Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost to build?
There are so many variables that determine the overall cost. Most builders will give you a price based on square footage and their own estimations (estimations they made without your presence). It will be a low price – one that what you want to hear – but when the work is finished you’ll find that estimation wasn’t nearly enough. SURPRISE! You’ll need 10-15% or more as the other builder explains “it was an estimation, not a final price.”
We are different – and we cannot stress that enough – because we sit down with you in the beginning and help you make all those design decisions—-cabinetry, flooring, lighting and plumbing fixtures, everything— and we plan ahead. In doing so, we are giving you the actual final price before we build. Period. NO SURPRISES!!
But, if you need to run a quick calculation, calculate an estimated cost to build here for a good “starting point.” Beyond that, we really need to sit down and talk.
Can I custom design my home?
Yes. We give you complete design flexibility and customization and offer in-house design services. We link you to hundreds of floor plans choices that are all completely customizable or bring us your own plan, whether it is an architecturally drawn set of plans or just your ideas sketched out on paper.
Can I make changes after the build begins?
That is the great thing about building a custom home. You can make as many changes along the way as you’d like. Want to move a wall, add a third bay to the garage, increase square footage? Sure, we can do that.
What if I own my land or are currently considering a land purchase? Will you come and evaluate the site?
Absolutely. In fact, that is one of the most important items on the check list. You may have found a plan that you love but what if it doesn’t work on your property. Property boundaries might limit the length and/or width of the structure so we need to make sure that the plan that you are considering will fit within those boundaries. It’s better to know that before you purchase a piece of property or order a set of plans that just won’t work.
Is there a cost for a quote?
No. Most of our customers initially send us a plan that they are considering and we can run some quick numbers for a general cost estimation based on square footage and other criteria. But to get a detailed, line item estimate, we will need to meet with you to discuss in detail your plans and specifications. Please bear in mind that compiling a detailed estimate is a time-consuming process for us, involving obtaining quotes from our vendors and subcontractors so we cannot do this for multiple plans. This process will be started once you have made your final decision on the plan you want to build.
I’ve never built a home before. Where do I even begin?
We recommend, before you begin looking at plans or properties, that you visit your preferred financial institution and speak with a mortgage lender. They will be able to provide you with a “pre-approval” based on your application and credit. This process will tell you the most you’ll be able to invest into your project. Once you know that, we can point you in the direction of what type and size of homes to be looking for.
Do you provide financing?
We don’t provide financing but we can refer you to some excellent financial institutions that can help you through that part of the process.
Just how much of the work do you do and how much will I be responsible for?
We will handle as much or as little as you need us to. We do everything from the ground up to the point that you move in so you don’t have to worry about finding your own subcontractors, which can be quite a task. But if you can do some of the process yourself or have subcontractors that you prefer to use, that’s ok too!
Can someone help me with the design of my home?
Absolutely! We have a design center with samples of exterior finishes, cabinetry, flooring, plumbing fixtures and more. But we also work with local vendors that provide a wider array of selections and we will schedule times for you to meet with them to make your final selections.
I can buy a home already for less than I can build a new home. Why shouldn’t I do that?
How often do you find exactly what you want in an existing home? The houses on the market were built for someone else with their own tastes and specifications. Are you willing to sacrifice the things you really wanted? Typically, some degree of renovation, be it aesthetic or structural, will happen and bring about unexpected expense; that will eat away at what you thought you would save from purchasing a house. You can always count on inheriting an unknown set of issues with an existing home and you never learn what those are until after you’ve made the purchase. When you build with us, you get exactly what you wanted, a new home you’ll truly love.
Do you have model homes that I can tour?
We don’t currently have a retail center with model homes. However, we invite you to visit a home that we are currently building. The great thing about visiting a site under construction is that you get to see the bones of the structure….what is actually behind that pretty finish. You can also talk to our customers and see how their experience with us has been.
How long does it take to build?
Calculating the actual time the entire process will take isn’t an exact science. Most people are concerned with the actual build time….once ground is broken and the actual build process begins. Weather is a factor, especially in the early stages, but generally 4-6 months is a good estimation, depending on the size of the build.
I have a few other questions that aren’t addressed here.
Great! Give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer those for you. Better yet, let’s schedule a time for a sit down meeting and get started!