Custom Home Building

Turning Your Visions Into Reality

AN EXCEPTIONAL HOME BUILDING EXPERIENCE

The time is finally here. You’ve accomplished all your dreaming, planning, and plotting, and you’re finally ready. For most people, building a new custom house is the most ambitious undertaking they will ever pursue. It’s dynamic, multifaceted, and can be a little overwhelming, especially at first. You’re in capable hands with RR Chandler! We will bring decades of knowledge, extensive relationships, and a desire for excellence to your new home build. You’ll have a dedicated Construction/Project Manager to inspect every detail and provide the necessary advice. At all times, your needs, objectives, and the overall quality of your experience will take precedence.

We want you to be a part of every stage of the process so that you always feel heard, informed, and in charge. When done correctly, your homebuilding journey should be exhilarating and gratifying. Let us prove it to you!

HOW IT WORKS

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

This is an exciting and creative part of your home-building experience! We collaborate with you, your architect, and your designer to create your dream home. We value-engineer it by offering cost-saving options, assuring constructability issues are addressed, and then develop a preliminary cost estimate followed by a clear and comprehensive budget for your home.
PRELIMINARY-BUDGET

PRE-CONSTRUCTION PHASE

If you hire us as your builder, our team will navigate your plans through the city permit process. We also develop a detailed construction timetable for your home, lead you through the material selection process, and refine the budget with each new pick.

CONSTRUCTION PHASE

During this stage, you will begin to experience your vision coming to life as your home takes shape. Our construction managers organize, coordinate, and monitor our qualified team of vendors and subcontractors in the field to ensure that your home is completed on time and within budget. We provide detailed budget monitoring, selection management, and subcontract supervision. In addition, we are readily accessible to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.
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MOVE-IN!

Congratulations! This is the time to pause and appreciate the rewards of our combined labor. Your house is ready to be a home, a shelter, and a place where your family will create memories for years to come. You will move into your new home after a letter of occupancy from the city or municipality and a walk-through with our team. We will tackle any punch list items quickly and efficiently; ideally, we will have tackled those punch list items in the last month of your project, and you will not be bothered by our construction team on site.

Warranty Phase

The end of construction does not mean the end of support. Throughout (and far after) the warranty term, we will remain highly responsive and attentive to your demands. All materials and craftsmanship are covered for one year, plumbing, electricity, and HVAC are covered for two years, and structural components are covered for ten years. We are committed to not just preserving the quality and integrity of our houses but also the integrity of our partnership with you and your family.
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WHY RR CHANDLER?

We love fine homebuilding. This realization brings with it the ongoing challenge of continuously improving at our craft – a challenge we gladly welcome daily. When you choose us as your builder, you will get a high-performing team solely focused on delivering an extraordinary home while exceeding your expectations.
  • Sustain our responsiveness and commitment to your needs.
  • Manage construction schedules
  • Closely monitor project budgets
  • Keep you updated at all times on project progress
  • Take serious care of your resources
  • Keep a positive and professional attitude at all times
  • Carry out a streamlined warranty process
  • Deliver a high-quality home that surpasses your expectations
  • Implement and maintain job site safety guidelines and controls
  • Resolve construction challenges quickly
  • Demand the greatest standard of quality from ourselves and our subcontractors
  • Examine Construction Materials for flaws
  • Organization of the selection process
  • Mobilize, organize and manage our vendors and subs

FAQ

This is a crucial question. With so many home architects in our beautiful city, an excellent starting step is to seek suggestions from individuals you trust. We can make recommendations based on our experiences if you'd like. We have worked with some of Portland's most talented residential architects for the past 20 years and are constantly on the lookout for emerging high-quality talent.

Research numerous architects and interview the top two or three who appear to match your unique design aesthetic. More information about the design phase procedure can be found on our Architectural Design Phase Page.

For more information on this subject, see our Learning Center, How to Choose an Architent. 10 Questions to ask for more answers.

The short answer is "Every home is Different"! Given the wide range of styles in our custom homes, this is a difficult question to answer. For example, we've built 2500 SF custom houses in as little as 8 months and 9000 SF estates in as long as 2.5 years.

The following factors have the most significant impact on construction durations:

  • Home size
  • Architectural design style and complexity.
  • Your builder's organizational skills and sub-management capabilities
  • The quality and dependability of your builder's sub base
  • Homeowner resolve in making design selections.
  • Weather-related building delays
  • The availability of building materials
  • Prevailing labor force realities for subcontractors.

While some of these issues may appear beyond your builder's control, they shouldn't be used to justify significantly exceeding your initial building timeline. Instead, we prioritize minimizing potential construction delays through robust scheduling, present and future planning, and active communication throughout the construction process.

