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What Makes a Project a Success?

October 6th, 2015|Commonly Asked Questions, How to Choose a Custom Home Builder, Newsletter|

It’s as much about the experience as the result. Some homeowners have asked: How does a builder know when a project has been a success? Well, there’s good news—the answer to this question is one of the things that defines a great builder.

Can I Hire My Own Painter?

August 5th, 2014|Commonly Asked Questions, Newsletter, Tips and Tools for Building Your Custom Home|

Or buy my own carpet... Builders get these questions a lot. Here’s why a Yes answer is seldom in the homeowners’ best interest. It’s not unusual for new-home clients to ask their builder to use a trade contractor with whom the clients (but not the builder) have an established relationship, or to let them buy their own plumbing fixtures or other items. Most builders won’t agree to this. Sticking to familiar subcontractors is a policy that’s in the best interest of the builder and the homeowners. The reasons have to do with the business relationships between builders, suppliers, and subcontractors.

How long will building a custom home take?

February 18th, 2014|Commonly Asked Questions, Newsletter, Tips and Tools for Building Your Custom Home|

Builders hear this question a lot. The answer, as with most such questions, is “It depends.” But on what? People who haven’t built before often have an unrealistic concept of how long it can take to plan, budget, and build a home. Many variables can affect the timetable. Three that stand out are design, permitting, and site work.

Why Change Orders Are Costly

January 7th, 2014|Commonly Asked Questions, Newsletter, Tips and Tools for Building Your Custom Home|

Even small changes made after work begins can have surprising effects on the budget. Here’s why. Minimizing change orders is one of the most effective things homeowners can do to control costs. The reason is that seemingly small changes can have cost impacts beyond the builder’s control—costs that ultimately are borne by the customer.