Frequently Asked Questions

When you’re buying a new home, every question is important.

Take a look at the FAQs below to find answers to some of the questions we’re asked most frequently. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, ask our Home Consultant. 

What is brick veneer and how is it attached to the house?

 Brick veneer is a non-structural type of masonry construction in which brick is an exterior covering on a home or building. It has the appearance of a solid brick wall without the weight or expense. The brick is attached to the house with metal straps, or wall ties, at regular intervals.
The brick work on our  Homes shows a great deal of care and craftsmanship that you won’t find with most builders. Notice the consistent 1/2-inch spacing between the mortar joints. On the front elevations of the home, look at an inside corner and notice how the mortar joints run straight up the home. The quality of the material is evident in the brick itself. Kolbe Homes uses a variety of materials for masonry exteriors. These include clay or concrete brick and stone for architectural appeal. 

Why are there caulk joints between sections of the exterior brick walls?

 Since brick expands and contracts, the walls are built in sections with an expansion joint approximately every 20 feet. This helps prevent the brick and mortar from cracking. 

What is the tonnage of your air conditioners?

 The tonnage or amount of cooling power is dependent on many factors. The size or tonnage of the A/C units for each of our designs is determined by the H.V.A.C. (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) contractor. The tonnage will vary from design to design. We incorporate many energy-saving features into Kolbe Homes. 

How long does it take to build a home?

 The amount of time necessary to build a home is dependent on several things. The largest factor is the weather, especially rain, which tends to slow construction progress. Other factors include the number of changes requested by the home buyer, the degree of difficulty encountered to initiate those changes, the size of the home,  and the availability of contractors and materials. Generally speaking, a home can be built in 90 to 120 days from the time construction starts. 

What type of windows do you use?

 Because many of our homes are built in areas that endure a hot summer season, we do everything we can to protect the cool, air-conditioned temperatures inside the home from the hot, outside air. To accomplish this, we use tinted, double pane, Low-E sun glass window panes that reduce the effect the sun has on the inside temperature. Kolbe Homes has artfully balanced energy efficiency with the aesthetic desire for natural light. 

What kind of insulation and R-factor do you have?

 Following energy-efficiency standards, our homes have fiberglass  insulation in the exterior walls and sloped ceilings. The R-value is the rating of the insulation, and the larger the number, the better the insulating power. The R-value of our exterior walls is a minimum of R-13, and the rating of flat ceilings is R-30. 

What about the trees on our home-site?

 Even though Kolbe Homes exercises care and consideration in planning the location of the home in relation to the placement of existing trees, the existence of mature trees within close proximity to the foundation can potentially cause future foundation problems. Existing trees on the home-site may die as a result of construction.  

Who will take care of my warranty work?

 Warranty work will always be completed by a member of Kolbe Homes professional construction staff, unlike some builders who use a separate warranty crew. Our professionals take pride in the work that they do — and they know that if it’s done right from the start, they won’t have to fix it down the road. 

What is the silver material on the roof?

 This, durable sheet of aluminum overlay laminated. This prevents up to 97% of the sun’s radiant heat from entering the attic. 

Do you give free estimates?

We do give free estimates, but on large projects estimates are just that – estimates. If our estimate is in line with your budget and you like our construction process we take a security deposit and begin developing the scope of work and final fixed pricing. During this due diligence period we often put upwards of 30 man hours into your job. We want to make sure there are no surprises during construction and that we set a realistic budget and schedule for your custom project.  

Do I need a set of plans?

 Yes. In order to properly budget and plan for efficient construction we require plans. If you don’t have any when you reach out to us then we can help you with a design build process. We have a team of draftsman and architects and can help develop your vision into construction ready drawings     

Who will be my contact during construction?

 After developing a detailed scope and contract, our estimator will hand the project off to our production team. You will have a project manager assigned to your job and they will be on site almost every day during construction (there will be down time for inspections and between phases.) They will keep job logs and communicate thoroughly with you as to what is going on and what to expect during construction. The project manager has a team behind them to help if ever they are out sick or on vacation and you will be able to log on to our software to view the details of your project at any time 24/7.   

Do I have to pick all the materials and finishes myself or do I need a designer?

  We have a design coordinator on staff who will help guide your selections and keep you on budget. She will meet with you at suppliers’ showrooms and help you to effectively make decisions and keep to the construction schedule. We like to get these selections made as early as possible so that we can complete your remodel work as efficiently as possibble.

How are payments handled?

 We require a deposit prior to construction and then progression payments are made when milestones are hit (i.e. A milestone may be “start of paint.”) Smaller jobs often are broken into 2 or 3 total payments, while larger additions, custom building and remodels may be 5-7 payments. When working with a bank they may require an inspection prior to releasing funds at milestones. The bank will provide their own inspector.

Do you finance projects?

 We work with many local banks to develop budgets and construction loans and we’re glad to hold your hand through the process and answer any questions along the way.    

Do you warrant your work?

 Yes, we provide a 12 month warranty and we make 3 proactive return trips to your project after construction to make sure that your home is performing to your expectations.