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 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 Change Orders

By |2019-03-21T18:59:51-04:00March 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.  [...]