Hill Country Design Build

Hill Country Design Build

6 employees

About this pro

Hill Country Design Build is a client-centered company focusing on custom home design and construction in Central Texas region. Our focus is on customer service, not project size, and we welcome small home projects and remodeling work as well as light commerical construction. We are equally at ease in completing a building's design as we are in working with our clients' architects and designers. 

Alliances with sub-contractors, engineers, architects, and designers provide our clients with turn-key service and allow us to scale our team of professionals to the specific needs of our client, from concept to construction, occupancy and maintenance.

We specialize in building sustainable, energy efficient homes and work spaces which take full advantage of their site and deliver the best value to their owner. In addtion to new construction, our company offers remodeling, historic restoration services and rainwater system design and installation. 

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Johnson City, TX 78636
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

 First Contact

 Introduction to HCDB & our model

 Site Meeting

 Discuss development plans / options and obtain information helpful for creation of future proforma budget

 Discuss home size, construction style, scope of project (Design, Construction, Infrastructure, Landscape)

 Create Proforma Budget based on site meeting, notes, and scope

 Enter Design /Build or Construction contract for scope of work based on an agreed Proforma Budget

 Create the home design / construction documents

 Send to Engineering

 Create Construction Budget per construction documents

 Owner issues a Notice to Proceed

 Construction Deposit placed with HCDB

 Construction of the residence

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

More than 20 years experience in residential design and construction.  Accedited Professional Rainwater Harvesting System Designer.  Members of the Hill Country Builders Association, Texas Association of Builders and National Association of Home Builders.  

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

We are competitively priced within our area and operate on a cost-plus basis.  

How did you get started in this business?

Originally we began with investment properties, purchasing and flipping remodels during the 1980's in Houston.  

What types of customers have you worked with?

We are focused on the project need, not size.  We have remodeled homes, built new homes and designed and built very large estate homes in the area.  Most of our projects are completed with women as our primary point of contact.  

Describe a recent project you are fond of.

We also work with light commercial work, and were pleased to be the builder of the Hill Country Science Mill.  

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Make sure your contractor and every subcontractor who steps on your property is insured, that you have proof of insurance and that you are listed as a certificate holder and additional insured on their policy.  If you builder agrees to a 10% retainage, they are likely charging you 10% more.  Homes take 6-12 months to complete on average, and most builders work off of a 10% profit.  How many folks can work for free for a year? 

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

How do you plan to live on your property?  You are desiging your life, not a building.  Be sure to find someone you trust and can communicate with.