FAQs


 

Is Solluna Builders insured?
Yes. Solluna carries insurance coverage for both general liability and worker's compensation. We require that all our major trade contractors carry general liability coverage too.

Do you offer a warranty?
Yes. Through Bonded Builders, we provide a warranty that protects your home for one year on workmanship, two years on systems, and ten years on the structure.

Do you have stock house plans I can look at?
No. Each of our projects is unique, designed and built specifically for a particular family and location.

Can’t I just buy architectural plans off the Internet?
Please don’t do that. Any architectural plans you buy likely won’t take into consideration our central Texas hot, humid climate. They might not be correctly oriented for your lot, might not conform to local codes and requirements, and will likely need to be revised to fit your needs. Our experience is that it’s easier (and often less expensive for you) to start with a local designer who knows how to design for our local conditions and codes. But please, browse and bring ideas that can help us understand what you’re looking for.

I already have architectural plans. Will you bid on them?
If you already have an architect, we’re happy to collaborate with them to plan and build your home. However, if you’re seeking competitive builder bids, we’re not the builder for you. Our business model is design-build – we believe it best serves our clients.

How should I prepare when I come to see you?
Have an idea of what you want. And know how you plan to pay for it. Be thinking about how to prioritize your must-have’s, your want-to-have’s, and your nice-to-have’s.

What does it cost per square foot for a new home?
Unfortunately, pricing a home by the square foot is like pricing a car by the weight. It depends on so many variables – size, complexity, terrain, features, and the level of finishes you want. Plus, we must consider infrastructure costs such as utilities (water, electrical septic), driveway, and so forth. Still, we know you need a rule of thumb to start with, so start with $200/square foot. It could be more or less. Keep this in mind: When a realtor talks about square feet, they’re usually talking about air-conditioned space. But a builder has to build everything, so when a builder talks about square feet, they’re talking about everything they have to build: house, garage, porches, auxiliary buildings, etc.

Can you help me find a lender?
Yes. We can introduce you to a number of banks and mortgage brokers who can help you with financing.

I’m thinking about buying a lot. Can you help me evaluate it?
Yes. It's part of our offering under consulting services.

I’m looking at buying an existing house that will need an extensive remodel. Can you help me evaluate it?
Yes. It's part of our offering under consulting services.

What do you mean, you’re a “last-time home builder”?
Ah. Many of our clients are last-time home buyers. They tell us, “This is the last house I’m going to build, so I want it to be right, and I want it to last.” These homeowners are interested in low utility bills, a home that’s easy to maintain, a place to age in place, a forever home.

How will we stay in touch during the project?
Through constant communication. Phone calls. Regular weekly meetings at your job site.

We'll plug you into our online team room. That's where we organize all the details about your new home or renovation. Information about your selections, upgrades, financial decisions, questions, and more. All of your communications in one place -- questions and answers, comments, photos, documents, and project milestones.

See this video about our online team room. 

 
 

 

What kind of contracts will we sign?
First, a services agreement begins the planning-design-consulting phase of the project. This work proceeds in an organized, step-wise fashion:
Step 1 -- Discovery, program development, and schematic design.
Step 2 --Rough estimate, to ensure the design fits within your budget.
Step 3 -- Detailed estimating, specifications, final architectural plans and construction documents.

At the end of the planning-design-consuting phase -- when we’re all satisfied that we’ve fleshed out all details, specifications, and costs – then we’ll we sign a fixed-price contract for the actual construction.

If you’re financing the project, Solluna will work with your lender to make sure they have all the paperwork they need. Typically, they need the architectural plans, specifications, construction cost, and a copy of the signed construction contract.