Sep/Oct
2011

Affordable Custom Homes

Written by RAB
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0013If you thought you couldn’t afford a custom home, Fieldstone Family Homes wants the opportunity to change your mind.

    Brothers Trent and Troy Johnson along with Bryan Wolfe started the business in 2008 after working in the construction industry with their father who was a builder. Based in Lakeville, Minn., their goal is combining the best service with value.

    “People assume it costs more to build than to buy existing,” Bryan said. “We can give the client exactly what they want.” With 15 homes currently under contract, and a staff of six, Fieldstone builds around 50 homes a year and is expanding into the Rochester area.

    Two of Fieldstone’s homes will be
featured as part of the Rochester Area Builder’s Fall Showcase of Homes, September 16–18 and 23–25.

    “Custom does not have to be expensive,” Bryan said. “Our clients look at pre-priced plans and determine if they would like to make modifications. We are able to move windows, doors or anything else that the client wants,” he said. “Clients can even bring us sketches of things they have thought of.”

On the tour

One of the Fieldstone homes on the tour, located at 2301 Tee Time Road SE, features four bedrooms and a laundry room on the upper floor. The main level features a living room with a large open kitchen and a massive center island. The dining room opens up to the great room, which includes a fireplace.

    Also featured on the tour is a home at 1248 Turnberry Drive SE. Situated on Eastwood Golf Course, the home has a vaulted owner’s suite, a gas fireplace in the family room and a stainless steel appliance package. The open floor plan offers three bedrooms, two baths and a laundry room on the upper level.  

One happy customer

Kari Helgerson of Prior Lake, Minn., used Fieldstone to build her custom home in 2010. “They accommodated our vision for our home. Anything we asked about, they would say, ‘Yes we can do that,’” she said.

     “When creating the plans, they didn’t charge us for anything. They just changed it. It was all about us,” Kari said. “They truly believe that this is an investment and they want you to be happy. They are going to build the home like they are going to live there.”

    Having previously built, Kari knew what mistakes to avoid, particularly, “not asking enough questions during the design process,” she said. “Take the time to go outside of the builder’s selections for flooring, lighting, and appliances. Fieldstone allowed us to shop around and buy what we wanted to make the house our own.”

     Kari said Fieldstone truly offers custom homes. “We love them and anticipate building future homes with them.”