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FAQs

Q.How much does it cost to build a house?

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As a custom builder, we tailor each house to its buyer. As such, some are priced in a moderate range while others are designed with luxury home buyers in mind. This results in a wide range of pricing that we can identify for you after an initial consultation.

Q.How long does it take to build a house?

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Depending on the home, our minimum schedule starts at 90 days and is extended from there for large or complicated designs or other special considerations such as site preparation or weather conditions. The average home takes 4 to 5 months.

Q.What is the process for building a custom home?

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In a nutshell:

  • Consultation
  • Plan Design
  • Lot selection
  • Bidding and Contract
  • Financing
  • Product Selection
  • Building
  • Move-in

Of course, the process is extensive, but those are the key phases of construction.

Q.Where does Plum Creek Builders build?

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In the general Peoria Area. Mostly north and west, which is where the bulk of the area’s growth is located. We generally try to stay within 30 miles of our office in Chillicothe.

Q.If we hire Plum Creek Builders to build our home, will your company actually do the building?

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Yes. We are one of only a few custom builders in the area that still employs direct professionals for framing and trim carpentry. We do subcontract other specialties such as electrical, plumbing, drywall and others, but using our own carpenters gives us much better control of quality. Since the workers are not paid “by the square foot,” they are not compelled to work faster to make more money. This may not be the least expensive way to build a house, but we feel it is the best.

Q.Can we do some of the work ourselves?

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While we usually don’t encourage this, we will work with you to help you determine which parts of the process may be suited to “owner sweat equity.” We can give you the pros and cons, discuss schedules and define the skill levels required for a particular task. If you decide you want to do some work yourself, we’ll do what ever we can to make it go smoothly for you.

Q.We've heard about homes being completed and costing more than the original estimate. How does Plum Creek Builders control over-runs?

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Most of our new home agreements are fixed price contracts. We are committed to do the job at the quoted price. The cost will only increase when YOU make changes or select products that are over the agreed allowance amounts for items such as floor coverings, cabinetry, lighting and plumbing fixtures. You will know the cost of any changes you make before the work is done, and all changes are explained, priced and approved by you via your personal project website or on the mobile app.