Do I need a permit for that?
If you have to ask, the answer’s probably yes. Permits are a beneficial double-check to make sure all work is up to code and to protect you from potential penalties.
How much will my project cost?
As a full custom builder, our projects are so diverse that we have to get to know you, your style, your dreams, and your expectations, and then we go to work on creating a detailed cost estimate based on your preferences and budget.
How can we stay on budget throughout my project?
The planning and drafting stages are the most important with respect to your budget. It’s important to form realistic expectations for your project and to stick to the plan. There is some wiggle room, but remember that making changes on paper is quick and easy. Once the project has started, major changes become challenging and can drastically increase costs.
Stick within the allowances you have set for things like countertops, tile, wall paper, plumbing and electrical fixtures, and so on.
How long will my project take?
In some cases, it’s easy to estimate a timeframe, but for most of our projects, the schedule relies on trades and suppliers. It’s important for us as builder and home/business owner to be efficient with product selections, just as it is for us to manage the progress onsite.
Do you have time for our project?
We only take on a few larger projects each year, as they are usually quite involved and require a lot of attention. We’ll let you know early on if we can meet your timelines. If you have a small- to medium-sized project you’d like us to work on, we’ll likely be able to help you out thanks to our crew size.
Will you help us through the design and permit process?
Yes, we will be there through the whole design stage, providing insight for buildability and cost efficiency oversight. We will also manage and navigate the entire permit application and approval process.
We have a friend/relative that has a trade/supply company — can we use them on our project?
Yes, if you trust their work and their timeline for your project, we have no issue supporting your network of contacts. Just remember: if something goes wrong with your trade, the damage may transfer to the relationship , which is way harder to repair than the site work. We prefer to do these projects under the Construction Management style to keep it an clear line between our work and the workers you provide.
I really want a solar system installed — are they expensive?
Yes, solar is expensive right now. There used to be a rebate program to make it more affordable, but the program has now expired. For most homes, you can expect a solar system to cost between $25k and $50k. For larger homes it is even more.