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Want To Build On Your Own Lot? We Can Do That!

Building your dream home is an exciting and fulfilling experience, but it can also be overwhelming, especially when it comes to finding the perfect location to build.

If you’re looking to build a custom home, you may already have a lot that you own or have found the perfect piece of land that you’d like to build on. This is where a custom home builder who can build on your own lot comes in handy. Not all custom home builders offer this service, but those who do can offer you a unique and personalized home-building experience that’s tailored to your specific needs and preferences, giving you the freedom and flexibility to create the perfect home on the land of your choice.

North Star Premier Custom Homes - Custom Kitchens in Avon, OHAdvantages of Working with North Star Builders

One of the main advantages of working with a custom home builder who can build on your own lot is that you have more control over the location of your home. You may have found a piece of land that has stunning views or is in a great location for your lifestyle. By building on your own lot, you can create a home that is uniquely suited to the specific location and environment.

Another advantage of working with a custom home builder who can build on your own lot is that you have more flexibility in terms of design and layout. Many builders who work on their own land have pre-designed homes or plans that they use. However, when you work with a builder who can build on your own lot, you can work with them to create a design that culminates in your family’s dream home. At North Star Builders, we understand the process from ideation to move-in and our team has over 50 years of bringing those dreams to fruition.

Working with a custom home builder who can build on your own lot also means that you can avoid the cost of purchasing a pre-existing home. When you build a custom home, you can select the finishes, fixtures, and features that you want, rather than having to make do with what’s available in a pre-existing home. You also have the opportunity to design your home to be energy-efficient, which can save you money in the long run.

Build on your own lot in Avon, OH | North Star Premier Custom HomesThe Process of Bringing Your Dream Home to Life

The process of building on your own lot begins with a consultation. During this consultation, the North Star Builders’ team will take the time to understand your vision, preferences, and lifestyle needs. We will also evaluate the lot to ensure it meets the necessary requirements for building your dream home.

Once the consultation is complete and the lot has been evaluated, our team will work with you to design your dream home. We have an experienced team of architects and designers who will work with you to create a design that perfectly fits your vision and the lot’s unique characteristics. We have the expertise and resources to handle every aspect of the project, from site preparation and foundation work to final finishes and landscaping. We work with trusted subcontractors and suppliers to ensure that every aspect of the build meets their high standards of quality and craftsmanship.

Throughout the design and building process, our team will keep you informed and involved in every step. We understand that building a home is a significant investment, both financially and emotionally, and we want to ensure that the process is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

Of course, building on your own lot can come with its own set of challenges. You may need to have the land surveyed or have permits obtained before construction can begin but we’ll be there to guide you through the process and help ensure that everything is done properly. North Star Builders is also committed to sustainability and energy efficiency. We use the latest green building techniques and materials to ensure that your home is both environmentally friendly and cost-effective to operate.

North Star Premier Custom Homes | Build on your lot | Avon Lake, OHWorking with a custom home builder who can build on your own lot can be a great option if you want more control over the location and design of your home. By working with a builder who specializes in this type of construction, you can create a home that’s uniquely suited to your needs and preferences. While building your dream home on your own lot is a significant investment, it’s one that can pay off in many ways. With the help of North Star Builders, you can create a home that perfectly fits your vision and lifestyle needs while also maximizing the potential of your lot.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can bring our custom home-building services to you & build your dream home on your lot!

Design Trends For 2023, Maybe

Will these design trends that started picking up steam in 2022 continue into 2023?

  1. Sustainable design: With an increasing focus on environmental sustainability, more people are looking for ways to incorporate eco-friendly features and materials into their home design, such as solar panels, recycled materials, and energy-efficient appliances.
  2. Biophilic design: This trend emphasizes bringing natural elements, such as plants and natural light, into the home to improve well-being and reduce stress.
  3. Bold colors and patterns: Bright colors and bold patterns are becoming more popular in home design, with people choosing to incorporate these elements in their furniture, decor, and wall art.
  4. Minimalism: The minimalist trend continues to be popular, with people choosing to simplify their living spaces by decluttering and focusing on clean, simple lines in their furniture and decor.
  5. Smart homes: Technology is becoming increasingly integrated into home design, with more people looking to incorporate smart home devices such as voice-activated assistants, automated lighting systems, and smart thermostats.
  6. Home office design: With the rise of remote work, more people are creating dedicated home office spaces that are comfortable, functional, and stylish.
  7. Mixed materials: People are incorporating a mix of materials in their home design, such as combining wood, metal, and concrete elements in their furniture and decor to create a unique, eclectic look.

