Custom Home Builder New Braunfels, Texas

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • HOW DO I KNOW IF I CAN BUILD ON A LOT?
    At Scotch Construction, Inc. we pride ourselves in our home builder New Braunfels ability to take the lot you love and can also afford and use it as a canvas on which we can create the home you envision. Since 2008 we have built across the Texas Hill Country in a wide variety of neighborhoods, terrains, cities, and towns. As you can imagine we have a wide scope of experience when it comes to dealing with lot elevations, runoff issues, and neighborhood covenant restrictions. The Texas Hill Country is one of the most beautiful areas on earth but can also pose unique challenges with the pervasive growth of cedar trees and the hard limestone bedrock. Our customers come from all over the country and expect the same level of quality our reputation has been made from. Some customers want basements. We have gone the extra mile in providing our customers with their expectations while working within the natural confines of the lot provided to us. 

    We work with the best engineers in the business to make sure the design and implementation of that design into practice is all to code and have taken practical and cosmetic input into consideration. We also work with some of the best excavators and site-prep professionals to make sure when the foundation is poured your home will be built on a predictable and reliable slab of concrete. Building on lots with severe inclines can increase the cost of the foundation but it also opens opportunities for savings in other areas and possible designs for things like basements.

    What should you look for when considering different lots to build on? Several things. First, what is the natural incline of the lot? The Texas Hill Country is well, “hilly,” and can provide some lots of pretty dramatic drop-offs. A flat lot is always our number one recommendation. Flat lots are easier to put foundations on. Flat lots are also cheaper and can involve less site prep work which brings your overall price down for the construction of your home. The relationship between the cost of construction and the slope of the lot is generally a positive one: as the slope increases over multiple lots, the foundation will cost more because more concrete will need to be poured to compensate for the lack of earth. As a company, we are able to provide a perspective with our extensive background on the “buildability” of different lots. Typically, early on in the home builder New Braunfels process, when we meet clients that are looking at separate lots and have questions about which lot they should purchase, we will drop by two or three lots and provide our perspective. To circle back to our main point, however, we typically recommend the flatter lots because they lend themselves to a faster and cheaper construction process. To use an analogy: the flatter lots are a more straight-forward canvas on which to create.
  • WHAT IS ONE OF THE FIRST STEPS I SHOULD TAKE?
    The first decision would be the lot. Having trouble locating one? We have home builder New Braunfels relationships with real estate agents and can refer you to someone who can help. If you have a lot that you love, we can work with you and our design team to come up with a floor plan that fits your needs. If you have a floorplan that you love, we can assist in locating a lot that would be ideal for that floor plan. When looking at lots in this area, we typically recommend the western side of I-35. The reason for that is that the land northwest of I-35 tends to be much more rocky and solid to build on. There has been some volatility in the soil east of I-35 which can cause foundation instability and even cracking. To avoid this, it is critical to find the right region and neighborhood in which to conduct your search.
  • HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BUILD A HOME?
    Great question. Short answer: between six and nine months, on average assuming the lot has a standard grade and lacks a considerable slope. Let’s delve into this a bit deeper. Let’s say for example you reach out to us as your home builder New Braunfels without a lot, plans, or budget. From start to finish you could be looking at twelve months to have a design drawn, have it estimated by our team, purchase a lot, have a contract signed, have the site-preparation work completed and begin pouring the slab and ordering materials. Let’s say in another example you already have a set of construction drawings completed, you have a lot purchased, a budget in mind, and have already made selections decisions for lighting, countertops, flooring, windows, doors, and paint colors. In this example you could be looking at having a home built in as little as six or seven months. We like to say the more you know about exactly what you want and the details of what the home will look like and what will go into the home, the faster the entire construction process will go.

