The Process of Building a Custom Home

Communication, experience, and qualifications. The ESI Builders team provides you with turnkey and cost-effective support services including all elements of your new custom home project. From conceptual design to engineering, design reviews, and permitting through material selection, daily subcontractor management, and budget assurance – our approach is simple, clearly defined, and supported by honest, frequent, and direct communication.

Having built hundreds of new and custom homes in and around El Dorado Hills over the past 2 decades, the ESI Builders Team has the experience, credibility, partnerships, and resources to make sure your new custom home becomes the dream project you want. From the beginning, we work with you to define and select the most important elements for your project:

  • Beautiful design and attractive finishes
  • Functional and Practical for Family’s current and future needs
  • Cost effective – designs to meet any budget
  • Energy efficient features for sustainable living

Through communication, experience, and qualifications, the ESI team provides you with turnkey and cost-effective support services including all elements of your custom home project. We walk with you from conceptual design to engineering, design reviews and permitting through material selection, daily subcontractor management, and budget assurance. Throughout this complex process – our approach is simple, clearly defined, and supported by honest, frequent, and direct communication.

Having built hundreds of new homes over the past 2 decades, ESI Builders & Remodelers have the experience, credibility, partnerships, and resources to make sure your new custom home becomes the dream project you want. Through years of experience in home building and custom remodels, the client partnership success relies on our proven “Stepwise” process:

Step 1 – Scoping & Designs:

Clear and effective communication is critical to developing and document an understanding of the scope, style, finishes and budget to make every Custom Home project successful. Our process to define and clarify your needs is thorough – including physical lot evaluations and consultation with engineers and experts to assess potential building restrictions on every lot. We then proceed to partner with clients to understand their goals for the size, features, and key elements of each home. We do this through customized questionnaires, scoping and design review meetings, multiple designs and iterations with our architects and design partners, and final project scoping. Hand in hand with you, ESI Builders will help make your vision of perfection a reality on paper, in your mind’s eye, and through the permitting and building process that follows.

Step 2 – Cost Estimates, Schedule & Contracting:

Once you are comfortable with the final custom home design, we will again reach out to proven subcontractors and tradesmen to finalize the project costs and set a workable schedule. After more than 20 years working with key partners in Northern California, we have a number of outstanding craftsmen and subcontractors that work as an extension of our team. As such, their interest is the same as ours – your satisfaction. Based on final costs and material selections – we’ll work through a simple, yet protective contracting process for the custom home project and start the ball rolling!

 Step 3 – Permitting, Site Preparation & Construction:

Permit acquisition can be time consuming, costly, and complex – so our process strives to address the building department’s priorities and needs – the first time.   After completing all the design and permitting requirements, ESI will proceed quickly with site preparation including clearing and grading. Construction will proceed according to our detailed schedule with subcontractors and craftsman working together and in close sequence to minimize the amount of time needed to complete the quality project. Every day our ESI Project Foreman will be onsite working and overseeing the project and communicating with you – all to ensure the project meets or exceeds the quality expectations and plan elements.

 Step 4 – Completion & Ongoing Support:

For ESI, completion of your custom home is more than just cleaning-up and walking out. Once any remaining punch list items are addressed, we will meet and provide you with a final project binder and package including as-built drawings, agency permits, material specifications, manufacturer/supplier cut sheets, appliance warrantees in-progress photos, and other valuable project information. Always seeking to improve our processes, we will also solicit your feedback and input on the project. ESI is still not done – we stand by our work and for the next 10 years, responding to any questions, concerns, or warranty items that come up. We are local and committed to your long term satisfaction.