Again, these are current and recent trends that may continue into 2023, but it’s impossible to predict with certainty what the top home design trends will be in the future.

Why We Love Northeast Ohio & You Should Too

Why We Love Northeast Ohio… Cleveland… Avon… and it’s not just because we live here (although that’s part of it 🙂 )

Cleveland, Ohio is a vibrant city with plenty of things to do and see. Here are some popular activities and attractions:

Rock n Roll Hall of Fame

Visit the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. This iconic museum celebrates the history of rock and roll and its impact on culture and society. It features interactive exhibits, artifacts, and live performances. This place is awesome! The summer live performances are great. People often ask why Cleveland has the Rock Hall and not New York or LA? Well, the term Rock n Roll was coined here… so there ya go!

The Museums

Cleveland Museum of Art

Explore the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the most renowned art museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 45,000 works of art spanning 6,000 years. Side note – our marketing guy has a family member who has some pieces in a couple of collections.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Explore the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. This museum features exhibits on prehistoric creatures, Ohio’s natural habitats, and other scientific topics.

Western Reserve Historical Society – Home to the Crawford Auto & Aviation Museum

The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum of the Western Reserve Historical Society depicts the automobile at various stages of development, both on a national and regional level. Its automobiles and artifacts are the centerpieces of the guest experience at the Cleveland History Center.

Museum of Contemporary Art

moCa is not a traditional collecting museum. moCa is a contemporary non-collecting museum that celebrates the art and artists of our time. Each season moCa showcases an array of fresh voices within contemporary art that reflect the art and ideas of the moment and our time. moCa has the unique privilege of being Northeast Ohio’s most recognizable arts organization solely dedicated to contemporary art.

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Take a stroll through the Cleveland Botanical Garden. While not technically a museum, University Circle is home to a number of worthwhile attractions. The Cleveland Botanical Garden features 10 acres of gardens and natural habitats, as well as a conservatory with a tropical rainforest and desert environments.

Cleveland Cultural Gardens

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are a collection of public gardens located in Rockefeller Park in Cleveland, Ohio. The gardens are situated along East Boulevard & Martin Luther King Jr. Drive within the 276 acre of wooded parkland on the city’s East Side. In total, there are 33 distinct gardens,

The Cleveland Orchestra

While not a museum, The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the best in the world, and their performances at Severance Hall, located across the street from the Museum of Art, are not to be missed.

They should officially rebrand this as the Museum District, all of these great sites are within walking distance of each other.

Cleveland Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Cleveland welcomes nearly 200,000 visitors annually and has one of the most diverse visitor bases of museums in the region.

International Women’s Air & Space Museum

The mission of the International Women’s Air & Space Museum is to preserve the history of women in aviation and space and to document their continuing contributions today and in the future. We have artifacts for over 6,000 women in the aviation and aerospace fields. We are the only museum of our kind in the entire world because we represent women in all fields of aviation and aerospace, including but not limited to; pilots, mechanics, mission controllers, and astronauts.


The Sports

Cheer on the Cleveland Indians err Guardians

Sorry, it’s gonna take us awhile to get used to that. Cleveland is home to the Cleveland Guardians baseball team, which plays at Progressive Field. Catch a game and enjoy the lively atmosphere of the ballpark. But we’re all hoping for a repeat of 2022…

In addition to the Guardians, Northeast Ohio is also home to the Akron Rubber Ducks, a Minor League Baseball team based in Akron, Ohio. The team, which plays in the Eastern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians. They play in Canal Park, located in downtown Akron, which seats 7,630 fans. The Lake County Captains are a Minor League Baseball team in Eastlake, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, that plays in the Midwest League as the High-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians. And the baseball list wouldn’t be complete without Avon’s own, Lake Erie Crushers. The Lake Erie Crushers are a professional baseball team in the independent Frontier League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Crushers won the Frontier League Championship in their inaugural season back in 2009.

The Browns

Yeah, yeah… we know! But it’s our team and if that proves anything about the folks from this area, it’s that we’re way too loyal, battle-tested & as tough as they come.

