Building Your Dream Home 101

For those who are interested in becoming actively involved in the design and construction of a new home, we have put together the basic information that you need to know before starting to look for a lot or acreage for your new home. We will  take the mystery out of the building process for you.  We have the procedures and systems fine tuned. 

We help you secure financing, find the perfect home site, introduce you to custom home builders and designers, and continue to advise and help you manage your new home throughout its construction.  Below are just some of the most frequently asked questions that we hear from our clients when they are considering the possibility of building a custom home.

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Site Selection

Take into account:
bulletWhat is the access to the lot?
bulletWhat limitations on equipment and design does the topography entail?
bulletWhat is the best orientation for a building with respect to the sun?
bulletHow do the CC&R's restrict the use of the lot?
bulletHow about zoning requirements?
bulletWhat easements are on the property that may restrict its use?

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Permits

Take into account:
bulletWhat information do I need to get the necessary permits?
bulletWhat is the cost of   permits?
bulletWhat inspections will be necessary and how do I prepare for them?
bulletHow do I prepare for proper compliance with the applicable building codes?

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Financing

Take into account:
bulletWhy are there separate loans for land acquisition and construction?
bulletWhat is a 'take-out' loan?
bulletHow do I pay the contractors as work progresses?

 

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Design

Take in account:
bulletWhat are 'stock plans'?
bulletHow are they different from custom plans?
bulletCan I draw the plans myself?
bulletHow do I interact with an architect?
bulletHow can I make sure that the materials used will provide the most efficient energy use?
bulletWhat is the cost of change orders during construction?
bulletWhat are the principal things I should keep in mind to enhance the resale value of my home?

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Materials

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bulletWhat do I need to know to safely evaluate the various types of construction materials and how do I shop for the best price?

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Bids from Contractors and Sub-Contractors

Take into account:
bulletWhat type of contract do I need to have with the general contractor, sub-contractors and material suppliers? 
bulletHow do I check references? 
bulletWhat kind of insurance for workers on my job site do I need ?
bulletIs worker's compensation, liability and builder's risk insurance necessary and where do I find the providers for this type of insurance? 
bulletWhat about natural disaster insurance during construction?

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Liens

Take into account:
bulletWhat are liens, what do they accomplish, and how do I protect myself from them?

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Checklists

Take into account:
bulletUsing and Customizing  home-building Checklists.
bulletHow does this scheduling tool  help to keep the sequence of events organized and  to maintain control of construction decisions?

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