We already own a lot and would like to have a custom home built, but we aren’t sure how the process works. How do we get started?
We understand that embarking on a custom build can be intimidating. The first step in the process is simply to contact us and tell us about your proposed project. Once we have some information about your build we can guide you through the process of building a home on your lot.
We don’t already own a lot but would like to buy one and build a custom home. Can you help us with finding a lot?
There are two ways we can help you find a lot. In some cases Legacy Classic Homes may have available lots within specific subdivisions we are already building that can be purchased for custom builds. We can also help you locate land in the area you desire by using one of our Realtor partners to find lots listed in the MLS. Just let us know what area you are interested in and we can help you locate land to build on.
How much does it cost to build a custom home?
This is a very common question and one that is difficult to answer over the phone with no floor plan information available for us to review. The reality of building custom floor plans is now two homes will have the same cost to build even if they are similar in size. Different variables in floor plan designs, amenity packages and the costs to build on different lots can result in varying cost per square foot per of most floor plans. If you already have a floor plan we will be able to provide you pricing pretty quickly. If you are just starting to investigate building a custom home we will do our best to give you a ballpark price range for the home you want to build, and final pricing will be provided when we have the floor plan, amenity package and lot information we need to quote your build.
Do you have floor plans we can choose from?
We have a portfolio of floor plans as well as residential plan design partners that have hundreds of stock plans our clients can browse through. We do not post floor plans on our website because many are proprietary to our designers, but we can e-mail plans by request and provide you info to our partner’s websites where you can search for plans.
Can we make changes to a floor plan if we find one we like?
Yes you can. We are a custom builder and that means plans can be customized any way you want. We suggest starting with a plan layout you like, then making modifications of that plan to fit your needs. This tends to be the most efficient and least stressful way to design a plan, but for our creative clients who have an original vision of their home’s design in their head, designing a truly custom floor plan is certainly something we can do.
What if we have our own floor plans? Can you build off those?
Absolutely. We can quote prices and build off of plans supplied by our clients. We will need to review the plans to make sure there are no obvious issues that may crop up during construction.
We want to buy a set of floor plans from a website we saw online. Can we do that?
We suggest that whenever possible our clients use a floor plan design firm local to the DFW area. Many online plan design companies are located in other parts of the country and have designed plans for different types of foundations and exterior facades than we use in Texas. We have seen cases where clients have paid good money for plan sets only to realize the plans they bought didn’t have a brick ledge or some other item that was required in the home they wanted to build here in Dallas/Fort Worth. If you are considering buying from an online plan company consult with us first and we can provide some guidance before you spend your hard earned money on plans that may have issues.
What types of amenities do your homes come with standard?
This is a trick question. We are a custom builder and there is no standard! In all seriousness though, we do have an amenity package that we use as a starting point for custom builds, but we can provide whatever amenities you decide you want and the house will be priced accordingly.
If you end up walking through one of our beautiful inventory homes we are selling, do not confuse the amenities that house may have with what is standard. We continually change amenity packages in our inventory homes so they differ from each other and to keep things fresh.
What about energy efficiency? What type of energy package do you offer?
Our standard package consists of R-13 blown cellulose in 2 x 4” walls, R-19 blown cellulose in 2 x 6” walls, R-19 fiberglass batts in ceiling slopes and R-38 blown cellulose in the attics with radiant barrier roof decking.
We also offer upgrade insulation packages including a hybrid package with a 2” open cell foam attic seal sprayed on the attic floor and loose insulation blown over it. Our premium insulation package consists of a full envelope encapsulation with open cell spray foam (walls & roof rafters).
We provide single speed Carrier gas fired furnaces in areas with natural gas or LP, and single speed Carrier HeatPumps in houses that are all electric. Thermostats are programmable WIFI units. Our windows are double paned argon filled Low E glass with vinyl frames and pop out sashed for easy cleaning.
HVAC system upgrades are also available with higher SEER ratings and multispeed options. The only option we do not offer is geothermal HVAC.
What type of foundations are standard?
In most cases we will use a post tensioned slab foundation with deep beams. This is often referred to a “waffle slab” because it looks like a waffle when it prepped and ready to pour. The “beams” are the deep ditches that are dug to penetrate a foot or more into the compacted soil. Rebar is used in some areas and large cables are criss-crossed throughout the slab. Several days after the foundation is poured a crew will come out and put tension on the cables, hence the term “post tensioned foundation”. These cables in turn help spread the load of a home over a wider area. This type of foundation has been the industry standard in Texas for over 30 years and works well with the soils commonly found in the DFW area.
All of our foundations are designed by an engineering firm. Engineered foundation designs are based on the laboratory soils report that will be required before building on your lot.
Do you use piers in your foundations?
In the event the soil report reflects unstable soils where the foundation will be built, the foundation engineer may require foundation piers in the design. Foundation piers will also be used in cases where the amount of fill dirt will not allow the foundation beams to penetrate deep enough into the compacted soil. For example, houses built on hilly lots. In many cases where the soil is good and the lot is flat with minimal fill, there is no need for foundation piers to be used.
What warranties you do you offer?
Your Legacy Classic Homes will come with several warranties. We offer a 1 Year workmanship warranty, a 2 Year warranty on the mechanical’s such as plumbing and electrical, and a 10 Year warranty on the foundation and major structural components of the home. Your builder warranty is backed by Strucsure Warranty Company. You will also receive manufacturer warranties on your appliances and HVAC equipment.
What type of financing do you offer?
If we are building a house on your lot or ours we will refer you to one of our partner banks for the construction financing. We can also help you obtain lot financing if you are buying a lot to build on. If you are buying one of our available homes we will refer you to our partner bank for permanent mortgage financing.
How long does it take to build a home?
It depends on the size and complexity of the project. For the average home the actual construction time is approximately 7-9 months. Smaller homes typically have a shorter build time than larger homes, and of course weather and municipality requirements can affect the build schedule.
How are decorating selections made?
We understand our clients live busy lives and we don’t want them to have to drive all over town picking out tiles here and countertops there. Our clients are given several hours of time with a professional decorator at our design center where all the colors in your home can be picked out in one place. In most cases, the selection process is handled in two appointments and all color and product choices are made at the design center.
We know how to lay tile and install plumbing. Can we do some things ourselves to save some money?
We would love to oblige, but we do not partner with our clients on sweat equity partnerships. We are a professional turnkey building company and the only way to provide our clients with efficient timelines, service and the warranties we promise is to use our sub-contractors and vendors on every aspect of the project.
Do you build detached garages and guest house structures?
Yes we do. We have built many guest houses and detached garages of various sizes. Contact us about your project and we would be glad to discuss it with you. Click HERE to view some pictures of our detached garage and guest house projects we have done.
Do you build swimming pools?
We do not.
What areas of Dallas/Fort Worth do you build in?
Most of our building is done on the greater Fort Worth side of the Metroplex, but we will consider all projects in the DFW area. Just contact us to let us know where you want to build and we will determine if it is an area we can build in.
Do you have any available homes to buy or model homes to view?
Check on our “Available Homes” page of the website to see what areas we are building in and what homes are available to view and purchase.
What price points do you build in?
We typically build homes from the $300’s up to $1,000,000. If think the price point of your project will be below or above our stated range, please contact us and we can discuss the details of your project to determine if the project is one we can take on.
Most of the homes on your website look like traditional brick homes. Do you build different architectural styles like modern, Mediterranean, etc.?
Yes, we can certainly build houses in different architectural styles.
Do you have customer references you can supply us with?
By all means we can provide you with a list of Legacy Classic Homeowners who would be glad to tell you about their experience using our company.