Building a new custom home is one of the most important decisions and largest financial investments of your lifetime. It is important to take the time to learn and understand how the building process works, so the end result is the home you want and in the timeframe you expect.
Find out how much you can afford. A lending institution can help you determine the amount of mortgage your budget will allow. Choose the location you want to build. Lot options vary greatly. Whether you find a lot in one of our existing communities or you have property of your own, there are many factors to consider. We can help you find the lot that is right for you.
Know What You Want
A good way to get an idea of what you want is to make a list. Break your list down into needs, wants, and wishes. That will also be your priority guideline when making your final decisions. Then, drive through our Tidal communities or other subdivisions. Take pictures of homes you like and write down notes as to what it is about that particular home that catches your attention.
Go through our model homes or attend open houses and tour homes similar to what you want. Look at architecture, colors, special features, room sizes, window and door placements, plumbing fixtures, cabinetry and more. Use your list for this. Look through house plan books and magazines available on newsstands, at book stores, and at your local library.
Create your own home portfolio. Include the list you create, the photographs you took, and notes you’ve made. Add magazine clippings; include exteriors of homes, floor plans, fixtures, floor coverings, and more. The more preparation you do beforehand, the easier the process will be for both you and us so we can better understand what you want to build.
Designing a House Plan
We have hundreds of home plans you can choose from or you may bring your own plan to us. Once the house plan is chosen, the design process begins. You will sit down with Anthony and discuss what the house will include. His more than two decades of experience and his desire to help you make good and smart decisions will ensure you have a home you love when it’s finished.
After the planning is complete, and you approve any changes or the sketch, if this is a plan we are making for you, the designer will prepare drawings made to scale and outline materials and room finishes. With your approval of this stage, a detailed floor plan, including specifications, is prepared. These documents will be used by us to build your home and will become part of the building contract.
Choosing Your Builder
Choosing the right builder can save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars in the long run and is a crucial step in the building process. Not only must the builder be competent but knowledgeable on the latest in homebuilding science. It must be someone you can communicate with comfortably as building a custom home involves many decisions and discussions of options.
If you are searching for someone to build a custom home, Anthony Register and John Meeks of Tidal Construction Company, Inc. would like to meet with you to hear your ideas and discuss your needs. We have many satisfied homeowners who would be happy to talk with you or give testimonials to our quality of work and customer service.
If you interview other custom builders, please show the contractor your portfolio and plans and pay close attention to what he or she has to say about cost and time line. A number of builders in the area offer design services, while others will require that you come to them with your plans already finalized.
As you interview contractors, listen carefully to the suggestions being made. Are you being given detailed information or just being told they can do the job but without offering any specifics? You will need to know when the contractor could begin the project and how long they think it will take. Does the contractor’s schedule work with your timeframe? Keep in mind that the time frame for building a home depends on many factors, including the time of year, weather conditions, availability of subcontractors, and numerous other things that may be out of the control of the builder.
Entrusting a builder for the construction of your home is no small matter. Our thorough planning and preparation at Tidal Construction Company, Inc. enables us to build a high quality home to your satisfaction. Make an appointment today to sit down with Anthony to describe your dreams or show him your plan for a beautiful custom home. It’s your first step to making your dream home a reality.
Call (912) 756-3503 and ask for Sandra. She will help you make an appointment with Anthony and advise you on what to bring for that first meeting.