Potential homeowners discover a unique resource that provides step-by-step guidance through the building process.

There’s nothing that equals the pride of welcoming friends into a new, custom-built home or showing off a long-awaited renovation. There’s the window seat that’s been dreamed of for years. The kitchen a chef would covet. A wrap-around deck for sipping long lemonades through the lazy days of summer. Sounds idyllic, but for many, swinging open the front door of their dream is the culmination of a long, often nightmarish process filled with uncertain decisions, costly mistakes and tensions.

Lou Price, owner of Ridgefield Supply Company, knew there was a better way to build. A way that would eliminate much of the confusion and anxiety that so often pits homeowner against contractor.

Now open in Ridgefield, his Home Planning & Education Center is the centerpiece of a comprehensive program he has brought to Fairfield County region. The program is designed to guide people through a building or renovation project, potentially transforming the process of creating a dream home. The Center is partnered with free, three-hour, educational forums that provide people with the information and services they need to complete their project. Attendees go home ready to plan with a 300-page step-by-step workbook and video covering everything from budgeting and lot selection to financing, home plans and specifications.

Located on the grounds of the Supply Co., no selling takes place at the Center, providing homeowners with a pressure-free environment in which they can plan their dream. Housed in renovated, 1800’s building that once served as a train station, the Center is a comprehensive single source of information, providing virtually everything a prospective customer needs to build a home or renovation.

Here, home-building hopefuls find a rich resource, from elegant library stacks filled with brochures, specifications, actual home plans and area zoning requirements, to portfolios of architects and contractors. There is a play-room for children, and a quiet computer center which affords visitors access to literally thousands of house plans. A fireplace setting creates a cozy nook for talking over ideas with Center’s staff.

"Together, the Center and the Seminars take the mystery out of the process, giving people the confidence that comes with having the information and background to begin a major building project," says Mr. Price.

Jeff Dent of Dent Electric, participated in one of the Home Planning Seminars and now recommends the Center to his customers. "The hundreds of decisions people have to make in planning a home are all important, often emotional choices. This a great innovation, allowing people to browse in comfort," says Mr. Dent. But how does this benefit the contractor? "As their ideas begin to solidify, people reach a point where they are ready to make decisions, and start the process. At that point, they can buy their products and services with confidence." "People feel they can trust someone in this process, and that is no small accomplishment," adds Phyllis Boughton of Connecticut Kitchen & Bath.

The only program of its kind in the region, the Center and Seminars serve Fairfield and Lichtfield Counties In Connecticut, and Putnam, Northern Westchester and Eastern Dutchess Counties in New York. For people in these communities, the Home Planning and Education Center is their one stop to "Welcome Home."

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