The Pandemic-Proof Home: Feature #2 – The Game Room

By |2020-06-30T13:56:36-04:00June 30th, 2020|

In our series introduction, we stated, “Coronavirus [has] made us realize even more how important it is to create a safe home where one can live comfortably despite life’s struggles.”  In our last article, we discussed the importance of a fully functional home office.  (You can read more about that here.)  Today, we’d like to [...]

The Pandemic-Proof Home: Feature #1 – The Home Office

By |2020-06-03T15:07:26-04:00June 3rd, 2020|

In our last article, we stated, “Coronavirus [has] made us realize even more how important it is to create a safe home where one can live comfortably despite life’s struggles.”  In that series introduction, we briefly outlined seven features of a “pandemic-proof home.”  In other words, we introduced seven home features that Elements believes are [...]

Home Accessibility, Aging in Place, and Preparing for the Unexpected

By |2020-02-06T17:56:44-04:00February 7th, 2020|

Home accessibility and aging in place are becoming common topics of conversation.  These, along with preparing for the unexpected, are important considerations at Elements.  You see, my father became disabled when he was in his early 40s.  Unfortunately, our home was not wheelchair accessible.  Because of this, I try to be more cognizant about accessibility [...]

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 [...]

Before Building a New Home: The Planning Stage

By |2019-08-08T11:02:54-04:00August 8th, 2019|

A smooth home building project is ideal.  Clients, subcontractors, and builders are all happy when there are few issues, allowing building projects to be completed on time and on budget.  So, how do you ensure a smooth build of your new custom home?  Well, the answer to that question actually lies in what steps you [...]

Home Builders do not want all your money

By |2019-07-18T15:06:20-04:00July 19th, 2019|

Unlike the sleezy, money-grubbing image portrayed on TV, reputable home builders do not want all your money.  Let me say that again, I do not want all your money.  In fact, I often try to talk clients out of spending more money.  As a home builder who utilizes a cost-plus contract, this may sound a [...]

House Building: Keeping the joy (and your sanity)

By |2019-07-18T16:24:53-04:00June 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 [...]

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 [...]