How do you shop for a custom builder?
First, look for quality and value. Examine the builder's product. Look at the quality of the detail work (cabinetry, trim work, paint, tile work). Next, evaluate the uniqueness of the product. do all the builder's homes look different in design?
Last, do your homework! Check references of past clients of the builder you are considering.
Will the owner be onsite?
Unlike some builders, Scott Davis is onsite every day. He knows his reputation is on the line with every job; being onsite allows him to spot potential problems before they occur. And, customers have easy access to Scott. they aren't forced to go through layers of foremen and managers before getting action.
How accessible is the builder?
Can I reach him anytime, anywhere?
Scott makes his cell phone number and home number available to every customer. Call him anytime, any day, anywhere. Customer satisfaction is our primary goal.
How do you define "custom"?
To us, "custom" means a design that meets your specific needs, on land that you enjoy, using any material, shape, size, or quantity you wish. We pride ourselves in building whatever you ask for, as custom as custom can be.
What percentage of your jobs were over budget?]
Barring major shifts in market pricing for materials or labor, our jobs are completed within the budget specified in our contract. Keep in mind that custom requested change orders (changes after the acceptance of our original contract) dictate a corresponding change in the overall budget.
What warranties will we get?
Technically, we offer a one-year warranty in addition to manufacturer warranties. (Manufactures warranties vary from 1 to 10 years).
Do you hire subcontractors, or are your craftsmen on your payroll?
Some builders rely on their in-house staff of cross-trained tradesmen to provide every detail of a new house. At Stonegate Homes, we prefer to hire the best of the best as your project dictates. Cross training is a good idea at McDonald's restaurants, for example. But our niche craftsmen have honed their skills throughout their careers. And it shows.
We both have full-time careers. How can we find time to build a custom home?
One of the most useful assets offered by a builder should be their ability to guide you through the maze of home building. Make no mistake about it - building a custom home will require you to make many decisions. But a good architect can help define your answers in advance, and Scott Davis will organize the project for you so you can spend as little time as possible thinking about the details of your new home.
How long will the job take?
The size of a project, it's complexity, and the level of fine detail involved will define the timeline. As a general rule, new construction projects require at least five months.
Does weather affect the building process?
Concrete and masonry work should not be performed during extreme cold periods. Just about everything else can occur regardless of the weather, thanks to improvements in technology and material selection.
We are new to the area. Do you provide references?
At Stonegate Custom Homes, "word of mouth" is our best advertising. We are happy to provide references upon request.
Can you build on our land?
Sure we can. We can build on for own or your land. (Please keep in mind cost to run water, electric, gas, etc. to raw land).
How do we get the process started with Stonegate Custom Homes?
Contact Scott Davis for a design and budget meeting. (Please fill out the design and budget questionnaire before the appointment).
How do custom builder allowances work?
Stonegate Homes includes generous allowances for the buyer's lighting and flooring selection. The allowances are structured to be a budget guideline for the buyer. Allowances are ample and do not include sales tax.
How much earnest money deposit is required to start the building process with Stonegate Custom Homes?
10% of the sale price of the home is required at the time of the contract. The 10% is deposited in a CD in the bank. This deposit serves as a guarantee between the bank and the buyer for the construction and completion of the home.
We have never had acreage where a septic system was necessary. Is there homeowner maintenance with owning a septic system?
Septic systems are a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly way to treat wastewater from your household. For more information got to www.septic-info.com. Stonegate Custom Homes pays for your first 2 years of septic maintenance at closing. The Homeowner is responsible for all maintenance after the first 2 years.
With over 25+ years of Custom Building Expierence we have been around the block a time or two. We encourage you to browse our gallery because we take pride in our work. Wether you are simply browsing for inspiration or are searching for something specfic, let us Custom Build a Solution for You.
Stonegate takes custom seriously. We will not build 2 homes alike. Stonegate will not allow an exact copy of another Stonegate Customer's home. Find Your Custom Home Today! This will prevent a "cookie cutter" look to the communities we build in as well as protect the resale of our existing Stonegate homeowners.