I have worked with Tim on many projects over the years. He is reliable and honest and it has been a pleasure doing business with him. Tim is very knowledgeable and thoughtful of the responsibility that his clients have entrusted him with in building their home. Scotch Construction brings excellence and quality to every project they take on. Russell Becka
Tim and his team worked two projects involving the substructure of the house while we occupied the home. The work conditions were at times quite trying and complicated–needing some creativity to get the job done. The work was handled very professionally and efficiently. They worked with us to refine job details for these unusual repairs and kept us informed throughout the process. No doubt, if we have any future tough construction requirement or repair need, we’ll call on Tim Scotch again. Barbara Sutherland
This family-owned and operated business has all of the benefits of dealing with a small company (personal attention to detail, willingness to work with the clients) and the cost estimate accuracy of a big builder (thanks to Tim Scotch’s accountant background). I have personally witnessed the hours and hours of work that they put into each and every estimate. They are honest to a fault, and care about the work they do. I highly recommend Scotch Construction! Warren Caples
Here are some frequently asked questions from our customers:
What kind of decisions do I have to make in order to use you for my home builder?
The first decision would be the lot. Having trouble locating one? We have home builder New Braunfels relationships with real estate agents and can refer you to someone who can help. If you have a lot that you love, we can work with you and our design team to come up with a floor plan that fits your needs. If you have a floorplan that you love, we can assist in locating a lot that would be ideal for that floor plan. When looking at lots in this area, we typically recommend the western side of I-35. The reason for that is that the land northwest of I-35 tends to be much more rocky and solid to build on. There has been some volatility in the soil east of I-35 which can cause foundation instability and even cracking. To avoid this, it is critical to find the right region and neighborhood in which to conduct your search.
Once you have a lot purchased, the second decision step is to finalize an overall inside and exterior design. Typically you will work with a designer or architect for this process. Architects tend to be a bit pricier than designers so if you are working on a tighter budget perhaps a designer would be a better option. Architects however bring a detail-oriented approach to the design process and can design things from the floorplans all the way down to light switches and lighting fixtures. They certainly bring expertise to smaller decision-making which is taking care of more on the front-end of the process with them in their offices or with meetings with them early on. You can certainly make decisions like what the plumbing fixtures or lighting fixtures will look like halfway through the process but some clients prefer to have those decisions made as early on as possible.
We recommend perusing various websites, some of which we can recommend, that provide pictures of different floor and elevation plans. These can kick-start the creative process and bring you to a place where the rubber meets the road and you can start making decisions on the approximate size of rooms, the comparative size of rooms, location of rooms, location of bathrooms, location of kitchen, fireplaces, garages, as well as windows and doors. These smaller decisions are critical in the overall process of building a home. A brief word on selections: the sooner you can make decisions on tile, toilets, doors, windows, and flooring as well as many other selections, the faster the building process will go. You will be surprised how quickly things come together in the end!
Overall, once you have decided on a lot and floor plan, the only practical limitation on what we can build is your imagination and your budget. We pride ourselves on building your dream home, so once we have a general idea of your needs we can make suggestions and recommendations that make a home unique. In addition, we have a great design team that can assist in picking the custom finishes for your home. Everything from floor to roof top can be customized.
What do you do If my wife and I don’t agree on the color of the carpet?
As home builders New Braunfels, we know the general consensus from our team is “Happy Wife = Happy Life”. That being said, might we suggest that you concede the color of the carpet in exchange for a custom storage area for your golf cart/ATV or an upgraded shop area? In all seriousness, building a custom home is all about your dreams and we generally are able to make suggestions that will make your new home special for all family members.
What happens if I change my mind on something?
This is a great question. We work with our customers to try to give them, first the notification and then secondly, the time, to make selection decisions like lighting, flooring, and paint choices as early as possible in the process and before the work is begun! Because of the high degree of collaboration, many of our customers have found that their changes are identified early enough to avoid major impacts to the schedule or budget. However, sometimes customers find something they like better or have second thoughts about decisions. Our goal is to work as hard as we can to make your vision become a reality and we will do work over again if you decide to change your mind that late in the process. However, for late decision changes like changing your mind on a paint color after the paint is on all the walls and dried – we will need to issue an invoice to you for that work. Let me give you a more detailed example. Let’s say you’re having your kitchen retiled as part of a full scale remodel and renovation. You select the tile and the teams begin their work. At the finish, you see the tile and decide the color, shape, or other characteristics are not to your liking and you request to again retile the kitchen with a different product. At this stage, redoing tile would be possible but we would issue you another invoice to have the work done. If you had caught it at an earlier stage, we could possibly negotiate to redo the work. However, when jobs are complete, payment is due. How do you avoid this scenario? Try to work with us and our subcontractors as best you can to familiarize yourself with the products as much as you can, ask for samples, and look at them in different lighting scenarios. To summarize, the more decisions on selections you make before the process begins and early on in the process –the faster your home will be built and the smoother the sailing!
Can you control the weather? Do you work in bad weather?
Unfortunately we cannot control the weather and construction can be delayed due to extended periods of inclement weather. Depending on the phase of construction, some work may be able to continue as long as it is safe for our employees.
Do you have employees or do you rely on all subcontractors?
The short answer to this question is both.
We employ a team of professionals that are the best in their field from project management, marketing, sales, and accounting. We have a team approach at Scotch Construction which plays to the strengths of our team members. If a particular task would be better suited to a different member of the team we are not afraid to “pass the ball” in order to get that task handled in the most efficient manner.
We also have a portfolio of trusted subcontractors that are the best in their prospective trades, many of which we have worked with for years. Both our employees and subcontractors share our core values and pride themselves on quality work and impeccable customer service.