Since 2017, Kurk Homes has been a part of the prestigious Southern Living Custom Builder Program. With this designation, we are able build the homes of our clients' dreams with beautiful Southern Living house plans that are customized to each family's specifications. The construction of a Southern Living design will allow you to express the heritage and traditions of the South through one of the most important investments you will ever make — your home!
Whether your dream is a low-country cottage or a farmhouse revival with a magnificent covered wraparound porch, Kurk Homes is ready to work with you from the first ideabooks and sketches until the moment you are handed the keys to your beautiful new home on your land.
We'll walk through the entire custom home building process together including everything from your initial thoughts to handing over a guide on home ownership and details on our 20-year structural warranty.
What is the Southern Living Custom Home Builder Program?
The Southern Living Custom Builder Program is a network of more than 100 of the South’s top custom home builders brought together by the Southern Living magazine. This invitation-only program selects custom builders acclaimed for their detailed craftsmanship, excellence in customer service, financial stability, and use of quality building materials in their homes.
Before members are selected, Southern Living checks homeowner and business references, and conducts a site visit to ensure we are selecting a builder that will deliver a quality custom home, and the customer service homeowners expect.
How Southern Living House Plans Work
The Southern Living brand, which is part of Time Inc., has more than 1,000 exclusive southern home plans available in a variety of styles. Each home design brings the latest ideas in architecture, interior design, and livability while defining a lifestyle, sense of place, and a connection to the world around us. As a Southern Living Custom Builder, Kurk Homes is authorized to build your home from any one of these plans.
As requested, Kurk Homes will purchase a selected set of plans from Southern Living and then modify those plans as needed to suit your lifestyle. The plans are a set of blueprints that will be used as the basis for building your Southern Living home.
Southern Living House Plan Costs with Kurk Homes
Most of the plans from Southern Living range in price from $500 to $5,000, depending on the set you order. Kurk Homes plans are FREE when you build with us. Kurk Homes requires a $5,000 non-refundable retainer to get started on the plan design process, which is credited back to you in full upon signing the build contract.
This is a significant cost savings over hiring an architect to design your southern living farmhouse plans, which can run as high as 12 percent of the final construction cost.
When creating your home with us, you'll work one-on-one with an in-house designer to formulate your perfect country living house plan. Each of our custom homeowners will take a visit to our design center. This is where our designers will take you through each room in your home and select every detail of your home after your plans are ready.
Customization of Southern Living House Plans
Southern Living house plans are not "set in stone." The finished product will be your home, so you can request modifications to any plan for an additional fee. Here are some examples of features that can be altered on a plan:
- Foundation type
- Ceiling heights
- Exterior materials
- Exterior wall framing
- Interior walls and room dimensions
- Roof pitch
You can also add, eliminate, or alter the size of bedrooms, bathrooms and a porch when you modify the plan with Kurk Homes. While this will double or triple the total price of the plan with other builders, Kurk Homes does not charge for these changes, and in the end, you will have a one-of-a-kind Southern Living home.
Construction Costs for Southern Living Homes
If you're looking for home plans with the cost to build, it can vary. The total construction cost of a Southern Living home can range depending on the plan you select, required construction materials, and other factors. Kurk Homes will work with you to provide a rough estimate or cost-per-square-foot to build your home.
When building with us, all funds received for the development of the plans, whether it's the retainer or full price of the plans, are credited back to you in the sales price for the home.
Factors in the price of the home, as discussed in Phase 1 of our custom design process are the following:
- Property location
- Square footage
- Features and options above our standard base price
- Site cost evaluation
For more information on pricing, contact us directly or check out some of our other blogs on How Much Does a Custom Home Cost.
Contact Kurk Homes Today
Kurk Homes is the only Southern Living builder that offers a 20-year structural warranty on every home we build. We were selected to be a part of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program based on our community reputation, our superior quality and attention to detail, and the strength of our presence in the Houston, Magnolia, and New Braunfels markets. We have model homes for you to view in these communities!
Call us at 281-356-3314 to discuss your journey to owning your own Southern Living home.
Last updated: March 1, 2022