Custom Home Plans

The Pre-Construction Process with Northfield Construction Company

Ok. You’ve decided to build a house. You’ve found the perfect lot and downloaded a plan from the internet that you think might work. What’s next?

Northfield Construction Company is a full-service contractor that specializes in custom home building projects. This means that we don’t have “favorite” plans you can choose from on pre-determined lots. We build what you want, where you want it.

Our first meeting is generally a get-to-know-you meeting. You’ll meet with one of our project managers to talk us through the project and your desired timeline. One thing that is extremely helpful to have at this meeting is a budget. Know what you’re qualified for, how much money you have to put down, and where the scope of work needs to be to make this both affordable and feasible for you and your family. Some families have more flexibility than others and it is important to know this up front during a construction project.

After our initial discussion we will know if your dream home and budget are in line with what we can deliver. We then move into the planning stages. A survey of the lot is ordered and plans are hired out to a drafter. This is where we can either tweak what ideas or homes you’ve seen and make it work for your lot or we can start from scratch with an draftsperson to sketch out your dream home. You want a golf simulator in the basement? Sure, we can make that happen. (Yes, this is thing. A client of ours is building one in his basement as we speak.)

Once plans are finalized we will go out and get bids from suppliers. Our team does all of the framing and finishing work but we don’t pretend to know how to pour concrete or plumb a home. We bring in other professionals for that. We collect bids from flooring companies based on your desired wood or tiled floors. We pull bids from multiple electricians to make sure that we are keeping your project in line with what we predict the project price should be.

Now that we have a more solid number around what it is going to take to get your home built, we present the final contract to you. Once you sign we send you out to start making selections at cabinet places, flooring stores, and lumber yards. You don’t have to do the shopping, we already did!

We meet regularly to discuss the budget, timeline, and go over the process. We are there with you every step of the way and look forward to making your vision a reality (in 4-5 months).

If you’ve considered building a home, make sure to reach out and talk through the project with a trusted professional. We’d love the opportunity to be that partner. Cheers and happy home building!