Cerra Homes Building Process
It all starts with relationships. As my father Frank Cerra use to tell clients, “If we can’t live with each other for the next four months, we shouldn’t work together.” Well, today it’s more like 6 to 8 months to build a truly custom home. The building process looks something like this:
Lot and House Plan Selection
It is best to know the lot or plat of land you’d like to build on before selection of plans. However, in most case, with our experience Cerra Homes has the ability to adapt the plans to any lot or building site. Keep in mind, however, that is we don’t recommend investing in house plans prior to identifying the lot or building site, as adjusting plans can add dollars to the design and construction cost that you may not have set aside in your budgeted.
Finding your House Plans
Plans are available from many sources and may even come from your sketches while doodling on a napkin over dinner. If your dream house is hand-sketched or informal, Cerra Homes will help you complete the design with our local designer. Probably the most useful and easy way to come up with a house plan is through any of the online homes plan designers, such as Donald Gardner Architects (just north of us in Greenville, SC).
There are thousands of plans of different style and size. Don Cerra has worked with many clients who find a plan that is close to what they want. Then, following many conversations, we can recommend changes to the original plans that will meet your needs. Many times we handle the changes to the plans in-house, but should the modifications be extensive and involve major structural variations Cerra Homes will work with you and the designers to achieve the needed conversions. Depending upon the complexities, this process can take 5 to 6 weeks.
Specifications for your Hm(or “Specs”)
Specifications commonly referred to as the “specs” can be written during this time of patience waiting for the plans to arrive. Often Cerra Homes’ clients will allow Don to build the specs during the pricing process. This is accomplished with Don talking with clients to determine their wants and needs before, during, and after construction starts.
The specs can include every part of the process right down to the type of nails used in a certain application of a material. The more information Don has while pricing the closer to the actual build price he will attain. These specs become part of the contract, but are not “set in stone”. During the build process of a truly custom built home, changes may be needed. As long as all parties agree on the changes and confirm by signing a Change Order, the modification will happen.