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Developers and Custom Home Builders

October 30, 2012 Trackback Arkmillworks Edit

“A house is not a home.”

There is probably no other cliché about houses in the literature that comes on par to this adage. In Eastern culture, much had been said about family members and their responsibilities in making a home a welcoming respite from a hard day's work. In Western culture, this duty has fallen to architects and designers. We, at A.R.K., consider it our responsibility to act like family members who help make our client's house homes that they find comfort in.

To make a house a home is the ideal that every construction firm aspires towards. In addition to doing their best to produce flawless output, the best companies produce homes that capture the penchant and comfort of homeowners. Only if they succeed can they call themselves custom home builders and designers rather than just plain old developers. This is what makes A.R.K. A unique, custom home designer and builder, rather than your run of the mill developer.

Two ears and a heart

Note that there are thousands of builders in the country. Not one of them claims to be inferior to the competition when it comes to skills, professionalism and aesthetics. And, sure, this might be arguably true.

But there’s one vital quality of construction firms that tend to be shadowed by glitzy credentials: being able to listen to clients and
become part of the rest of their lives.

Average developers craft concrete walls and corners, add roofs, furnish the interior and toss in some furniture. Custom home designers, such as A.R.K. do the same, only they work with both of their ears directed to clients’ voices while prioritizing the comfort of the environment they are building.

How are we different?

With strong competition in the industry, it is imperative that architects, engineers, and designers give a little extra to their
clients. Tapping into technological advancements and being in line with the latest trends is a good plan, but other companies already do this as well.  Worse, bigger firms are already a hundred steps ahead and it is difficult to keep up with them. However, unlike bigger competitors or mass market developers, our focus is not attempting to produce mass market productions that look all the same. Our goal is to make our clients' homes unique creations which are custom fit to their needs and expectations, rather than the prevailing taste of the masses.

Read between the lines. Most construction firms meet with their clients on day one and present the blueprint a week after – this is because they already have a blueprint ready to go. We allocate much more time for our client consultations to arrive at the best ideas. Apart from asking our clients about the kind of house they are dreaming of, the colors they prefer, or number of rooms; we also assess their personalities. We are interested in things like their hobbies, special interests, favorite movie, and so on. For couples, we observe differences and try to find a balance between competing visions.

At every turn we encourage client participation. Rather than laying out options, we allow our clients to suggest their ideas. Letting our clients come up with their own ideas is a step towards giving them a dream home. However, as much as we like to we cannot nod our head to every wish. As experts in construction, we use our demands and experience to determine whether the ideas are implementable or how they might be modified so that they might be properly implemented.


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