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Heritage Custom Builders // Paw Paw, MI

33250 M-43
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone: 269-628-1400
Fax: 269-268-1600
Email: info@heritagecustombuilders.us


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A Better Way to Build

SUPERIOR. STRONGER. SMARTER.  Our homes reflect our customers.

It’s Friday night.  You have plans to go out for a great meal with your significant other. Perhaps a nice juicy steak with a salad and whatever tasty little side dish that catches your fancy.  Perfect.  Get in the car, drive to the restaurant and pull up to the menu board with the little speaker at the drive-through.  A few moments later, get your delicious steak (or whatever) dinner at the pick-up window.  Wait!  That’s not right, is it?  I mean, you got your meal and it was one of the best dinners you’ve ever had.  You got to order exactly what you wanted off the menu.  You didn’t have to wait half the night for the meal to be prepared and served to you.  You saved money vs. going to the traditional sit-down restaurant.  Less staff to pay and assembly line type meal preparation helped with that.  It was a great dinner!  More importantly, it was the SAME dinner.  It took less time to get it.  It cost you less of your hard-earned cash.  Wow, you thought.  I bet if more people knew how good the food was here and didn’t have a preconceived idea of the whole “drive-through” thing, more people would eat this way.  Same steak.  Same salad.  Same side dish and beverages.  Cooked exactly the same or better by the guy who does nothing all day but cook steaks – a specialist. 

Okay, time to build your new home.  Just like with restaurants, there are plenty of choices.  Unlike a restaurant, the wrong choice will not go away in the next day or so and could be much costlier.  The obvious choices are either built on site or factory built.  For most, factory built holds the perception of sacrificing quality, choices, curb appeal, financing options, resale value, etc.  Site built is supposed to be better, right? 

So, let’s say you decide to have your house built on site.   Your builder will frame your house on site.  Your windows will be built in a factory, wrapped for protection from the elements and shipped to the jobsite.  Your entry doors will be built in a factory, wrapped or boxed and shipped to the jobsite.  Your roof trusses will be built in a factory and delivered.  Your cabinets and vanities, light fixtures, floor trusses and interior doors will all be built off-site in a factory designed to build them efficiently, packaged and shipped in the largest size able to be handled on the jobsite by the workers.  Face it, the “built on site” industry is moving further and further toward modular or “systems built” construction.

So, why not just build more of the house in the factory where it’s more efficient.  Why not use larger equipment to ship it and handle it on site?  Still the same Building Code.  Still the same materials.  Still skilled tradesman doing the work.  Pretty much the same house, but maybe better and NOT a mobile home or trailer.  (Mobile homes, while built in a factory, are NOT built to the same set of Building Codes or standards.  They do NOT utilize residential construction codes but rather a national HUD building code that is far different from that used by modular and site builders.)

What’s different from building on site?  Systems built homes take advantage of being built indoors in several ways.  All materials can be pre-cut, staged and stored out of the elements.  The lumber can be tested for moisture content for better building results.  The building methodology is different in that we build the house from the inside out.  No need to “weather in” the house to protect it from the elements.  That saves time and money when installing wiring, plumbing, blocking, etc.  Modern adhesives can be used that are stronger and faster than mechanical fasteners like the staples and nails used by site builders.  Floors, walls and ceilings are built on true-flat surfaces with jigs to keep the framing true and square.  Siding and roofing is installed quickly utilizing motorized scaffolding instead of a ladder.  At the end of the day, you get virtually the same or better house, built tighter with typically 30-35% more lumber built out of the elements by skilled labor and inspected by state approved, in-the-factory inspectors during construction.

In most cases, systems built will save you money over built on site.  Our system built modular homes, including all sitework with septic system and well, foundation, driveway, etc. start out just under $150,000.  That’s a 1,312-square foot 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch for $112 per square foot.  Step up to a 4 bedroom, 2 bath 1,758 square foot two story for just over $175,000 to start, complete.  That’s under $100 per square foot.  From there, you can add a basement in place of the 48” crawl space, any size garage you want, decks, porches, patios and well over 4,000 “menu” type options and upgrades.  And all our homes are Energy Star® rated for efficiency with additional energy savings available through the use of optional spray foam insulation.