    Overall, multiple things can impact the speed at which the home goes up. Things like weather, order backlogs, supply delays, the health of workers, and decision-making for the home’s selections can all affect the rate at which you see progress. Most of these things, as you can see, are simply out of your control. So, what is in your control? What can you do to accelerate the construction of your home? The answer is: Selections! More specifically, making a selection as early on in the process as possible. Some of our customers make lighting, plumbing fixtures, flooring, door, and window selections early on, in the middle, or later in the building process. Of course, there are no hard deadlines for these decisions and we never try to rush you to make decisions fast. Rather, we simply advise you this: the earlier you can make your decisions for these selections, the earlier on in the process we can order them, and the earlier they can be installed. That’s how you can get the home you want, at the price you want, hopefully, within the timeframe you desire. A brief word on our philosophy of work on the home: it is better done right the first time than to do it wrong and have to do it twice. We’ve lived by this philosophy for years because we value your hard-earned capital and stand by our work when we are finished.
  • CAN YOU CONTROL THE WEATHER? IF NOT, DO YOU WORK IN BAD WEATHER?
    Unfortunately, we cannot control the weather and construction can be delayed due to extended periods of inclement weather. Depending on the phase of construction, some work may be able to continue if it is safe for our employees.
  • DO YOU HAVE EMPLOYEES OR DO YOU RELY ON SUBCONTRACTORS?
    The short answer to this question is both.

    We employ a team of professional home builder New Braunfels that are the best in their field from project management, marketing, sales, and accounting. We have a team approach at Scotch Construction which plays to the strengths of our team members. If a particular task would be better suited to a different member of the team we are not afraid to “pass the ball” in order to get that task handled in the most efficient manner.

    We also have a portfolio of trusted subcontractors that are the best in their prospective trades, many of which we have worked with for years. Both our employees and subcontractors share our core values and pride themselves on quality work and impeccable customer service.
  • CAN I VISIT THE JOB SITE FREQUENTLY? CAN I TALK TO SUBCONTRACTORS? CAN I DIRECT THEM AS THEY WORK?
    Job site visits are of course allowed! It is your home! However, we only ask that you visit after or before work hours or on days in which the subcontractors are not working. First, this is important for your own safety. Job sites are full of people working, sometimes on ladders with tools and wires on the floor. Sometimes, job sites are messy! We try our very best to clean them up – especially after the framing process. But visiting job sites without us during work can compromise your safety. We strive to keep both the subcontractors and the homeowners safe. We recommend visiting job sites with us after or before hours. Of course, exceptions are always made — our meetings with you during the build process will likely take place on weekdays and there will be people working at the site.

    Next, talking to subcontractors. Of course, exchanging pleasantries with our subcontractors is encouraged. However, digging into inordinate amounts of work-related discussions can create problems for the cohesion of the subcontracting team. The relationship we try to cultivate between our subcontractors and our customers has several characteristics: First, after you sign a contract you entrust us to manage the job. This means that we are involved in the delegation of tasks, scheduling of work, and quality control inspections before you see the work. Carefully documenting work as it happens or visiting sites too frequently can sometimes distress homeowners and lead to them potentially losing sight of the forest from the trees. Please be assured: if something is not right, we will make it so before the project is complete. We stake our reputation on getting details right. It is what has propelled us to being the highest-rated Home builder New Braunfels has. Let me go into this in a bit more detail. Sometimes as layers of the process progress small issues crop up that are easily fixed. This is just the nature of construction. Sometimes little things go wrong – a wall is bumped or a door is scratched. Trust us, we have been here before and provided creative and useful solutions to these issues. Second, our subcontractors report to us for all tasks. This is a key part of the relationship because it ensures that we retain the understanding of what work is being done, and quite frankly, the responsibility. Not respecting this rule can lead to confusion from subcontractors as to who is actually making the day-to-day decisions on the job sites. Do you want a detail added? Perhaps there’s a framing detail or trim detail you want to be changed? Please give us a call or text and let us know first. We are the top-rated custom home building company in New Braunfels for a reason and keeping up with customer communications is certainly one of our strengths that we work at every day.

