Consulting with our design-build team before drawing the plans will save expense and headaches.
Most custom builders have had clients show up at their office with a set of finished plans that, in reality, will cost 25% to 30% more than the clients’ target budget. Fortunately, this problem is easily avoided. Working with Kogan Builders on a pre-budget can eliminate unpleasant surprises and help our clients get the home they want at a price they can manage.
Pre-budgeting is essential, because a lot of people base their cost expectations on average square foot prices that they got from acquaintances, the Internet, or the advertised prices of homes in new developments. This approach is misleading when planning a custom home.
That’s because those new development homes tend to be speculative, or “spec” houses. Spec houses are built from value-engineered stock plans that eliminate features that don’t increase the home’s appraised value. For example, additional square footage adds value but a high-end built-in refrigerator does not.
Even a top-quality spec house is built using a production business model. Think of a spec house development under construction as an outdoor factory: each house uses the same menu of materials and finishes, so the builder can get volume pricing from distributors and manufacturers. Also, because all floor plans are similar (if not exactly the same), crews can assemble them quickly and efficiently. Repetition works to keep prices down.
Custom homebuilders work in a far different world. Each home they build has a unique floor plan as well as lots of products and materials that are, well, custom. The homeowners get exactly what they want, but will most likely cost more than a spec home of similar size.
With a custom home, it’s best for customers to ask a professional builder to review their initial vision before they get the plans drawn. Kogan Builders provides an even better approach by offering all design-build services under one roof. Our in-house design team can quickly assess your vision, analyze the site you’re considering and provide creative design ideas that deliver the best value for your budget. We can suggest ways to value-engineer the home to save money on products and materials. Years of experience have taught us the most efficient approaches to new home design and construction. Unlike other contractors, Kogan Builders provides all the architectural services as well as the construction team to make sure the plan is efficient and can be built quickly and cost-effectively.
Kogan Builders has unmatched buying power in the region. We know how to get the best available pricing and we work with our suppliers and subcontractors to ensure the savings are passed onto our clients. We suggest the brands and models that look and perform as well as the ones the customers have in mind, but that are kinder to the budget. Once the design process gets underway, we have a system of checks and balances in place to ensure you’re on target with the budget.
If the client needs bank financing, a pre-budget is a vital reality check. Banks generally won’t lend more than 80% of the home’s appraised value, which is based on the price of “comparable” homes. But their comparisons don’t include every feature. Expensive kitchen appliances and nice landscaping packages add cost, but in the bank’s eyes they won’t increase the value of the home. That forces the homeowners to come up with unexpected cash. A professional builder will know what features do and don’t add value in the bank or appraiser’s estimation.
The bottom line is that having a design-build company like Kogan Builders evaluate the site, your vision and your budget at the earliest stages of the design is an investment that may more than pay for itself.