We have a broad portfolio of home designs not found in our most recent catalog. These homes, and the homes in our catalog, are always being updating to reflect current lifestyle and demographic trends. Further, we are also continually designing new homes.
To get a sense of the breadth of our portfolio, please contact one of our Home Sales Consultants, they'll be glad to discuss your ideas and share with you the many options available outside of our current catalog.
Very few of our clients purchase a catalog home “as-is” with the standard set of materials and specifications. We expect there to be changes. The process involves working first with our Home Sales Consultants to identify the changes you'd like to make to one of our catalog home designs and the selection of materials and specifications. Then, working with our internal design team, we formalize the changes and incorporate them in to the construction documents. Conceptual design changes can be agreed upon based on indicative pricing while formal changes developed in consultation with a project architect occur after receipt of a deposit or design retainer.
While design consultation can certainly occur over the phone or by teleconference, we strongly recommend a trip to our millshop in Middlebury, Vermont, where you can not only sit with your project architect but can also experience the millshop and meet the craftsmen who will take your vision and make it a reality.
On a case-by-case basis we will consider building a home designed by a third-party architect. However, we do not engage in projects where the architectural aesthetic or required building methodologies deviate from our core areas of expertise and experience.
We will gladly perform a quick review of your architect’s plans to determine if the design and methods of construction are aligned with our expertise, methodologies and specifications. If they are, we will gladly enter in to a design retainer with you to adapt your architect’s design to reflect our methodologies and specifications. Alternatively, we’d be glad to work up a preliminary price quote for a reasonable estimation fee.
Yes. We offer many alternatives to the materials and specifications listed as "standard" on our packages. All of the materials we use represent years of research and in-use experience. They provide the greatest quality and durability, maintain our high architectural standards, and minimize our impact on the environment.
When requested, we design homes for clients with chemical sensitivities that require low or no off-gassing materials. We also design homes for clients who wish to live more sustainably or are concerned with the impact of climate change. We will gladly advise you on the appropriate materials and specifications to achieve your personal goals.
The finished price of a Connor Mill-Built Home can vary significantly. The cost of our exterior and interior packages depend on the intricacy of the design, the materials and amenities selected and, of course, the size of the home. The cost of the work accomplished outside our millshop is determined by the local builder you engage on the project. Builder costs can vary significantly based on geography, site conditions, utility solutions, heating and plumbing selections and level of interior finish desired.
While we cannot quote the cost a local builder might charge, we can help estimate the total cost of a home by providing you with a firm quote for our packages and a sense for what a local builder in your geography might charge. We will also, of course, help you find a local builder if you don't already have one in-hand. Whatever the final cost, we are confident it will be materially lower and of higher quality than if a comparable home were "stick-built" without the benefits of our mill-built packages and proven home designs.
The best way to answer the question is to reach out to one of our Home Sales Consultants and let them help you find a home and a price that works for you.
Our millshop is located in historic Middlebury, Vermont. While most of our homes are built in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, we will deliver our packages nearly anywhere. Limitations include the cost of freight vis-a-vis the level of cost savings gained from our efficient approach to design and manufacturing and local building codes. In some geographies, our designs need to be adapted or reengineered to conform to local building codes.
Ceiling heights vary from 7'1/2" feet to 12' or more, and are a function of each design style.
We use kiln dried lumber for all studs, floor joists and rafters. Kiln dried lumber is known for its strength and resistance to warping. Like the historic houses that we replicate, we intend that our homes will last for hundreds of years and be passed down 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.
Our homes are inherently sustainable because they are designed and built to last for generations. Their longevity is result of their timeless beauty, the durability of their design and our methods and means of construction.
Our homes also earn points toward LEED certification. Being "systems built" our homes are recognized as having less impact on the environment.
We produce less material waste (all lumber over 5" is used somewhere in our system) and generate fewer trips to and from a job site. Once delivered, our home packages can be set in just 10-20 days.
We design and engineer our exterior packages to allow for easy and solid installation of solar panels.
We also use many locally sourced materials in production, like the maple used in our cabinets.
Finally, our 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. Our homes are built to last hundreds of years. Our classic designs ensure that they will not fall out of fashion and are built only with structural elements of time-tested and proven materials. Although built primarily of wood, with maintenance a homeowner can expect the finishes to endure an exceptionally long time. The result of this durability is a tremendous savings in the embodied energy of your home over its lifetime.