Frequently Asked Questions

I’m thinking about building a house. How do I get started?

These initial steps will help you start planning:

What do you build?

As a custom home building company, Main Street Homes builds custom homes designed around our customer’s needs, lifestyles and budget. Most Main Street homes start at 2,200 square feet of living space to over 6,000 square feet, and include a variety of architectural styles from Tudor, Prairie Contemporary, American Craftsman, and Traditional to Modern/Contemporary. We build whatever style best suits you and your location. Learn more about some of the custom details our clients have selected.

Where do you build?

We build in the location of your choosing, giving you the custom home you want in the setting you want. We build in suburban neighborhood settings, on large sprawling acreage, and in urban higher density settings. We will build on your home site if you already own one, or we’ll assist you in locating, evaluating and purchasing a building site. We’re currently building in Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea, Saline and other surrounding areas in Michigan, including several homes at the picturesque Preserve of Dexter, which has many open sites available.

What if I already own a site?

Whether you already own your own site or are in the beginning stages of finding one, our team of experienced professionals will assist you in every step of the building process.

How long does it take to build a house?

The size, complexity and level of detail determine how long it will take to build any particular house. During the planning process of your home, Joe will provide an estimated timeline of your particular project based on the overall square footage and other important factors. Most homes take a minimum of 6 months+ to complete. Learn more about our home building process.

How many custom home designs can I choose from?

Main Street Homes doesn’t limit your options to an existing set of home designs. Instead, we talk in detail about your criteria. Our architects (we work with celebrated architect Jeff Ziegelbaur), will then review their portfolio of over 5,000 home designs to find the plan(s) that best matches the size, design and features you are looking for or we design a house from the ground up. It all depends on what you’re looking for in your new home.



Isn’t it more expensive to build a home than to buy an existing house?

No. Building a house can be as affordable as buying a used house, when you consider the repair and remodeling costs associated with moving into someone else’s house. And there are many benefits to building your own home, including the ability to customize it for your family’s lifestyle needs – including mother-in-law suites or other universal design features, home offices and command centers, spa bathrooms, fitness centers, yoga/meditation rooms, and screened porches.

Do you do renovations, or whole homes only?

We do both complete homes and larger scale renovation projects, like adding significant square footage, major kitchen remodels, or renovating an entire home. We offer full construction for additions, renovations, and upgrades, including everything from kitchens, bathrooms, basements, outdoor living areas, in-law suites, and second story expansions. Read more about our home remodeling options.

How can I see samples of your work?

Browse our photo gallery or contact us to schedule a walkthrough of a home under construction or recently completed. We would love to show you the level of quality and attention to detail that goes into every home we build.

Why do people prefer Main Street Homes?

It’s the quality feeling you get when you enter one of our homes. People often comment about how “solid and durable” they feel, and how the fit and finish is “unparalleled.” We purchase only the finest materials at the very best prices. And we use only the most experienced and talented craftsmen. These principles allow us to deliver a home of impeccable quality at a tremendous value. Learn what makes a Main Street home a custom home, and read our client testimonials to hear why recent clients are happy they chose Main Street Homes.