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Old 01-14-2010, 01:49 PM
 
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Hello there, we are in the process of purchasing some land to build a house on...18 acres...and no worries about finding an acceptable (perked, etc.)spot on the land.

We want a farmhouse type home and not a whole lot of ornate details on the inside. I am trying to find a builder that will build a good, quality house, but without all the details (coffered ceilings, moulding, wainscoting, built-ins). I have talked to a few, but their quote per sq. ft. is higher than I would think for just walls and such. My husband and I are very handy and would like to do a lot of the details (moulding, wainscoting, built-ins, etc.) ourselves once we move in. So that being said, any recommendations on builders?

Also, I grew up in Michigan with basements and I have read mixed reviews about them in this area. We would just want a walkout unfinished basement covering maybe half the footprint of the house (600sf)? Any idea on cost per square foot? Same question for an unfinished bonus (400sf)?

We have four young kids (under 6) and don't need the room of the basement and bonus today, but will in the future.

Also, any architect recommendations that are fairly priced? I have a plan in mind, just need to move a few things around.

Any thoughts would be fabulous? And any advice on this overwhelming process would be great!
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:13 PM
 
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My in-laws built their home in Canada and a beautiful oak log home in northern NH themselves acting as the general contractor. In NC I believe it is legal to do so as well. Might want to investigate that route. It saved them a ton of money and they were able to keep up on the subs and produced a really nice house with exceptional energy savings due to increased standards. A builder will just build to code, doing it yourself you can mandate and see that it's done to a much higher level.
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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If you're handy like you say, and you're going to be doing some/most of the finish work yourself, why are you trying to use a builder instead of hiring the sub-contractors yourself? Acting as your own general contractor is how you save money building a house... of course this is not for everyone but you seem like you know what you're doing, maybe you could handle that. Have you thought about it?

By the way, what quotes per sqft are you getting?
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:22 PM
 
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I suppose I could be my own general contractor! Hadn't thought of that. Hmm..I am being quoted $150 and up. Although with four kids, it probably isn't realistic.
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Old 01-14-2010, 03:29 PM
 
Location: NC
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About :: Joseph Grantham Custom Homes, Inc. 8008 Hawkshead Lane, Wake Forest, NC 27587, 919-554-1212 (http://countrysidepreview.com/grantham/about.html - broken link)

Joseph just did our basement (1000 square feet of newly finished space) and our tiled/covered porch/patio (another 450 square feet) and did a fab job. Best contractor I have ever used. On time, reliable, honest, trustworthy. I can't begin to say enough good things about him. Several friends have started projects with him recently based on my experience. He will do as much or as little as you want, I'm sure. Contact him and get him to quote it out for you.
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Wake County
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http://www.design-tech.com/index.php

I don't work for them, or get any kickbacks...just very familiar with their work, and they have a lot of info (including pricing) on their website. Even if you don't use them, it will give you an idea of what you're looking at price wise. They do modifications of stock plans (see pricing page). I've had them draw a set for me, and all I did was draw bubbles on a page, indicating where I wanted my rooms, then told him what type of feel I was looking for. He was right on target with the plan.

They might also be a source of builders that might be a good fit for you, since he works closely with several in this area...any good archictect should be able to do that for you.

You can also check out the NC Home Builders Association web page, for links of contractors and builders in your specific area:

http://www.nchba.com/


The Raleigh/Wake County Home Builders Association website is here for similar info:

http://www.hbawake.com/

Good luck!
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