You may well have heard of
the TV series "This Old House". ADE
Design Build wants to provide you with an insider's
look at the building of one of our custom projects
from inception to completion. We call this our
This section of our website
will be designed to demonstrate the versatility
of ADE Design Build in the custom home, residential,
design build field. The site will give you a
first hand look at a custom home as it is being
built and the steps it takes to accomplish the
Please refer to the "eHouse
Photos" section of our site to see
many photos that document the process of one
of our projects.
10/12/05: eHouse Photos update > "Plaster
work and Concrete counters"
We know how difficult and
imposing building a home can be. "ADE eHouse"
will help you learn how to navigate through
the intricacies that are a part of the process.
Whether you are a prospective client, building
your own home or simply interested we think
that "ADE eHouse" can provide valuable
information for you.
Building a custom home is
a collaborative effort that normally involves
a huge number of people - each with a different
viewpoint, a unique personality, and her or
his own idea of how the finished project should
look. Thorough preparation, proper planning,
good coordination and clear communication are
the keys to any successful construction project.
All of the time, money, and
energy that is spent making the decisions needed
to build a new home can take a toll on your
mental well being. Fortunately, building a custom
home can be one of the most rewarding experiences
in your lifetime - provided you know what to
expect and the steps that comprise building
a custom home. One of our main goals with this
site is to help you gain the knowledge you need
about all aspects of the homebuilding process.
We will be regularly adding
pictures and text to our "ADE
eHouse Photos" section as the project
takes form. Please stay posted.
Design Build Project Websites
Clear communication is key
to a successful project. We use Project
Websites which are mini-websites specific
and private to each client and include photos
of the building process. We use them as a means
to help keep our clients updated on the design/build
process regardless of wether our clients can
be physically present or not.
View Home Building Overview
This overview can help you
get an overall sense of the process of building
a home. And refer to our Process
pages to learn more about how we serve our clients.
This site will be regularly updated with helpful
information for you.
Preliminary design plans
are determined at this point. Ideas are exchanged
and discussed with our clients. This includes:
- Home Style Selection:
Single floor, multi-story, split-level, other.
English Tudor, Contemporary, Southern Colonial,
- House Plans:
Is there is an existing plan that meets your
design? Will you need an architect to tweak
or customize a plan for you?
- Layout Configuration:
Assemble the rooms you would like and sketch
Some home builders find and
secure their lot prior to bidding their construction
project. Often they use the lot as their down
payment when seeking construction financing.
Some home builders will look for a lot after
they finalize their design. They have a better
idea what lot will work best for their home
way, there are numerous issues you should consider
when selecting your lot and we'll help you learn
about them. One important part of this is to
appraise the value of your lot. And complete
a neighborhood comparison before you buy. Feasability
studies would be conducted.
can either work with you if you have a lot already
purchased or if you need some assistance in
finding one that will fit your building requirements.
Define Your Home Construction Specifications
This task can be the most
complicated since you need to detail everything
about your construction. We'll help with our
step-by-step construction specification sheet.
Find Contractors / Negotiate Contract
We will take the specifications
plan and complete three important tasks:
- Review it with our qualified,
licensed professionals within their respective
- We'll take the architectural
plan and and determine costs from all the
associated prescreened building contractors.
- Design a comprehensive
contract for the project that ensures your
Once you approve the building
contract, we may now finalize home construction
financing from a lender. The lender may approve
the request for financing based on your specification
plan, contractor bid, and qualifying ratios.
Home construction financing
can be more complicated than buying an existing
home. Besides the basic financing you need to
plan for non-budgeted expenses such as cost
overruns, missed deadlines, and construction
There are two parts to construction
- Construction line
- Residential mortgage
Now for the some of the most
- Project management
- Change management
- Problem resolution management
- Cost management
- Financial management
ADE Design Build will help
to make this process as clear and straightforward
Close on Your Home Construction
As your construction comes
to a close, you will need to payoff your construction
line with a residential mortgage loan.
We'll go over:
- Finding a residential
We'll have a checklist on
the site that details important moving tasks
We'll help you understand:
- Interior: Design, Furniture,
electronics, artwork, etc.
- Exterior: Landscaping
As you can see there are many
components to designing and building a home.
We'll help you learn as we go through the all
the processes of design/build with the ADE Design
Build eHouse. Stay posted!
Questions or for more Information please
17 Birchwood Road
Augusta, Maine 04330