Before you start your journey we thought it would be helpful to
share an overview of our own Custom Building Process. DCCH takes each client
through the steps of the building process as a good way to begin and gain a
general understanding of the road ahead. This way we can answer any concerns you
may have or questions that arise throughout the process of planning, designing,
and building your custom home.
The challenge for everyone is the same.
How do you plan and design in a way that you end up custom building what you
really want, within your budget, and in an effective and efficient
Each step is designed to move you through the process without
jumping around, and in the order that proves to make the most sense. By dealing
with the specific objective of each step, and establishing target dates to
complete each step, you will reduce the risk of racing ahead while staying
focused on first things first; all in a timely fashion.
Homebuilding Program is as follows:
New Home Preliminary Plan
Our building program starts with a thorough discussion and review
of your family's need, desires, taste, and budget. Using our 12 page checklist
(and other tools,) and years of experience, we can analyze everything from your
design ideas and preferences for interior and exterior finishes, to the latest
technology, site planning, and financing options. The initial goal is to
realistically determine the overall feasibility of your project, and establish
your target budget.
Evaluate Lot and Design Options
Once we have clarified what is important to your family and have
established a comfortable budget, we proceed to the evaluation of your building
lot and consider your design options. If a building site is needed, we begin the
search and selection process.
Preliminary Design and
The next step in the process is to develop the preliminary
elevations, floor plans, and specifications based on the criteria outlined in
step one. Once this is accomplished we can update our estimated construction
cost and determine if any changes are necessary to maintain your original design
and budget objectives.
With preliminary plans successfully completed and in line with
the target budget, our design team will produce working drawings. These drawings
(blueprints) will enable us to consider and resolve the final architectural and
engineering aspects of your home and prepare us for final construction
Construction Planning and Building Contracts
At this point we finalize selections and construction documents
as well as site construction planning. With the planning decisions and pricing
complete, we can confidently move forward and approve the Building
Obtain Mortgage Commitment and Building Permits
With the Construction Contract and blueprints completed we are
equipped and prepared to finalize the appropriate financing and secure building
permits prior to construction.
Finally, with planning, design, financing, and permits in place,
we begin the exciting process of construction with anticipation of the reality
of you finished custom home.