Your home should be a place of sanctuary and renewal. At MLM Incorporated, we are new home builders in the greater New Orleans area who know that a home is the foundation of your life. That’s why we build custom single-family homes with you and yours in mind. Here’s what you can expect when you turn to us for your new construction needs.
Let’s Build Your Dream Home
The initial planning stages of a new build are an exciting, hopeful time. This is when you think about your growing family, your changing life, and your goals for the future. It’s a time to consider what you really want and to stop making do with awkward layouts or inadequate space. In residential new construction, this is when you outline exactly what you want your new space to reflect and how to serve you and your family.
Get ready for a big brainstorming session in this preplanning phase. Consider all of the practical details, like total size, how many rooms, and which type of each, but don’t forget to leave space for your unique needs. Do you need a clean and quiet office space for working at home? Do you crave more outdoor living? Is there a view you want to highlight, or accessibility needs you’ll want in the future?
Make a list of your non-negotiables, the things you really want, and features that would be nice (but can wait if it’s not in the budget).
Location, location, location
Next, new home construction needs a new location. Think about where you’d like to build. Do you see yourself in an area rich in history? A brand-new subdivision? An urban paradise? And what’s available in the area you select?
If you pick a densely populated urban center or historic neighborhood, you’ll likely need to purchase a house and demolish it to make way for new construction. You’ll have to factor in that cost, as well as dealing with building codes for historic house where applicable.
If building in a new subdivision or rural setting, are utilities in place, or will you need to arrange that, too? Because of these factors, raw land often seems attractive–a blank slate to be filled with your own vision–but clearing and preparing for your build can add time and expense to your project, too.
The planning begins
Once you’ve decided general parameters for your new construction (and where you want it), it’s time to talk budget and timeframe with your home builders. Budget may not be the most exciting aspect of planning your dream home, but it’s crucial to the success of your project. If you don’t know where to start, new construction contractors are a great resource. Not only can we help you determine what is possible, but we can offer design-build services that incorporate everything you dreamed about into your home.
At MLM Incorporated, we have the experience necessary to walk you through the real cost and value of new construction, with planning tools built for every step of the process.
Benefits Of Building A New Home
At MLM Incorporated, we believe that a home is more than just a building, which is why we build homes that you will love.
For most of us, homeownership is the biggest financial investment of our lives. New home construction allows you extra freedom to design and build the home of your dreams. We work with homeowners to choose the ideal location for new construction projects and create floor plans that offer comfortable and functional spaces.
Beyond the simple fact of getting exactly what you want, there are other significant benefits of building a new home that include:
- Lower maintenance costs
- Move-in ready with the last inspection
- Energy-efficient appliances
- New home warranty protection
- Built with up-to-date safety standards
Finally, there is the knowledge that your home is only yours–it was designed and built around you and your family. There is comfort in coming home to a space that is new and fresh, ready for the memories you will make.
FAQs About New Home Construction In Louisiana
There are a lot of moving parts to new construction. MLM Incorporated will be there to help you through every step of building your own home. We are here with answers to all of your questions and the tools and resources you’ll need.
What should I know when building a new home?
One of the biggest differences between the perception of building a dream home and the actual reality is that it often helps to first identify a new home contractor you’d like to work with before even selecting your site.
Your new home contractor can help you identify exactly what you’d like in your home. This includes:
- Its location
- The type or style of architecture
- Any specialized features
New home contractors have years of experience and a broad range of styles they have seen and built. Selecting a new home contractor before you even begin to brainstorm your dream house can save you time and money from the very start.
It’s also important to understand that in any type of construction project, cost overruns and delays are unavoidable. In Louisiana, we are lucky to have more days of sunshine than storm, but significant weather delays can occur. These can also compromise the supply chain, increasing materials costs. Allocating a 10% buffer in your budget for delays and overruns is a good rule of thumb.
That said, building a new home is an exciting process! You get to have the custom home you have always wanted, watching it take shape over time. Enjoy the ride as much as possible with a contractor who shares your excitement.
How long does it take to build a home?
The best answer to this question is “it depends.” The size of the home, the time of year you begin your project, and the availability of materials all dictate how long it takes to build a home.
That said, there are some average time frames to keep in mind:
- Permits for homebuilding in the U.S. take an average of 33 days to obtain
- New homes built for sale (not custom builds) take between five and seven months to complete
- Custom construction takes an average of 13 months
That last number can be shocking, but keep in mind: that’s an average. Good planning and choosing a contractor that specializes in new construction and has a thorough understanding of local building codes is key to completing construction on time and on budget.
