Here are some frequently asked questions from our customers:
Is a two-story house less expensive than a big single story?
It depends. There are some situations were building up a two-story can actually save costs. A large portion of a home’s construction cost is the foundation. The cost of concrete is considerable and has risen over the past few years. Building a two-story home can save costs on the foundation which can then be put into other things like finishes, flooring, lighting, windows, doors, countertops, and appliances. It really depends on an evaluation by experts on a case-by-case basis and the home’s overall design. Ask our home builder New Braunfels estimating team and experts this question—we are happy to provide input!
Is a metal roof better than a shingle roof?
In short, yes. But you should plan to go with what you can afford right now. If a shingle roof is more in line with your budget than go ahead and plan on using a shingle roof. But be prepared to have it replaced sooner than a metal roof. A metal roof provides durability that shingle roofing simply cannot match and over the last few years has become much more affordable as the processes have become more available and cheaper. This has passed savings throughout the fabrication process down to the consumer making metal roofing even more appealing and shingle roofing even less so. If you have the capital and interest to invest long-term our general recommendation is to go with a metal roof but this decision, just like every major and minor decision in your design process is up to you. We provide the expert input and you decide!
How long does it take to build a home?
Great question. Short answer: between six and nine months, on average assuming the lot has a standard grade and lacks a considerable slope. Let’s delve into this a bit deeper. Let’s say for example you reach out to us without a lot, plans, or budget. From start to finish you could be looking at twelve months to have a design drawn, have it estimated by our team, purchase a lot, have a contract signed, have the site-preparation work completed and begin pouring the slab and ordering materials. Let’s say in another example you already have a set of construction drawings completed, you have a lot purchased, a budget in mind, and have already made selections decisions for lighting, countertops, flooring, windows, doors, and paint colors. In this example you could be looking at having a home built in as little as six or seven months. We like to say the more you know about exactly what you want and the details of what the home will look like and what will go into the home, the faster the entire construction process will go.
Overall, multiple things can impact the speed at which the home goes up. Things like weather, order backlogs, supply delays, the health of workers, and decision-making for the home’s selections can all affect the rate at which you see progress. Most of these things, as you can see, are simply out of your control. So, what is in your control? What can you do to accelerate the construction of your home? The answer is: Selections! More specifically, making a selection as early on in the process as possible. Some of our customers make lighting, plumbing fixtures, flooring, door, and window selections early on, in the middle, or later in the building process. Of course, there are no hard deadlines for these decisions and we never try to rush you to make decisions fast. Rather, we simply advise you this: the earlier you can make your decisions for these selections, the earlier on in the process we can order them, and the earlier they can be installed. That’s how you can get the home you want, at the price you want, hopefully, within the timeframe you desire. A brief word on our philosophy of work on the home: it is better done right the first time than to do it wrong and have to do it twice. We’ve lived by this philosophy for years because we value your hard-earned capital and stand by our work when we are finished.
When do I have to pay?
Before the home builder New Braunfels foundation is poured or the first batch of materials are ordered, we will invoice you for a pre-construction deposit. This allows us to make the necessary steps to begin the process of constructing your home. Over the course of the project you will receive draw requests, typically after the stage of a process is complete such as foundation, framing, and roofing as a few examples.