Merlin Custom Home Builders is excited to be celebrating 25 years building custom homes in las vegas

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The above picture is the 13,749 sq. ft. custom home currently under construction in Spanish Hills Estates.  Looking forward to sharing progress photos in upcoming editions.

Happy Birthday to our May Employees

Beth Lewis:    Our newest office team member.  Beth joined us just in time to take on some of the office load that was getting a little heavy for Nina & Erica.
Robert Brown:  Merlin Custom Home Builders’s chief estimator for 9 years.  Robert builds our homes in his head and on paper to get the costs right.  Great job putting all those numbers together!

Building Success 101


Homeowner Q: Am I liable for accidents that occur during the construction of my house?

A: In most cases, no. Professional builders and their subcontractors carry liability and workers’ compensation insurance against job site accidents. In addition, builders are regulated by the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), as well as their insurers, to maintain a safe workplace, eliminate hazards, and train our workers in safe work habits and emergency response. Please follow your builder’s safety guidelines and procedures when you visit the construction site.

Communication is important in all relationships, and your relationship with your custom home builder is no exception. Effective communication between client and builder will reduce concerns and stress before, during, and after the building process. Here are some tips for keeping the lines of communication open at key points.

When selecting a builder—The best time to explore your level of comfort with a builder’s communication style is while you are deciding on a custom home builder. These early communications often reflect how your builder will communicate during construction and after closing. Custom builders who are effective communicators will encourage your questions and provide satisfactory and prompt answers.

As you reach a purchasing decision—Make sure you understand how you and your builder will discuss the project and its progress. Many builders encourage guided walk-throughs of the house at critical stages of construction, such as during structural framing, after electrical and plumbing rough-in, or after drywall. In addition, find out how the builder feels about informal meetings, phone calls, and emails, and ask how quickly you can expect a response when you have a concern.

On seeing the schedule—The custom home builder will present a detailed scope of work that outlines the construction process and schedule. Use the scope of work as a guide to gain a better understanding of the building process and ask clarifying questions. The construction schedule will also show deadlines for key decisions you must make, such as paint colors, lighting and plumbing fixtures, and flooring materials.

When working with change orders—An essential part of owner-builder communication is the change order, which is the builder’s procedure for making changes after construction begins. Few projects are completed without some changes along the way. Find out about this process before construction begins. Also, learn the details of your builder’s warranty and service program.

Successful custom home builders have systems in place for communicating effectively with their home-building clients before, during, and after construction. These systems have been developed over years with many clients, and deserve our respect. At the same time, your needs, preferences, and comfort level matter. Once you’ve settled on a communication plan with your custom builder, stick with it! Good communication is a key to a predictable and sane building process that provides you and your family the home you desire and deserve.

Warm Regards,



Steve Jones & Bart Jones
Merlin Custom Home Builders
6408 S. Arville Street
Las Vegas, NV 89118

702.257.8102 – Phone