The Pros and Cons of Buying Home Products Online

By |2020-01-30T11:34:56-04:00January 30th, 2020|

Often, our clients ask if they can purchase some of their home products, such as light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and even appliances, online.  While the short answer is yes, we encourage our clients to consider the pros and cons of buying home products online. The Pros of Buying Home Products Online Advantage #1:  Selection As [...]

Building on Land: Verify all documents.

By |2019-12-10T15:15:13-04:00December 26th, 2019|

There are benefits to building on land.  Before purchasing any property, however, we advise that you verify all documents. Why verify all documents? Easements, right-of-ways, utility accessibility, and more need to be verified before purchasing any land.  Yes, surveys, research, and title work take time.  But they are extremely important to ensure that you purchase [...]

Home Design: Where to Start . . .

By |2019-12-10T13:24:48-04:00December 12th, 2019|

If you are considering building a custom home, then you no doubt have a picture of your ideal home in your mind.  You know what’s important to your family, plus have wants and needs that you’d like incorporated into your new home’s design.  So, of course, you want the opportunity to communicate your vision.  In [...]

The Key to Building a Custom Home on Time

By |2019-11-15T13:15:24-04:00November 21st, 2019|

Besides budget, schedule is the biggest concern of our clients.  Often, one of their first questions is, “How long will it take to build our house?”  It’s a valid concern.  As a quick answer, we give a general estimate of approximately nine months.  There are two major factors to building a custom home “on time,” [...]

The Home Building Process: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

By |2019-11-14T15:10:29-04:00November 14th, 2019|

One of my late father-in-law’s favorite sayings was “the good, the bad, and the ugly.”  Honestly, there is much truth to this statement.  Every process in life includes good, bad, and ugly.  And the home building process is no exception. The Home Building Process... The Ugly... I mean, think about all the different stages your [...]

Home Builders Can’t Always Help

By |2019-10-22T15:46:43-04:00October 24th, 2019|

Our ultimate goal at Elements Design Build is to have happy clients.  We reach that goal by building a quality home while striving to stay within our homeowner’s budget.  That being said, sometimes, we simply can’t build a home for a family.  Yes, you heard me correctly.  Home builders can’t always help. What do I [...]

New Home Construction Loans: What to know…

By |2019-10-18T12:39:31-04:00October 18th, 2019|

One of the first steps in building a custom home is to find the right lender so that you can obtain financing.  You must be careful when making this choice, as financing new construction is different than simply getting a mortgage.  When building a new home, you have to get both a new home construction [...]

New Home Construction Jargon: Construction Loan Terminology

By |2019-09-25T15:50:49-04:00October 3rd, 2019|

Obtaining a construction loan to build a house on your land or lot can be an intimidating process.  This is partially due to confusing construction loan jargon.  So, we are going to talk about two very important terms—loan to value (LTV) and loan to cost (LTC).  Understanding the difference between LTV and LTC will help [...]

Creating the Perfect Kitchen Island

By |2019-09-25T12:49:32-04:00September 25th, 2019|

One of the benefits of building a custom home on your land or lot is the ability to create spaces that are perfect for you and your family.  One of the spaces that is extremely important to many of our clients is the kitchen.  Often considered the “heart of the home,” today’s kitchens are both [...]

The Secret to a Happy Home Build

By |2019-08-29T15:36:35-04:00September 5th, 2019|

You really want to build a custom home.  But when it comes to new construction, it seems everyone has a home building horror story to tell!  So, how do you avoid the nightmare?  How do you ensure that you’ll have a happy home build instead?  The answer is one little word—expectations. The secret to a [...]

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