We proudly serve the entire Milwaukee area, including West Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay, and Elm Grove. Stephen Dent Construction offers all of the best options in construction today. From efficient home building to state-of-the-art materials, Stephen Dent knows what you’re looking for in a home. Stephen Dent has been in business since 1968, so you know it’s a name with lasting value and resistance to the strains of the economy. Our clients return time and time again because of the quality of our work. With almost an entirely referral based business, we know we must be doing something right!
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The construction managers and contractors with Stephen Dent are fully licensed, bonded, and insured. Stephen Dent brings you the assurance of warranty protection on nearly every type of construction we do. Additionally, not one ounce of cement will be mixed or poured until you are satisfied with the plans and details of any project Stephen Dent does for you.
With any custom construction job you should be aware that specific permits may be required. Before starting your custom dream home you should be familiar with the legal documents that need to be prepared to make the idea a reality. While Stephen Dent’s team can help you with this, it is a good idea to still be familiar with the legalities yourself. For more information on this please visit New Residential Construction details listed on the Government Website.
Unless you are commissioning a new custom home project, the plans used to complete your new construction residence will very likely be based on a pre-approved set of plans that have already been looked over by your local building department. This is both good and bad. The good news is that you are far less likely to get caught up in the bureaucracy of the red tape machine during the building process. The bad news is obvious, few options for modifying your site plan or floor plan will be available to you. Any changes you instruct your builder to undertake may trigger a repeat of the permit or approval process creating time delays and cost overruns. Obtaining the greatest of degree of satisfaction from your new construction home requires some advanced and creative planning before you go under contract. These four anxiety-reducing new home construction tips will help you do exactly that.
Choose Your Lot Wisely
The parcel of land on which your new construction home will forever rest is one thing that you have complete control over. Use this opportunity wisely. The local environment is something that you will have to live with every day. Give it some thought. How is the drainage on your proposed lot? Where does the sun rise and set over your proposed home? Do you really want to see the sun rising through your bedroom window early every Saturday morning? Is the immediate neighborhood too noisy for your taste? Finally, is your chosen site situated within a district known for having a good school system? This factor matters because it will influence the future value of your property.
Consider Modular Construction
Modular construction is not for everybody, but it does have its advantages. Modular homes can be put up in a fraction of the time it takes to complete a stick-built home. This is so because modular homes are pre-built in a factory before being trucked to the construction site where they are assembled like a child’s toy. Choosing a modular home can save you a bundle money and a ton of anxiety. This method does limit many of the amenities that folks expect in a new construction home. Such an inconvenience has to be weighed against the cost and time saving benefits.
Build an Energy Efficient Home
An energy efficient home is a good long-term investment. Before you sign a contract ask your builder what he knows about the EPA’s ENERGY STAR standards. Taking the time to seal your home against air leakage as it is going up is time well-spent. Having a high-efficiency heating and cooling system installed from the first day is another wise decision because the extra cost of a premium HVAC system can be conveniently spread out over the entire term of the mortgage loan.
Minimize the Climbing With a Single-story Ranch
Don’t like climbing up and down stairs? Consider building a single-story ranch home. Today, more and more people of a certain age are making the practical decision to live the one-story life. Ranch homes are ideal for people who have no desire to climb up and down stairs. Site plans for ranch style homes commonly call for slab construction and therefore don’t feature basements. For storage, you probably will want an attached two-car garage. As the nation’s population ages, ranch style homes are expected to become increasingly popular, a factor that will likely cause them to hold onto their value.
Many people who construct their own homes are looking for ways to reduce their construction and utility costs while still making the house unique and special. One option that many people are considering is a “green” home. These houses use new technology and techniques to save money on construction, maintenance, and utilities. Best of all, a green home can be a great way to make a minimal impact on the environment while constructing and living in your home. It can also be a good way to cut down on building and ownership costs, since so many green homes reduce construction waste and are energy efficient.
Green building techniques can consist of a lot of different construction methods. While there are standards for energy efficient homes, there is not a lot of regulation for green construction. This means that a construction firm has a lot options on ways to offer green construction techniques to their clients, but all of them will benefit the environment in different ways and to degrees. For example, installing energy efficient appliances will help to reduce energy and water usage. Adding insulation can reduce the amount of energy needed to heat and cool the home.
In general, green construction involves reducing waste and using less energy and water. Many constructions companies find that reducing their waste is a reduction in their costs once they understand how to do it. Look for ways to use less material and reuse items from demolition jobs. Using the same material on many different sites can reduce the amount of drop shipments that your company has to pay for, but it also has the advantage of costing less money.
It’s also important to find ways to reduce energy costs. This can involve using renewable power sources to run heavy equipment, or using new technology that cuts down on water usage.
