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At what point should we involve the custom homebuilder?

Trends in Customer Homebuilding in Orange County

If we are planning to build a custom home, at what point should we involve the custom homebuilder in the process?

This is a very personal decision.  Many homeowners purchase their parcel of land or house to be torn down and go through the whole architectural planning process before hiring a custom homebuilder.  Others may have hired a custom homebuilder at the very beginning of the process – most likely a homebuilder who they already feel comfortable with or have a previous relationship with.

Our goal is to get involved in the process as early as possible.  We certainly don’t pretend to be architects or land planners, but we do have decades or real world experience that can give valuable insight into the planning process.



The attention to quality construction and detail that Whitehead brings to his role with our company is one of the reasons many of our customers have purchased second and third Brandywine homes.

As vice president of operations, Whitehead’s duties include overseeing construction, purchasing and customer service. Since joining our company in 1995, he has established long-term relationships with material suppliers and subcontractors which have allowed Brandywine Homes to benefit from master contracts. This helps to minimize construction costs while maintaining a quality that shows in every completed home, which is a testament to the quality control and attention to customer service that Brandywine demands.

Whitehead learned the business from the ground up by working as a field superintendent overseeing daily operations and construction of various communities in Southern California.

His ability to work closely with municipal officials during the entitlement process sets the stage for Brandywine and cities to work together to create cohesive communities.