The Basics of Building a Custom Luxury Home in Minnesota
What to Think About Before You Choose a Home Builder
Finding the right builder for your dream home can sound like a challenging process to initiate. You will want to choose a trustworthy builder to guide you through the home building process and help you make the right decisions for your vision, budget, and lifestyle. Your chosen team will also need to be a good fit for your timeline, location preferences, and personality.
Contemporary Farmhouse, Orono - Artisan Home 2018
First, let’s start with the basics.
What Makes a Luxury Dream Home?
Many think that “luxury” homes start with a specific investment amount and an elevated number of square footage. While these factors can be a result of the design process, the team at Swanson Homes believes that the modern luxury dream home prioritizes architectural details, superior design, and a unique story.
To create your luxury home, you are going to need experts who will bring your blueprint of ideas to life with an actionable plan. They need to have thorough experience with building homes of this caliber and scale. They should have the industry’s best relationships to get the job done effectively and efficiently.
Choose A Partner That….
Modern Medina Two-Story, Designed by David Charlez Designs
Works with the Best
The industry’s best architects, interior designers, and suppliers have strong relationships with reputable builders. These partnerships are built through many projects and years of working together.
You will want to work with a builder that communicates effectively to both you and the various trade partners you will be working with to complete your home build. Quality communication between all parties delivers the best results at every step of the process.
Honesty and open communication with our clients and partners is a core component of Swanson Homes’ approach. We understand that in order to provide the best experience, communication is key!
Builds a Relationship with You
Building a home is a commitment. Projects can take 10 months to over a year and you need to expect weekly and at times daily interactions with the team you are working with. Committing to a relationship with a homebuilder is not something to take on lightly, as you will have an intimate relationship with this team for the duration of your home build.
We look to not only build homes but also relationships that will last long past handing over the keys to your dream home.
Helps You Choose the Best Lot
Builders are the industry’s experts on where the best places to live are located. They have the inside scoop on premium neighborhoods with available lots, and more specifically, optimization of lot value.
Additionally, our team’s immense network often gives us insight on new properties that are coming down the pipeline, even before they hit the open market. We are here to help you find the perfect location for your future home.
Guides Your Home’s Layout and Design
You will work hand-in-hand with the designer on your home layouts and designs, but you will often find that our team understands how to best guide you through your options, what questions to ask yourself during this process, and how to narrow down on what will work best for your lifestyle and family needs.
Walks you Through the Contract Details
Specifications, timelines, and cost, amongst other important details, are all things that need to be understood well for a successful build. You should feel comfortable having these discussions with your builder before, during, and after the home building process.
Many of our past clients have chosen to work with Swanson Homes because of our transparent approach to this project. We view the builder/client relationship as a partnership and ensure that our clients have all of the same information as we would expect if we were building the home for ourselves.
8 Things to Do Before you Choose a Home Builder:
Our #1 Tip:
Have a specific builder in mind? Tour their homes first.
The best way to check out a builder’s craftsmanship is by viewing their homes in person. Many builders have model homes that you can tour or will walk you through their current projects. This is your chance to ask questions, gather ideas, and get to know who you are potentially working with.
Rank your desired features in order of importance. This way if you have to pivot during decision-making time, you have your priorities straight!
Get your financial plan in place first, otherwise, you could run into limitations based on your budget.
Look for a builder who works in the neighborhood(s) where you want to live. If you need help getting started, here are some premium neighborhoods we’ve hand-selected as the best developments to get into while there is still availability!
Reach out to builders to see if they have the availability to build within your timeline or time constraints.
Pick a builder that you have confidence in, that matches your personality, that you feel like you can work well with. Somebody who can see your dream with you and seems genuinely excited about your vision.
Why You Should Partner with Swanson Homes:
Swanson Homes has been Minnesota’s custom home building expert for over 50+ years and has won numerous awards of excellence over the years. Our ambitious and talented small team provides our clients with a unique and personal hands-on experience that creates relationships to last a lifetime.
To Learn More:
Watch our “About Us” video and hear our Swanson Homes Mission:
The BEST way to see if we are the right home builder for you? Talk to us! Fill out our contact form and let’s start a conversation about your home building vision. Let’s see if we can be a good fit for each other and can build you the home of your dreams.
Thanks for reading!
--The Swanson Homes Team
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