    Lastly, can you direct them as they work? Please don’t! Our subcontractors are professionals and quite simply are the best of the best! They work faster and more efficiently by themselves and are financially incentivized to do so. The faster the subcontractors finish, the faster they are paid. But thankfully, they work at an appropriate pace. Our subcontractors know that they must do the job well. Tim Scotch is famous for his eagle eye and for spotting small imperfections in the build process. Our superintendents are instilled with the same desire to achieve excellent work that there exist several layers of quality control review. First, our subcontractors do their work. Second, our superintendents check that work and direct corrective measures if needed. Third, Tim Scotch triple checks the work. And fourth, if you like lists, YOU get to see the product at this stage. Sometimes clients see work halfway through this process. Of course, that is only natural but waiting until quality control is done if probably the best way of going about it.
  • IS A TWO-STORY HOME MORE EXPENSIVE THAT A BIG SINGLE STORY?
    It depends. There are some situations were building up a two-story can actually save costs. A large portion of a home’s construction cost is the foundation. The cost of concrete is considerable and has risen over the past few years. Building a two-story home can save costs on the foundation which can then be put into other things like finishes, flooring, lighting, windows, doors, countertops, and appliances. It really depends on an evaluation by experts on a case-by-case basis and the home’s overall design. Ask our home builder New Braunfels estimating team and experts this question—we are happy to provide input!
  • IS A METAL ROOF BETTER THAN A SHINGLE ROOF?
    In short, yes. But you should plan to go with what you can afford right now. If a shingle roof is more in line with your budget then go ahead and plan on using a shingle roof, but be prepared to have it replaced sooner than a metal roof. A metal roof provides durability that shingle roofing simply cannot match and, over the last few years, has become much more affordable as the processes have become more available and cheaper. This has passed savings throughout the fabrication process down to the consumer making metal roofing even more appealing and shingle roofing even less so. If you have the capital and interest to invest long-term, our general recommendation is to go with a metal roof but this decision, just like every major and minor decision in your design process is up to you. We provide the expert input, and you decide!
  • WHEN DO I HAVE TO PAY?
    Before the foundation is poured or the first batch of materials are ordered, we will invoice you for a pre-construction deposit. This allows us to make the necessary steps to begin the process of constructing your home. Over the course of the project you will receive draw requests, typically after the stage of a process is complete such as foundation, framing, and roofing as a few examples.
  • WHAT HAPPENS IF I CHANGE MY MIND ON SOMETHING?
    This is a great question. We work with our customers to try to give them, first the notification and then secondly, the time, to make selection decisions like lighting, flooring, and paint choices as early as possible in the process and before the work is begun! Because of the high degree of collaboration, many of our customers have found that their changes are identified early enough to avoid major impacts to the schedule or budget. However, sometimes home builder New Braunfels customers find something they like better or have second thoughts about decisions. Our goal is to work as hard as we can to make your vision become a reality and we will do work over again if you decide to change your mind that late in the process. However, for late decision changes like changing your mind on a paint color after the paint is on all the walls and dried – we will need to issue an invoice to you for that work. Let me give you a more detailed example. Let’s say you’re having your kitchen retiled as part of a full scale remodel and renovation. You select the tile and the teams begin their work. At the finish, you see the tile and decide the color, shape, or other characteristics are not to your liking and you request to again retile the kitchen with a different product. At this stage, redoing tile would be possible but we would issue you another invoice to have the work done. If you had caught it at an earlier stage, we could possibly negotiate to redo the work. However, when jobs are complete, payment is due. How do you avoid this scenario? Try to work with us and our subcontractors as best you can to familiarize yourself with the products as much as you can, ask for samples, and look at them in different lighting scenarios. To summarize, the more decisions on selections you make before the process begins and early on in the process –the faster your home will be built and the smoother the sailing!
  • WHAT DOES IT COST TO BUILD A CUSTOM HOME IN THE CURRENT CLIMATE?
    First, as you can understand, the economic climate fluctuates from quarter to quarter and prices tend to fluctuate as well. However, we have noticed a trend over the past ten years or so in the South Texas custom construction market: prices for concrete, lumber, and labor have crept up. If you built a home in the 1990’s or earlier and are seeking to build again, we highly encourage you to consider us but be prepared for a difference in cost. From our perspective, building a hundred dollar a square foot house is virtually impossible for a custom home builder as things currently stand. We tend to start our home builder New Braunfels construction projects at, on average of course, about one hundred and fifty dollars per square foot. That would be considered our baseline price and would likely include decisions that may be considered compromises for many of our customers such as a composition roof and batt insulation as opposed to a metal roof and foam insulation. In what range do we build on average? That depends year-to-year and project-to-project. Right now, we are probably building in the one hundred and seventy to one hundred and eighty price range, on average. Hopefully these numbers give you some idea of what we build. Prices are a somewhat challenging thing to discuss just because what we do are custom projects and the variability is very great in our company. On one home, we may be building at one hundred and seventy-five dollars per square foot and on another, it may be two hundred and fifty dollars per square foot. There is a great variety in the customers we work with and build for so an exact range is difficult to produce but circling back to what was mentioned previously, we tend to build in the one hundred and fifty dollars and above range.
  • WHAT MAKES SCI STAND APART FROM THE COMPETITION?
    Our customers love asking us this question, and there is a simple answer.

