Wheather you are going to build a custom home or just wanting to remodel your existing home, one of the first things you need to think about is design, as this will determine not only layout but how all the various details come to fit together. Design is very personal and thus requires a hands-on approach.
One major benefit of having us build your custom home is that you can choose the floor layout and room sizes. For example, if you want a massive master bedroom and much smaller guest bedrooms, we can make that happen for you. Amd as part of the custom home process, you will be able to make critical decisions concerning your home’s exterior. Here you can go more economical with vinyl siding or more elaborate and unique with stone or brickwork.
The kitchen is the hub of the home, and functionality is top priority.
Updating the kitchen with new appliances and bathrooms with new plumbing fixtures may seem trivial, but it’s a must!
The master bathroom is a major selling point for any home. When renovating, incorporate sleek surfaces for a sparkling space that makes cleaning a cinch.
The master bath should be as large and bright as possible. Texans like things big! They definitely want space in their master baths. A separate water closet and a spacious shower with multiple showerheads are musts. There is also the trend of a separate sink and water closet for each person and only sharing the shower, which we see in the most distinctive homes.
As your family grows, why shouldn’t your home? Consider an addition to add major value to your home plus increase square footage.
Any kind of physical expansion — whether it’s a new bedroom, an extension of a living room, or whatever space you desire. It will have a huge impact. If you can add square footage to a house, you always add value. Who said size does’nt matters!
Around half the cost of a remodel is in materials, so try to be mindful of potential downfalls.
If you’re a DIY’er, avoiding some minor and major mistakes can help you make the most out of your investment. I hope you already know it’s best to buy quality materials from trusted local vendors and to install classic, long-lasting materials that will be around for generations. Below are a few more tips on shopping and getting ready for your remodel…
1. Know the downfalls of buying off the shelf.
Check the box. Does it look like it has been opened or returned? Don’t buy it. Returned items may have damage and missing parts.
2. Get recommendations of showrooms and lumberyards.
A good builder should have established relationships with reps he or she trusts, so use the recommended suppliers if you can. If you’re a DIYer, try asking around for some good suggestions. When all else fails, add 30 percent to any delivery time frame you’re told and build a healthy contingency fund into your budget, just in case.
Establish Good Communication
Ask the contractor how he prefers to communicate with you. Good options include:
- Being onsite and talking with your contractor every morning before work begins.
- Having your contractor’s cell phone number and the OK to call or text anytime.
- Talking with the job foreman every day at a pre-determined time.
Try to meet with the project leader at least once a day. This is an opportunity for you to hear progress reports and find out what work is scheduled over the coming days — and to ask your questions and voice any concerns you have.
Keep a Project Journal
Your project journal is your friend and ally. Use it to:
- Record progress.
- Note things you want to ask your contractor.
- Jot down ideas.
- Record product order numbers.
- Note upcoming delivery dates.
Be a Good Customer
One of the best ways to get quality work out of a contractor and construction crew is to make them enjoy working for you. That means being decisive with the contractor — and giving him a check promptly at the agreed-to points in the project.
Being friendly and accommodating of the workers is a great way to motivate them to do their best for you. Try:
- Designating a bathroom that they can use.
- Greeting them by name each morning.
- Serving them cold lemonade on a hot day.
- Complimenting their work (as long as you feel it’s worthy of praise).
Granite is a stone that works fairly well in both the kitchen and the bathroom in a broad array of color options.
Your custom home construction professional can help you choose the best colors for your room.
For example, pink granite will work well in a bright room, while dark blue granite will coordinate well with a conservative or masculine palette.
Do you hate the idea of moving out of the area just because your home lacks the space or quality your family really needs?
Letting us do a custom renovation to your home and it could be the best way to give you the best of both worlds.
You will gain more space and save money in the long run…
Changing a room’s flooring can give that room a face lift that will work within most budgets.
Updating flooring from carpeting to laminate or hardwood, can create a feeling of space and brightness in a smaller, darker room.
Your custom home construction specialist can help you with these plans.