The Cost to Build a House: The Price of Change Orders

By |2019-03-15T15:47:00-04:00March 14th, 2019|

Once you've approved the floor plans and materials selections, custom home builders will charge for change orders.  Why?  Because changes cost time, slowing the project.  Often, they also cost money, requiring completed work to be re-done and/or more expensive materials to be purchased.  One simple way to avoid the price of change orders is good [...]

Age in Place Using the Elements of Universal Design

By |2019-02-28T14:34:15-04:00February 11th, 2019|

Age in place is near and dear to the hearts of Elements. Experiencing a parent that had an unexpected disability first hand made us realize the importance of Age in Place. Also, watching as our grandparents, and now parents, get older opens your eyes. Because of this, Elements focuses on a home that will not [...]

How to stay in budget when building a home

By |2019-03-14T13:14:16-04:00February 5th, 2019|

As you’ve shared your dream of building a custom home with friends and family, you’ve no doubt heard a horror story or two about going over budget.  Whether it’s $1,000 or $100,000, exceeding the specified amount the bank approved is not a good scenario.  In this case, either you have to come up with the [...]

How to Find the Right House Plans Designer

By |2019-03-06T17:19:34-04:00February 5th, 2019|

If you are going to build a custom home, you obviously need a set of custom house plans.  But how do you find the right house plans designer?  Well, read on to learn more… 5 Tips to Find the Right House Plans Designer Tip #1:  Look past the pretty pictures. A good house plans designer [...]

How to Design the Perfect House Plans: Step 1 – Gather Ideas

By |2019-03-04T13:41:38-04:00February 5th, 2019|

The first step to designing the perfect house plans is to gather ideas.  Have a binder with floor plan concepts or a Pinterest account full of pins with beautifully decorated homes?  Then, you’ve already started this step! Right now, it doesn’t really matter if you are working on paper, electronically, or using a combination. File [...]

How to Design the Perfect House Plans: Series Introduction

By |2019-03-04T13:43:16-04:00February 5th, 2019|

You have spent hours on Pinterest and scoured through countless magazines, collecting photos and ideas.  Now, you just want someone who can take all that information and help you figure out how to design the perfect house plans.  House plans that are buildable and affordable.  Individualized house plans that meet your and your family’s needs.  [...]

Design Style 101

By |2019-02-28T16:30:20-04:00January 24th, 2019|

At some point, someone has probably asked you, “So, what’s your decorating design style?”  Seems like a simple enough question.  But it’s often a bit complicated to explain.  So, let’s start with some descriptions of a few popular design styles. Design Style #1: Modern Farmhouse Modern Farmhouse is a cousin of good ol’ traditional, but [...]

What to Consider When Building a New Home

By |2019-02-28T16:36:20-04:00June 5th, 2018|

Whether you’re building an English Cottage or a Modern Farmhouses, new home construction can be overwhelming. But don’t worry! Elements wants to help you better understand what to consider when building a new home.  Read on to learn more... What to Consider When Building a New Home Deciding to build your house is a big [...]