Learn more in our post: “How Long Does It Take To Build A House?”
What Louisiana building codes will I need to follow?
Speaking of building codes, the Louisiana building codes are not here to vex and confuse you, but to protect your family by setting minimum standards for safety in terms of your home’s structure and systems. They are modeled on the International Code Council’s (ICC) building codes, but each jurisdiction may interpret and enforce them slightly differently.
Building codes govern literally everything from the foundation to the roof. Your new construction will not be issued an occupancy certificate if these standards are not followed at each stage of construction. In Louisiana, building codes have been amended to provide better protection for you and your home in case of floods, heavy rain, and winds that occur in the Gulf South.
Find your specific region’s building codes online at any of these three websites:
It’s best to work with new home contractors and home builders in Louisiana who have experience complying with the specialized codes in the Gulf South. This helps prevent costly delays in construction and ensures that you have a new construction of the highest quality.
Is new construction a good investment?
New construction does cost, on average, about 20% more than the initial price of an existing home.
Building a new home (as opposed to remodeling an old one or buying an existing house) might cost more initially, but with reduced maintenance costs, new systems, and energy-efficient, code-compliant windows, doors, and appliances, the additional cost often evens out over the first decade in your home.
Speaking of energy efficiency, new construction also offers you the opportunity to use clean building materials and finishes. This is good for people who are sensitive to the chemicals and mold that might be lurking in older homes.
Looking at how historic or older homes in your area are holding their value can give you a better idea of whether or not new construction is a good investment for you.
What should I know about building in the Gulf South?
MLM Incorporated began in Louisiana, and we are here to stay. We know what it’s like in our hot and humid summers, and we know what that means for building in the Gulf South.
In our wet and muggy climate, the materials we use make all the difference in both your comfort and the durability of your home. We use specialized materials inside and out to keep you comfortable and safe.
This means looking at your homesite and starting with the best foundation. In flood-prone areas, a raised foundation is often the best option.
Indoor building materials in the Gulf South perform the impossible feat of keeping excessive moisture out while still allowing your house to “breathe.” This prevents mold from developing and keeps indoor air quality high.
Windows and doors also need to be moisture proof and feature double or triple-paned low-E glass to protect from UV rays and strong, hurricane-force winds.
Finally, the best roofing materials (.pdf) are strong, waterproof, and durable. No thin membranes or flimsy sheeting can stand up to the relentless sun of a Louisiana summer or the thrashing winds of a Cat 5 hurricane.
How much does a new home construction cost?
New home construction costs vary depending on many different factors. On average, across the U.S. new home construction costs between $125 and $175 per square foot, not including the lot or land on which it sits.
Our Home Building Process At MLM
The steps to building a new home are slightly different from your standard remodel. Because you are designing from scratch, there is more planning before construction to make sure everyone is on the same page.
From start to finish, we are your partner in your project. Here’s how MLM Incorporated moves with you through the process of your new construction.
Complete a site visit
This gives us an idea of the site preparations we will need to begin your build. This includes any demolition needed, bringing in utilities, or other considerations.
Create a project budget
We work with you to develop a feasible project budget that works. This is when you would start to look at financing options, too.
Develop drawings and receive project approval
This is a back-and-forth stage where your dreams come to life in the form of construction plans and drawings.
At MLM Incorporated, we offer the option of digitally rendering your new construction to give you an accurate idea of what the final project will look like. Pick your materials and any modifications and watch your idea come to life digitally, making it easy to visualize your new construction before we even start building! Don’t want to push your budget with 3D rendering? We are happy to walk you through your choices and preferences on paper. Permits might be filed in this stage, too.
Assemble the team and finalize a schedule
MLM Incorporated works with the finest subcontractors in the Gulf South. In this phase, we get your project on the books and start scheduling them in phases.
Once contractors and permits are in place, new construction begins. We offer daily construction updates and seamless communication with you through our custom app. We are always here to answer your questions and work with you every step of the way!
Work With New Construction Contractors In New Orleans
MLM Incorporated was founded in 2005. Since then, we have been awarded Best of Houzz for the past decade in both design and service. We achieved an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau for our commitment to clear communication, high-quality work, and responsive customer service.
We’d love to work as your new home builder. Contact us to schedule a visit and request an estimate and to learn about the advantages of new construction.