Your Custom Design-Build Process

Our custom home building process is as unique as the homes we build. Every customer works directly with Dean Nelson, President of Homes by Tradition, to ensure the best experience possible. A partnership with Homes by Tradition makes the process of building a custom home fun and rewarding. We’ll listen, learn and gather information about you, your lifestyle, and your needs. The result? A custom-built home that truly reflects your style. Here are the 7 Stages of Your Custom Home Design-Build Journey. Contact us to get more detailed information on each of our stages in our process.

The initial design-build consultation is a perfect time to visit with us to share your thoughts and vision for a new custom home. During this meeting, you will learn more about Homes by Tradition’s design-build process and how we work to make your homebuilding experience positive and rewarding.
Whether you own a property already or are in search of a home site, creating the perfect home that takes full advantage of property features and amenities takes careful planning. Homes by Tradition helps make the process easier by collaborating with customers in studying each property thoroughly and performing due diligence to ensure confidence in making these important decisions.
At this point in the process you will know exactly where you stand on home design, property | lot price, site condition allocations, specifications, features, allowances, and pricing. Now is the time to finalize changes based on plan revisions or pricing, as we will be moving forward with final plans, financing, survey and permit.
During this stage, we are preparing for the start of construction. All our hard work together during the initial stages is complete and anticipation of starting is right around the corner. Several things need to come together before we put a shovel in the ground, but we are close!
Now the fun starts and you really get into the details. You will be introduced to your dedicated Homes by Tradition interior designer and project manager who bring all the details and construction of your home to reality. The HBT team collaborates with you and guides you through the process of building your home.
The end of your design-build journey is close and construction of your beautiful new Homes by Tradition home is nearly complete. A few things need to be wrapped up before moving in to ensure a smooth and stress-free transition.
Your home is complete. Now that you have settled in, remember we are still here if you need us. Homes by Tradition has a reputation of standing behind what we build. Customer satisfaction is very important to us so we want to ensure you have comfort knowing you can always call us if you have questions, concerns on how something works, a potential warranty request, or just to say hello.

From concept to completion, we provide the top level of service expected from our customers. We separate ourselves from other Twin Cities custom home builders by offering a convenient “one-stop-shop” custom process, where architectural design, construction, interior design and color selections, mortgage/financing and closing/title are all handled within our integration of Tradition Companies. From the very beginning to after you close on your new home, our team is there to ensure your satisfaction of every aspect of the process. Get started on our design-build process today by calling 612-363-6034 or email us at

Custom Home Builders
Lakeville – Minneapolis – Twin Cities South Metro