Features of Rochester, NY’s Lifestyle Builders


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    Homes Your Way

    We custom-build any style or size home whether it be in one of subdivisions or a lot of your choice.

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    Planned to Perfection

    Our building projects are planned out thoroughly at the beginning so that each goal is met in a timely manner

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    Unique Process

    Because we are family-focused, we understand that a home is more than just a building project. Building a home is like setting the backdrop for your life. It requires careful attention, thorough design, and personal flare that shows off the best aspects of your family relationships. Our unique process keeps these factors in mind and works with you to make your dream home come alive.

 

If you are weary of the search for your next home, you have found the right team to assist you. Lifestyle Builders knows homes and lifestyles and will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs and build you the perfect home. Give us a call today (585) 305-4080 or fill out a contact form for more information and to get you one step closer to getting the perfect home.

About Lifestyle Builders

Lifestyle Builders is a new home construction wing of Brickwood Management Corp that has been serving Rochester with high quality construction and management for 30+ years.

Introduction


In 1981 owner and CEO Mark VanEpps completed 4 years of army service and returned home to an economic recession and very few jobs. Instead of simply waiting around for a job to appear, Mark paved his own way. He began with painting jobs. After a time, those jobs grew and grew to the point where he added various remodeling jobs to the services he offered.

Each bit of growth came because Mark worked harder than the rest. He soon was building single-family homes as a subcontractor until he fully developed Brickwood Management and went out on his own. From there he dove into building rental townhouse communities, to which there is now 3 totaling over 200 units. Today, Brickwood Management Corp is the parent company to Lifestyle Builders and the multiple townhouse projects.


Lifestyle Builders is One of Rochester, NY’s Finest Builders


Today, Lifestyle Builders is flourishing because of the experience, hard work and professionalism that accompanies each employee’s skills. With a team of five full-time staff and anywhere from 50-80 subcontractor employees, Lifestyle Builders can accomplish projects both great and small.

 

Rochester Building Services


  • Custom single family homes
  • Build-ins and enhancements
  • Energy package
  • Woodwork and Finishes
  • Custom Bath, Kitchen and Basement
  • Siding, Windows & Doors
  • Garage and Road Pavement
  • Electric, Water, Sewer Installation
  • Property Management

Our Process


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    Selection

    Selection of materials & colors to suit your particular taste

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    Consultation

    Consultation during the construction period and final walk thru following completion

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    Warranty

    A warranty program to ensure your continued peace of mind & security after you take occupancy

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    Zero Defect

    Zero Defect Housing (no punch list at the end of the job)

 

Awards and References

Better Business Bureau Award in 2000

Won Better Business Bureau Award in 2000 for Customer Service and Best Practices. Check out our Testimonials and Referrals from past clients


  • Grammar School: St. Margaret Mary Irondequoit
  • High School: Bishop Kearney
  • College:  MCC, St John Fisher, University of Maryland
  • Military Service: April ’77 – Oct ’80
  • Equitable Life: Oct 80’ – Aug ’81
  • Monroe Developmental Center: Aug ’81 – Jun ’82
  • Started Contracting business: Jun ’82
  • Built business through years
  • Won Better Business Bureau Awards in 2000 for Customer Service and Best Practices
  • Practice a concept called Zero Defect Housing (it means no punch list at the end of job)
  • Almost all of our customers give referral letters (see referral section)

Through the years we have started and completed many sub-divisions in the Greater Rochester area and suburbs

Brickwood Management Tackled Rochester NY Building and Property Rental when Others Failed

A pivotal time in Brickwood’s history was during the 2008 recession. Mark saw the economic decline and instead of halting his services, he took a risk. Mark took his savings and his 401k and went to the bank for a loan that got approved just two weeks prior to the bank shutting people off. What did this mean for Brickwood Management? They began the 60 townhouse build-out of King’s Crossing and the rewards which followed kept the business afloat when other construction businesses experiences an ultimate low.
We are proud to serve Rochester, NY for the last 36 years and counting. Our biggest hope is that we can provide Rochester residents a comfortable, safe place that they can call home and create memories in. We uphold values such as honesty, integrity, diligence, commitment and relationship. These qualities guide our work and we promise to share them with you if you choose to build or rent with us.

If you are interested in Building a new home or renting give us a call at 585-305-4080 or fill out a contact form to get more information today.

