Where We Work

IF I’M OUTSIDE OF YOUR SPECIFIED REGION, AM I OUT OF LUCK?

You’re not out of luck!  While it’s true that we currently are limited in our range for modular, you may still pursue site-building your BrightBuilt Home, as a number of homeowners have done already.  We can help you optimize your home’s performance for your climate, and work with your builder to establish regional-specific pricing and materials.

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN A SITE?

Every building has a site, and great buildings are always responsive to a specific place on the planet. This can be a challenge in the early stages of a project, when multiple building sites are under consideration.

Google Earth and Street View have changed this process radically for us. We can often give a certain amount of help with site selection right from your web browser over the phone, but you still need to get a feel for an actual building site if you’re going to have the best idea of what belongs there. All buildings take up precious land, so we believe in thinking about this part of design as carefully and deliberately as possible.

We love to be involved even before you choose a building site. Some things to consider:

  • City and country, forest and mountains, ocean and lakeside, all have different opportunities and challenges
  • The sun’s path, both summer and winter
  • Vegetation that would provide protection, affect shading, and limit exposure of solar panels
  • Prevailing wind patterns (trees provide excellent clues)
  • Natural drainage patterns
  • The shape of the existing grade and how a building foundation might sit on it
  • Site development factors (blasting, utilities, staging, truck access, etc.)
  • Soil type (septic and foundation considerations)
  • Overall site development costs
  • Privacy and noise issues

If you are new to the area, and unsure of where to begin, we will happily make recommendations for areas that might be a good fit, and to direct you to professional agents who can help you find the right site for you.

IF I ALREADY HAVE A SITE, CAN I GET A SITE ASSESSMENT? EVEN BEFORE I AM SURE WHETHER I’M GOING TO BUILD?

Of course!  When getting started with exploring your options, we recommend beginning with what we call a "feasibility study." During our feasibility study we will visit your site, help assess whether or not it is suitable for your goals, and determine where on the site might be the most appropriate spot for a new home.

Whether your land is urban infill or sprawling woods, we can help you determine how to utilize it in such a way that you will best be served, and it will best be preserved, in the long run.   Now, unfortunately, our feasibility study does have some limitations with respect to distance... While we sure would love to be able to cast off the docklines and set sail for distant shores, we are limited by the value of time - both yours and ours.  We will happily tromp anywhere within 60 minutes of Portland, Maine.  Outside of this, we are certainly still open to the possibility of visiting your site, on a case-by-case basis.

WHAT IF I HAVE A SPECIFIC VIEW I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT?

No problem.  Every BrightBuilt Home can (and should!) be adapted for every site.  This means fine-tuning all openings, entries, and living spaces such that they are best suited to the views, street frontages, solar orientation, and approachability of the home.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

Part of why we love modular is that it can significantly reduce the construction timeline – particularly when it comes to the impact on the site itself.  This is better all around – for the environment, for your neighbors, for your budget, and for your peace of mind!  Circumstances will vary depending on the site itself – in terms of remoteness, soil conditions, grade, and access – but under typical conditions, it can be possible to go from design selection to occupancy in 6 months or less.

WHAT REGIONS DO YOU COVER?

At this time, we can construct, deliver, and complete a modular BrightBuilt Home within the northeastern New England region (Maine, New Hampshire, Eastern Vermont, Massachusetts, and Northern Connecticut).  We can, however, go beyond this range for any site-built projects.  Thus far, we have completed 4 BrightBuilt Home site-built projects in Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee.  And we hope to have a modular partnership in your region very soon!