Below are a few FAQ’s that might help you, these are just suggestions and not in any way consulted by DNA Building Construction. Merely some topics and suggestions to help get an idea of some aspects of custom home building and buying.

A: As a custom home builder, our business model is such that we generally work with clients who already own land and we build on their lot. However, it can be advantageous to contact a builder while you’re still researching land, as he can help you get a better idea of the kind of land you’ll want to build on. Ultimately though, the land you end up with will dictate much about your home’s design. So while it may be obvious that we can’t start building a home until you have a place to build it, what might not be so obvious—but is just as important to know—that we really can’t design a home either until we know exactly what kind of building conditions we’ll have.

All that to say that generally, you will want to own land before you start talking to a builder about design and pricing. If you’re interested, we can work with you and one of our lending partners to bundle your loan for the land and your construction loan, so feel free to contact us if that’s what you’d like to do. Also, if you don’t have a Realtor yet, feel free to contact us and we’ll connect you with one of our preferred real estate agents who can help you find land.

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A: Simple answer: it doesn’t have to. As long as you’re making a true apples-to-apples comparison, there’s no good reason why a custom home would have to cost any more than a pre-built home (sometimes called a “spec home”). Yes, we do often build homes that have “luxury” features in them, but that’s because the home owner wants them.
All custom really means is “just the way you want it,” so if you want a simple home, we can build you a simple home. If you want a small home, we can build you a small home. If you want Venetian plaster for a wall covering, we can do that. If you want a simple coat of hand-troweled texture and paint, we can do that too. When we say custom, you should think “expensive,” you should think “a home that’s made just for me.”
A: Great question! Unless you’re paying cash (which some clients do), you’ll want to get a construction loan. If you don’t already have financing in place, feel free to contact us and we’ll put you in touch with one of our preferred lenders to help you with this.
A: That’s great news! First, research and then buy the land you want to build on. (You may want to hire a real estate agent to help you with this). Then it’s time to start talking to builders (we, of course, would love to be one of those builders) and talk to them about your budget, your ideas for designs, and more. Then hire the builder you want to work with and start building!

A: The quick answer: you should count on allowing anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours per day dedicated to your home build.Here’s the long answer, with a little more background. The answer really depends on a few variables:

  • The total scope of the project
  • Your current schedule and availability
  • The level of involvement you want in the building process

Every family we’ve built for approaches their home build slightly different, and that’s okay. We welcome each person’s style and preferences. Some people like to come to the job site every day after we’ve broken ground. If you’d like to do this, you’re certainly welcome to (though we think it’s a little overkill for most people). If you only want to check in with us a few times a month, that’s okay too.

We’re very flexible and can work with your schedule, mainly through the use of our online client portal on our website. When you first sign a build contract with us, we will create an account for you in our client portal where you can log in, at any time, from any computer (or even a smart phone—there’s an app for that!) and see the progress of your home as it’s being built. You will always know what decisions you need to make, what your options are for those decisions, and what date you need to decide by. You will also see photographs of the home, comments from your project manager, tradesmen, vendors, and more, so you are always in the loop, and can log in and answer questions and check boxes as needed, when you have the time.

So if your schedule only allows you time for communicating and planning after business hours, we can work with that. If you have lots of time in the middle of the work day, we can work with that too. Just let us know what your schedule looks like and what you prefer before we get started.