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A Custom Home Without Custom Headaches

May 29, 2014
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

The plan was coming together nicely.

Kim and Jim Springer had a beautiful lakeside property next to a private beach. They had a clear mental image of the home they wanted to build there. They had recommendations from their friends for architects and custom builders. Little did they know that their well-laid plan was about to take a turn which would save them tens of thousands of dollars.

"One night, for whatever reason, I went online to Wayne Homes and discovered their Winchester floorplan," Kim Springer said. "And it was like 90 percent of what we wanted."

She thought if Wayne Homes would be willing to extensively modify that floorplan, they could skip the $15,000 architect. It turned out to be the right idea, but it didn't save them $15,000. By choosing Wayne Homes, the Springers estimate they saved about $100,000.

And, yes, they got exactly the home they wanted. Ten-foot ceilings throughout the main level. A huge kitchen with double islands and custom, Amish-crafted cabinets.

Even the mudroom had its own custom design. In the end, Kim Springer had created a list of changes and upgrades that was 13 pages long.

"I don't think Wayne Homes said 'no' during the entire process," she said.

"The thing that really drew us over to Wayne instead of going with another builder was the fact that all our costs would be right in the contract. Our friends who used other builders didn't experience that.

"They got into the process and then there were all these hidden costs. It was so great working with Wayne because I had a bottom line number and I could manage the whole process to hit that number."

"It's simple," said Maurie Jones, Wayne Homes vice president of marketing.

"We have a process that makes building a home easier and more affordable - whether it's your first home or your dream home."

Explore dozens of customizable floorplans at or call the Belmont Model Center at 866-507-8713.

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