FAQs About Working With A Custom Home Builder


Deciding to build a custom home is a choice that will affect your family’s lifestyle for years to come, hopefully for the better. It’s an opportunity to live in the home of your dreams, but between you and that dream home is a process of choosing the right custom home builders, working with them on design, then actually building that home. You’re going to have a lot of questions when you’re planning your new home in Naperville. The custom home builders at Barriere Construction have decades of experience in helping families like yours sort out their options and make design choices that will serve their needs today, and well into the future.

What’s The Cost Per Square Foot?

Often, this is the first question asked when discussing a custom home build, and it’s kind of a trick question, because the cost per square foot depends upon your lot and design decisions, among other factors. A reputable custom home builder won’t give you an off-the-cuff answer to this question, because until you’ve discussed the project in detail, there are too many variables to even make an informed guess.

Another important consideration for you, the buyer, is what return you will see on each investment you choose. Some choices, you will make to suit your family and lifestyle, like maybe that rain and steam shower you’ve always wished for. In other cases you’ll make choices because they will cut future costs like water or heating and cooling costs. In some cases, you may benefit from rebates or tax credits for choosing certain materials or appliances. In other cases, you may get a discount on your homeowners’ insurance for building in security measures that reduce your home’s risk.

Everyone’s Talking About Green Homes. Is That Just Marketing Buzz?

Green home building is a real field with real benefits to home buyers. It encompasses everything from selecting the right site for the home on the lot, to making best use of the tress and any landscaping that are already in place; reducing construction waste, recycling, and using recycled materials when appropriate; and energy-efficient design of the home. Materials like low-E insulated windows; wall, attic, and basement insulation; Tyvek wrap and elastomer sealants on exterior walls; energy efficient HVAC, water heater, and appliances; water-saving showers, toilets, and landscape irrigation; and a lighting system optimized to make best use of natural light all contribute toward a home that maintains a healthy and comfortable environment while reducing environmental impact and the costs associated with running the home.

Am I Going To Need To Hire An Architect?

When you work with Barriere Construction, our expert team will guide you through the entire process from ideas to a specific design plan that’s right for your family, through choosing the materials that suit your style and give you best possible performance and efficiency, all the way through the build process to your final walk-through. We’ll keep you in the loop at every stage, and treat you as a partner in the building of your new home. Contact us to discuss your project and we’ll help you build a green home your family will enjoy for decades.

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