FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions
1. To begin the home building process, what are the key things that I need to be able to tell you?
A. A general information meeting is always a great place to start. We’ll talk about the style of house you like and whether you’d like a two story or one story, how many bedrooms and baths you require, and if a garage is needed. After all of that we can determine how many many sq. ft. we think you’ll need and our best guess as to what the house will cost.
2. Do I need to have a lot already or can I just give you an area where I would want my house built?
A. No you don’t need to have a building lot although some people do. We can explore lots based on where you’d like to be and what your budget is. We build anywhere in the Greater Moncton Area whether it be on a city lot or rural lot.
3. Do you build turnkey projects?
A. Yes we build turnkey projects. These are defined usually as a type of project that is constructed so that it can be sold to the owner as a completed product upon completion of the build. The owner would normally provide a 10% deposit to begin construction and mortgage draws for the builder and the builder would provide insurances and financing for sub-contractors.
4. How long does it take to build a house?
A. The length of time to build a house is dependent on the size and the level of detail incorporated in the house. The average house takes just under 120 days. We give ourselves 30 days for drawings, permit process and inspections. After we break ground it takes 90 – 100 to complete. Our scheduling is updated weekly so we know where we are exactly and what’s left to be done. After the house is drywalled we can give a move-in date.
5. What is the project management method of building a house?
A. The project management model for building your new home takes you from inception through completion. You will have peace of mind throughout the building process knowing you need not worry about building and safety regulations or local authority requirements because the project manager is. The main differences between this type and a turnkey project are a. The customer owns the land b. The customer finances the project and would need approval from their bank inmost cases c. The customer assumes some Liability throughout the build and is strongly encouraged to have liability and Builders Risk Insurance d. The ‘pros’ of this method is in most cases it is less expensive to build this way.
6. How much does it cost per square foot to build a house?
A. Probably the most asked question and the hardest to answer correctly. The simple answer is, it depends. It depends on the size and style of the house, there is such a large array of products on the market today that the price per square foot varies so much it’s risky to guess.
7. What’s the process for estimating a price for my home?
A. In order to provide you with detailed and accurate price for your home, it involves spending time with you to determine the details and products you would like included. After you’ve determined the size and style of house and have a drawing we will discuss for example window types and doors, siding and exterior trim details, flooring types, kitchen cabinets and vanities, heating system, interior trim and doors, plumbing fixtures, lighting, etc. From this I send out inquiries to our trusted and professional subcontractors who price the inquiries accordingly.
8. What should I budget for cost overruns?
A. After we’ve estimated the house price and we’ve established the budget I don’t think it’s necessary to budget for any cost overruns. All our builds are completed on budget or slightly under. There are conditions and they are; a. You change your mind about some detail after it’s built b. You decide you want to change details such as kitchen budget, light fixtures, tile or hardwood.
9. Do you have house plans I can use?
A. Yes we have house plans. Most are a collection of houses that have been built over the years. These plans can be revised, tweaked or updated to your requirements, alternatively a draftsman may be engaged to design a completely new home.