Here you will find answers to the most common questions we get asked.  Of course, if you have a question, and you do not see it here, shoot us an email or submit your question HERE and we will get back you as quickly as possible.

Should I talk with a builder or find plans first?

Where can I find plans for my new home?

How much does it cost to build a new home?

What type of transparency is there in pricing with 2[g] Habitats?

What is the difference between a “fixed cost” and “cost plus” budget?

How long will it take to build my new home?

When can I start my new home?

Should I hire an interior designer?

Is 2[g] Habitats a “green” builder?

Where does 2[g] Habitats build?

What type of warranty does 2[g[ Habitats offer?

What are your standard features?

 

Should I talk with a builder or find plans first?

Either way we can help you build your dream home.  We have worked with homeowners that had plans ready to go from day one and we have helped homewoners to get plans in place.

If you already have a lot and plans that are ready to go, we can get an estimate together and get underway quicker than if you are starting from scratch.  Even if you already have plans, we always like to do a plan review to make sure nothing is overlooked.

If you do not have plans, we can definately help you as well. While we do not have stock plans on file, we do work with several great architects and draftsmen that can help turn your ideas into reality. Your first meeting with the architect or draftsman will be to go over your needs and wants for your new home – what architectural style do you like, what is the shape of your lot, single story or two story, etc.  From here the architect will take your wishlist and turn it into a conceptual plan.

Once the conceptual plan is complete we will all review the plan and make sure it matches what you were envisioning in your mind. Once we have the conceptual plan approved we can start putting a solid budget into place and the architect will begin on the working drawings that will be used to build your new home.

Where can I find plans for my new home?

There are several sites online where you can locate stock plans for your new custom home. You can buy one of these plans or you can have an achitect or draftsman create a plan from scratch for you. Even if you decide you want to have an architect design your home from scratch, I highly recommend that you browse some of the stock plans online first so that you will have a better idea of what you like and do not like. Having this knowledge before you meet with the architect will help him dial in and design exactly what you want.

The more pirctures you have that show what you want the better.  Even if you buy a stock plan, there is a very good chance that it will need to be modified slightly to match your personal lifestyle and design tastes.

We highly recommend visiting www.houzz.com.  Create an account and start saving your favorite pictures to your ideabooks.  This will really help your architect and builder clearly understand your design tastes and the level of finish out you are looking for.

How much does it cost to build a new home?

There are many factors that go into determining the final price of your new home.  These include the total square footage, one story vs. two, level of finish out, architectural style, etc.

For the most part though 2[g] Habitats pricing starts at $150 per square foot for a nicely appointed home.  You can CLICK HERE see our standard features. While this is a starting point we can work with you to develope a plan and budget that meets your individual goals.

We have developed a comprehesive budget that includes nearly 500 line items.  You will be able to see in detail what is driving the final cost of your new home. Our initial budget is generally within 5% +/- the final cost to build. After the first budget draft is complete we will get together and go through each line item to ensure we are pricing exactly what you want in your new home.  It generally takes 2 -3 budget revisions before we get to a final budget that will address all your needs as the more you think about how you will live in your new home you develop new thoughts and ideas that may increase or descrease the final cost of the project.

Vary rarely does someone know everything they need in their home the first time we meet.  So relax and really think about how you will live in your new home. We have plenty of time to design a home that meets your lifestyle and budget requirements.

What type of transparency is there in pricing with 2[g] Habitats?

2[g] Habitats creates “fixed cost” budgets.  Once we get your working drawings complete we will send them out to bid.  As we get pricing back from our vendors we plug their pricing into your budget. Once your have your final budget all your pricing will be what it is on key items like foundation, frame, sheetrock, paint, roofing, etc.  The only reason that pricing may fluctuate is if changes are made that deviate from the final plan or on allowance items such as plumbing fixtures, electrical fixtures, flooring, etc. 2[g] Habitats has found that this is the best approach as you will know your true cost to build when you sign your contract. If for some reason you do make a change that incurrs an additional cost, 2[g] Habitats is happy to share the invoices from our vendors.  The same is true on allowance items.  2[g] Habitats will go over all vendor pricing with you to ensure that you are staying at budget.

What is the difference between a “fixed cost” and “cost plus” budget?

A “fixed cost” budget is a budget that is created before construction begins.  Your plans are finalized and your scope of work is completed and the project is sent out to bid to our vendors. These numbers are then plugged back into the budget and your true cost to build is “fixed” at the time your sign your contract. You will see line by line our costs on each item in your home including overhead and profit.

On a “cost plus” project there is generally a percentage added on to each cost of construction as the project progresses. The initial budget on a cost plus may or may not be quoted out ahead of time and can cause costs to add up for the customer. While this approach may be advantageous on smaller projects where time is critical, one new home builds 2[g] Habitats believes that the fixed cost approach is the best way to help customers stay on budget, reduce stress and enjoy the homebuilding process.

How long will it take to build my new home?

This really depends on the size of the home, scope of work, the complexity of the build and the weather.  However, most homes 2[g] Habitats has worked on take 6 to 9 months to build. 2[g] Habitats creates a critical path schedule for each home to eliminate waste and schedule trades as effectively as possible. Each schedule is specifically created for the project at hand. The team at 2[g] Habitats will review this schedule with you as it will be used to help you make key color selection decisions as the project progresses.

When can I start my new home?

We can start on your new home as soon as we have completed working drawings, a signed contract and your loan is approved.  Once these are in place we can being construction on your new home.

Should I hire an interior designer?

This is entirely up to the homeowner.  We have a great team of designers that you can work with to make color selections on your new home or you can hire your own. The decision is entirely up to you. We will work closely with you to ensure that you are making color selections in a timely manner so as not to impeded construction.

Is 2[g] Habitats a “green” builder?

Yes, while the team at 2[g] Habitats feels that the term “green” is overused and unfortunately has been become a way for big manufactures to capture profits on products that may or may not be truly green, they do work to be good stewards of our environment. They will work with you to make environmentally responsible descisions and help to you make choices that will also give you the most return on your investment. The first step to having a truly green home is to make sure that your home has as tight of an envelope as possible.  By this we mean that your home is sealed properly and keeps warm are in the house during the winter and cold air in the house in the summer.

You can have the best windows, HVAC system and even solar energy on your home, but if your home is not tight, and it leaks air then all these active systems are going to be consuming more energy than if you have a superior envelope with average active systems. 2[g] Habitats feels that the passive systems in your home are critical to creating a envoronmentally responsible home that reduces energy demands.

Where does 2[g] Habitats build?

The 2[g] Habitats team has built luxury homes throughout the DFW metroplex.  They try and focus on infill locations inside the 635 loop primarily in the areas of North Dallas, Preston Hollow, White Rock Lake, Highland Park and University Park.  2[g] Habitats will also consider interesting projects in the areas of Frisco and Southlake.

What type of warranty does 2[g[ Habitats offer?

We offer a 2 – 5 -10 year warranty.  This warranty covers 10 years on major structural components such as frame and foundation, 5 years on your mechanical systems such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical and a 2 year warranty on all other items. 2[g] Habitats also completes a bonded builders warranty on each and every home they build to ensure piece of mind for the homeowner.

What are your standard features?

We are constantly reviewing new technologies to give our customers the best systems possible in their new home.  The final standard features in your home will vary based on your individual budget, but CLICK HERE to see some of the features we strive to get into each home we build.