There are many qualities a prospective client is looking for in a builder. Amongst the most common are; "do they have the ability to build our style of home?" and "do they have a reputation that reflects honesty, integrity, and reliability". Last but definitely not least is price. "Are they affordable compared to the rest and are they financially secure enough to endure the many years to follow when during the life of my warranties?" As any wise consumer knows, there is a difference between cost and value. Capistrano Homes offers a superior value to its customers often at the same price and often less than their competitors, making your choice of Capistrano Homes a sound investment all the way around. Capistrano Homes mission statement truly captures their intention and desire to provide a pleasurable home building experience on all levels. "Our mission is to be a builder that promotes creative design using innovative materials at an affordable price without compromising quality, craftsmanship, or customer satisfaction."
Capistrano Homes is committed to building custom homes one at a time. Caesar says, "I have never had the desire to be a high production builder concerned only with volume and bottom lines. My goal is to leave a legacy of being known as one of Prescott's finest builders. That legacy is built one home at a time." With a business management degree from Arizona State University, Caesar utilizes the skills needed to maintain budget and forecast unforeseen expenditures. Unfortunately, many talented custom builders ultimately fail because they lack critical, yet basic, business skills. Capistrano Homes and Landscaping knows that the ultimate success of your home build depends on a solid foundation of accurate and reliable money management throughout the process. Another one of Caesar's qualities is his ability to multi-task, eliminating some of the inherent stresses that a builder is subjected to simply by the definition of the job at hand. Each day a General Contractor must be able to juggle multiple tasks at once, avoiding caving into the pressures each task presents. Caesar's ability to navigate through these obstacles is what sets him apart from his competition. The result is added peace of mind and value for you.
Building a custom home for a client is like navigating a maze. There are many steps and bridges to navigate before completing the adventure successfully. The initial design phase of any home build is a confluence of ideas, opportunities, desires and resources. An integral part of that culmination is the customer's vision of how they see themselves living in their home, i.e. what they want their home to look and feel like. There is usually a building theme of some sort involved in that initial dream such as: Craftsman, Rustic Elegance, Adobe or Tuscan to name a few. Capistrano Homes assists each of its home buyers during this critical time, insuring that they maximize that connection to their home for years to come.
After the initial phase comes the design phase of the project. This is probably the most important part of the entire project. Very few clients are able to have their ideas captured and translated onto building plans exactly as hoped for. Each and every client has a design "wish list". Far too often their ideas get lost in translation and usually too far into the construction process to change without great repercussions. The end result of trying to correct design flaws later rather than sooner results in costly change orders and delays in the process. As important as translating a clients strong idea into a finished product is nurturing and developing the rough ideas of most of our clients that really aren't sure of what they want. On average, most clients can't fully imagine the potential finished product of their ideas. Most clients have a difficult time explaining their ideas to their architect. They are faced with "conceptual design road blocks". At no fault of their own, most clients simply lack experience in this important area. Clients are usually forced with making fast decisions after the fact mainly during construction after they "see" the job coming alive. Unfortunately this is not an opportune time to catch major design flaws. The results are costly change orders and usually a compromised end result. Capistrano Homes knows that this scenario occurs more often than not and has tailored the perfect solution. The answer is a simple one yet untapped with most builders due to a lack of experience or fear of using advanced tools. The answer is taking advantage of 3-D modeling for your home prior to any construction. The power of 3-D modeling allows for you to envision your home, inside and out, before you commit to costly construction. Capistrano Homes is able to show you a preview of what your home can look like: veneers, roof lines, views, landscape, lighting, furniture, built-ins, driveways and walkways, flooring, wall treatments, etc. are just a few of the benefits to modeling your home in 3D. "Our goal is to work out all of the potential problems and decisions in this phase before you invest in expensive engineering and working drawings" says Caesar. The initial costs for this additional value added benefit are pennies compared to costly construction changes and the cost of peace of mind. Capistrano Homes is proud to be on the forefront of this service for our local market here in Prescott.
Of course after the preliminary design phase comes the working drawings and engineering that brings the design alive, making it a buildable structure. We encourage each of our home buyers to work with an experienced architect who assist in developing and or interpreting the initial design concepts into finished drawings. Capistrano Homes and Landscaping works and collaborates with the top architects in the Prescott area providing added value to the project during the critical design and working drawing phase.
The next step in your home building process is establishing the budget. The best designs could not come to life without the establishment of a sound budget. Having the client understand the important role that the budget plays is critical. One of the most common yet important questions a client asks is, "How far will my dollars go." A budget needs to be accurate, realistic, and most of all simple to understand. The majority of the contracts Capistrano Homes enters into are "cost plus" contracts. A "cost plus" contract clients know ahead of time Capistrano Homes and Landscaping's building fee. All bids and costs associated with the build are disclosed and discussed prior to breaking ground. We encourage our clients to co-review each individual bid comparing them to other bids and to verify they are correct. As a result they are directly involved with actual cost analysis of the job and have a strong understanding of the bids. Part of a builder's job is to be up to date and knowledgeable with regards to market pricing conditions. Building costs and the resulting "cost per square foot" changes constantly. Capistrano Homes keeps a close watch on these factors and can both protect their customers and reward them as well when cost go in their favor. Another value added benefit in choosing Capistrano Homes and Landscaping as your builder.