Lake Erie Monsters

The fastest thing you can watch on ice & subsequently the precursor to the greatest year in sports any town has ever had, ever! 2016 was the year the Monsters brought home the Calder Cup!

The Cavs

The town & the team that brought you Lebron James & a much-needed Championship in 2016!


Cleveland also got to witness a 2016 that kicked off a series of championship defenses by our own Stipe Miocic who went on to cement the fact that he’s the greatest heavyweight to ever come through the UFC. #AndStill

League Park

League Park was a baseball park located in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It was situated at the northeast corner of Dunham Street (now known as East 66th Street) and Lexington Avenue in the Hough neighborhood. It was built in 1891 as a wood structure and rebuilt using concrete and steel in 1910. The park was home to a number of professional sports teams, most notably the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball. League Park was first home to the Cleveland Spiders of the National League from 1891 to 1899 and of the Cleveland Lake Shores of the Western League, the minor league predecessor to the Indians, in 1900. From 1914 to 1915, League Park also hosted the Cleveland Spiders of the minor league American Association. In the late 1940s, the park was also the home field of the Cleveland Buckeyes of the Negro American League.


There’s been a lot of speculation in recent months but it looks like the groundwork has been laid in bringing a Major League Soccer team to the shores of Lake Erie.

The Great Lakes Science Center

The Great Lakes Science Center, located next to the Rock Hal & Cleveland Browns Stadium, is a museum and educational facility in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Many of the exhibits document the features of the natural environment in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

The Cleveland Zoo is home to more than 3,000 animals representing 600 species from around the world.

The Cleveland Metroparks

The Cleveland Metroparks is a system of 18 parks and reservations spanning more than 23,000 acres. Activities include hiking, biking, fishing, and kayaking. Since taking over the maintenance and management of beaches along Lake Erie, the metroparks and our beaches have truly transformed into little talked about gems throughout the area:

  • Huntington Beach
  • Wallace Lake
  • Edgewater Beach
  • Villa Angela
  • Ledge Pool
  • Hinckley Lake Spillway
  • Euclid Beach Park

Then there is the amazing job they’ve done on the golf courses:

  • Mastick Woods
  • Big Met
  • Little Met
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Seneca
  • Shawnee Hills
  • Manakiki

The Cleveland Aquarium

While it doesn’t get talked about nearly enough, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium is filled with intriguing aquatic life from the Great Lakes and colorful sea creatures from around the globe. From weedy seadragons to a giant Pacific octopus, you can see more than 2,700 animals representing 320 species. Many of the habitats in our 7 galleries offer unique views–including an 11,000-gallon touch pool inhabited by cownose and Atlantic stingrays and an 175-foot seatube that takes you to the ocean floor where pufferfish, angelfish and 3 species of shark swim beside and above you.

Playhouse Square

Take in a show at Playhouse Square: Playhouse Square is a collection of theaters and performance venues, including the historic Playhouse Square Palace Theatre and the Ohio Theatre, which hosts touring Broadway shows, concerts, and other events.

Other notable mentions:

  • The Christmas Story House
  • The Breweries – Great Lakes, Platform, Cleveland Distillery, Sibling Revelry, Fat Heads, Brick n Barrel, Goldhorn, Terrestrial, Collision Bend, Market Garden, Arsenal Cider House, Butcher & the Brewer, Masthead, Noble Beast, Jolly Scholar, Saucy Brew Works, Forest City, Hofbrauhaus
  • Mather Maritime Museum
  • USS Cod Submarine Museum
  • Lakeview Cemetary
  • Dunham Tavern Museum

Now… let’s talk about why we love Avon!

Should you move to Avon, Ohio? Is Avon, Ohio a good place to live? When determining what cities are good for your personality, life situation, and personal preferences, there are many factors to consider including climate, cost of living, community, job opportunities, population makeup, activities, and things to do.

Let’s start off with a couple of notable rankings…

Climate Comfort In Avon, Ohio

In a typical year, Avon, Ohio temperatures fall below 50F° for 181 days per year. Annual precipitation in Avon is typically 35.9 inches per year (low in the US) and snow covers the ground 52 days per year or 14.2% of the year (high in the US). It may be helpful to understand the yearly precipitation by imagining 7 straight days of moderate rain per year. The humidity in Avon, Ohio is below 60% for approximately 44.6 days or 12.2% of the year.

