The Benefits Of Designing Your Home With BrightLeaf

The Benefits Of Designing Your Home With BrightLeaf

One of the most exciting parts of custom home building is developing the design for it. Good design isn’t just about pretty finishes, though. You need professional design services that also align with your build plans and, most importantly, your budget. 

Enter the design-build process.

Design-build merges the aesthetic and structural planning process of home construction into one service. At BrightLeaf, we offer thoughtful design services that integrate with the building process for a positive and efficient custom home building experience. 

Our design and construction departments work on your project together for a seamless transition between each phase. Being within one company, our design and construction departments communicate instantaneously, offer custom design solutions, and manage your project from start to finish. 

In this piece, we’re going to walk you through the advantages of our design-build process so you can understand why combining the two is better for your custom home building experience.

Work Directly with an In-House Architect

One of our most important features as a custom home builder is being able to offer architecture services. Our in-house architect will understand your style, needs, and current home’s pain points and create solutions through your new home’s design. Working cross-departmentally, our holistic design approach offers:

  • Continuous feedback on project’s cost 
  • One point of accountability
  • Regular communication 

Working with your Design Project Manager and the Construction Department, our architect is giving you real-time feedback on the cost of the home while it’s being designed. This prevents investing time and money in designing a work of art that ultimately doesn’t fit with your target budget or project goals when it’s time to build. This synergetic approach of collaborating cross-departmentally eliminates any confusion between the members of your build team involved in the various custom home building phases. 

It’s all about limiting any potential issues that might pop up when building your home. Working with an in-house architect, as opposed to working with an external firm separate from the construction team, creates one point of accountability. While guiding you through design, our architect is also working with our permitting coordinator, Design Project Manager, and the construction team making sure all departments are in alignment before construction even begins. 

Your design and construction team are in constant communication to ensure the goals you’ve set for your home are achievable while still staying true to our high performance standards

All around, having an in-house architect ensures your custom home build runs smoothly and successfully from start to finish. 

Get Expert Guidance From a Design Project Manager

There are literally hundreds of decisions that go into designing a home which can be overwhelming even for the most design-savvy person. Your dedicated Design Project Manager will:

  • Interpret and understand your design style
  • Present custom tailored options for your home’s finishes
  • Collaborate with the architect and construction team for a cohesive design and smooth build 

Not exactly sure what your design style is or which finishes go well together? Your Design Project Manager helps define the aesthetic you’re trying to achieve to make the materials selection process easy. Designing your home should be fun, not stressful! 

As we mentioned, designing a home involves a lot of different pieces. We offer in-house design services so you don’t have to make an overwhelming amount of decisions alone. Design Project Managers provide expert recommendations on things you may not have considered or aren’t sure will work with your overall design. 

Your Design Project Manager collaborates with the architect and construction team to achieve the necessary structural and aesthetic elements of your home. They then work together to determine the little details that will have a big impact on your everyday life once you move in.

Stay in the Loop With Our Project Management App

Our project management app is the solution to keeping your project organized. It’s the ultimate portal for:

  • Tracking budget and costs 
  • Categorizing your design choices and materials by room
  • Communication surrounding your project 

When we first start exploring a build with any client, the most common concern we hear is knowing the cost of the project. Our project management app reflects a regularly updated design cost so you can understand the expenses for all finish materials. This eliminates any surprises and puts you in control of what you choose to spend. 

Another great advantage of our project management app is the communication feature. While you will have opportunities to meet with your design team face to face, design questions, requests, and approvals will all live in the app, creating one centralized hub for your entire project. 

No need to endlessly search through email after email trying to remember which tile you chose for the kitchen backsplash – the app houses all your finish selections, conveniently organized by room. This eliminates the frustrating and time consuming task of tracking down finish details. 

Bring Your Home to Life With 3D Modeling

During the design phase, we create a 3D model of your home using advanced building information modeling (BIM) software. 3D modeling helps illustrate what your home will look like, in addition to:

  • Making your design decisions with confidence
  • Preventing issues or mistakes in the field 
  • Creating an efficient build plan 

Having a rough idea of the finished product before construction provides you an additional opportunity to confirm your home’s design. Sometimes the architectural plans and the 3D model end up being different than you imagined. We take this extra step in case you have any changes so you can finalize your home’s design with confidence. 

Internally, it assists us in recognizing and understanding any potential issues that might happen before the home is built. This prevents drawn out timelines, shifts in design mid-construction, and unexpected expenses. 

Another advantage to 3D modeling is it prevents us from over-engineering the build plans, incorporating excess and redundant materials that might end up being costly and unnecessary. We don’t want to waste materials or your budget! 

Properly Planning Your Home By Completing All Design Work First

We want to keep your project running smoothly at all times. Another way we can ensure this is by completing all design work before construction begins. Having the design finished before building your home is beneficial to your project for a few reasons, as it provides:

  • Cost clarity 
  • Smooth phase transitions
  • Productive timelines  

First, you’ll have a real understanding of what your home is going to cost and look like before we begin building it. We want to prevent any unwelcome surprises! 

Finalizing all the materials and finishes beforehand allows for a seamless transition into the construction phase as we’ll already have everything planned, picked out, and ready to be ordered. Your project will continue to progress effortlessly all the way through to the finish. 

Ultimately, having your design nailed down allows us to simply plan your build better versus picking out finishes as we go, causing delays, stress, and headaches. 

A Better Design Process For A Better Build Experience

From high interior design to strategically engineered construction plans, we cover all aspects of custom home building through our integrated design-build process. We aim to make our clients building experience enjoyable, straightforward, and streamlined. We’re able to make this happen by keeping every step in designing and building a custom home under one roof. 

Reach out to us today to explore your options and begin your custom home journey through our proven design-build process.