You get a choice of over 500 predesigned home plans from our collection or you can utilize our in-house design services to either tweak an existing plan or start from scratch with your own ideas.  State-of-the-art software used by our design team allows you to “see” your house before it’s built with 3D tours and real-time exterior renderings for assured curb appeal and a great appraisal for your construction loan.  A system built home appraises, finances and insures exactly like it’s site built counterpart.  It also shares the same or better resale value so, due to the lower cost to build, it could prove to be a better long-term investment than site built.

It’s important to consider that, just like there are good and not-so-good site builders, the same holds true for modular and system built builders.  Most modular homes are built by mobile home builders in the same factories and with the same methodology that their trailers are built and by the same workers.  They use the same parts and pieces as the mobile homes they build.  Not true for our system built homes.  The factory where they are built, in Jonesville, Michigan, was designed for the sole purpose of building modular system built homes, not double and single wide HUD mobile homes with metal frames attached.  It’s a different way to build – a better way. 

Because we are a full-service builder-contractor, we handle your entire project from home design, costing and pulling the permits to obtaining the final Certificate of Occupancy from the local Building Inspector.  We call it “From Dirt to Doorknobs”.  We love building system built homes and we’re proud of every home we build.  We want you to love your new home so we’ll take the extra time to make sure it’s done right.  The 4 to 5 months it takes to complete your project insures you get a quality job and the attention to detail that make your home a place you will love for years.  Let us show you what we can do.

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Sweethaven Resort

For the past 30+ years my husband and I have built or renovated 10 houses, everything from big city Victorian, to small country cottages, a storefront studio, and a chicken coop/bike shed. Currently 6 of those houses sit on 9 acres that are our business, Sweethaven Resort. We've rented fully furnished vacation cottages for 25 years.

Last spring we added a seventh cottage built by Heritage Custom Builders. We presented them with a few unique issues. We wanted a "convert-able" cottage that could be rented as 2 bdrm, a 3 bdrm or a 5 bdrm cottage. And it would be located in the woods a half mile from the road behind the existing cottages.

Mike Coeling designed a cottage with a large great room with a vaulted ceiling in the center. The south wing has 2 bdrms one bath, the north wing has 3 bdrms 2 baths. Each hallway has a sliding barn door that can be opened or closed to accommodate large or smaller parties. He was a delight to work with, expertly refining the design, helping us select the finishes and keeping the project on time and on budget. We loved our tour of the plant and meeting the guys who built our house.

Tim Cassidy had the toughest job. Clearing about a 6000 square-foot area for the cottage, parking pad and driveway, squeaking his giant trucks, cranes and backhoes down a winding, skinny driveway past the cottages. Then orchestrating the 6 boxes the house came in and the crew to put it together in less than a week.

The spacious rooms, beautiful finishes and idyllic setting make 'The Heron House' very popular with our guests. That makes It very profitable for us. It is built and insulated so well it is cheaper to heat and cool than our 1 bdrm cottage!

We always tell everyone what a pleasure it was to work with everyone involved with Heritage Builders, we have never had such a pleasurable experience building a house. We would do it again in a heartbeat! Mike & Tim could not have been more fun while being extremely professional as were their crews, (especially Dennis and his guard dog Rocky)

Liz & Chuck Garasic

Featured Floor Plan

September House of the Month: The Surrey Two Story

The Surrey Two Story can make the most of a compact building site while offering an open floor plan with great family space. The entry area can be a traditional style parlor or home office with nice sight lines of the main living areas. The cook's kitchen features lots of cabinet and counter speace as well as a large island bar. The adjacent living room and dining area have rear facing views and easy access to a deck or patio. The upper level has three bedrooms including a great master suite with a large walk-in closet and master bath.

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