Q. Where in Northern Michigan do you build custom homes?
A. We build mostly in Benzie, Grand Traverse, and Leelanau counties. Our custom homes can be found in the towns of Beulah, Frankfort, Elberta, Honor, Interlochen, Leelanau, Lake Ann, Maple City, Traverse City, Empire, Glen Arbor, and the surrounding areas.
Q. Can you provide references, or can I tour homes you’ve built?
A. Absolutely, we try to show prospective clients projects that we have done which are close to what they are looking to do as well as others. We have many references that would be happy to speak with any prospective client.
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, counter tops, 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 is 6 – 9 months to completion.
At Lakeshore Custom Homes, we build a schedule for the entire job before the construction starts. We offer an app that our clients can log into to check the schedule, see photos of the current construction phase, and be able to message Chris or Tom with questions at any time.
Q. Do I need to contact an architect for the blue prints?
A. You can bring us completed blue prints 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, Geo-thermal, etc. Yes, we work with all of these and put the best insulating practices into each project.
Q. Do I need to obtain any permits?
No, as the home owner, 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 licensed as well. We carry General Liability as well as Workers’ Compensation on each of our employees.
Q. Do you offer a home warranty?
Yes! We warranty our projects for 1 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“.