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 [...]

The Upstate is for Foodies!

By |2019-05-31T16:20:56-04:00May 31st, 2019|

One of the reasons we love to build in Greenville South Carolina is because we know that our clients will love living here!  How do we know this?  Well, we’ve lived in three different states, plus we’ve traveled quite a bit.  And one of our favorite things to do is try foods and restaurants.  When [...]

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 [...]

House Hunting: Are you looking for a unicorn?

By |2019-05-17T12:29:07-04:00May 17th, 2019|

Have you seen house after house, but not one is just right?  Well, you might be looking for a unicorn.  No, we aren’t talking about the mythical horse-like creature!  In real estate, a “unicorn” is a home that professionals know you are never going to find because your requirements are just too strict.  Unfortunately, you [...]

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 [...]