Get Real About Your Budget
The primary source of conflict and melodrama in the building process is budget. Set your number, and then listen. If you have a reputable builder or contractor, trust him or her to tell you what things cost. And don’t get stuck on the cost-per-square-foot metric. If you are building or remodeling know what you can afford to spend. Start there, and have your builder and architect walk you through your options and explain how real-time costs are established.
And maybe that land isn’t a few acres that’s never been trampled on. Maybe it’s an existing house that’s just old and tired and has suffered some neglect. The house whispers to you that it really does want to shed those avocado colored appliances, that shag carpeting, and those single-pane windows, and you know you’re the person to do that.
While you might think you can go it alone, assembling a team of tried and true professionals is the better approach. After all, you wouldn’t represent yourself in court. So why wouldn’t you entrust your single largest investment to an experienced team that won’t be learning on your dime? An architect and a builder (if not one and the same) are going to be your most important team members.