Sign up for a time and money saving Pre-Design or enjoy the luxury of time and additional costs with a Custom Design
Your agreement with us includes help with qualifying and financing • our HOME_COST® reliable 3rd party analytical construction estimate • access to our Dedicated Builder and Supplier Partners • a Builder’s set of CDs • and a sharp focus on the key milestone of construction, the Weather Tight Shell, often called a kit.
PRE-DESIGN– one round of minor design changes within the envelope that is limited to interior space, without moving stairs or structural supporting walls • altering the foundation design from basement to crawl or insulated slab • adding a matching detached 24'x 24' – 2 car garage.
Your Site: We will happily review your building site using your information typically a survey and topographical documents. Tell us about the weather, views, main access road, local codes, zoning (setbacks) and utilities. We will review the information, make suggestions and, if needed or desired, propose a cost to produce your site plan.
CUSTOM DESIGN–A design interview with one of our experienced home designers to create your dream home that's right-sized and smart. Like bringing a camera lens into focus, a good project starts with the rough ideas that gradually become clear as the design is refined and developed. We begin with hand sketches and rough 3D computer models which progress through 2D CAD layouts and more detailed models, ending up with the technical details that allow for estimates and construction.
Your Site: We review your building site using your information and any information we gather from our communications with the building authority. The design interview will tell us about the weather, views, main access road, local codes, zoning (setbacks) and utilities. We include a site plan with our CUSTOM DESIGN agreement.
In all design cases– “Weather Tight Shell" is our focus and standard milestone often referred to as the Lockable Shell, or HIGH PERFORMANCE Shell, or the Package, or the kit” is ‘lockable’ and secure. While it is supplied by your builder, it includes: An Improved pre-cast basement • Engineered floor systems • An envelope of Structural Insulating Panels (SIPs) walls and roof • High performance vinyl windows and insulated entry doors • Optional prefabricated interior partitions and stairs • A Builder’s set of construction drawings • Delivery of materials to your job site and installation by professionals.
The Process– Choose a design path - Pre-Design or Custom Design • Confirm design meets intended location, local codes, budgets and schedule • Make desired design changes • Complete financing • Choose builder • Schedule construction. A General Schedule: Your construction team needs 8 to 10 weeks from completion of CDs (longer for CUSTOM) to installation of your HIGH PERFORMANCE shell • Your builder knows how long to key milestones • about 4 weeks completes breaking ground to foundation • 4 weeks completes your Weather Tight Shell • Average construction time on site for a turnkey ready to move in home is 5 to 9 months depending on time of year, location, complexity of design, and availability of labor and materials.
Construction Budget– We know good design requires a construction budget. Personal choice and your site will make a cost difference. And while $/sf are un-reliable, our experience in the MIDWEST is new construction ranges from $180/sf to $225/sf.
Default specifications include– a home built in a northern 6500 DDH climate • full pre-cast advanced basement • backfilled and balanced site • HIGH PERFORMANCE SIP SHELL • fiber-cement siding & trim • 45 yr. asphalt shingles • high performance windows and doors • stone counter tops • solid wood cabinetry and millwork • wood floors, ceramic tile walls and floors in wet areas • painted gypsum walls, ceilings and trim • high efficiency mechanical systems with allowances for fixtures. Budgeted separately are land, site access, utilities, out buildings, landscaping, design, engineering, permits, HOA requirements, etc.