Frequently Asked Questions
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We want to build a house, where do we start?
One of the most effective beginnings is to start with a discussion with bankers and mortgage brokers. You will provide them information they will need to assess your financial situation and thus determine the types of financing that you may qualify for. This will establish your project budget. It is important to shop for your financing to obtain the best fitted package. We offer contact with numerous different financing institutions to aid in this process.
If I see products I like, should I purchase right away?
In most cases no. There are numerous issues and questions about your home that affect purchases. In many cases the type of home you are wanting to build is best suited to certain types of lots. By purchasing a product that is not best suited for your home, you are at risk of losing warranty rights. It is important to involve the contractor and interior designer for product selection to best protect your interest.
I've got my financing, whats the next step?
Our recommendation is that you interview potential builders and find the one or two that you would consider working with. Share with them the area that you want to live, the school district that you want for your family, where you like to shop, etc. At that point you can begin working on the selection of available lots or land. That selection may determine the type of house you can build on the lot or the home you want may determine the location of the lot based on it’s topography. This is where you may want to get a realtor involved to aid in the process.
How long does it take to build a new home or remodel?
Depending on the size of the project, you may have a timeline that is anywhere from 3 to 8 months and even longer. Remember to allow yourself at least 2 additional months for the planning, design and creating the scope of the work to be completed. For most remodels the process typically takes 6 to 8 weeks.
Should I buy a plan out of a plan book from the store?
Not in most cases, but the magazines can provide you with ideas and information that starts you thinking of the design style that you may like! Typically the designs in the magazine rack are from another state. Often the design criteria is not correct. Energy ratings and requirements are different, and the products shown in the drawings may not be available in our area. All these items can lead to confusion on exactly what items are to be in the bid. If your drawings are not accurate, there will inevitably be complications in the building stage. However, we have a list of architects and designers that we can recommend for you.