important factor if you can’t communicate or trust the team you have working with you.

To help you with selecting the right builder check out our article “6 Key Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Home Builder”.

How do you handle stressful situations?

This question relates to the above questions in that building a custom home of any size will always have some stress associated with it. You need to discuss this with your family and be prepared for some ups and downs along the way. By being as clear as you can with the expectations you have for your home and the expectations you have for your builders, a lot of this stress can be avoided. It’s important to hope for the best but plan for the worst; even if you prepare as much as possible there will likely be a few things along the way that require a little extra attention.

If you are considering building a custom home this year or the next, we encourage you to learn and understand as much as you can to prepare you for the process. Check out our Log Home 101 section, visit our plans and galleries section and look through our blog. We want to help you understand what to expect when it comes to building a home, so if you don’t see the answer to your question feel free to contact us and we can answer it for you.