Frequently Asked Questions
What is Green building?
Green is the synergy of: 1) resource efficiency 2) indoor air quality and 3) energy savings. This is why Energy Star, for example, does not claim the "green" label because it focuses on energy savings. Programs like EarthCraft in Atlanta, the National Association of Home Builder's (NAHB) green building program, the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for homes (LEED) are just a few examples of programs that do marry the three qualifiers for the green characterization. Duke Brothers is not only an Energy Star Partner but an NAHB Certified Green Professional.
Where do you build?
Duke Brothers has a subdivision in which we build called The Estates at Quail Run. However, we can build anywhere in the Piedmont Triad on your lot or we can help you find a lot and sort out any covenant restrictions.
I am thinking about building new but I don't know where to begin. What kinds of questions do I need to be asking?
Check out our Building a Home page. In a nutshell, you need to know your buying power and you need to know how much home that can buy. For a small fee, Duke Brothers will be happy to run a detailed quote to serious buyers regarding their home requirements (square footage, floorplan, style etc.) and the fee will be applied as a credit to the buyer upon completion of a custom home.
How do I decide on my contractor?
We want you to be totally comfortable with us. We urge you to contact the Home Builders Association, and some of our clientele (contact us at Lisa at DukeBrothers dot com for a list of references). We understand the value of trust and we work to keep that trust.
Do you require a buyer to use your lender?
No. If you want to fund the construction loan yourself, you can get it wherever you'd like. Once the home is built, your lender will likely want to convert the construction loan to a permanent loan. If you want Duke Brothers to fund the loan, we will seek our own lender.
If I use Duke Brothers, must my house be Energy Star or NAHB green?
No. Although Duke Brothers is committed to building energy efficient homes, we work with our clients to determine which energy efficient strategies will be most effective for them.
How long does it take to build a home?
Duke Brothers is deliberate when we build a home. We often quote a construction time of six to nine months.
Do you expect a deposit?
Yes. Although the market is still volatile, we want the same assurances you intend to commit to us as you would like to have that we will commit to you.