Our Process

LBA 2009 Best Exterior Award

You have a Vision…. We help you realize it!

Whether you are a long time resident owning the perfect site or a newcomer ready to discover the joys of country and lakefront living in the beautiful Southeastern Wisconsin communities of Lake Geneva, Delavan, Elkhorn, Whitewater and surrounding Walworth County, we can help you design and build your dream home!

Are you a lakefront property owner in Walworth County wondering how to transform your outdated cottage that creates more weekend work than pleasure for you? Do you renovate or tear down? What about zoning and DNR issues? We have four decades of shoreland zoning experience to help you navigate those issues.

Since 1974 we’ve dedicated ourselves to building custom homes and remodeling existing ones to fit your lifestyle and dreams. We do this through our Design / Build approach to custom home building.

From this detailed approach you can expect:

  • Integrative site planning and exterior design that heightens the beauty of your lakefront or country estate property.
  • Home interior design planning that maximizes living space, function and views.
  • Experienced, expert craftsmanship at a competitive cost using high performance green building applications such as: Energy Efficient Components and Durable, Maintenance Saving Materials and Products.
  • A home expressly designed for your family’s lifestyle and preferences.

While we welcome the opportunity to bid and build your home from your architect drawn plans, we believe using our Design / Build approach offers many advantages.

Saving Time & Money:

With conventional custom building, a builder works with a plan designed by an independent architect.  Having provided little of no input into the design the builder’s involvement is limited to building the home by interpreting from the drawings what the homeowner and architect want to achieve. Sometimes architects are not up-to-date on residential building costs so a re-design of the original plan is often necessary. This slows the process down and creates an expense that could have been avoided.

Expertise:
The Design / Build process starts by meeting you at your home site and at our office to discuss the design and building options – noting issues related to topography and zoning. We’re particularly noted for building amazing homes on challenging lakefront lots that integrate successfully with the land and neighboring properties. We’ll gladly discuss the opportunities and challenges your property presents. Call us before putting an offer on property too!

Communication:
With a Design / Build approach to custom home building we work together as a team – you, the architect and Thelen Total Construction. We want to understand everything that makes a house a home to you and how to achieve your goals within your budget. When there is constant communication, your vision and our ideas create not just an imaginatively designed home, but your ultimate dream home!

Experience:
Planning desirable interior and exterior views results in a home that extends far beyond its actual walls. By appropriately designing areas to gather together and spaces designed for privacy and quiet – your home can not only be very beautiful to look at but also comfortable and a joy to live in. We’ll value-engineer the home spaces and materials used to give you the best possible home value. We’ll envision how you’ll live in this home today and consider your future needs.

Freedom:
Initially the freedom of choice you have in creating your custom home can seem overwhelming – but this freedom is one of the most satisfying aspects of custom home building! We’ll help you sort through your ideas, assist you navigating through the choices and guide you in making informed budget decisions. By understanding your goals and how to best attain them, your home building experience goes smoother and stays on budget.

Knowledge:
With a well thought out home design and home specifications that always keeps your targeted budget in mind, we can give you an accurate cost of the investment needed to build your dream home. Our very detailed and methodical pricing provides you with an accurate proposal that spells out in very clear terms what is included in the cost. We’re confident you’ll find Thelen Total Construction offers the best home design tailored to you, the highest quality levels and the most personal service at a competitive price!

 


 

After the design, specification and contract phase

What happens next?

Next, we bring together a group of very talented and skilled home building professionals who shape and give life to those dreams.

Building your home is an exciting, rewarding and unforgettable time in your life! It’ll require some focused time and decision making on your part and we’ve created a process you’ll find smooth, professional and uncomplicated. Because we take a very systematic and experienced approach we are able to minimize or eliminate most of the stress that’s typical of other building experiences. Our systems and procedures for inspecting your home ensure the level of quality meets all of our requirements.
The result will be a wonderful place you and your family will love to call home! A beautiful place for you, your family and friends to create and share memories for a lifetime.

Continuing the relationship:

 You’ll love the peace of mind from knowing our team of professionals stand firmly behind every home we build. We have full confidence in the work of our team and your home is backed by our one year warranty. Rest assured – once you become part of the Thelen family we’ll be around to help you with any questions or concerns you have – within the warranty period or even after. Your complete satisfaction and happiness is our priority and we’ll work very hard to exceed your expectations.

 

“We cannot say enough about the quality and professionalism! They go above and beyond in customer satisfaction. The whole process is seamless.” Dave & Patti Rehm
“You and your team made the entire process a relaxed, enjoyable and very professional experience. You took our ideas and designs to the next level and allowed us to create something that has been a joy to share with our family and friends.”  Kay & Jerry Perez
“Randy, Thank you and your fine Thelen crew for making our home the dream home we hoped for and imagined. We couldn’t find nicer people to do business with. And thank you for the follow-up care this past year, making sure every detail was perfect.”  Chuck & Sue Alby