    We generally build relationships with our clients that go beyond the building and construction process. We are not your average transactional builders. Creating a custom forever dream home is a very intimate and personal process that allows us to get to know our clients very well. We pride ourselves on creating these lasting relationships with our clients and we tend to only work with clients that value the relationship.

    If you are interested in a new custom forever home built by the Highest and Most Reviewed home builder in New Braunfels, then head over to our contact us page and fill out the form there so that one of our qualified employees can reach out to schedule a free consultation.

    We pride ourselves in not only our relentless attention to detail but also our proven ability to make your vision a reality. We not only provide exceptional customer service but we also provide:

    -Clearly detailed project plans, including budget and timeline
    -Our exceptional crew of professional, skilled and knowledgeable employees
    -Our dedication to your satisfaction
    -High quality service at affordable rates

    We strive to deliver professional, friendly service, and a commitment to excellence that is unbeatable.

    On top of this, we give back to fostering and adoption organizations and charities for every custom home that we build. The donation is always made in the name of the client’s family.
  • HOW DOES SCI SOLVE PROBLEMS FOR CUSTOMERS IN A WAY THAT US DIFFERENT FROM THE COMPETITION?
    First, we listen. Then we satisfy. Other builders in the marketplace claim to be custom builders, however they avoid the true custom features that make for a truly custom home in favor of more "cookie-cutter" options. We pride ourselves on being a highly custom builder that is adaptable and flexible with our custom solutions.
  • WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START YOUR COMPANY?
    After putting myself through college using monies earned from working in commercial construction, I decided to return to my construction days while working for McCoy’s Corporation in order to build my own home with my own two hands. I loved the process so much that I could see myself doing this full time. I had already made a successful career for myself in finance and decided that it was time to go out on my own and build a company that builds dream homes for other people.

    We started Scotch Construction in 2008 just before the housing bubble crash. Great timing!
  • WHAT WERE THE EARLY DAYS LIKE WHEN SCI FIRST STARTED?
    The first two years through the economic rebuild were tough! During this time we focused our construction expertise on completing custom remodels and additions for clients.

