Take a look at these tips and
advice before building your next Flagstaff home.
Save on Building Costs
Keep costs in perspective; $10 a thousand more for brick you
like better translates into only $100 more when 10,000 bricks
(a typical amount) are involved.
The average house contains approximately 1,500 to 2,000 square
feet; do you need more? Why? How much more?
Take care that glitz and gadgets (suggested by friends, the
builder, or magazines) do not overwhelm good basic construction--
don't trade them for lesser construction. Bouncy floors (where
joists are stretched to the maximum) are not remedied by a hot
tub, flocked wall covering, skylights, or jazzy door hardware.
You pay for each and every square foot
of space in your house, be it occupied, usable, or otherwise.
If the cost is $50, $85, or $110 per square foot, "extra",
unused, vacant and unnecessary area is provided at the very
Check Building Codes
Don't expect to control the number of nails used. Do expect
a substantially built house, free of defects, and in accord with
all applicable codes and regulations. Require proof of such compliance
(many jurisdictions issue Certificates of Occupancy) at the closing
of your mortgage. This indicates accord with the MINIMUM code
and safety standards.
Realize that some things are virtually unchangeable; they should
be done properly, first off. This includes a properly sized and
constructed foundation system, a properly designed and installed
structural system, etc. Changeable items such as finishes, coverings,
etc., should not distract you from watching for and requiring
good basic construction.
Watch for things that are not necessarily what you want and
that you will not be able to change easily or cheaply. Question
things that just don't look or seem right. Most of the time they
are NOT right!
Seek some reliable outside, impartial advice -- other than
your father (even if he is a builder!).
Be ready and prepared to resolve situations and problems by
compromising. Be aware, however, of what you may be giving up
in this process -- examine and understand both sides. IS the
situation worth what you are losing?
The builder is fully capable of doing anything (or can find
someone who can) you wish; BUT, this all will come with a price
-- so be careful and wary of unique, inordinate, or far-out requests,
new technology, and untested materials and equipment.
Understand that construction is an imperfect science. This
combined with natural elements (site conditions, weather, wood
members, human foibles) means that things could change, must
be changed, or simply exceed capabilities.
Mistakes do happen and they will !. Absolute
perfection or your idea of perfection may not (and more than
likely, will not) be achieved. Drastic imperfections, however,
can be corrected, and they should be. It is within your rights
to require this. Keep in mind the home you are building. Track,
No Your Costs
Dreaming of building a new Flagstaff home,
but you are worried about the expense? If you have detailed building
plans, your Flagstaff
home builder can give you an estimate.
But it pays to begin estimating costs before your
plans are finalized. Estimate your building costs early and you
can change or modify your plans to meet your new building budget.