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5 Facts About the Home Building Timeline: An Interview with Wesley Farnum of MyHome

By Wesley Farnum

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

MyHome, LLC is a small custom builder & remodeler. Quality and our relationship with our customers are most import to us. We have successfully completed new custom homes, complete renovations of existing homes, additions, kitchen renovations & bathroom renovations.

What happens when a potential client meets with you to discuss building a new home and you agree to work together?

If the customer does not have plans, I will refer them to someone to design and draft plans for their project. We will talk about their wants and needs so that I can provide a list of vendors that will offer the products they like. Those selections allow me to start building a list of specifications for all areas of their new home. It is very important to be as detailed as possible with plans and specifications. The greater level of detail during planning, allows for more accurate pricing, smooth transitions during construction phases & ultimately the type of new home that the customer wants.

Can you list the basic steps involved in building a custom home and about how long each one should take?

The three major phases are planning, estimating & building. Planning is really customer driven. There are so many decisions that must be made by the customer. My experience is that the planning phase will take two to four months. Estimating usually takes two to four weeks depending on the scale and complexity of the project. Building the new home can be from four months to a year. I have found that with good planning and communication, the average new custom home takes six months from footings to completion.

What are some of the most popular features that people want their new homes to have?

Many of my customers are fifty years of age and older. Products that require less maintenance and are durable are very important to them. Brick or a good quality vinyl siding, hard woods & tile floors, composite decking.

Energy efficiency is also important. There are some basic things that can be done that pay off; Upgrading insulation in attics, heating and air equipment, windows & tank less water heaters, to name a few.

We have also completed many projects that make homes more accessible as my customers grow older. Accessible showers, placement of the home on the lot, entrances into the home, appliances, and bathroom layout, to name a few. There are many options for home accessibility.

In your experience, what is one of the biggest challenges that can happen during the building process?

Planning can be difficult. There are so many options available, that it can be overwhelming. With good communication, we get an understanding of how much information my customer wants at one time. This allows us to break it down into parts that work for each individual customer.

Making decisions can be a big challenge, with so many options, therefore it is important to make as many decisions on the front end as possible. This allows fewer decisions to be made during construction when timelines can be more critical.

How would you recommend that homeowners prepare for the building process?

Take photos of homes that appeal to you. Keep a file with ideas that are important to you. If you see a product you like put it in the file. That file will allow you to clearly communicate what you want.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

wesleyfarnum@aol.com
www.myhomesc.net (has link to facebook)
(m)803-331-8081

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