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Old 10-15-2019, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Black Hammock Island
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Great threads about builders I've been following ... fabulous and helpful info. However, most discussions touch on the main players who mostly build within developments. We have contacted a couple of them who would be willing to build on our lot if they were already building nearby and if our floorplan was one of the ones they are currently building. We don't fall into either of these parameters.

We want to build a modest 1800-2200sf one-story house in northern Duval on a lot that's already partially cleared and the last lot in an established neighborhood. The other houses were built about 20 years ago, and some of the builders are no longer in business, so using them is out.

We have no idea where to begin to find a reputable "custom" builder. Doing a google search is mind boggling with the endless lists. We'd like to start out with a short list based upon anyone's opinions, suggestions, recommendations. So many of you Jax C-Ders are such a wealth of knowledge!
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Old 10-15-2019, 04:58 PM
 
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I can't advise you on a specific builder but you have the right idea asking opinions. Check out Jacksonville oriented groups or real estate forums on facebook, reddit and other sites. Search names for complaints or problems on facebook, google, houzz. Check up on the state of Florida public records websites to make sure they are licensed and don't have ongoing litigation or lawsuits for fraud.

Ask your local bank you might get a construction loan with if they have a list of reputable builders they have worked with. Ask the same from any friends or realtors you trust.

Then vet, interview, see what feels right....it's a complicated process. It's much easier to buy a tract home from a nationwide builder than one of the dozens of anonymous general contractors. There's much much less risk you will be outright taken to the cleaners or the GC will run away with your money leaving you with a half finished project.
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Old 10-16-2019, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL (Mandarin)
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Collins Builders has a BOYL program. Dostie Homes does, too. We built our home in 2010 with Dostie, but it was named Kingsouth at the time.
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Black Hammock Island
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EricBoyd ... thank you ... just contacted both.
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Old 10-18-2019, 01:46 PM
 
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Great threads about builders I've been following ... fabulous and helpful info. However, most discussions touch on the main players who mostly build within developments. We have contacted a couple of them who would be willing to build on our lot if they were already building nearby and if our floorplan was one of the ones they are currently building. We don't fall into either of these parameters.

We want to build a modest 1800-2200sf one-story house in northern Duval on a lot that's already partially cleared and the last lot in an established neighborhood. The other houses were built about 20 years ago, and some of the builders are no longer in business, so using them is out.

We have no idea where to begin to find a reputable "custom" builder. Doing a google search is mind boggling with the endless lists. We'd like to start out with a short list based upon anyone's opinions, suggestions, recommendations. So many of you Jax C-Ders are such a wealth of knowledge!
I would not recommend Collins. Dostie would be just fine, but here's a list of builders more suitable to your situation:

1. Piper Homes 904-813-2867
2. Coastal Construction and Consulting, LLC 904-545-8975
3. John Merrill Homes 904-662-5024
5. MB Builders 904-465-3001
6. Pillar Construction 904-545-4993
7. Trademark Homes 904-484-6368
8. Young American Homes 904-641-6754

You can rest assured that any of those will do a top quality project for you. Hope this helps!

THWT
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