Frequently asked questions

How Long Does It Take To Design A Custom Home?


There are several steps in designing a custom home, as you can see below. A lot of these items are happening in the background during a design so our clients can focus on the fun stuff, designing and choosing what goes in your home. We generally say that to get from concept to a finalized design that is ready to secure a building permit generally takes anywhere between 4-8 months. This is heavily dependent on the size and type of project. Typical design phase items: Site engineering for soils, and ground stabilization
Boundary and topography surveys
Floor Plans
Exterior elevations
Finish Selections and configurations
HOA review
Foundation and structural engineering
Truss engineering and design
Mechanical design and calculations
Electrical design




How long does it take to build a custom home?


The time to build a custom home depends on many factors such as site development, size of home, complexity of the build and a client’s ability to make timely decisions. Additionally, weather can affect how long it takes to build. A general time frame to build a custom home based on size are: 2,000-5,000 sq ft: 6-10 months 5,000-8,000 sq ft: 8-12 months 8,000-10,000+ sq ft: 10-14 months+




What is a design & build contractor?


A design/build contractor is a turn-key home delivery company where a single entity delivers the design and construction of a home. Having a cohesive team of experts at every stage of the design and build of a new home helps the client design a project that is feasible to actually build from a logisitcs and budget perspective.




Where does Blue Horse Construction build?


Blue Horse Construction generally builds within the confines of the Denver metro area. However, depending on the porject, we will currently build: As far north as Boulder As far south as Elizabeth As far East as Watkins As far west as Summit County




Can we use our own Architect?


Yes. Even though we are a design & build company we will gladly build a home designed by another architect. We strongly urge you to consider using our design team though to help keep you within budget and to make sure everything is designed to local building codes.




What do I get to choose in the home?


Everything! With a custom home you will have the opportunity to choose everything that goes inside your new home. Our interior designers and design team will be by your side every step of the way to suggest ideas and to advise you if your selections are exceeding the budget or may not flow with other selections, but at the end of the day it is your home so you choose anything you want.




How will we communicate throughout the process?


Communication is established to the client’s preference. Some like to communicate by phone, by email, by text, or in-person. Additionally, Blue Horse Construction has an online software that allows you to communicate with any or all members of the team throughout the whole process.




Will you build on my lot?


Yes. We build wherever our clients take us. We can build on your lot almost anywhere in Colorado. Call us to discuss the details of your lot. If you need assistance in locating a lot we can help!




What is your square foot price to build a custom home?


We are asked this question nearly every day. Because every Blue Horse design and build is unique unto itself it is nearly impossible to answer this. After spending some time meeting with you we can narrow the number down; based on information you have shown or told us to determine your house size, potential development cost on your lot and conceptual finish level. If you would like a free online estimate of what your custom home may cost use our cost calculator and have an estimate e-mailed to you. It could be anywhere from $265-500+ per sqft




Can we, or a friend, do some of the work to save money?


Unfortunately, no. We have tried this in the past and more times than not issues arise. You will be rest assured that our fixed cost contracts motivate us to get the best pricing possible from our vendors and trades. We are successful with this model because of the long lasting relationships we have with our vendors and trades.




I want to design & build, where do I start?


Call us! Call and talk with Blue Horse Constructions's Business Development Manager, Nathan. We will discuss your project location, style, budget and timing. If you feel it could be a good fit we will schedule an in-person meeting to get into more detail. After the in-person meeting we will walk your lot with you or assist in locating one.




Do you offer financing for construction?


Most home projects are financed by the client. Blue Horse Construction will assist and submit all necessary documentation to your chosen bank. Home building projects are financed on a monthly draw system so you will only pay interest on what has been drawn. Learn more about construction financing