Our Philosophy

An Address for a Lifetime

Building a new home – a dream home, a new lifestyle, a new life – isn’t something you do every day. It’s a major investment, an address for a lifetime, and it has to be done just right. At Chase Custom Homes we don’t just build homes; we build confidence. When you work with us, every detail is planned and executed to exacting standards, on time and on budget, because we understand that, to you, it’s more than a house. Your home is the centerpiece of your life, and it should be the setting of celebration.

Spencer Chase, founder, has spent his considerable career with some of the most noted financial institutions in the world in Chicago and London and as a project manager with one of the country’s top custom home builders, Toll Brothers Inc. He has taken this expertise in precise financial transactions to develop a philosophy of service that is built on transparency to all.

While building a home is usually a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people, many of them are not unfamiliar with the process, and its sometimes unexpected consequences. Blown budgets, exasperating time delays, frayed relationships with contractors and even spouses are a few of the issues that sometimes make building a home a daunting prospect.

At Chase Custom Homes, we set out from day one to minimize the rough spots, and keep our clients fully informed of the entire process and each and every step along the way.

Our Process

We can work with clients to build a dream home in a number of different ways.

We can help with financing, lot selection, architects and designers. Or we can work with the team you may already have in place. We bid the project to multiple suppliers and subcontractors to ensure that we achieve the most competitive pricing on every aspect of your home construction.

Once all of the preliminaries are in place and the architectural plans are complete, Chase Custom Homes builds a complete Bid Book, page by page for every aspect of the job, complete with costs and timelines. This Bid Book is shared right from the start with the client, and we keep in constant contact during the process using the Bid Book as the “Bible” of the project. The Bid Book is a method of transparency for our clients. These are the details, and Chase Custom Homes prides itself on mastering them all with precision. We can’t control the weather, of course, but everything else is planned and executed to the highest standards possible.

But let’s not forget the biggest detail of all: the cost.

Many home builders charge a fee based on what is known in the industry as “cost-plus,” which is basically a percentage of the project. Not Chase Custom Homes. Spencer Chase firmly believes that “cost-plus” offers no incentive for the builder to contain costs; in fact just the opposite. That is why Chase Custom Homes charges a pre-specified fee-for-service, one based on the time involved in the project as detailed in the Bid Book, and holds to that fee no matter what the circumstances. This fee is an incentive to finish the project exactly as planned, on time and on budget – and the fees charged by Chase Custom Homes represent a significant savings compared to any other builder.

A new home is a dream, a new lifestyle and a new life. Celebrate its creation with Chase Custom Homes.

The Green Home

Chase Custom Homes works with many custom-home architects fully certified to follow LEED "green" building standards.

Basement Remodels

The basement of a home can be one of the most temperately comfortable in the heat of summer or in the dead of winter.

About Spencer Chase

Spencer Chase ensures that every level of service and every project will be met with the highest standards in the business.