Tips & Advice
How long does it take to build a house?
The time it takes to build a house varies, with the average time of the construction being 6-7 months from the time the permits are approved. If a customer chooses a personalized production home in a development, the construction phase can take only 4-5 months.
Custom homes take longer, for a few reasons: before the permits are approved, the custom design, floor plans and pre-construction process has to be complete, and this alone can take a few months. Getting financing and choosing a contractor can also add time to the process.
All home builds can be delayed due to weather, permit and inspection delays, waiting on construction material supplies, and disagreements between homeowner and contractor on design details.
Is it cheaper to build rather than buy a house?
It is not easy to figure out whether it’s cheaper to build a new house rather than buy. Industry reports show that the final price of a new construction home is significantly higher than buying an existing home. However, this isn’t necessarily an accurate side-by-side comparison, since new builds tend to be larger, more energy efficient, and more customized in terms of features and materials. Pre-existing homes will often end up requiring significant repairs, and ongoing upkeep.
What is a general contractor?
A general contractor is a company or individual that oversees an entire construction process and is responsible for pulling permits, liaising with inspectors, hiring subcontractors, working with homeowners and designers, and handling day-to-day oversight on the construction site.
How much does it cost to build a new house?
The cost to build a new house varies widely and is affected by many factors including the market, the specific location, the size of the house, what kinds of materials will be used, and what kinds of special features will go into the house. To get a better idea for price of new homes, start by researching comparable new builds in the area and neighborhood you’re interested in buying. Speak with architects and builders in your area. Also, read local blogs and trade websites. In general, the cost per square foot of a new development is $150.
How to choose a home builder
Choose a home builder based on their reputation for quality work, their style (it should match what you want in a home), their price, how busy they are, and how well they listen to and understand your needs. Take lots of time to research and interview. Read plenty of articles and profiles, ask people you trust for their recommendations, and ask your potential builders as many questions as you need to before committing. This is a major decision and above all you should not feel rushed or boxed into a decision.
What is the standard depth of kitchen counters?
Kitchen counters have a standard depth of 25 inches. These counters are sold not by square foot, but by linear foot. A square foot is 12-inches wide and 12-inches deep, while a linear foot is 12-inches wide and 25-inches deep, and the depth of this measurement is compatible with the standard depth of a kitchen counter.
How much do kitchen cabinets cost?
Kitchen cabinets vary in cost. Stock cabinets are the least-expensive option. These cabinets are fully prefabricated, and they typically cost $60-$200 per linear foot. Semi-custom cabinets give you the chance to add some customized elements, and these usually cost about $100-$650 per linear foot. Finally, custom cabinets are hand-made to suit your precise specifications, and these cost $500-$1,200 per linear foot.
What is the most commonly used material for making cabinets?
Wood was one of the first materials used for making cabinets, and it continues to be the most common . Many types of wood are available for cabinets, including maple, cherry, oak, and hickory. Cabinets can also be made with laminate, stainless steel, lacquer, and acrylic, but wood impresses by providing a look that's natural and rustic.
What are soft-close cabinet hinges?
If you've ever been irritated by the loud slam of a cabinet door, you'll appreciate the benefits of soft-close cabinet hinges. These hinges are constructed with a built-in mechanism that slows the speed at which the cabinet door closes. Doors equipped with these hinges will never slam; instead, they will gradually move to a closed position. Soft-close cabinet hinges are available for both framed and frameless cabinetry.
What are frameless kitchen cabinets?
Frameless kitchen cabinets are made without a face frame at the front of the cabinet box. With framed kitchen cabinets, this face frame holds the door hinges, and it helps make the cabinet sturdier and more resilient. Frameless cabinets use heftier box construction to improve sturdiness, and their door hinges are joined directly on either side of the cabinet box. The absence of a face frame gives frameless kitchen cabinets a look that's lean, sleek, and modern, and makes it easier to access items contained inside.