Your custom home, addition or renovation – from design-build to dream home
Building or renovating your dream home should be exciting and rewarding… and even fun. Our job is to keep the stress out of it. In the 34 years that I’ve been a custom home builder, I’ve encountered just about every situation you can imagine – and a lot you probably can’t. That means you don’t even have to think about them. Here’s what you can expect on your custom home or renovation project.
Need house plans? Count on complete design-build services
If you’re starting from scratch, and you need everything from house plans to building permits to construction to custom design and finishes, call us. We’ll start by sitting down and talking about your vision for your new home. Be prepared; I’ll ask you lots of questions to give me a real understanding of what you’re looking for, what’s important to you, and what your budget is – so we can take it to the next step.
Different designers, architects and draughtsmen have different strengths and expertise. We constantly work with these professionals, and once we know exactly what you’re looking for in your custom home, I’ll recommend a pro (or pros) who are a good match and have already proven their skills on other projects.
Already have custom house drawings? We’ll build your dream
Maybe you already have a set of house plans, and you’re looking for a home builder to turn those pieces of paper into your dream home. We’ll carefully review your plans and your budget to make sure you move into the custom home you’ve envisioned. Now’s the time to determine what’s really important to you. If there’s a conflict between plans and budget – which can happen – we’ll deal with that now to avoid disappointment later. By going through your wish list and prioritizing the details and the rooms that are most important to you, we can offer suggestions to make the plans fit into your budget.
For example, in a custom home we built recently, a fully outfitted kitchen with granite countertops and custom cabinetry was a must-have. We were able to figure out exactly where in the rest of the home design we could modify details that wouldn’t impact the overall house but would bring the budget down and make that dream kitchen affordable.
We’ll make sure you have all the building permits and approvals you need
With the plans reviewed and nailed down, you’ll now have a firm quotation on a home that you can afford.
But before we start staking out the foundation, the next step is to make sure you have all of the appropriate permits and approvals in place. This might include building permits, conservation authority approvals or possibly Niagara Escarpment Commission approvals.
If you’ve never dealt with these before, they can be forbidding. Conservation authorities, for instance, want to see surveys, site plans, septic plans and more. Fortunately, we have dealt with these many, many times. We know how to speak the language of the various authorities and how to provide them with the information they’re looking for. That speeds things up and takes away an extra load of stress you don’t need.
Watch your custom home take shape
Now the fun begins. I’ll work directly with you as our team builds your home. Along the way, you’ll make decisions about a number of things, such as window style; siding style and colour; interior colours; fixtures and more. And once you get a feel for the space as the house gets framed, you may even want to tweak room dimensions. But these are enjoyable decisions.
What you won’t have to deal with are those obstacles and challenges that crop up in every custom home project. If it won’t affect the look of your exterior or interior, or affect the integrity of the construction, we won’t trouble you with the details. We’ll just take care of it.
Occasionally, we’ll encounter a situation that might require an adjustment. When that happens, we’ll explain the situation and narrow it down to your two best solutions. That makes your choice easier. And like I said, my job is to make building your dream home as enjoyable as possible.
A word about your custom home building team
My dad was a stonemason. So I got to see what subtrades have to deal with when working with some builders.
Your home building project is the work of a big team of specialists in their various trades. If the general contractor isn’t organized, or if each trade is working individually, time gets wasted and morale on the site suffers.
My first boss always treated his employees and his subtrades like they were gold. I learned that lesson. A lot of my customers comment on just how well the various subtrades work together on the site. When you have a team atmosphere, with a group of motivated, well-coordinated tradesmen, you can see the results. Quite simply, your house is going to be built better and built faster.
To get in touch and get started, tell us about your project here.