Before you contact us, please have a budget in mind and understand that Golden Eagle specializes in custom homes ranging from $700,000 to $10 million. When you reach out to speak with one of our professional log and timber home consultants about your new home, your floor plans probably have not been drawn to scale yet. However, you likely have ideas in mind about the size, shape, style, and particular amenities you want your new home to have. Perhaps your ideas include a loft, covered porch, chef’s kitchen, large deck for entertaining, specific number of bedrooms, and bathrooms. So, when you speak with one of our professional log and timber home consultants, let them know whatever your ideas are.
Our professional log and timber home consultants at Golden Eagle will ask you some simple questions and then develop a ballpark price for what a project like yours may cost to build. Surprises are not always fun, and that is why we strive to be as accurate as possible by using the information we gather during our discussion(s) together.
Golden Eagle offers Ballpark Pricing as a free service to you. When reviewing the ballpark price, this is an ideal time for you to think about mortgage payments, property taxes, and other costs to be comfortable with and sure about the idea of building a new home.
* For a verbal Ballpark Price, please allow approximately 1-2 business days.
At this point, you are ready to move forward with a Plan Service meeting with one of our professional log and timber home consultants to discuss the cost of plans and details regarding your personalized floor plan design. Before the Plan Service meeting, Golden Eagle requests that you provide one of the following from your financial institution:
Your financial institution will be familiar with this type of request, as it is common practice in the housing industry. Upon request, your log and timber home consultant can provide you with a sample letter for reference. The Letter you provide to Golden Eagle is to be dated within sixty (60) days of your scheduled Plan Service meeting and reference the ballpark "turnkey" pricing discussed in Step #1. At this point, you will be able to order a plan service, which requires signing a Plan Service Agreement based on the home package you have selected and payment in full for the plan service fee. After your floor plans are drawn, you will be able to study your future home layout and utilize this time to ensure that we are all on the same page. Fifty percent (50%) of your Plan Service fee is refundable with your purchase of a Golden Eagle materials package valued at $100,000 or more. Credit for your Plan Service fee will be applied toward the balance due for the First Shipment at the time of delivery. Please keep in mind that none of the Plan Service fees will be refundable if you choose not to purchase a Golden Eagle materials package.
* Floor plans are completed and sent to you in approximately 7-12+ business days.
After your floor plans are drawn, you will likely see your home differently and may want to make a few changes. You can make up to fifty (50) revisions to the floor plan without any additional fees. Now is an excellent time to decide on your interior wall preferences, such as tongue and groove, half log, drywall, for example.
Tip: Please do not rush through this, as generally, it is best to study the plans for a week or more before requesting changes.
* Plan revisions are completed and sent to you in approximately 5-7+ business days.
Now that your floor plans are completed, we will produce a Preliminary Proposal for your review at your request. The materials package pricing of your home in the Preliminary Proposal will be relatively accurate. We say relatively accurate because we understand that your vision will be fine-tuned while you make more decisions for your home in the next step, the Final Selections stage. At this point, we suggest that you start focusing on whom you want to select for your General Contractor-Builder ("GC"), as many GC's are booked several months in advance.
* Preliminary Proposals are very detailed and take 7-14+ business days to be completed and sent to you.
The Final Selections – Code Compliance Engineering Fee is based on the extent of code-compliant engineering required by the state or province where your home is being built and your floor plan's square footage
A)By this stage, you have reviewed the Preliminary Proposal for your future Golden Eagle home and have chosen to proceed with your dream. At this point, you will be able to advance to the Final Selections-Code Compliance Engineering process, which requires signing a Final Selections-Code Compliance Engineering Agreement and payment in full for the Final Selections – Code Compliance Engineering fee. Depending on the extent of code-compliant engineering required by the state or province where your home is being built, please allow up to ten to twelve (10-12) weeks for completion of this process, starting with Final Selections and finishing with Code Compliance Engineering. First, you will have a Final Selections meeting. This meeting allows you to get most, if not all, of your final decisions made regarding your future Golden Eagle home. You will have the opportunity to choose the perfect front door, decide on your window color, choose special features that you want to incorporate into your kitchen design, and so much more.
B) After Final Selections is complete, the next step is Code Compliance Engineering. Most states and provinces now require code-compliant engineered plans to pull a building permit. Therefore, your GC will most likely require code-compliant engineered plans before they will offer you a firm contract price to build your home. At this stage, our Code Compliance Engineering team will review the structural makeup of your floor plans. Our Code Compliance Engineering team will also determine and adequately size the posts, headers, beams, bearing points, floor joists, and more. At this point, one of our Senior Project Expediters will invest time with your building inspector to verify local snow and wind loads that are specific to your building area. If your build area requires state-stamped plans, we can provide them after this step. Investing this time now helps us be very accurate with your Materials Contract pricing and allows your project to run smoother down the road.
Preparing your Materials Contract is the next step. We will need to review and price the selections you made during the Final Selections meeting. Therefore, your Materials Contract preparation will occur approximately four (4) weeks after you have confirmed all of your Final Selections choices. Final Selections is the first step in the Final Selections-Code Compliance Engineering process. The sooner you finalize your choices, the sooner we can prepare a Materials Contract for you. If your goal is to begin building your new Golden Eagle home within six (6) months, Golden Eagle requires:
Subject to material availability, we will be able to have your first load of materials ready to ship in as quickly as eight (8) to ten (10) weeks from when Golden Eagle receives your signed Materials Contract and the complete twenty percent (20%) down payment.
* Please expect delays during rush periods, such as during Spring and Fall seasons.
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