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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 Land or Lot

By |2019-03-27T16:57:10-04:00March 27th, 2019|

The location of your custom home is no doubt very important.  Many amenities can be upgraded in the future.  For example, if you decide that you don’t like a paint color or want a nicer light fixture, you can alter those details.  The placement of your home, however, cannot be changed.  Because of this, purchasing [...]

The Cost to Build a House: The Builder’s Fee

By |2019-03-26T10:03:06-04:00March 20th, 2019|

Whether already built or going to build, when you purchase a brand-new, never-been-lived-in home, you will pay a builder's fee.  If the home is already built, the question about how much the builder will be paid is often not a concern.  This makes sense because the customer knows the price of the home, which is [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]