7-Step Semi-Custom Home Building Process

We recognize that a 100% custom home is not the right fit for many clients. Due to a tight move-in timeline, budgetary reasons, or personal preference, a semi-custom option can be the perfect fit to offer a unique new home, with financial savings and a shorter timeline to build. Our 7-step semi-custom home building process starts by working with your new designer to create your semi-custom home from the inside out. We prioritize full transparency, communication, and our detailed pre-construction process to keep your project on track and budget.

Our clients can pick a floorplan based on their location and budgetary desires, and then they can customize the interior and exterior features of their home. While many semi-custom builders have rigid limitations on what they will let clients choose for the exterior, we know the whole house matters in making a home truly yours.

TIMING: 1 week

We will get to know you during the Introduction and Fact-Finding stage and share our Redknot process with you. In this stage, we want to review the desired location, budget, design, and special features you have in mind for your project.

TIMING: 2 weeks

Our team will confirm the selected interior floor plans and exterior elevations during the Design and Budgeting stage. We develop a detailed budgetary estimate for your home early on during this stage to ensure your home can be built within your price range. This phase offers time to make adjustments to selections before the project moved forward.

TIMING: 2 weeks

Our team works with you to create construction plans, engineering plans, detailed specifications, and finish levels for your home during this stage. We define a list of ‘must-haves’ and ‘nice to haves’ with you to utilize your budget most effectively.

TIMING: 2 weeks

During the Pricing and Contract stage, we review in great detail the specifications you have selected for your home, along with pricing. We check every line item of your budget to minimize any financial surprises down the road. During this stage, we review a 100+ page document of detailed specifications and sample selections for your home with the end goal of getting your signature of approval on the dotted line!

TIMING: 4-8 weeks

Our team is working through permitting and financing during this stage while also confirming your final selections prior to construction. Our construction team reviews the detailed presentation with you on a room-by-room basis, which is a critical step to ensure the home is coming together in the way you envisioned it.

TIMING: 7-12 months

The construction stage is often what our clients get most excited about. You will watch your home progress with daily updates and photos from your construction manager. There will also be weekly phone calls, and site visits can be scheduled as frequently as needed. Once most of the construction is finished, there will be a final walk-through of the home to check for imperfections.

After construction is complete and your home is move-in-ready, we will do a detailed review of your entire home’s features, maintenance items, and warranties. We will hand over all the necessary paperwork and keys to your new home! After you move into your new home, we are always available to assist with any questions or concerns regarding your home.


Semi-Custom Home Plans

7-Step Semi-Custom Home Building Process

We continuously strive to provide innovative, luxury, and energy-efficient homes, no matter if it is a semi-custom plan or a custom home.

We offer several pre-designed home plans to make your decision process easier, with reflective elements and high-quality materials. Our team can guide you through your semi-custom home options.


LEED-Certified Homes Are Eligible for Tax Abatements

Part of our 7-step semi-custom home building process takes our love of crafting beautiful homes and combines it with environmental initiatives to deliver the best home possible for you and your family. We specialize in building LEED-certified homes that contribute many benefits to the homeowner, community, and ecosystem.

LEED-certified homes are energy-efficient, save owners thousands in utility costs, and receive a significant tax reduction in Cincinnati. Homeowners can save thousands of dollars in property tax each year by building a LEED home in the city. 

Find out how much you can save by viewing our Tax Abatement Calculator.

Tax Abatement Calculator

What is LEED?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is a certification process set up by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to certify “green” homes. LEED homes are healthy, providing clean indoor air and incorporating safe building materials to ensure a comfortable home. And as a bonus, LEED-certified homes receive a significant tax reduction in Cincinnati.

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Unparalleled Quality and Service

No Surprises Guarantee

Our team works hard to make your home building process seamless, with thorough budgeting and pre-construction planning. The result is the home of your dreams with no financial surprises along the way.

Green Savings with LEED

We believe in building a quality home and this is why we incorporate LEED for Homes specifications in every home we build, for long-term environmental benefits, and long-term savings for you.

Hillside Build Specialists

From navigating the Hillside Development Guidelines and zoning codes, to site planning and employing specialized hillside design ensuring stability, you can trust our team to deliver the home and view of your dreams.

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