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Building a Custom Home: An Interview with Toby Krause of Krause Custom Homes

By Toby Krause

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Our company started in 2004 and is a custom residential home building company. Custom means we do not have stock plans nor do we have model homes. We decided to format our company this way because I have never met a family that fits perfectly into a model home. Each family is unique, so we plan and build the house according to their wants and needs. We also specialize in the most energy efficient home that fits into their budget.

What are some important questions to ask a contractor before beginning this process?

Have the builder explain their planning and building process. This means design process, bidding process, scheduling process, change order process, allowance process, dispute process, warranty process. If they can not explain these items comfortably, they do not have a plan to take care of theses items during the project.

Is there a certain style of home that you specialize in? If yes, why do you believe this style is beneficial?

We specialize in budget conscience homes. Whether the house is a $1,000,000.00 or a $200,000.00 house families have a budget. We specialize in creating the house they want and updating them every draw and change order on how they are doing within their budget. We even project along they way final cost of their home if they stay on the same spending course.

What are some common issues you face when it comes to designing/building homes? Are there ways to avoid these?

Staying on schedule, and understanding what choices are available for different aspects of the home. Stay on schedule by giving customer a time line when choices need to be made. Customers like to take their time making choices unless it is holding up the project. Typically if they know when they need to make a decision they get it taken care of. The internet has made understanding choices difficult. Home owners get confused with all the choices available. We have sub contractors that help customers work through options and what benefits and negatives are associated with each option.

What advice do you have for the homeowner during this process?

Ask a lot of questions throughout the process. Don't make decisions if you don't understand why. Hold contractors accountable to what they claim. Too many contractors promise the world and don't deliver.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you?

Call - 920-285-6490

Email - krausecustombuilder@gmail.com

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