Homebuilder Nightmares: How an Architect Knows What to Avoid in Choosing Main Line Builders

By Nick Matteo | April 8, 2016

“Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.”
–Napoleon

Laurel and Hardy. Abbott and Costello. The names go together like peanut butter & jelly; you just can’t unstick them. On their own, they lack the fame and renown that they have collectively. But those partnerships didn’t just ‘happen.’ Both comedic duos were formed almost by accident; burlesque performers coming together and the audience wanting more. Agents and spouses urged on the partnerships, seeing that together they produced something worthwhile and, more importantly, worth money!

If you are an outstanding Main Line architect trying to sift through the plethora of Main Line builders to come up with a great partnership, here are the 3 things you should watch out for.

3 Ways to Identify Subpar Main Line Builders

  • main-line-buildersLack of Good Goals
    Felicia Oliver writes that builders and architects have “intersecting yet disparate goals.” The point being that if both do their job well, a project can go off without a hitch, but if one tries to move too much into the domain of the other, it spells disaster. For example, while it’s good to have an idea of what a project might cost, architects ultimately know to trust a builder to come up with a realistic budget. 9 times out of 10, the builder is right. So it’s a huge warning sign when a builder isn’t capable of coming up with a confident budget.
  • Lack of mutual respect
    A great builder knows a great architect when he sees one, and will give the respect and deference due the architect. The resulting mutual respect is the fertile ground in which groundbreaking projects take root. However, homeowners get caught in the middle when a builder and an architect don’t work well together. In the end, both Main Line builders and architects suffer, neither getting the notoriety they deserve.  On that last point, so much business comes to Main Line builders and architects through referrals that merely completing a good project is not as important as completing the project that fulfills the client’s vision.
  • Lack of communication
    If builder and architect are not meeting at least once a month to communicate together, it can hardly be expected that there be no miscommunications. Great Main Line builders are going to be principally communicating with the homeowners on details, and know when it’s a detail that would waste your time to contact you on, and when it’s a question that must be run by you. Respect leads to this great communication, and great communication leads to a great outcome.

Yes, there are homebuilder nightmares out there, but there’s also a partnership just waiting to happen: a partnership full of communication and respect that will bring visions together and make them reality. Get in contact with How Building Services today, and watch the dreams come true.

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