Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Building A Rural Home - #1 "Before You Start"

This post begins a new blogging journey - the documentation of the construction of a single family home in a rural subdivision.

Although it has been almost 7 years since I have had the privilege of building a new home, I have never lost the love of doing so.  Over my career, I have built over 50 homes, 3 of which were fully custom builds and most of which were classified as semi-custom.  (Look at the bottom of this blog for my definitions of these building labels)

The videos I am now beginning to post are documentation and commentary on the construction of a set of six homes I am building this summer.  I will do my best to break them down into episodes that represent 1 basic idea or scope.  If you have any questions or want me to do a particular episode, just let me know.


A "Custom Home" is just that - custom.  The owners choose everything down to the littlest detail and pay for the ability to do so.  If you have the money and the time, this can be one of the most exciting ways to get into a new home.  It does, however, require a lot of patience on both ends and the ability to trouble shoot and make a ton of decision.

The term "Semi-Custom Home" has different meaning depending on who you talk to and has been misused over the years by builders trying to offer an upgraded product without allowing the buyer to make the decisions them selves.  A true semi-custom home falls somewhere between a track home and a custom home.  You choose an existing plan and lot (usually already paired) and then proceed to make selections like carpet, tile, counter-tops, lighting, hardware and sometimes paint colors.  Most semi-custom builders will also offer several upgrades such as jetted tubs, covered patios, finished basements, closet shelving layout, etc.  This is a much more economical way to get into a new home that still has the look and feel of something personal.

A "Track Home" is generally built in a much shorter time period with little to no choice of what is put into the house.  Carpet and counters are generally the only options offered.  This is the least expensive method of getting into a new home.

As with anything in the world, there are terrible contractors and fabulous contractors in every building category.  The key is to find one that has the heart of a teacher.  If they choose to share with you how they do their job then they most likely have nothing to hide.  Be aware of builders who keep everything private.  If you hare going to make the largest single purchase of your life, you are entitled to know exactly what you are buying.

1 comment:

  1. Upgrades and things that aren't included in the base price will probably increase yourpurchase price as much as 10%.