The Benefits of Design Services for Residential Renovations and Custom Homes

The benefits of design services incorporated for renovations and new custom homes are many.

What is the right amount of money and time to spend on residential architectural and design services for your new custom home or renovation?Design Services Blueprint Well part of the answer depends on your goals for the project but there are some basics that apply to all projects.

Does an Original Home Design Cost You Money or Save You Money?

There is a rule in the construction business called the 1-10-100 rule.

The way it works is, if you made a change at the design stage that cost you $1 dollar, that same change would cost you $10 dollars to do during the construction phase and $100 dollars to do after construction is complete. A real life example of this would be deciding to move a wall a few feet over.

You decide which of the three stagesyou would prefer to make the change in.

  1. Take one hour in the design stage to redraw some lines on a drawing – Cost $100
  2. Take a day with the crew on site to move the wall once framed – Cost $1,000
  3. Take a week or more to rebuild the wall including all the drywall, baseboards, paint electrical etc. after the job is completed – Cost $10,000

Cut Cost Overruns and Delays With Proper Home Design

If you want to cut out cost overruns and time delays on projects then the answer is to properly design it before you start construction. That is the only way you can accurately set and stick to a budget.

Getting What You Want Out of Home Renovations

There are many reasons to renovate your home or to build a new custom home. Almost as many reasons as there are homeowners. Spending the money on a proper design process will help isolate exactly what it is that you want as well as address what you are willing to spend.

Fully completed drawings and design specifications provide a road map for the builder to construct, and the designs give the homeowner a way to “see” the how the building will turn out. You don’t want to be in a situation where you have spent a large amount of money on a home renovation or new home and not get what you really wanted. A properly done design process prevents this from occurring as well as providing the clearest picture of what the budget will be.

How Much Will My Renovation Cost?

Without a proper design package there is no way to really know. Every contractor will give you a different price because they will be using different materials, procedures and standards. If you want to be able to compare apples to apples, you need to have an accurate detailed design done first.

A proper design package means all the drawings, including engineered drawings, 3D and shop drawing of special details, and a complete specifications list of all finishes and fixtures. Without the full design package the prices are going to be all over the map. Asking “what will my new kitchen cost?” before you get a design package done up is like asking “What does a new car cost?” without specifying what car with what features.

Good luck with your project. For more information about how the design process works and how it can benefit you, please call 604.263.0343 or visit our website.

Doug Kerr - the owner of Kerr ConstructionDoug Kerr is the owner of Kerr Construction in Vancouver. With over 25 years of experience in the renovation and new home construction business, he has developed the Kerr System for designing and building. With this Design/Build system he has helped hundreds of clients achieve their dream homes while also winning multiple national and provincial building and renovations awards. Being a former world-class athlete…” Read more.

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