Our initial meeting with you will allow us to hear your ideas and answer your questions. We will discuss financing options, home plan ideas, your budget and our home building process. We want to look at home plans you found online that you like, pictures of features you love, and anything else that will help us understand the type of home you want to build. As we get better informed about the home you are dreaming of, we will share pictures and plans of past Muston Construction homes to spur on your thinking and give you an idea of homes that have been built within budgets that are similar to yours. We have built homes of various styles in a wide range of budgets.
When you decide you are ready to move on to the design stage, we will schedule a meeting with our home designer. It's important that you bring all your custom home and design ideas at this time. There is a cost for this phase. We will give you more details about design costs when you contact us. Muston Construction will guide you through the design process providing advice about building costs and design elements to help keep you from over-designing for your budget. Going over budget is not uncommon for custom home construction projects, which is why this phase is so important. This process typically takes one to two months depending on how many adjustments are made to the first draft. Once your preliminary plans are complete, we will schedule a Building Specifications meeting.
Now that preliminary plans are ready, we will meet in person or online to discuss all the interior and exterior elements of your home. We will talk about cabinets, flooring, ceiling details, masonry work, tile work, plumbing fixtures, all the things that reflect your taste and your style. We will also talk about insulation, windows, heating and cooling systems options and all that makes your home energy efficient and a quality building. We will discuss options and inform you about costs and trends. This is a meeting about details and we will use this information to create a specific and comprehensive Construction Proposal for your custom home construction. It takes us on average three weeks to prepare a Construction Proposal.
We will present a detailed Construction Proposal for your project that will give you a clear idea of what is included in each phase of construction with a breakdown of cost per phase. If all looks good to you, we will turn the Construction Proposal into a Construction Agreement and schedule the start of construction. If adjustments to the initial Proposal are necessary, Muston Construction will work with you to revise specifications and costs until you feel comfortable and confident to move forward.
Phil will meet you at the site to decide final location of the house and prepare the site plan. We will apply for permits and schedule the excavation, foundation, drainage and under-ground plumbing phases. You will receive a Construction Schedule during the framing stage which includes specific deadlines for final selections. The schedule will also specify a target “move-in” date. We pride ourselves on our accuracy rate for hitting the projected move-in date! Yes, we finish projects on time. During construction, you will receive weekly communication with progress and updates. There will be periodic meetings with our Selections Coordinator at showrooms and at your home site. You will also receive financial statements at each construction draw request. We will keep you in the loop every step of the way.
After each major stage of construction, we will schedule a walk-through with you to double check progress and talk through any changes or updates. For example, there will be an electrical site meeting to discuss any special requests and confirm the placement of switches, recessed lights, sconces and so on. There will also be a trim carpentry walk-through to finalize the design of built-ins, ceilings, wall details, and other trim carpentry specifications.
Before we turn over the keys to you, we will do a final walk-through with you. The Muston Construction team will make sure you are happy with the final product. If any final touch-ups are needed, we will address them before you move in.
Homes settle and adjust after they are completed. After your new home has gone through all four seasons of weather changes, we will schedule one more walk-through to take care of any issues related to the warranty.
We never repeat the same home twice. Your Muston Construction home will be one of a kind - built from your dreams with our expertise.
Our size offers our customers the best of both worlds - we are small enough to offer you a personalized experience and big enough to incorporate any features you desire and your budget allows.
It is extremely important for us to know that our customers are happy with not only their home but also happy with the building process. We want our customers to feel confident their input is considered and valued at every step of the way. That is our promise as one of the premium custom home builders in the Grand Rapids area.