A Guide for Custom Built Homes

Building a home can be an intimidating and frustrating experience. When done right, however, you and your family can have the satisfaction of playing an incremental role in the design, layout, and personality in the construction process. Depending on where you live, there are certain things that you must take into account when going through this process. This post is going to serve as a guide for the do’s and dont’s from the ground up to help you in the home building process.

Custom Built Completed Home Picture

Choose the Right Home Builder

One of the most, if not the most, important parts of the construction of a house comes before any of the walls go up. You must make sure that you properly vet out many of the local companies in your area. There are many El Paso Custom Home Builders similar to this company, called Pointe Homes, which you can set an appointment with and learn why they should earn your business, and the others shouldn’t. Here are some of the questions you should ask when first meeting with prospective builders.

  1. How many years have you and your company been in the home business?
  2. Can you show me some of the work/projects you’ve done in the last year?
  3. Do you offer hard deadlines to your customers during the construction process?

Personal Recommendation if you are in the west Texas area: El Paso Custom Home Builders


Make Sure You Have a Timeline

The next most important thing to consider is making sure you are provided with a timeline for construction. Many construction companies are very vague when providing customers with dates for completion. If you are adamant about having a timeline, then it puts pressure on the builders to make sure there is enough labor and man-hours provided in order to meet the deadlines.

Source: The Building Process Article

wood materials while home is being built

Use Good Materials

A house is only as good as the materials it is built with. Many times people try and cut down on price by using less-expensive, less durable materials. The problem with this is that the money you save is going to be spent 10 fold when things start and fall apart. Of course, this recommendation is assuming that you plan to live in the house for a period of 10 or more years. People who are trying to flip houses often don’t care about the quality of materials, but instead about the buying price. Then again, though, people who flip homes usually aren’t the ones designing and building them from the ground up.

Recommendation: Home Depot

How Pest Control and Construction are Related

Construction companies have always outsourced work when they do not have the personnel with the knowledge to professionally execute certain tasks. Cabling, landscaping, and lighting are all very common. One area that many construction companies, including Rekma, outsource is pest control services. If you are a resident of Austin, then you well know the problem that scorpions, snakes and other rodents play in our residential neighborhoods. Many commercial clients here in the hill country ask us if we can start and finish with pest prevention in mind. This has led us to partner with a local pest control Leander company, who have helped us integrate extermination services within the realm of our construction process. Below are a few of the ways in which both of our companies work together.

Construction site

A Foundation Free of Pests

When we lay foundation for most of our buildings, we obviously have to dig 3-5 feet below the earth’s surface. This leaves a lot of dirt that we re-locate or spread around the surrounding area. According to Accurate, this loose dirt essentially an ideal breeding ground for many unwanted bugs and insects. One of the ways that we have approached this problem is actually injecting a certain type of poison into the dirt, so that the dug up ground is uninhabitable for most pests.

Wooden beam sterilization

One of the problems that most pest control companies have is their ability to access small areas within the buildings structure. One of the ways we have been able to help alleviate this problem is by allowing them to spray while the actual walls, etc. are going up. This allows every space to be adequately accounted for, and is a great long term solution for pests. Some of the techniques they use can be found here.

Spraying the wooden beams

We have had this partnership for about a year now, and the results have been phenomenal. 80% of our projects now incorporate pre-pest control prevention services, and all who have, have not had a single issue with many of the rodents who regularly infest our other clients.

Resources: http://npic.orst.edu/pest/