Cost Effectiveness

Your home is designed specifically to your budget.

A design/build company is able to control the cost of construction, helping to reduce of even eliminate cost overruns. Experienced contractors have established relationships with suppliers and specialty contractors, many of whom offer preferred pricing, which is then passed on to you, the client.




Single-Point Responsibility

A Design/Build contractor oversees every facet of the project, from concept to completion, ensuring efficiency, consistency and superior quality.

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Mutual respect

Effective Communication

Design/Builders are familiar with every aspect of the project and function as the hub of communication between you, the client, the subcontractors and suppliers serving on the job, engineers and surveyors, building officials, and lenders. You know who to call with your questions and your concerns will be promptly addressed.

In 2003 we purchased a lot and custom build from Mark L. Hixson, Design-Build. Mark was wiling to work with us on each phase of the process. He designed the house with our ideas and needs in mind and kept us involved in each step of the construction phase.

We enjoy our new home very much and found the experience of building with Mark engaging and rewarding. We would recommend EarthCraft Construction LLC to anyone.
— Larry and Sandra Streeter
We met Ron Hixson in when he was building next door to a lot we wanted. We appreciated the quality we saw in the construction under Ron’s direction and his creativity and imagination in the design. Ron is an expert at combining aesthetics and function in his homes. We are very pleased that we selected him for our design/build project.

Throughout the design and construction phases, Ron listened to our input. He worked hard to incorporate our ideas into his planning and execution, and managed all of this on a tight budget. The end result was terrific, exceeding our expectations. If we were to build again, Ron Hixson would be our contractor.
— Matt and Kristi Barnett

Custom Design Process

If you are looking to purchase land to build a custom home, it is best to consult with EarthCraft Construction prior to the lot purchase to ensure the work-ability of your design goals. For your convenience, EarthCraft has realtors available to help you find the perfect site for your custom Design/Build project. It is critical to have the site for your custom-built home selected before you begin the design process, as much of the design will be dictated by the attributes and constraints of the site you've selected.


The Design/Build process involves talking about ideas for your home, discussing your lifestyle, budget, current needs and expectations for the future. We evaluate options for your home's floor plan, and prepare preliminary conceptual designs within these parameters. Using these as a template, we prepare working drawings and specifications, which are the written instructions for building your home.  

Designing a home that will fit your budget and lifestyle is crucial to the project's success. Often one of the hardest parts of the custom-home design and building process is matching client's needs and dreams with the realities of their budgets. The tendency to stretch the size or specifications of the home beyond what is realistic is common. This is where your design-builder's expertise will help keep the project within your budget even when adjustments and changes are made.



Single Point Responsibility


a lasting investment

Structural Integrity

A basic element of good design is making sure your new home won’t be prone to structural issues. The location of beams and posts, the routing of mechanical runs and chases and the engineering of the foundation all affect the home’s strength, soundness, efficiency and livability.



your future

Design Consistency

Consistency is the key to good design. Your new home’s curb appeal and floor plan are important not only for your enjoyment of the home, but also for its eventual resale. A good design ensures a well-thought-out floor plan, synthesizes interior and exterior elements, is consistent throughout and takes both the look and feel of the home into consideration. A good design is timeless.




Minimized Errors

A good design and working drawings, developed by the contractor who will build it, minimizes errors resulting from the omission of details needed by the subcontractors and suppliers. Design errors increase construction costs for you and the builder.



Your creative feedback

Change Order Flexibility

Change is inevitable, however a plan that is well though out and closely scrutinized by you and the builder will be subject to fewer costly changes during construction. This is another area where the ‘one-stop-shop’, Design/Build Contractor can save you money.