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
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
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
A question builders get from a lot of potential clients is “What’s the per-square-foot cost of your homes?” Some clients arrive armed with numbers gleaned from Internet articles, and their family and friends input on what they think prices should be.Read more
PC Magazine has called 2016 The Year of the Home—the start of a flowering of wireless devices that will make home life easier, healthier and more fun.Read more