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When it comes to the new home of your dreams, there are a number of builders who know a great deal about what you have in mind – and they’ve got the homes to prove it!
With pricing that ranges from the upper $100s, many people are surprised to learn that new construction can meet all their needs – starting with their budget. From there, new construction offers homebuyers all the benefits of the latest building codes and energy efficiency as well as contemporary styling, flexibility when it comes to design and selections plus extended warranties on everything from the construction and building materials to HVAC and kitchen appliances.
Best of all, new construction is brand new and built with you in mind.
Whether they’re building custom homes on individual lots or within a neighborhood that caters to a specific lifestyle – think maintenance-free and/or amenities that range from playgrounds to club houses – local builders are always talking to people about their homes in order to provide buyers with the best possible options.
Discover the options these featured builders offer, including a great selection of available ready to move-in new homes ideal for everyone from first-time buyers to those in search of their next home in northwest Indiana:
Villas of Briar Leaf | villasofbriarleaf.com
(call for appointment)
1,525-2,035-sq-ft ranch and 2-story (main floor master) luxury townhomes
starting in the $300s
Surrounded by Briar Leaf Golf Club in LaPorte, the Villas of Briar Leaf by Steven W. Reichert Signature Homes offer homebuyers the opportunity for exceptional carefree living. This maintenance-free community is close to the shores of Lake Michigan and La Porte's five lakes.
Sommers Construction | brigatahills.com
Brigata Hills: 4102 Brigata Drive, Valparaiso
3,555-sq-ft 1.5 story, 5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 3-car garage
Just five minutes from downtown Valparaiso, Brigata Hills features spectacular home sites for custom-built luxury homes with the privacy and distinction of an impeccable landscape, mature trees and tranquil open spaces. Lots priced from $90,000 (1% financing available on reservations).
Steiner Homes | steinerhomesltd.com
Deer Ridge South: 12888 Baker Court, Crown Point
4,121-sq-ft 2-story, 5 bdrms, 3.5 baths, 3-car garage
Ellendale Farm: 1100 Ziegfield Court, Crown Point
4,124-sq-ft 2-story, 5 bdrms (main floor master), 3.5 baths, 3-car garage
The Highlands of Ellendale Farm: 1161 Hyde Park, Crown Point
2,018-sq-ft ranch, 3 bdrms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage
When it comes to finding a great home that fits your needs, Steiner builds distinctively affordable custom homes throughout northwest Indiana – from Cedar Lake to Lakeshore Drive in Michigan City.
Starting with tall ceilings and oversized windows throughout the main floor, every Steiner-built home includes handmade exterior columns with details of stone or brick, interior arches and pillars, oversized moldings and trim, solid wood oak flooring plus crown and rope trim detail on all kitchen cabinets – and that’s just a few highlight from the detailed list of included standard features.
Beyond those, it’s the personalized design and finishing touches that make each Steiner home unique. Throughout the entire building process, the team at Steiner Homes puts the focus on you and the way you live in order to tailor make a beautiful new home for you.
Snemis Construction | buildsnemis.com
Sagamore: 154 N. Ridgeview Drive, Valparaiso
2,300-sq-ft 2-story, 4 bdrms, 2.5 baths, 3-car garage
A third-generation contractor, David Snemis has been taking his clients’ personal visions from idea to reality for more than 20 years. In return, they appreciate the fact that Snemis is a hands-on contractor who creates and stands behind every personalized custom home he builds as a good investment for now and the future.
Ridgemoor Builders | ridgemoorbuilders.com
Tara: 1423 Gates Drive, Schererville
2,275-sq-ft 2-story, 4 bdrms, 2.5 baths, 2.5-car garage
starting in the $230s
As the sole developer for 3 of the 4 corners at St. John Road and 77th Avenue in Schererville (easy access to IL 394 and I-80/94), Ridgemoor Builders has been dedicated to creating great communities with single-family homes that are sensibly built and reasonably priced for decades.
Realty Executives Premier Portage | www.realtypremierportage.com
Touch of Green: 375 Larkin, Chesterton
2,240-sq-ft 2-story, 4 bdrms (main floor master), 2.5 baths, 2.5-car garage
Located within walking distance of Chesterton’s great downtown, Touch of Green is a hidden gem that caters to people looking to downsize (ranch homes with 1,369-sq-ft starting at $159,000) as well as families seeking some extra room to grow (check out the affordable model). Yards are just the right size for a carefree lifestyle.
