Things To Consider Before Hiring A General Contractor

Building a new home requires that you find the right home plan and the right team to build the home.

That team will be led by a general contractor. Taking time to plan when hiring a general contractor will help ensure you get a good fit. Here are some hiring-a-contractor tips that will guide you in finding the right one.

1. Start With References

Asking for recommendations will help you start the search, but look for recommendations from people who have worked with a contractor. Has someone you know recently built a home or done a major remodeling project? Talk to this person about his or her experience. If he or she had a positive experience with a contractor, add that contractor to your list of people to call. Starting with vetted professionals endorsed by those you trust should cut your research time significantly.


HOUSE PLAN 1461 – NOW AVAILABLE

NOW AVAILABLE!
The Liam – House Plan 1461

This Urban Farmhouse exterior mixes vertical and horizontal siding and is highlighted with metal roof accents and an exposed stone chimney. This house plan features multiple gables that create instant curb-appeal and a front entry garage works well for narrower lots. The gourmet kitchen features a large island and a bar with prep-sink that services the great room. A breakfast nook is available for casual meals while a separate dining room with buffet niche is great for entertaining. This floor plan meets every need with a powder room for guests, a walk-in pantry, spacious utility room, and a mud room with storage and bench seating. The master bedroom is topped with a tray ceiling and opens into a spa-quality bathroom and a walk-in closet with ample space for two wardrobes. The study completes the first floor and enjoys French doors and built-in shelves. Upstairs, three large bedrooms each have a walk-in closet. One of the bedrooms has a private full bathroom while the other two bedrooms share a bath with a double-sink vanity. The bonus room could function as a guest suite or storage area and has its own closet. The second-floor media room makes the perfect space for games, movies or hobbies.

Check out the front rendering of house plan 1461, The Liam.

3625 sq ft, 4 beds, 3.5 baths


CONCEPTUAL HOUSE PLAN 1483: FAMILY-FRIENDLY DREAM HOME

House Plan on the Drawing Board 1483 is a family-friendly design that is perfect for a busy lifestyle!

Check out the front elevation of conceptual house plan 1483.

2761 sq ft, 4 beds, 3 baths

Check out the second floor of conceptual house plan 1483.

Conceptual House Plan 1483

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Conceptual house plan 1483 is a two-story version of The Ferris plan 1405. A mix of cedar shakes and stone lend a rustic feeling to this two-story design. The gables are accented with vertical siding and metal roof details enhance the facade. The front porch enjoys an archway and tapered columns. The rear elevation is equally impressive with an arched porch that showcases the exposed stone chimney.


HOME PLAN 1445-D – NOW AVAILABLE

NOW AVAILABLE!
The Ethan  – Home Plan 1445-D

Prominent gables with decorative brackets meet arched windows and an angled garage in this elaborate hillside walkout design. A large kitchen island overlooks the great room while the dining room extends to the rear for exceptional views. The screened porch enjoys a fireplace and skylights top the rear porch. The master suite and a study are upstairs, and two bedrooms and a rec room are on the basement level.

Check out the front rendering of The Ethan, home plan 1445.

2880 sq ft, 4 beds, 4 baths


HOUSE PLAN 1478 – NOW IN PROGRESS

House Plan 1478 has been named The Zander!

NOW IN PROGRESS!

This house plan has been selected for completion and will be available for purchase soon. See how the original sketches compare to the design in progress, and leave your comments at the bottom of the page!

Check out the front elevation of The Zander house plan 1478.

2574 sq ft, 4 beds, 3.5 baths

This traditional home makes a grand impression with accents of stone, metal, and vertical siding. The foyer opens directly to the dining room and the stunning kitchen island is within sight. A fireplace and coffered ceiling create a cozy environment for the great room and a rear porch and a screened porch with a fireplace take living outdoors. The master suite is a true retreat with an opulent bathroom and a walk-in closet divided for couples or seasonally. The bedroom/study enjoys an adjacent bathroom and the utility room is nearby. Upstairs, two bedrooms have walk-in closets and share a full bathroom. A bonus room is available for entertainment or a future expansion.