The Custom Process

Shellstar Homes specializes in crafting quality turnkey custom homes, specifically designed with you in mind.  We understand that you are unique, and your home should reflect that.  A variety of flexible plans are available for you to review and modify if necessary, or you can start from scratch with our designer.  Shellstar Homes will help you design and build your perfect home, every step of the way.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is it more costly to build a custom home?

No.  The price per square foot of a custom home is equal to that of a standard home. Shellstar Homes also offers the same level of specifications and features that are described in our stock plans, for our custom homes.  The only cost to you is the time it takes you to design your perfect home.

I don't have a plan. Do I need an architect or designer?

There are many plans available online and in home design books.  These are a great way to begin planning your perfect home, and Shellstar’s designer will work with you to streamline your plans into a workable design.

What do I have to do to prepare for the designer?

Don't have a specific plan in mind?  Don't worry.  Just bring a list of the types of rooms you want and, if applicable, minimum sizes for some or all of the rooms.  This is particularly important if you want a specific type of room, or if you have some large furniture that you wish to ensure will fit into your new home.

It's also a good idea to have a basic budget in mind, as well as any major special finishing details that you would like, such as in-floor radiant heating or an all-brick exterior.  This enables the designer to make recommendations that will help you towards the goal of getting everything you want, while keeping within your budget.

If I don't like the sketch on the first try, can we modify it?

Although our designer will do his best to create your ideal plan on the first try, you may wish to make changes.  Shellstar Homes includes up to two revisions to the sketch.  Should you require additional revisions, charges may apply, depending on the nature of the changes.

Are there any other costs I should know about?

If you decide to proceed with a custom home design, a $1000 design fee will apply for the sketch.  This fee is immediately applied to your initial deposit if you elect to proceed with the construction of the home.  Any additional design costs will be paid for by Shellstar Homes.

Can you give me a price based on a floor plan or sketch from the internet or a plan book?

Shellstar Homes can often provide you with a tentative price using these types of plans but, in many cases, our designer will still need to create a sketch.  This enables us to give you a more concrete price, as many of these plans may be missing vital information.  For instance, square footage may not be accurate, or plans may not have included basements.