How to Build a Home

Our Process

When it comes to building your home, you have lots of questions. How long does it take? How do I get started? What do I need to do?

At Graben Homes, we can help. Our process is straightforward.

Step 1: Let’s talk

Do you have property, or do you need to find one? Do you already have home plans, or do you want to custom design one just for you?

Step 2: Schedule a Meeting

By phone, email, or video chat, or better yet, please make an appointment to discuss here in person right here in our office.

Step 3: We Meet

When you come to the initial meeting, bring any ideas, pictures, etc., and your list of questions to ask. We will answer and advise you as to the next step.

Step 4: The Plans

Great! So you’re ready to get started. We will move you in the right direction and, if needed, get started with the architect to begin the home plan drawing and designing stage.

Throughout this process, we continue to communicate with you. Our team combines the knowledge and expertise of the builder, designer, and architect to design the perfect home for you.

Step 5: The Cost

There are two ways to price your new home; the“cost-plus” method or the “stipulated sum” method. What’s the difference? The “cost-plus” approach is an educated guess and does not accurately reflect the actual cost to build your home. Homeowners often prefer the “stipulated sum” method, which reflects more accurately the actual costs. You will usually be given a “stipulated sum” price for the cost of building your new home. This is a total price; no surprise, hidden costs that you won’t know about ahead of time when possible.

Step 6: Let’s Build!

The building contract is signed, and construction begins! This is where the fun starts. Your new home begins to take shape. Our design team works with you every step of the way to help you to choose the wood, tile, marble flooring, paint colors, electrical fixtures, plumbing fixtures, roof color, pavers, cabinet, and granite selections, and much more so that all blends and is in harmony. This is where your true personality and lifestyle can shine through!

Step 7: Move-in Day!

The day has come, and your dream home is a reality. You love it! This is where you will make many happy memories! And no worries, your team at Graben Homes is here to answer any questions after the fact. With the proper maintenance, your new home will give you many years of enjoyment.

How to Build a Home?

Building a home is a dream for most people. The opportunity to create their dream house from  scratch is something a lot of people spend their entire life working for. If you have reached the  stage where you are now able to start the process of building your home, there is a lot of careful  planning and preparation that lies ahead. To ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible,  read on to discover some helpful tips.  

Estimating the full cost – There is only one place to begin, and this is with the financial side of  things. With Graben Homes you will often be given a stipulated sum for the cost of building your  home. There will be no surprise hidden costs that you won’t know about ahead of time when  possible. 

Adding rooms that are going to be utilized – It can be easy to get carried away when building  your dream home. You want to add all of the things you never had. This includes multipurpose  rooms, game rooms, playrooms, home offices, and so on. This sounds good in principle. But,  ask yourself, are you really going to use these rooms? Why are you adding a gym if you have  never been to the gym in your life and you’re someone who prefers the outdoors? Don’t add  rooms for the sake of it. You’re only costing yourself more money and giving yourself more  stress. With Graben Construction you will put your money where it’s needed most in a home  plan fit just for you.  

Good space planning – The third tip is good space planning. Unless you intend to build a very  big home, space planning and design are vital. You need to make sure you have ample storage;  otherwise you will soon feel like you have outgrown the home you spent so long building. Take  the time to carefully assess your plans, think about what you really need, and determine where  everything is going to go. Yes, an oversized walk-in wardrobe sounds amazing, but is this going  to sacrifice more important storage space?  

Types of building materials and more – The options include wood frame, concrete block and  ICF methods. The strongest being the ICF (insulated concrete form) method which is able to  withstand strong hurricane force winds while adding thick insulated walls. ICF systems save  homeowners an average of 50-80% on heating and cooling costs and can sustain winds up to  200 mph. ICF thick walls come in 6” and up to 13” width sizes and also reduce the chances of  allergens, dust and mold indoor home. A Geothermal system is also a good option as it is a  renewable source of energy because heat is produced inside the earth and is continual.  Geothermal heating uses the earth loop to extract heat from the ground and passes this through  a traditional duct system which can heat water, buildings and can generate electricity. Another  good option to consider is solar power. The team at Graben Homes can help you to decide  which is best for you. 

You can make good decisions like those mentioned above by choosing Graben Construction to  guide you through this process and give yourself the best chance of achieving your dream  property in the most efficient manner.

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