System To Assure Resources & Timing

Welcome to the S.T.A.R.T.® Project Management System

We handle everything, so you don’t have to.® From design to permits, architecture to construction, our proprietary S.T.A.R.T. system ensures flawless execution of your project from beginning to end.

System to Assure Resources & Timing

A Proprietary Project Management System

As soon as you make an appointment, our team begins working for you. Before your Project Development Manager even arrives, he or she will have assembled a team, studied the appropriate zoning regulations, and researched your neighborhood. 

Our proprietary approach is known as S.T.A.R.T., short for the System To Assure Resources and Timing. Integrating issues of design, construction, timing, budget, logistics, and accountability, this process is a remarkable mix of experience and technology that addresses common concerns in uncommon ways. Developed, tested, and proven, S.T.A.R.T. exists to ensure that homeowners’ expectations are always met. 

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Phase 1: Design and Pricing 

  1. Initial Consultation: Meet with a Project Development Manager to discuss everything from your budget and timeframe to your desires and visions.
  2. Planning and Design: Your vision is taken from idea to paper at high speed, usually within a week. Our team provides a fully realized plan of attack for making your dream house a reality.
  3. Financial Options: We work closely with an affiliated lender, Lamb Financial, to offer flexible financing for qualified clients. Our reputation, volume and track record allow us to offer special financing options at below-market rates.
  4. Specifications and Cost Approval: Your Project Development Manager presents color renderings, floor plans, exterior and interior renderings. Together you make changes, considering options and recommendations. Our mutual understanding allows us to agree on a fixed price, which is a S.T.A.R.T.® standard. When you are completely comfortable with the project, we get your approval and move forward.

Phase 2: Architecture and Planning

  1. Finalize Blueprints and Materials Selection: Choose your materials, hardware and finishes in our 30,000 square foot Design and Build showroom. You benefit in significant savings through our dealer and distributor status. While you are visualizing the perfect textures and accents, our architects and engineers turn your preliminary plans into working blueprints. Every detail is combined and organized in a Personal Project Binder.
  2. Permit Processing: Our Municipal Liaisons handle the entire permitting process. Our many decades of experience with permit offices in each village, township and city save you time, money and headaches.
  3. Scheduling of Materials, Labor, and Equipment: Everything is scheduled and ordered before construction even starts at no financial burden to you. This ensures smooth progress by eliminating mistakes, delays and last-minute searches for substitutions.
Image of a rendering for a custom home by Michael Bennett Homes®
Image of the exterior of a custom estate home built by Michael Bennett Homes®

Phase 3: Construction and Warranty 

  1. Supervising Construction: START provides 3 levels of supervision, eliminating communication breakdowns between you, workers in the field and our offices. You are assigned a Personal Project manager, keeping you “in-the-know” at all times.
  2. Clean-Up and Walk-Through: At project’s end, we provides a thorough cleanup, followed by an inspection and walk-through with you and your Personal Project Manager. Our team isn’t satisfied until you are.
  3. Construction Warranty: An unparalleled installation and construction warranty* provides piece of mind.

Call us to schedule your in-home initial consultation or experience our 30,000 square foot showroom in Lincolnwood, IL.

*S.T.A.R.T. is a registered trademark of The Airoom Companies, LLC and not an implied guarantee.