As you can expect, this is a difficult question to answer. We've had the honor of building homes of varying sizes and designs throughout the duration of our over thirty years in business, so our homes have ranged in price from $500,000 to more than $4 million. Many factors influence the cost of a home, most of which are addressed in detail in our Learning Center "How much does it cost to build a custom home?"

The finest initial step is to meet with a builder like us to go through everything in full detail.

Bring the following items to share your vision:

  • Your preferred budget
  • Details about your property or lot
  • The size you are looking for
  • A wish list of rooms/spaces/features that you would like to see in your home
  • Architectural elements and styles that you enjoy
  • Inspirational photographs that showcase your design style and desired quality of finishes
  • If your builder is knowledgeable and experienced, they should really be able to tell you
  • If the home you desire is feasible within your budget.

If you already have detailed plans and specifications for your home, you may find out how much your future home will cost by having us prepare a complete and accurate budget for you. Our in-house estimators evaluate the plans and specifications before gathering and thoroughly vetting dozens of bids from our extensive team of highly competent subcontractors to create the most accurate budget achievable. We strive to have no gaps in our budget so that it accurately eflects the overall costs of your home. The goal is no hidden costs or surprises. Putting Our Homeowners First is one of our fundamental beliefs, and one of many ways we do this is by treating your resources as if they were our own.

One of the most crucial decisions you will make occurs at the outset of your project when you choose your builder and architect. Selecting the best builder and architect for you will significantly impact your project's overall success. The ideal architect will use your vision and inspiration to create a home perfect for you and your family. The model builder will take your concept and turn it into a reality while making the process easy and fun for you. Don't underestimate the value of this first and significant decision. If you need assistance assembling your dream team, read our blog posts: Trying to Choose an Architect? 10 Questions to Ask and How to Select the Best Custom Builder for You?

You will begin making dozens of design decisions for your home before construction begins. Some will feel more significant to you than others. It's an exciting process, but it can also be intimidating. Without assistance, "decision fatigue" can develop. Our project managers will work closely with you, your architect, and your interior designer to ensure all selections are completed on time to keep construction on budget and schedule. To make this procedure as easy for you as possible, we design a personalized, thorough selection timetable that is constantly updated and monitored by us.

First, you should know that in Oregon, not just anyone can be a builder. There are licenses and various certifications required by law in this state. However, there are many home builders in and around Portland. Do as much research as possible to determine how experienced and capable your builder prospects are. Interview them. Request to accompany them to a home they've built and one in progress (so you can see how they run their site during construction). Speak with their past homeowners. Learn their processes to ensure they are well-organized and efficient. Assess whether they're a good fit for you and your family.

For more information on this subject, check out our Learning Center, How to Choose the Right Builder for You.

The following are the primary stages of custom home construction: This is a broad stroke of the main phases. Each phase is comprised of many sub-phases. To see our Spreadsheet on all potential phases of the project see our Guide. " How much it Really Costs to Build A New Home"

  • Site preparation and foundation construction
  • Constructing the home's shell. This includes: (framing, roof, exterior doors and windows)
  • HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical
  • Insulation
  • Drywall
  • Trim and Interior Finish. *See our guide on "Decision Decisions when building a custom Home"
  • Exterior work: Including but not limited to: Siding, flatwork, decks.
  • Exterior work: Including but not limited to: Siding, flatwork, decks. Flooring
  • Trim-Out of Plumbing, Electrical, and HVAC
  • Final Inspection/Move-In!

Homeowner communication is critical to us in order to provide our homeowners with a home building experience that is as transparent and comfortable as possible.

When you build with us, you can use our client site at any time to view your home's current schedule, updated and projected budget, pending selections and approvals, and construction photos and videos.

We understand that your home is your family's largest investment, so we make certain that you are always kept up to date on its progress.

This is such a crucial question! We have established our reputation over the last 20 years by never cutting corners and ensuring that our homes are of the finest quality. To accomplish this, a great deal of passion, commitment, and focused intent is required.

Our quality assurance measures are rigorous during construction. Our team is comprised of experienced professionals with extensive backgrounds in high-end custom residential construction who are ensuring that only the highest-quality materials and procedures are used to build your home. In fact, before becoming a part of our sub-network, all of our subcontractors are extensively screened for quality, value, and dependability. Furthermore, our project managers bring value to our homes by remaining current on the ever-changing best practices in building science.

We stand by our work after it has been completed. Our warranty process is simple, and our team is available to you even after you've moved in. One of our prior customers put it best:

"We've been in the house for nine years, and as with any house, problems develop from time
to time that requires maintenance. Randy has never hesitated to make himself and his team available to help with problem diagnosis and choose the appropriate solution and contractor for the project. That long-term commitment is perhaps what we value the most.”

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