Request references and talk to those references. Good builders will usually have clients willing to talk to new clients.
It is important to be certain that once you purchase the lot, you will have the financial ability to build the house you desire. The project budget is an important first step in understanding lot, location, size and features.
The best way to find that “perfect lot” is to work closely with your chosen custom builder. SugarOak can guide you through the lot selection process and help you understand the options at your disposal. Most individual lots or small three-to-ten lot subdivisions are purchased and developed by small-volume custom builders. Many times the general public is unaware of where these opportunities exist.
The lot selection process does not end with your finding the right piece of land. Once you have identified that “perfect lot”, there are several questions that need to be answered before you go to settlement.
It is important to meet with the architects prior to selection and feel comfortable they understand the style and design criteria you desire.
At SugarOak, we offer a two-step process; we will provide “preliminary pricing” of schematic design drawings to further ensure that the design program corresponds to the determined project budget. We feel this is a very important step to educate the client prior to the authorization to the architect to proceed to design development or working drawings.
Once the working drawings are complete, SugarOak Corporation will provide final budgeting that can be used to complete the contract.
The process may sound daunting, but if you can work through the issues, you will see that building a custom home can be a truly rewarding experience.
SugarOak has been building luxury custom homes, additions and remodeling since 1983. We firmly believe that building your “dream” home should be a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The SugarOak advantage is our team of professionals who provide an integrated, cooperative approach to the design and construction process.
At SugarOak, we are committed to meeting your needs with personalized service. The key to our success is a blend of quality craftsmanship, professionalism and a willingness to go the extra mile to fulfill your expectations.
Careful planning, scheduling and attention to detail transform our clients’ dreams into reality. Work with an architect of your choice or one of the experienced architects and designers that we recommend.
We believe that an integrated approach to design and construction is the most effective way to achieve better performance and comfort.
We use sustainable & environmentally friendly building products and construction methods. Together, we prioritize your building goals and develop a strategy for success. Among the considerations are improving the exterior envelope by using advanced insulation, air sealing techniques, moisture control, high window performance, along with energy efficient appliances, lighting & high efficiency heating & cooling systems such as GeoThermal.
We offer the option of adding an independent third party professional verifier to our team to inspect and test the systems to ensure they run as designed.
SugarOak has a history of environmental awareness. Since the 1990s we’ve installed energy efficient geothermal systems and used advanced insulation techniques. Our team does ongoing education to stay on top of new developments and partner with experts in the field.
As President of SugarOak Corporation, Tom is responsible for managing SugarOak’s award winning custom home and home remodeling construction business. Tom has served as President of the Northern Virginia Building Industry, Chairman of the Custom Builders Council and is a founding director of Custom Builders USA.
Tom is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and a native of Northern Virginia where he currently lives with his wife and two daughters.
Karl comes to SugarOak as an Assistant Project Manager where he works with the Project Managers and Superintendents to determine the means and methods necessary to meet the requirements of the project budget, schedule, plans and specifications. He brings 16 years of experience in the health care delivery field and understands the importance of relationships and quality customer service. Prior experiences include sale of both medical devices and transitional care services to physicians, hospitals and skilled care facilities. He has 5 years of experience in Information Technology and provided dedicated computer support to the National Cancer Institute.
Karl studied Business Management at Radford University and has achieved CompTIA certifications in both A-Plus and Network-Plus. He resides in Vienna, Virginia with his family.