F.A.Q.

Do I need a construction loan?
No. We offer our customers the option to build using standard construction financing from several area lenders, or they can choose to use an end loan when the house is complete. Both options have advantages, and which one is best for you depends on your particular situation. Most of our clients do choose to use a construction loan because it can save you thousands in closing costs. Ask us about the advantages of each financing option and we can help you determine which one best meets your financial needs.
What if I want to make changes to my home?
Paragon Homes is a traditional custom builder. And the benefit to you is that we are flexible if you want to make changes/ If it is architecturally possibly, we will make the changes to your design and build it for you. Even after construction has begun we will work with you if have changes that need to be made in order for your dream to become a reality.
Can I build a new home when I still have an existing home to sell?
Absolutely! Many lenders have financing options for people that have a home to sell, and statistically the average home in the Pittsburgh region sells in about three to five months, well within the construction time frame.
How long has Paragon Homes been building in the Pittsburgh area?
Paragon Homes has been recognized as one of the area’s premier custom homebuilders since 1987.
What options will I have to choose from?
The options are endless. Building a true custom home is about choices. As a Paragon Homes client, you can make selections from our most popular options or visit any one of our many suppliers’ design centers to fully design your custom home.
What makes Paragon different?
As with any company the people are the difference. Paragon has a full team of employees with over a century of collective experience helping you every step along the way. From choosing a home site through after move in day, we are there to make this an exciting and enjoyable experience.
How much does Paragon charge per square foot?
Unfortunately, square foot prices are impossible to determine without a specific a floor plan in mind. Just like a new car can vary significantly based on the style, quality and finishes so can a new home. Comparing homes based on cost per square foot can leave buyers with less finishing quality than they hoped for. I encourage buyers to take the time to understand what you are getting for the money you are spending.
How long does it take to build a custom home?
On average 5-9 months. However, every homeowner has different needs, and the timeframe is really up to the customer. Most of our homeowners prefer to make their selections upfront, and this allows us to be very efficient during construction. Others like to take their time and make changes throughout the construction process. When you chose to build a custom home that means you get to have it your way.
Are there basements included in every home?
Yes, most of the homes that we build include an unfinished basement. The exception to that rule is if you do not want a basement and your home site works with a non basement foundation.
Who will help me with the design process or find a new home plan?
When it comes to selecting your home plans, you may select from our existing designs, have us modify one for you, or design a full set of plans from the ground up. We have a team of professionals to help you with this to ensure it is the perfect home for you and your lifestyle.
What if I need help with my selections?
If you need help, that is what we are here for. Please don’t hesitate to ask if there is something that we can assist you with. We know that building a new home can sometimes feel overwhelming, we will do everything we can to make sure the process is easy and enjoyable for you.
I already have plans in mind. Can you build my dream house?
Definitely. Bring us your plans or ideas for your dream home and we will help you make them a reality.
What areas does Paragon Homes build in?
Paragon Homes builds in the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. We build both in communities and on individual lots, and there are lots available in almost any area. Some of our most active areas include Peters Township, Robinson Township, Collier Township, Jefferson Hills, Nevillewood, Seinna Woods, Cherrington,Snowberry Woods, Walkers Ridge, Fayette Farms, Chartiers Landing, and many more.
Do you have any homes available for immediate occupancy?
Usually we do. Please click on our Homes For Sale tab for more information on those homes. To view our current homes for sale click here
How can I get more information about Paragon Homes?
If you would like more information about Paragon Homes, please give us a call or use the contact us link to email us. We look forward to talking with you about Paragon Homes
Do I have to sign a construction contract to design a custom plan?
No, when we begin to design your home, your initial meetings and rough sketches are provided to you free of charge. When you decide to send your ideas to our licensed architect, we only ask that you pay a deposit to cover the costs associated with full architectural design.
Can I afford a custom home?
For years the myth has been that custom homes are too expensive for the average buyer. That is simply not true. Other builders set up their operations to build the same home over and over again. That process causes option or upgrades to be very costly. We set up our process to build custom homes efficiently. We have found that buyers at other builders who add options to homes whose “starting” price is lower usually end up spending more in the long run than if they had started with us. We build “true” custom homes starting at $350,000 to well over $2,000,000 dollars. You might be surprised that our homes fit into many budgets. It doesn’t cost you a thing to sit down and explore building a Paragon Home. Call today for your personal consultation.
What about the sale of my existing home?
If you like, we can assist you with the sale of your current home. We have many relationships with real estate agents and would be happy to help you find one in your area.
Why build a new home vs. buying an existing home?
Everything in your home is brand new!!! Some of the advantages of new construction are new kitchens and baths built for today’s lifestyle, new fixtures and appliances, which in turn is significantly less home maintenance. Building new allows you the ability to choose everything about the home from the locations of closets to the size of your family room. Perhaps the most important aspect of new construction is energy efficiency. New homes are built significantly tighter with more insulation and better materials than were even available just a few years ago.
What changes do you see in the housing market these days?
Many home buyers are choosing quality over square footage. What we mean by that is that they are going with a slightly smaller floor plan, putting nicer finishes into the home and feeling confident that the materials used on their home are going to last. We encourage anyone that is considering building a home to take the time to sit down with builders and review their building specifications, which will give them a thorough understanding of what is going into the construction of their home. By educating themselves it allows buyers to compare apples to apples when choosing their builder and in turn it gives them a peace of mind when they move into their home.
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