Frequently asked questions

DESIGN questions

  • Do you design home plans if you are not the builder?

    Unfortunately, due to our construction process and workload, OWC only designs homes which we are contracted to build.

  • How is cost figured for residential plan sets?

    Custom Designs: Custom home designs are available. The costs for custom home plans vary based on the complexity and size of project. Please contact OWC for further information on our custom home design services.

  • What is included in a residential plan set?

    A residential plan set will include technical drawings of the main floor plan, second floor plan (if applicable), foundation/basement plan, roof plan, elevations, section elevations, construction details, site plan (if applicable), window schedule, and door schedule. OWC includes general specifications and notes, plate heights, ceiling heights, window and door sizes, wall thicknesses, floor plan dimensions, elevation dimensions, roof pitches, decorative and structural beam placement, and exterior materials on our drawings. Unless commissioned by the client, OWC does not provide engineering, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical services. General cabinet layout is provided by OWC; however, cabinet details are not provided by OWC unless commissioned by the client. Interior design services and general electrical layout are not included unless commissioned by the client.

BUILD questions

  • What kind of homes do you build?

    OWC builds homes ranging in size and style.

  • What is your contractor’s fee?

    Our fees are based on the individual project – size, location, extent of details, etc. After meeting with you and determining what the project scope is, we will put together a contract with our fees established from the beginning – no sudden increases or unexplained charges later on. This fee will also be included in the job cost estimate you will receive before signing any agreements.

  • How involved are you in the actual building process?

    I believe it’s important to be involved from start to finish, in order to ensure the quality of the home. From our detailed bidding process, to meetings with subcontractors, to frequent jobsite visits, I am deeply involved in each project. I personally supervise the jobsite, and you will deal with me directly, not a jobsite superintendent.

  • Will I be given an accurate estimate of the cost of constructing my home before building?

    Before the bidding begins, I will meet with you and discuss your vision for your new home. Once I have a good feel for what you want in your home, as well as any specific details you may have already decided on, we will proceed with sending out notes and plans for bidding. We will then compile the quotes into an easy-to-read estimate spreadsheet that will make it simple for you to understand not only the cost of building, but the individual items and categories that make up the total. You will know from the beginning what products and services are factored into the cost-to-build estimate.

  • How informed & involved will I be throughout the building process?

    As much as the client would like to be. We typically have meetings with our clients periodically throughout the project, as various decisions need to be made. Often, we are asked to assist with these decisions, and we are happy to do so. With all the decisions that have to be made, it can be a bit overwhelming at times; we want our clients to know that they don’t have to do it alone.

  • How thorough and detailed is your bookkeeping system?

    I believe in being meticulous in every facet of the building process. We use a specialized contractor’s computer program for accounting and budgeting. Every bill is entered into the program, and applied to the appropriate job and cost category, allowing us to see at a glance our job-to-date expense, budget vs. actual, and much more.

1. drop a line

bpowell@OldWorldCottages.com

2. call us

417-459-9611 (Primary)
417-582-2269 (Fax)

3. find us

Office Address : Old World Cottages
5349 N 22nd St Suite # 6
Ozark, Mo 65721

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