The Answers to All Your Questions For Your Custom Home

Below are answers to many frequently asked questions we get from clients. At Bourn Custom Homes, we want to make sure you feel like you are in the right place, so reach out to our team if you have additional questions.

What is Design & Build?

Design & Build is the process of hiring one single company to oversee and manage the process of designing and building your home. Rather than hiring separate companies for the three main tasks: architecture, interior design, and the actual build, you have one company who does it all!


At Bourn Custom Homes, we oversee every detail of the process. The benefit of hiring us, a Design and Build company, is that there is a single point of responsibility for the outcome of the project. Our Design & Build process will ensure that every detail, from start to finish, is consistent with the vision for your home and within budget.

Can You Help Me Find Land for My Custom Home?

Absolutely! We will help you through the process of land acquisition. We have partnered with a team of professionals who will assist you in finding the perfect lot for your dream home.

How Does Financing Work for a Custom Home?

There are usually two or three loans involved in building a custom home:

- Land Purchase Loan

- Construction Loan

- Permanent Loan


Our preferred lenders have decades of experience in the custom home industry! They will personalize your experience and help you navigate through all of your financial questions!

How long does it Take to Design a Custom Home?

Our design phase is determined by our clients. Typically this process takes four to six months for an average sized custom home. Since we are a Design + Build company, we transition from the design phase into the construction phase seamlessly. We believe that the more detailed we are in the design phase, the faster the construction phase can go!


The design phase includes:

Floor Plan Development

Exterior Elevation

Exterior Finish


Interior Layout

Interior Finish Specifications (cabinetry, tile, flooring, counter tops, lighting and plumbing fixture, doors and millwork, appliances, etc)

Full Construction Documentation

Septic Design (if applicable)

Well Permitting (if applicable)

Site Plan

How Long Does it Take to Build a Custom Home?

Building times vary by project depending on the size of the home and other varying conditions such as site conditions and weather. On average, most of our homes are completed twelve months after foundation pour.

Will You Build From a Floor Plan Purchased Online?

We cannot build from a floor plan that was purchased online. Each building site has different requirements from an engineering, code, and topography standpoint, so the plan would need to be modified to fit the site. Our architect can take a look at the plans you've purchased to see what it would take to make the plan buildable on your lot.

Can I Perform Some of the Work Myself?

We get this question often! We totally understand the desire to save money and perform some of the work yourself; however, due to insurance and permitting requirements, we cannot allow homeowners to perform work on their home. Rest assured, we will make sure the job is done right and on budget!

How Much Does It Cost to Design a Home with Bourn Custom Homes?

To begin with, we will start with a Design Services Agreement, at which time a non-refundable design deposit is due.


The amount of the deposit depends on the size of the home and the extent of our services.


Our design services include architectural plans, structural engineering, full interior and exterior design selections, and material and fixture specifications.


Additionally, we often need to perform or hire out other testing or design work in order to accurately design your home, which could include soil testing, septic design/engineering, survey work, well permitting, etc. If this work is required, it will be paid separately from the deposit for design.

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Home with Bourn Custom Homes?

Because we are a Design + Build company, we pride ourselves on building true custom homes. This means that the price per square foot can vary greatly. Our average build cost is $295 per square foot, not including land. Factors that vary from build to build are building site, HOA fees, utility, soil conditions, complexity, and finish selections.

Do You Offer a Warranty?

Absolutely! Your home is covered for a full 12 months by our in-house warranty.

Where Do You Build?

We build in San Antonio, Boerne - Cordillera Ranch, and various locations in the Texas Hill Country.

Can I Hire You For Design Services Only?

At this time, we only offer Design + Build services. We are not available for design alone.

Why Choose Us

Working with Bourn Custom Homes from the start gives you the experience you want.

Our Process

We work alongside you to create a home that meets all the requirements that are important to you.


We'll connect you with a top local lender who specializes in construction financing.

Are You Ready to Design & Build Your Dream Home?