Shannon Cross, Owner and President
Outlook Construction is a second generation family owned new home construction business. We take great pride in building high quality affordable homes. Over our family’s almost 40 year home building history we have built hundreds and hundreds of homes for Northeastern Pennsylvania families. Chuck Skowronski, a former New York City Architect, began building homes in and around Lake Wallenpaupack in the early 1980’s specializing in energy efficient construction practices. In the mid 1990’s Chuck founded Outlook Construction with the goal of offering buyer’s the opportunity to access both custom design and custom build services at a highly competitive price.
The current Owner and President of Outlook Construction, Shannon Cross, Chuck’s son-in-law, took over the daily operations of the business in 2008. Shannon holds a Masters of Business Administration and Certificate in Project Management from Lehigh University. Shannon has combined his business and technical background with Chuck’s original goals to integrate modern practices and technology to the home building process. This combination of skills and experience have lead to Outlook Construction’s truly unique state of the art home building process. With this process our buyer’s have 24/7 access to our online portal allowing them to easily manage and view selections, color choices, change orders, documents, photos, schedules, ToDos, warranty service requests, and much more!
Outlook Construction is a family owned business. Our family takes great pride in working with your family and building long lasting relationships.
Unlike larger production builders you will get personal attention. Our owners are only a text message, email, or mobile phone call away.
When we give you a price we stick to it. Never any hidden fees or extras. The only extras are the changes or upgrades YOU choose to add to your home.
We hire expert highly skilled trade contractors, many of whom we have worked with for decades, that specialize in their area of expertise. With us you never have to worry about a “jack of all trades” wiring your home or installing your heating system.
From custom plan design to municipality permit paperwork we will complete everything necessary to plan, permit, and build your new home.
We can modify or custom design your home plans and as long as you commit to building your new home with us we never charge for our plan customization or design services.
Our online construction management system provides unparalleled transparency and involvement throughout the construction process. Your private login allows you to view the construction schedule, make selections online, approve change orders, view progress photos, and much more.
Your new home will be covered for up to 12 years! Best of all with our third party RWC warranty coverage you receive written warranty protection as well as the assurance that your home was built by a qualified professional as a result of RWC’s comprehensive annual evaluation process.
Unlike the “one man do it all builder” we complete all of our homes in a timely manner. Our typical construction time is 5 to 7 months from ground breaking.
We will never use 'styrofoam walls' in our homes. Only solid wood sheathing is used for exterior walls in homes we build.
Superior Walls foundations are unmatched by any other foundation in sustainability and efficiency and provide for one of the driest most comfortable basements available. Additionally, the built in studs and pre-drilled plumbing and wire holes make finishing a basement easy!
With Outlook there is no need to hire your own excavator and hope he can do the work for an arbitrary allowance provided. We include all site work and excavation in the price of every home (site work pricing is subject to lot conditions and review).
For better construction and insulation we use only 2x6 exterior framed walls in every home we build.
We have been in business for over two decades and have built hundreds of homes. Our financial stability means you don't have to worry about your house not being completed due to contractor financial issues.
In today’s era of modern appliances no one wants to get out of their car to manually open their garage door. This is why unlike many builders we include garage door openers with every home.
From caulking & foaming to housewrap & blow-in attic insulation we go the extra mile to make sure your new home is protected from the elements.
Installed permanent heating during drywall drying instead of often used high moisture temporary heat reduces nail and screw head pops as well as shrinking and cracking of drywall.
Rather than the typical builder grade 20-25 year 3-tab basic shingle we use a 30+ year architectural shingle on every home we build so that your roof will last longer.
Glued and screwed sub floors reduce floor noise throughout the life of your home.
We take great pride in building quality homes at competitive prices. However, unlike some builders we never prioritize profits at the expense of quality.
We include 5 in. wide base trim, granite countertops, Superior Walls, Andersen windows, and many more extras standard in most homes we build!
After living in numerous other homes we can honestly say that our Outlook Construction home is the best built home we have ever lived in. We have been in our home for 3 years and have had no major issues at all. Outlook's attention to detail and service post construction is second to none. Shannon always answers the phone or returns calls and is willing to answer questions or help even 3 years later!
We built our house in Clarks Summit in 2010 with Outlook Construction. Shannon Cross was extremely knowledgeable and organized. The online account system he used at Outlook kept track of upgrades, cost, and timeline of installs. We are extremely happy with our house overall... the process went very smoothly and Shannon was honest, fair, and organized... We toured several other builders houses, but I felt overall value and quality from Outlook construction was the best choice for us....
We wouldn't build with anyone else, ever. Outlook has made this process so easy. Shannon is extremely attentive to detail. My wife and I are very happy. Looking forward to moving in!
The personal and professional integrity you bring to your work is unmatched and I was always confident I could count on you to say what you meant and to follow through with your word. Truly, if I were fortunate enough to be able to build again in the area, Outlook Construction would be my first phone call.
It started with a dream. We gave Outlook a sketch of our dream house and 45 days later they gave us reality in a completed, computer aided design presentation. Outlook Construction is an outstanding builder with wonderful designers and equally great people.
The staff at Outlook are a customer focused team who produce an outstanding high quality home. I love my home!
I have heard so many horror stories about building a new home. I’m happy to say that my experience with Outlook Construction was amazing! They walked us through the process and addressed our every concern and many questions.
From the moment we entered the StoneField Estates community we found Outlook’s staff to be extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Building with Outlook was an easy decision for us. We loved the personal touch of working with a family owned business. Best of all we were never disappointed. We absolutely loved the building process and love our home. Outlook truly exceeded our expectations!