You have decided to partner with Silverton Custom Homes and we could not be more thrilled to go on this journey with you to build your dreams. We are now ready to start the design phase to get everything in place before we begin construction.
Design Agreement & Deposit
Our design agreement outlines how we will work together through the design and planning stage. We will take measurements, order surveys, order any necessary land clearing and work with the architect to finalize a floor plan. This phase will result in a 1/8 floor plan, front elevation, home specifications, a fixed allowance and price details.
Our design deposit is typically around 1% of your estimated home budget. This deposit is collected now and allows us to proceed with surveys, lot clearing and architectural plans.
Home Site and Floor plan
With the homesite secured, we order the necessary surveys to know where the important trees are and if there is any slope to the lot that will need to be considered. We help place the rooms you want and need in a manner that works with the land, orientation to the sun and seasonal winds. We will usually have a couple of meetings envisioning the possibilities and talking about flooring, lighting, interiors and exteriors prior to bringing in an architect to put your vision onto paper. These are all important in designing the right home to meet your budget.
Silverton Custom Homes is one of few Austin custom home builders who keep a comprehensive in-house selection center at our office. While the many choices involved in the interior design selection process can seem overwhelming, our creative and experienced design team help break it down to make every step of your experience both engaging and easy. The interior finishes, roofing, exterior materials, HVAC, Interior doors, drywall finish style, framing lumber, trim, windows, exposed beams and concrete finish are typically items that you would find already specified in a fixed price agreement. We will work together to determine these items, so you can specify what is to be included in your agreement. This also protects you against any unknowns that may occur or vendor price increases during home construction.
Flooring, lighting fixtures, appliances, exterior doors, counter tops, mirrors and tub and shower tile surrounds are all examples of items that may be included as allowance items. We will work together to determine how much to budget for each allowance item based on your needs, wants and wishes.
We will work in conjunction with the architect to refine your plans until everyone is satisfied that what we have on paper will translate into a home that meets all of your needs, most of your wants and usually many of your wishes- near or within budget.
Sign Fixed Price Agreement & Construction Deposit
Once you have approved the final 1/8 inch scale floor plans, front elevation (drawing of the front of the home) and placement of the home on the lot, we are ready to craft the specifications and fixed price agreement. This preparation takes about a week or two. Upon completion, we will review the details of the plan, contract, specifications and allowances. If everything is acceptable, we will sign a fixed price contract and accept a predetermined construction deposit from you.