New Custom Home Construction

Turning Your Dream Home into Reality

An Extraordinary Homebuilding Experience

This is it. After all the dreaming, planning and plotting, you’re ready. For most people, building a brand new custom home is the most ambitious project they’ll ever take on. It’s dynamic, it’s complex, and it can be a bit overwhelming, especially at the beginning. With Sims Luxury Builders, you’re in safe hands. We’ll bring our decades of experience, our extensive contacts, and our passion for excellence to your new build. You’ll have the benefit of a dedicated Construction Manager and Project Manager to oversee every detail, and to offer advice whenever you need it. At all times, your needs, your wants, and the quality of your experience will take center stage.

We want you to be involved at every step along the way, so that you always feel listened to, informed, and in control. Done right, your homebuilding journey should be an exhilarating and rewarding process. Let us show you how.

HOW IT WORKS

Architectural Design Phase

This initial stage of your homebuilding journey is an exciting and creative one! We work collaboratively with you and your architect to design your dream home, value-engineer your design by providing cost-saving alternatives, ensure constructability issues are mitigated, and develop a preliminary cost estimate followed by a comprehensive and accurate budget for your home.

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PRE-CONSTRUCTION PHASE

We’re off to the races! If you choose us as your builder, our team pushes your plans through the HOA approvals and city permit processes. We also create a comprehensive construction schedule for your home, guide you through the material selections process, and continue to refine the budget with each new selection.

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CONSTRUCTION PHASE

This is when things get real! During this phase you start to see your dream come alive as your home truly takes shape. In the field, our construction managers mobilize, coordinate, and supervise our qualified team of vendors and subcontractors to guide your home toward timely completion. Our project managers provide organized and accurate budget monitoring, selection coordination, and sub agreement management. During construction, you’re able to log in to our client portal at any time to see your home’s budget, schedule, selections, and progress photos.

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Move-In!

Congratulations! This is when we get to step back and enjoy the fruits of our collective labor. Your house is ready to become a home, a refuge, a place where your family will make memories together for years to come. Following a third-party final inspection and a walk-through with our team you will move-in to your new home. Any punch list items will be handled efficiently and effectively by your construction manager and project manager.

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Warranty Phase

Support doesn’t end when construction does. Your construction manager and project manager remain very responsive and attentive to your needs throughout (and well beyond) your warranty period. Our warranty covers ALL materials and workmanship for 1 year, plumbing, electrical & HVAC for 2 years, and structural components for 10 years. We are committed to preserving not only the quality and integrity of our homes, but also the strength of our relationship with you and your family.

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WHY SIMS?

Fine homebuilding is our passion and our calling. With this realization comes the awesome challenge to continually improve at our craft – a challenge that we eagerly accept on a daily basis. With us as your builder, you will get a high-performing team that is singularly focused on delivering an extraordinary home while exceeding your expectations along the way.

As your builder, we will:

  • Remain responsive and attentive to your needs
  • Keep construction on schedule
  • Closely monitor project budget
  • Keep you continually updated on project progress
  • Coordinate the selections process
  • Be a good steward of your resources
  • Remain positive and professional at all times
  • Mobilize and manage our vendors and subs
  • Inspect construction materials for defects
  • Demand the highest quality from ourselves and our subs
  • Proactively solve construction issues
  • Maintain jobsite safety standards and controls
  • Deliver a high-quality home that exceeds your expectations
  • Carry out a seamless warranty process

Your Design Phase Team:

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MICHAEL & CHRIS SIMS

President & CEO

Aneesh Bhalerao

ANEESH BHALERAO

Project Manager

Patricia

PATRICIA SIMS

Project Manager

Richard Harris

RICHARD HARRIS

Construction Manager

Bob

BOB DAIGLE

Construction Manager

FAQ

  • I don’t have an architect yet. How can I find the best one for me?

    With so many residential architects in our beloved city, this is a very important question. A good first step is: ask people you trust for recommendations. Feel free to ask us for a few recommendations if you’d like. Throughout the past 30 years, we have worked with Houston’s most gifted residential architects and we continually research up-and-comers to identify new high-quality talent.

    Be sure to research several architects and interview the top 2 or 3 who seem to match your personal design aesthetic. Visit our Architectural Design Phase Consultation page for more information about the design phase process. 

    If you’d like a little more help on this topic, view our blog post, Trying to Choose an Architect? 10 Questions to Ask.

  • How do I choose the right builder for me?

    Well, to begin you’ve got to know that in the state of Texas anyone can be a builder. There are no licenses or certifications required by law here like there are in most other states. Because of this very low barrier to entry, there are hundreds of homebuilders in and around Houston. Take this into consideration when choosing a builder. Do as much homework as you can to assess how experienced and capable your builder candidates are. Interview them. Request to visit a home or jobsite with them. Speak to their past homeowners. Learn their processes to confirm they are organized and effective. Make sure they are a good fit for you and your family.

    If you’d like a little more help on this topic, visit our blog post, How to Choose the Right Custom Builder for You.

  • How much should my custom home cost?