Tucked away just 22 miles west of downtown Cleveland, Avon one of Northeast Ohio’s fastest growing communities! Whether you are ready for a day of shopping, searching for that perfect antique, craving something to satisfy your sweet tooth, a unique dining experience, craft cocktails or a soft pillow to lay your head on at night…we’ll get you there.  Need a dentist, plumber, lawyer or contractor…we’ll help you find them! Want to know where to take the kids for a family friendly event this weekend…we’ve got that covered. Curious about what new businesses are coming to Avon…it’s all right here. We’ll even help you plan a little day trip to Ohio’s best wineries, amusement parks, world class theaters and museums.

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Parks & Recreation

Avon Websites for You to Check Out

City of Avon: https://www.cityofavon.com/

All About Avon: https://www.allaboutavon.org/

Avon Historical Society: https://www.avonhistory.org/

Avon Magazine: https://issuu.com/imagebuilders/docs/avon2016_low_res?fr=sMjljNjY3MDc3MA

Thinking About Moving To Northeast Ohio

If you’re considering buying a home in Northeast Ohio, here are some things you should know:

The Housing Market: The housing market in Northeast Ohio is generally considered affordable compared to other regions in the United States. However, prices have been rising steadily in recent years, so it’s important to keep an eye on market trends and be prepared to act quickly if you find a home you like.

Climate: Northeast Ohio experiences all four seasons, with cold winters and hot summers. Be prepared for snow and ice during the winter months.

Location: Northeast Ohio is a diverse region with many different neighborhoods and communities, each with its own unique character and amenities. Be sure to research neighborhoods and communities before buying a home to find the one that’s the best fit for you.

Schools: Northeast Ohio is home to many excellent public and private schools. Be sure to research the schools in the area where you plan to buy a home, particularly if you have children.

Cost of living: The cost of living in Northeast Ohio is generally lower than in many other parts of the country, making it an attractive option for homebuyers.

Transportation: Northeast Ohio has an extensive network of highways and public transportation options, including buses, trains, and light rail. Consider the location of your potential home in relation to your work and transportation needs.

Property taxes: Property taxes can vary widely in Northeast Ohio depending on the location and value of the home. Be sure to research property taxes in the area where you plan to buy a home to factor this into your budget.

Home inspections: It’s important to have a professional home inspection done before buying a home in Northeast Ohio to identify any potential issues with the home and ensure you’re making a sound investment.

Home prices: Home prices in Northeast Ohio are generally affordable compared to many other parts of the country, but prices can vary greatly depending on location, size, and condition of the home.

Local economy: Northeast Ohio is home to several major employers in healthcare, manufacturing, and education, which can impact the local economy and job market.

Outdoor recreation: Northeast Ohio offers many outdoor recreation opportunities, including parks, lakes, and hiking trails.

Culture and entertainment: The region has a rich history and cultural scene, with museums, theaters, and music venues.

Now… let’s talk about one of our favorite communities to build in and why we call Avon, OH home!

The housing market: The Avon housing market is generally considered to be stable and growing. The median home price in Avon is higher than the state average, but the area is known for its good schools, low crime rates, and attractive neighborhoods.

Location: Avon is a suburban city located in Lorain County, about 20 miles west of Cleveland. It has easy access to highways and is located near several major shopping centers, making it a desirable location for families and professionals.

Schools: Avon is served by the Avon Local School District, which is highly rated and includes several excellent schools. The district is known for its strong academics and extracurricular activities.

Property taxes: Property taxes in Avon can vary depending on the location and value of the home. Be sure to research property taxes in the area where you plan to buy a home to factor this into your budget.

Local amenities: Avon has a variety of local amenities, including several parks and recreational areas, a community center, and a thriving downtown area with shops and restaurants. Avon is a desirable location for families and professionals looking for a safe, suburban community with good schools and easy access to major shopping centers and highways.

Two new park areas have recently been added with walking trails as has a recent renovation to Veterans Park and Schwartz Road park.

We’d love to have you as a neighbor! Contact Kim in our newly renovated Avon office to answer any questions and getting started on your North Star Premier Custom Home.



