How to Choose a Custom Home Builder in Knoxville, TN for Your Dream House

Advice and Tips for Choosing a Custom Home Builder

When you decide to build a house, your to-do list can feel overwhelming. Where do you even begin? How do you find a custom home builder? What do you need to do before building a house? These questions alone can have you spending hours on Google, wondering whether it would just be easier to buy after all.

Don’t worry — we know that custom home building is difficult, but we’re here to make it easy. At Red Door Homes, we make building your dream house affordable and personal. In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know before you build a custom home in eastern Tennessee.

Look for Experienced Home Builders In The Knoxville, TN Area

There are many custom home builders online, but it’s important to carefully screen a company before going with them. First and foremost, look at how much experience they have. This can be the most telling aspect of a builder.

Red Door Homes has been in business for 18 years, so we’ve had the pleasure of helping hundreds of people build a variety of beautiful, traditional-inspired homes throughout the East Tennessee region. Learn more about our story.

You should also check for accreditation. Look for a Better Business Bureau rating and GuildQuality membership. These are two of the best credentials a home builder can have because they verify the builder’s service and quality.


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"My husband and I are using Red Door to build our first home. So far, this has been an awesome experience. They're quick to get us answers to our questions, and have really listened to what we want to be able to guide us in the right direction on building our dream home within our budget."

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What is the difference between a modular home and a stick-built home?

Modular homes are factory-built homes that are partially or entirely assembled in a factory and then brought onto the home site.

Stick-built homes are homes that have not been assembled in any way. These homes are constructed on-site around a stick frame and offer the option of complete customization. Many of our customers find our stick-build homes to be a quality, affordable alternative to modular homes in TN .

What is a construction loan?

A construction loan is the method of financing used when someone contracts to have a house built, as opposed to purchasing a completed home. Construction is financed in two loans: a construction loan for the period of construction, followed by a permanent loan, which pays off the construction loan.

Unlike mortgages, construction loans aren’t meant to be long term. Typically, a schedule is set up to enable funds to be withdrawn as needed to finance the various stages of construction. And, during the time your home is being built, you usually make interest-only payments on the loan.

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