CAVANAUGH CONSTRUCTION- Home Builder
Benefits We Provide You:
▪ Create your dream home with affordable fine craftsmanship, and best value luxury.
▪ Improve your existing living space to meet homeowner lifestyle needs.
▪ Expand your home to meet the needs of a growing family.
▪ Enhance the value of your home to prepare for sale in the market upturn.
▪ Maintain the value of your home through cost effective repairs and regular maintenance.
▪ Ensure best value and desired budget by teaming with Architects in the Design-Build process.
▪ Optimize ROI for Investment Realtors and Spec Home Builders.
We Help build the feeling of home
with our hands.
We are a socially responsible and environmentally friendly company
"We hold our employees up to a high standard of quality craftsmanship and integrity in every detail of their work. By measuring twice and cutting once we eliminate waste. In addition, we consistently educate ourselves on green and sustainable building."
Dana Cavanaugh, Owner
McKinley Cavanaugh, Lead Superintendent
Services and Solutions for you
Custom Homes I Remodels I Additions I Home Repairs
▪ Build your dream home; either through minor renovations, or rebuilding a tear-down from the ground up.
▪ Optimize your living space, given your lot size; to meet the needs of your growing family and lifestyle.
▪ Protect the value of your home through cost effective repairs, regular maintenance care, and high quality finish carpentry work.
▪ Create the most functional and comfortable home; whether that means opening up space by tearing down a few walls, adding a new room, or renovating an existing room.
▪ If you can't sell your home; make it more enjoyable and desirable in preparation for the market upturn.
Investment Realtor or Spec Homebuilder
▪ Optimize your ROI through our affordable quality craftsmanship.
▪ Team in the design-build process to facilitate communication, and a strong working relationship.
▪ Ensure quality fine home building within the Client's desired budget.
Building Tips and Tools
The job typically goes to one of the lowest bidder's after a competitive bidding process. Fixed–price contracts require complete construction documents, which can cost approximately 5% of the total price of the project. Unfortunately, if the bids received are too high, most Architects will agree they are unsure as to where changes are needed in the plans, in order to reduce the project price.
Tip: Having a Contractor involved early in the design phase can aid in the process of designing a home within your desired budget. Selecting a contractor based on price alone; instead of reputation and quality work, can lead to an unhappy working relationship and unsatisfied Client.
In addition, beware of contractors who add a high profit to their cost estimate in order to cover the risk they carry under a fixed-price contract. In addition, beware of contractors who follow the "standard practice" of charging double the cost, for any change orders after their initial bid has been accepted.
Advantage: If no change orders are requested throughout the project, the Client knows the exact cost of the home upfront.
Time and Materials Bids (T&M) or Cost-Plus Contract
In this case, the Homebuilder provides the Client with a rough estimate for the cost of time and materials required to complete the project. The Client then pays an hourly wage for the contractor’s workers and the cost of materials purchased for the home, both of which include a markup of their actual cost to the contractor. Therefore, the Homebuilder makes a profit on every dollar spent because as the cost to build increases the builder’s liability also increases. Therefore, the homebuilder’s fee increases as a percentage of that cost.
Tip: If you decide to go with a Cost-Plus Contract, do not choose a Contractor based on the initial price estimate alone. Simply, the Contractor is not obligated to adhere to the provided rough estimate under this form of contract. Therefore, this form of contract works best when the Client holds a trusting and good working relationship with a reputable builder.
Advantage: This form of contract allows the Client the flexibility to change their mind throughout the building process and ensures the Client gets a home they are completely happy with, right down to every last detail. It also allows for a mutually fair and open working relationship.
Cost-Plus a Fee
Under this form of contract the project cost is very transparent. Specifically, the total project cost includes the cost of time and materials, without a markup; plus a set fee for overhead and profit.
Because the fee is an agreed upon dollar amount, as opposed to a percentage; the Contractor does not benefit from an increase in cost for time or materials. If the project takes longer to complete due to changes in the plans, the Client simply pays for the extra time, but the overall project fee remains the same.
