How long have you been building homes?
We have over 60 years of combined experience building homes. John Marek has been in the building industry for over 30 years and Brandt for over 20. In addition, our builders have been trained extensively and prove that attention to detail make all the difference when building custom homes.
What sets you apart from other builders?
Customer satisfaction, knowledge and transparency - Our referral list is one of the key factors why people choose to work with us. Hearing from our satisfied clients about their great experience working with us lets us know that we are doing things the right way. We encourage you to call anyone on our expansive referral list and ask them the hard questions. Ask them if we were able to keep them in budget, how our scheduling worked, how we deal with extras, how we communicate, how clean were our job sites, etc.
You would be hard pressed to find a builder that is more knowledgeable about building custom homes in our area than our team. We have been in this business for a long time and have built hundreds of homes. Our experience is directly reflected in the accuracy and thoroughness of our bids and the construction process. We make sure to do things the right way the first time so that you are not hit with any surprises.
Transparency is the number one reason our customers trust us with their homes. We have heard way too many horror stories about people not getting what they pay for, their homes having poor quality, getting gouged by extras and builders leaving important elements out of bids. We provide transparency by showing you a detailed budget sheet. We are also transparent in communication. You will have every one of our team members phone numbers should you need it.
How long does it take to build a home?
Pre-construction – Includes preliminary and final home plans, site planning, building specifications, pricing and options. This typically takes between 30 to 90 calendar days to complete. If homeowners have their own plans, we typically still need to generate site planning, building specifications, pricing and options. This will take 3+/- weeks to complete.
After the contract and before construction begins, you will begin selecting your interior and exterior finishes while the necessary paperwork and permits are being completed.
Construction – From the start of foundation to your move-in, a home typically takes six to eight months depending on the size, complexity of the project and weather. Changes made during construction can also push out the completion date as well.
Where do you build?
We build within an approximately 45-minute radius of our office. This area includes Bellville, Sealy, New Ulm, Cat Spring, Chappell Hill, Waller, Brenham, Industry, Round Top and the surrounding areas. We will build on the lot or land of your choosing. We can take care of site prep (well, roads, septic, etc.) if you need us to.
Who designs the homes you build?
We work with several designers and architects that can help to draw the right plans for your needs and budget. We also have several plans in house you can choose from.
How do I know I am getting a great value?
The combination of quality, expertise, service, communication and transparency are what sets us apart from the crowd. In addition to that, we use several vendors and trades to make sure we are getting the right combination of quality and excellent prices.
We could go on and on about why we offer the best value but we have found that the best way to prove it is to let you talk to our past customers. We have an extensive referral list as well as testimonials that explain why our customers chose Willmark and why they would choose Willmark again.
What is your price per square foot?
This is probably the question we are asked the most. Dividing the cost of a home by the square footage will give you the price per square foot. This term is used by people in the real estate market to compare one home to another. It sounds like a good concept, but every home we build has thousands of components and should not be compared in this way. We would have to evaluate the homes features, design and products to do an equal comparison. We are a custom home builder so each home has unique features that makes it impossible for us to have a standard square footage price. We build homes that range from $200,000 to $2,000,000 and up. Schedule a meeting with our team to discuss your needs and we can show you the process we follow to develop your budget.
How are cost overruns and change orders handled?
The price on your contract is the exact price you are going to pay unless you decide to make any changes or there is an engineering requirement. However, it is very common to make changes while building a custom home. We are unique in that we do not try to gouge you on extras.
How do you ensure my home is safe and healthy?
Our job supervisors are on your project multiple times a week. They are checking every aspect of your project to make sure that it is installed correctly and up-to code. We enforce clean jobsites. A clean site, is a safe site.
Do you have general liability insurance and Worker’s Compensation?
Yes, we carry both. We can provide copies should you require them. In addition, we require our trades to carry general liability insurance as well and we have contractor agreements with each of them.
How do you communicate with your clients during the construction process from start to finish?
You will have each Willmark team member’s cell phone number and email address to get in touch with us. We believe that communication is the most important part in working with you to bring your home to life so we make ourselves available to you as much as possible. You will meet with your project manager several times on site throughout the project to discuss progress and changes. We are always a phone call or email away. We will also reach out to you throughout construction to discuss your project. This is a collaborative effort so we encourage open communication.
How do you qualify the trade contractors and suppliers for my home?
We work with 1-2 vendors in every category from paint, flooring, sheetrock, etc., to ensure that we are able to keep our pricing in check and can maintain efficient scheduling practices. We make sure that each subcontractor we work with is insured and has an excellent reputation. The majority of our trades have worked with us for years. We build relationships with our subcontractors as we do with our clients. They are craftsman who take pride in their work and care about delivering quality as we do.
What are my options for customizing my new home?
As a custom builder, your options are endless. We can customize your home in any way that you like. Each home we build is completely different so we have experience with various materials, design styles and layouts. We work with you to nail down your selections based on your budget and needs.
We will also make suggestions at times to make your home more livable. Our experience has given us an array of knowledge that most clients do not think about until they are living in the house.
Will I have a schedule of when selections will be needed?
Yes, your project manager will notify of when he will need your selections throughout the process. You will also meet with several of our subcontractors to plan out various aspects of your home including cabinetry, paint colors, and granite selections.
Do you have a written comprehensive warranty?
Yes, we offer an optional 10-year structural warranty. In addition, each home we build is warrantied with a one-year builder warranty. One of the key points that makes clients choose us is our commitment to you after construction is complete.
What is your process for final walk-throughs and addressing any matters that need attention?
You will walk-through the project near the very end of construction with your project manager and address any issues that need attention before move-in.