Commonly Asked Questions About Building a Custom Home
- How much does a custom home cost per square foot?
- How long does it take to build a custom home?
- Can you help with financing?
- What is a Professional Services Agreement and how does it benefit me?
- Can you build a house plan I find online?
- Can changes be made during construction?
- Is there a warranty on homes built by Spartan Homes?
- Can I check references for Spartan Homes?
- Can I supply materials for my home like appliances or light fixtures?
How much does a custom home cost per square foot?
Spartan Homes does not price a home by using the SF process. We prefer to use a more comprehensive approach to pricing a new home. The cost of your new home depends on many things such as size, design complexity, systems, specifications, material upgrades, site conditions, and drainfield type. We prefer to have an in depth discussions about all these and more before we give a price to build your home.
Keep in mind the same home can be built with different finishes and systems specified and have a huge price difference.
We suggest that for budget purposes only you use about 165 to 200 dollars a sf. For any living areas. When looking for SF pricing you should keep in mind that Spartan prices a turnkey home using mid-level standard features. Depending on the Builder some use very low sf pricing and don’t include all items that make the house actually turnkey or livable or use very low-grade standard features.
We choose to include items/finishes that most of our clients prefer to have included in their homes to start with. This being said, most customers may choose to upgrade items that are most important to them.
How long does it take to build a custom home?
The construction process starts with signing a contract with Spartan Homes. It does depend on the complexity of the build but will typically take about 3 months to get plans ready for a permit and typically 4-8 weeks for a permit. A typical home under 3000 sf should take approx. 5.5 months to build after a permit is issued. So, all said we let everyone know if typically takes 10-12 months and if a plan is a familiar to Spartan, or it is less complicated it will take less time. And the larger the home or more complex the home is, the longer the build process will take.
We encourage you to ask anyone from your realtor to the county what their experiences have been with Spartan Homes. We are known for getting projects completed in a short amount of time as compared to others.
Can you help with financing?
Spartan Homes does not finance but can give you names of local lenders that have helped previous clients and the clients have had great experiences with.
What is a Professional Services Agreement and how does it benefit me?
A PSA is an optional contract that lets us start the design process and get the home drawn and engineering started. Typically, during this time customers are visiting vendors and or making selections with Spartan Homes. This allows us to home in on the client’s needs and wants and helps take away pricing variables to help fine tune the home pricing process. If the client chooses Spartan to build their new home, then the cost of the PSA is credited toward the home build.
Can you build a house plan I find online?
Yes, home plans can be something that are drawn on the proverbial napkin, or a home plan that a customer finds online. Spartan Homes would need to redraw any plan to meet Virginia codes and is typically less than half of an architect. If needed Spartan Homes would purchase a build license from the original plan found online.
Can changes be made during construction?
Yes! changes can be made at almost any time. Although it is better not to make structural changes after construction has started, we can make changes from a door swing to adding a window or changing the layout of the bathroom. Sometimes depending on the progress of the build it may not be price effective. Some changes may require permit amendment, engineering or materials to be ordered that may affect the build time or the schedule of other vendors in the build. Spartan Homes will advise you so you can make the decision that is best for you.
Is there a warranty on homes built by Spartan Homes?
Yes, Spartan homes uses the residential performance guidelines. We warranty everything for one year based on these guidelines. We warranty all systems for 2 years and warranty the structure for 10 years.
Can I check references for Spartan Homes?
Spartan Homes has years of references and would be glad to supply you a list upon request. Also please check out our references on HOUZZ, Google, and Facebook. We also have a lot of testimonials spread throughout our website.
Can I supply materials for my home like appliances or light fixtures?
Yes, Spartan Homes will work with you with materials you would like to supply yourself.