Custom Homes in Clarkston, Michigan | Mazza Building & Development Company

To Build or Not To Build, That is the Question

Looking to build a home in Clarkston, Michigan or a surrounding area? Mazza Building & Development Company specializes in building custom homes. If you would like to have the custom home of your dreams, call (248) 625-3305!

clarkston mi custom home builderTo buy a personalized custom home or to buy a manufactured home, that is the question. When deciding whether to build or to buy a home in Clarkston, Michigan, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of custom built homes.  However, when you ask yourself the important question: to build or not to build, there are some things you’ll want to consider.

Advantages of Building a Custom Home

  1. PersonalizationMany home buyers feel that choosing a custom home is the only way to have exactly what they want. Building a custom home allows home owners to make their home  reflect their personality. Since buying a home is the largest single investment of a person’s  lifetime, one should have precisely what they prefer and get it right the first time!
  2. Location: Consumers that choose custom homes  also have the ability to choose the location of their new home. Rather than getting stuck with a lot right behind the highway, anyone who buys a custom home has the ability to choose where they want their home to be built.
  3. Quality: When building a custom home, the consumer always knows exactly what they are paying for. Manufactured homes and older homes in general may have unseen costs such as repairing the roof, fixing squeaky floorboards or replacing a water heater.

Disadvantages of Building a Custom Home

While there are many advantages to building a custom home, there are also some disadvantages to choosing to build rather than to buy. Custom homes can be expensive and take longer to build than personalized production homes. Labor will be more expensive for a custom home and, in most cases, you will have to find and purchase your own land to build the home on. However, many consumers think that the cost is worth having a quality, individualized home.


Custom Home Builder Clarkston, Michigan – Mazza Building & Development Company

custom home builder clarkston miAre you looking for an experienced Custom Home Builder in Clarkston, Michigan or surrounding areas? If so, call the Clarkston, Michigan custom home builders you can trust – Mazza Building & Development Company at (248) 625-3305 today for more information.

What do new home builders do?

For builders who also act as developers, the job starts well before the first nail is driven. They perform market research to determine whether the prospective homesites make sense in the market, as well as survey the land on which the house will be built to make sure it is suitable for construction. They also obtain the necessary permits.

A good builder has skills that go far beyond construction — he or she must supervise subcontractors and artisans; keep tabs on zoning regulations, building codes and other legalities; inspect work for problems along the way; and perform dozens of other roles that are essential in building a quality house.

Builders are responsible for ensuring that the home-building project sticks as closely as possible to the specified timetable, particularly in the event of change orders. Custom and luxury home builders also need interpersonal skills to deal with clients of all types, soothe frazzled nerves, negotiate conflicts and resolve problems.

Questions to ask a prospective custom home builder:

  • How long have you been in the business?
  • How many projects like mine have you completed?
  • Who will be working on the project?
  • Are the workers employees or subcontractors?
  • Can you provide me with references?
  • May I see a current jobsite?
  • Can you give me the addresses of some houses you have built?
  • Are you and your employees licensed and insured?
  • What license(s) do you have?
  • What other training and affiliations do you have?
  • How do you charge, and what does that include?
  • Can you give me a written estimate?
  • What do your services include?
  • How will I be charged for parts and materials?
  • When can your job get done?
  • What is your policy for change orders?
  • What happens when the cost exceeds the budget? What about changes to materials or labor pricing?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any important considerations or concerns you foresee with this project?


If you are in need of a custom home builder in Clarkston, Michigan and surrounding areas, call the top rated Clarkston, Michigan custom home building team at Mazza Building & Development Company today (248) 625-3305.

Custom Home Builder Clarkston MI – Mazza Building & Development Company

custom home builder clarkston miAre you looking to build a custom home in Clarkston MI or in a surrounding area? If so, contact the experienced Clarkston MI custom home builders at Mazza Building & Development Company (248) 625-3305 today!

Building your new home is, quite literally, making a dream come true. Yours.

It’s an exciting but also detailed process that consists of many steps, each of which happens in a well-planned sequence.

Creating your new home takes a team of trained professionals focused on your needs. One trade contractor will complete a step in your home, then hand-off to the next contractor — all under the direction of your builder’s construction superintendent. He or she will manage these hand-offs, ensure quality work, and make sure that all parties involved adhere to the schedule.

The key members of this team will work closely with each other and with you to handle construction each step of the way, creating your new home.

Let’s take a look at who does what in the building process. In this case, we’ve assumed your home is being built in a typical master-planned community, a large new home development. The process actually started when the new home community itself was planned by, you guessed it:

The Developer

Everything to do with building your home starts with the land. Real estate developers are constantly looking for available land (or property not yet on the market) that’s suitable for a new home neighborhood. That might be an open field, wooded land or a mountainous area with dramatic views.