Building your own dream house can be the adventure of a lifetime. But while choosing home style, the number of baths and garage size are important considerations, choosing the right building site cannot be neglected. The land is the only building component that cannot be replaced. Though most will consider price, taxes, road access and school districts, the physical characteristics of the land should be given primary consideration.
Let the Home Blend with the Land
Some will argue that the land should be selected before the home style. At the very least, a building site should be picked that fits with the style of house to be constructed. This is true whether it is rural property, a suburban site or an urban lot. For example, a wide lot with a great deal of road frontage welcomes an expansive ranch home. A gently sloping lot is perfect for a multi level home with a walk out basement. Speak with an architect, or perform some research to determine what type of land best fits with the style of home to be built.
Know what is Underneath the surface
Knowing the physical characteristics of the land chosen can save substantially on construction costs. Bedrock a foot or two below the surface will make basement digging very expensive. Often, blasting away rock is required. Heavily wooded lots are picturesque and can provide much needed shade, but tree and stump removal is not cheap. Eventual sewer line problems due to tree roots should also be considered.
Large sloping lots are usually less expensive, but can create two problems. Runoff from the hillside can create a leaking basement. In addition a lot on a hillside usually doesn’t provide much of a usable yard. If a large back yard isn’t important, this will not be a factor. Deep lots with a large set back from the street will require construction of an extra long driveway, and more expensive utility lines and sewers.
Traffic, Privacy and Other Considerations
Lots nearest the entrance of a subdivision always receive the most traffic. Corner lots require double the landscaping and afford less privacy. The heavier the street traffic, the further you should have the house set back from the curb. If the municipality has street traffic records available, review them, especially if privacy is a concern. If not, spend an hour or two, especially at rush hour, to see how much traffic the street receives.
In any event, let the building lot be the canvas of the work of art the home will become. Rather than fighting the land, let the home become a part of it and compliment it.
Building a home can seem like an overwhelming venture, but it’s also incredibly exciting. It may seem nearly impossible to save money during home construction, but saving becomes easier with a few simple tips. Keep these tips in mind, and reap the rewards of saving money while having your home built.
5 Top Money Saving Tips For Home Construction
Consider the sizes of other homes in the neighborhood. Bigger is not always the best option. It’s never smart to build the biggest home on the block. You won’t get your money back and may not even get a good return for your investment.
Look At The Future
Consider your future and that of everyone living in the home. Think about whether you plan to expand your family, and ages of family members. For older people, having a main bedroom on the lowest floor can turn out to be a wise investment if mobility ever becomes an issue.
Find Materials If Possible
Find things like bathroom fixtures, light fixtures, cabinets, hardware, doorknobs and counter tops on your own. Chances are you will get exactly what you want at better prices.
Get Several Estimates
Don’t simply take the first estimate. Compare and shop around. Ask others who have used the builder you are considering for positive references. The goal is good quality workmanship, for a good price.
Cheap Isn’t Always Good
When it comes to building materials, appliances and crucial household amenities, look for quality and price. Cheap cabinets are no bargain if they have to be replaced too soon.
Have the home of your dreams built while saving money. Saving is possible, when it’s done in a smart ways
Stephen Dent doesn’t want you to get ripped off from other contractors. When looking for a contractor its important to know what to look for so you don’t get ripped off. Follow Stephen Dent’s instruction on what to look for in a contractor on our hiring a contractor page. Stephen Dent follows all legal guidelines and is an experienced contractor with many happy customers.
MAKE SURE THE CONTRACTOR IS LICENSED
One of first things you should be looking for with a contractor is whether or not they are licensed. All business cards and marketing material are required to display the contractor’s license number, so it can be relatively easy to determine right away if the contractor is licensed. At Stephen Dent Construction we are both licensed and bonded.
ASK FOR RECOMMENDATIONS
If the contractor is experienced and has done good work, they shouldn’t have a problem being able to provide you with a list of recommendations from previous contacts they have done. Stephen Dent Construction has primarily operated on referral traffic from previous clients, so you can be confident in the quality of work we do. Just ask our clients!
VERIFY THE CONTRACTOR’S WORKER’S COMPENSATION AND GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE
In most states it is a requirement for any contractors who have employee’s to carry worker’s compensation insurance. This should also not be overlooked because of the potential consequences that you may face in litigation. If the contractor isn’t insured and a worker gets injured on your property could potentially end up paying for damages for the injury. Stephen Dent Construction takes many steps to making sure our workers are safe but we also take all necessary steps to make sure our contractors are covered in the event an injury occurs.
Last but not least, shop around, it’s ok! Just keep in mind that the cheapest quote isn’t always the best quote. After factoring in credentials and experience, make sure you’re getting a quote for exactly what you’re looking for. If the quote is very low, it could be because the contractor is cutting corners or doesn’t know enough to do the job right. Stephen Dent Construction has been serving the Milwaukee area for years and our customers trust our integrity, price and experience.