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New Home Construction: Exterior Finishing Touches

We’ve compared a home’s framing to its skeleton, wiring to its nerves and insulation to its muscle. Now it’s time to talk about exterior finishes — a home’s “skin”, with a little make-up applied, as well. We’re very fortunate to be designing and building homes in a time that offers a vast array of exterior

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Progress At The Nashville Symphony Show House

Progress continues at the Nashville Symphony Show House! The build is right on schedule for staging to begin June 1st and tours to begin June 12 – 28. Last week saw many exterior projects completed. The porches are all done now, and you can see the craftsmanship that went into laying the brick below. Castle Homes’ brick

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What Quality Home Construction Looks Like

Builders are always talking about “quality,” but few can explain what they mean to their new home clients. This should not be a mystery; construction quality is easy to see when you know what to look for. As a professional builder, we not only take pride in creating high-quality homes, but also in making sure

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Sneak Peek: The Nashville Symphony Show House

The last two weeks have been exciting over at the Nashville Symphony Show House Build. We have seen a transformation from ‘construction site’ to ‘amazing home nearing completion’. The team at Castle Homes has the metal roof almost finalized, the stairs are being set, doors being hung, tile is being laid and much, much more!

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Managing Change Orders When Building a New Home

Building a new home is a dynamic and exciting process. As professional homebuilders, our goal is to make the process smooth and transparent for our clients. Once the job is underway, things happen quickly, so we work with clients to make decisions well ahead of time to help ensure they get their new home on

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Home Building Inspections

During the construction of a new home, a professional builder is responsible for managing a variety of inspections to ensure that the new home meets agreed upon quality standards, is on schedule for completion when promised, and complies with applicable building codes. These periodic visits may or may not include our homebuyers. When clients are

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Understanding Home Technology

The world may not look like the Jetson’s yet, but new technology is everywhere from vehicles to houses to the games that we play. Consumer electronics, from flat-panel TVs to iPod docks, are the eye-candy that catches our attention. Just as advanced, however, are the behind-the-walls systems that enable all the gizmos. There are two

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Turning Your Dream Home Into Reality

Your dream home may not be as far from reality as you might think. As you look at today’s homes, with their wide choice of luxurious features and finishes, options, and upgrades, you may feel overwhelmed. Let us suggest a method for sorting out what is most important to you. As you begin to think

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Keeping Home Builder Projects on Track

Failure to make timely decisions is the number one culprit behind schedule and cost overruns. Homeowners play a key role in preventing these problems. Some homeowners find it a challenge to make their final selection of products and materials. It’s easy to see why—with practically limitless choices in countertops, fixtures, tiles, windows, and other products,

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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