Do I Need An Architect To Build A Custom Home?

Do I Need An Architect To Build A Custom Home?


It’s easy to assume that to build a custom home you need to start with an architect. And although you can use an architect, if may be more beneficial not to.

For most people building a custom home is new territory. The process is very different from buying a home. When you build a custom home, you start by finding land, securing financing, selecting a builder, and creating a home design. But do you need an architect? In most cases, no.


If you’re working with an established and experienced builder, like Putnam Builders, they will have an integrated design team that will work with you to create your dream custom home. Putnam Builders has a library of hundreds of floor plans and elevations that you can adjust to your liking. Or you can choose to create an entirely new design based on your ideas. Putnam Builders will even create a digital 3D rendering of you home, so you can get a clear idea of how your home will look when completed.

Using a builder with an integrated design team can help you save time and money when building your custom home.


Cut Design Fees

Architectural fees for a custom home will cost a minimum of 10% of your overall budget. If you’re working within a limited budget, or just want to save money, cutting out architectural fees is a great place to start. If you’re working with a builder that offers custom design services you can cut your costs dramatically and apply those funds toward upgrading your finishes, landscaping, or whatever is important to you.


Budget Control

Architects are focused on creating a design that you’re happy with. When you bring this design to a builder you’ll likely find out that the cost to build is beyond your budget. But when you’re working with a builder’s design team you can control the budget from day one. As you make changes and further develop your home design you’ll be able to see your building estimate change and you’ll be better able to stay within your budget parameters.


Stay on Schedule

When you’re working with an architect and a builder you’ll have delays in your construction. This is because as the builder begins construction the architect will continually have to be called upon for input in their design. And you’ll have to be consulted as well to sign off on the design and any budget changes. This 3-way back-and-forth causes unnecessary construction delays. If you’re builder is working directly with you on the design delays can be avoided.


Choose Experience

Whether you decide to hire an architect or work with a builder with an integrated design team, it’s important that you choose a home builder with plenty of experience. Make sure that your builder has a track record of successfully building beautiful homes and staying within budget. Our experienced team will work closely with you to incorporate your wants and needs into the custom home design of your dreams, while staying within your budget.


Contact Us


Putnam Builders has been building custom homes on the Gulf Coast of Texas and surrounding areas since 1963. We would love the opportunity to discuss your custom home ideas in our design studio in Bacliff, TX or in the comfort of your own home. Please contact us at 281-339-0838 or request a free consultation.


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