The 5 Essential Custom Home Building Tips

Posted on | January 21, 2014 | 3 Comments

Anyone who’s ever built a home from the ground up knows the special blend of excitement and hand-wringing that goes along with the process. When it comes to new construction, Eddie Rider of Eddie Rider Designs in Raleigh is there from conception until the last finishing touches are in place, offering support and expert advice to his clients. From homes displaying traditional interior design in Raleigh or a more contemporary style in Wilmington, his involvement from the design/build stage is integral to a beautiful and cohesive design. Eddie was kind enough to share with North Carolina Design some of his expertise, offering five tips for ensuring the smoothest possible construction process.

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Have A Realistic Idea Of Costs
Eddie notes that homeowners are often in the dark about the true cost of materials and products. “They may want a gourmet kitchen with warming drawers, custom coffee machines and high end granite counters, without realizing they are hitting $80,000, just in the kitchen,” he explains. He suggests that homeowners establish a budget, narrow down the style of home and features they want, then find out what those features will cost.

Assess Your Priorities
To stay within budget, homeowners really must prioritize. “You have to know what’s important to you and what your needs are,” Eddie asserts. “I ask my clients to assign numbers to different features they want, with 10 being really, really important, and 1 being not too important. I consider everything below a 5 or a 6 a wash.” Homeowners also have to be ready to make sacrifices. “A stone exterior costs thousands more than a stucco exterior,” Eddie notes. “If you have your heart set on stone, you may have to cut back on something else.”

Choose A Good Designer
Eddie advises homeowners to choose a designer who fits their needs and your style, and who is really invested in the success of their project. “I help my clients decide on a builder who is right for them,” he notes. “I work closely with them to help them make choices in materials selections and features that respect their budget, but still give them what they want. And I act as a go-between, helping them communicate with the architect and builder”

Communicate Effectively
Good communication is crucial to a successful build. Eddie advises homeowners to have drawings, pictures and photographs ready, and to consistently meet with the builder and architect for progress reports and walk-throughs. “Try to be onsite as often as possible,” he notes. “Being present on the job site makes it much easier to ask questions.”

Make Timely Decisions
Eddie suggests that homeowners make decisions very early in the building process. “During construction, there are about a million moving parts that all have to mesh together,” he notes. “The builder usually works on a schedule that’s based on the homeowner’s selection of materials. Decisions should be made in a timely manner at the very, very beginning to ensure timely project completion.”

Eddie truly goes to bat for his clients, and prides himself on being their advocate. His inbox is flooded daily with questions, photos and ideas from homeowners in the home building trenches, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

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3 Responses to “The 5 Essential Custom Home Building Tips”

  1. Rosa P. Dest
    January 21st, 2014 @ 9:12 PM

    Great article with. Essential information for anyone building or looking to remodel. Thank you

  2. Liz Hughes
    January 22nd, 2014 @ 6:40 AM

    Thanks Rosa – I totally agree!

  3. Joana_JW
    June 17th, 2014 @ 3:08 AM

    I like the fact that the entire range is kept simple yet elegant; nothing over the top! And I second that. Good communication that reflects the best idea with clarity and completeness is all we need :)
    Glad reading a wonderful post!

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