Tip: Be sure to start with an accurate estimate for time and materials, as well as a reasonable fee given your type of project. Estimating a project with incomplete documents can lead to significant changes in the plans, which should be avoided in order to remain close to the original cost estimate.
Advantage: This form of contract allows the Client the flexibility to change their mind throughout the building process and ensures the Client gets a home they are completely happy with. It also allows for a mutually fair and open working relationship.
Do You Need a Building Permit?
City of Coronado
Building Frequently Asked Questions
Planning and Zoning
▪ City of San Diego
Construction Permit Tips for Homeowners
▪ County of San Diego
Online Building Permit Application
Not everyone needs a Building Permit, find out if you do.
Homeowner Relief Act
Save money on your home Improvements!
For information on the rebates available for participating in the Green Building Program:
Center for Sustainable Energy
Do it Yourself
It is our goal to be a resource to you. We realize the some Homeowners do not require a General Contractor for their much smaller construction projects. We are happy to help either way!
Naturally we work with some pretty good people, and we would like to give you the opportunity to work with them as well.
Christian Rice, Architect
Dorothy Award, Architect
Tim Golba, Architect
Mill Bros Cabinets
Mill Bros, Title
Sean Powell, Title
Jeff Smith, Title
Tansel Acosta, Title
“From my builder to a trusting neighbor to a warm friend I invite over for dinner; I will always be thankful for the great care you took in crafting not just a house, but a home for our children.
We never thought we would find a builder that cared as much, or more about every last detail as much as your team did. You truly understood how important our new home was to us.
In your every day interactions with me, I always had the feeling that this was not just another job to you, but your life’s passion. If you were building another home, I did not know; I felt as if I was your only and most important Client.
The pride and integrity you have in your work is seen through your fine quality craftsmanship and finishes. In fact, there is not a person who has walked through my doors that has not commented on the charm and quality that pervades my home.
It’s nice to know that I can continue to count on you for the upkeep and regular maintenance of my home, and you know my home through and through.
More importantly I am overjoyed when I wake up in the morning, knowing I got exactly what I paid for and wanted.
Thank you again!"
Maria and Fred Simon
"I have waited my whole life to build my oasis- a place where I felt that I was on a permanent vacation every time I arrive home. You helped create that feeling for me and my wife, thank you.
Despite the remote location and unique design features of my home, you handled the whole building process with ease. Your input throughout the design of my home was invaluable.
We truly felt that you understood exactly what I wanted and communicated with us clearly. You understood both my vision and my pocket book, which at times were conflicting.
In addition, we truly appreciate that you understood the magnitude of this event in our lives. Despite all the decisions and factors that are involved in building a home, your building expertise made the experience a truly happy occasion."
Bob and Cheryl Leathers
We provide you with fine Home Building at Fair Prices
"We wanted to give our Clients a way to trust in our price, value and quality; so we put our name behind our work."
- Dana Cavanaugh, Owner
You can entrust your unique design features to our design-build expertise.
We have great pride in our carpentry skills and your desired finished product.
Every fine detail of your home is custom built to your exact specifications.
We take great care in the installation of your home furnishings.
We keep you informed every step of the way through the building process.
A Father Son Business
"My father has been building homes for as long as I can remember. It wasn't until I started working with him that I truly understood his passion. Creating a home where memories will be formed, celebrations will bring family and friends together, respite will be secured after a long hard day, and much deserved vacations will be enjoyed makes my work both fulfilling and important."
- McKinley Cavanaugh, Lead Superintendent
..So what’s the Pineapple About?
Throughout history the pineapple has symbolized hospitality and a warm welcome; serving as reminder of level of care with which we treat each Client, and the unique charm we craft for every home.
Once thought of as one of the most highly regarded fruits, the pineapple takes us back to a time where home gatherings were the main form of social events and entertainment; reflective of the significance we place on every design and