Applying For A Home Mortgage Loan – Here’s A Brief Checklist Of What You’ll Need

If you’re applying for a mortgage loan, here’s a checklist of the typical documents you’ll need to provide:

  1. Proof of income:
    • Recent pay stubs covering the past 30 days
    • W-2 forms for the past two years
    • If you’re self-employed, provide tax returns for the past two years and a year-to-date profit and loss statement.
  2. Employment verification:
    • Contact information for your employer(s) for the past two years
  3. Proof of assets:
    • Bank statements for the past two to three months for all accounts
    • Investment account statements for the past two to three months
  4. Credit information:
    • A credit report pulled by the lender
    • Information on any outstanding debts, such as credit cards or car loans
  5. Identification:
    • A copy of your driver’s license or other government-issued identification
  6. Property information:
    • The address of the property you plan to purchase or refinance
    • Purchase agreement (if you’ve already made an offer on a home)
  7. Additional documents:
    • Proof of insurance, including homeowner’s insurance and, if required, flood insurance
    • Gift letters (if someone is helping you with the down payment)
    • Any additional documents requested by your lender or loan officer.

Keep in mind that every lender and loan program may have slightly different requirements, so be sure to check with your lender or loan officer for a complete list of required documents.

The Custom Home Building Process – Q&A

The Custom Home Building Process – Q&A

One of the questions we get asked time and time again is, “What does the custom home-building process look like?” So we went back through our notes, emails, voicemails and texts to find some of the more common questions we’ve received and thought it might be helpful to put a blog post together to add some color around the typical process vs how our custom home-building process here at North Star Premier Custom Homes. Grab a cup of coffee, it’s a doozy!

The Typical Design Process for Building a Home

The design process for a custom home typically involves working with an architect or designer to create a customized floor plan and design that meets your specific needs and preferences. Some custom home builders have in-house design services that can help you with the design process, while others may work with external architects or designers.

If the builder you choose has in-house design services, they may have a team of designers or architects who can work with you to create a customized design based on your vision, budget, and functional requirements. They will typically work closely with you throughout the process to ensure that the design meets your needs and that you are happy with the end result.

If the builder works with external architects or designers, you may have the option to choose your own architect or designer to work with. The builder will then work with the architect or designer to ensure that the design is feasible and that it meets your budget and functional requirements.

The design process for a custom home is a collaborative process between you, the builder, and potentially other professionals such as architects and designers. It’s important to communicate your needs and preferences clearly and to work closely with your design team to ensure that your vision is realized and that the end result meets your expectations.

The North Star Custom Home Design Process

The truth is that not all custom homes are what we would consider custom. Why? Well, more often than not the conversations around your custom home are based on existing plans or models where your custom touches are reduced to paint, trim, tile vs wood, a couple of different appliance options for the kitchen, maybe some lighting fixtures, whether you want carpet and are you willing to pay extra to have marble vs granite on the island and countertops. The rest of the home is essentially pre-configured. Yeah, that’s not really custom is it?

We Do Custom Homes A Little Differently

From the outside, we’ll walk the lot so we can discuss the look and feel of the exterior and pour over the vision you have… or the feeling you want to evoke in your guests. Now this can be a lot we currently have available or a lot you already own or are looking to buy. We’ll circle the property, and we’ll take notice of the potential impact custom exterior lighting can have on your home. We’ll walk the potential driveway… carve out an idea of what you’d like to see in the front walkway and discuss the special features you’re imagining that will leave your friends and family awestruck. We’ll walk, we’ll talk, and we’ll share ideas about what it’s going to take to bring your dreams to life.

We’ll tour the inside of our model homes and imagine how your guests might flow after they make their grand entrance.  We’ll ponder:  What should they see? Where will they go? We’ll climb the stairs, walk the halls, and peek into the bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms complete with spa-like features.  We’ll see if you can picture yourself winding down in complete comfort and relaxation. We’ll explore the great room with vaulted ceilings and clean sight lines through to the kitchen, and then discover an outdoor living space complete with a kitchen and fireplace. We’ll envision open spaces to entertain complete with memories to share or create. And, we can visit our Inspiration Center for more possibilities.

Luxury Meets Functional Practicality

When it comes time to design your custom home in Avon OH, we can look into any number of our award-winning house plans, start scratch, or a combination of both to complement your lifestyle.  We can find little details, such as custom deluxe pantries and package delivery ports that can help make your home exactly what you envision. Maybe you’re dreaming of a spa-like retreat in the master bathroom or custom kitchen fit for a world-renowned chef. Maybe you’re a techie who is all about home automation and gadgetry. We are here to help create a home that not only exceeds your expectations but also realizes your dream.

