What to Watch for When Choosing Your Custom Home Location

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on May 18, 2018 8:01:00 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Land

One of the key elements in any custom homebuilding process is choosing the location. In addition to the school district, neighborhood dynamics, and proximity to your favorite places, there are also some technical details to evaluate when considering various lots.

The spectrum is large, and it runs from easy to difficult when buying and then developing property. On one end is an existing flat city lot with all the utilities at the street and no grading required. At the other end is a rural piece of sloped-acreage property with no existing access road or utilities. Of course, most properties will fall somewhere in between these extremes, so it’s important to understand the pros and cons of the land before you buy.  

Some of the factors to consider when evaluating properties for custom homebuilding include:

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Spare Room Rentals: Earning Extra Money with Your Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on May 17, 2018 7:32:14 AM

Topics: Finance Your Home, homebuilding tips

When building a new home, budget is always a consideration. If you’re like most people, there is an upper limit to what you can build with the resources you have available. If you don’t yet have the funds to build your dream home, you can save money by using your existing space to your advantage. Spare room rentals will allow you to save money for a down payment on a construction loan or pay off more of your existing mortgage faster to build more equity.

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Featured Floorplan: The Cashmere

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on May 8, 2018 6:14:31 AM

If you’re a fan of the Madison floor plan but want even more space, the Cashmere might be just the design you’ve been seeking. With more than 3,000 square feet of living space, this home allows the entire family to spread out in four bedrooms, or three bedrooms and a bonus room.


Whether you have an expanding family, enjoy hosting friends, or want enough room for the entire family to visit while you enjoy single-floor living, the Cashmere can be adapted to any lifestyle with custom home features.

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Designing The Perfect Home for the Outdoor Enthusiast

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Apr 30, 2018 7:50:14 AM

Topics: Custom Home Design

For those who consider themselves outdoor enthusiasts, their love of nature is part of nearly every aspect of their lives. Even when planning for their next home, they keep the outdoors as a top-of-mind priority. Luckily, there are several exciting home design trends happening right now that will help any outdoor enthusiast to feel right at home.

Below, we explore some of the top home design features that are perfect for nature lovers:

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6 Things Millennial Home Buyers Want in a Property

Posted by Greg Geilman on Apr 26, 2018 10:37:16 AM

Topics: Live Smart, Build a Custom Home, Custom Home Tips, Land

Asking millions of people what they want in a home may well yield millions of unique answers. This fact makes it more difficult to categorize a group as large as the Millennial generation based on their home buying preferences. However this generation is viewed by its predecessors, Millennials’ general expectations have a fair overlap with other home buying groups. What they look for when they start to search for homes is bound by their finances and where they are in life.

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Stick Built Homes: 6 Commonly Asked Questions

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Apr 26, 2018 8:41:17 AM

Topics: homebuilding tips

If you are considering building a new custom home, you probably have some questions about the construction process, especially if you have never done it before. There are several ways to build a home, and as modern technology continues to evolve, even more are emerging. “Stick-built” is the term used for homes that use the traditional building method of bringing materials to the site and assembling the home on the foundation.

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2018 Paint Color Trends To Spice Up Your Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Apr 24, 2018 8:33:00 AM

Topics: homebuilding tips

Spring is the time of year when homeowners get the urge to freshen up the look of their home. As the weather warms up, it’s natural to want to do a deep clean, get rid of some of the clutter, and maybe even spice up the look of your home. Luckily, each of these tasks is relatively cheap and easy—and there’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to completely change the feeling of a home!

It is fascinating to watch how paint color trends evolve over the years. Just like fashion and home design, our collective tastes gradually change, and it can be fun to incorporate a new color into your home. You might be surprised how a fresh palette in your living room or kitchen, throughout your bathroom, or on your home’s exterior can make the house feel brand new.

Let’s take a look at some of the top paint color trends for 2018:

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DIY Custom Home Features for Your Furry Friends

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Apr 17, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Topics: Custom Home Design, homebuilding tips

There’s no denying that people love their pets—and can you blame them? Dogs, cats, fish, birds, lizards, and the many creatures in between have the power to bring joy and companionship to any home. It’s no wonder we often treat our furry friends like people. In fact, Americans spend nearly $70 billion a year on their pets.

But you don’t have to be extravagant to show your pets that you love them. With a few simple DIY tricks, you can make your home a lot more pet friendly.

Here, we highlight some of the top DIY custom home features to try for your furry (or feathery) friends:

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The Oswego Floor Plan: A Walk Through

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Apr 9, 2018 5:52:45 AM

Topics: Custom Home Floor Plan, homebuilding tips

Year after year, our customers continue to be drawn to homes with spacious, open floor plans. Another important feature is split bedrooms, where the master suite and the other bedrooms are located across the home from each other, providing family members and guests plenty of privacy and quiet.

The Oswego floor plan ticks both of these boxes, which is just one reason it has become a top-selling home. The 1,952-square-foot open-concept, ranch-style home offers three bedrooms and two baths, plus a den and an extended garage with a workshop. The Oswego is a great choice for growing families, because it has plenty of space, but it’s also popular with smaller families and singles who love to entertain—and its one-story design makes it attractive to empty nesters and multi-generational families who prioritize functionality.

We’re sure you’ll love the Oswego as much as we do. Join us as we take a room-by-room tour of this popular floor plan:

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Steps to Building a House Part 7: Wrapping Up and Moving In

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Mar 30, 2018 8:05:00 AM

Topics: homebuilding tips

Over the last several weeks, we've focused on every task that you and your builder will need to accomplish in order to make your dream of a custom home come true. Stage seven is when it all comes together—when you wrap up the building process and move into your brand-new custom home.

This step begins when construction of your home is nearly complete and you can see the finish line, but the process isn’t quite over. There are still several important steps you must take in order to ensure everything in the home is complete for move-in day.

These include:

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