In general, Connor Mill-Built Homes can build a catalog home from foundation through finish for $225-$250 per square foot with nice amenities. While builder costs can vary from state to state, we can help estimate the total cost for your home by providing you with a Complete Home Quote that includes estimates for everything from foundation to finish painting. There are many factors that affect total costs such as site conditions, types of heating and plumbing systems chosen and level of interior finish desired.
We are committed to working with you through the design process, and can make changes to any of our catalog homes (with the exception of the Simple Classics, which are designed to be built as shown), or design a custom home. To learn more about our design services, contact us through the 'Connect' page on our website, or call us at (802)-377-6900.
Each client who has placed a Design Retainer or Deposit will be assigned a project architect. After an initial design consultation, which can be in person or over the phone, your project architect will be in touch via phone, email, fax and/or mail to work with you on your plans. You may want to bring or send sketches, photographs, magazine tear-sheets, or any other information that you think will help demonstrate your wishes.
For vernaculars or styles not found in our catalog, we are happy to work directly with you. We have a talented design team with experience in vernaculars such as Southern Colonial, Craftsman/Bungalow, Colonial Revival, Mid-Atlantic Styles, Shingle Style and others. To initiate a project, we can schedule a time to meet or talk on the phone and the placement of a Design Retainer is all you need to get started.
We are always customizing existing plans and designing new homes. Let us know what you are looking for and we may have a plan that fits your description that we can send to you.
We enjoy working with other architects, and can involve them during the design phase, or we can provide quotes and build from their plans, with proper permission. Additionally, architects who work with clients who are interested in historic designs are happy to work with us as they know that we can properly produce the kind of architectural details that their clients want.
Ceiling heights vary from 7'1/2" feet to 12' or more, and are a function of each design style.
Our mill is located in historic Middlebury, Vermont. While most of our homes are built in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, we will deliver world-wide!
Yes. We offer many options to the materials listed in our standard specifications. The materials that are standard in our packages have been chosen after years of research and experience to provide the greatest quality and durability, maintain our high architectural standards, and to minimize our impact on the environment.
We have designed homes for clients with chemical sensitivity that use low or no off-gassing materials, or for clients who simply wish to live more sustainably, or for clients living in unique climates, and we can help advise you on the appropriate materials for your home style, region and sustainability goals. Feel free to call or email us to inquire about a our Standard Specifications.
We use kiln dried lumber for all studs, floor joists and rafters, because it is known for its strength and resistance to warpage. Like the historic houses that we replicate, we intend that our homes will last for hundreds of years and be passed on from generation to generation. For this reason we use only top quality materials in our homes, and use strict design criteria intended to enable our homes to withstand the rigors of the Northeast climate.
A system built home earns points towards LEED certification because this process is recognized as having inherently less impact on the environment. There is far less material waste and far fewer trips to a job site. At Connor Mill-Built Homes, we use all lumber over 5" somewhere in your home. Smaller pieces, and all the sawdust generated, are used locally as mulch for crops. We use many locally sourced materials in production, like the maple used in our cabinets. Finally, Connor Mill-Built Homes’ plans are efficient and designed to maximize the use of space and reduce heating and cooling costs, so that sustainability is more easily achieved over the life of the house.
Most homes built today claim to be designed to last “a lifetime”. Unfortunately, in today's world of disposable commodities, "lifetime" for a new home typically means 50 years or less. Connor Mill-Built Homes are built to last hundreds of years. The classic designs ensure that they will not fall out of fashion, and they are built only with structural elements of time-tested and proven materials. Although built primarily of wood, with maintenance, homeowners can expect the finishes to endure an exceptionally long time. We are happy to provide you with specific information on any of our materials. The result of this durability is a tremendous savings in the embodied energy of your home over its lifetime.