For so many reasons, buying a home is one of the most important purchases you'll make in your lifetime. That's why you'll want to carefully review all your options before making a final decision. While location and price will help guide you, there's always the opportunity to build a custom home from the ground up which offers you the unique benefit of working with expert designers to make it completely yours.
Proving that custom and value can come together, Cook Builders has been in the business of remodeling, restoration and building custom dream homes that range in price from the $200s to more than a million since 1974. Over the years, the Cook team has always been true to their longstanding reputation for excellence in home design, construction and customer service.
"At Cook Builders our goal is to help you design and build your custom dream home with quality materials at a reasonable price," owner Rich Cook said. "We realize how important the purchase of a new home is, so we involve our customers in the building process every step of the way. Building relationships is as important to us as building an excellent house that you'll be proud to call home for many, many years to come."
When you choose to build a custom home, you control the price, layout, design and overall look. After all, when making such a major investment, shouldn't you get exactly what you want?
Cook's custom home building process takes you step by step through selecting and customizing your floor plan and finishes, determining your new home's cost, financing, site selection, pre-construction meetings and every detail right up to moving into and enjoying your new custom home.
"Many people are surprised to learn that Cook Builders can create the home they've always wanted, featuring unique and personally-designed custom details that are hand-selected from day one, in the location of their choice, for an extremely competitive price," Cook said. "During one of the longest, coldest winters in recent memory, it seemed like interest in building homes was pretty low, but since the weather has changed more and more people are looking to take advantage of the incredible opportunities in the housing market."
Another fact that always amazes people when they get to know Cook Builders is how they build all their homes -- from the smaller and more affordable to the larger and more ornate -- using the very same exacting standards, professional tradesman and personal attention, according to Cook.
"Some people only build one or two homes in their lifetime," he said. "Whether it's a first home or next home, buyers across all price ranges are looking to maximize their investment with the best possible quality, most livable space, energy efficiency and overall appeal their budget will allow. That's what makes new construction such an incredibly compelling option right now."
One of just a handful of Certified Green Professionals in our area, Rich Cook ensures that his company is using the guiding principals that make homes more environmentally friendly and ultimately less expensive for homeowners to operate.
"Cook Builders is recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency for committing to build all our homes to meet the ENERGY STAR performance guidelines," he said. "Every one of the last 45 homes built by Cook has been independently tested and earned the highest possible 5-Star Plus rating. Our homeowners will save an average of 20% to 30% in energy costs compared to conventional building practices."
Featuring extraordinary signature custom touches you'll never see on the house next door, every Cook-built home reflects the personal style and needs of its owner. Whether you choose one of their favorite floor plans, something you've found elsewhere or start completely from scratch, Cook Builders will work closely with you to create the home of your dreams.
"People like new homes -- it's still the American dream," Cook said. "We work hard with and for our homeowners, and it seems to work out well for everyone. The fact that we are able to build such a wide range of homes for people with such varying incomes is an indicator of that fact."
If you don't already own or have your eye on a particular piece of property, Cook Builders can help you evaluate the best possible locations for your new home. Intimately familiar with a variety of locations throughout the region based on their years of experience, Cook Builders can help narrow the options and present those that best meet your personal needs taking into account desired commute times for work, local schools, shopping options and much more.
You can also consider a neighborhood where Cook has reserved home sites. These include Lake Hills in St. John, Feather Rock and White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point, Park West in Munster and Emerald Crossing in Dyer, which is a new, more affordable neighborhood featuring single-family homes plus outstanding maintenance-free Cottage homes starting in the $180s for a completely customizable 2 bdrm/2 bath 1,467 sq ft ranch plan on the state line.
For more information on building your new custom dream home, contact Rich Cook of Cook Builders at (219) 322-3303. To view examples of their work, go to cookbuilders.com online.