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 people at different points in their lives.Read 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 member of his staff. Natural rapport is important, but gut feelings also play a role--feelings some homeowners aren't sure how to interpret.Read more
While most older homes weren’t designed for an aging population, it's not difficult to make a new home accessible.
The word "accessibility" makes some people imagine wheelchair ramps and institutional grab bars, but the truth is that a well-designed multi-generational space feels like a home, not a hospital. There are many creative ways to make a home feel welcoming to everyone, and as a bonus, accessible features provide an edge in the market when it's time to sell.Read more
Everyone wants their new home to be comfortable, healthy and energy-efficient. Professional builders satisfy these expectations with high insulation levels, careful air sealing and optimized heating and cooling systems.Read more
A great finish doesn't come inexpensively, but it can make or break the look of a custom home. Many homeowners are educated to the fact that plumbers and electricians are fairly expensive but are often surprised at the prices charged by other subcontractors. The most obvious example of this is the professional painting company.
Government red tape takes time, money and skill to navigate. That's why you need a professional. 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 federal, state and local government regulations now account for nearly a quarter (24.3%) of newly constructed or remodeled 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.Read 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.Read more
We occasionally meet homeowners who don’t want to reveal their true budget numbers. This lack of disclosure is not in their best interests and almost always sets the stage for disappointment.Read more
If you have questions about how healthy your new home will be, you’re not alone. A March 2016 paper by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University detailed a nationwide study that asked 2200 people whether they had concerns about their indoor environment.Read more