Ask an Expert: 3 Home Design Trends To Pay Attention to in 2019

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Oct 25, 2018 7:38:00 AM

Topics: Custom Home Design, Custom Home Tips, Design

Whether you’re building a home in 2019 or just looking for a chance to revitalize your existing decor, a new year is always a great opportunity to incorporate some fresh design ideas.

Of course, trying to follow each and every home design trend will make your head spin. There are thousands of ideas in monthly design magazines and on the wide variety of home renovation and decor shows. Meanwhile, a new celebrity product line seems to emerge every week.

That’s why it’s important to hone in on the design trends that will work best for you. You don’t need to adopt every year’s trends to keep your home feeling updated and fresh. Instead, look for trends that suit your home and your personal style best, and then choose one or two that will have the biggest impact.

Here, our design experts explore three of the biggest trends for 2019—so you can decide which ones to incorporate into your home:

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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, Lifestyle

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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Millennial Home Buying Myths Exposed

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 16, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Topics: Custom Home Tips, Lifestyle

Every few months, a new high-profile news piece will declare a startling statistic about Millenials and homebuying. The message often repeats itself. “They can’t afford to own a home.” “They only want to live in the city.” “They don’t like the idea of being tied down by a mortgage.”

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5 Crucial Things to Look for When Choosing a Home Warranty

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 4, 2018 8:45:48 AM

Topics: Custom Home Costs, Custom Home Tips, Financing

A home warranty gives you the peace of mind that if your home has structural issues within a certain period of time, you will be covered financially. For example, soil settling can cause structural distress to a load-bearing element such as the foundation, floor framing, or columns. This is the type of event that is totally out of the builder’s control, but if you have a home warranty, you won’t have to pay out of pocket to cover the repair costs if something like this happens to you. A home warranty also typically covers defects in materials and systems for a certain period of time.

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8 Feature Upgrades To Increase Your Home Resale Value

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Dec 19, 2017 7:44:52 AM

Topics: Plan Smart, Custom Home Tips, Selling Your Home

Building a new home can be one of the most exciting times in a homeowner’s life. This is your opportunity to design the home of your dreams, with all the features and finishes you have always wanted. However, it’s also important to think beyond the home’s first residents—you and your family—and ensure its attractiveness for future buyers.

Of course, you want to build a home that you will truly love, one that will work for your lifestyle. But how do you also ensure its strong resale value in five, 10, or 20 years down the road?

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DIY Things You Can Do to Increase Your Home's Equity

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Aug 30, 2017 8:22:35 AM

Topics: Custom Home Tips, Custom Homes

For homeowners in every price bracket and throughout all 50 states, there’s one thing that is always at the back of your mind: building equity. We all want to maximize our ownership in a home, as quickly and easily as possible. After all, the greater your equity, the better your position for selling or refinancing the home. So what is the best approach for increasing your home’s equity?

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Landscaping Ideas for Your Custom Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Aug 25, 2017 7:51:06 AM

Topics: Custom Home Tips, Lifestyle, Design

For homeowners who enjoy a bit of gardening, landscaping can be one of the most exciting parts of building a custom home.

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Getting the Best ROI on Your Custom Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jul 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Topics: Custom Home Tips, Financing

Building a custom home isn’t just a chance for you and your family to upgrade to the house of your dreams. It’s also a solid investment. With just a bit of planning, you can ensure that your home will continue to gain value over the years. And down the road, when it comes time to sell your custom home, you’ll be in a great position to make a strong return on investment (ROI).

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How to Build an Energy-Efficient Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jul 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Topics: Custom Home Tips, Design

One of the many advantages of deciding to build instead of buy is that you have the opportunity to live in an energy-efficient home. Older homes come in various levels of quality, and unless it was originally designed with efficiency in mind, upgrading an existing home can be quite costly. Building science has come a long way in recent decades and many “green” building techniques are now becoming standard practices. New homes that are built with the environment in mind don’t necessarily have to cost a lot more, and they always cost less to operate because they use less energy.  

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A Smarter Solution to Spring Cleaning

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Mar 24, 2016 9:00:45 AM

Topics: Custom Home Floor Plan, Custom Home Tips

We all have that friend. You know the one. The one who never seems to have an ounce of clutter anywhere in her home. The one that doesn’t almost trip over toys, the one that doesn’t have mail and homework piling up on the counter, and the one who doesn’t even have a junk drawer. The one who makes us look at all the clutter in our own home with a deep sigh.

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