Outdoor lighting is a real art, and the best result comes from planning ahead. A beautiful custom home represents a huge investment of time, care, and money. Someone who has decided to make that investment most likely wants the home to present its best face to the world. During the day, that face is theRead more »
Intelligent universal design fades into the background and makes everyone happier Today’s biggest demographic trend poses a challenge and also presents an opportunity. That’s because more and more working-age people are asking for a home with space to accommodate senior parents with age-related mobility or physiological issues. The challenge is that they don’t want theRead more »
Call us crazy, but we’d rather discard our muddy boots and wet raincoats in a pretty place. We’d prefer to put away our groceries in a well-organized and picture-perfect pantry. We’d favor folding laundry in a clean room with plenty of counter space. Well farewell, cramped and cluttered spaces. Hello, pretty practical spaces! “When planning outRead more »
Identifying the best pro to build your new home starts by clarifying your wants and needs.Read more »
It’s natural to have questions and changes when building a custom home. Prevent surprises and delays by getting answers from the top. There are lots of things homeowners can do to keep their building project running smoothly. Number one is making timely product choices, but another key action is to direct all change requests andRead more »
Which of today’s best-selling countertop materials to choose for your new home?
Here’s a short buyer’s guide.
Some builders call them job supervisors. Others refer to them as project managers, or PMs.Read more »
Production, custom or in between? The answer depends on your priorities. If you have done any research into new homes, you’re likely familiar with the three categories of homes and builders: production, semi-custom and custom. Which one you choose will depend on your budget and your priorities–and each type may appeal to the same peopleRead more »
The best builders know that the initial meeting is about earning your trust A big factor in someone’s choice of a builder is their comfort with the first person they meet from the company, whether it’s the owner or a sales person. Natural rapport is important, but gut feelings also play a role–feelings some homeownersRead more »
Government red tape takes time, money and skill to navigate. That’s why you need a pro. Some people don’t realize how highly regulated the construction business has become. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the costs of complying with government regulations now account for nearly a quarter (24.3%) of new home prices—30% more than just five years ago.Read more »
Recent research shows what homeowners want in this crucial room. Although the design of a custom home is a personal statement, most people give at least some thought to market appeal. For this, the most important aspect is the kitchen. A great kitchen adds real value. A November 2016 article on Realtor.com reported that 69Read more »
The work of building a price and schedule for your custom home is a project in itself. There’s a reason that quality project estimates don’t happen overnight. Every home is a collection of thousands of individual components that range from large-scale assemblies like walls and roofs to small items like doorknobs and faucets. The builderRead more »
Home shows don’t reflect the reality of building a new home. Who doesn’t love a good drama, especially one they can imagine themselves a part of? With that in mind, it’s no surprise that home and garden shows enjoy loyal viewership, and that HGTV has earned a spot as one of the top ten cable networks.Read more »
Framing details have a big impact on all aspects of a new home. Most people don’t think much about their home’s structural skeleton—unless there’s a problem. Small mistakes made during the framing stage can cause headaches later on that range from annoyances to health issues.Read more »
The advantages of a new home go beyond the obvious. The allure of a new home fires the imagination and ignites the spirit. We’ve all dreamed of living in a home with our version of the perfect gourmet kitchen, a beautifully appointed office, and a luxurious master suite.Read more »