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Where are your floor plans?


Onsite Construction never starts with any base, stock or ‘cookie-cutter’ type of floor plans regardless of whether our clients choose a full custom home build or curated custom home build. We have found that our clients really appreciate having a custom home tailored for their specific lot and around their family’s unique lifestyle. Being able to start designing on a ‘blank canvas’ allows the architect/plan designer the artistic freedom to accentuate the positives and mitigates whatever negatives there may be in regards to the homesite’s surroundings such as views, streets, neighbors, etc.
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What size homes do you build?


It is important to talk to your builder about how the size of your home (both living and nonliving square feet) will affect your overall cost to build. While we don’t necessarily have a square footage minimum or maximum, most of our homes range between 2,500 and 6,000 square feet.

What is your price per square foot?


We very well might ask YOU the same question. There are hundreds of variables at play affecting cost when designing and building a new home. Because of this, we don’t have a set price per square foot that we charge. Instead, we work closely with you from the start to determine how to get the most out of your budget. Our highly-skilled and trained team members are taking a value-engineering approach from the onset of the design phase. At any budget level, this approach ensures you are getting the most important features in your new home all while respecting your stated budget goals.

What is a curated custom home?


A “Curated Custom Home” at Onsite Construction is probably better referenced to as an “Affordable Custom Home”. Most semi-custom builders are requiring the customer to start the process by choosing from a handful of stock floor plans. Then the customer is required to make their design choices from the builder’s predefined choices. With Onsite Construction, however, we start with a brand new truly custom design for each and every one of our homes. Our curated custom home clients enjoy making the majority of their design choices with one of our preferred interior designers and architects. Also, a curated custom home built by Onsite Construction will, on average, take a couple months less to build than our custom homes.

What is value engineering?


Value engineering means continuously looking for ways to lower overall project costs while keeping the features our Onsite Construction clients really want. An experienced and professional builder, such as Onsite Construction, who knows how to value-engineer may suggest changing the floor plans and elevations, or using different materials in specific areas. It’s one of the main reasons why you should choose a builder before starting the design process and have them involved from the very beginning of plan design.

What is a pre-construction services agreement?


At Onsite Construction, a Pre-Construction Services Agreement is a document used to establish a method for providing our clients with a real achievable “plan” for their new construction project and not just a typical “bid.” Upon completion of the Pre-Construction portion of the project, our clients will be equipped with detailed architectural plans, structural plans developed by a State of Florida licensed Engineer, a geotechnical investigation and summary of the soils on their property, boundary and topographical surveys, elevation certificate (if applicable), Homeowners Association Architectural approval (if applicable) and a detailed list of specifications and allowances for their new home… all within their predetermined desired budget goals. In addition to all the previous items, our clients will also have the rest of the documents necessary to obtain a city permit for their project.

In what areas do you build?


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Do I need to hire an architect or plan designer first?


The short answer is no…visit with us first.  While all of our homes are truly one-of-a-kind and have been custom designed by talented Architects and Plan Designers, our most successful projects are those in which we’re involved in the plan development from the very beginning. We’re able to provide valuable information throughout the design process regarding building costs and constructability. We work with some very talented Architects and Plan Designers, but it truly pays to have a builder in the room making sure you’re designing a home that can and will be built within your stated budget. We are there to value-engineer the project, quite literally, with every stroke of the Architect’s pen. This beats designing a home on your own only to find out many months and many thousands of dollars later, that it’s going to cost way more than you wanted to spend. We’ve seen that happen way too many times.

Do we need to hire an interior designer?


While outside designers are certainly always welcome, Onsite Construction provides the guidance and consultation of an experienced Interior Designer to help you make all your design choices from start to finish.

Do you have a standard features list?


We frankly and intentionally don’t have a standard features list. An Onsite Construction client will have the flexibility and opportunity to make choices not only regarding the design, fixtures, and finishes of their home but also in many other areas throughout the project (i.e. framing specifications, windows, insulation, HVAC specifications, etc.). We will educate and guide you along the way letting you know the benefits and costs associated with all your available choices. This approach is what allows our delighted clients to truly experience what it means to build a custom home.

Should I get multiple proposals from different builders?


Here is the link to our blog on this very topic.

How long does it take to build a home?


There are several variables affecting the construction timeline when building a new home… weather, material and labor availability, customer changes, geography, etc. In most instances, however, our curated custom homes take an average of eight to ten months to build and our custom homes are in the ten to fourteen-month range.

Who will be my main point of contact during construction?


We take a true team approach to building our one-of-a-kind homes at Onsite Construction. Each team member plays a very important role in the construction of your new Onsite Construction home. An Onsite Construction client will interact with a handful of our dedicated team members at various stages of your project. Once the project enters the actual construction phase, you will be visiting mostly with one of Onsite Construction’s highly-skilled and experienced Project Managers. Schedule a Consultation

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