House Building: Keeping the joy (and your sanity)

By |2019-06-21T15:37:30-04:00June 21st, 2019|

When discussing house building, others often comment, “How fun!”  While the house building process is exciting, it can also be stressful.  The pressure arises from the fact that there are hundreds of decisions that must be made when designing and building a custom home.  Because of this, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, losing the joy [...]

Handling Family Advice When Building a Home

By |2019-06-14T16:55:22-04:00June 14th, 2019|

With major life decisions comes advice.  Whether changing jobs, moving cities, or building a home, family will want to share their experiences with you.  Unfortunately, when it comes to new construction, everyone seems to have a story about a terrible experience with a builder.  So, how should you handle family advice when building?  Well, here's [...]

Don’t Give Up on Your Dream Home

By |2019-05-24T17:07:53-04:00May 24th, 2019|

In our last post, “House Hunting: Are you looking for a unicorn?”, we said one way to get the house you need is to “Stop hunting and build a new, custom home instead.”  Now, you’re probably thinking, “Well, of course a design build firm would say that!”  While there are positives to designing and building [...]

31 Steps to Building Your Dream Home

By |2019-04-19T18:57:00-04:00April 19th, 2019|

Though building a custom home is exciting, it also often causes some trepidation.  In fact, a common concern we hear from families in the market for a new home is that they are worried about the home building process. Generally, worries, concerns, and/or fears arise from not knowing what is involved with the ground-up approach [...]

The Cost to Build a House: Series Round-Up

By |2019-04-09T16:45:21-04:00April 11th, 2019|

When considering building a custom home, the cost to build a house is forefront in clients' minds.  Initial inquiries often include questions such as, "What is your price per square foot" and "How much is the builder's fee?"  Because Elements believes in transparent communication, I have written eight articles, covering various aspects of the cost [...]

The Cost to Build a House: More than just money

By |2019-04-04T16:10:21-04:00April 8th, 2019|

The cost to build a house is an extremely important consideration when deciding to build a custom home.  So important, in fact, that this is the eighth article I've written on the subject.  The previous seven, however, considered the cost to build a house in terms of money.  While the bottom-line in terms of dollars [...]

The Cost to Build a House: The Importance of Good Plans

By |2019-04-04T16:08:05-04:00April 4th, 2019|

When building a custom home, not only is cost an important consideration, but time as well.  Most (dare I say, all) clients have a targeted move-in date.  Of course, this is understandable, as coordinating selling a current house, packing, and moving into a new home takes a lot of scheduling.  In the zeal to begin [...]

The Cost to Build a House: The Price of Land or Lot

By |2019-03-27T16:57:10-04:00March 27th, 2019|

The location of your custom home is no doubt very important.  Many amenities can be upgraded in the future.  For example, if you decide that you don’t like a paint color or want a nicer light fixture, you can alter those details.  The placement of your home, however, cannot be changed.  Because of this, purchasing [...]

The Cost to Build a House: The Builder’s Fee

By |2019-03-26T10:03:06-04:00March 20th, 2019|

Whether already built or going to build, when you purchase a brand-new, never-been-lived-in home, you will pay a builder's fee.  If the home is already built, the question about how much the builder will be paid is often not a concern.  This makes sense because the customer knows the price of the home, which is [...]