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We get calls and emails from people all around our service area, Chelsea, Dexter, Ann Arbor and Saline, all interested in building a custom home, but unsure where to start or how much it might cost. They have a piece of land, or they have one in mind, and now they want to build the home of their dreams.

We love these conversations! These folks are usually really excited about building their own home, on their own land, and aren’t we all.

It’s like the American Dream Come True!

The longer these fledgling new home builders have been in love with the idea, the more work they’ve done to make that dream a reality.

They’ve shopped around, done their research, tried their best to come up with a budget, and now they’re really close.

Many of these conversations usually end up at a particular question.

“How much, exactly, is it going to cost me to build?”

Building a custom home requires planning, coordination, and patience.

The more time and energy you put into those three elements, the happier you’ll be through the building process and the more satisfied you’ll be at the end of your project.

We’ll assume you’ve gone through the preliminaries, secured a buildable parcel of land, serviced by utilities, or able to support a well and drainage field, and that you have a general design in mind for the home. You’ve checked with the local building and zoning authorities and you’re cleared to build to that design.

You may know the square footage you need, or are thinking more in terms of bedrooms and baths. There may be certain design elements you’d like your home to have, or be free of, certain wants, needs, and accommodations.

Once you have the basics down, the Architectural Designs website is a great place to visit for ideas and inspiration. We can build from a set of plans you like, or modify a set of plans to suit your preferences and budget.
*minor modifications may be necessary to meet code and spec

A detailed set of drawings is going to be the best place to start for you and your potential builders.
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Drawings will ensure that you, the homeowner, get exactly what you want by communicating those wants in a language that builders understand best: architectural drawings. Drawings ensure that all your bidders are equally informed and that you are comparing ‘apples to apples,’ as the saying goes.
Here’s the process we follow for our Design-Build projects:
  1. Preliminary Design, including:

    1. Site plan (land survey, plot plan)
    2. Floor plans
    3. Elevations
    4. Details (interior/exterior)
  2. Conceptual Budget
    A cost estimate based on the Preliminary Design Drawings.
    *There may be fixtures, features, and finishes you add or change about the project which may affect the final price.
  3. Construction Drawings
    Final architecturally approved drawings which include:

    1. Final choices for fixtures, features, and finishes
    2. Window & door schedules
  4. Construction Agreement
    Based on Construction Drawings, budget & proposal
    Includes construction & payment schedules
  5. Commencement
    Work begins! 
We also have three (3) local architects that we work with here in Chelsea:
Scott, Paul and Greg do magnificent work and can help you create a custom home uniquely you and specifically designed to maximize your home building investment.
We’d be happy to set up an appointment with you and discuss your project and our Proven Process in more detail.
If you’ve got drawings to share, or would prefer to work with an architect directly, we can work together gathering the preliminary information required and get started on your drawings.
That was a long answer to that short question, but that’s it in a nutshell. Having a set of drawings to share with your builders will get you exactly what you want, for what you have to invest.
It doesn’t cost you anything to meet with us. Delayne, the owner, is a fantastic resource. He’s been building and renovating homes for over 30 years. I’m sure he’d enjoy talking with you, and I’m sure you’d come away with more than a few nuggets of valuable insights and information.
Let us know if you’d like to chat more. I’d be happy to set something up.