Ready to put your dreams to paper and start designing your custom-built cottage? Once you’ve finalized the purchase of land, your next step is to choose a trustworthy cottage builder. The choice is crucial to building a strong, durable home that withstands the elements and performs as well as it looks. The best cottage builders will guide you through the process of designing a build that lasts.
Here are five things a great builder will tell you during the design phase.
1. Your Lot Isn’t Perfect – And That’s Okay
Building a cottage on densely-forested or rocky terrain comes with challenges, as does building a lakeside cottage. Issues like erosion and drainage can cause serious problems if the structure isn’t build with them in mind, A good builder will notice and call your attention to these challenges as early as possible in the design phase of your cottage.
Working with the terrain you have chosen can mean your cottage might not look exactly as you originally envisioned, but the best cottage builders will find a way to bring your original design to reality in a way that ensures it will stand steady on the land.
2. Some Materials Are Harder to Work with Than Others
Stonework can look stunning on the side of a cottage, but that stuff is heavy and expensive to transport. Wood is classic cottage siding material, but not all builders have the expertise to work with it, and it’s demanding in terms of maintenance.
A good builder will flag these issues with you before the build is underway. It’s proof that the builder cares about more than just getting the job done and getting paid: they want to do the best job and use the most suitable materials.
3. Cottage Living Isn’t Always Easy
Having a secluded cottage away from civilization means peace, quiet and privacy. But it also means you’re isolated in bad weather (especially during winter) and farther away from essential services like fire and ambulance services. Plus, the seclusion makes cottage properties vulnerable to burglary.
The best builders will take time to ensure the cottage you’re designing is a safe and comfortable one, and that you’re prepared to face the tougher side of a secluded cottage life. They’ll talk to you about safe building materials (flammable vs. fire-retardant) and security measures.
4. There Might Be a Better Way to Build
Building a cottage on the lot isn’t always the best approach. Many contemporary cottages are custom-built in factory facilities to be shipped and assembled on-site. While you might associate pre-fab with the cookie-cutter cottages of the 1960’s and 1970’s, that’s far from what prefabricated cottages entail. In fact, many are indistinguishable from a cottage built any other way.
Pre-fab cottages are ideal for lots in remote locations, since it requires less commuting to and from the building site.
5. A Custom Cottage Really Can Be Custom
There are so many ways to make a cottage your own. It’s not only about the aesthetics. The entire cottage layout can be built to suit your family’s needs and desires, and the best cottage builders will work with you to come up with a building plan that does it all.
Need to accommodate someone who uses a wheelchair? Tell your builders you’ll need accessible facilities and an open floor plan with ample turning space.
Thinking of adding an addition when grandkids arrive down the road? A cottage can be custom-built in a way that makes building an addition trouble-free.
Want to live off-the-grid? Great builders will jump at the chance to work on an innovate off-grid cottage project.
Your dream cottage should be all yours. Choose a qualified, experienced builder who readily listens to your requests and respond with honest, intelligent feedback.