A developer may invest years — and large amounts of money — patiently acquiring individual parcels of land from many owners, assembling the final building site for a large new home community.

The developer creates an overall plan for the community that includes the type of homebuyers to target and thus what types of new homes to build. Based on this information, the developer then selects builders for the new community and creates a detailed master plan that identifies the size, type, and price range of new homes to be built.

Next, the developer will prepare the site for building. In many cases, the first step is obtaining entitlements — government approvals needed to build on the property. The site may need to be re-zoned for single-family and/or multi-family homes. And since new homes bring an influx of new students, the local school board may need to sign off on the project.

Once the neighborhood’s master plan has been approved, the developer will have the land graded for proper drainage and erosion control and install the community’s roads and underground infrastructure such as water, sewer and utilities. Next, come streets, curbs, sidewalks, street lights, signs, and fire hydrants — all the important details that create a community, which builders and ultimately homeowners will share and rely upon.

The developer may also provide community amenities — such as a community clubhouse, pool, fitness center, walking trails, playground or even a dog park.

When these steps have been completed, the developer generally sells so-called finished lots to home builders who are approved to build in the community.

One of the builder’s first tasks in a new master-planned community is to finalize a library of new home plans to be built. These are based on the target buyer, the agreed-upon price range, the region of the country (home styles vary dramatically from Phoenix to Boston, for example) and the topography of the land. Hence one of a builder’s first decisions after agreeing to build in a given new home community is what types of homes to build there. Which leads us to….

The Architect

Once builders purchase finished lots, they work closely with an architect, who may work directly for the builder or for an architectural firm the builder selects. In either case, the architect will design new home plans (or tailor existing plans) to work well on these lots.

Today’s new homes are designed with features most buyers want — such as open kitchens, higher ceilings, larger master bedrooms and baths, bigger closets and plenty of storage space throughout the home.

The result is a series of appealing home plans (also referred to as floorplans) with features like those above that fall within the community’s pre-determined ranges for square footage and price.

You’ll choose from this library of floorplans when shopping for a new home in the community. When designing each home, the architect will take into account the lot’s location, topography, the direction it faces, its relationship to other lots and environmental and weather factors.

The architect will also design each home to harmonize with other homes in your neighborhood, so each home complements and adds value to other homes nearby. With the home plans now finalized, let’s take a look at key roles in the firm that will build your home.

Your Home Building Firm

The company that you select to build your home is a key decision. This firm is responsible for every phase of the design and construction of your new home.

Your home building firm and its key staff (more on that below) select and manage the teams of trade contractors who build each component or system within your home. They will also closely monitor and manage the progress and quality of your home at each step of construction and overall.

The Builder’s Sales Consultant

The process typically starts with you, the home buyer, working with the builder’s highly knowledgeable on-site sales team to select the best floorplan and lot for your needs.

No one is more expert about all of the key details than your sales consultant. He or she has detailed knowledge of the new home community and the surrounding area (including nearby shopping, schools, restaurants and more). Your sales consultant will have answers to your questions regarding the builder, the home plans offered, the lots available, the builder’s unique approach to construction and energy efficiency, what features are standard, what options and upgrades are offered, and a whole lot more.

Your sales consultant will guide you through the process of selecting your new home. In many cases, builders create one or more model homes that you can walk through to see first-hand how your home will look and feel — and how each room will relate to another part of the home. Many builders decorate and furnish model homes to further help you visualize your new home. In addition to model homes, many builders invest in renderings, computer-generated animations, and even 3D or interactive floorplans that help you envision key details of your new home.

The builder’s sales team will help you select your floorplan and model of home, an elevation (the look of the front facade of your home) as well as a lot (the specific parcel of land) on which your new home will be built.

The Design Center Consultant

Once you’ve made the choices above and signed a purchase contract, you’ll typically work with a design center consultant.

This member of the builder’s team handles what’s often referred to as the options selection process. That’s builder-speak for one of the best parts of building a new home — selecting the style, color and types of many key components of your home to match your personal taste and style.

Your design consultant will help you make key design selections such as flooring (tile, hardwood, vinyl and carpet), cabinetry and countertops. In addition, you’ll likely choose appliances, lighting and plumbing fixtures, and even wiring options such as home automation and security systems. Many builders offer a range of structural changes. These can range from a bay window, to a three-car garage, or even a bonus room that can be built as an additional bedroom, study or media room.

Your design center consultant will record all of your product and design choices and send them along to the builder’s purchasing department and construction superintendent (more on this key role below). Now, construction is ready to start on your new home.

