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6 Questions You Should Ask Before Building A House

Buying a New House

Building a home can be a daunting experience if you’re not working with the right builder. You need someone to understand not just your needs but also your wants. It would be best if you worked with a team that ‘gets’ you. Let’s take a look at some crucial questions you should ask.

1. Who will be my primary contact?  

You want to know this right away as you will have a lot of questions. Building a home can be stressful and the last thing you need is someone who is not available. You need a person who is reliable and easy to contact at all times of the build. Make sure when you decide to partner with a builder, you meet the person you will be working with and establish a trustworthy relationship.

2. How long will it take to build my home? 

It may seem obvious, but you want to make sure you have open communication regarding the build timeline. You have a lot on your mind by coordinating the move and getting everything in order. A timeline that keeps moving will only add to the stress.

3. How long have you been building homes?

Experience is everything. You want to work with someone like it’s a well-oiled machine. While it’s nice to give someone a chance, inexperience isn’t something you want when it comes to your home.

4. Can you provide some referrals of clients we could talk with about their experience?

You never want to hear, “take my word for it.” This is the most important question you can ask a builder. Knowing what someone else’s experience was like is worth its weight in gold. Ask them not only about the build but also if there were ever any headaches.

5. What was your toughest demand from a client and how did you handle it? 

This question will tell you several things about your builder. Are they client-focused or simply just building homes that they can sell quickly. Is the builder open to new ideas? Are they friendly? The relationship between you and your builder must be just that – a relationship.

6. How do you handle obstacles and delays?

In the course of building a home, delays and obstacles can happen. One of the most important considerations is how the builder deals with challenges and how they communicate with their clients. Asking this question might give you insights into the quality of the builder.

When you ask these questions, you should feel a lot more confident about which builder to go with and feel inspired as you go on this journey. To meet with one of our team members and tour one of our homes, call us at (225)751-0499 or email us at distinctivehomesbr@gmail.com.

Inniswold Estates


At the intersection of location, style and quality and, quite literally, on a large corner lot near Bluebonnet and Jefferson, Distinctive Homes has an available, new standout property in Inniswold. Everything about this home is large, and the office, laundry room and the foyer (24 feet in height) are certainly no exceptions. Private and with promising space to grow, this house is sure to fit the needs of your family on both a functional and stylistic level.

Take Note of the Transitional Style

Our newest Inniswold home takes full advantage of quality new construction and an approach to transitional style that’s hard to find anywhere else in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Innovative, forward-thinking design is a one reason why Distinctive Homes has its reputation. Transitional style is a marriage of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes, materials and fabrics equating to a classic, timeless design. Furniture lines are simple yet sophisticated, featuring either straight lines or rounded profiles. So why does that matter? Well, it means your home is fitted with a design that has longevity as well as tasteful touches that make it noticeable and noteworthy to neighbors and party guests alike.

Space All to Yourself: A Secluded Master Suite

Between the closet, bathroom and bedroom, this master suite feels like a home in and of itself. With enough space and sunlight in the master bedroom to inspire relaxation, you’ll experience comfort without question. Retreat from the day-to-day household commotion is as near as the next room. Seriously. This master bathroom is like your own day (and night) spa — complete with a chandelier, a wide double vanity, a freestanding soaking tub and beautiful stone backsplash throughout. And when it’s time to venture out into the world, the master closet has enough shelving, hanging racks, built-ins and quartzite counters to make getting dressed the best part of your day.

This Home is All About Kitchen, Living and Entertaining Areas

Area for entertaining cannot be understated. Hardwood floors and tall windows welcome guests into the heart of the home. The floor plan design features an open flow between the kitchen and living room to keep parties fluid and reduce crowding around the sink, tables and countertops. In fact, this kitchen is supplied with an oversized 10 ft island with a quartzite countertop. As if that weren’t enough serving area, a quartzite-topped serving counter runs the length of the kitchen wall.  Extend the living space by opening up the doors to the patio. You won’t want to pass up the chance to show off that outdoor kitchen and double-sided fireplace. When the party’s over, there’s plenty of storage within the kitchen’s custom cabinetry.

See the Home Via Virtual Tour

A few paragraphs only say so much because there’s truly so much you’ll see in this home that will catch your eye. Explore all four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, and check out every inch of this home’s 3774 sq ft. of living space. Take the virtual tour here.