A Touch of Drama

A Touch of Drama

Outdoor lighting is a real art, and the best results come from planning ahead.

A beautiful custom home represents a huge investment of time, care and money. Therefore, it's recommended not to approach outdoor lighting as an afterthought—an element often postponed thinking about until the end of the project.

We encourage homeowners to start considering it earlier, for reasons of creativity and efficiency.

Doing Your Homework

Doing Your Homework

The vast majority of professional home builders are happy to provide prospective clients with a list of individuals for whom they have recently built homes and will typically encourage you to call these references to confirm the homeowner's experience and level of satisfaction with the builder.

Homeowners who fail to check their builder's references do themselves a disservice. After all, a reference check is an easy way to avoid trouble and an important confirmation that hiring a particular company is a good choice. 

Making Sense of Allowances

Making Sense of Allowances

Allowances, that is, budgeting general costs for line items before the specific items are chosen, are a fact of life on many custom home projects. 

For an allowance to positively serve the homeowners' interest, it must be based on accurate numbers. For example, the homeowners should at least decide what grade of products they want - a decision that can require legwork as well as self-awareness.

Meet the Maestro

Meet the Maestro

The professional who conducts your project to its finale draws from a deep well of knowledge.

While the builder creates the business processes and sets the quality standards needed to build a custom home, someone has to make sure those processes are followed and those standards achieved. The job demands an experienced professional with the same level of technical and interpersonal skills as a front-line manager in any complex industry.

A good supervisor is like a blend of engineer and orchestra conductor, with a bit of psychologist thrown in.