We were recently invited to an open house for a custom design we did. Actually, we didn't design so much as we did draft. The homeowners were very gracious but also very particular about what they wanted in a home. The result was a 2200sf plus beautiful one story home. Neighbors in the development quipped that they wished they had seen this plan in the builder's catalog. Even the builder himself was impressed with the final product. The development consists primarily of mid-priced builder specials with the customary 2 car garage, 2 story, 3 bed plus bonus, 2.5 bath. Our home was a little more subtle. We went for 3 car garage (partial tandem), 1 story (with nice steep roof for aesthetics), 3 bed plus office, and 2 bath.
While this is not a home that we would normally put in our catalog we were pleased with the results. So were the homeowners. Throughout the process we kept telling them that this will be THEIR home. The builder or subs will not be living in it for the next 10-50 years. THEY will. So don't get pushed around and be sure to get what you want. The homeowners kept a set of final plans, a 3-ring binder, and the builder on speed dial for the whole time. Every day they were on site checking progress. This was more out of excitement and available time than anything but scrutiny was also prevalent. When something was not done per plans a query was put out and it was quickly made right. Though our client probably did not read this previous post beforehand, they took it to heart.
The bad news of the whole deal? The washer and dryer were moved on-site and now partially obscure a passage. The good news? The homeowners were in by Christmas and the builder's crew got the week off.