What makes Cream City Construction different?
We excel at both planning and executing complex residential construction projects. Some of the very best work we do happens long before the sawdust starts to fly. We have developed a very structured process, as part of our Design - Build process (click here to see our process), to shepherd our clients from the very earliest stages of a project (concept design) all the way up until the construction contract is signed. With the planning complete, we transition the project to our Production department, which again utilizes a set of trusted systems and procedures for guiding the project from ground breaking to client move-in. Cream City Construction is a very systems-driven organization in order to deliver a low risk, low stress experience for our clients.
What type of projects do we do?
We are a full service Design/Build remodeler. We have built our company to be experts at executing large scale whole house renovation and additions to smaller projects such as bathrooms, kitchens and basement build-outs. We design and build all of our cabinets locally, built by artisans and craftsmen. We enjoy new design challenges that our clients bring to us and meticulously work out the design and the details for each project.
Are we licensed?
Yes we are licensed each year by the State of Wisconsin. We are also active members of the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI) and the Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA).
About our Team Members: (Sub-contractors)
We decided from our company's inception that our many artisans, craftsmen, and vendors are part of our Cream City Construction team. Each Team Member is thought of as an integral part of the process and we seek out the best in the their business to offer you a high quality remodeling experience. We have worked with many of our Team Members for years and each and every Team Member knows exactly what is required from them to bring you the best service and craftsmanship to each and every project.
Why does remodeling cost so much more than building new?
- Demolition and haul off takes time and costs money. We also provide site protection to each project to protect your home.
- Tying in to old work is more labor-intensive, and requires more skill, than installing all new work. Imagine installing recessed lights in a new home under construction – all of the joists are visible and wiring is simply stapled up in clean straight runs to the electrical panel, which is completely accessible. Compare this to installing the same lights in a pre-existing, fully sheet rocked ceiling, with duct work and potentially insulation in the way. Wires must be “fished” across enclosed ceilings and down enclosed walls to reach the electrical panel. This comparison holds true for almost every phase of a remodeling project, from tying in framing and foundations, hooking into existing plumbing, and setting flooring on old, out-of-level subfloors.
- In new construction, the costs of “big-ticket” items like plumbing and electrical systems are averaged over the square footage of the entire house. The plumbing for a kitchen, laundry and two bathrooms is very expensive, but when averaged over a 3000 square foot home, most of which has no plumbing at all, it looks less expensive on a “per square foot” basis. When a home is being remodeled, that same work is often averaged over a very small fraction of the square footage, driving their cost per square foot up considerably.
- Remodeling is management intensive. Successful remodeling is all about managing and mitigating risk. To do so effectively requires more time on the jobsite, which drives up project management costs. It also requires a more skilled project manager. Because we both remodel and build custom homes, we know from experience that a talented and well-trained project manager can concurrently manage, dollar for dollar, far more new construction projects than they could ever hope to handle on the remodeling side.
- Remodeling homes requires a slightly different subcontractor trade base. These subcontractors are harder to find, have more experience, are more talented, and cost more than their new construction counterparts. As a result, plumbing a 1500 SF addition costs more per square foot than plumbing a new 1500 SF home.
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