Each client is different, but our commitment to a quality process is always the same. If you are just starting to investigate your building project, sit down with us. We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.
Phase One | The Coffee Talk
Starting with a hot cup of coffee and plenty of ideas, we listen. Whether you have only limited ideas or more thoughts than you know what to do with, we begin the process by listening. We then take you through our proprietary Q&A to discover what your lifestyle is all about. After all, shouldn’t your home reflect your lifestyle instead of you adapting to your home?
Phase Two | Ground Zero
Now it’s time to focus our attention with you on where you will build. It could be an existing lot or even a new home site you have had your eye on. This is one area that Bouwkamp Builders truly shines. Our real estate experience and broker license allow us direct access to available properties, which translates to now setting your new home on a piece of land that also suits you to a “T”.
Phase Three | The Perfect Fit
Once we have qualified your needs through our in-depth lifestyle evaluation, we begin to “shape” your home to fit your needs and your budget. No typical “builder pressure” to force you into a home design that isn’t the perfect fit. We may look at pictures, drive through neighborhoods, or even show you existing homes we have built to bring your vision to life. Our goal is to identify and solidify the daily demands you will expect from your home before we even pick up a piece of paper to design it.
Phase Four | Bringing Your Home to Life
Having now settled on a direction for your home, we begin to scope the mechanics of your home, from the quality of materials to the home’s internal systems. Each of these are critical not only to the construction of your home, but also for the resale value and energy efficiency. Having done that, we can now effectively begin the design phase to bring your home to life on paper. We work with sketches first so we can collectively reach agreement on the basic shape and size of your home. From there we take it to true architectural blueprints.
Phase Five | Breaking Ground
Once we have your home on paper, we then pull together our entire team of experts to walk you through every step of the home-building experience. You will be introduced to our team experts so that your decision-making process is as exciting and enjoyable as it should be while we build your new home. But it doesn’t stop there. As we build, we continue to work with you to evaluate the plans and make sure our plans are coming together as you envisioned.
Phase Six | Move-In Day
The time has finally come, and we begin with a thorough walk-through to introduce you to every aspect of your new home. Everything from how to change an air filter to going through your product warranties to make sure you understand how to maintain and manage your gorgeous new home. And lastly, this is where we excel. From the moment you step foot in your new home, you have a complete team at Bouwkamp to support your on-going needs as you live in your new home. We take pride in the relationships we build along the way and we look forward to building one with you.
There is plenty to learn when choosing the perfect fit for your construction project. We prefer to meet with you in person to get to know each other, but in the meantime Randy has answered some of the most asked questions below to get you started. Look through the many questions for a better understanding of what our processes involve.
What are the first steps to begin the process?
The process begins with an in-depth evaluation of your home building needs. This is a critical first step in ensuring that your home will reflect every aspect of your lifestyle to make it truly one-of-a-kind.
Are you able to assist in site location and development?
As a certified real estate broker, it is a priority to stay informed about the market and land availability. With our extensive building and development experience we can provide an expert opinion on any property by investigating improvement costs, title work, and zoning requirements.
How long does it take before you break ground?
This varies depending on whether you come to us with a complete house plan, or desire for our hand in designing with you. From the start, our team works through the process efficiently, including permit acquisition and product selections, in order to commence construction within your desired time frame.
Do you have preferred subcontractors you use?
We do have preferred suppliers and subcontractors. They are the best in the business and we take the time to review our goals often to insure we are providing the best skilled people to build your home.
Do you have a home warranty policy?
We provide a 12 month warranty from the completion date, and as well provide an additional warranty that covers some items as long as ten years. A copy can be obtained for your review.
Do we work directly with Randy Bouwkamp?
I am involved in all of our projects, and it is our team approach that makes each of us critical to the success of your project. We’ve worked together for many years, and because of this, you get a little bit of Randy in all of us.
Can we supply our own home plan?
Yes. And if you are looking for modifications to your existing plan, we can do that too. Our primary goal is to take your vision and make it reality, and then go even further.
Do you handle banking and financing?
We have an experienced finance staff that will assist you through the entire process. We also have excellent relationships with many local financial institutions, and are happy to provide recommendations.
What happens after the home is complete?
You move in! But the relationship isn’t over. We consider you part of the Bouwkamp family, and any continued needs are always important to us.
How much of my time should I expect to commit to the process?
Our company is set up to take the work out of your building project. You can be as involved as you like, and we love that, but trust me when I say, we build each home as if we are going to live in it ourselves. And that makes a huge difference.