FAQ

Planning and building a custom home can be overwhelming. We’re here to help with the answers to homebuyers’ most frequently asked questions.

Who are your clients?

Every LaBram homebuyer is unique—just like their custom home—but many of our clients have a few things in common. They are actively planning for their future and looking to make the most of every day.

They know their home is an investment, but they are savvy investors who won’t be oversold. They’re looking for bonuses and value adds throughout the home-buying (and building) process. They love the Tampa and St. Petersburg area for its beauty, and the hobbies and interests they can pursue without leaving the neighborhood.

Do you work with homebuyers with and without lots?

Yes. If you are still searching for a lot, we help you make an informed choice. If you already have a lot, we make sure your build meets the necessary zoning specifications and codes for building in that area.

Do you have special focus areas other builders may not?

While there are many places LaBram can build, our clients are often excited to build in a historic neighborhood or to realize their lifelong dream of living on the waterfront.

Where do you build?

LaBram builds custom homes in St Petersburg, Southern Pinellas Beaches, South Tampa and North Manatee County. Neighborhoods include Snell Isle, Old Northeast, Venetian Isles, Crescent Lake, St Pete Beach, Treasure Island, Hyde Park, Davis Islands, SOHO, Palma Ceia, Virginia Park and Terra Ceia.

What are your financing options?

We work with clients who pay with cash, get financing from our partner lender, find an outside lender or choose a combination of options. If you choose to finance with our lender, you’ll have the benefit of a [Construction-to-Permanent Loan], which starts as a construction loan, and becomes your mortgage loan after construction is complete.

What is a typical budget for your clients?

Our clients’ budgets typically range from $600K to over $2 million.

What about permitting?

There’s no need to stress over the permitting process. We’ll take care of it. We make sure your custom home plans are completed, signed, sealed, submitted, and delivered to the municipality where you build. We then follow up with the Building Department regularly to make sure your plans get approved as quickly as possible.[The permits you need depend on the location of your lot.]

How “custom” is a LaBram custom home?

If you choose to build a LaBram custom home, every square foot of every room is built, designed, and finished according to your tastes, and your specifications.

And you don’t have to pay extra for an expert: interior design services are complimentary. Our expert works with you on your design selections throughout the construction process, so you’re not bogged down with choices all at once. You’re presented with options for each room, and your favorites will be realized in your new home.

Get inspired! See our finished homes.

Do I need to work with an outside architect before I meet with your builders?

No. While we can work from architects’ drawings, there is no need to incur the additional expense. We can craft and refine your floor plan in-house. In fact, an initial LaBram floor plan is complimentary for qualified clients.

What happens once I have a floor plan?

We begin the process of refining and improving your floor plan, one floor at a time. We revise and update it as much as necessary until it matches your vision.

What is BuilderTrend?

BuilderTrend is an online portal where you access up-to-date information on the status of your home build and design. You can upload images for designers, see notices from your builders, and share your progress with family and friends.

What type of warranty do you offer?

We offer a 2-10 warranty [one-year workmanship/two-year systems/ten- year structural]. It is one of the surest ways to protect your investment in a custom home.

How do you follow up after a build?

We’ll check in regularly for the first three months after move in and do a full walkthrough before warranties expire.

How do I know if I qualify for a LaBram custom home?

You can find out if you’re qualified to build with LaBram by scheduling a meeting with our staff. It’s no cost to you and gives you the chance to tell your story.

We’ll ask questions about your lot (or your desired location for one), your budget, your timeline, your ideal layout, your hobbies, lifestyle, and more. You tell us what your dream home looks like, we’ll tell you if LaBram Homes is the right team to build it.

Build the dream home you’ve always imagined.