Bringing Your Dream To Fruition

Part of this stage of the custom home-building process is a step-by-step virtual walkthrough designed to examine every room, door, floor, and piece of hardware that will make your home uniquely yours. We’ll review the basement build-out to the shingle selection and everywhere in between. We’ll discuss budgets, estimates, contract negotiations, and changes/enhancements, as well as the required paperwork we’ll need to move forward.

Building Your Custom Dream Home

Before breaking ground on your premier custom home in Avon, OH, we bring everyone together for a pre-build meeting on-site. We’ll walk your lot to make sure everyone involved has a detailed outline of what’s going into your dream home. We’ll review the initial trades to ensure that all sub-contractors and suppliers meet our rigorous standards for quality craftsmanship and reliability. From there, we work through a series of checklists to make sure scheduling, permit acquisition, additional contracts, and inspections are set. Since we’re personally involved from Day 1, you can feel confident in knowing that we’re there throughout every stage of the process to handle site visits, progress reports, change orders, billing, construction schedules, and much more. We take an active, personal role in each stage during the process to make sure that your dream is being realized down to the last detail. We also use various online tools to digitally track and catalog the entire process so you, your family, and your friends can log on at any point to see how your home is progressing.

Preparing The Lot

  1. Clear the lot: The first step in preparing the lot is to clear any trees, brush, or other debris from the site. This will provide a clean slate for construction and help ensure that the lot is level and stable.
  2. Survey the lot: Before construction can begin, it’s important to survey the lot to determine its boundaries and any potential issues such as soil instability or drainage problems. This will help ensure that the custom home is built on a solid foundation and that there are no surprises during construction.
  3. Prepare the foundation: Once the lot has been cleared and surveyed, the next step is to prepare the foundation for the custom home. This may involve excavating the site, pouring a concrete foundation, and installing any necessary utilities such as water, sewer, and electrical lines.
  4. Grade the lot: Grading the lot involves leveling the ground and ensuring that the site is properly sloped to prevent water from pooling around the foundation. This may involve adding fill dirt, compacting the soil, and installing drainage systems.
  5. Install any necessary infrastructure: Depending on the location and local building codes, there may be additional infrastructure that needs to be installed before construction can begin. This may include things like a septic system, a well, or a driveway.
  6. Consider landscaping: While not strictly necessary for preparing the lot for a custom home, it’s a good idea to think about landscaping early in the process. This may involve planting trees, shrubs, or grass, or installing hardscaping features such as walkways or retaining walls.

Framing & Carpentry

Framing and carpentry are key components of the construction process for a custom home. Here is some general information about framing and carpentry for a custom home:


Framing is the process of creating the structure of the home, including the walls, roof, and floors. This involves constructing a wooden frame that will support the weight of the structure and distribute it evenly to the foundation.

The framing process typically involves the following steps:
  1. Laying out the walls: The walls of the home are laid out on the foundation, typically using chalk lines to mark the locations of the walls.
  2. Installing the sill plates: The sill plates are installed at the base of the walls and anchored to the foundation.
  3. Building the walls: The walls are constructed using a series of wooden studs, typically spaced 16 inches apart, that are connected to the sill plates and top plates.
  4. Installing the roof trusses: The roof trusses are installed on top of the walls and provide structural support for the roof.
  5. Adding the sheathing: The walls and roof are covered with sheathing, typically made of plywood or oriented strand board (OSB), which provides a solid surface for the exterior siding and roofing materials.


Carpentry is the process of constructing the finishing details of the home, including doors, windows, and interior finishes such as trim, baseboards, and cabinetry.

The carpentry process typically involves the following steps:
  1. Installing doors and windows: The doors and windows are installed in the openings created in the framing process, typically using shims to ensure a snug fit.
  2. Installing trim and baseboards: Trim and baseboards are installed around the doors and windows, as well as along the floors and ceilings, to provide a finished look.
  3. Installing cabinetry: Custom cabinetry is typically installed in the kitchen and bathrooms, and may be designed to match the overall aesthetic of the home.
  4. Adding finishing touches: Other finishing details such as stair railings, mantels, and built-in bookshelves may also be added during the carpentry process.

