Just because “remodeling” is in our name doesn’t mean R. L. Rider Remodeling can’t offer the finest custom home building experience in Greater Lansing, too. With a few minor adjustments, we’ve found that our 6-step design/build process works just as well for building a new house as it does remodeling an existing home. Your home is designed and built to your exact specifications, in a location you decide, with no current issues to dictate what you want to do. From efficient, green structures to the more extravagant end of things and everything in between, R. L. Rider Remodeling is the best choice for the custom home of your dreams.
One-on-one, personalized attention is what you’ll receive from us, and that makes us different from everybody else. We want to hear your wildest home dreams. We want to hear what annoys you about every house you looked at and didn’t end up purchasing, and how we can make your new home avoid those things. There are no lists of 6 or 7 “custom” plans to choose from – we start with a blank slate, your dreams, and a pen to write it all down. Keep reading to get an overview of the steps of building a custom home and how working with a remodeler will give you unique perspectives and advantages.
This is a rough overview of the process, and it doesn’t touch on the phases of construction or take a deep dive into design. For more information, check out our sections on the design/build process and what goes into product selection. We have detailed checklists and documentation worksheets for every step of the process that guarantee we deliver the level of quality you expect!
Remodeling actually gives us a lot of unique experience and insights into what would perfect a new home build. We see the most current design trends and products and do continuous research to keep up with our customers and what they see on TV or online. We can incorporate anything and everything you find into your final design – from the tiniest ornamental pieces to entire room layouts. Since we visit many homes each year, there are a lot of cool design ideas or use cases for products that you can’t get anywhere else. There’s no better way to see what customers want than by meeting with them every single day of the year.
Our custom homes also strongly benefit from what we see going badly in other people’s houses in the area. Any “pain points”, as we call them, that crop up frequently start to get looked at more closely. If we see it often enough, we consider it a trend that in all likelihood other people are just as, if not more, annoyed with in their own home. A big example of this lately has been poor kitchen layout using the old “work triangle” method of planning. The common knowledge was to keep a triangle of space for your stove, refrigerator, and sink in your prep area. That concept was used heavily for decades but now feels outdated as we see more and more open floor plans. Families don’t sit down and eat like they used to so the kitchen has become a de facto area to gather. Galley-style kitchens and central islands are much more popular now as they offer more efficient preparation, a more spacious feel, and plenty of seats for everyone you’re entertaining.
If you’ve had bad experiences with home builders in the past, know that we actively strive to be unlike your traditional new home contractor. We’ve heard horror stories from clients about being pushed into and through every decision, and then no one bothered to document what those choices were resulting in a home nowhere near what was promised in the early stages. There are no “gotchas” like having poor materials built into the project price only to surprise you with huge upgrade fees months later. All finishes are included because we work with you from the start and can guide you on your budget early on. You’ll know well in advance the price range of a given material, and whether luxury is worth it to you or something you’d rather spend money on elsewhere.
R. L. Rider Remodeling has been refining our 6-step design/build process diligently to achieve the smoothest projects and happiest clients possible. While there are always bumps in the road, we want you to feel at ease with what can be a stressful process. There are enough “custom” homes out there that make subdivisions feel boring and cookie cutter. Instead, we combine your personal tastes, lifestyle habits, and modern functionality to create a new, better equation for designing and building custom homes. If you’re ready to get started with us as your custom home builder, call (517) 487-3713 today or fill out our website contact form. Thank you!