Ask the BrightLeaf team

Our Process, Our People, Our Passions

Building a forever home comes with an incredible amount of detail and plenty of questions about the process. We’ve compiled a frequently asked questions list based on a number of topics relevant to eco home building. If you have questions, read through some common ones shared by our customers. Then, if you still have questions let our team know!


Can I completely customize my energy efficient home?

BrightLeaf Homes offers options for express, semi-custom, or fully custom. The choice is yours depending on how much you want to be involved! We know there are individuals who find value in moving into a home with a lot of the details handled by our team. On the other side, there are homebuyers who’ve waited years to build their forever home and want to be pretty involved. We’re flexible and happy to work with all kinds of decision makers.

I have a pretty specific budget, but I still want an eco-friendly home. Is this manageable?

We believe that every family should have access to smarter, greener, more sustainable homes. With that in mind, we created green home solutions that offer four specific models of homes that not only range in size and amenities, but in price. We want our homes to be accessible and believe that there’s an energy efficient house perfect for every family’s unique preference.

What comes first, so to speak, in green home construction? The house or the land?

That depends on your preferences. If you’re interested in a BrightLeaf home but have more flexibility on location, we’ll build you the home you want. If you are focused on a single area, then we’ll work to secure a lot before we build. In either scenario, our development team works to find you the land where you want to live.

What details should I know if I’m planning to buy a BrightLeaf home?

Only that every single detail is different from buying a standard, everyday home. BrightLeaf believes in great customer service, which translates to great customer experience. The home itself is a further testament to that. We build with a dedication to green, high performance standards with an emphasis on simplicity and efficiency. Buying a BrightLeaf home means you’ll find the best value for a competitive price.

We’re considering building a new home. What would the number one reason to build a BrightLeaf home be in your opinion?

Because you want your family to have a safe, healthy home to hold all your memories. Today’s homebuyers have more options when it comes to green architecture and eco home design, but BrightLeaf is different in how we approach the entire process of green home planning. We focus on customer experience. Our reputation is based on that – how we impact and help homebuyers build their forever homes.

What does sustainable, green construction mean?

We employ eco-friendly construction techniques and materials that have a long life span and less of an impact on the environment. We believe in taking the time and conscientious effort to build smarter. Sustainable, long lasting materials + decreased building waste = a more sustainable, environmentally conscious way to build.

Will I have any help during the eco building process when it comes to purchasing land, securing a lender, or choosing home finishes?

Absolutely. Our stress free process is a large part of our success and testament to our customer service. We make it easy by handling all the heaving lifting for you. We’ll handle finding the lot, help secure a construction loan from our trusted network, and assist in selecting all your home finishes through our easy, customer-friendly online system.

What’s your timeline for building? I’ve heard horror stories and would like to know what my family can expect about homebuilding before we move in.

We’ve heard those horror stories, too. Unfortunately, that’s become almost an expectation of homebuilding. We average 150 days from excavation to completion on our home builds and we strive to be different. We have two distinct phases of homebuilding: pre-close and post-150. These account for every single step we take in the eco building process so our customers and team are in alignment on goals, deadlines, and moving you in when you are supposed to.

What is the BrightLeaf Guarantee?

It’s about customer experience, and the happiness associated with living in a BrightLeaf home. What are the details of that guarantee? What it means is all our homes include a standard 10-year envelope warranty as well as brand new appliances, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems that operate efficiently, effectively, and safely.

We have a goal of home building in La Grange and are trying to anticipate what property taxes are in that community. What can we expect for annual taxes and fees?

BrightLeaf’s preclose process includes our exclusive Pre-Construction Services Agreement which includes everything from obtaining a construction loan to determining your home’s specific development cost and municipal expenses. You will have the insight regarding your home’s property taxes and a project savings on your utility bills before we even break ground.

Do you build within a certain area or radius?

We are Chicagoland builders. We’re very partial to this area, and feel a sense of commitment and a natural pull towards sustainable neighborhoods with walkable communities and easy access to public transportation. However, we are happy to build our homes for clients within a 25 mile radius of our office in Hinsdale.

How can I tell I’m buying a BrightLeaf home?

Oh, you’ll know! A BrightLeaf home isn't made by simply adding a notable green feature to the home.  At BrightLeaf we build more than just a home; we build relationships through an experience of involvement.  That experience centers around attentive collaboration, meticulous design, and precise execution.  

Our efficient designs and smart features are visible differentiators, but it is the things that happen behind the walls and scenes that truly separate our homes from the standard homes.  With a true passion for what we do, any member of our team can tell you the home’s complete origin story. 

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