Landscaping a Custom Home: DIY or Hire a Contractor?

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Aug 13, 2018 1:11:16 PM

Topics: Exterior, homebuilding tips

Although it might not be the first thing you think of when building a new home, the landscaping is one of the first things people notice. It also takes time for newly planted flowers, shrubs, and trees to fill out and look natural in their new setting. Whether you decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor, you need to plan the landscaping early in the process so that you’re not stuck with barren soil surrounding your beautiful new home.   

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Buying My First Home: How Much Money Do I Need to Save?

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Aug 7, 2018 9:08:00 AM

Topics: homebuilding tips

Purchasing your very first home is one of the most exciting, important steps you’ll ever take. However, the process can be stressful and even scary at times, since there’s so much riding on it. One of the most common questions we encounter from first-time homebuyers revolves around how much to save for their new home.

Although the answer to the question, “How much do I need to save for my first home?” will vary for each individual homeowner, there are several factors that will likely come into play for everyone:

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Home Design Ideas: Find Inspiration Using Pinboards on Pinterest

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Aug 6, 2018 6:39:06 AM

Topics: Custom Home Design, homebuilding tips

If you’re planning to build a new custom home, you’re about to make a lot of design decisions. Many people find this part of the process to be the most fun, but even if you enjoy it, making so many choices can feel overwhelming. Using Pinterest is a great way to find inspiration, generate new ideas, and keep your thoughts organized. With millions of images at your fingertips, you can find the design details that resonate most with your style and customize them for your own home.  

Whether you’re a new Pinterest user or a seasoned pinning veteran, there are a few tips you can try to get the most from your boards when looking for home design ideas.

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3 Types of Construction Loans: A Comparison and Review

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jul 31, 2018 7:54:54 AM

Topics: Finance Your Home, homebuilding tips

Most people can’t fund the construction of a new home using cash, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to build your own custom home. Much like getting a mortgage to purchase an existing home, you can get financing to pay for the costs of new construction. Also like a typical mortgage, there are several different financing options available to you. The one that makes the most sense for you will depend on factors such as:

  • Cash available for a down payment
  • Ability to make monthly payments
  • Credit score and history
  • Household income
  • Existing debt and assets

If you’ve never built a new home or gone through the financing process, it can feel intimidating. There is always a lot of paperwork, and the many options can be confusing if you don’t understand all the details. However, you don’t have to go through it all alone.

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Featured Floorplan: The Gallatin

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jul 25, 2018 6:02:58 AM

Topics: Custom Home Floor Plan

For homebuyers seeking lots of comfortable, functional space without a huge footprint, our Gallatin floorplan may be exactly the two-story dream home you’ve been looking for.

The thoughtfully designed plan includes four bedrooms and 2.5 baths, plus a huge upstairs bonus room, in 2,080 square feet. The bonus room can even be converted into an expansive second master suite for those who need a fifth bedroom. Outside, the Gallatin has even more wow factor, with a covered front porch and charming details that create a welcoming feel.

Let’s take a closer look at the rooms and features of the Gallatin to get a better feel for what it’s like to live in this spacious two-story home.

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When is it the Right Time to Buy a Home?

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jul 5, 2018 6:35:50 AM

Topics: Buying a first home, homebuilding tips

You can buy a new house at any stage of life, but there are a few key points when it just makes sense to own a home that truly matches your lifestyle. Living in a space that is too large or too small can create unnecessary challenges. Trying to stay in the same place because change is hard might actually be more difficult in the long run. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or are ready to move on from your current situation, it might be time to think about taking the next step toward purchasing a new house.

When is the right time to buy a new home? Often it’s when there are major changes happening in your life, such as:

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What It Feels Like to Build Your First Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jul 2, 2018 7:20:23 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home

Anyone who has ever purchased a home understands that it’s an exciting, emotional experience. Not only are you making a substantial investment; you’re also putting down roots for yourself and your family. You’re buying a house that you will make your home in the coming months and years.

That feeling is even more intense when you go through the process of building your first home. Finding your ideal piece of land, making all the necessary design decisions, helping with site development, watching your home being built from scratch, and then waiting eagerly for construction to be finished—it’s an incredible process, from start to finish.

Our customers can attest that building your first home is so different than simply buying a pre-built one. There are several unique aspects of building a home that make custom homebuilding unforgettable.

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Featured Floorplan: The Lewisville

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jun 28, 2018 11:41:08 AM

Topics: Custom Home Floor Plan

If you’re looking for single-floor living with lots of flexible space, look no further than our Lewisville floorplan. With the ability to have four bedrooms and 2.5 baths over more than 2,300 square feet, this spacious home is perfect for large families and people who like to entertain guests in style.

Whether you want to keep a close eye on little ones in the shared open spaces, give teens and guests their privacy in the tucked-away bedrooms, or not worry about navigating stairs as you age, the Lewisville is a great fit at any stage of life.

Take a look at all the rooms in the Lewisville to get a better feel for what it’s like to live in this spacious single-level home.

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Storing Your Outdoor Gear: 5 Creative Ideas You Can Do Yourself

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jun 28, 2018 9:40:42 AM

Topics: Custom Home Design, homebuilding tips

One of the biggest perks of calling the Pacific Northwest home is the nearly endless array of outdoor fun we can enjoy throughout the year. From kayaking and mountain biking to surfing, snow skiing, and camping, our landscape offers a bit of everything. But for true outdoor enthusiasts, this variety of hobbies can lead to a big problem: lack of storage space.

It’s a common dilemma for those who love the outdoors. If your interior storage space is spoken for, you might have a bit of room in your attic or garage. But even those with larger homes may not want to stow muddy boots and dripping kayaks in their attics, garages, or closets. The ideal solution is to store outdoor gear where it belongs: outdoors.

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Kit Homes vs On Your Lot Builders: What's the Difference?

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jun 26, 2018 9:03:00 AM

Topics: homebuilding tips

These days there are a lot of options for people who want to build a new home. Two that you might be considering, especially if you want to save money by doing some of the work yourself, are kit homes and on-your-lot builders. While both approaches allow you to get more house for your money by building sweat equity, they are two very different approaches. Understanding the difference between them can help you decide which option is right for you.

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