Do I Need An Architect If I Want to Go Fully Custom?

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Nov 9, 2017 6:34:57 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Homes

For many people, building a custom home is completely new territory. Even if you are already a homeowner, the process is much different from buying an existing home. You have to find land, secure financing, and, of course, get a custom home design. It’s easy to assume that every new custom home must start with an architect, but this isn’t necessarily the case.

In fact, you can work with an integrated team that includes a design team, builder, estimator, and materials purchasing staff to create a beautiful new home that has the features and floor plans you want. There are multiple benefits to taking this route, including cost savings and better budget management.  

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What to Look for When Picking a School District

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Oct 19, 2017 12:18:43 PM

Topics: Custom Homes

When it’s time to upgrade to a new home, there are always a lot of moving pieces to figure out. When will you sell your current home? Will you move yourself or hire movers? What time of year is best for such a big change?

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Building a Custom Home vs. Renting

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Oct 11, 2017 10:36:47 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Homes

A recent analysis of apartment listing data and statistics from the Census Bureau shows that rental prices are increasing. If you are weighing your options between renting and building a custom home, consider these facts in your comparison:

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Tips for Planning the Size of Your Custom Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Oct 4, 2017 5:35:56 PM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Homes

There’s no denying that the average American wants plenty of space. And it shows: Today’s homes are 61 percent bigger than homes that were built just 40 years ago. In 2016, the median size of a new single-family home in the U.S. was 2,467 square feet—the largest on record.

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4 Ways to Make a Custom Home Your Dream Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Sep 8, 2017 9:43:20 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Homes

The average American will purchase at least three homes in their lifetime—often a starter home, a family home and, finally, an empty-nester or retirement home. In some markets, homeowners who are climbing the property ladder may own five or more homes as the decades go by. For many, this evolution of home ownership creates the perfect chance to work toward the home of their dreams.

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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: Homebuilding 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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Building Sweat Equity Into Your Custom Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Aug 23, 2017 8:08:46 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Homes

Building a custom home is a smart decision for many reasons. Not only do you get the benefits of living in a home that was tailored to your lifestyle and preferences, but you also have a long-term asset that increases in value over time as you gain more equity. The more equity you can start with, the sooner your investment will be able to provide more financial options. You can increase your starting equity by making a larger down payment or paying more toward your principal, but if you want to hang on to your cash, building sweat equity is another path.

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3 Things to Know Before Building a Custom Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jun 29, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Homes

For many homeowners, the prospect of upgrading to a custom home built on their ideal piece of land seems like a dream. But in fact, nearly a quarter of all homes built in the U.S. each year are custom—proof that with the right homebuilder, a custom-built home is well within reach.

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What You Need to Do Before Visiting a Custom Homebuilder

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jun 27, 2017 7:57:57 AM

Topics: Custom Home Builder, Custom Homes

Making the decision to build a new custom home is exciting! You get to decide what the house looks like, add features that support your lifestyle, and create a home that matches your family’s needs. Selecting a custom homebuilder is one of the first steps in the process, but it’s not as simple as walking in the door and choosing a floor plan. There are a lot of factors to consider as you dive into the process. In order to make the most of your time, prepare in advance with these tips:

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Custom Homebuilding Upgrades: Worth the Investment?

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

Topics: Build a Custom Home, Custom Homes

When building a new custom home, you have the option to invest in the features that make the most sense for your family’s lifestyle. If you enjoy cooking and gathering in the kitchen, this is a smart place to focus your budget. On the other hand, if you enjoy outdoor living, a deck or patio can provide the atmosphere you desire. You have countless options for custom homebuilding upgrades, but if you’re like most people, you have a limited budget. If you’re trying to decide which features are right for you, consider the following possibilities as you refine the design.

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