Q: I already have a lot/property, what do I need to do get ready to build?
A: There are many potential elements and pitfalls to preparing a property for construction. Things like water service, sewer disposal, power, permits, fees, clearing & grading etc… We offer a free on site consultation to help you with what we call “From Concept to Construction”
Q: I have an idea of what I want in a floor plan but how do we go about getting a plan I like?
A: If you have found a plan that is close to the design you desire, but it needs some tweaking, we have a plan designer that will redesign your plan to fit your needs. If you do not have a plan, we have access to hundreds of awesome stock plans that are useful for a starting point. For example, see our “Plan Possibilities” page. The cost of a custom designed plan is surprisingly affordable.
Q: Is there a way to know what our house will cost before we start spending money on plans etc?
A: If you have selected a stock plan that is close to your desired floor plan, we run that plan through an estimator to determine a high and low range of construction costs. From there, after the plan is completed we will get bids from subcontractors, suppliers and what we do in house, to determine an accurate pricing.
Q: How do I know I am getting the things I want in my house?
A: In the budgeting & contracting process we provide a detailed listing of all the elements associated with the construction of your home. From the foundation to what kind of door bell you would like. In addition, anything to do with color, style or preference is priced out in a “Owner Budget” column on the spread sheet. Here you are able to select all the particulars, with the item number and prices that you would like in your home. This way there is no question what you are getting and what we are providing.
Q: I have heard of price overruns during the process of construction. How can this be prevented?
A: Because our biding, budgeting and contracting is so thorough, the price at the end will be the same price as it was in the beginning. You will know before construction begins if there are any potential unknowns such as foundation excavation issues and it will be clearly noted in the contract. In addition we give you a monthly accounting to insure the budget is being met.
Q: How do you keep our house on a good building schedule?
A: We use a critical path management scheduling program to initially schedule the project in order to give the subcontractors appropriate scheduling notice so they can be on site on time. Of course this schedule will change during the course of construction but it goes a long way to keeping a project moving in the right direction. We run a tight ship and demand all involved to do the same.
Q: Can I, or a friend/family member do some work on our house to save help with the budget?
A: The short answer is yes, but this sweat equity work will be held to the same degree of quality we demand from our subs and ourselves.
Q: What if I want to change or add something during the process?
A: Of course you are able to make changes through a change order which will detail the change and the price. It will need to be approved with a signature before the change will be started.
Q: What kind of financing is recomended.
A: The best king of construction financing is the “Construction/Perm” financing. The lender will provide construction funding and then roll it into a permanent mortgage at completion. This way there is only one closing and one set of fees.
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