CEO and Founder of Three G Development, David Gianulias, is well versed in the facets of home building. Having worked with his family’s company for many years to build homes and other recognized structures in Southern California, here he offers tips for others who are looking to build their dream home.
- It is important to have a good plan before undertaking a home building project. Improper planning is one of the biggest reasons why home building ventures fails, often costing the home owner a considerable amount of money. Before breaking ground on a new property, double check all of the facts and figures. Verify with the local county as to any ordinances or permit issues that may be in place and keep an inspector on call at all times.
- All home builders need to know how to budget their funds and how to stick to that budget. If poor planning does not cause a home building mess, a faulty budget will. If after planning the home an owner figures a specific cost, expect that cost to be as much as twenty-five to forty percent higher by the time the house is complete. Unfortunately, building a home is one of the times when hidden costs and spending opportunities run rampant. If there is a certain budget, an amount of money that cannot be crossed, the home builder should always try to come in under that budget.
- It is always a good idea to seek help from the professionals. People like contractors, engineers, and architects design and build homes for a living. They are an invaluable reference point for any individual home builder. Their services or consultations may cost the builder, but are worth it in the long-run if it means avoiding a mistake that could be even more costly. Often, these professionals will also have a realistic perspective on the space available and how the home should be laid out for the best flow.
- Many new home builders are wrapped up in the aesthetics of their newly built home, and forget to watch the bare bones. The Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems are parts of the home that are unseen but hugely important. Not only will a poor HVAC system lead to discomfort in the house and higher energy bills, it can also lead to serious health hazards. Proper ventilation, for example, decreases the risk of mold growth. Certain types of mold can be deadly to the home’s inhabitants. Installing HVAC units that are the proper size for the square footage of the home is also important. David Gianulias tells his clients that lighting and window placement is another area where home builders should pay close attention.