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Blog Archive for May, 2018

Our Most Commonly Asked Question

Categories: Building Process, FAQs | Posted: May 31, 2018

Every day, in each city that we serve, our building consultants field dozens of phone calls from potential homebuyers. What is the number one custom plan question we get?…

“How much do you charge per square foot?”

The answer … It’s a really big range! Our average square footage range is anywhere from $75-$140 per square foot depending on what size home you are looking to build and what features you are looking to put into it. Because of this, there are many factors that go into determining the overall price of your home. Below is a list of just a few:

  • Ceiling Heights (Range 8’ – 12’)
  • Exterior Veneer (Vinyl, Hardi, Stucco, Brick, Painted Brick)
  • Exterior style of the home (French, Heritage, Cottage, Farmhouse, etc.)
  • Square footage of home (Living, Covered, Garage and Storage)
  • Size of AC unit(s) and water heater(s) (Tonnage is calculated by your square footage)
  • Number of bathrooms in your home
  • Lot necessities (Sewer systems, Culverts, Driveways, Underground utilities, etc.)
  • Linear footage of cabinetry and countertops
  • Flooring type and locations
  • Appliances (Gas, Electric)

 

We are happy to share this range with you. However, to truly get an accurate cost of construction, you need to schedule your first consultation to discuss what specifics you are wanting in your new home.

We typically advise that you begin with our stock plans found online to determine square footage approximations before you come in. You can also send us a copy of your plans so that we can suggest a few of our similar layouts and assist you in ball parking your home price. The price of your home, just like the layout and style, will be customized to fit you and your family’s lifestyle!

Interested in getting those numbers? Call up one of our Building Consultants today @ 337-981-5315


 

-Written by our Building Consultant, Wendi Ritz

“When she’s not figuring out how to make the master closet bigger or if she can get that oversized tub to work in your layout, she’s chasing her trio of Ritz athletes from baseball to football to volleyball practice or hot gluing together whatever school project is due next week . . . occasionally burning a few fingers in the process!”

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Maintenance

Categories: Other, Warranty | Posted: May 24, 2018

Part of being a new homeowner means having to learn the basics of maintaining your home to prevent larger problems in the future. Below are some of the basic homeowner maintenance items that we encourage all of our new homeowners to perform on an annual basis.

  • Clean dryer vent and hood-vent to ensure they are exhausting properly. Lint is highly flammable and can pose a severe fire hazard when dryer vents are not cleaned regularly and properly. If your dryer vent is clogged or blocked, it will have to run longer to fully dry your laundry, which uses more energy and could cause your electric bills to increase.
  • Check weather-stripping and door sweeps on all exterior doors. These pieces prevent air (and more importantly BUGS!) from getting into your home. It is natural for weather stripping and door sweeps to break down over time, but they are very simple to replace if needed.
  • Inspect and replace, as needed, caulking and grout around tubs, showers, sinks and back splashes. We recommend applying grout sealant at wet areas since grout is porous. Once grout has been applied and dried, it is ready to absorb any liquid that comes its way, like water. By penetrating the grout with sealer first, you are pre-empting water and other liquids from penetrating the grout, therefore increasing the longevity of the grout.
  • Clean chimney flue before initial use every year. Any time accumulation of soot and creosote occurs in your chimney, it can be enough to fuel a fire that may damage the chimney and even spread to the roof and home.
  • Inspect and clear all weep holes around the exterior of home. If weep holes become blocked, moisture can become trapped inside the wall cavity, which can lead to catastrophic damage of the wall materials.
  • Set up an appointment to have your septic tank inspected. Regular inspections can help you avoid maintenance emergencies. Like any other system in your home, your septic system will operate better and more efficiently with proper maintenance and care.

To check out the items needed to maintain on a monthly & bi-annual basis, check out our main video here.