Frequently Asked Questions
Why should you choose Christopherson Builders?
For over 40 years, Brenda and Keith Christopherson have been building Northern California homes with the utmost precision and care, while employing high-quality products and methods as the Christopherson standard. We measure our success by providing excellent service to our clients both during their new home build, and beyond. Our reputable brand has staying power and is backed by the trust that we have established over decades of building new homes across the North Bay. In a nutshell, we build out clients’ homes the way we would build our own.
What services do you offer?
We offer a full-service, concierge building experience, meaning that everything you need to build your home, from foundation to roof, is easily found in one place. We are able to take care of all facets of building for our clients, from pre-construction discovery, architecture and permitting, to offering an in-house interior design studio where all of our clients’ selections for their new homes are made.
In addition to building new homes from the ground up, we also offer a wide array of services including remodels, structural repairs and construction services.
What areas do you serve?
Christopherson Builders is currently building in Solano, Napa and Sonoma Counties, with plans to bring our services into more Northern California areas in the near future.
How can I see your floor plans?
Many of our plans are available in our website’s plan library, and many more are available in our office and design studio. We have over 50 pre-engineered plans and are always working on more! In addition to offering our plans, we are able to work with our clients on their custom architecture.
Do you also build custom homes?
We do! While we offer a wide variety of ready-to-build plans, we also will work with our clients to modify our existing plans, or create something brand new! Designing a custom home alongside a builder is highly recommended. We can help you to design within your ideal building budget, by advising on cost implications of architectural design decisions. Additionally, we offer estimation services on already designed and completed plans.
Can I change the look of a home?
Absolutely. All of our homes can be built to suit a variety of exterior elevations and interior design preferences. Changing the outside look of a home is actually the easy part. Any of our plans can be adapted to suit your style, be it Modern, Soft Contemporary, Craftsman, Spanish, Farmhouse and more.
One you decide on your plan and home style, we will show you an elevation – which is essentially the outside drawing of the home, typically shown from four sides. It is the first look that a client has of their future home. A rendering often follows the elevation – showing clients their materials and color selections in a photorealistic way.
Is Interior Design included?
Yes, it is! We offer an in-house Design Studio here in our Santa Rosa headquarters. We carry a huge array of product samples from flooring to tile to hardware, all here in one place. We offer a large variety of standard options, which are of high quality. For example, our standard countertops include quartz and granite options in a multitude of patterns an colors. We will help you put together a cohesive home that is completely to your taste.
How long will it take to build my home?
In general, it takes us about 9-10 months from the day we break ground to the day we hand you your keys. It can be shorter, or a little longer, depending upon the complexity of the project. There is always a period of time needed before breaking ground, which will depend on a few things – how far you may already be in the process, what necessary pre-construction reports you may already have in your possession, and where you are located. Your local jurisdiction and whether or not your property is in a historic district or HOA will greatly influence your pre-construction timeline.
Do you offer any warranties?
Our homes are prized for their quality construction, and we stand behind our homes by offering a 2-10 year new home warranty on every home that we build. In addition to the 2-10 home warranty, we also offer on our own Christopherson warranty on our new homes plus a Service department to help you out in the event that you need it.
Are you building homes to sell?
We build a select number of Christopherson Collection homes each year. A Collection home is one of our own architectural design, and one that has been styled by a professional interior designer. Our homes often sell before they are completed, with only about half making it to the open market. We currently have a few homes under construction in Skyhawk and Fountaingrove.
In addition to our limited Collection homes, we are planning a few new home communities – now in the early stages of pre-development design.
I'm interested in building, but I need a lot. Can you help?
We can. If you need to find a lot, one of the the first things we should do is schedule an informal meeting to talk about your goals, and your “all-in” budget. By all in, we mean the total budget you have in mind for the whole project – lot purchase, lot preparation, permits, utilities, the home itself. With this information, we can help you to find a solution that will work.
Should you need representation, our Realtors at Christopherson Properties are highly experienced and skilled when it comes to buying and selling homes and land in Sonoma County. They also will often have lines on off-market opportunities.
Are you building any new home communities?
We are in the preliminary stages of three exciting new communities in Sonoma County. Sign up on our new developments page to receive updates as information is released!
Do you offer Remodeling Services?
Due to demand, we are now offering remodeling services to the public. We offer a wide variety of remodeling services, including kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, structural repairs, renovations of historic homes and more.
All of our remodeling projects start with an in-home consultation. Please contact us to discuss this highly individualized process.