Think of the Promontory neighborhood, located just outside of Zionsville, Indiana, as a “dream” community. Host to the 2024 Home-a-Rama show, the 220-acre development will feature the latest and greatest in building techniques and technology. With just 80 homesites, each lot is spacious and private – with views that just don’t quit!

G&G is transforming lot B16 into a truly stunning showpiece. The home will boast lakefront access, mature privacy trees, abundant windows, glass walls, outdoor living space, rooftop lounge, and a must-dive-in swimming pool. Integral to its creation is architect Emily Handke, of Emily Handke Design.

Designing a Dream Home

We strive to be the best we can by listening to our clients’ needs first and foremost, and then helping push the boundaries of what you might have thought was possible. The result is something unlike what you’ll find elsewhere, a unique home that’s perfectly suited to how your family lives! Emily Handke Design

Working with Emily Handke was a no-brainer for G&G. Her team’s work is impeccable, and they bring ideas to life in an exciting and compelling way while ensuring each client’s needs are met. One key facet to this is working in 3D. Emily says, “The client’s first design presentation is in 3D. They’re going to get renderings; they’re going to see the colors and materials on the house. It makes it all really come to life versus just seeing 2D sketches or 2D drawings.”

G&G owner Joe Garcia says, “This 3D view is golden. Not only do we get accurate bids from our subcontractors and vendors, the homeowners get an accurate picture of what the final product is going to look like.”

For the Promontory build, taking full advantage of the lake views was essential. With 3D renderings and topography, the team can get a sense of the “lay of the land,” so to speak. They can see precisely what the home will look like – and what it will look out onto!

Working with an Architect

When it comes to working with an architect on your custom home build, Joe recommends selecting a builder first and working with that team to find the right architect. “Once someone decides to work with me, I decide, along with the client, who the best fit would be… We then set up a meeting with that person.”

Why select a builder first? Well, often, Joe says, “Architects don’t necessarily know the cost of things. This way, [the builder] can help manage the process to keep the house on budget. The last thing you want are a set of drawings that cannot be built as the architect overshot the budget.” That, and with a trusted builder, you can be sure that you will enjoy a streamlined, efficient experience.

Joe also advises bringing your ideas – and pictures. Whether you’ve scoured Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest or you’ve binged on home reno shows, it’s helpful for the architect and builder to have a solid sense of your goals and aspirations.

Working with an architect and a builder you trust makes a world of difference. For other tips and tricks of building a custom home, check out our helpful guide, Built for Living.