For most people, a house is the most expensive thing that they will ever buy. Furthermore, the average buyer of a residence will live in that place for nearly a decade. With so much time and money going into one structure, it goes without saying that the owners should love the structure. While renovations and remodeling can make a residence more appealing, the only true way to make it perfect is to construct it from the ground up. New home builders can work with buyers to ensure that everything is made exactly to their specifications. The only thing that will limit what can go into the house is the owner’s imagination.
In 1973, the average house in the United States was just under 1,700 square feet. Today, that number has increased to nearly 2,700 square feet. In short, older residences are generally going to be smaller than what modern buyers want and expect. And since no two families are the same, you can work with new home builders to create a home that is exactly the right size for your current or future family.
A recent poll of contractors showed that the additions most requested by house hunters are a separate laundry room, an extra large pantry, wireless security system, security lights, and garage storage. Since contractors know these are popular amenities, they are putting them into their plans for new residences. Rather than buy an old structure and remodel it to add everything you need, it can be cheaper and more efficient to simply build a residence designed with those specific amenities in mind. Furthermore, new home builders craft their designs around modern technology, such as Internet and satellite television. This reduces the unsightly cords and satellite dishes that you will see in some older residences.
Peace of Mind
As we discussed above, buying a house is a huge investment of time and money. In many cases, buyers may use all or much of their savings. This can be an issue if maintenance problems arise in the purchase. Having to pay $5,000 to the plumber, or $10,000 to the electrician could be difficult for many people after purchasing a house. With new home builders, the buyer can be confident that not only is all the material used new, but much of it will be covered under warranty as well. In most cases, the owner will get years, if not decades, of use before any maintenance, beyond basic upkeep, is required. So if you are the type of buyer that is sinking all or most of your savings into buying a residence, you should strongly consider a new structure rather than an old one.
In conclusion, new home builders can give buyers exactly what they want. Nearly every man, woman, and child has thought about what their dream house would look like. Having a home built with your input is the best way to realize this dream.
A first-of-its-kind alliance, the ELEVATE Design Collective, was announced today to bring together six industry-leading home design brands Delta® Faucet Company, Formica Corporation, Hunter Fan, JELD-WEN®, KitchenAid® and Schlage®, to highlight home accents within home style and interior design conversations. Anchored in design trends from top industry designers, the ELEVATE Design Collective creates a prominent voice for style-oriented brands in the interior design space. The Design Collective will provide design-driven insight and inspiration to interior designers, architects and remodelers.
Collaborating to transform home accents — from faucets, kitchen appliances and countertops to door hardware, doors and fans — into design statements, the ELEVATE Design Collective partnered with the Pantone Color Institute™, a color research and information center recognized throughout the world as the leading source for color information, to create a signature ELEVATE color. Based on the brand designers’ insights into upcoming home trends, the ELEVATE Pantone color will be incorporated into a collection of custom products from the participating brands and unveiled at an exclusive launch event in a NYC urban loft space during New York Design Week. Together, the ELEVATE Design Collective will showcase the power of utilizing home accents to create a cohesive and unique design aesthetic.
“We are very excited to partner with the ELEVATE Design Collective as truly innovative brands have come together with a unique design vision,” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “At the Pantone Color Institute, we are committed to providing brands a greater understanding of color to help tell their story; the vision captured within the ELEVATE Design Collective is reflective of color and interior design trends brands and designers are seeing in the home space.”
The vision to create the ELEVATE Design Collective began with Schlage, a brand of Allegion that has created stylish, innovative door hardware products for more than 95 years. Schlage recognized the opportunity to bring like-minded, home accent brands together to make a larger contribution to the interior design industry and educate influencers and consumers alike on the latest styles and trends in home design.
