Some of the Best Practices by Builders that care
Great homes don't just happen... it takes planning, skill, craftsmanship, the right people, and expertise to pull it all together.
If you don't know any builders in the area, check with the local home Builders Association to see if they have members for you to contact. The Central Texas Home Builders Association operates a code of practice for its members and offers a free online "find a builder" service.
When talking about the proposed work with a builder, ask if there are references from previous clients who have had similar work done and if possible try to arrange to see it firsthand, so you can assess its standard.
There are basically three types of builders: production builders, semi-custom builders and custom builders. Choosing a builder in each category has its advantages and disadvantages.
- Production builders are organized for higher volume construction. A disadvantage to choosing a production builder is that any change to the floor plan that alters the structural elements, such as foundation walls, requires reengineering and resubmission of plans to the building department.
- Semi-custom builders work with existing plans, but are flexible regarding changes.The disadvantage to making changes to an existing floor plan is that the fine-tuning takes time and money.
- Custom builders specialize in starting with a blank sheet of paper and creating a unique home. Because each house is one-of-a-kind, home buyers can expect significant initial investment in time and dollars for design development and the creation of working blueprints and specifications.