Our Building Process

Our Building Process

Building a custom home doesn’t have to be a daunting or expensive task. In fact, it should be the most enjoyable and rewarding experience if you choose the right design-build team.

When you choose Thomas Building Company, you are partnering with an experienced craftsman who brings his formal LSU education in construction management, values, reputation, and excellent customer service to the table. Owner Drew Gasser has 25 years of delivering beautiful custom homes to many satisfied homeowners. At Thomas Building, we are committed to helping you realize your dreams throughout the building process, so it is simple, hassle-free, and enjoyable.

Our Planning Process

Step 1: Explore Your Ideas

You are building a custom home and making a lifetime dream come true!  We want to get to know you and explore your ideas and vision of that dream custom home.  This is an excellent time to get better acquainted. We will share with your our experience, reputation for excellence, and advise you on the many options available to you.  Whether you have your own plans or you need assistance assembling a team we will make it simple, hassle-free and enjoyable.

Step 2: Designing and Planning Your Custom Home

Building a custom home allows you to customize every aspect of your home and should not be rushed. Choosing the right team of an architect, interior designer and builder can help avoid countless headaches and ensure a more enjoyable and rewarding experience. We will assist you in working with the team to execute your vision throughout design of your custom home. Choosing how your home is situated on your lot, planning the unique spaces and the multiple choices of interior fixtures can be a memorable experience with the right team working for you.

Step 3: Fixed Cost Proposal

You have agreed on the design aspects of your custom home and now is the time for Thomas Building Company to deliver a fixed cost proposal. Our owner, Drew Gasser will sit down with you to go over every aspect of his proposal and answer all questions you have.

Step 4: Building Your Dream Home

It is time to break ground and start constructing your dream custom home!  We maintain thorough communication with you as we build your home, keeping you informed in the exciting process.  Your home will begin to take shape over the next several months with owner Drew Gasser onsite daily to oversee the building.  With over 25 years of experience and over 100 homes built, you can have confidence that you home is in good hands. Before you know it you will be moving into your beautiful and unique custom home constructed by Thomas Building Company.

Step 5: Completion and Move In

The completion of your custom home has arrived and we are excited to walk you through the home to make sure everything is perfect.  Drew Gasser will explain your warranty program, and show you how to maintain all of the systems in your home. He will answer any questions you may have and handover the keys to you and your family.  

 

1. EXPLORE YOUR IDEAS

When you are ready to discuss your vision, dreams, and desires of building a custom home, call us to schedule a personal meeting. Our owner, Drew Gasser, is one of the most experienced custom home builders in Baton Rouge, LA. His reputation brings a level of excellence and dedication to every custom home that exceeds expectation. Drew will come to your home to get acquainted with you and explore your custom home needs or renovation project. During this visit, he will discuss the location of your build, why your current home no longer fits, and how your new custom home can grow with your family’s needs. This time is dedicated to you and exploring your vision, wishes, dreams, and ideas of a custom home.

Typically, there are two distinct scenarios that we encounter in our first meeting with new clients

SCENARIO 1: “WE HAVE PLANS”

Our meeting will focus on discussing specific needs, location of lot, finishes, materials, and costs. To put together a fixed cost agreement, we’ll begin agreeing on details such as:

  • Exterior Finishes: Do you prefer brick, stone, stucco?
  • Foundation-Type: Will we be building your home on top of crawlspace, or slab?
  • Interior Finishes: We’ll want to determine a comprehensive list of interior selections including cabinet-types, floor-coverings, lighting, and plumbing fixtures, window and door designs, fireplaces, and trim packages.
  • Homebuilding Extras: Will you be expanding on your home’s footprint with the addition of an outdoor living space, outdoor kitchen, pool, or pool house?

 

SCENARIO 2: “I DON’T HAVE PLANS.”

Don’t worry, most of our customers come to us with a general idea of what they want, but most look to us to help them choose and refine a design that fits their needs. We can suggest a reputable architect and recommend an interior designer, as a team approach, to best deliver your custom dream home. When this is the case, expect your homebuilder to ask some of the following questions:

  • Can we recommend an architect and interior designer?
  • What size home do you need? How much livable square-footage?
  • How many baths, bedrooms?
  • Can we find an existing plan that fits your needs?
  • What home layouts fit your style and plans?
  • What’s your budget?
  • Do you need purpose-specific rooms?

Meeting with client to go over architectural plans

2. DESIGNING AND PLANNING YOUR CUSTOM HOME

Building a custom home is an exciting opportunity to design a home that is uniquely customized to complement your needs, desires, and lifestyle. If you can envision it, we can build it. Our best advice is not to rush the design process. Taking the time and effort to assemble the right design/build team from the beginning will avoid countless headaches down the road!  

We work well with architects, and interior designers to assist you in the design and planning stages of the home building experience. We highly recommend inviting a qualified and experienced interior designer to the team when designing the home. Architects and interior designers bring unique knowledge and valuable insight into designing, and accomplishing your vision.

When choosing Thomas Building, we offer 3 hours of interior design consultation with one of our recommended interior design experts, as a value-added benefit. As your homebuilder, we want this experience to be memorable, and we will take the burden off of you so you can sit back and enjoy the building process.

3. FIXED COST PROPOSAL

EXACT QUOTE

Once you and Drew have agreed on the design elements, architectural plans, and any other specific needs, he will provide you with a proposal that includes an exact fixed cost of your project. 

When we say “exact quote,” we mean it. This quote is not an estimate, and there will be no surprise expenses during your project. If you desire changes or additions during the construction process, we will address those changes as they occur.

PEACE OF MIND

Every dollar counts and we will work with your budget to maximize our efforts to exceed your expectations. Delivering upon our promises to you is at the heart of everything we do at Thomas Building.

4. BUILDING YOUR DREAM HOME

There is nothing more exciting than groundbreaking on your custom home. From this point forward, our owner, Drew Gasser and his construction manager, Brett LeBlanc, will keep you informed and involved throughout the construction process. With 25 years of experience and over 100 homes constructed, you can feel confident that your home is in good hands. 

 

Construction Management & Completion

With a degree from LSU in construction management, Drew has refined and perfected the building process to deliver your custom home on time and on budget.  During the construction, he is available by phone as needed and onsite daily each week. If you ever have any questions or concerns about your project, do not hesitate to call Drew. Brett LeBlanc is onsite daily and supervises the day-to-day construction and management of our team of subcontractors. 

5. COMPLETION AND MOVE IN

There are a few significant events in someone’s life, and building a custom home is one of them. At Thomas Building Company, we live for the moment when we see the look on your face when your dream home is completed, and the keys are handed over to you. Upon completion of your home, Drew Gasser will personally walk you through the complete home – exterior and interior to ensure you are completely satisfied with your new custom home. He takes great pride in his work and wants you to be delighted with your custom luxury home. Anything less than your complete satisfaction is not enough.  

WARRANTY PROTECTION

We provide you with a firm written warranty for both material and craftsmanship. We stand behind what we build and want you to know we will come and make repairs if necessary.

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