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These 4 Keys Are Essential When Choosing A Site For Your House

Great home design always starts with the site – a truly special home is never designed first, then placed on the property. That’s because good home design responds to the site in ways that improve the quality of the home and the experience of daily living.

So it’s important to carefully evaluate possible building sites before you start designing, and a good place to start is with the four “S‘s” – Slope, Sun, Soil, and Sewer.

How To Choose the Right Outdoor Decking Material

The materials and finishes that you use on the interior of your home requires cleaning and occasional maintenance; you dust, you vacuum, you mop-n-glo to keep them looking good and long lasting. Without too much effort you can stay ahead of the wear and tear from your kids and pets.

Materials on the outside, however take a daily beating from the sun, wind, rain, temperature changes, and other environmental elements (in addition to your kids and dogs).

Those materials need a great deal more care and maintenance but that can be reduced somewhat by selecting the proper materials to suit your goals.

Choosing a Home Builder is an Important Decision – Here’s How to Get it Right

It’s the question every client asks at some point during the design process: “What builders do you recommend?”

Many people who are considering building a new home worry more about choosing a builder even before they think about the Architect, the house design, decorating, a property to build on, or anything else.

Why? Because ultimately, the builder is the one responsible for getting it done right; the guy you’ll be writing the really big checks to.

3 Big Differences Between Building in a Subdivision and Building on “Raw” Land

It’s tempting to look at the rural property, the remote wooded land, or the 5-acre lakeside lot when you’re planning a new home.  Raw, undeveloped land can be far more appealing than a rectangular lot in a subdivision with houses on either side.

The majority of my custom home clients build on undeveloped land, because they want the trees, the views, the freedom to build what they want, and mostly, the space.

Raw land has many advantages – but before you commit to building your home in a cornfield, be sure to consider the additional work and expenses.

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4 Keys To Creating A Better Family Entry

Getting the design of your house right means making it work for the way that you and your family really live. Trading off useless formal space for very useful informal space is one way to do that – and there aren’t many places in your house more useful than the family entry.

You’ve heard this space called by other names: mudroom, back hall, utility hall – but none of those terms express what this room really is – a very important space that you and your family use every single day.

Adding On, Part One – What You Need to Know About “Massing”

Some car owners love talking horsepower, torque, gear ratios, and 0-60 times. But other car owners just want their car to do whatever it is that cars are supposed to do, without having to think about it.

Turn key.  Press pedal.  Go.

If you’re going to add onto your house, you might like talking about massing, scale, proportion, and detail.

Or you might just want your Architect to get on with it, and skip the yada yada.

Can’t get Started? 5 Ideas to Jump-Start your New Home or Remodeling Project

I think I’ve heard every imaginable reason why prospective clients are anxious about getting started on a new home project. A few of the most common are:

  • I can’t find a design that I like
  • I’m afraid of the whole process of designing and building
  • I don’t know if my ideas make sense
  • I just can’t visualize a design
  • I don’t know how to start looking for land / houses / plans / Architects / builders