Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Will It Cost?

That depends on many variables.

  • How big of a home do you need to meet your wants/needs?
  • How fancy do you want it?
  • How tough (expensive) is your lot to develop?

Once we have our initial meeting with you (no obligation) we can give you a ballpark idea of what it will cost to make your dreams come true.

As we refine your selection and the home plans we also refine your costs.

Before a contract is signed, we will see to it that you understand exactly what you are getting for your money.

Once our customers finish their selections, they average $225/sq.ft and up. We help keep your cost in line through cost controls and careful budget reviews.

How Long Does It Take?

That depends on you (again.)

  • How big is the home?
  • How detailed is it?
  • How difficult is a lot?
  • What time of year will it be starting and finishing?
  • Will you make your selections on time?

Once the contract is signed:

  • Permit approval in Skagit, Island, & Whatcom County is usually 6 to 12 weeks
  •  From the permit issue, we will typically get you on the schedule within 3 to 4 weeks
  • Once we start it usually takes 3 months per 1000 finished sq. feet
Who Are Your Clients?

Our typical customer is a first or second time custom home client that has a busy schedule and/ or retired or near retirement individuals looking to build their dream home.  Regardless, you can come to us with no idea of how to make your dream home a reality. Our clients are willing to pay a reasonable price for great quality and want to be treated fairly and kept abreast of what is going on with their home.

Where Do You Build?

We build homes anywhere in Skagit, Island, North Snohomish, and Whatcom Counties.

What Do You Build?

If you can dream it -we can build it. We have built homes from 950 sq. ft. To 6,000 sq. ft.

Most of our customers come to us because they want something different to fit their family’s particular needs in high quality.

We’ve never built a custom home before. How can we possibly Make all the decisions?

Many of our customers have never built a home before, so we know how to help simplify a complicated process by going step by step.

Once our customers move in, they consistently tell us that everything was a lot more fun and a lot simpler than they had anticipated. Once you tell us what your tastes are, we can suggest selections for everything in the home, but you make the final decision.

We can’t find any home plans we really like. How can you come up with plans We will like?

At John Piazza Jr. Construction we skillfully interview customers, listen to their answers to our questions and come up with unique plans which fill their design needs and budget.  We are custom home builders, so we expect unique requests and have the willingness and skills to meet the most unusual, this is the part we love.

Who will we be dealing with?

John Piazza Jr. Construction is a small family-owned business that builds 6-9 custom homes per year plus large remodels.  You will be working directly with John Piazza Jr., Bill Inman, and Mike Yarrow in the design stage and throughout the construction process.

What happens if we have a question or a problem during construction?
  • We will answer any questions within 24 hours if possible, or 48 hours on the weekend.
  • You will have John, Bill’s and Mikes 24-hour day cell phone # in case of emergencies.
  • If the question does not constitute an emergency, you may email anytime or call the office during business hours.
We’ve heard all homes go over budget and that “change orders” are to blame. How can we be assured this will not happen to us?

Before the contract is signed, we will walk you through every cost aspect of your home. We will work with you to assign descriptions and prices for all variable costs such as appliances, carpeting, plumbing fixtures, tile, etc.

Once this is done (before the contract is signed), you are provided a very detailed description of everything which is budgeted in your home.

With your contract, you will be given a detailed cost summary which shows the cost of each of your selected items.

If you do not surprise us with a drastic deviation from your original decisions, then you will stay in your budget.

We give you a price for your home and will deliver it on time for that price unless you choose to change it.

When you choose to make a change once construction starts (change order) we contractually guarantee that you will be charged the same rate that you paid for the rest of the home. No custom home customers should be discouraged or penalized for making changes if it is done in a timely fashion.  A change order is a part of the custom home building process.  Most of our customers stay within 2 to 3% of the initial contract price.

Building Custom Homes for Northwest Washington

My wife and I believe in our community; we believe in being professional and always maintaining the highest level of integrity with our crew and our clients. It is our pleasure to build and renovate homes for you- our community!

-John & Kim Piazza