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Standard Features


Exterior

  • Decorative steel insulated doors
  • Dutch lap or bevel vinyl siding
  • Stone or brick according to plan
  • Vinyl single hung insulated windows
  • Basement egress window
  • Louvered or raised panel shutters
  • Seamless aluminum gutters w/drip edge
  • Vinyl overhangs
  • Self sealing architectural roof shingles
  • 2 X 6, 16” o.c. exterior walls
  • Sidewalk to front door from driveway – 2’ X 3’ concrete pavers
  • 2 car attached garage
  • Insulated steel garage door
  • Black top binder
  • Rough grade & seed lawn
  • Phone & cable TV, sidewalks, street lights (where available)
  • Public water supply
  • Sanitary and storm sewers (where available)

Interior

  • Wood railings, choice of traditional or contemporary
  • Eleven course basement – insulated to code; Insulated basement windows
  • Floating basement floors
  • Basement sump pump (or gravity drain)
  • Top grade hem-fir lumber per plan
  • 1/2” drywall throughout; glued and nailed
  • 1/2” OSB board roof sheathing
  • 1/2” OSB board wall sheathing
  • 5/8” Advantech sub floor T/G
  • 8 foot ceilings

Kitchen

  • 4% of contract price for cabinety and counters
  • 30” microwave
  • Double bowl stainless steel sink w/spray
  • Single lever Moen faucets
  • Dishwasher

Bath

  • Wood vanities all baths w/ cultured marble tops
  • Oval china self-rimming sinks in vanities
  • Full plate glass mirrors over vanities
  • One piece fiberglass tubs
  • Moentrol anti-scald faucets in tubs
  • Choice of plumbing fixture colors
  • Choice of flooring (Included in 4% Allowance)
  • Linen closets per plan
  • Colonial door casing
  • Six-panel doors throughout
  • Brass finished passage & locksets
  • Walk-in closets per plan
  • Drywall wrapped windows
  • Floor Covering

    • 4% of contract price
  • Energy Package

    • R-19 walls, R-38 ceilings, R-10 basement walls
    • 90+ forced air gas furnace
    • 40 gallon gas hot water tank
    • Energy barrier house wrap
    • Weather proof exterior outlets
    • Steel insulated exterior doors
    • Fire-rated self-closure door in garage to house
    • Eco-seal all exterior walls
  • Additional Items

    • Hard-wired smoke detectors, per code
    • CO2 detector
    • 2 outside waterproof electrical outlets
    • One piece fiberglass tubs
    • 2 outside frost-free hose bibs
    • Electric or gas range & dryer outlets
    • 200 amp electric service
    • 3 cable TV outlets

We also offer a full line of enhancements and built-is for your selection and convenience

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Communities

Lifestyle Builders is now building in the second phase of Cedarwood Estates! Cedarwood Estates is located on Lima Rd just south of Volunteer Rd in the Village of Geneseo. It is less than a mile from shopping centers on Route 20 and is a short drive from the SUNY Geneseo. With lot sizes ranging from .3 to 1.4 Acres and future phases to come, Cedarwood Estates has for your perfect dream home.


New Home vs. Resale


Competition among homebuilder’s makes new homes less likely to be overpriced. New homes are easy to compare with other homes in the market, equating value to value. The homes are the same age and options are declared up front with a price breakdown for comparative shopping.
New home buyers are assured of at least one year warranty on the home itself and most likely five years on major appliances. Including air conditioning and heating systems. Many of today’s homebuilder’s extend structural warranties to a full ten years, underwritten by insurance companies.

Low maintenance is one of the most important features of the new homes being built today. New technology in building materials has made homes virtually maintenance free, especially on the exterior. No longer does a homeowner have to worry about painting every 3-5 years.
A new home built today is required by law to meet stricter energy codes than homes built in the past in which codes didn’t exist or were much more lenient. Many homebuilder’s use materials that are designed to exceed the strict limits to produce future saving for the owner.
In most new communities buyers will be moving in with neighbors in generally similar circumstances, often with pre-owned homes in established neighborhoods, the homebuyer may find themselves in a difficult position as the new kids on the block, unable to quickly fit into social situations.

Securing financing is the major obstacle to home ownership. Most homebuilder’s have done the leg work for you. They have researched the best rates for their specific type of Housing.
Appliance manufacturers introduce new models every year and homebuilder’s are able to offer the latest state-of-the-art equipment at the time of completing a new home. The homebuilder buys for his entire production of new homes, his purchasing power can reduce the cost to the buyer.
Builders of new homes offer a wide variety of functional floorplans to fit your life-style. If it’s not an inventory home, homebuilder’s also offer the opportunity to either eliminate or add rooms, upgrade materials, include special architecture, and generally customize the home.

With a new home it’s possible for the buyer to be the decorator before moving in. Choice of carpet, wallcoverings, paint color, lighting fixtures, window treatments, etc. enables the new homeowners to live with their personal selections and not be restricted by the taste of the previous owners.
It is a given that all manufactured products have an expected lifespan. Daily use, weather and quality of care all play a role in longevity. Buying a new home eases the nagging question of “How long before it breaks down?”
Statistics say that the typical home will need remodeling after a life expectancy of 25-30 years. Since the new homes have an assured longer life, appraisals will be will be generally higher than on comparable existing homes, making conditions more favorable for future retail at appreciated prices.