The Construction Superintendent

While job titles can vary a bit from one building firm to another, the firm you select to build your home will designate a key member of their staff as the overall project manager for your new home. Some firms call this person a construction manager or a field manager. Other companies use the job title of “builder” for this key role. That means Bill Smith can be your builder (namely, your construction superintendent) and also an employee of Adams Homes.

Regardless of the exact job title, your construction manager or builder is a highly qualified project manager with expertise in each phase of building your home. He or she typically has a strong background in construction science and techniques. Your construction superintendent will personally execute a series of key tasks and also coordinate with other members of the overall building team described in this article. Typically, he or she will:

• Work closely with each trade contractor, building products suppliers and key employees of the home building firm.
• Help coordinate tasks such as purchasing building materials and scheduling their delivery.
• Schedule trade contractors in sequential order as construction progresses.
• Ensure each trade contractor crew finishes their task on time and turns over a quality, completed phase of construction to the next trade contractor crew in the process. Managing these hand-offs is a key part of the building process.
• Schedule inspections, ensure quality control, and make sure everyone adheres to the architect’s building plans.

Since this person is responsible for managing the overall process to deliver a high-quality home on a schedule or timeline, it’s fair to think of your construction super/builder as the conductor who brings the right people, the right building materials, and the right processes and inspections all together in a carefully planned sequence to build your new home.

Your construction superintendent will likely be your point of contact for visiting your house while it’s being built. Many builders offer pre-determined times to tour a home during key points of construction, such as a walk-through at the framing or pre-drywall stage. This is a good time to ask your superintendent questions about what’s behind the walls (such as insulation, wiring or plumbing) and other measures that add comfort and energy-efficiency to your home.

Key Trade Contractors

Every new home has several key systems and components that are built by skilled contractors. While the list below isn’t exhaustive, it includes trade contractors that play a major role in building every new home. Trade contractors will typically perform the following duties:

• Site preparation and grading
• The foundation: If your home has a basement, this contractor will handle that as well.
• Framing: These contractors build the exterior walls, the roof and the framework for interior walls. They also install windows and exterior doors.
• Exterior siding, stucco or brickwork
• Heating, ventilation and air conditioning, commonly referred to as HVAC or H-Vac: This specialty also handles installing insulation.
• Rough and finish electrical work
• Rough and finish plumbing
• Drywall (often called Sheetrock): When they’re finished, you’ll have actual walls and ceilings in your house.
• Painting
• Interior trim and cabinetry
• Countertops
• Flooring and carpet
• Driveway and walkways


During the construction process, at least two sets of inspections will be done. One set occurs before the drywall is hung, and the other is performed again before you move in.

Your builder will have his own inspectors who ensure each home is completed to the company’s quality standards. In addition, city or county building inspectors will check that the various systems in your home meet local building codes. Codes vary by location but typically include:

• The footings, foundation work and water and sewer lines before any concrete is poured
• Inspections of the framing and mechanical systems (electrical, plumbing and HVAC)
• The building envelope, which includes the roof, windows, doors and exterior coverings, such as siding, stucco and brick
• Insulation
• And a final inspection that must be completed before a certificate of occupancy is issued

Your Home is Complete!

Congratulations! Your new home is complete. Moving in is a special time. Yes, there’s the inevitable hassle of packing and unpacking, but this is also your opportunity to see all of the design selections you made, and all of your planning rewarded, when you walk into your home for the first time as the owner.

From the developer to the architect, and to the design consultant, construction superintendent and various trade contractors and inspectors, each professional involved in building your new home shared the same goal: To deliver a high quality, pristine new home that’s fully complete and ready for move-in.

The result? You’ll enjoy a first-rate new home, one that you personalized to your style and taste. Your home offers the latest in energy-efficiency, open floor plans for the way we live today, and is ready for years of enjoyment.

If you would like to build a custom home in Clarkston MI or in surrounding areas, call the Clarkston MI custom home builder you can trust – Mazza Building & Development company at (248) 625-3305 today!

Custom Homes Clarkston MI – Mazza Building and Development Company

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Building Your Dream Home on Your Own Lot

A build on your lot home offers you the opportunity to design and build your dream home on land you love.

Do you have a new home floorplan that you love, or land that inspires you, or both?

If you dream of designing a new home that takes full advantage of the unique geography and views of land that you love, then you’re a candidate for a Build On Your Lot home, sometimes know by the acronym BOYL.

Building a home on your own land can sound like a pricey prospect, but rest assured that new homes can be built on your lot or land across a wide range of budgets.

Getting Started

The process of building a custom home in Clarkston MI on your lot can begin in any one of four places:

With land you love.

If you own a lot already or are inheriting one, you’re one step ahead of the dreaming stage. If you haven’t found that perfect lot yet, you can work with a Realtor who specializes in land purchases or contact a builder who can help you locate the right spot for your home. Paul Schumacher, founder and owner of Schumacher Homes, which builds homes in 15 states, says two-thirds of their customers already own land or are in the process of acquiring land. Schumacher Homes can recommend Realtors to the other one-third to help them find property.

