Do you have different floor plans to choose from? Can I come to you with my own blueprints or do I have to use yours?
Ideally, we like to work with you before you have blueprints done. The situation we often see is someone comes to us with a house plan they fell in love with but after our budget meeting they realize they can’t afford it. Rather than dealing with the heartbreak of scaling back, they cancel the whole project. We will constantly keep your budget in mind throughout the design process. As a custom builder we know what the real costs are to building and serve as a constant reality check for you. I have a degree in design and drafting and is a journeyman carpenter, this allows me to comfortably oversee both sides and building and enables us to design for peak building efficiency. Also, coming to us with a stock plan may be within your budget but might not fit on your lot, maximize your view or meet local building codes. We take all these things into consideration for you. Alternatively, we will build with your blueprints if you already have them and will work with your designer to get it right for you.
Isn’t it cheaper for me to do my own contracting?
The first question you need to ask yourself is do you have time to take away from your current job and will the money you lose not doing what you do best compensate for what you pay a builder? You will get the best results if you do what you do best while we do what we are good at (win-win). Tradespeople will give preferential discounts to a builder with a predictable system and good credit history. They will charge more for the risk factors involved in dealing directly with the homeowner. Do you have time to meet them on site every day, be on site to sign off on deliveries, take off of work because they are short on materials? You will have a lot of due diligence to do before you hire anyone, do they have workers compensation, gst registration, liability insurance, safety program? Do you have time to decipher all the legalese of permits, building codes, architectural controls etc? What do you do if they don’t complete the job or you can’t get the back for warranty or touch-ups? These are just a few examples of things that can happen on a job site on a day to day basis, some people might really enjoy this but you have to ask yourself if it is worth your time and energy? Or you could call a professional who has experience and has a passion for all the details that make a house your home, Reside!
What are the advantages of custom design/build vs buying a production built home (spec)?
Your home is the biggest personal investment you will make so why not make it truly YOURS? We will design your home to maximize your needs and wants with the finishing touches that suit YOUR personality and built by professionals that take pride in their work, all within your budget. Whatever you want, chances are we’ve heard it before. You want a covered deck, special green building techniques, home automation, or special liner for your garage instead of drywall? We’ve come across all this before and if we haven’t we love a challenge and are constantly researching the latest in construction techniques, products and materials. Do you want your entertainment center at a particular height or location in a room?, you can choose that during the electrical walk through? If you buy a pre-built or production home you are facing either a costly renovation or unsightly extension cords to solve this problem. You have control over all the selections like exterior colors, paint colors, cabinet style etc. You are free to dream and we will make it happen FOR YOU!
What do you charge per square foot?
This question is easy for a production builder to answer but impossible for a custom builder. Since there are several different products we can use to build your home from foundation to finish, we need to first meet with you to get a feel for what you want in a home. After that we need to agree on a budget for your project and then start design.
When can I make changes to the plan?
The blueprint and the contract must be signed off by you before we dig the basement. We cannot allow major structural changes after that without dramatically affecting the cost and the timeline. That said, as a custom builder we do realize that ideas do come up during construction. If it is not a major structural change we can make minor changes as we go, whether it is to maximize storage space or to move a door slightly. This can be accomplished easily with our change order system.
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