You’ve made the decision to build a custom home instead of buying an existing property. Now you find yourself facing countless important decisions. First of which, and perhaps most important, is which builder to choose. It is your responsibility to do your due diligence in selecting a credible and experienced builder to ensure that you and your family are taken care of throughout each stage of your custom home building process. This is your dream, and the right builder will help you realize it; every step of the way.
There are many custom home builders who serve Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas. However, you will find that when it comes to selecting the perfect team for your new home, the “one-size-fits-all” mentality may not be your best option.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is an excellent tool to research qualified builders in the area. For example, through the NAHB, six custom home builders in the state of Colorado have earned the status of Graduate Master Builder, an achievement held only by veteran builders who have allotted 10+ years of building experience and successful completion of each one of the NAHB’s series of courses. Throughout your search, be sure to utilize the NAHB to access all certifications attained by the builder.
Next, research the builder’s longevity in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas. An experienced builder may be able to deliver a less stressful and more fluid build process than a novice or builder that is new to the area. They provide a solid foundation of expertise regarding building regulations and environmental considerations; as well as long-established relationships with their trade partners.
With longevity also comes quality references. Take the time to ask for a list of previous clients; interview them on their own custom home building experience, the builder, and the builder’s process and communication.
Is the builder’s reputation well established in Colorado Springs? Have they won any awards? A simple Google search can tell you if the builder has won any awards or received any special recognition. Selecting a builder that has been recognized in the community is certainly not a necessity, but it does represent that the builder is held to the highest standards of trust, integrity, honesty, and quality.
Will the builder help you when selecting land for your custom home? If you have not yet found and purchased your ideal lot, finding a builder with experience in this will be invaluable. The builder or broker will take your wants and needs and provide you with suitable options, as well as the pros and cons to each. Once your lot is selected, this builder can conduct an on-site inspection, order soils testing, and research any restrictions, if any, that may affect your build.
What does the builder offer as far as design and selection services? Building a fully-custom home is stressful, the design and selection process alone can be daunting. So, why not find a builder that will simplify the process and eliminate as many steps as possible? Finding a builder that has a team of educated design professionals will make it as easy (and fun) as possible for you and your family to design exactly what fits your lifestyle. Building a home is not just about quality craftsmanship, it’s about building a relationship with you and your family to make your dream home a reality.
Does the builder offer a warranty? Selecting the right builder is not just important for the designing and building of your dream home, it’s also important for the future of your home – to ensure the long-standing quality of the craftsmanship. A quality builder will stand behind their work by offering a warranty for a period of time beyond the completion of the build.
Building your fully-custom home is the opportunity to build a home that you can cherish and share with friends and family for decades (even centuries) to come; it’s not just your dream home, it’s your forever home… your legacy. Be sure to find a builder to match.
For over 22 years Solid Rock Custom Homes has been constructing custom homes and high-end remodels in Colorado Springs. Owned by Lain and Barbara Chappell, Solid Rock Custom Homes is family owned and locally operated. Lain Chappell is a Graduate Master Builder with the NAHB and a UCCS alumni. Barbara Chappell is an award-winning designer and specializes in delivering a personalized and informed design and selections process to each and every client.
Solid Rock Custom Homes has won the Ethics and Excellence in Customer Service Awards with the BBB of Southern Colorado, eight service and design awards with Houzz, Best Workplaces with the Colorado Springs Gazette, and has received several design and craftsmanship awards in the Parade of Homes.
Solid Rock Custom Homes is in the business of truly customizing and catering to your dreams. From land selection to the final walk, they are dedicated to building projects that reflect the most inspirational and influential parts of every client. Whether your style is contemporary, modern, rustic, traditional, southwestern, classic Colorado, or somewhere in between, a home built by Solid Rock Custom Homes is guaranteed to be cherished for years to come.
To learn more about building your custom home, selecting land, or Solid Rock Custom Home’s process, references, and/or warranty information, contact Solid Rock Custom Homes at 719-494-0932 or submit a contact us form.