How do I know Southern Coastal Homes is the right builder for me?
The short and blunt answer is, you don’t.

We encourage all our clients to do their homework before committing to building a new home. We also encourage any potential client to meet with other area home builders and talk with them, see their work, and ask a lot of questions. Building a home is a big investment, and it’s important to us that our clients are comfortable with their home builder choice.

How much does it cost to build a custom home
This is a tricky question to answer. The short answer is, “it depends”.

The cost of building a new home depends on several factors including; the lot you’d like to build on (if you don’t already own it), how many bedrooms and bathrooms you need, how much space you want, the types of finishes you select (Carerra marble tiles are typically more expensive than porcelain tiles) and even the kitchen appliances you’d like to have in your new home.

We’ll work with you to provide ideas on how to make your budget work for the home you’d like to build and guide you through the budgeting process for your new home. We’re pretty good at finding alternatives that meet your budget but still provide you the home of your dreams.

What are some common upgrades when building a home?
Our clients typically make at least one upgrade to their homes.

Some of the more popular upgrades are: custom kitchen cabinetry, distinctive granite and marble selections, custom-order tiles and detailed tile design, unique trim selections, and creating individual spaces that are unique to their lifestyles (such as larger screened porches, dedicated office or study spaces, or mudrooms with custom woodwork).

Upgrades are a very personal decision, and there’s no one item or feature that all of our clients change in their houses. We’re happy to work with you to customize your new home to meet your needs and adapt to the way your family lives.

How long does it take to build a new home?
The timeline for building a home can vary, a lot.

Typically, the homes we build are under construction for longer than three months and less than a year. There are several factors which go into the timeline of building your new home; adjustments to your home’s floorplan, the permitting process (sadly, we don’t control the volume of permits submitted for approval to the city and county), weather delays, any changes made after the home is framed, or changes made before the final inspection is complete. Any of these items could impact the timeline for building your new home.

We work hard to keep communication open and clear with our clients, and we’ve been building homes for a long time, so, we’re pretty good at estimating how long your home will take to build or how changes will impact timelines.

I live out of state right now, but am moving to the Lowcountry. Can I still build a home with you?
Beaufort County, South Carolina (where Hilton Head Island and Bluffton are located) is booming, and we’ve seen a huge increase in folks moving down here – we can’t blame them, it’s a hidden gem!

Building when you’re out of state has some unique challenges, especially when it comes to making design selections for your home, but it’s a situation we’re familiar with, and we have plans in place for communication and approvals.

We recommend that you visit with us and your home as it’s under construction at least twice before your home is complete. We can go over the specific approval processes we require when we have our initial meeting.

I want to build a home in Bluffton or Hilton Head but I’m not sure where. Can you help?
If you’re not sure which community is right for you and your family, we can help you find a neighborhood that’s right for you.

There are many things to consider when selecting a community, and we have the experience to help you choose the right spot.

Before selecting a community you may want to ask yourself:

  • What kind of amenities do we want or need? Commonly found amenities in the area include; swimming pools, fitness centers, golf course, equestrian facilities, and security features to name a few. Some of our clients are dead-set on a list of amenities and some don’t care about amenities at all.
  • How large of a lot do we want or need? Home sites or lots, vary in size and price depending on the location of the lot and the neighborhood you want to build in.

I’m currently working with a Realtor to find a new home, can I still build a new home?
Absolutely. We work with Realtors all the time and they’re a great source of information about different neighborhoods and may be able to help you narrow down what you’re looking for (or not looking for) in a new home.
I’m NOT working with a Realtor, is this a problem?
This isn’t a problem at all. If you feel more comfortable working with a Realtor, we can make several recommendations for local Realtors who will work well with you during the home building process.
I have a chandelier that I've fallen in love with, can we incorporate it into the home?
Absolutely. We’ll work with you to create a space during the planning stages of building your new home, where your prized chandelier will be cherished for years to come. This may sound like a strange question but we make special accommodations for our clients all the time.