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Allsup Custom Homes

A home built by Andy Allsup is certainly not your typical custom home.

That's because Andy Allsup is not your typical custom home builder. Since its beginnings in 1995, Allsup Custom Homes has incorporated an approach to each project that makes exceeding traditional standards the norm and, more importantly, reflects a clear understanding of what the custom home buyer really wants from their builder, now and in the future. Unlike some in business who quantify success in terms of dollars and cents, Andy has chosen to view the success of Allsup Custom Homes in terms of quality construction and long-term cusstomer satisfaction.

Focusing its building activities in North Scottsdale, Allsup Custom Homes' very first project was a spec home that sold within one month of completion and has since generated a continuous stream of referral business. In fact, Allsup's home designs and neighborhoods have created such a "fan club" that some buyers have even delayed their custom home building schedule in order to receive Andy's personal commitment to their project. Andy states, "From design, deveIopment through construction, I work directly with each of my clients. I wouldn't have it any other way and my clients prefer that direct communication with their builder. I'm on every job site every day because the commitment I make to my clients cannot be fulfilled through layers of superintendents and supervisors. They hired Andy Allsup to build their new home and I take that responsibility very seriously even if it means limiting the number of new projects I can accept." Allsup's dedication to personal attention is seen throughout the building process. From the initial design phase, when Andy applies his creative guidance to assist the buyer in formulating a floor plan that uniquely senses their tastes

This family room is detailed with handsome stonework, including the corner fireplace and wet bar. Through the arched opening is the family's game room.

Arched opening frames a perfect view of this backyard, including pool, patio with decorative pavers and a large remada with stone fireplace.
and lifestyle, through weekly client meetings that keep the buyer informed and production on track, to after move-in service, Andy ensures that each step of the process is marked by his high quality standards.

Typically building homes ranging from 4,500 to 6,000 square feet in the $800,000 to S 1.3 million range, Andy says, "Our home buyers want a quality neighborhood environment without the overly restrictive CC&Rs imposed in many new home communities. We search intensively for desirable 10-acre parcels that will produce eight one-acre lots so that we can establish our own neighborhood environment. Allsup Custom Homes becomes the architectural committee and the CC&Rs that we install protect the buyers' long-term home values while allowing them to enjoy more flexibility. We tend to attract younger, more active home buyers. As part of our new home plans, we often include such lifestyle amenities as specialized RV or boat parking, sport courts, putting greens or batting cages. We're building more than just custom homes; we're building custom living environments that extend beyond the footprint of the home itself."

While most prospective buyers are initially attracted by Allsup's unique design elements, they are soon introduced to Andy's high quality
standards. For example, each roof deck receives a layer of 45-pound roof paper topped by another layer of90-pound roll roofing under the roof tile. That represents a 10-year roof treatment before the concrete roof tile is even applied. Concrete pads are excavated two to three feet deeper and then compacted to ensure stability and minimize structural cracks. The entire structure is sheathed with plywood to add strength and long- term durability. Andy points out, "Having a custom home built should mean more than just a distinctive design. It should mean custom quality throughout the home's structure. We don't pre-wire or pre-plumb anything. Our buyers don't "'ant the capability for an RO soft water system; they want RO soft water. They don't want to pay for the installation of central vacuum ducting without installation of the central vacuum system. Each of our homes includes these features as well as security systems and Cat-5 wiring for high speed Internet. We install granite counter tops in laundry and bath areas in addition to the kitchen. All of our interior doors are solid wood and entry doors are iron. We use decorative pavers instead of concrete on all patios and walkways. Our insulation standards are R-50 in the ceiling and R-24 in the walls. We insulate about 80 percent of our interior walls for increased sound deadening between rooms. For purposes of zoning and efficiency, we install three air conditioning units on all homes over 4,000 square feet and four units on homes over 5,000 square feet with air returns in every bedroom to ensure comfort. When our buyers move in the landscaping and irrigation are complete, the pool and spa up and running, and the built-in barbecue is ready for the steaks."

This stately 4,800-square-foot home sits comfortably on its one-acre site in North Scottsdale, allowing plenty of room for outdoor ammenities.

Luxury master bath with chipped-edge vanity mirrors features a spacious corner shower and soaking tub, both well-detailed with varied travertine tile work.
But the acid test of a quality custom builder is often their attitude toward after move-in service. Andy's approach to service parallels his quality standards throughout construction. He states, "We don't view follow-up customer service in the conventional way. As I came up through the construction trades, it always struck me as strange that some custom builders would haggle about a 5300 warranty issue with a homeowner that had recently paid them S 900,000 for the home. That's not who I am or want to be. We've replaced carpet in a home over three years after building completion not because "'e had to, but because we thought it was the right thing to do. We even replaced a problem A/C unit for the second owner of one of our homes. My clients place a lot of trust in me and spend a sizeable amount of money to own an Allsup home. I don't look at warranty issues as one year on this and two years on that, but rather on the big picture of keeping my homeowners happy. When they agreed to have me build their custom home, they expected long-term performance and I'm committed to see that they get it from an Allsup custom home. Besides, with most of my new clients coming from past client referral, it's probably the best marketing investment that I could make."

While Allsup Custom Homes' focus is always on quality first, Andy has structured his company to remain very competitive in the custom home market. By securing 10-acre parcels and doing his own raw land improvements, Andy is able to keep the cost of the lots down. By choosing to personally supervise all construction activities, Andy eliminates costly layers of overhead. And finally Andy explains, ''I'm not trying to retire on each home we build. I look to make a fair profit and offer my buyers an exceptional value.
Once we've established a price for the home, extras are priced at my invoice cost plus sales tax. I'm not looking to earn my income on small changes or extras. I've learned that the best method to ensure continued success is to provide a superior product, long-term customer service, and an honest custom home value ... and I'm going to continue down that path."

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