Once you’ve signed on the dotted line and your new home plan is underway, it can feel like you’ve handed over to the experts and your involvement in the process is over. But this couldn’t be further from the truth – collaboration with your builder and their team of trades throughout the project can be key to seeing your vision realised.
We recommend speaking with your builder about how they approach collaboration throughout the process and how your vision is heard from start to finish. From the onset you’re putting a lot of trust in the builder and their team to achieve your dream home visions, so finding someone who understands the importance of collaboration is key.
Staying in touch and communicating with your team will give you confidence in knowing how the build is progressing and what the result will be. This system of contact can also be critical to a successful building experience for everyone involved.
During your new home build there will be multiple expectations from all parties involved. Your builder and relevant trades will expect that you’ve clearly communicated your plans and ultimate vision, while you’ll be expecting milestones to be achieved on time and within budget.
Collaboration can go a long way in managing everyone’s anticipations. By being involved in planning, discussions and decision making with your builder, you can ensure design choices are staying true to your concept. These final selections may also impact how close you stay to your original timelines and budgets. You will make the final call between those tough toss ups including choices about staying true to your original design or going slightly over your planned budget for extra flare.
With so many moving parts on-site involving numerous tasks and varying timelines, encouraging clear collaboration between the client, builder and trades can help avoid unnecessary delays and conflicts. Trades are often working on multiple sites and juggling timelines for multiple clients, so effective collaboration will ensure you maintain your building expectations, front of mind and on track.
Collaborating with various stakeholders from the beginning of your build also sets clear boundaries as to who is responsible for each task and at what point. This will minimise the chance of doubling up on tasks and avoid unnecessary overlap.
Creating your future home is a big investment, so hiring a building team with trusted experience and industry expertise is important to consider. As a novice home builder, you’ll likely have high aspirations for what your soon-to-be dream home will look and feel like. Working with a reputable builder will guarantee a clear pathway for your design plan, including honest, expert advice and industry insight.
Finally, consider what’s important in your final home. Is it an abundance of natural light or a well-flowing open plan design? Determine these final expectations and make sure to clearly communicate these through the planning process. Your trades might even suggest additions, offer alternative products, and recommend more cost-effective methods to your existing plan that will guide you close to achieving your final vision.
Ready to work with a builder who prioritises collaboration between all parties? Get in touch with Toto Properties today!