Don’t Dig in Your Heels on Design before Asking New Home Builders

new home buildersPreparing to consult with new home builders about creating your vision of the perfect living space is an exciting experience, but also one filled with uncertainty. If you’ve been browsing through architectural magazines and online design sites, you may have finally found what seems like the ideal floor plan for your needs. Flooded with relief, you come prepared to the first meeting and unveil the specifications you want them to duplicate.


More often than not, however, you can’t just take an established design and recreate it in any location. If that’s disappointing news, there is a bright side.

New Home Builders Expertly Guide Design Decisions

Beware of finding a home design that you absolutely love, determined to clone it nail for nail. It may look great on glossy paper or your laptop screen, but do you have the know-how to be sure of the suitability of that particular design for your property?

There are many aspects of a building site to assess before any construction can begin.

Will the home design you’ve chosen highlight and utilize your lot’s best features, in terms of infrastructure, sight lines, and topography? Does the layout you’ve set your heart on fill the interior with beautiful early morning light? If the seductive images of that completed home are in a dry climate, for example, with little or no surrounding foliage, is that what your own property looks like?

In order to provide the same effect, new home builders may need to modify the design to work in West Coast surroundings that include the towering conifers that enhance the site’s natural beauty but also block out more light. Can window sizes be increased dramatically without compromising privacy? One question soon leads to another, and the process can be bewildering.

Finalize Game Strategy before the Kick-Off

new home buildersConsider the preset plans you admire as a good starting point or springboard, and trust your new home builders to give you the best guidance and advice for successful design options. Sit down with them and brainstorm about the features you like and what you might change. Be open-minded about suggestions and recommendations, even if they mean taking your original design choice in a new direction. With the right modifications, almost any basic plan can be adapted to your building site and work to your advantage.

When experienced new home builders are on board from the get-go, especially during the initial planning stages, they steer your project in the right direction without unnecessary expense or delay. Touchdown!

Home Designs: Adapt the Best Parts and Make Them Yours

The so-called constraints presented by a site can be a welcome challenge to new home builders who pride themselves on creativity. If pouring a foundation or creating the first framework for a brand new house signals its beginning, keep in mind that none of that can happen without first establishing the perfect parameters for the individual project. It’s about balancing the freedom to choose with feasibility, and building the ideas before the structure.

Remember, even if every aspect of your dream design doesn’t jive 100% with a comprehensive feasibility study, truly innovative and professional new home builders will have the skills to adapt accordingly. Making even relatively minor adjustments to an existing house design can be enough to render it right for your setting and make it completely your own.


Doug KerrDoug 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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