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 UTHorn, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX

Any recommendations on a builder/building contractors?

Asked by UTHorn, Austin, TX Thu May 1, 2008

I'm looking at purchasing a property in central austin and would like to teardown the existing house and building new. Possibly a garage apartment in the back. Any recommendations on a builder who can draw up the plans with my input and do the work?

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Your best solution is going to be to use an architect to draw up plans. Then you can use those plans to get bids from several reputable builders. If you go with a builder first, your stuck with their designs and their pricing. By using an architect you separate the design cost from the build cost and neither one is tied to the other, keeps everybody honest and keeps you in control. You'll also be applying the right experts to the right parts of the process. An architect is not a builder first, and a builder is not an architect first.

Answering the question for who a good architect would be requires you to specify what it is you're looking for in a home. Some specialize in certain types of designs, others are focused on green building. Larger firms have a good mix, but also tend to charge more than an architect who works on their own or in a small firm.

If you're interested in referrals for architects, reply with that in an answer.


0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 28, 2008
I'd go with Michael Moran.... View 1803 Poquito for an example or Marty Norris View 1907 anf 1909 Chicon for an example.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 27, 2008
we did a project similar to the one you're contemplating and had terrific success using a gentleman named john carrell (there is another john carrol here in town -- not to be confused) -- mr. carrell is an honest man and treated my money like it was his own -- he delivered an excellent product and the pricing was competitive -- we used benson crowell as a designer and the overall result was GREAT! john can be reached at 301-9408 -- you should give him call -- if you would like to see the product of his efforts following a visit, we'd be glad to show you our project (completed a little over a year ago.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 4, 2008
Andy Hemple with Prestige Custom Homes has a remodeling division. He has been around for a long time and has a very good reputation. I would suggest him. I represent several custom home builders but because of his remodeling division he would be the best match for this project.
I highly recommend for you to interview him. All that takes is a few minutes of your time. Let me know if you are interested and I can send his contact info.
Harmony Marotz
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 2, 2008
Thank you so much for this recommendation. I will be moving to the area next year, and I need to get my home construction going. Since I don't know anyone yet, I had no idea where to find a referral. The sooner I hire a contractor, the less time I have to live in a hotel while the project wraps up.

Flag Mon Dec 1, 2014
Hello Ann!

How exciting to be thinking of building in Central Austin. This is a big decision and one that requires a great deal of thought and research. You are on the right path by getting input on this and checking out the trulia boards for thoughts and ideas.

The four major components of this decision center around - lot, architect, realtor and builder. These four things must align with your vision for your new home. A realtor can help you filter and prioritze these areas and decisions.

Most builders and architects work together. If you see some things in the area that are in line with what you like, find out who desiged and who built the home. As you start talking to either the builder or architect, you can also ask who they work with on the other side. This relationship between Builder and Architect is critical to the success of home.

There are a number of really good builders and architects in Austin. I would be happy to work with you to identify a select group to help with the process.

Have you purchased your lot yet? If not, there are several things to consider about reconstruction related to community standards and requirements. Again, the help of your trusted realtor will be invaluable as you start to put your home together.

Good luck and happy home building!

Ritch Haenke
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 2, 2008
There is a lot of this sort of activity going on currently. I would encourage you to drive around and identify lots/homes where this is currently under way. Stop introduce yourself and visit with the builder.

Talk to at least 3 and share your vision. Ask them for references as well as a cost estimate to build what you have in mind and these parameters should help identify a builder that will work for you.
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