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Custom home builder in Oakland and Macomb County specializing in energy efficient homes.

Quality Standards quality custom homes in lapeer michigan

Everyone who works on your home is an expert, who takes pride in the work they do, and who will be there in the future to back it up. That’s the criteria we use to select our subcontractors - not the lowest bid. Instead of cutting corners on quality, we cut waste. Rather than selecting the lowest bidder to work on your home, we cultivate good long-term relationships that provide for lower long-term costs. Instead of focusing on short-term profits for us, we work hard to build a great reputation that gives us our best form of advertising ... The personal recommendations of our customers.

These are features we recommend in every home we build. You always have the choice of making changes to these items as your budget allows at the time we write your contract, but these are the minimums we recommend for quality.

Recommended Features and Enhancements
Your written contract takes precedence over this information.

Specialties that are Optional to Client

  • Geo-thermal systems: Earthlinked Technologies, Geo-Renew, ECONAR® Energy Systems, and water furnace
  • Two stage and variable speed furnace high efficiency 96.1 percent efficiency
  • Energy heel trusses to allow for more insulation in attic
  • 6.5 pounds per inch closed cell foam and 4.5 pounds per inch open cell foamed insulation
  • Insulation R factor in ceiling R-49-R-50 (16'-18" inches of insulation in attic)
  • Tyvek exterior of house
  • Open cell foam insulated basement rim joist/sill boxes
  • R-24 exterior walls (2x6 wall with 1" foam board and 5" blown cellulose insulation)
  • Ladder framing where interior walls meet exterior to meet exterior to allow for adequate amounts of insulation
  • Structured Insulated Panels (SIP)
  • 13 SEER rated air conditioning systems
  • Low-E insulated glass windows
  • Air tight recessed can lighting and insulated rated trims
  • ICF basements ( Insulated concrete forms R-38)
  • Unique framing techniques to ensure adequate insulation
  • Seal bottom and top sill plate around perimeter with silicone caulk
  • Insulated solid header with 1" foam to provide thermal break to prevent unwanted transfer of heat
  • 2" R-10 foam board under basement concrete with 8 mill visquin vapor barrier
  • 1” foam board on complete exterior with wind bracing
  • Tyvek tape all exposed OSB seams on exterior prior to insulation
  • Foam gasket tape around all attic accesses to provide a proper seal
  • Spray foam around all windows and doors
  • CFL or LED light bulbs throughout
  • Low-flow shower heads
  • Thermal barrier/insulation behind tubs and showers prior to installation of tubs and showers
  • Specialized framing techniques to ensure proper amounts of insulation (California Corners) and advance framing techniques
  • Specialized window headers made to sandwich insulation between
  • Blown cellulose Nu-wool - Guaranteed heat cost analysis
  • View more Energy Star Features and Benefits
  • Blower door testing and duct blaster testing
  • Foam around all drywall ceiling penetrations prior to attic insulation
  • Foam and ceiling gasketed drywall to ensure no communication between attic and habitable space

Exterior Features

  • 9’ tall  x 10” thick poured foundation
  • Exterior basement wall damp proofing
  • CertainTeed band dimensional shingles – Lifetime shingles
  • Underground utilities
  • Culvert at road if applicable
  • Two outside hose spigots
  • Amarr brand garage doors
  • Gravel driveway with cement approach and walks
  • Brick/siding/stucco/hardy board/stone exterior
  • Two outside electrical outlets/two outlets in garage
  • 3/4 horsepower well pump
  • Rough grading of lot
  • Engineered septic field or city sewer
  • Double 6 panel steel insulated or fiberglass stained front door
  • Full aluminum seamless gutters and downspouts
  • Exterior caulking
  • 2 x 6 exterior walls and 2 x 6 walls
  • Sand backfill around all basement foundation walls

Interior Features

  • Andersen Windows Low E With Argon or Jeld-Wen
  • Window screens
  • Kraftmaid Cabinets per your design - lifetime warranty
    View Envy Homes kitchen design samples
  • Sufficient tile allowance ($3 per square foot)
  • Optional under-cabinet lighting above cabinets in kitchen
  • Crown molding above all cabinets
  • Slade door handles or equal brand
  • Plumb water line for refrigerator
  • Formica countertops with back splash
  • Sufficient carpeting allowance
  • Foamed insulation around all daylight windows and walk-outs
  • Craftsman type 6'-8" tall hollow core interior doors
  • Prep for garage opener
  • Sherwin Williams paint two coats of finish and one coat primer - your choice of color
  • O.G. style casing and base board throughout extra high
  • Custom shelving in all closets
  • Phone and cable in all bedrooms, great room
  • Pre-wire for surround sound in great room
  • Ceramic tile around whirlpool tub and gas fireplace
  • Automatic sump pump in basement
  • Saw-cut all cement including basement floor
  • Sufficient light fixture allowance
  • 95 percent efficiency furnance
  • High efficiency water heater direct vent
  • 13.0 SEER rated central air system
  • 36" gas log fireplace with mantel above fireplace
  • Gas line to dryer
  • Dryer vent to exterior
  • Gas line to stove
  • Interior caulking prior to drywall
  • Blocking installed for curtain rods, toilet paper holders, art, and flat screen TV


  • Upgraded 200 amp electrical service
  • RG-6 & Cat-5 phone and cable in all bedrooms and great room
  • Upgraded electrical package
  • Light fixture allowance amount TBD
  • Extra electrical outlets located throughout kitchen


  • Optional jetted tub in master
  • Vanity with water basin in laundry room
  • Dishwasher GE or equivalent
  • American standard stools or equivalent
  • Delta faucets for shower and Peerless brand for faucets
  • Aqua glass pre-fabricated tubs and showers or custom tile enclosures

Optional Technology

  • Central Vacuum System
  • Video Surveillance
  • Alarm Systems
  • In-wall Speakers
  • Electronic Gate Openers
  • Structured Wiring
  • Computer Networking
  • Intercom Systems
  • Music on Demand Room to Room Sound System

Other Custom Enhancements

Builder’s Warranty

Envy Homes gives a 18 month warranty on your home, with many of the products in your home being under warranty for many years after move-in.  The majority of our homes require NO service at the end of the year.

Due to our continuous efforts to improve our product, we reserve the right to revise, eliminate, and / or substitute product features, and specifications.

Your written contract takes precedence over this information.