Plumbing, Electrical & HVAC

Plumbing, electrical, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) are critical components of a custom home. Here’s some general information about these systems:


The plumbing system in a custom home is responsible for delivering clean water and removing wastewater. This system includes pipes, valves, and fixtures such as sinks, toilets, and showers.

The plumbing process typically involves the following steps:
  1. Rough-in plumbing: The rough-in plumbing involves installing the pipes and drainage system before the walls are closed up. This includes installing pipes for hot and cold water, waste and vent pipes, and installing plumbing fixtures.
  2. Finishing plumbing: Finishing plumbing involves installing the final plumbing fixtures and connecting them to the rough-in plumbing. This includes installing sinks, toilets, showers, and other fixtures.


The electrical system in a custom home is responsible for providing power to all of the electrical devices in the home, including lighting, appliances, and electronics.

The electrical process typically involves the following steps:
  1. Rough-in electrical: The rough-in electrical involves installing the wiring and electrical boxes before the walls are closed up. This includes installing electrical panels, outlets, and switches.
  2. Finishing electrical: Finishing electrical involves installing the final light fixtures, electrical outlets, and switches.


The HVAC system in a custom home is responsible for heating and cooling the home, as well as providing fresh air and maintaining proper ventilation.

The HVAC process typically involves the following steps:
  1. Designing the system: The HVAC system is designed based on the size and layout of the home, as well as the heating and cooling needs of the occupants.
  2. Rough-in HVAC: The rough-in HVAC involves installing the ductwork, vents, and air handling units before the walls are closed up.
  3. Finishing HVAC: Finishing HVAC involves installing the final heating and cooling units, as well as any necessary ventilation equipment.

Insulation & Drywall

Insulation and drywall are two important components of a custom home that are essential for creating a comfortable and energy-efficient living space. Here is some general information about insulation and drywall for a custom home:


Insulation is a material that is installed in the walls, floors, and ceilings of a home to help regulate the temperature and reduce energy costs. It can also help reduce noise transmission between rooms.

The insulation process typically involves the following steps:
  1. Determining the insulation needs: The insulation needs of a home depend on a number of factors, including the climate, the size and layout of the home, and the type of heating and cooling system being used.
  2. Installing the insulation: The insulation is typically installed in the walls, floors, and ceilings before the drywall is installed. It is usually made of fiberglass, cellulose, or foam insulation.
  3. Ensuring proper installation: It is important to ensure that the insulation is installed properly and meets the local building codes and energy efficiency requirements.


Drywall is a material used to create the walls and ceilings of a home. It is typically made of gypsum board and is installed in large sheets that are cut to fit the walls and ceilings.

The drywall process typically involves the following steps:
  1. Installing the drywall: The drywall is typically installed on the framing of the home after the insulation has been installed.
  2. Taping and finishing: After the drywall has been installed, the seams are taped and covered with joint compound to create a smooth finish. This process may require multiple coats of joint compound and sanding to achieve the desired finish.
  3. Texturing and painting: After the joint compound has dried, the walls and ceilings can be textured and painted to the desired finish.


Finishing Carpentry, Painting, and Staining

Finishing carpentry, painting, and staining are important steps in the construction process of a custom home that help add the finishing touches to the interior and exterior of the home. Here’s some general information about these components:

Finishing Carpentry:

Finishing carpentry involves the installation of the final details and trim work to the interior and exterior of the custom home. This includes installation of baseboards, crown molding, wainscoting, trim work around windows and doors, stairs and railings, and cabinetry.

The finishing carpentry process typically involves the following steps:
  1. Installation of baseboards: This involves installing the baseboards at the bottom of the wall to cover the gap between the wall and floor.
  2. Installation of crown molding: This involves the installation of the crown molding at the top of the wall to cover the gap between the wall and ceiling.
  3. Installation of trim work around windows and doors: This involves the installation of trim around the windows and doors for a finished look.
  4. Installation of staircases and railings: This involves the installation of the staircase and railings to provide access to the upper floors and a finished look to the interior of the home.
  5. Installation of cabinetry: This involves the installation of custom cabinetry in the kitchen, bathrooms, and other areas of the home as required.

Painting and Staining:

Painting and staining are the final steps in the custom home building process that help to protect and beautify the interior and exterior of the home. The color scheme of the home can also add personality to the space.

