What are the most important factors a person should consider in choosing a custom builder?

Price is important and should be looked at, however, price along should not be the bottom line.  the cost of building your home should not be viewed separately from the quality and value you can buy with your dollars.  the reliability of the builder is very important.  As a prospective customer, you should evaluate the builder's workmanship.  the two most critical questions you should ask yourself are:  "Will I be able to work well with the builder as the project moves forward?" and "Am I confident that I'll be fully satisfied with the end result of this builder's work?"

How can people find the right custom builder?

Spend time with the prospective builder.  Ask many questions about your specific project and visit homes the company has completed.  If you have special home features in mind, such as an unique fireplace or even an indoor pool, you should find out if the builder has worked on such features before.

How much care should people take in choosing a custom builder?

All custom builders are not the same.  We've all heard some home-building "horror stories" from friends, relatives, or colleagues.  Who you choose for your project can make the critical difference in whether you're satisfied or dissatisfied with the home.

Should people view building a custom home differently from other home-building options?

Absolutely!  Building a custom home is much different from having a new home built in a subdivision.  Such homes are only "custom-built" in a limited sense.  Frequently, the choices are restricted, both in the design of the home and in the products that go into the home.  When the customer truly custom-builds a home, he or she has a great deal of control over the design and features of the home.  With the support and expertise of a good custom builder, you can choose from a wide array of designs, features, and products for your home.  In making these choices, you can "build-in" more value for your home today, and increase the home's resale value over the long term.

Is having a custom home built more expensive than other options for purchasing a new home?

In general, yes.  A custom home is likely to cost you more, for example, than a subdivision home of similar size in the same market.  Cost differences can be attributed to the use of premium goods, components, and specifications in nearly every element of the custom homeā€”one that looks better, lasts longer, and offers much more in the way of comfort and features.

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Whether it be a gourmet kitchen, indoor pool, home movie theater, walk-in wine cellar, or any room left to your imagination, Menard Builders will work with you closely to be sure that the end result is to your satisfaction.  Menard Builders has a long-term relationship with its contractors.  We strive to utilize individuals who take pride in the quality and workmanship of their trade who produce superior results.  The Menard family has been in the custom residential construction business since 1979.  We support our clients before, during, and after construction with their needs.