For example, building in the Reno/Sparks area of Nevada should include more than picking a contractor out of the Yellowpages. Choose a builder that is willing to take the time to design a home that fits your budget, your needs and most of your "wants." That starts with having an honest, transparent conversation with the design/builder. If the builder is competent, he will be as honest with you as you are with him. He will give options to consider instead of just saying, "no" to your unrealistic expectations. And, he will offer upgrades to areas that add value and will really make your dreams come true above expectations in other areas.
The builder should know how long you plan to stay in the home, any possible changes that you may want to add as later phases such as additional finished areas. They also should know about lifestyle changes you might be expecting, such as becoming empty nesters or needing a mother-in-law living quarters sometime in the future. The home can be designed with these future needs in mind which will save thousands of dollars in renovation costs later. A design builder does more than build, they listen and transfer your dreams into a plan that reveals your tastes and meets your expectations.