Phillippe Builders | phillippebuilders.com
The Gates of St. John: 9000 W. 103rd Street, St. John
1,650-sq-ft ranch, 3 bdrms, 2 baths, 2-car garage
Spring Run: 17841 Oak Park Lane, Lowell
1,600-sq-ft 2-story, 3 bdrms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage
Village Green at Coffee Creek: 605 Village Point, Chesterton
1,700-sq-ft 2-story, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2-car garage
Phillippe Builders believe the things that make a “house” a “home” don’t exist merely within four walls. With a longstanding track record for creating unique and thriving communities with character, Phillippe draws upon the rich architectural heritage of the American Midwest for inspiration when it comes to developing a range of contemporary home plans that complement an individual neighborhood’s unique lifestyle.
As a result, you’ll always have the opportunity to choose from a selection of designs and explore a variety of options within your price range in a community by Phillippe Builders. Designed to meet strict standards and provide meticulous craftsmanship with superior energy efficiency - the hallmarks of a Phillippe-built home - new plans and updates are always in the works.
Look for the debut of the all-new Heritage Oak in The Gates of St. John.
Nardo Builders | nardobuilders.com
Timberland Estates: 3 Wollaston Road, Valparaiso
3,640-sq-ft ranch, 4 bdrms, 3 baths, 3-car garage
Timberland Estates: 839 East Shakespeare Drive, Valparaiso
2,475-sq-ft 2-story, 4+ bdrms, 2.5 baths, 3-car garage
Timberland Estates: 835 East Shakespeare Drive, Valparaiso
2,517-sq-ft 2-story, 4 bdrms (main floor master), 2.5 baths, 3-car garage
Nardo has built and developed over 350 new home sites, with an additional 183 platted and ready for future development in Porter County. Timberland Estates is wooded and serene with all natural surroundings, yet just two minutes from the toll road and 45 minutes to downtown Chicago with Duneland schools, Lake Michigan water and city services.
The recent introduction of new craftsman-style models with great front porches, 9-foot basements and standard features such as granite, hardwood, Energy Star rating and landscaping have been well received in Timberland Estates. Nardo is open to making changes to any of their custom home designs and also builds on the homesite of your choice. With an onsite sales and customer service office in Timberland Estates, homebuyers appreciate Nardo’s accessibility before, during and after they make their move to the community.
My First Choice Homebuilders | myfirstchoicehome.com
Sagamore: 119 Trillium Lane, Valparaiso
3,096-sq-ft 2-story, 5 bdrms, 3.5 baths, 3-car garage
When you build each new home as if it were you own, there’s no mistaking the extreme attention to detail as well as uncompromising commitment to quality. With homes in Lake and Porter counties, First Choice Homebuilders ensures each and every one is made to order based on the homebuyers unique specifications.
Hennessey Homes | hennessey-homes.com
Arbor Lake Estates: 118 North Ashton Lane, Valparaiso
3,170-sq-ft 2-story, 4 bdrms, 2.5 baths, 3-car garage
Providing clients with personal, hands-on service, Bob Hennessey’s affordably elegant homes are located in some of the most prestigious family-oriented developments throughout Lake and Porter counties. Bob’s forte is plan development, having earned an Engineering degree with a minor in drafting.
EPCON Homes & Communities | epconcommunities.com
Courtyards at Pepper Creek: 3156 Indian Summer Circle, Valparaiso
3,266-sq-ft ranch, 2+ bdrms (bonus suite available), 2 baths, 2.5-car garage
Villas at Vale Park: 2334 Allison Circle, Valparaiso
1,816-sq-ft ranch, 2+ bedrooms, 2 baths, 2.5 car garage
Discover the many benefits of maintenance-free living in these lifestyle-rich communities – Courtyards at Pepper Creek feature a clubhouse, fitness facility, pool and walking trails; Villas at Vale Park have a clubhouse, fitness facility and pool. Trade in the hassles of yard work, shoveling snow and exterior upkeep for more time to enjoy the amenities and events right outside your front door.
Keep in mind that quick delivery homes like the models listed above go fast in these communities – and there are just a few remaining opportunities to build from the ground up in Villas at Vale Park.
Eenigenburg Builders | ebihomes.com
Renaissance: 9858 Meadow Rose Lane, St. John
3,100-sq-ft ranch, 4 bdrms, 3 baths, 3-car garage
Ellendale Farm: 1157 Mary Ellen Drive, Crown Point
2,475-sq-ft 2-story, 4 bdrms, 2.5 baths, 2.5-car garage
Kurt Eenigenburg and his professional team have been dedicated to constructing affordable unique homes in a variety of local neighborhoods for more than 20 years. He’s always around if his homebuyers need anything – even after closing.
Whether you choose to build on one of their lots in some of the finest new home communities in Schererville, St. John and Crown Point or on one you’ve selected elsewhere, Kurt will be your main contact for everything - sales, selection and project management. That way, you can rely on one person to be there for you throughout the entire process of designing and building your new home.