Establishing a realistic Time frame is another important step. Clients want and expect their home built in a reasonable amount of time. Most clients are funding their home build with time sensitive construction loans. Going over a given time allocation costs money! Keeping a tight schedule based in reality is the key. This is achieved by establishing and maintaining a clear channel of communication between the sub-contractors of the various trades, building officials, material suppliers and most importantly, the customer. A General Contractor acts as a composer of sorts brining all of the various trades together to form a cohesive orchestra. Therefore it is important that Capistrano Homes selects and works with the best tradesmen that are available in the industry in an effort to achieve that goal. Capistrano Homes and Landscaping has a long and rewarding history with its tradesman's. A majority of the trades that Capistrano Homes and Landscaping works with have been with them since the beginning. All of them are fully aware of the high standards and expectations of quality and craftsmanship that Capistrano Homes and Landscaping demands. Capistrano Homes and Landscaping knows that the end result of working with the same quality tradesmen build after build creates a certain synergy and jobsite harmony. This orchestration of the different trades on the jobsite at the same time is one of our cornerstone strengths. Each Capistrano Homes and Landscaping Tradesman has a moral and financial obligation to stay true to their work and maintain a respectable and professional attitude on the jobsite. All of these factors come together to provide the ingredients for a successful and timely build!
A builder that expects to thrive over the years cannot sacrifice quality. All clients expect the quality of the home to be maintained at the highest level available to them at their price point. At Capistrano Homes and Landscaping no corner is cut and quality is our utmost desire. Capistrano Homes builds with a passion and desire to not only provides its client with the best building experience but also the best quality available.
Capistrano Homes and Landscaping desires that their clients building experience is an enjoyable one to remember. Capistrano Homes and Landscaping's legacy is being built on the firm foundation of one solid referral at a time. "Our future depends on not simply the satisfaction of our clients but the enthusiastic approval of our clients." Positive referrals are nurtured by constant ommunication. Owner, Caesar DelPrato takes pride in its daily communication regimen, covering every detail ahead of time. "Bottom line is that clients don't like surprises and neither does we" says Caesar. "By going over every detail and communicating through the entire build process we eliminate the gray areas with total communication."
Capistrano Homes and Landscaping builds homes with the environment in mind. Building green is a choice these days and a good choice at that. Caesar says "It is the builder's responsibility to inform their clients on green sustainable materials that can be implemented into their home." Capistrano Homes and Landscaping is fully committed to keeping up to date with new innovations in greener building processes. Implementing standards controlled and created by the EPA, LEED, and the USGBC. The following are some of the products and techniques Capistrano Homes and Landscaping has installed on previous custom homes:
Heating and Air - High efficiency digitally controlled HVAC systems. Hydronic radiant floor heating systems. These systems are up to 95% efficient and are among the most luxurious way to condition a home.
Insulation - Capistrano Homes and Landscaping is always using t he latest state of the art advancements in insulation products, materials and techniques. Products like closed spray expanding foam insulation, fully insulated geo-thermal foundations. Fiber Optima wall blown insulation insures that wall cavities are certified to the highest R-value.
Site Waste - Waste management is another practice Capistrano Homes and Landscaping implements on each home site. Using controlled management framing assists in cutting down on lumber waste. Providing accurate lumber and material take offs is the key to minimizing waste. Recycling waste that is generated during construction also minimizes the trash that ends up in landfills.
Solar - Solar energy is something that is plentiful in Arizona. Capistrano Homes and Landscaping educates their clients on the latest solar product technology available to them. Showing their clients how to harness the most prevalent resource, the sun, through passive solar devices is a win win in all categories. Photo voltaic panels for electric energy and or solar panels for hot water generation are the most popular of the options available. The ultimate goal being a net zero electric bill each month or storing enough hot water to heat the home and shower without using any grid power. Capistrano Homes and Landscaping informs and directs their clients on making the right decision on high efficient windows, doors, appliances, water conserving fixtures. Other, less mainstream green energy solutions are things like installing rain gutter collection systems for irrigation. The use of recycled materials, regenerative energy sources and products are all techniques that give back to the environment insuring a sustainable future for our children's children.
Thank you for selecting Capistrano Homes and Landscaping as your potential builder. We know that you have many builders to choose from in the Prescott area. What separates Capistrano Homes and Landscaping from the rest of the builders in the region is our commitment to our customers. Always going "above and beyond" at every step in the process is the norm for Capistrano Homes and Landscaping. However, don't just take our word for it. See what some of our past customers are saying about us and decide for yourself.