In this three-part article, we are focusing on building a dream ranch or farmhouse from scratch. In the first section, we educated our readers on the first steps to take to get the project underway. In this section, we will focus on the construction process. In the final section, we will discuss several of the features your ranch may include. If you are interested in learning more about Florida farms for sale, please speak with a land expert today.
Hiring a Contractor
Depending on the scale of the project and your own experience developing a ranch or farmland, you will need to either hire a contractor or hire several experienced professionals to perform each individual construction task. Assuming you are building a sizable ranch from scratch, you likely will need to hire a knowledgeable contractor. Similar to hiring an architect, it’s best to hire a contractor with experience building the type of ranch you desire. In fact, the architect may be able to point you in the right direction.
The Construction Process
After you have hired a reliable contractor to work alongside your architect, the building process can begin. The first thing to consider before breaking ground is the total budget. Many new landowners may not know that the vast majority of construction projects go over budget. Between purchasing materials, fulfilling the design needs, labor costs, unexpected delays, and other important issues, it’s easy for a project’s budget to increase over time. A responsible contractor and architect will offer strategies that can be cost-effective and help the landowner come in under budget. In some cases, this may mean that the project design may be compromised; however, a good contractor and architect team will find a solution that comes in under budget and makes the client happy with the end result.
Coordinating the Building Process
If budgeting during the construction process is a concern, it may be best to focus on what aspects of the ranch are a priority and scale out until eventually the entire project can be completed. In other words, if the ranch is being developed to train horses, it is likely best to focus on the needs of the horses first and eventually build that dream house on the property at a later date. Budgeting for the project greatly depends on the scale of the design and the expectations for the property.
Regardless of whether you decide to do a massive construction project all at once or just segment out the project over time, budgeting out a project and closely communicating with the contractor and architect is always beneficial to the landowner.