Serving central and northern Michigan since 1966


Are you handy? Are you thinking about building a new home but want to do some of the work yourself?  Do you want the structure up in a hurry, and then be able to take your time and do the finish work?  We have a product specially designed for people like you.  It's called a "Shell" home.


"Shell" vs. "Complete" — Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference between a "Shell" and "Complete" home?

A Shell home typically includes basic excavation, foundation, framing, siding, roofing and the installation of windows and doors.  The inside of a SHELL home is typically left unfinished, sub-floor and stud walls, so that remaining stages can be completed by the homeowner at a later time.  A Complete home is typically considered to be turnkey construction, meaning that it is completely finished both inside and out and ready for occupancy.

Can a "Shell" include other items, such as rough-in plumbing, heating, and electrical?

Absolutely!  We can price your home as a Shell, Complete, or anywhere in between.  Since we are a custom home builder, every home is built exactly to our customer's specifications.  We're happy to include or exclude items to suit your needs.

Will you bid our home plan as both a "Shell" and as a "Complete" home?

Yes. Simply ask your salesperson to bid your home plans both as a Shell and as a Complete home, and you will receive detailed proposals for each method of construction.

Can the homeowner be credited for doing certain portions of the construction themselves?

Yes!  Frequently, homeowners will have personal skills or a friend or family member who may specialize in a certain area of construction.  We can bid these items as being provided by the homeowner.  This can be accomplished two ways: we can either delete these items from the bid or leave the item in the bid and credit the pre-determined amounts directly to the homeowner upon completion of these respective phases of construction.  This helps to keep the bank draw process as hassle-free as possible, and we don't charge a markup on customer provided items.

DeShano Companies Inc. offers a completely customizable building process.

If you're looking for more help with the construction process, we can refer you to our trade contractors (plumbing, heating, electrical, drywall, etc.), most of who have worked with DeShano Companies for more than a decade.  Want to save money on materials?  King Lumber and Supply can save you money on kitchen cabinets, trim, and floor covering.  

Here at DeShano Companies, Inc., we want to make your construction project hassle-free.  Every step of the way, one of our professionals will be there to make the process as smooth as possible.  Call us today for more information, or to tour our selection center.

Typical Shell


  Shell Complete

Foundation & Framing

Subfloors & Stud Walls

Siding & Roofing

Windows & Doors




Drywall & Trim

Cabinets & Flooring

Completely Customizable!

Can I pick and choose what I want included?  Absolutely!