We have never built a custom home before. Where do we begin?
Most of our customers have never built a custom home before. While building a home is indeed a complicated process, Envision Homes works closely with you to coordinate and simplify the process and decisions that you need to make. Your first step is to schedule a no cost consultation meeting with Bob and Corinne to discuss our custom design-build program, and your ideas for your new home.
If you can dream it…. we can design it and build it. A custom home doesn't necessarily need to be “BIG”. A custom home can be any size. Envision Homes has designed and built homes anywhere from 1500sq-ft to 6000sq-ft, each designed specifically for the individual homeowner.
We can’t find a plan we like… so what do we do now?
You might be relieved to know that your dilemma is not unusual. While there are thousands of house plans on the web and in plan books, none of them were designed specifically with your lifestyle in mind, as these plans were all were designed for someone else. Your plans should be unique to your specific wants, needs and lifestyle.
When looking for a plan, the mistake that most people make is assuming that they need to find ONE plan that has everything they want. Don’t stop looking at house plans, but instead of looking for ONE plan look for elements, details, rooms, and features you like. When you find something you like clip it out and put it in your new home folder. Home style magazines are a great source of ideas. When you see a picture you like, clip it out and add it to your folder. The more information you can supply about your ideas, likes, dislikes; the better we can target our designs to meet the requirements of your custom home.
Who will we be dealing with?
Envision Homes is a small family owned service orientated company, that focuses on making sure your home is our top priority and is built to our demanding level of quality and craftsmanship standards. Throughout the project, you will be dealing directly with the owners Bob and Corinne Kody. Corinne and Bob will both be working with you during the initial design phase to assure the design meets or exceeds your requirements. During the construction phase Corinne will be working with you to coordinate selections, while Bob will be overseeing the on site construction of the project. Corinne and Bob are both only a phone call or email away should you have any questions throughout any phase of the project.
What does it cost per square foot to build?
Cost is obviously a crucial factor in your decision to build a new home, and it is information we would be happy to provide you. However, in order for us to prepare an accurate price we need to know more about your home. There are so many variables in building a home that it is impossible to answer this question accurately without information about your specific home and the lot which it will be built on.
The first step towards realizing your new home is our no obligation consultation meeting. This meeting is intended to discuss the design-build process, review your new home ideas, and to discuss your lot requirements and overall budget. Once we have this basic overview of the project, Envision Homes can provide a ballpark price for what your new home will cost.
Throughout the design process, as more details are specified, we will further refine our cost estimates. At the conclusion of the design process, we will prepare your build contract which will include a detailed cost breakout and specification of everything included in the home. Before your contract is signed, Envision Homes will review everything in detail so that you understand exactly what you are getting for your money.
Call us and we can provide you a preliminary cost estimate to assist with your project planning
We have heard all homes go over budget. Will this happen to us?
The advantage of a design-build program is many of your decisions are made while still in the design phase, thus allowing us to more accurately provide you with the final cost of your home before construction begins.
While unfortunately some builders do try to give a buyer the illusion of a low contract price, only to make up the difference with change orders and overage costs. We approach pricing your home completely different. Our goal is not to give you a unrealistic low entry price, but rather to give you the most accurate price possible, one that reflects the home you helped to design with all the finish and features that you choose. Our build contract includes a detailed cost breakout of all the elements and features included in your new home, giving you the reassurance of knowing exactly what your contract price does and does not include. While all houses include some level of change orders, our houses typically average somewhere between 3 to 5 percent which usually consist of homeowner driven upgrades that are made during construction.
How long will design take?
Probably the most important step in realizing your new home is the design phase. Taking the time to plan out a home to accommodate your specific needs, wants, and lifestyle is what designing a custom home is all about. If you are going to go to the time, expense, and trouble to build a home, why not build it specifically to your needs. Our design phase starts out with floor plan layouts and simple elevations. As we progress further through the design, we add interior and exterior details, custom cabinet drawings, and computer renderings of the interior and exterior to help you visualize what the home will look and feel like. Designing a home is an interactive collaboration between the designer and the homeowner. While we have no fixed time for a design phase, typically a design will take from 2 to 4 months to go from an initial concept to a finished set of drawings.
How long will construction take?
Once all permits and approvals are in hand, construction can begin. The time it takes to build your home will depend on a number of factors including, the size of the home, the type of finish and trim, the site requirements of the lot, and the time of year construction starts. Your build contract will define the construction schedule. Envision Homes also does weekly site meetings with the homeowner, updating you on the construction progress and schedule throughout the project. Typical construction time averages 6 to 9 months.
What Type of Warranty Do You Offer?
We offer a 12 Month Limited Warranty on every home we build. We do scheduled follow up’s at 3 month, 6 month, and 12 months. At the 12 month follow up we send out our paint crew to do any touch ups that are need to make the home look like that day you moved in.
Do You Have Financing Available for Your Homes?
Our homes are typically financed by local lenders. We do have several preferred Lenders who will meet with you to answer any questions, and to explain how construction-to-permanent financing works.
We have a home we love, but it is outdated. Can Envision Homes help us?
Yes, in addition to new custom homes we also offer design-build for additions and major renovations for those who are interested in renovating or updating their current home.Read more…
What does “design-build” mean?
Design-build is a method of project delivery in which the design and construction services are delivered by the same company. By combining design and construction under one roof there are a number of advantagesRead more…
Is it OK to visit my home while it’s under construction?
It’s not only OK, we insist on it. We want you to know as much about your home as we do. We hold, at a minimum, weekly meetings with the homeowner on-site to keep the communication lines open and flowing. Meetings may be more frequent if needed, and we’ll talk on the phone often. There are many decisions to be made along the way, and weekly site visits are the best way for us to guide and help you, as well as discuss any of your questions and concerns.
What is the best time of the year to build?
We build year-round. As long as we can get the foundation in, we can build right through the winter. We typically like to have a foundation poured by Thanksgiving, however we have poured through mid December depending on the weather and amount of frost in the ground.
Where does Envision Homes build?
Envision Homes is a design build company that builds throughout Massachusetts, and in parts of Connecticut and New Hampshire. Located in Northborough MA, Envision Homes builds within a 90 mi radius, serving the central New England area. Click here to see a map of our coverage area.
Will you build on our site and use plans provided by our architect?
Yes. Of course, Envision Homes’ primary business is the construction of new homes and additions. While most of our projects employ our design-build services we would be happy to look at your plans and review the site with you and your architect.
What is Energy Star?
Energy Star is a rating system for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. All homes built by Envision Homes are Energy Star qualified – meaning our homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the MA building code and the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code.
What Green building technologies do you incorporate?
At Envision Homes, we incorporate green building and energy efficiency in every step of our building process. The design, construction, and operation of our homes focus on energy efficiency, resource efficient building design and materials, indoor environmental quality, and overall environmental impact. For more information, visit the NAHB-National Green Building Program website at www.nahbgreen.org. Read More about building green…