At Apex Stone, we work closely with a number of builders in and around the Houston area who trust our natural stone products. Because of our experience in the building and architecture industry, we would love to share with you a few tips about choosing a custom home builder.
Choosing a Custom Home Builder
The first and most important part of choosing a builder is to visualize what you want in a home first. Do you want your home built with natural stone? Do you already own the land? Knowing your expectations ahead of time will eliminate the potential of looking into a home builder that clearly won't be able to meet your needs.
The next most important step is to have a reference point. Is there a custom home you happen to love (maybe multiple homes)? Do you know the owner or can you find out who built that home? What do you love about that home? If you can talk to the custom homeowner, you will be able to learn from their experience and either find a great builder or potentially eliminate a poorer one.
Once you have a visualization and a reference point, begin compiling a list of potential builders and begin visiting their offices or model homes. When you talk with the custom builders, consider asking some or all of the following:
- Do you have a Build on Your lot program?
- How involved do you expect the homeowner to be in the planning process?
- How long does construction and planning typically take?
- Who are some vendors you work with and why?
- What areas of town are you willing to build in?
- Do you have a niche style or are you accustomed to an array of architectural styles? Can I see examples?
- How long have you been in business?
- Who will be designing my home? What is their experience and may I see their portfolio?
Never forget that your potential custom home builder is the one on the spot in the interview; don't be afraid to ask them anything, as your custom home will probably be one of the largest investments in your lifetime. Prepared with our suggested questions and your own, you will find very quickly whether a builder is the one for you or not.
If you have more questions, especially about the stone materials you would love to see and use on your custom home, contact us and we will be happy to point you in the right direction.