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5 Things to Look For in a Custom Home Builder

Updated: May 24

An Expereienced Home Builder is Worth Their Weight in Gold

Choosing an experienced builder for your custom metal home can be a hard decision and it’s important to be informed. Jason Strange, general contractor at Ace’s Custom Builds in Huntsville, Texas, has been building metal homes for twenty years and has learned what it takes to construct a great home. The expertise and knowledge that an experienced builder brings to the table can make a significant difference in the overall success and satisfaction of the homebuilding process.

When it comes to constructing your dream home, the foundation is perhaps the most crucial element to ensure its longevity and structural integrity. At Ace’s Custom Builds, we prioritize every detail of the building process, starting from the ground up. Let's look at five key factors that set our homebuilding process apart and guarantee a solid foundation for your future home.

Compaction of the Dirt: Building on a Strong Base

Before laying the first brick or pouring concrete, it's essential to prepare the ground properly. At Ace’s Custom Builds, we understand the importance of compacting the dirt to create a stable foundation. Our method involves building in increments of six or eight inches, ensuring that each layer is compacted thoroughly. 

Jason Strange also  believes you need to be digging deep enough. There’s a layer of sand in the Texas earth and he insists you dig until you hit clay. Building on the sand will allow your house to shift, potentially too much. But if you’re building on the clay the house will give, but not in a way that is disastrous like it would on sand.

This meticulous approach results in a solid base that provides unparalleled support for the entire structure. By prioritizing the compaction of the dirt, we lay the groundwork for a home that stands the test of time.

Quality Concrete: Strength in Every Pour

The quality of the concrete used in construction can make all the difference in the durability of your home's foundation. At Ace’s, we go above and beyond by pouring concrete with a minimum strength of 3,500 PSI (pounds per square inch). While many builders opt for concrete with lower PSI ratings, such as 3,000, we believe in providing our clients with the strongest foundation possible. 

After all, when it comes to your home's foundation, strength is non-negotiable. By prioritizing quality concrete, we ensure that your home is built to withstand the test of time and the elements. Jason Strange’s question for you is, do you want a weaker or stronger foundation?

General contractor Jason Strange uses a 26 metal gauge to make the custom metal homes more sturdy.
General contractor Jason Strange uses a higher metal gauge than other builders, meaning your home is sturdier against natural elements.

Exterior Metal Gauge: A Strong Shield for Your Home

The exterior of your metal home serves as its first line of defense against the elements, which is why choosing the right materials is essential. At Ace’s Custom Builds, we use 26 gauge metal for the exterior of our homes. This sets us apart from other custom barndominium builders who may opt for thinner materials, such as 29 gauge. 

By using a higher gauge metal, we provide added protection and durability for your home, ensuring that it can withstand harsh weather conditions and maintain its structural integrity for years to come. When it comes to your home's exterior, strength and durability are paramount, and we spare no expense in ensuring the highest quality materials.

Many people worry that barndominiums aren’t durable. Ace’s Custom Builds ensures durability by compacting the dirt, pouring the foundation and the choice of metal gauge. This actually makes the custom built barndominium stronger than a typical home, able to withstand the elements.

Transparent Pricing: No Hidden Costs or Change Orders

One of the frustrations that homeowners often encounter during the building process is unexpected costs and change orders. At Ace’s, we believe in transparency and honesty in all aspects of our business, including pricing.


Unlike other custom home builders who may nickel and dime you for every change or modification, we provide upfront pricing with no hidden costs. Whether you want to move a light fixture or add an extra outlet, we won't surprise you with additional charges. Our goal is to make the building process as seamless and stress-free as possible, so you can focus on turning your dream home into a reality.

Ace’s has an in-house interior designer, Dana Wallace, who can help you design the interior of your custom built home. We understand that people change their minds and as the house starts to come together, new ideas pop up and ideas can evolve. We're here with you every step of the way to ensure you love your new metal home.

20 Years of Experience: A Custom Home Builder You Can Trust

When you choose Ace’s Custom Builds, you're not just getting a home; you're getting the benefit of over 20 years of experience in the homebuilding industry. Our team of experts brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every project, ensuring that your custom metal home is built to the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship. 

From design and construction to finishing touches, we've honed our skills over two decades to deliver homes that exceed expectations. When you partner with Huntsville general contractor Jason Strange and the Ace’s team, you can trust that your metal home is in capable hands, backed by years of proven experience and dedication to excellence.

What makes Ace’s so special, is Jason's ability to take a dream of ideas that a customer provides and then put the vision on paper. Then Chad’s genius construction skills turn that drawing into a work of art. From the dirt to the door knobs, they stand beside every customer, always providing first class craftsmanship.

Ultimately, the investment in an experienced home builder pays dividends in terms of peace of mind and the long-term value of the custom home. From navigating the intricacies of the design phase to overseeing the construction process with precision, an experienced builder is an invaluable partner in turning the vision of a dream home into a reality.

In the Business of Building You A Custom Dream Home

Building a custom metal home is a big deal and choosing a general contractor to work with is a decision not to be taken lightly. 

Jason Strange believes building a solid foundation is paramount when constructing your dream home. Ace’s Custom Builds prioritizes every aspect of the building process to ensure that your metal home is built to last. From the compaction of the dirt to the quality of the materials used, we spare no expense in delivering homes that exceed expectations. With transparent pricing, expert craftsmanship, and a commitment to excellence, Ace’s Custom Builds is your trusted partner in creating the home of your dreams.

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