With an architect.

Depending on your budget and the level of customization you’re looking for, you can hire an architect to transfer ideas from your wish list to a blueprint. Rob Rutherford, owner of Nelson Homes in Arrington, Va., says having floorplans drawn by an architect could cost $5,000 to $6,000, while Schumacher says architectural fees can go up to $35,000.

With a floorplan.

An Internet search yields dozens of companies that sell floorplans that you can bring to a builder for inspiration or to customize for your land. Floorplans that can be used for review, but not for building, cost anywhere from $150 to $500, while complete sets that can be provided to a builder for construction cost from $1,000 to $2,500 or more.

With a builder.

Most builders offer floorplans of their own that you can have built as designed. Depending on the builder, you can often customize the design to your specifications.
The path to your dream home depends on a variety of factors, particularly your budget and the level of customization you want.

Customizable Floor Plans

Schumacher says his company has portfolios of homes on their website that include characteristic architectural elements for specific locations. For example, in Louisiana, the home designs have a French country influence, while the homes in Wilmington, N.C., have a southern coastal style.

“We have floorplans that range in size from 1,000 to 6,000 square feet that function as a starting point, and then we can customize everything inside and out,” says Schumacher. “A lot of buyers come in with ideas from websites like Houzz and magazines and we discuss everything they want to do with the home and give them a price quote.”

Schumacher says less than one-half percent of people who build a new home hire an architect.

“It’s much more common for people to choose one of our floorplans or to come in with a plan from a service,” he says. “If they bring one to us, we’ll see if we have something similar that can be modified.”

Model Home and Design Center Options

Nelson Homes has model homes available so customers can see the attributes of the homes. Rutherford says the more buyers can visualize what they’re building, the fewer change orders are necessary.

“There’s nothing better than touring a builder’s model home to see the finished product,” says Schumacher. “It helps you see the quality you should expect and get great ideas. You can take any one element of a model home and add it to your home.”

Studying the Land

An important part of the process of building on your own land is for you or your builder to work with a civil engineer to make sure you’re following the regulations for the jurisdiction where your land is located, says George Fritz, COO of Horizon Builders in Crofton, Md.

“You need to know how you’re going to get power to your house, whether you need a well and how you’ll handle sewage,” says Fritz.

Whether you’re a first-time or a repeat buyer, if you dream of owning a home that’s never been lived in and reflects your tastes, you’re a candidate to build on your own lot rather than within a new community. Rutherford says his company schedules a site visit, arranges utilities, helps customers get their zoning approved and permits for constructions and has an excavation company they can work with to build a road if necessary.

“We always look at the land with our clients to talk about how the house they want to build would fit on the property and how it would be positioned,” says Schumacher. “We need to do that early in the process in case the plans need to be modified and to estimate costs.”

Bennett says he typically goes by his customers’ judgment, description and photos of their land at first, then requires a site visit once the contract has been signed. source:

If you are looking for a custom home builder in Clarkston MI and surrounding areas, call the Clarkston MI custom home experts at Mazza Building and Development Company today at (248) 625-3305.

Custom Home Builder Clarkston, Michigan

custom home builder clarkston michiganAre you looking for a custom home builder in Clarkston, Michigan? If so, call the expert custom home builders at Mazza Building and Development Company (248) 625-3305 today!

One of the most important decisions you have to make when planning or buying a new home is choosing the right builder. Most builders can be classified as either Production or Custom home builders. What does that mean and how does one choose? In this post we will give you a run down of the differences and benefits of the two to help point you in the right direction.

The Difference Between Production Homes and Custom Homes

A Production home involves the same house design used over and over again. These are typically seen in neighborhoods that are built by large-volume homebuilders. These “tract” homes may appear in suburban locations outside more densely populated areas so larger tracts of land can be subdivided to support such construction. All homes in the community may be built by just one Production home builder who owns all the lots. There are a number of large, national Production homebuilders with good reputations, as well as local or regional builders that can fall within this category.

A Custom home is unique and one-of-a-kind, typically designed and built from scratch. This process involves collaboration among the homeowner, Custom builder, architect and various other parties involved in the design and logistics. Usually the home lot is a driving factor in the design and construction. Often the homeowner has found its own lot for sale, but sometimes it’s a builder lot. Custom builders tend to be associated with high quality work, and are focused on a smaller local or regional market.

Somewhere in between is the Semi-Custom home – often where a customized home is built based on an existing set of houseplans that have been altered to meet the buyer’s needs, but also a term used for some Production home builders who provide greater flexibility and a large set of options to customize their stock plans for the new homebuyer.

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