“We are thrilled to kick off year one of the ELEVATE Design Collective and feel a strong alliance with each brand in our effort to bring home accents to the forefront of the design and style conversation,” said Tamara Douce, influencer marketing manager, Schlage. “A home’s style is created and defined in the details. Well-chosen pops of color, texture, placement and functionality make a home reflective of the homeowners’ personal taste. It is our goal to empower interior designers, architects and remodelers to feel confident in making those design choices.”
The ELEVATE Design Collective will be supported with a dedicated microsite offering a behind-the-scenes look at the NYC urban loft project, and the brand designers’ inspiration and insight into the creation of the custom ELEVATE Pantone color.
To learn more about the ELEVATE Design Collective and the 2016 participating brands, visit ELEVATE Design Collective to sign up for updates and join the conversation on the ELEVATE Instagram and Facebook pages.
About The ELEVATE Design Collective
The ELEVATE Design Collective is a first-of-its-kind alliance of industry-leading brands that have come together to bring home accents to the forefront of the style and design conversation in home remodeling and renovation. The 2016 ELEVATE Design Collective is transforming the look and feel of the entire home with brands including Delta® Faucet Company, Formica Corporation, Hunter Fan, JELD-WEN®, KitchenAid® and Schlage®. For more information, visit ELEVATE Design Collective and join the conversation on the ELEVATE Instagram and Facebook pages.
About Pantone and the Pantone Color Institute
Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries. Pantone products have encouraged colorful exploration and expressions of creativity from inspiration to implementation for more than 50 years. Through the Pantone Color Institute, Pantone continues to chart future color direction and study how color influences human thought processes, emotions and physical reactions. Pantone furthers its commitment to providing professionals with a greater understanding of color and to help them utilize color more effectively. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers designer-inspired products and services for consumers.
If you are looking at building a new house or at a remodel to your existing property, working with a contractor can have its ups and downs. While dealing with a professional contractor can be a great experience, hiring a shady contractor can end up in a bad situation. The general rule-of-thumb for building is that materials usually account for about 40 percent of the total bid cost. The remaining costs encompass overhead and profit margin (which is generally in the neighborhood of 15 to 20 percent). Here are some items to consider when hiring a contractor:
Choosing the Right Person for the Job
Always do some background research before just hiring any contractor. Ask to speak with past clients, see testimonials or go online to see any reviews on popular building related associations or other related websites. While a contractor may give you an inexpensive bid, it may be that cheap for a reason. Make sure that the contractor is reputable within the community and has an excellent network of sub-contractors to work with. Financial references are always good to verify too. Check in with banks or lumber stores that the contractor works with to verify that they are in good standing financially. The Better Business Bureau and also the state’s Consumer Protection Agency should also be contacted to see if any complaints have been filed against the contractor. Additionally, you should ask a variety of questions when interviewing a contractor. Here are some examples:
- How many projects do they currently have going?
- Do they take on projects like yours?
- If new construction, you can usually find out a rough estimate of cost to build per square foot
- How long have they been in the construction industry?
- What is their philosophy for working with sub-contractors and clients?
Once you have narrowed it down to the top 2 or 3 contractors on your list, ask to visit one of their current job sites or explore past work completed. This will allow you to see the quality of their work and also if it is a job site, how neat they keep it.
Prepare for an Allowance
No, we don’t mean the kind of allowance that came from completing your chores when you were young. Rather, a contractor will put allowances in the bid for you to choose materials and products for the project. An example may be an allowance for kitchen cabinetry or a master bathroom shower. Obviously, you can spend less than the actual allowance, the full amount of the allowance or go over the allowance. An allowance basically serves as a placeholder in the budget until the finishes are chosen.
Keep an Open Line of Communication
A lot of things can happen throughout the construction process. Therefore, it’s important to have a good line of communication with a contractor to be kept in the loop with everything going on. Make sure that you are kept up-to-date with frequent progress reports to ensure that the project is on time and on budget.
While it’s the last thing that you probably want to do, documenting the process can serve not only as a journal of sorts, but also to refer back to in case anything comes up. If something comes up that the contractor asks for more money or time, then you need to be able to document it.
