How We Work
No matter the size of your project, with Main Street Custom Homes & Remodeling, all jobs are customized to fit your needs, lifestyle and budget – whether you are looking to construct a brand new custom home, build an addition or renovate an existing residence. When we say “custom,” we truly mean it! Building a custom home project with Main Street Custom Homes & Remodeling, you are not restricted to a prescribed set of builder provided options. This allows you to make decisions about the details of your home including colors, flooring, appliances, cabinetry, and more according to your tastes and financial resources. Your input is vital to the success and flow of the project.
To begin, we offer a free consultation to discuss your wish list, expectations and how you want to live in your home. This preliminary consultation meeting includes the following at no charge:
- Discuss appropriate budget range for the type and scope of project
- Suggest alternative options and design solutions
- Present general advice on the feasibility of your plans and ideas
- Explore which way to go – remodel, rebuild, relocate
- Potential time frame for the project
Now is a great time to start planning your next home construction project!
There are three basic approaches you, as a homeowner, can take to start the home construction/renovation process. At Main Street Custom Homes & Remodeling, we utilize the same pricing structure for all three methods, obtaining specific quotes from trusted trade contractors and suppliers while implementing a detailed estimating procedure to deliver a set price for each job.
All-In-One Design/Build Method
We offer you a complete all-in-one service solution, from initial design concept through project completion. The design/build method houses all of the building tasks under one roof, providing you with a single point of contact and enabling you to keep your finger on the pulse of your home construction project. In fact, the design/build method is our most common and effective approach which allows you and Main Street Custom Homes & Remodeling to partner together to establish open communication, maintain quality control expectations and oversee budget items. This team approach enhances the collaborative environment, having a positive impact on all facets of the building procedure including budget, design and construction.
Upon entering into a Professional Services Agreement (PSA) with Main Street Custom Homes & Remodeling, for a reasonable design fee, we will work closely with you to create and fine tune floor plans, elevations and develop detailed specifications. This PSA fee will be applied towards the construction contract when you are ready to start building. We will value engineer your project to identify the most cost effective design elements to stay within your budget, providing you piece of mind.
Included in this phase and covered by the PSA are the following:
- Design meetings to review and modify your plans - as many times as needed.
- Rough estimate to determine if your budgetary requirements align with your vision.
- Preparation of digitally created plans and elevations, updated throughout the design phase until you are satisfied with the results.
- A New Jersey licensed architect is consulted to address code requirements, review structural elements and share ideas.
- Input from trusted trade contractors and suppliers to develop a fixed cost for your home construction project.
- Preparation and submittal of permit applications.
- Financing guidance and resources.
Competitive Bids from Architectural Plans
Main Street Custom Homes & Remodeling has extensive experience with submitting proposals against completed architectural plans that were “put out to bid” to multiple construction companies. We have been awarded several large home construction projects and have worked hand-in-hand with the originating architects to bring their plans to life. This approach is arguably the most expensive method and will take the longest amount of time for actual construction to begin.
In order to receive comparable quotes, extremely detailed plans and specifications should be completed prior to sending them out to bid. Without a building team involved during the design process, homeowners are left in the dark as to whether the house they envisioned is actually within their budget. Once plans are completed, homeowners often interview 3-5 prospective builders for estimates. The method each contractor utilizes to put their bid packet together varies greatly, making a direct comparison between bids difficult to achieve. At long last, you will receive your first glimpse into the cost of your home construction project. It’s back to the architect’s drawing board for any plan changes which arose to accommodate financial constraints or construction concerns. Typically, there are several rounds of design modifications to finalize a plan that fits your budget.
The Hybrid Approach
We thoroughly enjoy the hybrid design/build approach where we work together with you and your architect from early on in the process. This method works especially well for larger, more complicated projects. This process brings all parties – homeowner, architect and builder – to the table from the start. You, your architect, and Main Street Custom Homes & Remodeling work together to clarify specifications, refine design plans and align your budget with construction costs. While retaining an architect to design your home and produce detailed construction drawings, you would simultaneously enter into a Professional Service Agreement with Main Street Custom Homes & Remodeling, which would later to be applied towards the construction contract. We maintain relationships with many architects and can assist you in choosing the right match if needed.
This "hybrid" approach allows you to bypass the bidding process altogether, saving both time and money. While the architect creates the plans, Main Street Custom Homes & Remodeling will input the design into its in-house design software system. This information will be used to help determine the project cost as the design develops. An added benefit is that we can generate 3D images of the exterior and interior spaces, showing you what the completed project will look like.
Regardless of how you start out, once you give the plans your stamp of approval, a construction contract is entered into with Main Street Custom Homes & Remodeling to build the project at a fixed price. If none exist, detailed working drawings will be prepared by a licensed architect to be used for permit submittal and during the construction process. Site plans, when required, are drafted while permit procedures begin.