What Does a Custom Home Builder Do? - featured image

(Updated 2/16/2023)

Lakeshore Custom Homes is one of the Traverse City and Northern Michigan area’s most experienced custom home builders. But what exactly do we do?

Custom Home Builders Assist and Guide the Homeowner Through the Numerous Details That Go Into the Home Building Process

We are here to help you choose an appropriate building lot, answering questions and guiding you through the many options in materials, fixtures, finishes, and many other possibilities in creating your home. Our goal is to help guide you to the right decisions and to build your dream home on time and according to your budget.

A Custom Home Builder Manages All Aspects of Building a New Home.

Much like a conductor of a symphony, the builder coordinates and guides the efforts of everyone involved in the construction process. This includes the builder’s full-time employees as well as any sub-contractors.

Lakeshore Custom Homes will generally be responsible for obtaining all permits and working with building inspectors, other governing authorities, and the designer or architect. We are also responsible for managing inspections and approvals and ultimately obtaining your occupancy permit. Materials are delivered to the work site and inspected before they are used.

A builder must know how the Michigan Residential Building Code varies from county to county and by township. Lakeshore Custom Homes is experienced in working with officials from Benzie, Leelanau, and Grand Traverse Counties to obtain all the necessary permits and inspections.

Managing Finances

Another critical task is to manage the finances of the building project. This typically means preparing the contract with the homeowner, providing lien waivers, tracking costs, submitting payment requests for completed work to your bank, and making any necessary adjustments for any owner-requested change orders to the contract. We are also experienced working with most major lenders and can assist you with obtaining a construction loan.

Throughout the entire process, we emphasize communication and planning. This avoids costly delays and ensures that we complete your home on time and within budget.

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about Lakeshore Custom Homes.
Please view our portfolio to see examples of some of the finest homes in Northern Michigan.

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