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How to Choose a Home Builder That’s Right For You

March 3, 2021

Take the Stress out of Building

Custom Lake Minnetonka Home by Nor-Son

In our current market with new home construction and remodeling in high demand, it’s more important now than ever to take the stress out of building. Here are some helpful tips on how to hire a homebuilder right for your needs:

Custom Lake Minnetonka Home Interior by Nor-Son

Hire Based on Fit

The homeowners of this project on Lake Minnetonka went through a formal interview process during the schematic design of their homes. After interviewing various builders, they retained Nor-Son Custom Builders based on reputation, team fit, and quality level of finish. With historical cost data and knowledge of market conditions, the team was able to zero in on the client’s budget before final design details were selected. The client’s experience was much less stressful knowing the design they envisioned matched their budget goals.

Another valuable tip for a successful project is to give honest feedback to your architect and builder during design, planning, and budgeting. This feedback helps the team of professionals to work hard for you finding ways to unite design creativity and fiscal management. Establish lines of communication with the team, and make sure everyone is on the same page. This team approach keeps everyone working toward a common goal which means less surprises, and less stress for you.

Set Realistic Goals

Finally, set realistic goals and clear expectations for your project. It’s so easy to over-design a custom home. Designing a home is fun, creative, and entertaining! But when you follow a traditional design-bid-build process you may get your dream home on paper, only to realize it’s over budget. Gather ideas and photos to share not only with your architect, but with your builder as well. Idea books are changing how people share information with their architect and builder. And they help a custom builder zero in on price during the design by establishing finish levels and referencing comparable projects in size and complexity.

Collaboration is Key

Our philosophy is to collaborate with the best teams to deliver the best outcome. This includes the best experience. When building a custom, one-of-a-kind home, a family legacy, your forever home… you want to make sure it’s done right. Whether it’s a smart-sized cottage or luxurious estate, busy homeowners need a multi-faceted team they can trust more than ever.

Nor-Son Custom Builders has had the opportunity to work with a number of renowned architects in the metropolitan area from Lake Minnetonka to Stillwater. Collaboration is key for creating a high-end, one-of-a-kind home. One person or company can’t do it alone. Nor-Son Custom Builders bring the experts in each specialty to the table to provide the most value to your project. We like to think of ourselves as the quarterback watching out for your needs throughout the design, planning and production process.

Start Planning Now

Construction schedules are filling up fast! Start planning your project for late 2021 or early 2022. Call Eddie Near to schedule your consultation at (612) 812-0562, or email him at

He has over 25 years of experience in the custom build industry. And his passion is helping clients ensure a stress-free, successful building project.