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Custom Home FAQs

Custom Home Building Questions

The cost of building a custom home can vary widely depending on the size, location, materials used, and complexity of the design. On average, you can expect to pay between $245-$500 per square foot in Northern California including Architectural, permitting and utilities. However, we recommend using our calculator to get you a better idea “link".

Typically, the process can take anywhere from 9-16 months from initial design to completion. This timeline can be influenced by factors such as the complexity of the design, weather conditions, and any changes requested during the construction process.

The cost typically includes design fees, site preparation, construction, interior finishes, utilities connection and landscaping. However, every project is unique, so we provide a detailed breakdown of costs before starting any work.

Yes, we understand that needs can change during the construction process. While making changes can sometimes affect the cost and timeline, we are committed to accommodating your requests whenever possible.

We can incorporate various energy-efficient features in your custom home design, such as high-quality insulation, energy-efficient appliances, and solar panels. During the design phase, we can discuss these options and help you make the best choices for your home.

We believe in maintaining open communication with our clients throughout the building process. You'll be involved in every major decision, and we'll keep you updated on our progress regularly.

Yes, we stand behind the quality of our work. Each new home comes with a warranty that covers major structural defects. More specific warranty details can be discussed during our initial consultation.

We do everything we can to prevent going over budget by providing detailed estimates and regular updates. If unforeseen issues arise that could potentially increase costs, we will discuss them with you and agree on a course of action before proceeding.
Drafting FAQs

Drafting Questions

Drafting is the process of creating technical drawings and plans for buildings and structures needed to submit to local building department to obtain permits and to be able to execute desired design in accordance with plans. 

Drafting is crucial as it provides a detailed visual representation of the project, ensuring all parties involved understand the design and specifications.

Absolutely! Client input is essential in creating a design that meets your needs and preferences.

The duration varies based on project complexity and size. It can range from a few weeks to several months.

Yes, most modern drafting is done using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software.

Drafting involves creating detailed technical drawings, while design involves conceptualizing the look and feel of the space.

Yes, drafts can be revised as needed until the final design meets your satisfaction.

While small renovations may not require detailed architectural drafts, having one ensures accuracy and helps avoid potential issues.
Full Home Remodel FAQs

Home Remodeling Questions

The cost of a full home remodel can vary greatly based on the size of your home, the extent of renovations, and the materials used.

Depending on the scope of the project, a full home remodel can take anywhere from a few months to over a year.

t depends on the extent of the remodel. For extensive renovations, it might be more practical to move out temporarily to avoid living in a construction zone.

While it's possible to DIY some aspects of a remodel, it's generally recommended to hire professionals for complex tasks like plumbing, electrical work, and structural changes.

Most extensive remodeling projects will require a permit. Check with your local building department to determine what's required for your project.

Preparation might include clearing out the rooms to be renovated, setting up a temporary kitchen or living space, and protecting items from dust and debris.

While changes can be made, they may affect the timeline and cost of the project. It's best to finalize your plans before the remodel begins.

If unexpected issues arise, your contractor will discuss options with you. It's important to address these issues immediately to ensure the safety and longevity of your home.

The added value can vary, but a well-executed remodel can significantly increase your home's market value.

This depends on your needs, budget, and long-term plans. For some, remodeling is a cost-effective way to get their dream home without moving.
Interior Design FAQs

Interior Design Questions

An interior designer enhances the functionality and aesthetics of interior spaces to improve user experience. They consider elements such as color, lighting, layout, and furniture.

While you can design your own interiors, a professional can help you avoid costly mistakes, access professional discounts, and bring your vision to life with their expertise.

Costs vary based on the project scope and the designer's experience. Some charge a flat fee, others a hourly rate, or a percentage of the total project cost.

Absolutely! A good designer can incorporate your existing pieces into the new design.

The timeline can vary based on the project size and complexity, ranging from a few weeks for a single room to several months for an entire home.

Interior designers usually have formal training and can handle significant structural changes, while decorators focus on aesthetics such as color, furniture, and decor.

As a client, your input is crucial. The designer's role is to translate your preferences and lifestyle needs into a functional, beautiful design.

Yes, part of their job is helping you define and refine your personal style.

It's helpful to have a budget in mind, and any ideas or inspiration you've gathered. Be ready to discuss how you use your space and any specific needs you have.

Many do. Designers often have access to trade-only vendors, which can offer unique pieces not found in retail stores.
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