Thank you for considering Cutting Edge Builders for your project. We look forward to beginning a relationship with you and earning your business.
We know choosing a builder can be a difficult and often overwhelming decision. At the start of this process it is tempting to let price be a major factor in this decision. When people who are happy with their builder are surveyed and asked what influenced their decision, price was almost always at the bottom of the list. In the end, when you are considering who will be working in your home, interacting with you and your family and understanding your needs and desires, you want someone who is honest and up front, values good communication and integrity, is educated and experienced and who values and maintains the relationship.
Benjamin Franklin said "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten". We might also add the bitterness of poor integrity, communication, understanding, work ethic, etc. As the old adage goes, "you get what you pay for". While there will always be someone willing to compete on price, we know it's not about the lowest price when it comes to satisfied clients.
We would like to take this opportunity to highlight the things that differentiate us from the other builders you may be considering.
Someone once said "Reputation is who you are when someone is looking... Integrity is who you are when no one is looking". Our integrity is as important to us as it should be to our clients and we will not do anything to compromise this.
While it should be a given that the builder you choose is qualified to do the actual work, we understand that the most important service we provide is relationship based on trust and communication. Whether it is a 1 week deck project, a 3 month basement finish or an 8 month new home build, we are going to be an intimate part of our client's lives for the duration of the project. If our clients don't already trust us or we haven't established good communication before we start the project, then having their house torn apart, people in their home interacting with their family and having to make countless decisions can be a stressful process. We want our clients to be comfortable with the relationship they have built with us prior to us being on site and to know we are accessible to them at any time. If we do our job correctly in building the relationship, we can greatly minimize the stress of building/renovation for our clients.
We are a hands on builder. You are working with owners that are personally involved from the design phase through the warranty phase meaning you have direct access to us throughout the process. Not only are we personally managing the project from start to finish but often an owner is involved in completing major tasks in the building process such as framing, trim carpentry, or laying hardwood floors. This means we are on site more than a typical general contractor which stops by to check on the project only periodically so we are available to you in person to answer questions and maintain the relationship. For example, during the trim phase which is where a lot of design decisions are made and worked through, you are working with owners rather than a trim subcontractor to make these decisions.
We are a very educated builder. All three partners hold a Michigan builders license even though only one license is required. In addition, Douglas holds the Certified Graduate Builder (CGB), the Certified Graduate Remodelor (CGR), Certified Green Professional (CGP), and the Certified Aging In Place (CAPS) designations through the National Association of Home Builders. The licenses and designations required many hours of classroom instruction and testing, as well as, continuing education so you can be assured that we are informed on the latest and best building products and techniques. Learn More...
We are a builder that is experienced in both new construction and renovation. Since we have extensive experience in both, we can draw from our varied experience to problem solve and come up with the best solutions.
We are a flexible builder. Although we systematically utilize the latest scheduling and project management software to ensure that the project is completed on time and on budget, we offer flexibility to allow the inevitable changes that occur during a custom home or renovation project. A change request is simply priced and if authorized is often completed without causing a delay in the overall schedule. Many builders require all decisions to be made before a contract is signed but we have found that clients appreciate some flexibility to work through decisions as the project takes shape.
We are a full service design/build firm. We do all our own design work in house on CAD software saving you significantly over working first with an architect or designer and then selecting a builder. Bring us your ideas on a napkin, graph paper or even still in your mind and we will use our design and building experience to find a solution that fits your needs and desires. Learn More...
One of the best ways to get to know us and our workmanship is to meet us on one of our worksites and/or at a completed project so that you can see the finished results first hand. We are excited to show off our work and many of our clients are equally as excited to let you see what we have done for them.
Once again, we thank you for taking the time to consider us for your project and look forward to earning your trust and eventually your business.
Doug, Nate and Tom
|Monday||9:00AM - 5:00PM|
|Tuesday||9:00AM - 5:00PM|
|Wednesday||9:00AM - 5:00PM|
|Thursday||9:00AM - 5:00PM|
|Friday||9:00AM - 5:00PM|
6804 Old 28th St,
Grand Rapids, MI 49546