Q & A

What areas do you build in?

With offices in Louisa and Charlottesville, we’re able to effectively cover points just west of Richmond throughout the better part of Central Virginia.

What do your homes cost per square foot?

This is by far the toughest question to answer in custom home building. The best answer we can give is this: A new house will probably cost between $175 and $300 per square foot.

When you use this to approximate the cost of a 2500sf plan, you’ll find the home could cost anywhere from 450k to 750k. Unless you really don’t have to pinpoint a budget before you begin the project, you’ll see that the $/sf is really a useless metric for estimating project costs on a custom home.

Why is it so difficult for builders to answer this question? Think about it like this; Can you tell me how much it costs to take a vacation? How about what I should expect to pay to buy a new car? Send my kid to college? Answers to these questions depend on so many variables that it is impossible for anyone to answer them accurately without first asking several additional questions and gathering much more information. The same is true when calculating the cost to build a new home. A standard 2000sf floor plan will have a significantly lower $/sf cost than the same plan with 800sf of deck, an unfinished basement and a 2 car garage.

The only way to truly know what your custom home is going to cost is to first identify a plan, then begin identifying the variables that will ultimately determine the cost of the project. For information on how to begin this process, please contact us for more information on our Design Feasibility Study service. If you have a specific floor plan you’re interested in, we can turn around general ballpark pricing within 48hrs.

We have a defined budget. How can we make sure we’re not going to exceed it before entering into a project?

At Jamison Davis & Co., we like to use the phrase “Build It On Paper First”.  We’ve made significant investments in our infrastructure which allow us to accurately detail the cost items that will be incurred over the life of your project. We don’t just throw in “ballpark” allowances for finish items. We take the time to identify actual finish items (faucets, flooring, appliances, countertops, etc.) before entering into the contract to build. At the time we sign the contract, we’ve essentially built the home on paper. Consequently, we know within a tight margin what the project will cost. All that’s left to do is bring it to life. This process takes a significant amount of effort on the front end but our past clients will tell you that it makes for a very smooth and efficient project.

How many homes to you build per year?

We purposely only take on 4 to 6 projects per year. While our market would support more than this, we prefer to stay just big enough to get volume component pricing, but small enough to give our customers (and our projects) the personal attention and detail they deserve.

Can I see a current home under construction?

Yes…and please do! There’s no better way to gather ideas for your future home than to tour previously completed homes or homes under construction. We would love to have you see our product first hand. Email or call us at (540) 967-9233 to make an appointment.