A custom homebuilding project is an opportunity to fulfill a design and construction vision of a unique customer. Our function is to listen and guide the homeowner through design process, advise on countless decisions, and ultimately to deliver that vision of their dream home within budget and on time. Implementation of the vision is an exercise in service to the homeowner. We work with a client to design the plan that best fits their lifestyle and budget. This includes finding the right designer to develop a floorplan and elevation that meets the lifestyle and design preferences of the client. Then bringing that plan to life with quality craftsmanship and carefully selected fixtures and finishes that express the clients aesthetic tastes.
Most of our homes are built without a specific client secured. Nevertheless, we approach our homebuilding projects in much the same as we would a custom job. We envision a client that would be attracted to the area and the lot and we focus on delivering a design and aesthetic that will appeal to that envisioned client. In every detail, we work to stay true to the style we are creating. We have done homes that fall into the Craftsman, Farmhouse, New England, English, Country French, Mediterranean, and Modern themes, and we let the theme direct every design decision. Each home has found an owner that appreciates the function, craftsmanship and overall look we create.
I began my path to homebuilding by buying neglected homes, remodeling and selling them. This experience has instilled in me a strong budget and market driven sensibility that I apply to every project. A remodeling project that does not involve additions to the current structure can lend itself to creative use of the space available. Attention to improvements that meet the owner’s needs and that create lasting value can make remodeling projects extremely rewarding.
Additions to an existing home open new possibilities and challenges to both the design and construction of a project. Adding space to a home can make up for limitations of the existing structure. Integrating the addition into the existing floorplan is key to a functional and (in the future) marketable design. I have seen houses with additions that require you to walk through a bedroom to get to a gameroom, or where the added bedroom far from any bathroom. These are not the type of additions that will bring the most value to the owners while they live there and especially not when they decide to sell. Another important aspect of additions is the “tying together” of the new and old structure. There are common techniques which should be reviewed by an engineer.