One of our customers had a double-knee replacement several years after we built a custom home for him. Shortly after his surgery, the Asheville area was hit with a nasty snowstorm, and he lost power. Not sure where to turn, he called us and asked if there was any way we could get a generator out to his home and connect it for temporary power.
Rick and one of our carpenters bundled up, loaded the truck, and hit the road, plowing around fallen trees to deliver the generator and get him some heat.
When people ask us to tell them why we are best custom home builders in Asheville NC, we talk about our long-term commitment to our customers, to keeping them happy well after their home has been built. We believe that your new custom home should last a lifetime, and we want to be there for you along the way.
So we’re here to help, sometimes even when the snow knocks out your power.
On this page, we’ll go through the basics of building a custom home with us and take you step by step through the process. But we’re also very happy to do this in person, so feel free to get in touch to set up an informal first meeting.
Buchanan Construction is financially strong, bonded, and has a superior credit rating. We are fully insured with worker’s compensation and general liability insurance and 100% dedicated to our client’s satisfaction.
To ensure that everyone is clear about the budget, scope, and billing practices during construction, we use AIA contracts. We work with a lump sum contract most frequently, but we also offer cost-plus contracts as well.
The Custom Home Design Process
We like to get involved during the preliminary design stage so we can provide ideas and options to keep your home within your desired budget.
At our initial meeting, we’ll talk about the vision you have for your new home. We prefer to work with a designer to make sure that you’re satisfied with the finished style — and the price. If you’ve already selected an architect or a designer, we’re happy to work with them. We can also provide a list of designers who specialize in your style of home.
Once the design development drawings are complete, we’ll provide a detailed estimate outlining all aspects of the cost to build your custom home. This estimate is usually 15-20 pages long and will provide all labor, material, and subcontractor quotes, including our fee. We believe in having an open-book policy with no hidden costs.
Vendor Discounts Passed on to You
We offer our clients a preferred vendor list for every project and every finishing touch. This list includes suppliers for each material category of your home: plumbing, lighting, tile, granite, wood floors, and more.
Some of these vendors offer us discounts of 15%-25% and we pass these same discounts on to you. Our best price is your best price; there are no hidden discounts that come back to us.
We know that the foundation of our reputation is the high level of trust our clients have in us. That’s why we provide materials at contractor discounted pricing and maintain an open-book policy.
If you’re building your largest investment, you should be able to trust the company you’ve selected to oversee your investment.
High Quality Carpentry
When it comes time to trim your new home, we employ our own in-house carpenter crew to make sure that these special finishing touches are made on schedule and at the highest level of craftsmanship. Having complete control of this highly skilled team also ensures that we get you a very cost effective price for your finished product — that is, your home.
Our carpenters have the ability to frame, install exterior siding, and lay wood flooring, but our focus is interior trim, doors, and decorative timbers — the touches you expect from a custom home.
We don’t construct homes to simply exceed the building code — we build homes that will last a lifetime. Energy efficiency is an essential part of this, to ensure a home’s durability, comfort, and long-term value. Rick Buchanan is a Certified Green Professional, his knowledge in Green Building will be valuable in selecting the best practice for your new home. Some of those options might include:
- Foam insulation
- Geothermal heat pumps
- Reclaimed wood
- Zero VOC paint
- Radiant floor heat
- LED light fixtures
- And other greener, energy efficient options.
We are an Energy Star partner and build several homes each year to meet the Energy Star requirements.
Project Tracking Software
Our new online selection software makes sure you never feel like you’re out of the loop. Log in anywhere (even with your smart phone) to track the status of your new home’s construction.
View selections, allowances, photos, project schedules, and a questions list. If you forget to select something in time, our software will send you an email reminder about what selections are pending.
All building-related communication is logged in this one central location for all of our suppliers, employees, supervisors, and project managers. The software simplifies the communication process to ensure that all of us are looking at the most accurate and current project decisions.
Our office’s new design center is the most extensive one of its kind in Asheville. At your fingertips, in one convenient location, are samples of:
- Installed tile
- Wood floors
- Natural stone
- Interior trim
- Ceiling options
- Can light options
- And more!
Our design center is so extensive that you could select everything for your home right here!
If you’re not sure what colors will look the best in your home, don’t worry. We provide a professional interior designer to assist you with everything from paint colors, tile, stain, shingles, windows, granite, and more.
We also allow 25 to 60 hours for our designer to assist you with your colors at no cost to you. (This is included in our standard fee. The total hours allowed is based on the cost of your home.)
Our warranty program is one of the best available, and it’s very simple. If you are not happy with something during the first year in your home, we want to make it right — so just let us know.
We complete the punch list prior to move in. Then we follow up during the first month to assess any outstanding issues you might have. If at any time during your first year you have an issue, you can call or email us. We’ll work with your schedule to resolve it.
I would be honored to meet with you and discuss why we could be your new custom home builders in Asheville NC. You can contact me directly via:
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- phone: office 828-650-6565; cell 828-551-5381.