DR Horton | drhorton.com
Ellendale Farm: 625 Lake Street, Crown Point
3,087-sq-ft 2-story, 4 bdrms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage
Waterside Crossing: 10865 Maine Drive, Crown Point
2,799-sq-ft 2-story, 4 bdrms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage
White Hawk West: 10070 Mathews Street
2,867-sq-ft 2-story, 4 bdrms, 2.5 baths, 3-car garage
Donald R. Horton developed and built his first neighborhood in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area over three decades ago. As the company grew from a local homebuilder, to a regional homebuilder, to ultimately the largest homebuilder in the United States, Horton’s vision “of livable and affordable new homes built with unmatched efficiencies and uncompromising quality. Of family traditions passed on to new generations. Of a business that would grow by making customers’ dreams a reality,” never wavered.
With the company dedicated to design innovation, superior craftsmanship and responsiveness to the needs of its customers, DR Horton’s northwest Indiana homes are among the most affordable in the area and can be found in several community settings-including communities located close to transportation, accessible to major expressways and in excellent school districts.
Dabrowski Construction | dabrowskiconstruction.com
Whispering Ridge: 14 West Serenity Lane, Schererville
2,550-sq-ft 2-story, 4 bdrms, 2.5 baths, 3-car garage
As a custom homebuilder, Lance Dabrowski’s niche is second or third time homebuyers. Since it’s important for these buyers to see all the amenities and finer things included in the price of a home built by Dabrowski, he makes every effort to have something for buyers to walk through, and Serenity Lane is his latest model.
Coolman Communities | coolmanbuilt.com
Bridgewater Estates: 3710 Bridgewater Drive, Valparaiso
1,970-sq-ft ranch, 3 bdrms, 2 baths, 2-car garage
Fairfield Greens: 1257 Barnstable Crossing, Valparaiso
1,704-sq-ft ranch, 3 bdrms, 2 baths, 2-car garage
North Hampstead: 3804 Barnstable Crossing, Valparaiso
1,507-sq-ft ranch, 3 bdrms, 2 baths, 2-car garage
The Prairie at Aberdeen: 52 Prairie Parkway, Valparaiso
1,884-sq-ft ranch, 3 bdrms, 2 baths, 2+-car garage
The Coolman family has been developing neighborhoods and building homes on the south side of Valparaiso since the establishment of Heritage Valley in the 1950s. Focusing on “active adults,” Coolman currently has available homes in five different neighborhoods designed to minimize maintenance, eliminate stairs and maximize space.
With the goal of offering something that works for everyone, Coolman recently added Bridgewater Estates on the north sides of Valparaiso to the company’s portfolio of properties, where you’ll find some are exclusively 55-plus and some are not; some cater to people who are seeking the social aspect of living with people going through the same season of life, while others want their needs met in a neighborhood where all different kinds of people live.
What makes a Coolman-built community so attractive is the fact that there are so many great features to choose from, including home plans and pricing. Plus, every Coolman-built home is highly-energy efficient and built to last so the investment you make in our new home today will pay you back over and over again. Just ask any one of the company’s current homeowners.
Bucher Construction | bucherconstruction.com
Sagamore: 117 Trillium Lane, Valparaiso
2,571-sq-ft 2-story, 3 bdrms, 3 baths, 2.5-car garage
A hands-on family-operated company with a long-standing tradition of merit in custom home building that dates back to 1985, Bucher Construction always emphasizes quality, affordability and family. As a result, the company has been busy with presold homes in Augustine and Grande Prairie as well as Sagamore.
Blum Construction | blumbuilthomes.com
Arbor Lake Estates: 415 West Ashton Lane, Valparaiso
2,250-sq-ft ranch, 3 bdrms, 2 baths, 3-car garage
Don and Heidi Blum have been building distinctively different custom homes that reflect the company’s unique sense of style for more than 30 years. Along with their current model, you’ll find many more great examples when you visit Arbor Lake Estates. Home packages start in the $300s and can be built in a variety of locations.
Aldred Homes | aldredhomes
Hawthorne: 2507 Pennington Place, Valparaiso
3,266-sq-ft 2-story, 4 bdrms, 2 full/2 half baths, 3-car garage
Wild Rose: 1712 Briam Circle, Valparaiso
2,566-sq-ft 1.5-story (finished flex room plus storage upstairs), 3 bdrms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage
When it comes to building custom homes that exceed expectations, Aldred Homes has been taking special care to understand the unique needs of each homebuyer for more than 30 years. With such a great amount of time spent coming up with fresh new designs that reflect the company’s impeccable sense of style, the Aldred Homes team is devoted to ensuring every buyer’s new home needs are being met in every way possible.
Whether you’re searching for a maintenance-free community (Wild Rose) or a family-friendly environment (Hawthorne), Aldred Homes can build the home of your dreams in northwest Indiana.