Our unique designs, mindful use of resources, and eye for detail have made us one of Asheville’s favorite home building companies.

We fuse sustainability and efficiency through every step of our building process and every home we build is certified through Green Built North Carolina. Our homes typically exceed the 15 percent efficiency upgrade required by Energy Star, and achieve a 30 to 60 percent energy efficiency premium.


Building an exceptional house is a multi-step process. We believe that process starts during pre-construction. Our focus on key details during this pre-build phase is the best way to ensure a positive experience throughout the rest of construction. Our principles of quality control, continuous communication, green building, and adherence to budget are the cornerstones of the process we use to build the home you’ve always dreamed of.

Initial Consultation

Our Initial Consultation includes discussing your needs and explaining the options for building, whether you choose a JAG Built Home, a Custom Home, or are looking to Remodel your existing home. We will also cover estimates and projected construction costs. We do our best to factor in every possible request and variable so there are no surprises later.

Land Acquisition

From access and orientation to slope and view, the property you choose dictates so much of the design and construction process. Site development, done in coordination with architectural design, is an integral part of the construction process. JAG will work closely with you, the home designer, and the sitework contractor to ensure all runs smoothly.


During the Design phase, JAG collaborates with design professionals who understand the necessity of a team approach. We will provide you with a vetted list of local design professionals who always communicate openly, and have proven their ability to achieve the highest quality results. Once a design team is chosen, the process typically involves three phases: 1) schematic design, 2) pricing drawings, and 3) construction documents. After schematic design is complete and pricing drawings are produced, we can begin to build a budget.


Once the design is fleshed out, we move on to the Budget estimate. During this phase, we will develop a detailed spreadsheet outlining an understanding of the costs involved in building your home. We will then meet with you for a line-by-line review of the budget estimate. This meeting also gives us the opportunity to ask you more detailed questions about your expectations and ideas for the finished product, allowing us to discuss and potentially change items in the initial plan so that we can establish the final budgeted cost.

Once the budget is in place, we ask you to go shopping! JAG can connect you with our preferred vendors and suppliers to look at items such as plumbing fixtures, lighting, appliances, tile, flooring, countertops, cabinets, etc. The more items that can be selected before construction starts, the more accurate the budget will be.

This stage of the pricing generally takes two to three weeks. When complete, we sit down with you to review the budget line by line again, this time highlighting items that have changed, or confirming selections that have been established.

If, at the end of this meeting, we are still on target for your budget needs, we will move in the direction of signing a contract to build your home. Once a contract is signed, we either head towards financing or construction. If bank financing is not necessary – then hooray! It’s time to pull a permit! If financing is required, we move to the next step…


The most common way to finance your new home is what is called a “construction-to-permanent loan”. This is a one year loan that provides the money to build a house. During the construction period, this is an interest-only loan. Once construction is complete, the bank will convert the loan into a standard 30-year mortgage.

For the bank to start their process, they need a signed contract, an approved budget, and an accurate set of drawings. This means we cannot get the bank fully involved until we have completed the pre-construction process and have thoroughly established the final construction value and plan. Once the loan is brought to the closing table, we can move to the next (and final!) step.


Congratulations! If we’ve made it this far, things are on track for a great project. Having done all of our homework in the pre-construction process, building your home should be relatively straightforward. A Project Manager will be assigned to you, and will remain in regular communication throughout the construction process to keep you apprised of the schedule, assist in additional selections, and perform regular budget reviews. And the best part is that in 9 to 12 months, you’ll be home!

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