Considering Building a Custom Home? Here Are 3 Things You Need to Know

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

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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Topics: Build a Custom Home

How Much Time You'll Need to Set Aside for the Homebuilding Process

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jun 22, 2017 8:25:03 AM

The homebuilding process can vary significantly depending on a number of factors, some of which you can control and some that you cannot. In general, you should assume that it will take at least nine months to a year from the time you select a custom home plan until the day you move in.

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Financing a New Custom Home Vs. Existing Home: What Are My Options?

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jun 20, 2017 9:22:05 AM

Buying your first home is an experience unlike any other. And although it’s thrilling, it can also include a bit of a learning curve. But rest assured, you’ll wind up in the home you’ve always wanted.

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Topics: Finance Your Home, Build a Custom Home

Craftsman-Style Home Upgrades: 6 Features You Need in Your Custom Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jun 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Craftsman-style homes emerged from the architecture world in the early 19th century as lifestyles shifted away from the Victorian era to one that we can still relate to today. Servants no longer lived exclusively in their employers’ homes, and families were likelier to take care of their own children. This led to larger and fewer bedrooms on the second floor and a more open floor plan on the first, often with an eat-in kitchen in addition to the dining room. Some other common features of a Craftsman-style home are:

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Topics: Custom Home Floor Plan, Build a Custom Home

5 Unexpected Expenses When Building a New Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on May 11, 2017 9:43:41 AM

The cost of building a new house includes broad categories such as land, site development, and the materials and labor required to build the home itself. You can get to an overall budget based on the location, the conditions of the site, and the custom home plan you choose, but there are often other expenses that you might not expect, especially if this is your first time building a new house.

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Adjusting to Multigenerational Home Life: Part 4: Overcoming Conflict

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on May 4, 2017 7:57:54 AM

Multigenerational homes offer many benefits to the entire family. Children can spend more time with grandparents, young adults can save money when starting their careers, and adult children can help aging parents transition into the next phase of life. However, even close-knit families will face challenges in multigenerational homes

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Custom Homebuilding Upgrades: Which Ones Are Worth the Investment?

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

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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Building a New Home? How and When to Sell Your Existing Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Apr 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The excitement of building a new home is unforgettable. Finding that perfect plot of land, selecting your floor plan and customizations, and adding the finishes that will make it your own—it truly is a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Build vs Buy Timeline: How Long Will You Wait for a New Home?

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Apr 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

You know you’re ready to upgrade to a new home; now you just have to decide whether to buy an existing house or build a new one. Although it might seem easier and faster to purchase an existing house, it’s worth considering building a custom home if you want to invest in a home that truly matches your needs. If time is of the essence, compare these two timelines to help you make a decision.

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Tax Implications To Know Before Building A Home In Washington

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Apr 6, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Washington State is among the most sought-after states to live in in the nation, offering residents an attractive cost of living; gorgeous natural scenery; beautiful weather; and warm, genuine people. In fact, Washington ranked fifth for states adding the most new residents in 2016—proof that there’s something special about the Evergreen State.

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Topics: Build a Custom Home