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ing floor plans and selecting different façade options and finishes.
"Client changes don't happen often once we begin construction
because we put such an emphasis on selecting everything in
the preconstruction process long before we begin the project,"
The company partners with professional construction lenders
and assists its clients in construction financing. BrightLeaf prides
itself on never going over budget and maintaining clear communication with its clients throughout the process. "We take a client's
budget and work with them to determine the type of home they
need and the features that are most important to them so we can
design the home that they can afford that will work best for their
family," Thompson says.
Once construction is ready to begin, BrightLeaf creates a schedule that is sent to all its trade partners so they know when and
where they need to be months in advance. In addition to its 10year envelope warranty, BrightLeaf provides a 30-day, six-month
and one-year check-up on all of its houses to ensure they are functioning the way they were designed to and to answer any questions
the homeowners have.
space above their garage. In all of its models, BrightLeaf has developed a flex room that can adapt to the homeowners' needs. "The
husband's mother might come live there one day, so he loved the
flex space," Thompson says. "Right now it will be a playroom for
their son. When his mother comes to live, we have the bedroom
on the main floor and a first-floor full bathroom so she can live on
The Bluff Avenue home was completed in March. The lengthiest part of the process was locating and acquiring the property,
Thompson says. "While we waited to close on the land, we had
already customized the house how they wanted it," he remembers.
"They picked out everything before we started building and we
came to a fixed price agreement so everyone knew the final cost."
Moving forward, BrightLeaf's goal is to build 20 homes this
year and double that number in 2018. To diversify its portfolio, the
company is building its first high-performance multi-unit, rental
building in Brookfield, Ill., in partnership with another developer.
"We will continue to focus on our product and the client while
providing the best homes and customer experience possible,"
Thompson adds. "We always look to improve in every aspect of the
company no matter what." )
In August 2016, BrightLeaf started working with a family to find
land in La Grange where they could build a customized green,
high performance home. "We call this our land-plus build package
where we find the land and then walk you through customizing the
home you want," Thompson adds.
The homeowners fully customized their house, requesting an
integrated sound system, finishes that suited their taste and a bonus
BrightLeaf creates schedules for each home, ensuring trade partners know when
and where they need to be months in advance.
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