custom construction tips
Choosing your Design
Choosing your Builder
The Construction Process
Average Construction Time from Day Foundation is poured to completion:
- Custom Homes 8 months
- Barndominium 6-7 months
- Metal Buildings 1-2 months
Prior to construction, we suggest to allow at least 6 weeks when we will focus on an accurate budget for all selections and allowances, but not stress about overwhelming you with individual selections. Then you can expect we will revisit and confirm each upcoming selection at these typical benchmarks during construction:
- Slab complete
- Exterior Frame Complete (We will confirm Preliminary Mechanical Design)
- Plumbing, Electrical, Heating Complete
- Drywall Complete (We will confirm Preliminary Cabinet and Trim Design)
- Trim Complete (We will confirm Paint Colors & Finishes)
- Final Inspection
We offer the most commonly used products at our in house showroom as well as a network of inside sales support at various vendors available to meet with you and discuss any specific products. Each project and selection process is tailored to the needs of our customer and set by their own schedule and availability.
Cost Per Square Foot
Cost per square foot is a commonly asked question. It is impossible to give an accurate answer to this question until the plan is chosen, finishes agreed too, and the homesite evaluated. Each home is quite different and the items included or not included make a major difference in the cost per square foot. There are probably 10,000 variables that can impact square footage cost due to home design, specifications, site conditions, and much more. Typically, as the square footage rises, the cost per square foot will decrease. This is because the same home, regardless of size will have fixed costs associated like: tap fees, appliances, septic, well, driveways, and much more which do not change with size. There are many areas in a home where footage can be added quite inexpensively. If the budget allows, this should be done since there will be a major spread between the cost of the footage and the appraised value of the footage. We will be happy to point those areas out to you.
Our preferred manner of operation is to first evaluate your plans and specifications and then develop a contract based on actual costs. Many builders offer a low price per square foot with minimal specifications for the home assuming that the Buyers's will upgrade their expected quality level once the home has been started. Personally, I do not like to be on either side of this type of surprise and doubt that you would either. If there is a major difference in another builder's cost per square foot you can be sure that there is a difference in the quality, features, and finishes included, or some other tangible item.