I have also worked with Lennar and Meritage. Both are good builds as well. I am going to be honest much of what I have to say is similar to the other responses. Quality of the build comes down a great part to the supervisors put on the projects. Many if not most of the subcontractors are actually shared between builders. So as you could imagine much of the quality is the same across all the builders.
Where you start to see issues is where the subcontractors have to work together to complete the job. If the supervisor from the builder doesn't work hard you will see integration issues.
Nothing major though most inspectors can catch a lot of this stuff. That's why I always recommend an independent home inspection.
It depends because some builders specialize in custom homes, track homes, or semi-custom. Once you have determine the type of home you want, you can concentrate on the builder's that specialize on that type of home. I use to work for a national builder for three years and am familiar with the builders in the Tucson area. Call or email me I would like to help you with what you need. AzProperties@Ymail.com or 520-471-4711.
As mentioned by my colleagues in their responses, there are many builders in town to choose from. The question that will needed to be answered by you is what type, style and size of home are you looking for? Do you have a piece of property you want to build on or do you prefer to be in a community of similar homes? There are many production builders in Tucson that have set floor plans to build on parcels within the communities they are building in. Some will make minor adjustments to the floor plans and of course you can pick your flooring, cabinets, counters etc., but for the most part you must stay within the plans they offer. Pepper Viner does have an option where they will build on your property outside of their communities. If your desire is to custom build a home on your own property, than the choices are vast and interviewing several builders to discuss your plans and budget for your dream home would be the best move.
Do consider checking online reviews of builders to get first hand opinions from people who have been through the construction process with many of the builders in town and are now living in their homes.
If you need further direction or have additional questions, please feel free to contact me. I do have a background working with a builder in new construction and am happy to share any knowledge I can.
Tierra Antigua Realty
It is always a great decision to buy new and Quail Creek is an active adult community that features World Class amenities. Golf, Tennis, Pools, Fitness Center, Arts & Technology Center, Bocce/Pickle Ball, a Grand Ballroom and clubhouse, Restaurant/Bar and Coffee Shop and more! We have an in-house lender affiliate that will make getting a loan at the best possible int. rate and terms easy! There is so much to offer with energy efficiency guarantees and a 9 year builder warranty, 24/7 manned gate and vehicle patrol; many residents only live here for the winter. It just doesn't make sense to purchase resale, especially if you will only be at home part-time. The friendly neighbors living in the Quail Creek community will help you with anything you need and acquaint you with all the wonderful activities that you like to do. There are over 100 clubs and activities. I am partial as I am a new home sales consultant at Quail Creek, and I would love the opportunity to show you around and see if QC is a fit for your retirement needs. Please consider staying with us for 3 nights and 4 days to "EXPERIENCE THE LIFESTYLE", you will receive tours of homes and amenities, a free round (18 holes) of golf and a hosted dinner where you will meet homeowners who can answer your questions about what is like to live in Quail Creek. Contact Sue Taylor-Lane at 520-940-0500 for more info.
I would suggest Google Tucson Builders for more opinions.
Best of luck.
I have sold a number of new builds over the past couple years. The builders have started to ramp up production as of late. It really depends what type of home you are looking for but generally speaking I am a big fan of Lennar, Pulte, Pepper Viner, Meritage, and Maracay. These builders excel at what they do. This does not mean there are not other quality builder in town.
Please feel free to contact me at your soonest convenience and I would be happy to speak with you directly, especially regarding what part of town your are looking at, product types, models, price point, financing terms, and the laundry list goes on....
I look forward to hearing from you soon!