Frequently Asked Questions
David R. Hall, (A.K.A. Dave Sr.) entered the home building business in 1967. Since that time, he has engaged in almost every form of real estate activity. When he sold his brokerage business (Houck & Hall, Inc.) in 1994, he changed the company name to The Hall & Hall Group, Inc,
David E. Hall, (A.K.A. Dave Jr.) Entered the building business in the late 90's a construction manager working for The Hall & Hall Group, Inc.
In anticipation of Dave Jr. taking over the home building arm of The Hall & Hall Group, Inc, Hall & Hall Construction, Inc. was created as a subsidiary.
Several years ago Dave, Sr. retired from home building, while still remaining active in land development. At this time, Hall & Hall Construction, Inc. was acquired by Dave, Jr.
Since that time the father and son team of Dave Sr. and Dave Jr. have worked closely together to provide a full range of home building services.
A: Historically, Hall & Hall has been primarily built custom homes in the area of Southern New Hampshire, which is west of the Merrimack river, between Nashua, to the south and Manchester, to the North. This section of New Hampshire is about 50 miles from down town Boston and is just north of the Massachusetts border. Our primary area of focus invloves building custom homes Amherst NH, Bedford NH, Hollis NH, and Mont Vernon NH. We have been in custom building projects in Milford NH, Greenfield NH, Francestown NH and Henniker NH.
A: Mont Vernon, New Hampshire (yes, that's the correct spelling) is immediately northwest of Amherst NH and is surprisingly close to major facilities. It is a small, rural town with large lot zoning, excellent schools and it shares the Souhegan High School with Amherst (as well as 7th and 8th grades). It fits very well with our philosophy of building up-scale homes on spacious wooded lots that offer privacy while still maintaining proximity to neighbors. Mont Vernon is a close-knit community that embodies the historic charm of a small New England town.
A: The purpose of allowances is to allow the builder to quote a specific price for a home that is not yet complete and where it is expected that the prospective homeowner will make allowable selections based on personal preference. As the house progresses, the builder may make some of these decisions, thereby reducing the number of items, which may be selected by the buyer. It is therefore important that a buyer check with the builder to obtain an up-dated allowance quote. When the house is complete, the actual cost of allowance items is calculated and the buyer is responsible for any excess or is credited, if the costs are less. In some cases the buyer will be asked to make additional deposits in anticipation of expenditures which are in excess of an allowance or which involve items that the builder would not normally install.
A: Probably! When we make an agreement, we stick to it. We have learned, however that almost all home buyers who are given choices will inevitably elect to spend more that they had planned at the outset. The concept that "it is less costly to do it now, rather than later" is not without merit. We feel it is therefore best to build in a "cushion" in anticipation of this effect.
A: Many people moving to New Hampshire have never owned a house with a well and have little understanding of what works and what doesn't. First, almost all wells in our area are "drilled wells". This means that a deep hole (sometimes in excess if 500 feet) is drilled into the underlying bedrock. A "casing" or pipe is used until bedrock is reached).
This hole is normally something over six inches in diameter. The two main variables relating to a wells capacity are "recovery rate", measured in GPM (Gallons per minute) and storage (the amount of water contained in the well hole, above where the submersible pump is located).
As there are 1440 minutes in a day, it is clear that a well producing one GPM could conceivably produce 1440 gallons per day, a fair amount of water, except perhaps when irrigation is used. No family uses water at a uniform rate and may in fact use it at a rate of several gallons per minute, for short periods of time. Without adequate storage even four or five gallons per minute might be inadequate. The answer to this is storage. When a well is "stable", the water flowing into it will rise to a level such that the pressure in the water column equals the pressure pushing the water in. This height is known as the "static level". If the static level was 50 feet below the ground and the pump was at a depth of 450 feet, the result would be a hole in the ground, six inches in diameter, 400 feet tall, full of water. As there is about 1.5 gallons in each foot, there would be about 600 gallons of water in storage, a very good buffer. The net result is that large storage reduces the need for a high flow rate and visa-versa.
When buying a new home, the buyer may have some control over the decision relating to the well, if it has not be installed prior to agreeing to buy the house. If the well is drilled by us and if no buyer requirements are stipulated, we normally drill to the point where we have met the FHA spec or a combination of storage and flow rate which will allow the well to produce at least 5 GMP for four hours. I.e. be able to pump 1200 gallons in four hours.