Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where in Northern Michigan do you build custom homes?

A. We build primarily in Benzie, Grand Traverse, and Leelanau counties. In addition, you can find our custom homes in Beulah, Benzonia, Frankfort, Elberta, Honor, Interlochen, Lake Leelanau, Lake Ann, Maple City, Traverse City, Empire, Glen Arbor, and the surrounding areas.


Q. Can you provide references, or can I tour the homes you’ve built?

A. Absolutely! We show prospective clients projects we have done that are close to what they are looking to do and others. In addition, we have many references who would be happy to speak with prospective clients.


Q. What is the price per square foot to build a house?

A. There are many variables that can affect the cost of a home. For example: due to the terrain on the property site, some houses may have $20,000 in excavating and others $65,000.

Price differences also occur with different materials like roofing and siding, countertops, fixtures, flooring, etc. Ultimately the price depends on what you want your home to be.

We recommend that you interview at least three contractors. Ask to see a few of their latest projects. This will also help you determine the budget for your new home.


Q. How long will the construction take?

A. A typical new custom home construction, on average, takes 6 – 9 months to complete.


Q. Do I need to contact an architect for the blueprints?

A. You can bring us completed blueprints, or we can in-house design your prints.


Q. Is landscaping included?

Landscaping is usually not included unless there was a topo survey done. However, driveways are typically included in the cost of building.


Q. Can I tour the worksite?

We encourage homeowners to safely inspect the home site as often as they are able.


Q. Do you offer energy-efficient options?

LEED, Solar, Geothermal, etc. Yes, we work with all these and put the best insulating practices into each project.


Q. Do I need to obtain any permits?

No, as the homeowner, you only need to sign a designated agent form so that we can pull all permits.


Q. Are you licensed and insured?

Yes, I am licensed personally, and the company is also licensed. We carry General Liability and Workers’ Compensation on each of our employees.


Q. Do you offer a home warranty?

Yes! We warranty our projects for one year.


Q. How long have you been building custom homes?

A. Lakeshore Custom Homes was established in 2003.


Q. What makes you different from other builders?

A. We treat every client as you would want to be treated and respect their home
and property as if it was our own. We always go the extra mile for clients.

For more details, read more  at “About Lakeshore Custom Homes.”

Please view our portfolio to see examples of some of the finest homes in Northern Michigan.


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