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The Home Construction Project Process

Quality You Can Trust for a Home You Will Love!

Building an addition to your homeNo matter the size of your project, with Main Street Custom Homes & Remodeling, all jobs are customized to fit your needs, lifestyle and budget – whether you are looking to construct a brand new custom home, build an addition or renovate an existing residence.

When we say “custom,” we truly mean it! Building a custom home project with Main Street Custom Homes & Remodeling (MSCH&R), you have the creative freedom to choose any type, color or style product that meets your needs, personal aesthetics and is within your budget – you are not restricted to a prescribed set of builder provided options. This approach provides you with the opportunity to design a home that is truly built just for you.  Teaming up with MSCH&R, your input is vital to the success and flow of the project.


Free Consultation

To begin, we offer a free consultation to discuss your wish list, expectations and how you want to live in your home. This initial meeting includes the following at no charge:

  • Discuss an appropriate budget range for the type and scope of the project
  • Explore alternative options and design solutions
  • Review the feasibility of your plans and ideas
  • Determine which way to go – remodel, rebuild, relocate
  • Go over a potential time frame for the project 

Now is a great time to start planning your next home construction project!

Design Phase

Home Design Services

There are three basic approaches you can take to start the home construction/renovation process. At Main Street Custom Homes & Remodeling, we utilize the same pricing structure for all three methods, obtaining specific quotes from trusted trade contractors and suppliers while implementing a detailed estimating procedure to deliver a fixed price for each job.  

Design-Build Method

An All-In-One Service Solution - From Initial Design Concept Through Project Completion

Custom Home Construction

Bring us your wish list, tell us about your lifestyle, and we do the rest. The design-build method houses all of the building tasks under one roof, providing you with a single point of contact from start to finish. In fact, the design-build method is our most common and effective approach which enhances the collaborative environment, having a positive impact on all facets of the building process.  

Upon entering into a Professional Services Agreement (PSA) with Main Street Custom Homes & Remodeling, we will work closely with you to create and fine tune floor plans, elevations and develop detailed specifications. We will value engineer your project to identify the most cost effective design elements to stay within your budget, providing you piece of mind. When you are ready to so start building, the PSA fee will be applied towards our construction contract. 

By offering a “one-stop shopping” experience, our clients benefit from the following:

  • Design meetings to review and modify  plans - as many as needed.
  • In-house design services to develop floor plans and elevations - updated throughout the design phase until you are satisfied with the results at no additional charge!
  • Develop a construction budget as plans progress to ensure that your budgetary requirements align with your vision.
  • We consult with a New Jersey licensed architect to address code requirements, review structural elements and share ideas.
  • Detailed specifications to meet your design requirements.
  • Input from trusted trade contractors and suppliers to develop a fixed cost for your home construction project once plans are finalized.
  • We will manage and oversee the permit application process.
  • Guidance on financing options and resources.
  • Consistent job-site supervision to oversee all of the construction work

Traditional Design Process

Architectectural Plans Sent Out For Competitive Bids

Main Street Custom Homes & Remodeling has extensive experience with submitting proposals against completed architectural plans that were “put out to bid” to multiple construction companies. We have been awarded several large home construction projects and have worked hand-in-hand with the originating architects to bring their plans to life. This approach is arguably the most expensive method and will take the longest amount of time for actual construction to begin.

  1. Detailed Architectural Plans - Historically, homeowners employ an architect to prepare detailed construction plans and specifications. Oftentimes, there are no budget discussions or financial parameters established during this process, leaving the homeowner in the dark as to whether they can actually afford the house they envisioned.
  2. Out to Bid - Once plans are completed, homeowners typically interview 3-5 prospective builders who bid against the architect’s drawings. The method each contractor utilizes to put their bid packet together varies greatly, making a direct comparison between bids difficult to achieve. At long last, a first glimpse into the cost of the home construction project is attained.
  3. Plan Changes/Adjust for Budgetary Concerns - It’s back to the architect’s drawing board for any plan changes which arise to accommodate financial constraints or construction concerns. There may be several rounds of design modifications to finalize a plan that aligns the homeowner’s design requirements and budget.
  4. Select a Contractor - Construction Process Begins

The Team Approach

Architect and Construction Company Collaborate During Design Process

We thoroughly enjoy collaborating with you and your architect from early on in the design process and maintain relationships with many architects if a referral is required. This team approach works especially well for larger, more complicated projects, bringing all parties to the table from the start – homeowner, architect and builder.

Working together, we will help clarify specifications, refine design plans and align your budget with construction costs. This allows you to bypass the bidding dilemma altogether, saving you both time and money. While retaining an architect to design your home project and produce detailed construction drawings, you would simultaneously enter into a Professional Services Agreement (PSA) with Main Street Custom Homes & Remodeling to benefit from the following support:

  • On-going construction cost analysis as the plans develop
  • Value engineering advice to keep costs down
  • Guidance and resources for financing options
  • Assistance with the permitting process.
  • The PSA fee is applied towards our construction contract when you are ready to start building


As the architect creates the plans, Main Street Custom Homes & Remodeling will input the design into its in-house design software system to assist with calculating the project cost as the design develops. An added benefit is that we can generate 3D images of the exterior and interior spaces, showing you what the completed project will look like.

Construction Phase

Regardless of how you start out, once you give the plans your stamp of approval, a construction contract is entered into with Main Street Custom Homes & Remodeling to build the project at a fixed price. If none exist, detailed working drawings will be prepared by a licensed architect to be used for permit submittal and during the construction process. Site plans, when required, are drafted while permit procedures begin.