Visualize Your Custom Home

By |2019-05-09T14:43:07-04:00May 9th, 2019|

Designing the custom home of your dreams is an exciting venture.  Unfortunately, explaining your vision to floor plan designers and home builders can be challenging.  Fortunately, we have a few tips and strategies to help you not only visualize your custom home, but clearly communicate that vision to design build professionals. How to visualize your [...]

The Reality about Reality Home Improvement Shows

By |2019-04-29T14:43:42-04:00April 29th, 2019|

Recently, I heard on the radio that “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will be returning to airwaves late 2019.  My wife will be so excited!  Honestly, we both enjoy watching reality home improvement shows.  As a professional in the home design and home building industries, I enjoy seeing the whole house transformations. But there are some [...]

How quickly should builders return your call?

By |2019-04-24T12:25:43-04:00April 24th, 2019|

When looking for a home builder to build a custom home on your land or lot, you will no doubt send quite a few inquiries via phone message and email.  How quickly builders respond to these messages gives you an indication about what communication will be like during the building process.  So, how quickly should [...]

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 [...]