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Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

  • I just bought some land and want to build a house. What is the first step?
    We can connect you with a designer that will create a floor plan to specifically suit your needs.
  • How long does it take to build a custom home?
    Currently, we are experiencing delays in getting materials due to supply chain shortages. There are many other factors that play into the timeline. The average build time is currently around 10 months.
  • Why should I choose a custom home?
    Simply put: A custom home build ensures you’re getting exactly what you want and the best quality-design-cost value for your land. If you have specific, must-have design features, floor plans, and styles in mind – you won’t find what you’re looking for in a master-planned community. Or perhaps you’ve considered remodeling your existing home but are finding the costs or unknowns prohibitive to reaching your end goals. A new custom home might be a better fit versus living through a gut-rehab that still has more questions than answers and may not achieve all of your wishes. And, of course, if you have a beautiful piece of property, a custom home by a design/build firm such as Burgess Custom Homes will ensure a home design ideally suited to the land and its unique features. Every piece of land is unique and you can’t plop a pre-designed plan on there and think you’ll save money or be happy with the end result. If you have a plan you love but you want to make a few tweaks—custom is also for you.
  • What is the difference between a spec home and a custom home?
    A spec house is a home built without a specific owner in mind. Its style and product options will be a blend of what the builder believes the market wants. You may be able to choose from a couple of options from provided plan layouts, products, and colors, but otherwise will be limited in your ability to customize. The resulting home can be great—but without being tailored to your wishes and needs, clients often find themselves “wishing” for more. In addition, in many cases, the house will be built to code but without additional thought to comfort, view, or quality (Where do you want your outlets? Do you have enough lights in the right places? Are your windows the right size to take advantage of your view and do they open the way you want? Will your washer and dryer fit the space?) A custom home is explicitly tailored to you. The process will take you through every decision, from what level of insulation you want at or above code to where your outlets are placed to the proper angles and spacing for your dream kitchen to be optimally functional. Every nuance is designed to fit your specific lifestyle.
  • How much does a custom home cost?
    The same elements that make a custom build so special—a one-of-a-kind home on an untouched piece of property—are also what make it a luxury item. Your dream home has never been built before, and your lot likely has no infrastructure or needs connections run from the road. Burgess Custom Homes will provide you with a detailed estimate based on your house plans to take to your banker.
  • Can I finance my land in my home loan?
    Yes. Most lenders, including those we partner with, allow and encourage land/home packages. This dispels the misconception that you must own your land outright to build your new home on it! We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about financing your property.
  • Do you handle the site preparation for my house?
    Many of our customers come to us with a lot that’s already had some preparation done - typically culverts/driveways, tree clearing, and sometimes well and/or septic. Burgess Custom Homes will estimate the costs involved to get your site ready for your new home, whether you’ve already had some work done or are starting from scratch. Ask your building consultant about having us handle the job for you!
  • How do I get started on building my custom home?
    The best thing to do to get started is to contact us at Burgess Custom Homes via phone call or email. Please feel free to reach out to us via email at: Or for immediate attention call us at: 817-980-6161

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