Have questions about building your dream home?
Here are our most frequently asked questions:
How much does it typically cost to build a new home in Virginia?
In Virginia, the typical cost to build a new home ranges between $100-$400 per square foot. Prices in Northern Virginia will be at the higher end of that range while prices in more rural areas will be towards the lower end of the range. There are also a number of variables that have an impact on the square footage price of a home. See our blog post on “How Much Does a Custom Home Cost?”
Can you help me find a lot to tear down a house?
How long does it take to design my home?
The design process is a fluid one so it does not have a standard time frame. We begin by meeting with you to discuss your needs, lifestyle and desires, and to view images of homes you like. Then, we gather information we need to create sample designs. Once you choose a design, we tweak that design until it is just right before going into the construction phase. The design time depends on the size and complexity of the project.
Once we establish the style and size of the home that you would like, we will prepare a ballpark estimate for that type of house to determine if this meets your budget range. Once we determine that the budget is acceptable, we will take the various components of sample houses that you like, and work them into a design that meets your lifestyle and objectives. We will continue to tweak the plan and give you budgetary feedback until we arrive at a point where you are satisfied with your home design and budget. This process can take as long as 6 months or as short a time as 2 weeks depending on the complexity and size of the project as well as the speed of making decisions.
How much does it cost to design my home?
How do I find a lot to build my new home on?
Petrine Construction has invested in a number of great lots in and around Front Royal that are available for your choice. We also have relationships with the top Realtors and Brokers in our area who can also help you find the ideal lot. You’re welcome to view our available lots.
How do I finance the construction of my new home?
How does the weather affect the building process?
How much supervision will my home have during the building process?
I already have a site to build on. Can you use that lot?
How do I get started building a custom home?
What is your per square foot cost to build a home in the Front Royal/Winchester/Washington Virginia area?
The cost per square foot will be determined by the size of the home; the smaller the home, the higher the price per square foot will be, the interior and exterior finishes, the complexity of the foundation and roof system, the number of stories in the house; 1 story being the more expensive option, and whether or not site work, well, septic/sewer is included in the price of the house or priced separately.
Do you have a model, or model homes?
Do you have any lot + home combinations?
Do you have floor plans to choose from?
What is in-house design?
What are allowances in custom home building?
Will I get a custom home builder’s warranty?
How long will it take to build my custom home from design to completion?
How can I make sure my home is built quickly?
How can I keep track of progress if I am unable to visit the construction site?
For the convenience of our clients and coordination amongst our team, we employ an online scheduling program called Buildertrend. This construction management software schedules and tracks all the tasks of your job along the way, and allows our clients to log in to see what is being done each day. It also offers a robust communication portal we use to message with you on a regular basis. You can also visit your job site at any time for a walk-through with us. We have a project manager on site at each project.
Does Petrine help with plans for my home?
What do I get to choose for my home?
Do I have to get permits or other paperwork to build my custom home?
What is the difference between cost plus and fixed price contracts for custom home builds?
Through a cost plus contract, you agree to reimburse your contractor for all expenses plus a specific amount of profit. This can be a percentage of the full price of the contract.
A fixed price contract does not depend on the resources used or the time spent. It is most often offers a firm price or has a ceiling price/target cost on an adjustable rate. A fixed price contract puts the risk and responsibility on the contractor for all costs, which can influence the resulting profit or loss.
Is Petrine licensed and insured?
Petrine Construction holds a Class A contractor’s license, which is governed by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation’s Board for Contractors. This is required when the total value of a contract is $120,000 or more, or $750,000 or more over a 12-month period. To even qualify for this license, we must have been in business for 5 years. (We’ve been in business 35 years!) Petrine maintains others licenses as required by the type of job.
As a professional construction company, Petrine has carries general contractor liability insurance. This covers any property damage or bodily injury the company accidently may cause to you, your family, and / or property. We are glad to show you copies of our license and insurance certificates.
Do we get to select building materials, appliances, styles and finishes?
Items in the actual construction of your home are generally defined during the design process. We will recommend products, and work with vetted manufacturers whom we trust, to provide you with quality materials and great pricing. If you wish to make changes, you can, however, your changes may affect the pricing.
Where you really get to make choices is during the selections process. Our experienced designers will walk you through all of the decisions you need to make as to your appliances, countertops, cabinets, finishes, colors, lighting and other materials. You will have a spending allowance defined in your contract through which you can make your selections at no additional cost. If you wish to go outside that cost, you can, but you will need to make up the difference in price yourself.
Are my home styles limited by Petrine?
How do we find the best floor plan for our new home?
It’s not a matter of finding the best floor plan, it’s a matter of creating the best floor plan. We begin by learning about you and your family’s wants, needs and lifestyle. Taking your answers into consideration, we can then talk about what options we believe will work best for you. Once you narrow down the choices, we will help you work up a custom floor plan made specifically for you and your family.
Feel free to look through the floor plans we offer in our various collections for inspiration, check out our social media links like our Instagram page, or bring us a floor plan you already like. We can modify any plan to suit your needs.
Will Petrine go over budget on our custom home?
How often do we need to visit the building site?
What types of foundations do you offer?
There are several common types of foundations we can offer, with the poured concrete foundation being one of the most popular. With this type, we place footings below the frost line, leaving a crawlspace between the floor frame and the ground.
Petrine can also build a full basement upon which the house is built. We excavate the dirt, then place footings below the frost line, and pour a concrete slab to create a floor. This also creates an extra level within your home for a family rec room, gym, workshop or storage, and can increase the value of your home.
Should we choose a custom builder before or after we find a lot?
If you already have a lot, let’s talk about how we can use your lot to its best advantage when designing and building your custom home, capitalizing on the sun’s orientation, views, slopes and other factors.