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Discussion in 'Living in Sin (City that is)' started by twoeeyy, Jan 20, 2016.

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  1. twoeeyy

    twoeeyy Tourist

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    I was wondering if anyone here had any reviews on KB home builders or Lennar ?

    thank you.Jen
     
  2. vegasbound

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    I've not built a home with either. My experience is limited to the shopping experience. Years ago, we nearly built a KB Home, but they would not budge on changes that diverted from their plans. We wanted to expand the shower and have no tub in the master, but it simply was not an option. We would need to build it per spec, then hire a contractor to remove and reconfigure to fit our needs. When we looked again last summer, they still held firm with their plans. We inquired about replacing windows with a sliding glass door, but that was structural change and not remotely possible. I never got that far in a Lennar home. I do like they offer high grade appliances, etc as standard, but their homes reflect that in their pricing.

    My cousin did, however, build a KB Home last year. The home is beautiful, but it took a great commitment on his end throughout the building process. He was on site multiple times a week and they still framed the upstairs improperly and it had to be completely redone which delayed the project about a month. Multiple friends have built with Richmond American, their issues were minor and timelines were met. We were going to build with Toll Brothers, but we got cold feet before going to contract. It was for the best. We instead purchased a resale home that was less than two years old.
     
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    Almost went with KB and Lennar but decided on Van Metre for mine 2 years ago. You cant go wrong with any of these companies but I wouldnt go with Ryan Homes if that is in your area.
     
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    We used a smaller builder we had never heard of and things went great. We closed within 3 days of what was promised and did a couple customizations that only involved small architectural drawing charges and no additional construction charges. The fees to move a structural wall are very high. It's not a simple matter. The builder liked our customization in the master bath so much that they made it the standard way to build it in our model now.

    Are you more concerned with quality of construction or delivery timelines?
     
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    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    KB's rep is so-so at best. Lennar is held in better regard. Merchant builders aren't generally known for their craftsmanship, however. There are exceptions, of course. I would not buy a KB home.
     
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    I agree and they are ALL basically cookie cutter homes in certain communities Ken. I even "built" a home. With options, sizes, structures, etc some builders are much better than others.

    Yes, you can do much better and maybe cheaper buying a piece of land/plot and bringing in a crew and your own builder but ive heard horror stories going that route also. (My friend just went to court and won a law suit for his 30k sq ft home he was building about his ceiling which was structural and couldnt be changed).

    This is all being simple and not getting into a discussion about real estate agents, commissions, zonings and other things to make that happen.

    This is my friends home that was on the market and he ran into problems while building his new home if anyone wants to buy it.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_DvcE5WG-lQ

    http://m.movoto.com/clifton-va/12206-henderson-rd-clifton-va-20124-310_fx9008166/
     
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    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    I don't think most folks are up to the task of building custom or semi-custom, however. Particularly not at the level of a starter or middling home since that is where the economies of affordability come in with the big dogs.

    Every decent-sized market has local/regional builders who do spec or merchant, and do it well. Like everything else the task is to do your homework, real homework, for that market. KB etc. are what they are across their massive portfolios. I also like a re-do, finding a mid-century build when the bones still were bones, the design and architectural treatments were still those of a craftsman, and fixing/bringing current the other stuff.
     
  8. TomTWI

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    You mean like "Flipping Vegas". ROFLMAO

    TomTWI
     
  9. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    TV show? I've not seen it.
     
  10. TomTWI

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    It's a reality show with out reality.

    TomTWI
     
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    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    lol, Tom. Is there a reality show with reality?
     
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    Any experience with or knowledge of Ryland Homes (now CalAtlantic)? I'm looking at a couple of their developments. Good? Bad? Ugly? Thanks! :beer:
     
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