R Lucas Construction and Design President and CEO Ron Lucas shares tips on beginning the process of building a home.
The idea of turning a vision of a dream home into a reality is exciting – and understandably so. “Most of my clients come in knowing they want to build, but aren’t sure how the process works or where to begin,” says Ron. “The first two questions I ask are: ‘Do you have a house plan?’ and ‘Do you have a location you want to build?’” If clients don’t have a particular plan in mind, Ron works with a local architect to develop a design.
Having a budget in place – and sticking to it – is important. “The best advice I can give someone is to make design and material decisions in the beginning to help avoid cost overruns in the end,” Ron says. “When you start changing things or are slow in making choices, you may have problems getting your house built on time and on budget.”
Finally, the home building process requires patience. “If you have the opportunity to work with a builder from the beginning, you will have a partner to walk you through the process – from start to finish.”