Chris Parrott Homes, Inc. - Custom Homebuilder in Fayetteville, GA.
Stone and Cedar Exterior with Double Door Front Entry

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: IT SEEMS AS IF MOST BUILDERS REFER TO THEMSELVES AS CUSTOM BUILDERS. ARE THEY?
A: Yes, but there are degrees of custom building.
If you order a car from General Motors, the car was custom built for you, but your choices are limited to the vehicle they build and the options they offer. In our case, every house starts with a blank piece of paper. The floor plan, elevations, square footage, and design features are determined by the customers' desires and limited only by their budget.
 
Q: YOUR PLANS, REGARDLESS OF PRICE RANGE, ARE CUSTOM DESIGNED BY YOU AND YOUR ARCHITECT. WHY NOT USE STOCK PLANS?
A: Several reasons. First, plans from plan books are most often designed to fit on smaller lots. Our lots are one acre or larger, which has a huge impact on design. Additionally, every lot is different and every family is different. Stock plans are designed to appeal to as large an audience as possible. By doing custom plans, you won't see your house repeated down the street.
 
Q: YOU TOLD ME "QUALITY" WAS THE MOST MISUSED WORD IN THE BUILDING INDUSTRY. WHY?
A: People in and out of the industry get the word "quality" confused with features. Quality has very little to do with price. A higher price does not guarantee high quality. There are high quality builders in every price range. You just have to sort them out.
 
Q: YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS AS MORE PERSONAL THAN BUSINESS. WHY?
A: Building someone's home is very personal. It's more than a business transaction... it's an emotional experience for the homeowner. The purchase invests a huge amount of money, time, effort and emotion to build a house. If you are a custom builder, you must be sensitive to all that is going on in the process, so it better be personal or you won't do a very good job.
 
Q: ARGUABLY, YOU HAVE THE MOST RESPECTED NAME IN CUSTOM HOME BUILDING IN THIS MARKET. WHY HAVE YOU NOT TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF YOUR NAME AND GROWN YOUR COMPANY?
A: It has never been a goal of mine to become a bigger company. My objective is to build great homes and enjoy the process.
 
Q: WITH REGARDS TO WARRANTY POLICY, MY EXPERIENCE IS THAT AFTER THE WALK-THROUGH LIST IS COMPLETED, MOST BUILDERS ASK THE HOMEOWNER TO WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE FIRST YEAR TO GET ANY OTHER NON-EMERGENCY REPAIRS COMPLETE. YOU FIX THEM AS THEY OCCUR. WHY?
A: Because problems don't get better with age. I don't want my customer doing a slow burn for 11 months because a door won't latch. I would rather do it now. Because of this philosophy, we rarely do a one year walk-through because it isn't necessary.
 
Q: WHAT IS THE COST PER SQUARE FOOT OF A NEW HOME TODAY?
A: That question was a lot easier to answer earlier in my career. Cost was determined primarily by square footage. Now it is driven by features. Back then, houses had either 3 or 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, kitchens were small, and exteriors were simple and inexpensive. So the cost per square foot was much more consistent.

Now the best answer is "it depends". For example, you can design a house that is 3,500 square feet with a lot of features, baths, expensive appliances, fireplaces, porches, etc... and the square foot price would be one thing. Take the same house with the same features and make it 5,000 square feet. While the total cost would be more, the cost per square foot would be less. Put stone on one foundation and stucco on the other and it drastically changes the square foot price again. So you really have to sit down with your customer and find out where and how they want to use their budget to determine the answer.
Equal Housing Opportunity CHRIS PARROTT HOMES, INC.
14 EASTBROOK BEND • STE. 203
PEACHTREE CITY, GA 30269
(770) 631-0310
(866) 341-8378 Fax
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