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Custom Building Process

Whether this is your first time building a home or if you’ve become a seasoned pro over the years, we know how to make the custom home building process enjoyable and easy for you.

How do we make the process so simple? Organization. We’re proud to say that we’ve developed a comprehensive schedule that we use to make the building process clear and efficient so that building your home is fun instead of stressful. That means we consistently meet closing dates without sacrificing the quality we are known for.

We don’t like surprises any more than you do. So what is involved in our custom homebuilding process? Here’s a glimpse.

Step 1 - Initial Consultation
Before our initial meeting, you should determine your budget. That way we can discuss your preferences for home styles, talk about your lifestyle, find out what you’re looking for in a home and determine how we can deliver the right home for you within your budget.

Some of the things to think about are:

  • What size and shape of the kitchen do you want?
  • How many bedrooms will you need?
  • Do you want a formal living room or dining room?
  • Will you need a home office?

We’ll look at property available in your desired neighborhood and show you house plans to give you some ideas.

Step 2 - General Estimate
After the initial consultation we’ll have enough information to prepare your general estimate. We’ll base it on costs from homes we’re currently building or have recently completed and information we’ve gathered from our initial consultation. This estimate will be the starting point for your home design and budget.

Step 3 - Preconstruction Phase
Then we will enter into a Design Agreement and begin working with you to design your home. Or we can finalize plans that you bring to us from an architect or other source. Remember, we are more than happy to work with your own architect.

We have in-house real estate agents—Peter O’Keefe and Karen O’Keefe—who are licensed in Connecticut and Rhode Island if you need help searching for a lot.

Step 4 - Working Estimate
After the house design is finished and the lot is chosen, we’ll provide you with a working estimate based on a completed set of plans. It will be a comprehensive estimate that will include allowances for cabinets, countertops, flooring and lighting fixtures.

Step 5 - Final Price and Building Agreement
Now that we have the working estimate set, we can fine tune plans and specifications. You may decide to add or eliminate features to meet your budget.

Next, we’ll provide you with a complete Project Description detailing every specification in your new, custom home. Then we’ll enter into a final Building Agreement. Unlike many other builders, we give you a realistic start date and a completion date at this time.

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