Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some frequently asked questions about our Home Building process.

We currently build in Western Washington and Western Oregon. Typically, we only build within 100 miles of our branch locations. Please view our Build Area Map to see if we cover your location. The main areas we build in are color-coded on the map. If your area is not fully covered in our build area, please contact us and we can review if building in your location would be possible for us.

We do not sell or provide land. Your best option would be to check with local realtors, or to check some online resources, like Zillow or Redfin for land options. There are websites that specialize in land only, such as https://www.landandfarm.com/, https://www.landwatch.com/, https://lotnetwork.com/, https://www.landsofamerica.com/, or https://www.landflip.com.

At True Built Home, we strive to be transparent with our customers about costs, so we list the price to build each of our homes along with the details of the home plans. Click here to explore our home plans.

The price of the home does not include land, site prep/development, or optional upgrades. Price may vary based on your build location. Please contact us to get the most accurate quote.

While we don’t offer in-house financing, we do work with a variety of lenders to make this easy for you. We have preferred lenders that we work with on a regular basis. These lenders specialize in traditional construction loans, while some specialize in FHA or VA loans. Please view our list of our preferred lenders who can help you get started with the loan process.

Cost per square foot is a terrible means of accurately measuring the costs associated with building a new home. If you’re trying to use cost per square foot as a means of comparing estimates between home builders, you might be comparing apples to oranges. Do you know all of the costs and materials that each builder includes in their pricing?

The design of a home, such as its size and shape, obviously influences construction costs. However, the cost per square foot for a new home is even more greatly impacted by the construction quality, grade of materials, and level of interior finishing of the home. This involves the quality of the cabinetry, countertop material, plumbing fixtures and finishes, lighting, flooring, and HVAC systems, as well as the level of molding and trim, the grade of siding and roofing products, the number and efficiency of the windows and doors and the extent of energy-efficient features included. To see what is and what is not included in our pricing, check out our Standard Features.

Remember, cost per square foot is only useful when you know everything included in the builder’s cost. Be sure to consider all the costs associated with how you want your house finished, not just built. If you have a home plan in mind, contact us and let us know where you’re thinking of building. We’ll give you an accurate quote based on your build location and any customizations that you want to make.

Of course! We use a high-quality 6 sack concrete mix with #4 rebar in our foundations. Although we do factor in jurisdictional, engineering and your specific excavation requirements, typically our Standard Features also include: 6″ x 12″ Footing on Single Story homes (or 8″ x 16″ Footing on 2-Story homes), 22-24″ Steel Reinforced Foundation Wall, 4″ Garage Floor Slab, Sill Seal Foam Gaskets, and a 30″ Crawl Space with Rim Joist.

Tons! Our pricing includes everything from the foundation to all of our amazing Interior and Exterior Standard Features. Click here to view the Standard Features included in our pricing.

Our pricing is for the cost to build the home itself, and does not include the cost of your land, permits, site prep/development, utility hook-ups, or any optional upgrades/customizations to the home plan. Please click here to learn more about the homeowner responsibilities.

There are typically three parts involved in building a home: obtaining land, site development, and building the home itself. Once you choose a home plan and make any customizations that you want, we prepare the blueprints of our stock plans and have them engineered for your specific building site and area. Then, we handle the actual build of the home.

If you already have land that you want to build on, you would need to make sure that it is ready for building, which would include obtaining permits, site prep/excavation, and utility hook-ups. Please click here to see an overview of our building process, including homeowner responsibilities.

There are many factors to consider when building a home, such as weather, site accessibility, labor availability, and more. Since construction can be a complicated process with many moving parts, we schedule 270 days or more from the time the foundation is poured. That’s just an estimated timeline, and it could take more time or less, depending on your project.

 

We do not have model homes, since they usually do not fully represent what you will get when you build a home. But, if you are interested in building, please contact us and we can see if one of our current projects would be available for you to look at. Our branch offices showcase the exceptional fixtures and finishes that you can expect in your True Built Home.

No, we do not sell manufactured homes or kit homes. Our homes are traditional stick framed homes that we build on your land. A stick framed home can provide much more quality and equity for you. Click here to learn more about the benefits of building a True Built Home vs a manufactured home.

We do not build modular/mobile tiny homes, but if you’re looking for a smaller home (starting at 495 sq. ft.), check out our ADU home plans. ADU homes might also be known as a backyard cottage, accessory apartment, carriage house, mother-in-law suite, or granny flat.

Definitely! All of our home plans are customizable. Want to add extra square footage, a daylight basement, a 3rd car garage bay, 9 foot ceilings, or something else? We have an in-house design team that will work with you to make your home plan your dream home! Contact us to get started.

 

Yes, we can! Most of our home plans can usually be customized to add a basement. Contact us and let us know which plan you have in mind, where you want to build, and any details about your land.

 

We can review your plans to see if we can build them. Contact us and give us the details of your home plan, along with where you plan to build. Once we review and approve your drawings, we can put together a estimate to build your home plans.

We do not do remodels or build additions to existing homes.

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Our Home Consultants are happy to answer any other questions that you might have about our home building process.

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