Luxury Custom Home Builders in New Buffalo, MI Design, Build & Remodeling

Just north of the Indiana border where the Galien River meets Lake Michigan sits the Gateway of Michigan: the town of New Buffalo. A charming beach town that is just 70 miles from downtown Chicago, New Buffalo is the largest of the communities that make up Harbor Country. Anchored by an expansive beach and recreational harbor, activities in New Buffalo—like the annual Harvest and Wine festival—tend to happen near the water.

And if you’re looking to move to New Buffalo and create a dream home that highlights your views of the lake, or you’re interested in remodeling your current New Buffalo home to better suit your family’s changing needs, consider the Orren Pickell Building Group. Unlike other architecture-only firms, we can provide you with a start-to-finish custom luxury home, from helping inspire or guide your design vision through building and even maintaining your new custom home. We’ll take care of every aspect of the process, ensuring our impeccable standards are achieved throughout.

Custom Built Homes Offer Beauty and Modern Convenience

Filled with beauty and modern convenience, Harbor Country and New Buffalo have a variety of ways to keep everyone entertained. Ready for date night? Test Lady Luck at the Four Winds Casino, tip back a pint (or your favorite spirit) at one of craft breweries or distilleries and then enjoy delectable dining in one of the community’s restaurants, markets or delis. Want some time with the kids? They’ll love looking around at the New Buffalo Railroad Museum or playing in the splash pad at the Township Memorial Park. And if you simply want to be enjoying the beauty of the area, grab a bike and enjoy one of the area’s miles of paved trails or become part of Harbor Country’s active birdwatching community.

At Orren Pickell Building Group, we aim to create custom homes that, like New Buffalo, are filled with beauty and modern convenience — designed specifically for the way you and your family live, work and entertain. Every home that the Orren Pickell team designs is customized completely to your needs. Whether you want to bring a bit of New England to the shores of Lake Michigan or your aesthetic is more French Country, our design team will guide you, hand-in-hand, through the process of turning your dream home into a reality.

For more than four decades, Orren Pickell’s designers, architects and builders have provided New Buffalo residents with a number of home services:

If you’re in New Buffalo or anywhere in Harbor Country and you’re ready to build your custom home, we’re ready to help. Contact us for a free consultation; we’ll schedule an appointment to with you to discuss how we can work with you to make your dream home a reality.

A grand lakefront estate in New Buffalo, MI. The two-story living room features floor to ceiling windows that perfectly frame the view of Lake Michigan.
The spacious master suite includes a circular seating area with a 360-degree view of the lake.
The traditional kitchen includes maple perimeter cabinets, cherry island and range cabinetry and two different countertops.

Your Proven Choice for Architectural Design Expertise

The Orren Pickell Building Group designs beautiful, thoughtful homes. But don’t just take our word for it; we’re proud to have been recognized by the industry for our commitment to design and innovation. In fact, the Orren Pickell Building Group has been honored with more than 300 awards for design excellence.

But it isn’t just our peers within the industry who give us kudos for our design prowess—it’s the tears of joy, the words of praise and the happy faces of our homeowners that matter most; read what a sampling of our clients have had to say about the Orren Pickell experience in their own words.

Building Custom Luxury Homes in New Buffalo, MI

Ever since the 1970s, Orren Pickell and his building team have been constructing custom homes in New Buffalo and throughout Harbor Country. Talk to your friends or ask around in town and you’ll find out — Orren Pickell Building Group has a reputation for high-quality work, unparalleled attention to detail and unrivaled service.

We think that the process of building a luxury custom home should be custom-suited to your needs, tailor-made to reduce the stress and hassle so that you can focus on continuing to live your life while your home is being built. We want the process to be an enjoyable one where you look forward to updates from your project manager, confident that everything is being handled according to your wishes and specifications without any need for you to worry.  

This focus on creating a process that is custom-tailored to you means that you’ll be able to sense the Orren Pickell difference from the first time we meet. Schedule a complimentary consultation today. At the consultation, we’ll gather your ideas,  give you an overview of how we work and share examples of some of our previous custom homes.

New Buffalo Luxury Home Construction

Some architects are amazing at creating beautiful plans for custom homes, but sometimes what looks lovely in a blueprint doesn’t translate well into reality during the build process. Why risk unwelcome surprises and subject yourself to unnecessary stress? The Orren Pickell Building Group is a design/build firm, meaning that we handle every aspect of your luxury home project from design conception through creation. If we show you something in a drawing, we know we’ll be able to bring it to fruition within your home, because we have experience in every step of the process.

Custom Home Renovation in New Buffalo, Michigan

It’s no secret that some rooms in your home can “age” it faster than others. So if you’re ready to turn your master bathroom into a spa-like retreat or want to create a kitchen that truly works for the way you live, the Orren Pickell Building Group can help. Whether you choose to remodel a single room or opt for a whole-house remodel, our expert team of architects, designers and builders will work with you to create a design plan that will meet your needs — just like we do for our custom home building projects.

We offer a variety of remodeling services, including:

Additionally, for all Orren Pickell Building Group remodeling projects, we assign you with a dedicated project manager just like we do for our custom home building projects. This ensures that you have a single point of contact for any questions or requests you have. S/he will ensure everything goes smoothly and without the cost overruns or delays that can often accompany renovation projects.

Get in touch with us today for a free consultation to learn more about the Orren Pickell Building Group’s remodeling services. We’ll be delighted to help you get more enjoyment (and value) out of your existing home.

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