What is the cost of construction in Charlotte, NC?
Because we are custom builders, each of the homes we work with is specific to the client. Some of the variables that change the cost of a home are location, site conditions, materials, labor, or the timeline of the project. Having said this, most of our projects are between $185 & $355 per square foot.
I’ve never built before, where do I start?
Start by giving us a call, with 12 years of experience in the building industry, you can trust us to give you the best advice and to guide you through the entire building process.
At what stage do I involve a builder?
It always pays to get your builder involved early. Simple advice from a Certified Builder when making critical decisions (like choosing a section, architectural style, plans and building materials) can save a lot of hassle later on.
Does my builder need to be a Licensed Building?
Yes, new construction builders must be licensed, and their licenses must match their type of work as well. At Rivus we are licensed in North & South Carolina.
How involved will I be in the process?
You will be part of the process from beginning to end in different phases: home design, finish selections, progress site meetings and final walk-through.
How long does the process take?
In our current business climate, a home can take 9 – 12 months to complete from the moment we break ground.
Is financing available?
We work with a number of lenders that can assist you with financing.
Do I need a building consent?
- If you are carrying out building work, you may need to apply for building consent.
- Here are some examples of work that requires consent:
- Any structural building, including new buildings, additions, alterations, accessory buildings (sheds), and re-piling
- Plumbing and drainage
- Heating (fireplaces), ventilation and air conditioning systems
- Siteworks for a building
- Retaining walls higher than 1.5 meters or retaining walls with a building or driveway near the top
- Fences higher than 2.5 meters and any swimming pool fence
- Swimming pools
- Decks more than 1.5 meters from ground level
If in doubt, we recommend you ring your local Council and discuss your project with them.
Do I get a guarantee?
Yes, you do!
The full Rivus Construction 10-year Builders Guarantee will cover you for:
- Loss of deposit
- Non-completion of the dwelling
- Structural defects for 10 years
- Non-structural defects for 2 years
- Alternative accommodation
Are the guarantees transferable if I sell my home?
Yes, your guarantee can generally be transferred to the new homeowner. Application for the transfer must be made within 30 days of settlement. Having the guarantee gives the buyer peace of mind and will help to sell your home.
How can I keep the building project within my budget?
We recommend entering into a full building contract which will enable you to know exactly what the cost will be and what you will get.
How do we pay for the building project?
You pay on a progress payment system as detailed in your building agreement. One advantage of a full contract is you only need to make payments to one company, and payments are made at specific stages of the project. When you receive a written contract quote, we will provide you with a payment and a construction schedule, so you know what to expect and when to expect it.
Can I make changes during the building project?
We welcome you to make any changes you would like to enhance your home. Any requests incurring extra labor and/or material costs will be treated as a variation to the contract. All variations will be costed and presented to you for approval, authorizing the builder to carry out these changes before any such works can be started.
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