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Custom Home Process

Laughlin Builders, LLC provides you with custom homes that fit your lifestyle and ideas. We take your needs and dreams and help you create a design that reflects you and your lifestyle. It is our goal to create for you a home design that is not only affordable, but will reflect your personal touches and meet your needs for years to come.

The steps to design/build a custom home:

1. Initial Meeting
During our initial meeting we take time to listen and find out who you are and how we can best serve you by discussing the basics of your dream home (e.g. size, style and budget).

2. Design and Budget Meeting
After learning about your home building needs we will help you select a house plan that reflects what your needs and desired lifestyle as well as develop a budget for the custom home. If you have not done so already this is a good time to develop a relationship with a lender. We are always happy to refer new customers to lenders that have proven to provide quality service.

3. Design Process
Typically, we create a preliminary design and then meet with you to see if everyone is headed in the same direction. As the design process continues, there will be consistent communication via email, telephone and personal meetings until we have completed your approved home design.

4. Finalizing Costs, Specifications and Agreement
Once we have your approval on a final plan, we work to develop final job costing, specifications and contract preparations.

5. Permitting and Financing
After all the documents are finalized, and we have received verification from your lender for financing, we submit for your building permit.


6. Selections
Before construction begins you will meet with our designer to choose all of your finishes and design elements. This includes items like exterior and interior products, kitchen and bathroom layouts, flooring, and specialty items.

7. Commencement of Construction
Once we have your building permit, lender approval, and selections, construction begins! You will be working with our designer Terry and will meet with her weekly to discuss progress and finalize item selections that need discussed for that week's progress. She or Jerry will be your point of contact throughout the building process.

8. Construction Process
We invite you to visit your project at anytime to see the progress. The best time to visit the site is at the end of the day or on the weekend, when the craftsman and subcontractors are not on site. Any questions you have should be directed to your Jerry or Terry Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

9. Final Walk-Through
Within one week of your home's completion you will walk through the house with your Project Manager. At that time, you will review all workmanship and mechanicals. We want to be sure everything is in order and you are completely satisfied.

10. Move In
Once all inspections are complete, an Occupancy Permit is issued, and complete payment has been made, you are ready to move in! Shortly after move in, we will deliver your New Home Welcome Packet, which includes your, brand-names used, warranty information, etc.

11. Warranty Follow-Up
Throughout the following year we will continue to be available to you for any warranty issues you may have. Our goal is that you are cared for not only during the construction process, but also in the months and years to follow.

  8333 Edinboro Road
Erie, PA 16509
Phone: (814) 866-1277
Fax: (814) 790-5635
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