our process

A journey together

We want to build your home, not just a house.

We believe in a personal face-to-face, hands-on approach. We want to immerse ourselves in your dream. We won’t rush the process; instead, we will take time to nurture your vision. We view building as something we do together with you, not for you.

Our goal is to guide the entire process with gifted designers, architects and craftsmen who will enhance your custom home project at every turn. As the days move into weeks, your confidence and excitement will grow as our team of seasoned experts surround you to craft your home with intricate workmanship and heartfelt care.

The Schaefer Step-By-Step Process

Your key to an unparalled building experience.

A great relationship starts with hello.

In our industry, they call it a consultation. We don’t. We call it a friendly chat. Give us a call or shoot us a text. Vyanna, our Director of Operations, will set up a time to meet with you. Whether you’re hoping to build a custom home or remodel a portion of your existing home, chances are you are coming to us with a rough idea of what you want to build.

In this first meeting we listen and ask key questions. Understanding you and your project is very important to us. We want to know the why behind your desire to build or remodel. It’s our job to help you get your first glimpse into the scope of your project — a big picture look at the challenge of moving your idea down the road to completion. After this initial meeting, if you’d like to explore Schaefer Custom Homes further, it’s time to have an in depth, exploratory meeting with our company President, Erich Schaefer.

Let’s get creative. Explore the possibilities. Visualize your home together.

The design and planning phase is an in-depth discovery session to discuss the current state of your land and/or your existing home, square footage, design, materials, etc., in order to provide you with an accurate budget range. The more information you are able to provide, the better.

The thoughts and insights we gain from you, enable us to create a tailored-fit plan to build your home. This is a comprehensive plan that takes into account every minute aspect, feature and contour of your unique custom home.

As plans solidify, it is time to meet with our in-house design team to turn plans into detailed visuals. During these meetings, you will work with our designers to select allowance items and materials such as appliances, windows, flooring, countertops, etc. This is so much fun. This process helps refine the budget and assures you that there will be no costly surprises once we are in construction. At this point in the process, we will have finalized architectural plans, specifications, and allowances, and we will be ready to sign a building contract.

We have an award winning team to support your vision and nurture it from start to finish.

From architects to designers, artisans, trades people, and suppliers, everyone is on board to make sure your vision comes to fruition. We will be on your job site every single day to ensure that all building phases and materials stay on time and on budget. We will ensure that all work is done according to plans and specifications, executed to the highest professional standards. Your home site will be kept neat and safe at all times. We keep you updated on our progress and are ready to address any questions or concerns you may have at any time.

As president of Schaefer Custom Homes, I want you to know that I will be intimately involved in every aspect of your building project. After all, this is your home. We want to make sure you’re happy, informed, and involved. We’re in this together.

A custom home or remodel is a big investment. That is why we use a cloud based project management software called Co-Construct. It gives you ready project access on demand. You’re able to see your budget in real time. In fact, you can make decisions through your project portal and watch your budget go up or down based on the choices you make. There’s never a mystery, you always know where you’re going, and we always keep our projects on budget.

Ah, what a feeling it is!

After all the heart, sweat, and love we’ve poured into your project together, it’s time to relax and enjoy. In the final stretch of your construction journey, we will meticulously inspect everything, meet with you for final review and approval, and walk through appliance and home-tech instructions. Then we perform a thorough cleanup, document your feedback, and make any necessary adjustments. Our goal is to surpass your expectations in every way before handing over your keys. That’s when we uncork a vintage coastal wine and celebrate your homecoming together.

Here’s to you and your new home.

In this first meeting we listen and ask key questions. Understanding you and your project is very important to us. We want to know the why behind your desire to build or remodel. It’s our job to help you get your first glimpse into the scope of your project — a big picture look at the challenge of moving your idea down the road to completion. After this initial meeting, if you’d like to explore Schaefer Custom Homes further, it’s time to have an in depth, exploratory meeting with our company President, Erich Schaefer.

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Let's Get Acquainted

A custom home or luxury remodel is a big project and we understand that you want to find the right builder. Before we dive in, let’s get to know each other over a friendly chat.