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4 Tips for Preparing for Your Selection Meeting

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Building your own custom home is an exciting process for many homeowners.  Because you’re choosing where everything goes and what it will look like, this means you’ve got nearly complete control over every aspect. From the overall layout right down to the cabinet pulls, there are dozens – if not hundreds – of selections and decisions you have to make during the custom home building process. Part of the custom building process includes the selection meeting. During this meeting, you sit down and make all the final design selections for the interior and exterior of your custom home, including flooring,…

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4 Tips for Choosing a Site for Your New Home Construction

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When most people start their home building journey, they often overlook the importance of finding the right piece of land to build on.  Selecting the perfect property can be a daunting task. Here are 4 helpful tips to keep in mind. Identify Your Needs Beginning to look for a property can be overwhelming, so one of the first things you can do to help is narrow down your options. You can do this by identifying your needs and focusing on properties that fulfill those.  Some questions to ask yourself are:  Is there a specific state, county, town, or zip code…

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One-Story or Two-Story? 6 Things to Consider

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When you’re looking to build a custom home, there are a whole host of decisions that need to be made.  Among one of the first – and most important – decisions you have to make is whether to build a one-story home or to go for a two-story house. There are many pros and cons to each choice, and sorting through them all can be frustrating. To help you figure out which option is best for you, here are 6 important things to consider when deciding whether to build a one-story or a two-story home: Cost This is one of…

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7 Common Home Customization Requests

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Custom building a home is attractive for many people, as it allows them to have full freedom over what is and isn’t included in their space. While all homes need certain features – bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens, for starters – a lot of the rest of the details are left up to the person who designs the home.  With so much open to the imagination, we’ve seen homeowners plan all manner of customizations in their builds, leading to some truly unique homes.  Here are some common home customization requests by owners planning to build a new home: Bonus Room over…

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6 Options for Financing Your Home Renovation Project

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Home renovation can be expensive, especially if you’ve got big dreams or a lot of work that needs to be done. While paying cash for your renovations is always preferable, it isn’t feasible for everyone. If you’re considering a home renovation project of any scale, large or small, here are 6 options you have to finance the endeavor: Home Improvement Loans Home improvement loans are unsecured personal loans – meaning they don’t require you to put up your house or car as collateral – offered by banks, credit unions, and online lenders. The interest rate you receive depends on your…

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What to Expect During Your First Meeting with Your Builder

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Deciding to build a home is exciting, and the long process from decision to finished product begins by meeting with one or more potential builders. Since you may have a few of these meetings – and should if you’re hoping to find the right fit for your project – it’s important to know what to expect when going into that meeting. Here are 4 things you can likely expect from every first builder meeting when designing and constructing a home: Introductions Like any first meeting, your first meeting with a builder will begin with introductions. This portion may differ from…

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4 Important Things to Remember When Designing a New Home

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Making the decision to design a new home is as exciting as it can be scary. If you’ve never had any experience designing a home or planning a construction project before, you may be feeling overwhelmed at the sheer number of things you need to decide before construction can start. Basic decisions such as number of bedrooms and bathrooms, style, and how big to make the kitchen are typical things that don’t get easily overlooked in the planning process. However, there are some considerations that may not be as obvious to every homeowner getting ready to plan a new build….

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