The Building Process Roadmap

The Building Process Roadmap

The other day I was reading an article from your Builder lamenting about his Homeowner who refused to try out from the rules which are stated within the Building Contract. It was obvious in the tone of the piece how the Homeowner was ‘one of these clients’ – we have all seen them before. But suppose we’re able to ensure that the Homeowner did play through the rules and turn into section of our system and a part of we as opposed to an adversary? Maybe the Homeowner wasn’t following the principles because we never clearly defined those rules.

Looking back on this problem client, what could we now have done better? As a professional Homebuilder we all know the required steps to successfully make a home, but why do we assume the Homeowner understands? They are certainly not a Builder. Homes are not their business. That’s why they hired you.

Most Builders have clear procedures spelled out inside the Building Contract. They have probably added paragraphs and addendums as time passes to cope with specific conditions have arisen inside the past. But once that contract is signed, how many Homeowners (or Builders for that matter) have a very copy of the contract designed for quick reference? The contract is normally filed away and rarely described once the ink is dry. Under the best of circumstances, ‘quick reference’ might be an oxymoron because the contract is written inside the language of legalese.

So what’s the solution? As experienced professionals, we owe it to the Homeowners to define the actual PROCESS that is followed to get specifics of the house and execute a finished product. We usually just pull the minds and hopes for our clients out of their heads and help them articulate their wants the finished project. It is …

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How Much Will Building a New Home Cost Me?

How Much Will Building a New Home Cost Me?

Quoting an amount for construction of a new house is amongst the hardest things to complete because every house is unique and truly there isn’t any two houses exactly alike, regardless of whether it is simply everyone that makes them different.

Perhaps one of the most significant factors to price of new home construction is the local region. Local building codes and labor play a serious role in the cost of home construction. Local building codes vary widely by region. For example, in warm climates building codes often do not require high-performance windows, higher insulation values or advanced heating, ventilation and ac (HVAC) systems. Strict building codes or lack thereof is really a significant effect on the cost of constructing a home.

Local labor in certain areas can also be more than in other areas of the continent. In places that unions are prominent in residential new construction, prices will generally be higher too. Strong unions tend to set the top cost for skilled labor also it seems non-union wages are higher in areas with stronger union representation. As a general rule, places that have excess labor can have lower labor rates. Because in the recession and also the real-estate new construction depression, the cost of labor has become generally falling around the nation the past decades. This trend will continue before supply and demand of labor reverses itself.

Although not included inside the cost of building directly, land cost is easily the biggest aspect in home and lot package. The cost of the lot in a city like Los Angeles, New York or Chicago could easily be more pricey than the usual home with a good deal located in Indianapolis or Minneapolis. Also, lot improvements can be quite a hidden cost if the lot is not previously engineered by …

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Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home Construction

Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home Construction

As a real estate professional, I can remember the time when at the top of a homeowner’s wish list were things like a master bedroom suite or a gourmet kitchen, but times have changed, and so has the buyers wish list.

While buyers still have these wonderful amenities on the list, they are asking for energy-saving options as their must have items on their list.

Here is a list of options that are affordable and provide immediate savings. Some of these items are: 2×6 walls, house wrap, energy-efficient windows and energy-efficient appliances.

Construction:

Make sure the walls of the home are framed with 2×6 lumber. Using 2×6 lumber for framing allows extra room for more insulation, which will keep the home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

House wrap:

It is installed right after framing, and it literally “wraps” the entire house to create a thermal barrier that keeps the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The wrap also acts as a vapor barrier between exterior materials and the framing lumber.

Windows:

More home buyers today love windows, as they bring in more natural light, open up rooms and provide a connection to the outside. But there is thermal transfer with windows. A quality builder will know how to balance the homeowner’s desire for “walls of windows” while still meeting the new more stringent code requirements.

Appliances:

Appliances account for for a sizeable percentage of electric usage in a home, especially the refrigerator, dishwasher and clothes dryer. Buyers should make sure to use ENERGY STAR rated appliances or an equivalent.

Attic Fan: an attic fan greatly reduces the amount of work for an air conditioner by getting rid of the heat generated from roof absorption.

Energy-efficient hot water heater:

Almost 20 percent of …

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Designer Kitchens and Bathrooms

Designer Kitchens and Bathrooms

No matter how you furnish your home styles are constantly changing so it is no surprise when you take a critical at your home and realise that it is looking very dated.

Kitchens and bathrooms seem to take the brunt more that any other rooms in the house, this would not matter so much but both the kitchen and bathroom cost a fortune to renovate.

Designers seem to constantly come up with new ideas on how your kitchen or bathroom should look and when you thought you had a really up to date bathroom or kitchen after spending a fortune a couple of years ago, they are egging you on to change it to keep up with the new styles and designs.

Think back to when the new coloured bathroom suites came out, everyone had to have one. But the bathroom designers were not content with that, every twelve months or so they brought out a new colour and it felt like your lovely new bathroom was already going out of fashion.

When all the colours were exhausted they decided that white was back in fashion and your coloured bathroom suite stood out like a sore thumb, and to make it worse you had got rid of a white bathroom suite to install the coloured one in.

Next on the agenda the old fashioned look was back, those old fashioned cast iron bathtubs that we got rid of years ago are now the in thing and they do not come cheap.

Your kitchen is also in the line of fire. If you want to look up to date and have a designer kitchen then that shiny sleek stainless steel sink unit has to go, and the old fashion white kitchen sink is back.

Keeping up to date with the appliances …

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Design-Challenged? Go From Blah to Hurrah on Your Terms

Design-Challenged? Go From Blah to Hurrah on Your Terms

A designer friend of mine lives by the motto, “White is not a colour, it is a canvas waiting to be explored,” if you saw her home you would agree without hesitation. It is a plethora of rich colours and styles integrating and working off one another to create a beautiful living space. Her rooms breathe panache thanks to imported furniture, tasteful accessories and a keen sense of who she is.

Sadly, not everyone can do what she does without turning their home into a visual assault on the eyes. Her look is successful due in part to her refusal to live by seasonal trends or dare I say, by what the “experts” say we should be doing. You know those words and phrases we kind of understand but still need to Google? Flow. Pop. Accent. Inspiration. Focal point. Statement. Room palette. The list is endless and quite frankly at the end of the day, utterly useless. Why? Because if you do not know your personal style, there is no way you will be able to give your home a personal look and feel.

So what to do about those of us who are somewhat design-challenged? Most would say, “hire an interior designer,” and some do, but that would only be living in someone’s version of what they think your home should look like. Rest assured there is a happy medium; it’s called listening to that little voice inside your head that goes off whenever you see something that catches your eye.

Define your style

There is no shortage of chic ideas. It seems just as we are settling down with one style, another is revisited causing design divas to put down their lattes and pick up the panache pace. You can try to keep up or maintain a balance …

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