14. July 2016 15:28
When the weather’s nice, Mother Nature beckons for us to delight in her beauty. Whether grilling out or having friends over, the connection point, such as a door onto your deck or patio, can become a traffic jam. [More]
16. June 2016 15:16
We all wear clothes, so it would seem that the closet should be a pretty important space. Oftentimes it is the forgotten space--throw up some rods and maybe a few shelves and call it good. Your closet doesn't have to be boring. Why not make it your own and give it some flair AND functionality? [More]
10. June 2016 14:03
Laundry rooms - we all need them, but have varying thoughts on placement and amenities. [More]
3. March 2016 14:14
Each of these 4 plans are essentially the same, yet say very different things about the person they attract. Which style are you drawn to most? - [More]
23. October 2015 11:11
The owner's suite is your sanctuary, the 'best' bedroom in the house. But, how well is the space being utilized? Do you find that even though it's a larger area, there isn't enough room for everything? [More]
13. August 2015 10:32
No matter your answer, each of us longs to come home to a place where we know we belong. A place where we comfortably fit into the fabric of our surroundings – where we can truly be ourselves.
What is it about a house that makes you call it home? [More]
26. December 2012 16:33
Why buy new, now?Historically low interest rates expand your purchasing power significantly. For example, a $200,000 30-year mortgage at a 5% interest rate (APR) is $125 less per month than a 6% APRmortgage payment. Or, you could opt for a larger home or $20,000 in upgrades and still keep the payments lower than the 6% APR mortgage.
Lower total monthly housing costs. Land costs have eased as have prices for some building materials. Stiffer building and energy codes combined with product advancements mean cheaper utility bills and lower homeowner insurance rates.The financial implications are often the first aspect looked at, but there are lots of other reasons to look at new construction rather than an existing home, including:
Quality of construction. More stringent building codes are just one of the reasons today’s homes typically offer superior quality compared to older homes, making your new home more pleasurable to live in.Design flexibility. Some things that just aren’t feasible to change with resale homes, like garage size, basement ceiling heights, wider doors or open, entertaining floorplans.Product choices, advancements. When building new, there’s a gamut of products to select from in making your home uniquely yours, based on what’s important to you—such as quieter and safer products, high technology…healthy alternatives...new construction is a hands-down winner!Avoid maintenance hassles and cost.
New homes are typically lower maintenance due to the products used. Composite decking, tilt-in clad windows and laminate flooring, all give you back a little more time. Then there’s the expensive repairs associated with older homes such as replacing worn-out appliances, roof shingles, carpet and furnaces.Energy efficiency and environmental responsibility. Homes built today are as much as 60% more energy efficient than homes built 20 years ago, contributing to a more comfortable home. Your energy efficient new home can help prevent the release of tons (yes, TONS!) of greenhouse gasses per year, while helping conserve our energy resources. Advanced building products such as engineered wood and recycled product choices such as carpet made from discarded plastic water bottles further help protect our environment.
Don’t settle for less. Finally, one of the most important reasons for buying new is getting exactly what you want in your new home.