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  • Writer's pictureJack Baldwin

Owning the Design/Build Process

I like to think we are pretty good at starting with the end in mind.

Taking on a custom home design/build project can be pretty complex, and there is no shortage of opinions, methods, approaches, and "hacks" to get your home built.

While there are many legitimate ways to skin this custom home cat, every single custom home built will need plans, specs, and a budget.

We've found the process that works for us is to:

  1. Partner with a client - What are your goals?

  2. Understand their vision - What does success look like? Define it.

  3. Set parameters - What can we do/not do? What's our budget to work with?

  4. Discover requirements - What is needed to make this happen?

  5. Document - How will it get done? Specifications, building instructions, cost?

  6. Deliver - Get the permit, develop the property, and build the house.

I've noticed our team works efficiently when we keep asking these questions and getting serious about finding answers. Sometimes, the answers are frustrating, but this staged approach allows us to bite off only what we can chew, so neither our clients nor our team are over-leveraged as we find answers.

November 1, 2023, I had the privilege of meeting with three visionary homeowners, each embarking on their own custom home journey.

Linda is in the process of discovering how to transform a historical 1920's residence into her dream home. This journey involves navigating through permitting intricacies, meticulous budgetary planning, and addressing the challenges posed by the existing structure. Linda's story showcases the delicate balance required when modernizing a historic home while preserving its timeless charm.

In Canton, GA, Vicky and her husband have completed the design phase and are entering the initial stages of building their dream home. They partnered with Reynard Custom Homes to bring their vision to life within their budget. Vicky's experience exemplifies the collaboration and seamless execution that defines our approach to turning dreams into reality.

Rendering of a custom home designed by Reynard Custom Homes to be built in Canton, GA 2024
Rendering of a custom home designed by Reynard Custom Homes to be built in Canton, GA 2024

Meanwhile, Susan, in North Georgia, is at the inception of her custom home design process with Reynard Custom Homes. Collaborating closely with renowned architect James Knight, she has developed a unique architectural concept. Susan is now delving into the final details of her construction set, navigating through the intricacies of permitting and construction budgeting. Her journey underscores the importance of meticulous planning and attention to detail from the project's outset.

Initial design concepts for Susan's home in Ellijay, GA. Designed by James Knight of Reynard Custom Homes
Initial design concepts for Susan's home in Ellijay, GA. Designed by James Knight of Reynard Custom Homes

As I conversed with Linda, Vicky, and Susan, their unique stories highlighted the diverse challenges at different stages of the custom home design process. From preserving historical charm to executing a well-defined vision and navigating the complexities of initial design phases, each homeowner's journey is a testament to the dedication and expertise we bring to the table at Reynard Custom Homes.

At Reynard Custom Homes, we understand that the path to a dream home is not a one-size-fits-all journey. Our commitment to guiding clients through every stage, from concept to completion, ensures that each project is a true reflection of our clients' dreams and aspirations.

In the world of custom home design, every story is unique, and we are honored to be a part of the narrative, turning dreams into architectural masterpieces. If you're considering a custom home project, let Reynard Custom Homes be your partner in crafting the home you've always envisioned.



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