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Find Luxury Home Builders that Will Make Your Dream House Come True

Oxford dictionary defines luxury as "the state of great comfort and extravagant living". And this term gets even richer when it comes to luxury homes. Premium location, custom design, modern living spaces, top quality materials, high-end technology, renowned architects, exquisite interiors... unparalleled quality in everything.

Building upscale custom homes is a true art, and it demands a lot of experience, skill, and knowledge. It requires an excellent reputation and good connections. Only top luxury home builders can perform a truly unique project that will tick all the boxes.

But the choice is so big - how to find a custom builder that will match your vision? It is also a kind of art. In order to sign a contract with the best possible luxury home builder for you, use a few simple tips from a Fortress Home expert.


Custom luxury homes - what are they?

A custom home is a house that doesn't have a twin. It is one of a kind. And if it belongs to the upscale part of the market, it is most likely built with the help of the best architects, from the best materials, with the use of the top technology. Exceptional homes are not just expensive — they are unique, as their owners are. Let's see what defines a luxury home.

  • Price tag. Usually, residences that cost around $1 million are called "luxury"
  • Custom design/custom floor plan of the buildings
  • Unique and exquisite interior design
  • Vast territory with landscape design, unique outdoor spaces, pools, spas, tennis courts, an extravagant winter park, etc.
  • Use of the best materials. Meticulous attention to detail — even invisible parts of the house are made from high-quality materials
  • High-end technology. Modern luxury custom homes are not just unique in looks and "smart". They use green construction technologies, are eco-friendly, and implement state-of-the-art scientific inventions (from wind and solar energy to water filtering systems, etc)

Luxury home builders - who are they?

First of all, luxury home building professionals know the industry very well and have extensive experience in the market. They must withhold all the necessary licenses for the jobs they perform (construction works, general contracting, building, green housing, etc.), required by a particular state, and have all the official certificates. Having relevant insurance is also very important for a custom home builder.

Renowned companies always actively participate in industry life, being a member of The National Association of Home Builders and other professional associations. If you aim for the top luxury home builders, most likely that throughout their experience they have won multiple awards, too.

Each of the luxury builders has its own approach to the construction process. No matter if they work with the award winning architects or have an in-house design team, it is most likely that they are specializing in one or two particular styles. This is what defines them amongst others. If you look through their portfolio, you will understand if their vision matches yours. If you aim for clean lines of the modernist houses, classical "rich" forms definitely would not suit you.

A luxury home builder will provide you with a full range of services — from the design ideas to the very final touches. You just need to be handed the keys and walk into your dream home.

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10 main services provided by top luxury home builders

  1. Providing the design ideas that match clients vision — with the help of in-house or guest architects
  2. Planning the building process to a ti — from requiring all the needed permits to inviting subcontractors
  3. Preparing the land for construction — leveling, demolishing unneeded buildings, etc.
  4. Approving the design project and adjusting it according to the future homeowners' comments
  5. Ordering all the necessary materials and amenities — and managing the purchase of unique elements from other states and countries
  6. Executing a building process — managing and overseeing every step that the team does
  7. Performing utilities installations — everything from fHVAC and electricity systems to plumbing and "smart home" equipment
  8. Final finishes and decorations — painting, wallpaper installation, sidings, cupboards, etc.
  9. Inviting designers for finishing a custom home design — lighting, furniture, decorative elements, flowers, etc.
  10. Inviting landscape and pool designers — to manage the site after construction and create beautiful lawns, gardens, pools, fountains, etc.

Luxury home building: steps to perform

Choose the style

First of all, you have to choose the style and the scale of your project. Initial media research could be of great help. Cruise through luxury homes in interior and design profiles on Instagram, buy "Luxe" magazine, explore the works of the industry leaders — "Haley custom homes", "Toll brothers", "Phil Kean Design Group", "Kean Development".

Polish the vision of your own style. And then choose your custom builder.


Choose the scale

You don't necessarily need to work with the award winning architects to get the result you want. Luxe, family owned home builders can own a genius design bureau, have an ideal project manager and provide excellent customer service. Many homeowners with money follow this approach: they know that experience, attention to detail and custom services are the key to a dream home.

Get some in-depth knowledge

Even if you have already chosen a seemingly perfect candidate, explore the industry just a little bit to have an in-depth connection to your project. Flip a few pages of the "Builder" magazine, visit professional sites, explore the trends, and read the news.

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Explore, and then sign the contract

Every building process has to be legally supported — but when it comes to multi-million residences, reading through the contract with your lawyer is the key. Before signing, explore the draft. It has to contain all the information about the process in detail: budget and payment schedule; milestones; terms and conditions; system of fines in case of terms' violation etc.

Approve the design project

You've chosen the custom home builder according to your preferences — and now to the most interesting part, the design project! This stage is super energy-consuming... but not when it comes to a super pro that you love! Your future luxury home has to tick all the boxes, so spend some extra time to explain to the design team exactly what you expect from it. Have a look at a floor plan many times before you approve it. And when you do, there are just a few steps left!

Pay the deposit

Custom luxury homes are not exempt when it comes to paying the deposit for the construction to begin. The usual sum that builders would ask — 10% to 20% of the total cost of the project.

Get patient

Now it is the time for your dream team to begin the process. Relax and expect quality and attention to detail: building homes is a tough job, but if you hire real pros, everything should go smoothly. Of course some hiccups are allowed, but get inspired and ready to start a new life in your brand new luxury home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the best luxury home builder?

Top-3 US luxury home builders are "Phil Kean Design Group", "Toll Brothers" and "Hann Builders". But you don't necessarily need to go for the industry leaders. Many homeowners prefer to work with small luxe family owned builders that have an in-house team of designers and architects.

Here at Fortress Home we have been building custom homes for more than 20 years. We are proud to provide our clients with excellent customer service and modern solutions - to build luxury houses for many generations ahead.


Give us a call 773-770-8607 for a free estimate today.

What questions should I ask a custom home builder?

First of all, you need to make sure that your custom home builder has all the necessary licenses and certificates, obtains relevant insurance — and can provide you with a real portfolio, references and testimonials. Ask them how long they have been in business and how many projects have successfully completed.

Are they a part of major industry associations? Have they won any awards? What services do they provide? What standard features for their luxury homes include? Does this custom home builder give any warranties? What budget and timeline to expect for your project?

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