    Through the next few years, the company grew organically into large custom new construction projects in the residential and commercial markets as well as continuing to provide quality custom remodeling and addition services.
  • WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE HOME YOU BUILT?
    This is a tough question! While we cannot isolate one particular home and claim it as our “favorite” home, one recent project comes to mind that was a very enjoyable process for our entire team from beginning to end. This home was set above a cove on Canyon Lake. It was a two-story home with commercial glass walls to capture the second-story view. The home truly was designed and built around capturing the optimal view of Canyon Lake, Texas. The customers were also great to work with. Perhaps, this is one of our favorite homes we built. We have great memories of working on and finishing this home! Of course, our best memory is knowing we met the expectations of our customers and delivered on the vision they had for their new home. Another characteristic that makes us as a company different: there are times, more often than not, when our customers actually become our friends. Over the course of months, we develop relationships with our customers and grow and grow with the mutual trust built on honesty, integrity, and hard work. In our humble opinion, most of our customers end up very pleased with the craftsmanship, attention to detail, beauty of the structures they end up seeing. We take homebuilding very seriously – it’s our expertise! We strive to make your dream a reality. That takes a lot of effort, planning, and management to make sure what you envision becomes reality in the end. But trust us, the process is worth it in the end. At the end of the process with us at Scotch Construction Inc., you will have a dream home worthy of the image you had in your head before we ever poured the foundation! Whatever you can dream up and can be designed, we can build. It’s what we put our pride in and take great joy in. It’s our work. It’s our calling. Being the home builder New Braunfels trust is our specialty.
  • BESIDES CREATING FOREVER DREAM HOMES, WHAT ELSE IS SCI PASSIONATE ABOUT?
    Every home that we build is a dream home for our client. We love that our clients choose to build with us because there is nothing like handing over the keys to a custom-built forever dream home. Additionally, we are also very passionate about helping foster kids and adopted children to find their forever homes. Our Give-Back program helps us to align those 2 passions to help both our clients and these children in need.
  • CAN YOU TELL MORE ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY GIVEBACK PROGRAM?
    Of course! We are very proud of our community giveback program.  As a company, we certainly are in this business to make a living and provide for our customers and our employees. However, we are also very focused on helping our local community and especially extending our hands to help those that are the most vulnerable in our society. Who do you consider the most vulnerable? In our experience, we have found that foster children desperately need the support of their community. The foster care movement is a project that is very close to the heart of each member of the Scotch family. The Scotch family has adopted one child and foster-adopted two other children. Psalm 68: 5-6 says: “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families…” We believe that every community should do its part to help those who are vulnerable. To do our part, Scotch Construction Inc. donates a portion of our profits for every new home we build. The donation goes to a local foster care agency of the home owner’s choice and is made in the home owner’s name. This represents an effort on our part to step in where we can and support the most vulnerable members of our society. Many businesses do good for the city, town, or community in which they preside. Our hope is that this donation habit forms the cornerstone of our business’ philosophy on life: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Our interest and effort to abide by the Golden rule is reflected in our philosophy and our business practices.

    We like to say that we seek to build homes as if they were our own. This means that the materials we recommend, the subcontractors we employ, and the recommendations we make, are only made from the perspective of asking ourselves this question: how would we want this decision made if it were our home? One of the unique things about Scotch Construction Inc. is that, when the situation is appropriate, we will make recommendations that are efficient, effective, and cost-efficient. Allow me to provide you with an example. Unlike many people you can employ that can build your home, we will make recommendations from a practical perspective. Of course, if you have your heart set on a design, we will in no way try to “talk you out of it.” However, if you are seeking counsel and want our opinion, we will usually err on the side of whichever options is most aesthetically pleasing as well as cost-efficient. In other words, we will never pressure or advise you to do something more expensive than you expect to pay or for a service or finishing that goes beyond your budget or desires. We are practical people and prefer practical and straight-forward solutions when possible! When there are questions of taste like flooring options, window, door, paint, or lighting selections, we will certainly step aside and let you make the decision. But if you want our opinion, we are happy to give it! To return to our main point: we try to do business in a way that reflects the golden rule in all that we say and do! Focusing on our outreach to the foster-care community keeps us in line with our values.