Building a home is a remarkably personal and emotional process. Our goal is to make that process as rewarding and fulfilling as possible, so when your home is complete, it truly feels like your own.
To this end, we approach each project with a Construction Phase Timeline-it's a system that allows us to stay on schedule, but also gives you the choices and flexibility to ensure that all your wants and needs are met.
We meet with you as often as needed and Phil is on the job each day. We have regular meetings where updates and choices are discussed to keep everything running on time and smoothly. Communication and honesty is constant through out the job.
When building a home, it's important to find the most value for your money. We've found that, over the years, Value is a combination of several factors:
Exterior quality is seen and felt. It refers to finishing materials, specific design features and attention to detail you choose for your home. This can be a matter of personal taste, but we believe it's important to meet your expectations.
When brought together, these factors determine Value. When your level of Value is high, it means less maintenance and fewer repairs over the years ahead, which will save you money and headaches. It means pride and lasting satisfaction over the years ahead. That Value ensures your home will maintain its beauty over the next 50 to 100 years, which means it will continue to hold its worth for yourself and the future.
Above all, Value is the peace of mind and pride of knowing that your home is well built.
Before you start
Once you have decided to build, it's important to consider a few things before you get started.
1. Have an idea of what you're trying to achieve. Indecision leads to disappointment, so it pays to have a well-defined vision for your new home. A good way to do this is to start an "Idea Notebook" that you can share with us. Include pictures of houses and rooms you like and don't like, noting colors, fabrics, tiles, etc. Jot down which rooms are important, how big should they be, which floor do you want them on. Think about what you like and dislike about your current residence.
2. Think about a budget. Beside the cost of the house, allowances for things like cabinets, counter tops, appliances, floor coverings, landscaping, lighting fixtures and sound systems are important to have figured into your total budget so you aren't surprised later on.
3. Don't be afraid to ask questions or check up on your project. Never assume anything. Good designers and builders can, and will, explain every aspect of your project. Knowledge is our most powerful tool.
4. What level of guidance you'd like? Some people are "hands off" and want every detailed handled, while others like to collaborate and have a voice. We work with both types. After all, it's your home, so feel free to tell us what level of involvement makes you comfortable.
5. Don't get blinded by outside influences. Stay focused on what will make you feel at home and that's what you'll get.
6. Choose the right contractor. Much of your satisfaction depends upon choosing the right contractor. The best plans can become the worst nightmare if your contractor isn't up to the task. Invest the time it takes to find out if the contractor you want is the right one for you.
When choosing a contractor, follow your instincts, try to find a builder whose values match your own. Ask yourself ³Is this someone I trust with the biggest purchase of my life?² Do you feel the contractor has a sense of your wants and needs? Get to know a contractor, and don't be afraid to ask tough questions.
Visit one of the contractor's current work sites? Do things appear to be running in an efficient manner? Do the subcontractors appear to be doing a professional-caliber job? Don't be afraid to contact subcontractors to ask for their opinions on the contractor. They can often provide good insight that others may not.