The painting and staining process typically involves the following steps:
  1. Preparation of the surfaces: This involves cleaning the surfaces, filling any holes or cracks, and sanding the surfaces to ensure a smooth and even finish.
  2. Application of the primer: This involves the application of the primer to the surfaces to ensure that the paint or stain adheres properly to the surfaces.
  3. Application of the paint or stain: This involves the application of the paint or stain to the surfaces in the desired color and finish.
  4. Touch-up and finishing: This involves the final touch-up and finishing of the surfaces to ensure a smooth and even finish.

Closing Out Your Custom Home

A close-out checklist is a helpful tool for ensuring that all necessary tasks are completed before moving into a newly-built home. Here are some items that might be included on a close-out checklist for building a home:

  1. Inspect the home: Conduct a thorough inspection of the home to ensure that all work has been completed to your satisfaction and that there are no defects or issues that need to be addressed.
  2. Obtain all necessary permits and certificates: Ensure that all necessary permits and certificates have been obtained and that the home complies with all local building codes and regulations.
  3. Complete any final punch list items: Create a punch list of any final items that need to be completed, such as touch-up painting or minor repairs, and ensure that these items are completed to your satisfaction.
  4. Test all systems and appliances: Test all of the home’s systems and appliances to ensure that they are functioning properly, including HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and appliances.
  5. Final cleaning: Ensure that the home is thoroughly cleaned, both inside and outside, to ensure a move-in ready condition.
  6. Landscaping: Ensure that any landscaping work, such as planting trees or installing walkways, has been completed to your satisfaction.
  7. Final walk-through: Schedule a final walk-through with the builder to go over any final items or questions and to ensure that everything has been completed to your satisfaction.
  8. Obtain all necessary warranties and documentation: Ensure that you have obtained all necessary warranties and documentation for the home, including manuals for appliances and systems, as well as warranty information for the builder and any subcontractors.
  9. Obtain final inspection and certificate of occupancy: Obtain a final inspection and certificate of occupancy from the local building department to ensure that the home is safe and complies with all local regulations.

A close-out checklist can help ensure that all necessary tasks are completed before moving into a newly-built home, and can help prevent any surprises or issues down the road. It’s important to work with an experienced builder who can guide you through the process and help ensure that everything is completed to your satisfaction.


We know that was long but hey, hopefully that helps answer the majority of the questions about what goes into our custom home-building process. Whether we’re building on one of our lots or on a lot you own, we would love the opportunity to bring you and your family’s dreams of a custom home to fruition!

Some Things To Consider When Thinking About Building A Custom Home

Since we get A LOT of questions about “custom homes” and whether you have to build on one of our lots or if we can build on your lot or land you already own and so on and so on, we started taking notes and thought putting a quick blog post together to talk about some of those questions was a good idea. Building a custom home can be a complex and exciting process, and requires careful planning and attention to detail. Here are some general tips and advice to keep in mind:

  1. Determine your budget: Before you begin the design process, it’s important to determine your budget for the project. This will help ensure that you are able to afford the home you want, and will also help guide the design process.
  2. Choose the right builder: Finding the right builder for your custom home project is critical to its success. Look for a builder with experience in building custom homes, who is transparent about their pricing and process, and who has good references from past clients.
  3. Focus on functionality and practicality: While it’s important to create a visually appealing custom home, it’s also important to prioritize functionality and practicality. Consider the layout of the home, the flow between rooms, and the practical aspects of day-to-day living.
  4. Don’t overlook energy efficiency: Building an energy-efficient home is not only good for the environment, but can also save you money in the long run. Consider incorporating features such as high-efficiency HVAC systems, insulation, and energy-efficient appliances.
  5. Consider future needs: When designing your custom home, it’s important to think about your future needs as well as your current ones. Consider features such as aging-in-place modifications, home automation systems, and flexible living spaces that can accommodate changing needs over time.
  6. Keep communication open: Building a custom home is a collaborative process between you, the builder, and potentially other professionals such as architects and designers. It’s important to keep communication open and honest throughout the process to ensure that your vision is realized and that the project stays on track.

These are just a few general tips and advice for building a custom home. It’s important to work with experienced professionals and to take the time to plan and design your home carefully in order to achieve the results you want.