Common Questions

How much per square foot should I budget for my custom home?

Your cost per square foot depends on the style of the home as well as the materials and finishes chosen. Our Custom Home start at $90 per total square foot without the land. We can help you determine how much to budget, once we have discussed what type of home you have in mind. And; of course, we provide you with a full, turnkey estimate before you sign a contract.

What is included in the price of my custom home?

Many of our Standard Features are considered upgrades by other builders. Our final plans include exact specifications, which will become part of your contract.

Where do you build?

We currently build in Highlands County – Sebring, Lake Placid and Avon Park.

Do you only build on Zephyr Homes lots, or will you build on a lot I own or am buying?

Both! We are happy to build on your property. In fact, most of our recent projects have been custom jobs, under Build on Your Lot Partnering Program.

Will you build from my plans?

Yes. Of course, you also have the option of using our design/build service in which we design a home based on your needs.

How long will it take to build my home?

The length of time it takes to build your home depends on the time of year; weather, especially rain; size and style of the home; and the availability of materials. Other factors include the number of changes requested by the homebuyer, the degree of difficulty encountered to initiate those changes and the availability of materials. From the start of actual construction, we typically complete a custom home within six months.

How much cash do I need for a down payment?

Typically, the down payment is 5%-10% of the purchase price. We also require a commitment letter from the lender.

How can I finance my home?

Custom homes can be financed in several ways. Zephyr Homes will work with your lender to find a solution to fit your needs. We also have Approved Lenders who provided financing for many of our custom homebuyers and are able to offer a number of beneficial alternatives to tailor a loan to meet your specific needs.

What information should I bring to my initial meeting with Zephyr Homes?

If you have your own lot, please bring a survey or site plan. Many clients bring us a floor plan, sketch or clipping of a style home they have in mind. Others simply bring us ideas and a list of needs and wishes for their lifestyle.

How will I make selections?

We have a few samples that will help you make decisions for preliminary budgeting purposes. Later you will visit individual vendors' showrooms to see their complete lines and make final decisions for roofing, flooring, cabinets, appliances, plumbing and lighting fixtures.

May I make changes during the construction process?

Yes. We want you to be happy with the decisions you make. We issue written change orders for authorization if additional work is rendered after the final contract is signed.

What type of warranty does Zephyr Homes provide?

Zephyr Homes offers a 2-10 Homeowners Warranty that includes a ten-year structural warranty; a two-year warranty on electrical components, heating and cooling systems, and plumbing; and a one-year warranty for all other components of the home. All elements of the warranty are reviewed with the homeowner at the time of the walk-through. Our personal service and high standards continue after you move into your new home.

Why should I choose Zephyr Homes to build my home?

At Zephyr Homes, we design a home based on your needs, from the ground up. We build custom homes for those who value true craftsmanship and want home to reflect their distinct personality. Our reputation with our customers, contractors and suppliers has been built on honesty, integrity, and excellence. We do our best to make your building experience stress-free and enjoyable.

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