SOH Episode 4 – Architects Can Design Too

Custom Building Starts With Your Architect

In this episode Pat Cardoni interviews Lisa Elkins from 2 Point Perspective to discuss the role and challenges of your architect in your custom building and remodeling project.  Be prepared to be amazed and respect the thought process that goes into each and every design that architects go through.  Your custom built home is truly a one of a kind piece and should be treated as such.  When deciding to build or remodel it is important to work with someone that understands your needs and can put together unique design and architecturally appealing finishes.


Lisa Elkins

Custom Home, Baby

Having a Baby is Just Like Building a Custom Home

Having a Baby is Just Like Building a Custom Home By Ryan Siebert In what will certainly be one of my more comical blog posts, I want to compare the joy and frustrations that I recently found myself thinking about between having a baby and building a custom home.

Project Manager

Project Manager, Where the Rubber Meets the Road!

The Project Manager, Where the Rubber Meets the Road By Pat Cardoni We made it past the lender, the architect and the designer and we think we have a plan that can work.  Then we meet, drum roll please, the Project Manager.

SOH: Episode 3 – Construction Lending

Construction Lending


On this episode you will hear from guests Mike Black and Jon Goldman from Wintrust Mortgage.  They will share their insights on how construction lending works.  When it comes to remodeling or building your custom home it is important to work with professionals that are familiar with the lending process.  More and more you are seeing the importance of working with lender that can professionally get your transaction completed and keep your homebuilder honest when it comes to the construction costs.

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Invest in Yourself

Invest in Yourself

Invest in Yourself By Ryan Siebert I wanted to take a timeout from informational homebuilding blogs to give a summary of my experience attending the 2017 Global Leadership Summit.  For those of you looking for the next best tip on how to complete your custom home project, be patient with me.  I’ll have a new […]

SOH: Episode 2 – Keep Your Emotions Out of Your Dreams

Episode 2 – Keeping Emotions Out of Your Dreams

Dreams, custom home builder

We all want to “have it all” when it comes to the dreams of building your own custom home.  The reality is that we have to do our best to keep our emotions in check when it comes to building a your dream home.  Even if you have all the money that you need for the next 1,000 years and don’t know how you are going to spend it all.  It is important that you understand the limitations of the location that you are building at to assure that you do not price yourself out of the market.  Some of you will still make the decision to over upgrade your home, and that is fine as long as you know it.  Make sure you talk to the professionals in your area to understand what you can build and what upgrades are applicable when you decide to dive into custom homebuilding.

Role of Your Designer

What is the Role of Your Designer?

What is the Role of Your Designer? By Pat Cardoni Picture from We have talked to an architect, but where does the architect’s role stop and what is the role of your designer?