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If you can afford a new home, then you can afford a Chadsworth custom-built home. This is truer than ever in today’s market with interest rates at an all-time low. The common misconception is that a custom-built home is more expensive; actually, this is not the case. Keep in mind that a custom home should only have what you want in the house and we exclude what you don’t want. But Chadsworth is a member of several builder buyer co-ops. This means we are able to buy construction materials at the same prices that large builders do, but we don’t have the large expense of overhead. No corporate headquarters in Pennsylvania. No marketing directors in Texas. No engineering division in …well you get the point. We have savings due to our size and we pass these saving on to you. Which is why you can afford a Chadsworth custom-built home.

To help you in the design phase, we start by drawing a “preliminary” plan. From the preliminary plan we prepare an estimated cost with allowances for appliances, cabinets, flooring, etc. If this cost fits within your budget, we move toward finished plans. If not, we make proper adjustments before finalizing a plan so that it is not cost prohibitive. We then meet with one of our architects that we have used extensively. The net result is you get a customized house plan at a price that others can’t even begin to touch. So, who designs your home? The answer is you do!

Chadsworth’s niche is as a custom home builder. We have to be a CUSTOM builder to survive. The national companies advertise for additional market share. Once you sit down with them though you will hear the words, “No” and “No” and “We don’t do that” and “No.” If you only want an additional electrical outlet then choosing a custom builder doesn’t matter. If you want “UNIQUENESS”, “ONE OF A KIND”, “A HOME YOU DESIGNED”, then your builder does matter. Chadsworth will work with you to create your dream.

We work with several lenders, assuring our clients great rates, services and loans. Many of our clients have their own long-established banking relationships and choose to use them. If you do not have such a relationship, we can recommend several.

Our experience has taught us, you get what you pay for. Are you getting value for your money and will your home value increase when it is time to resell? The first question you should ask is not how much does it cost, but what are you getting? Then you should ask how much it costs. As an example, is a $5 a pound of 80% hamburger meat a better value than $8 a pound prime rib? Only you can make that decision. The cost of your home is based upon size and finishes.  Give us a call to setup an appointment; we can get started on what you’re looking for.

A better way to phrase the question is, “How is a small company able to get the same price as the large companies?”

Well, the answer is as follows: we belong to a buying co-op. This co-op allows us to have the same buying power for raw materials as our large competitors. Even better, we don’t have the overhead expenses that our large competitors have. We work with dedicated and professional subcontractors to keep the pricing fair; as we all know, money is important.

There are two distinct Builder Programs used to build and pay for your home.

Fixed Price – We will provide you a contract price to build your home. The price is based upon detailed specifications with allowances for appliances, cabinets, etc. Unless you make changes to your original plans and specifications, the price will not change.

Cost Plus Profit – We will provide you a budget for your home. You will pay us for all costs incurred plus our profit. You have the option of viewing all invoices. This Program allows complete transparency.

There are reasons why a person would choose either of these two programs. We can assist you with this decision.

No, it is not necessary to have plans before you talk to us. However, you should have a general idea of what you want; that is, the style or type of house. With this little bit of information, we are able to assist you more with the process, whether you purchase your plans from a plan book or if we help you design your home with our architect. Better yet, we have a number of plans on the shelf that you can use or modify.

We will supply allowances for those items that you are unsure about. We will allow you to go to our suppliers and pick from their stock. Anything above the allowance is an additional charge. Below the allowance, and you get a credit. With this flexibility you are able to customize your home, hence our motto:

Your Choice…Your Dream…Your Home!