Testimonials


Mark,

We have moved into the new house more than one month, we are very happy with our new house. We appreciate you on time delivered the new house to us, it made all our arrangements easy. You demonstrated your great leadership and planning skill, and we like this business manner. We like our new house’s design, layout and the quality, It is a very solidly constructed quality house with lots of good workmanship, also it passed the 60mph wind test in the past month. We enjoy your cooperation and quick response to address problems during the house building process and after house closing. Dave did a good job on satisfying the customer.

Thanks, We are very happy to do business with Brickwood Homes.

Sincerely,

Jeff & Helen

Dear Mark:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful job you did in constructing our home. In our decision making process, we looked at several different factors, from quality of construction, to customer service and value. We feel that we made the right decision in deciding to move forward with Brickwood Homes!

Our house was completed ahead of schedule and the quality is excellent. You had promised us that we would be in our new home by Christmas and you certainly delivered! All subcontractors were accommodating and easy to work with.

I would especially like to mention Dave Van Epps. Dave was wonderful to work with through the entire process. His attention to detail was first rate and his ability to work with us and deal with the subcontractors to ensure everything was completed was wonderful. He still contacts us to make sure we are satisfied and see if there is anything else we need. Dave is a true asset to your business and an absolute pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Dave and Brickwood Homes to anyone who is in the market for a new home!

Sincerely,

Sincerely, Jeff & Helen

I am a recent owner of a new Brickwood home in Avon, New York. I was introduced to Brickwood Homes through Claire Sandrock and Dorinda Davidson of the Nothnagle Realty Agency. I was looking for a new home in the area, was working with Nothnagle, and was impressed with Brickwood’s willingness to custom-build my home. My wife and I visited a home that Brickwood was building in Livonia so I could see the quality of the construction. I was very impressed by the 2 x 6 exterior walls, the window quality, the kitchen cabinetry, and, overall, the quality that I saw. This is the second home we have had built and, by far, the “custom-ability” of Brickwood was enjoyable.

At first, we were given the opportunity to search floor plans via the internet. My wife and I could do this from our home in Syracuse, which is where we lived at the time. That made the house searching very convenient. We could look for the layout that best met our needs and desires. Given the plan style, Mark Van Epps, president of Brickwood, gave us a price. We wanted to add some extras and remove some of the plan features; he worked very easily with us to get the home we wanted and felt we could afford. We were given a list of items were included in the base price and then, via work order changes, we could upgrade cabinetry or flooring and include special lighting. Almost anything we wanted to do, Brickwood allowed us to. Mark’s brother Dave Van Epps was the on-site manager of the project. I was able to call Dave at any time to have questions or requests addressed.

From the day Brickwood broke ground on the construction, we were moved in within the time frame specified in our agreement. With any new home, you find things after you move in that need to be addressed. We are still working to have some things addressed, but I am confident Brickwood will make sure the job is finished. Dave has assured me that Brickwood returns after a year to fix the things that need to be touched up as the house “settles in.” Building a new home can be very stressful. Leaving a home that you have raised your family in can be very hard. Brickwood helped to make that process much easier for us and we are very pleased with our new home.

Bruce D. Amey, Avon School Superintendant

I would like to take a moment and share with you just how happy I am with my recent purchase of my new home in Geneseo. Though I did not go through the ‘entire’ building process (as you know I cheated a bit and bought your model home), by working closely with Dave in the preparation of the home for me to move in I feel my home is just as personalized as it would have been if I had designed it myself.

I have been through many changes personally in the past 2 years of my life. The purchase of this home and it’s proximity to my children was a huge factor in my decision; After first seeing the home you have for sale on North Avenue in Avon , then following up with a viewing of this home, I was confident in the quality and the construction that you put into the homes. We looked at 5 different builders’ homes on the last day we went out looking and, in all honesty, none of the other homes we saw even came close to the detail we saw in your homes. Even my realtor, who has had many issues with a new home he recently had built, overwhelmingly recommended the home based on the fit and finish we observed.

The 3 main things that have made me confident in the huge investment I have made are:

  • Overall quality and workmanship of the home. Dave and Mark selected quality materials and designs, just as I would have myself. Quality, durable, solid windows throughout…fit and finish of doors and windows…top quality hardwood used in the beautiful hardwood floors…attractive, durable carpets…and qualtiy hardware such as water faucets, lighting fixtures etc.
  • Purchase process and closing timeframe on the house. The house and any alterations or improvements I requested were ready on-time and completed by closing. Closing was done in such a timeframe that I was able to make a smooth transition from my apartment to the new home before my lease expired.
  • The accessibility and follow-through by Dave. Dave frequently communicates with me to see how things are going. One of the very first things he did was to give me his phone number and e-mail address to ensure I could contact him at any time with any issues. Anything that has come up in the last few months, though minor, has been addressed quickly and thoroughly. I am comfortable that I can go to Dave with any issue at any time and know it will be taken care of.

Thank you for making this such a pleasurable experience for me and my children

Ron Luchetti