Custom home

Budgets & Allowances

"A budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it." - William Feather

      Custom home building in Oklahoma is highly competitive.  This is great news for you, the consumer!  To survive, most home builders are similarly priced because we work within the confines of appraisal and lending laws. This, however, does not mean that every custom home builder is the same!  Square foot pricing, and vague allowances, have provided home builders the opportunity to hide lower quality materials behind your walls, and under your feet.  The most important items of your build are often the least visible, but most vital.  Take the time to let your builder explain their earthwork, concrete, and framing processes, and be leery of rushed square foot pricing and vague product descriptions. 

      Go shopping!  Have your builder share some of their vendors with you and pick out specific items while your builder is pricing out your home.  The more specific the pricing, the lesser the chance of cost overruns and product delays.  We take several days to bid out each project, doing our best to ensure we include every unique feature our clients want, or need.  Open communication with your home builder is essential to a successful build!  If you have trouble communicating your wishes with your builder pre-construction, it will only worsen during the build phase. 

      Your project manager assists you every step of the way, keeping you weeks ahead of construction progress, addressing and re-addressing, your fit and finish choices.  Mistakes happen, so we do our best to keep the channels of communication open throughout every phase of your build, updating you several times weekly with progress photos and estimated trade completion dates.  The quality of your home builder is often revealed in how they handle changes and mistakes.  Our superintendents are on site daily to ensure the conversations between you and your project manager are being correctly implemented in a quality, budget friendly, manner. 

      Our goal is to be a no “change-order” company.  Clients change their minds, and odd things happen, so be sure to know how changes and challenges will be handled by your home builder to ensure you don’t bear the brunt of an unexpected expense.  Be thorough, and ensure your builder is organized and capable of delivering your project on time, and on budget.

House Plans

"Your house becomes a home when you fall in love with it!" - Erin McLaughlin

      We work with several Oklahoma architects, as well as online providers, to ensure our clients are well versed in the different styles of homes available to them before making their decisions.  It’s 2017, use the internet, find the plans you like! Don’t settle on a home you won’t love, even if you don’t plan on it being your “forever” house!  Choosing the right floor plan for your home is a decision that shouldn’t be rushed.  Don’t be pigeonholed by your builder into only choosing from their in-house plans or selections!

      Budgetary constraints, lot size, and neighborhood covenants are all things to consider when choosing your home plan.  These items, along with livability and layout, ensure that your home is both practical, and a sound investment for years to follow.   Some styles are more costly to build than others, so stop by, or shoot us an email, for a short Q&A session to determine your style, and price feasibility!  Remember, it’s your home, don’t let your contractor build their version of your vision!

Introduction

“When a task seems too daunting to even approach, break it up into little bits”- Samantha Larson

      Where do you start? Can I afford it?  What is included in a square foot price? Building a custom home can seem a daunting task, especially when you consider all the horror stories told by friends and colleagues concerning their combined home building experiences, but it doesn’t have to be that way!  We founded Phido Group LLC six years ago with a simple goal in mind; never overpromise and under deliver!  We hear the broad promises builders make on a daily basis, and while some of those are rooted in truth, most are simply to get you to sign on the dotted line so they can begin building the contractor’s version of the home you wanted. 

      The process of building a home is convoluted, at best, to the uninitiated, and that’s where we come in!  Our goal is to provide you with a step by step guide from pre-construction planning and financing, to project closeout and final occupancy.  Even those who don’t plan on using our services are regularly welcomed into our office so we can help them understand what should go into their home.  Doing this has allowed us unique insights into the common goals, fears, and questions of many first time home builders.

      Throughout the evolution of this blog, we will be featuring industry insights into each process associated with building a home, common errors, (yes, we will even share the mistakes we’ve made) and solutions to these problems.  We will also be sharing insider knowledge of what exactly you are paying your contractor to do, and what your role will be throughout the build.  You will also be privy to the musings of two contractors who approach every challenge with a unique sense of purpose, while doing our best to keep projects on time and budget.  Having an informed client is the best (easiest) way to ensure your home is built to the quality and specs that you imagine while being in control of every dollar spent from your pre-determined budget.

      Our mission is to provide our clients with quality, professionalism, and an enjoyable home building experience.  So stop by the office, shoot us an email, or give us a call!  We’d be glad to answer any questions you have!