Why it’s a Great idea to choose your Custom Builder before you engage an Architect

We have dealt with it in the past with clients and I’m sure we will at some stage come across it in the future, but its often debated whether you should engage the services of a builder or the architect at the start of the decision phase when renovating or building.

The decision in our eyes is quite simple.  A custom builder should be appointed before engaging an Architect to work on your house design.  I like to put it like this:  “Architects design dreams, Builders design reality”. 

Architects are extremely talented individuals and are fantastic at designing homes that tick all the boxes but that’s where the Builders’ input can often be the make of break when it comes to budget.  Builders look at the overall functionality in design and also look at the cost of elements across the design process so working with the builder before engaging an Architect can work to your advantage.  Once you appoint a Builder you can then get the builder and architect to work together to create a beautiful home that’s aesthetically pleasing but is also functional, practical and adheres to your budget constraints – all of which is extremely important.

We have come across it before where a client has gone direct to an architect had their plans and all their selections chosen (all selections were extremely high end) and then come to see us to quote the project only to be disappointed that the selections put forward to them by the Architect were way above their allocated budget.  This then forced the clients to go back to the Architect causing delays in the process and dampening the overall experience.

The design process is about coming up with a seamless beautiful design that is within your budget not coming up with a design and then thinking about the budget afterwards.

Architects and Builders can work wonderfully together and the fusion of experience between all parties can make the design process come together a lot quicker and on point rather than the alternative.  Something to think about when your planning your next big project!


Happy Easter!!  From our family to yours, we hope the Easter Bunny brings some lovely treats.


Lise, Brad & The BHH Team.



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