Attention to Detail

Attention to detail is not just making sure trim is mitered tight and painted smoothly. Attention to detail is required in all stages of a well built house, from design, to planning, to rough construction, thru finish work.
Planning for something as simple as a coat closet light is an example. Do you want a jamb switch that turns on the light when the door is opened? Or is this a closet the kids might be leaving open all the time, in which case a wall switch might be better? Will the closet have double doors? If so, you might want a jamb switch in each door so the light goes on if only one door is opened.
Installation of cedar siding provides another example. Elevations look best when the bottom edge of the siding (or shingle) lines up with the top of the window head. Usually, however, the distance from the bottom shingle to the top of the first floor window head, may not be an even multiple of the siding reveal. In this case the siding reveal needs be varied just slightly so no one will notice, but so that the window heads and shingles line up properly. When done this way the elevation is pleasing to the eye, versus when the window heads and siding do not line up, although most viewers cannot tell why one looks better.
When the wood floorboards in a room run perpendicular to an opening and there is a different flooring material on the other side of the opening, the floorboards that meet the other material at the opening must be placed perpendicular to the rest of the floorboards and must be the same width as the jambs of the opening. This is the most attractive method and requires that the floorboards be ripped so they fit properly. This is also necessary so that the end grain of the floorboards do not chip. Additionally, these ends must be glued to the perpendicular floorboards.
Double doors at master bedroom entry? Which one should have the astragal and flush bolt (the door that can be locked in place)? The one that’s most convenient to open, or might it be the one that provides the most privacy in the bedroom when one door is invariably left open? Once decided the light switches must be properly located.
These are just a few examples of the literally hundreds of details a good builder should be thinking of.