Frequently Asked Questions
|Should I talk with a builder or decide on plans first?
Builders cannot give precise estimates without a set of blueprints, but we can provide a cost estimate based on price per square foot. This ballpark estimate can assist you in determining the next step.
|How should I analyze competitive bids?
Remember that less is not always better since a very low bid would raise the question of what quality are the materials and workmanship which that builder uses.
|What’s the length of time involved in building a new home?
Most new homes are completed within a 6-month time frame. A reasonably good estimate is 120 days from the start of framing.
|What are the major steps?
First you choose a floor plan and a lot. Next a contract is executed. After your attorney approves your contract, we meet and draw up the blueprint or use already established home plans. Then the building begins.
|How do we incorporate our ideas into the new home?
You can find pictures of homes you like. Let us know your thoughts and ideas.
|What inspections are involved in the process?
Your home is inspected from time to time for code compliance – at the very end of the process, a building-code official completes a final inspection and issues a certificate of occupancy (C.O.)
|What are the steps involved in building plans?
If you have found a house plan that meets your needs and suits the lot that you plan to build on, purchasing a study set can be an interesting way to begin.
Study set: A study set of plans includes floor plans and elevations only. Their purpose is to help you decide if the home you have chosen will fit your budget.
Construction sets: This includes 3 to 8 sets of plans which include all exterior views, dimensioned floor plans, and plans for the roof and foundation. These contain sufficient detail for us to proceed.