How does the process work?
It begins with a homesite and a home design. Some clients have everything ready to go before contacting us. Others need assistance with either site selection, home design, or even both. Once those two things are complete, we are able to provide a firm bid and spec sheets for the project, and we send your designs to permitting and engineering. Then construction begins! Selections are made throughout construction, and we guide our clients through what decisions must be made and when.
How much do your homes cost?
This is our most difficult question to answer. Because every home we build is different and custom to each individual client, our home prices vary greatly. Consider asking a travel agent, “How much does a vacation cost?” The agent will need specific information before providing a reasonable estimate- Where are you going? How will you get there? What type of accommodations do you expect? What activities do you have in mind? In much the same way, we are often asked, “What does it cost to build a house?” And in much the same way, we need specific information before we can give a reasonable answer- What is the homesite like? What size home are you planning? What are your expectations on number of bedrooms, bathrooms, specialty rooms (media, wine room, etc.)? What types of features are you looking for (outdoor kitchen, pool, Italian marble throughout, slate roof, "smart" home features, chef-grade appliances, etc.)? The more specific info. you can provide, the more accurately we can answer.
Can you build on challenging lots?
Yes! In fact, we love challenging or unusual lots. Oddly shaped lots or lots with high amounts of topography offer great opportunities for the most unique homes, and we enjoy the challenge of creating a one-of-a-kind home to perfectly fit an unusual lot. It is important to keep in mind, however, that challenging lots can be more expensive in the long-run due to additional lot preparation and structural safety requirements.
What style do you build?
We build YOUR style. While most of our spec homes lean toward transitional in style, our custom clients are always in control of styling their own homes. We have built everything from a very traditional, nostalgic throwback to "Grandma's house" to an ultra-modern, high-tech home on the lake. There is no standard, and there is no right or wrong.
Do you own lots?
Yes. At any given time, we typically own a handful of lots. These lots are reserved for custom clients and spec homes. Our customers are not required to build on our lots, but are welcome to explore our inventory. We also have access to lots in developments that may not be available to the general public.
What is the difference between you and a high-volume builder?
Every home buyer has a unique wish list, and different buyers have different preferences when it comes to the home building process. There is no right or wrong, but there are definitely differences between high-volume and custom builders.
High-volume builders typically own a series of specific floorplans that are available to build in pre-determined communities. "Optional" floorplan changes are also pre-determined (for example: the option to change an office into a 4th bedroom), but custom changes are rarely allowed. Selections and finishes are generally chosen at the builder's preferred design center, and they are limited to a set of pre-selected options. "Upgrades" are almost always available, but are generally offered at a very high markup. Many high-volume builders offer a great product, and their format can be a great option for many people.
Custom builders are different because most can build any home plan on any lot. Changes are not limited and can be made at any time. Specialty features such as wine rooms, swimming pools and outdoor kitchens are not uncommon in custom homes. Finishes and selection options have no limit and may be chosen from anywhere, thus ensuring that each home is truly unique. In addition, there is no extra markup for premium selections. Vogel Builders strives to make each home a one-of-a-kind. We use high-quality materials, and we offer features such as high ceilings, foam insulation and large outdoor living spaces in nearly every home we build. We consider every aspect of each design to ensure we are building the perfect plan for each particular lot. In addition, we research design trends, visit trade shows and stay up-to-date on product innovations that can enhance our homes. Our goal is to "get it right" every time.
How does the selections process work?
We work with several local companies that specialize in flooring, lighting, plumbing, cabinetry, etc. Some of them also have locations throughout the United States, which eases the selection process for our remote clients. We also have relationships with several reliable online resources. We will guide you through the process to let you know what selections need to be made, and when. Some of our clients do their own searching and shopping, and want very little guidance. But most of our clients are happy with the wide variety of selections that our sources provide and choose to use our trusted vendors.
How long does the custom home process take?
If necessary, the design phase itself can take 3-6 months. Once the design phase is complete, the project enters into engineering, permitting and final estimates. This phase can take an additional 2 to 3 months. The actual construction of a typical custom home usually takes between 8 and 12 months to complete. The biggest factor that contributes to extending the building process is making changes to the original design after construction has begun. These changes can have a domino effect, and can potentially delay projects for weeks. The more change requests, the longer a project typically takes. Other delay factors can include extended inclement weather, backordered materials and delays in selection decisions.
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Can I choose anything I want for my home?
Yes- within codes and restrictions. We must comply with current building codes as well as your specific HOA and City guidelines/restrictions. However, these codes and restrictions are typically reasonable, and rarely become an issue. Assuming no issues arise, the answer to the question is Yes! This is YOUR home. The sky (and possibly your budget) is the limit. We will provide you with specs when we bid your project. These will serve as an expectation guide for the types and “levels” of products that fit within our agreed-upon contract price. As long as your selections fit within your custom budget guidelines, you have the freedom choose anything you like. That's what makes your home custom.
Do you have floorplans?
We do not own our own floorplans. However, we work closely with several local architects and designers that do have stock floorplans. Most of our clients peruse these stock plans and begin with a design they like. Then they make changes to customize the home to fit their own needs.