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“In the past 30 years, there hasn’t been an idea that we weren’t able to execute. From wine rooms to pools, the intellectual value we’ve gathered over our time in business helps us to bring pretty well any idea to life.”
The ideas really start coming to life on the plot of land, with some customers buying the land in a chosen location and others choosing a lot where the builder has land holdings.
“It’s about a 70/30 split between them buying a lot somewhere, or rebuilding on a lot they already own or
choosing land we own,” says Kwasnicki. “Whether a customer has come to us with their own lot on an acreage or in the city or is building on one of our inventory lots, we always come out to walk and survey the property to ensure what we’re designing will work with the land. Some examples are: Can we do a walkout basement? How can we maximize the natural light in the kitchen and bedrooms? Where should the home be situated for the most optimal view? As I said earlier, the lot a customer chooses or already owns is one of the few limiting factors for a custom home. If a customer has his or her own lot, we will work within the confines of the land, zoning and architectural controls to maximize the space the best we can.”
Even after a design has been approved, things can change.
“The best part of building a custom home is, after the plans and pricing are finalized, you can still make changes,” says Kwasnicki. “It’s one thing to see your dream home on blueprints compared to when the foundation is poured and framing is up. During our building process, we have many walk-throughs to view such things as framing, plumbing, electrical, etc., where we ask for your approval on sizes and placement of items before moving forward. We aim to make the process as easy and fun as possible.