Frequently Asked Questions

Sandmark Will Be With You From Question to Completion

Can a Coastal house be built based on a house plan book?

The answer depends on the specific house plan. In most cases, it’s not feasible to build a house from a standard book plan on the beach. Coastal building codes and zoning restrictions often require significant modifications to these plans. That’s why we recommend working with us or a local design firm to create a custom home design specifically tailored to your needs and lifestyle. We’ll gladly review any plan you like and use it as a starting point for crafting your dream home. We’ll also take into consideration important factors like your lot, views, surroundings, neighbors, contours, and vegetation to ensure the perfect design.

How is construction priced?

We don’t calculate construction costs based on square footage alone. Numerous variables and client preferences influence the overall cost of a home or remodel. While certain components may be priced per square foot, the total package is not. For example, granite countertops are more expensive than laminate ones, and hardwood flooring or ceramic tiles cost more than carpet. Additionally, higher ceilings like ten feet or vaulted ceilings come with a higher price tag compared to a standard eight-foot ceiling. After discussing your project with us, we can provide you with a price range for the construction.

How much remodeling work has Sandmark done?

A significant portion of our business involves remodeling existing homes for new buyers before they move in. Often, individuals who are new to the area purchase a home and hire us to add space and update the existing layout to meet their specific needs. By updating kitchens, bathrooms, and flooring, and undertaking interior and exterior painting, we transform houses into personalized living spaces that new owners can truly call their own.

Which is better, remodel or custom build?

Determining whether remodeling or custom building is the ideal choice depends on your circumstances. Starting with your wish list, we’ll conduct a feasibility study to assess whether remodeling your existing home is feasible or if it would be more effective to tear it down and build a new one free from the limitations of the existing structure. In many cases, building a new house turns out to be more cost-effective than remodeling. Sometimes, we assist clients in selling their current home, relocating to the area, and remodeling another home. The feasibility study will guide us in recommending the best course of action for you.

We begin with an initial meeting to discuss your objectives and desires. From there, we can initiate a feasibility study to help define the most suitable plan of action.

Is a property survey needed?

Before starting the process, it is essential to have a current survey of your property. Zoning restrictions and requirements vary from town to town and county to county. By conducting a survey, we can better understand the conditions we are working with before diving into the design work.

A design/build agreement is a collaboration between a contractor and a potential client, enabling the contractor to conduct a feasibility study for the client and be compensated for those services. The scope of services included in the design agreement can vary for each project. It may involve covering costs for surveys, visits to local permitting offices, site evaluations, and more to assess project feasibility. Additionally, it may also involve assisting the client in selecting products to determine the contract price. Please note that the fee for these services is non-refundable if the client decides not to proceed with the contractor. However, if the client and contractor agree to move forward with construction, the fee is generally applied towards the cost of the new home or remodel contract.

If you have more questions or are ready to take the next step towards your dream home, feel free to reach out to us today. We are eager to discuss your specific project needs.