    As you can imagine, this is a very complicated question to answer. We have had the privilege of building homes of all sizes and countless styles throughout our three decades in business, so our homes have ranged from $500,000 to over $10 million. There are countless factors that influence the cost of a home, many of which we detail in our blog post “How much does it cost to build a custom home?”

    The best first step is to meet with a builder like us to discuss this in depth. Come prepared to share your vision by bringing:

    • your desired budget
    • information on your lot
    • the general size you’d like your home to be
    • a list of rooms/spaces/features you’d like your home to have
    • architectural styles you like
    • any inspiration photos that give the builder an idea of your design aesthetic and desired level of finishes

    If your builder is experienced, they should be able to let you know if the home you envision is possible to build within your desired budget.

    If you already have completed plans and specifications for your home, you can find out the cost of your future home by having us build a comprehensive and accurate budget for you. Our in-house estimators study the plans and specs, then gather and thoroughly vet dozens of bids from our wide network of high-value subcontractors in order to produce the most accurate budget possible. We shoot for no holes in our budget so that it truly reflects the future cost of your home. No gotchas or costly surprises. Among our core values is Putting Our Homeowners First, and just one way we do that is by using your resources as if they were our own.

  • What are the main construction phases when building a custom home?

    The main phases of custom home construction are:

    • Site work & Foundation
    • Building the home’s shell (framing, roof, exterior doors and windows)
    • Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC
    • Insulation
    • Drywall
    • Interior Finishes and Trim
    • Exterior Work
    • Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC Trim-Out
    • Flooring
    • Final Inspection & Move-In!
  • How long should my custom home take to build?

    This is a difficult question to answer, given the wide ranges of differences in the custom homes we build. To illustrate, we’ve built 5,000 SF custom homes in as little as 8 months and 30,000 SF estates in as long as 2 ½ years.

    The factors that most influence construction durations are:

    • home size
    • complexity of architectural design
    • your builder’s organizational ability and sub management skills
    • the quality and reliability of your builder’s sub base
    • homeowner decisiveness when making selections
    • weather delays during construction
    • availability of construction materials
    • current conditions of the subcontractor labor market

    While some of these factors may seem out of your builder’s control, they should never be an excuse for significantly exceeding your initial construction schedule. We make it a priority to mitigate potential construction delays with strong organization, planning, and communication throughout construction.

  • How do I know if my home is on schedule and on budget during construction?

    Homeowner communication is extremely important to us in order to create a homebuilding experience that is as transparent and enjoyable as possible for our homeowners. When you build with us, you are able to login to our client portal at any time to see your home’s updated schedule, budget, outstanding selections and approvals, and construction photos of your home. We know that your home is your family’s biggest investment, so we make sure you are never in the dark about its progress.  

  • What are the biggest decisions I will have to make when building my home?

    The most important decision you will make happens at the very beginning of your journey when you select your builder and architect. Choosing the right builder and architect for you will have the greatest impact on how successful your project ultimately is. The right architect will take your vision and inspiration and design a home that is perfect for you and your family. The right builder will take that vision and make it a reality, all the while creating a smooth and enjoyable experience for you. Don’t underestimate the power of this first decision. If you need help with building your dream team, visit our blog posts: Trying to Choose an Architect? 10 Questions to Ask and How to Choose the Right Custom Builder for You.

    Before construction on your home begins, you will begin making dozens of design decisions for your home. Some will feel important to you, others will feel less so. It’s an exciting process, but can feel overwhelming. Without support, “decision fatigue” can set in. Our project managers act as facilitators for the selections process, working very closely with you and your interior designer to ensure all selections are made on time to keep construction on schedule. We create a customized comprehensive selection schedule that is continually updated and monitored by us to make this process is as painless as possible for you.

  • How do I make sure my home is built to stand the test of time?

    This is such an important question! Over 30 years we have built our reputation on never cutting corners and making sure our homes are of the highest quality. It takes a lot of passion, commitment and focused intention to achieve this.

    Before construction, we work closely with a building science specialist who guides your design and specifications to ensure a high-performance home with strong energy efficiency and healthy indoor air quality.

    During construction, our quality assurance controls are tight. Our team is made up of experienced construction managers with extensive backgrounds in high-end custom residential construction who are on the jobsites daily to ensure our subcontractors are using high quality materials and methods to build your home. In fact, all of our subcontractors have been thoroughly vetted for quality, value, and reliability before they ever become part of our sub network. In addition, our construction managers and project managers add value to our homeowners by staying up-to-date on the ever-evolving building science best practices.

    Following completion, we stand behind our work. Our warranty process is easy and our team remains responsive to your needs long after you move-in. One of our previous homeowners said it best:

    “We have now been in the house for nine years and like any house, problems arise from time to time that need repair. Chris has never hesitated to make one of his superintendents available to assist in diagnosing the problem and recommending the best contractor for the job. That long-term commitment may be what we appreciate the most.”

Featured Project: Tuscan Villa

Working on this Tuscan Villa home was extremely rewarding and construction proceeded smoothly despite unique challenges.  

“We want to thank you for doing such an extraordinary job on our home. The construction is solid, the details were finished out meticulously and we’re thrilled that it was completed on time. Your staff was professional, responsive and attentive.” —Dr. and Mrs. Jafarnia

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