New Home Construction

Let the Sunshine In

While consumers have become aware of “green building” advantages, solar energy for residential use has emerged from the shadows. Professional builders interested in meeting the concerns of energy-conscious homebuyers are taking a new look at solar energy systems, primarily photovoltaic or PV systems. PV panels, usually mounted on rooftops, convert the sun’s energy directly to

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The Savvy Homebuyer

Homebuilding is a highly specialized and complex process. And like builders themselves, no two clients are exactly the same. Some homeowners are very interested in the homebuilding process, while others are more content to follow the lead of the builder and be available only when needed. Most clients fall somewhere in between. Regardless of their

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The ‘No-Name’ Construction Phase

After the structural framing stage and the installation of the preliminary — or “rough” — plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling components are complete, there is a no-name phase of construction we’ll call the “prefinishes.” The reason this stage of the process has no common name is because several different activities — by several different

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The Hidden Build Process

Understanding the construction process will help owners manage their expectations and emotions. Here’s a quick quiz… It’s four or five months into a new custom build. The home is weather tight, plumbing and wiring have been roughed in, the insulation is in place, and drywall has been screwed to the walls and ceilings. The drywallers

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Meeting Today’s Needs with Today’s Design

Have you ever walked through a home and thought, “This feels right.” You may not be able to put your finger on exactly why it feels that way, but there’s definitely a sense of comfort, security, and of being “home” that’s no less real than finding a house in the right location and at the

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New Technologies Light the Way

Remember the old center-of-the-ceiling light fixture? You entered a room, hit the wall switch, and a couple of light bulbs behind a semi-transparent plate shed general, flat light over the whole room. All features of the room, good and bad, got the same emphasis. There was enough light to avoid tripping over the dog, but

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Castle Homes Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World Nashville, TN, January 19, 2015 – Castle Homes of Nashville has been awarded “BestOf Houzz” for Design by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The premier custom home builder was chosen

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Navigating Red Tape

Most people will never venture to the local building department; much less submit themselves (and their blueprints) to the bureaucratic process of obtaining a building permit, scheduling periodic inspections, and complying with building codes and other regulatory red tape for construction. That, of course, is a builder or contractor’s job … and one that construction

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Why work with a Professional?

How homeowners benefit from the established builder’s systems and relationships. The rebound of homebuilding from the great recession has attracted lots of new contractors to the business. This has given homeowners more choices, tempting some to choose a contractor based strictly on price. Bad idea. It’s nearly impossible to compare apples to apples when collecting

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Making Changes is Part of the Building Process

When we’re on the job site, we want to make the most progress possible on our clients’ new home. Building is a dynamic and exciting process, one that we try to make smooth and easy to understand for the homeowner. Once we get going, things can happen quickly, so we help our clients make decisions

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Maintaining Your Dream Home

We pride ourselves on building and delivering homes that bring our clients’ vision and imagination into reality. We build dreams. Along with a focus on esthetics, we construct homes that are designed to maintain their luster and beauty for decades. But this is only possible if a home is nurtured and cared for over time.

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Let the Gaming Begin! – Home Media Rooms

The concept of a “media room,” as a space specifically devoted to home theater and audio systems, is relatively new. New home designers and builders found the idea so appealing to buyers that media rooms were quickly incorporated into the floor plans of new homes, all along the price spectrum. Such rooms are designed for

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Learning the Language of Building: Part 2

We consider clear communications essential in achieving a successful homebuilding project. Construction industry jargon can cause confusion and muddy the waters, so here are a few additional terms to help bridge the language barrier: Punch list: There are literally thousands of details that go into the construction and finishing of every new home. Although we

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Avoid Costly Mistakes

How professional builders avoid some of the most common and costly construction mistakes.   Most homeowners judge a home by the obvious: a floor plan that’s a joy to live in, a streetscape that wows passers-by, great natural lighting, and lots of storage. The list goes on. But some less obvious details have as great

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Insuring Homeowner Satisfaction

The idea of a “punch list” may not sound very appealing at first, but it’s really an invaluable tool for making sure our homes meet the standards and expectations of our homebuyers. A punch list — industry slang for a short checklist of items that need to be completed, repaired, or replaced — is also

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Castle Homes News

How One Nashville Troop Is Preserving a Lifetime of Memories

In Nashville, a hundred-year-old Boy Scout troop congregates before every camping trip to gather gear and prepare for sleeping under the stars. Of the most memorable moments in scouting, camping trips inevitably top the list. Although these camping adventures offer education in self-sufficiency and leadership, the long-term benefits reach beyond learning how to tie knots


Castle Homes came away a big winner in Nashville Lifestyles’ Home Awards

Castle Homes came away a big winner in Nashville Lifestyles’ Home Awards announced this month. The collection of awards garnered by Castle Homes included Best New Kitchen, Best New Bathroom and Runner Up for both Best New Home and Best Builder. “The Nashville home market keeps getting hotter, and the competition for Nashville Lifestyles’ Home


Simplifying Home Automation

The trick is to choose the technologies you need, while ignoring those you don’t For some people, a new custom home is a chance to get the latest digital bells and whistles. The problem is that home automation can feel like a daunting topic and the wrong choices can lead to frustration. Which technologies will


How to Fight Escalating Lumber Prices

How to Fight Escalating Lumber Prices The essential skill of value engineering Lumber continues to be THE big issue in homebuilding. As we write this in May 2021, costs for framing lumber and plywood are three times what they were a year ago. That’s right—they’ve tripled. It’s insane. They might go even higher. An April


Keeping the Authorities Happy

Your home builder needs to navigate a maze of government regulations—homeowners can help make the process easier A successful new-home build is a predictable one, with no unpleasant surprises. Predictability comes from good planning, as well-planned projects tend to stay on budget and on schedule. Good planning includes making sure the home will meet all


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