I start by listening to what you need and want. Do you want a brand new home or to create magnificence right where you are by adding on, or even tearing down and starting from the ground up?
Questions abound that I’m happy to answer.
Based upon our discussions and your needs and wishes, I’ll give you a workable idea of a price range. As long as we’re in an agreeable ballpark, we can take the field. This is not a confirmed agreement.
I go away and come back within two weeks with a recommendation based on what I’ve learned, your wishes, needs and your best move literally in terms of cost, value and timing.
Even if you agree with my recommendation, you’re still under no obligation to use my services. I will recommend an architect, however, who will draw up plans for you with my (free) consultation. I recommend an architect based upon the style of home you prefer. I know dozens of architects and those who are best suited to Nantucket style, versus Traditional Farmhouse versus Modern Farmhouse versus Tutor or Victorian and on and on. Look at the range of homes in the Tom Len Home Gallery to literally get a better picture of the kinds of styles and materials we can worth with. We are very versatile and adapt to visions easily.
My work with the architect is almost a necessity because architects can be visionary and slightly ambitious and sometimes naïve regarding how suggestions and drawings pan out. at the same time in terms of what visions actually cost.
One of the ways we bring your home dreams to life is the range of services we can offer you BEYOND construction. We are certified Realtors© so if you see a home or vacant property you’d like to purchase, we can start there and then begin our discussion of construction.
Our Due Diligence is critical and exceptionally thorough. If you’re buying an existing home that you want me to redo, remodel, or reconstruct, you can relax. I will personally inspect property to make sure there’s no problem that needs handling and if there is, follow though contacting the professional perfectly suited to correct it. I’ll oversee that work, as well and do that all in good faith (for free), too. Don’t worry, there is a proposed contract coming. It occurs after we apply for your permits.
We won’t be writing a thesis, but Tom Len contracts are detailed enough to make the proposal clear beyond any question, handle issues before they become issues and provide an understanding of what happens first, next and if XY and Z occurs. Our agreements are situational guidance tools that address all questions and contingencies. The form you’ll sign is easy to understand and non-sleep inducing. They typically cover:
Tom Len Lends a Hand with Substantial Resources
We are there for you every step of the way with years of experience, vast resources and tricks of the construction trade that cut time, costs and inconvenience for you. FYI, we build dreams on more than beams, including a foundation of exceptional expertise.
Once people sign on the line the almost simultaneous step is handling financing. You can self-finance, though that’s usually difficult. Another avenue to pursue is to let us help.
Once the crew rolls in and we begin, you’ll receive a construction schedule detailing ideal timing across the process of the construction. We commit with our hearts to construction timelines, though we have not as yet found a way to control 2 weeks of solid rain, blizzards, power outage and other out of our control challenges like delivery of those special cabinets from Italy. We do keep you posted of our progress frequently as we proceed.
At Tom Len, we are fortunate to have one of Chicagoland’s best interior designers on staff. You may have your own interior designer; that’s great, but our designer will work with yours as a liaison with us as contractors. Because she is familiar with the contracting business, our designer can keep us posted regarding materials needed–“Okay, we need the bathroom tiles now, or these kinds of cabinets, etc. If you choose to use her interior design services we promise surprise and delight and an interior that captures and expresses you and your home perfectly.
Once the permits are granted, it’s time to get going and let the bulldozers and Tom Len craftsmen begin. As we proceed, I am available all the time to meet with you for onsite visits to witness progress first hand. By the same token, I’m also a builder and project manager that you don’t have to watch. You can trust me implicitly to run the job. You can relax and feel good at home or work knowing that your home is moving forward.
We do most of the work using contractors we have in-house. We don’t use sub- contractors unless they are true specialists. We lay all the tile ourselves, hang the cabinets and do all the trim painting ourselves. It ensures greater quality, control and consistency. We’re not on top of each other, competing with each other to get work done. The sub-contractors we do use have been with us for 15 or 20 years. We like to use the same men, even though it may cost slightly more. We like to keep the same sub-contractors. They’re almost part of our construction family.
When we tear down a house and are about to construct your dream home, we have a little ceremony. If you have kids, bring them. We give them little shovels and welcome them to Well take selfies of the kids on one of our machine. As we dig in, you and the kids will dig it.
Once we start building, we typically meet with clients weekly. There are times when a when a meeting is not necessary, like when they’re pouring the foundation. Toward the end of construction, when there are lots of little details to discuss and work out, we might meet more often, perhaps bi-weekly. We stay in touch quite frequently without being intrusive or pushy. Of course, you can always reach me from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM six days a week and on Sunday if there’s an emergency.
When we’re done and your home is ready for living, we turn the keys over with pride, knowing we’ve put our heart into it, obtaining and sustaining our promise of excellence beyond expectations. Go ahead, open the door. Enjoy the pristine condition and the home of your dreams that has at last become a wonderful reality. It’s an honor to help make that possible.
Your house may not have four doors like your car, but you can get revved up for our bumper to bumper home warranty. Any repair your need for your home is covered 100% for 1 entire year. At Tom Len Custom Homes, we offer more smilage per client.