It’s important to frequently visit the job site to ensure that the project is not only on track, but everything is being done according to the construction plan. By monitoring progress, you can ensure that doors, windows, etc. are in all of the right places according to how you wanted them installed. Additionally, it also allows you to check in on the quality of the craftsmanship and that everything is up to your standards.
Extending your home is a perfect alternative, if you wish to upgrade your living environment without actually relocating to a new place. It is especially an amazing choice, if you don’t want to leave your current locality and maintain a great rapport with your neighbors.
Before you begin the extension procedure, however, you need to analyze the varied aspects of renovating or extending your house. Here are a few things that you should take into consideration when you decide to undertake a home extension work.
Have a Clear Idea about Your Needs
While most people want to upgrade their house mainly to accommodate the growing needs of their family, some extend their property to improve its functionality, aesthetic appearance or sometimes even to make it more eco-friendly. In fact, knowing the purpose of the upgrade is vital to plan a seamless home extension project.
Know Your Budget
This is undoubtedly the most important thing to consider when you plan for a home extension. By setting a budget limit, you’ll be able to prioritise your needs more effectively and also make wise decisions when it comes to the selection of materials.
Employ an Expert
Hiring an expert service provider who offers bespoke solutions will help you to put your unique requirements on paper while avoiding serious expensive mistakes. Not only do they breathe new life into your ideas, but also seamlessly incorporate latest building trends and styles. It is, however, important to choose a professional as well as experienced contractor or company to get the desired result.
Get A Building Permit
Depending on your location and the complexity of the project – particularly if it involves installation of structural components, major demolitions, or extensive modification of the roofline, you’ll be entailed to abide by the local building rules. In order to avoid any trouble in the future, make sure that you obtain a building permit, if necessary.
Everyone has something in mind when asked what their dream house would be like. It might have an amazing, professional-level kitchen. Or a beautiful infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find exactly what you want when you are searching through real estate listings. In order to have the abode you truly dream of, you need to consider custom homes. Here are two of the biggest reasons why they offer more than any other option.
Make Your House Truly Yours
After purchasing a house, the average family will spend roughly eleven years there before moving to a new location. Eleven years is a long time in the best of circumstances. If the dwelling doesn’t have the features you want, eleven years might seem like an eternity. On the other hand, custom homes ensure that you will have every feature, amenity, and appliance that you want. And since it will be your dream house, you will be much less likely to move in the future.
Furthermore, many of the cookie-cutter houses built today are not up to date on what buyers want. A recent survey of potential home-buyers showed that some of the most sought-after features included separate laundry rooms, wireless security systems, energy-efficient appliances, and exterior lighting. Adding these features to an existing abode would cost over $10,000 on average. On the other hand, custom homes can have all of these features and more. The only thing that limits what can be in a dwelling designed specifically for you is your imagination.
Save Money By Doing It Right The First Time
The average residential remodeling job costs owners over $20,000. If you need to install a new furnace or air conditioning unit, it can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $14,000. The average cost for a visit from a plumber or electrician is nearly $400. In short, when you buy a structure that has been lived in before, you need to be prepared to spend money on repairs, replacements, and remodeling. If you want to turn it into a dream house, you will likely have to spend a lot of money.
On the other hand, with custom homes there are no extra costs later on. Being the first people to live in a house means knowing the plumbing and electrical are brand new. You know the foundation is firm, and the furnace is still shiny. Because you helped design the dwelling yourself, there is absolutely no need to do any remodeling.
In conclusion, the average American spends roughly twelve hours of every day at home. That is half of their lives. Custom homes offer buyers the chance to ensure that half of their lives are spent in a comforting, safe environment. You don’t have to put up with a kitchen that is too small, plumbing that is too old, or floors that are too squeaky. You can, and should, build the house of your dreams.