Custom Home Building Questions

What should I know when building a custom home? View Galiant’s FAQs to learn more about the process, construction financing, and what is included. If you have more custom home building questions, call us! We answer the phone.

How Long Does It Take To Design A Custom Home?2021-08-14T21:03:18+00:00

There are several steps in designing a custom home, as you can see below. A lot of these items are happening in the background during a design so our clients can focus on the fun stuff, designing and choosing what goes in your home. Typically designing the home will take 2-3 months then plan on another 2 months for engineering. These time frames can be drastically different based on the client. If there are many changes and long lead times to make decisions can easily push this process to over 3 months. Additionally, your community HOA review board can affect these time frames.

Typical design phase items:

Site engineering for soils, and ground stabilization
Boundary and topography surveys
Floor Plans
Exterior elevations
Finish Selections and configurations
HOA review
Foundation and structural engineering
Truss engineering and design
Mechanical design and calculations
Electrical design

How long does it take to build a custom home?2021-08-14T20:48:08+00:00

The time to build a custom home depends on many factors such as site development, size of home, complexity of the build and a client’s ability to make timely decisions. Additionally, weather can affect how long it takes to build.

A general time frame to build a custom home based on size are:

  • 2,000-5,000 sq ft: 6 months to 10 months
  • 5,000-8,000 sq ft: 8 months to 12 months
  • 8,000-10,000+ sq ft: 10 months to 14 months
What is a design and build contractor?2021-08-14T20:49:29+00:00

A design/build contractor is a turn-key home delivery system where a single entity delivers the design and construction of a home. Having a cohesive team of experts at every stage of the design and build of a new home helps with value engineering, identifying budget deltas and makes for a more streamlined process for the client.

Where Does Galiant Homes Build?2021-08-14T20:51:15+00:00

Galiant Homes is a custom home builder in Colorado focusing in the metro areas of Denver and Colorado Springs. With offices in Denver and Colorado Springs, they can build in and around these locations including Parker, CO, Castle Rock, Monument, CO, Woodland Park, Larkspur, CO, and Summit County.

Can we use our own Architect?2021-04-22T14:32:47+00:00

Yes. Even though we are a design & build company we will gladly build a home designed by another architect. We strongly urge you to consider using our design team to help keep within budget, implement value engineering and to make sure everything is designed to local building codes.

Is an Interior Designer included?2021-04-22T14:33:07+00:00

Yes. Galiant’s on-staff Interior Designers work with you and the design team throughout the entire process assisting with exterior and interior selections. Additionally, Galiant’s Interior Designers will also assist with furnishing your new home and window treatments.

How will we communicate throughout the process?2021-04-22T14:24:09+00:00

Communication is established to the client’s preference. Some like to communicate by phone, by email, by text, or in-person. Galiant will establish a communication platform from the beginning. Galiant also has an online software that allows you to communicate with any or all members of the team. 

Will you build on my lot?2021-04-22T14:34:49+00:00

Yes. We build wherever our clients take us. Because we are a custom builder we do not keep a large inventory of residential lots. We can build on your lot almost anywhere in Colorado. Call us to discuss the details of your lot. If you need assistance in locating a lot we can help!

What do I get to choose in the home?2021-04-22T14:35:06+00:00

Everything! With a custom home you will have the opportunity to choose everything that goes inside your new home. Our interior designers and design team will be by your side every step of the way to suggest ideas and to advise you if your selections are exceeding the budget or may not flow with other selections, but at the end of the day it is your home so you choose anything you want.

I want to design & build, where do I start?2021-04-22T14:35:30+00:00

Call us! Call and talk with Galiant’s Business Development Manager, Brad. We will discuss your project location, style, budget and timing. If you feel it could be a good fit we will schedule an in-person meeting to get into more detail. After the in-person meeting we will walk your lot with you or assist in locating one.

Cost to build a custom home?2021-04-22T14:37:05+00:00

When estimating the cost of building a custom home there are many factors. Unlike a production or even a semi-custom builder, Galiant’s custom homes are all so unique that pricing fluctuates drastically from project to project. The three main factors that go into the cost of your home are development costs, size of home and finishes. Use Galiant’s cost to build a custom home calculator to determine the cost to build your home.

Can we, or a friend, do some of the work to save money?2021-04-22T14:37:33+00:00

Unfortunately, no. We have tried this in the past and more times than not issues arise. You will be rest assured that our fixed cost contracts motivate us to get the best pricing possible from our vendors and trades. We are successful with this model because of the long lasting relationships we have with our vendors and trades.

What is your square foot price to build a custom home?2021-04-22T14:38:08+00:00

We are asked this question nearly every day. Because every home Galiant designs and builds are unique unto themselves it is nearly impossible to answer this. After spending some time meeting with you we can narrow the number down;  based on information you have shown or told us to determine your house size, potential development cost on your lot and conceptual finish level. If you would like a free online estimate of what your custom home may cost use our cost calculator and have an estimate e-mailed to you.

Is there a fee for design?2021-04-22T14:38:31+00:00

Yes. Our design phase incorporates many aspects that ultimately get you to a cost to build your home. Through the design phase you will be working with our design team of architects, builders, project managers, purchasing department and interior designers. Once complete you will have a complete set of construction drawings, spec sheet of all selections and the cost to build your home. The next step is executing a fixed price build contract based on your plans and selections made during the design phase.

What type of build contract do you use?2021-04-22T14:41:25+00:00

We use a fixed cost contract. Our price is derived from the home design and selections you choose through the design phase. If the finishes you select during the design phase, and the structure of the home do not change, neither does the price we’ve agreed to. 

Do you offer financing for construction?2021-04-22T14:42:00+00:00

Most home projects are financed by the client. Galiant will assist and submit all necessary documentation to your chosen bank. Home building projects are financed on a monthly draw system so you will only pay interest on what has been drawn. Learn more about construction financing

What Is A Variance2021-04-22T14:42:19+00:00

A variance is a request to a HOA or city and state governments to deviate from zoning laws or a communities’ design guidelines. Galiant Homes submits and negotiates these requests on their clients behalf as a part of their home design services.

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