custom home: Modular Construction is a Hurricane, Not a Tornado - 08/26/19 04:15 AM
Modular construction is not a new concept. The first documented prefabricated home was the Manning Portable Cottage built in the 1830’s by a carpenter in London. Fast forward to the present day. Disruption in construction by the off-site modular method has been coming. Modular construction’s impact on today’s home building industry is more like a hurricane than a tornado. We have seen it coming. But now it is happening more rapidly. It is a great time for today’s home buyer to learn about the advantages and act now. What typically happens is that those familiar with the old methods fail to … (1 comments)

custom home: 6 Great Pet Friendly Ideas for Your Home - 07/22/19 03:50 AM
Each year the American Pet Products Association produces a survey of pet owners. This year, the Survey shows that 67 percent of U.S. households own at least one pet; an estimated 84.9 million homes.  Millennials represent the largest segment of pet owners for all pet types owned. And for the first time, The Survey assesses members of the emerging Generation Z (Gen Z).  Other interesting findings show more than 80 percent of Gen Z and Millennial pet owners report owning dogs, while 50 percent or less own cats. (Source: APPA’s 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey). What does all of this mean? It means … (2 comments)

custom home: A Zero Energy Ready Home is an Investment that Pays Big Returns - 07/08/19 04:09 AM
If you can afford a new home, then you can afford a zero energy ready home. There are simple, low cost, steps you can take to significantly reduce your energy use on the path to zero net energy use. The technology exists, coupled with good design, to reduce the energy footprint of your new home. A zero energy home is not just a “green home” or a home with solar panels. A zero energy home combines advanced design and superior building systems with energy efficiency and on-site solar panels to produce a better home. Zero energy homes are ultra-comfortable, healthy, quiet, sustainable homes … (3 comments)

custom home: The 20 Year Regret - 07/01/19 02:51 AM
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
– Chinese Proverb
This is a great quote because… everyone wishes they started something earlier.
I wish I had started exercising back in my 20s. I wish I had discovered being a YouTuber before it got saturated. I wish I had invested $1,000 in Amazon in 1997. You get the idea. But here’s the thing. You DIDN’T do those things 20 years ago. Opportunities that are lost seldom present themselves again. But, you have the chance right now to change the way you will live for … (1 comments)

custom home: The Difference Between a Green Home and an Energy Efficient Home - 04/29/19 03:15 AM
Many people use the terms “green” and “energy efficient” interchangeably. However, they aren’t necessarily the same. Even builders use them interchangeably which just adds to the confusion for home buyers researching building a new home. A green home is built from environmentally friendly materials. Being green doesn’t necessarily mean that a home is energy efficient. It can be, but this is where the confusion begins. Let’s examine what the two terms really mean and see how they can impact that home you think you are getting. 
WHAT IS A GREEN HOME?  No government standard defines what makes a green home green. There are many organizations that have created “green standards” … (7 comments)

custom home: How Can Modular Construction Mitigate Home Building Delays? - 04/15/19 03:37 AM
Building a custom home is not for the faint of heart. It is a process that will take time, effort, and patience. A custom home is unique. It has never been built before. Add to that the process of constructing it on an individual building site with its own unique characteristics. And then you are doing all of this outdoors in the weather. To build a custom home successfully is a process that takes patience, knowledge and excellent project management skills.  
Avoiding construction delays starts with recognizing their most common causes and working to mitigate those factors before they can impact the home building project. Planning is crucial, but it also … (1 comments)

custom home: Ready for a Construction Loan? Get Your Credit Card House In Order - 02/04/19 03:57 AM
When you decide to build a new home, it doesn’t just happen overnight. Most home buyers that are thinking about building a home have been contemplating it for six months or even years. It’s the same with getting a construction loan. You should start thinking about getting your financial house in order well before you apply for a construction loan. While reviewing house plans, looking at home elevations, and picking colors are the exciting part of building a new home, one of the first things you should do is understand your current credit standing. A large part of most home buyer’s credit picture is their credit card debt. Credit card utilization is one … (0 comments)

custom home: On the Path to a Zero Energy Home: Highly Insulated Windows and Doors - 01/07/19 03:07 AM
Windows and doors can be the big holes in what is otherwise a very well insulated home with an airtight building envelope. You can better control heat loss and heat gain by using the right doors and windows in your new home. An often overlooked aspect of windows and doors is selecting the right size and correctly orienting them in the home based on the homes siting on the building lot. Here is a primer on windows and doors for an affordable zero energy ready home. 
WINDOW PERFORMANCE (A.K.A. ENERGY EFFICIENCY)  Windows are extremely important when it comes to designing energy efficiency into our home. … (1 comments)

custom home: The Reality of Home Building: 5 Things to Think About - 12/31/18 05:00 AM
Homebuyers today face a decision: Do you buy an existing home or do you build a new home? With tight home inventories, it makes it hard to find the perfect house. If you can’t find the right house, you have to define what you want and decide if building a home is right for you. With existing homes, you look, you buy, you move in. Building a new home is much more work. But for many, the advantages of building a new home make the effort worth it. You are able to design a home for your lifestyle. You can pick the colors, the finishes, and style. You even choose … (2 comments)

custom home: Modular Means More - 12/24/18 03:31 AM
Modular construction is a method that has evolved and grown over the years. The method itself, just like any other construction technique is being constantly improved. Factories are using new structural materials that allow for larger open spans. Home designers are able to create just about any home plan or design using modular construction. A modular home has evolved from its infancy and now leads in the residential construction industry in creativity, energy efficiency, design, and value while providing some of the safest and healthiest living spaces. 
MORE DESIGN CHOICES  Advancements in modular construction mean that virtually any home plan can be divided into modules, … (1 comments)

custom home: Is Student Debt Killing the American Dream? - 12/03/18 03:22 AM
There are more than 44 million borrowers who collectively owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt in the U.S. alone. The average student in the Class of 2016 has $37,172 in student loan debt. The payment on that debt is directly impacting the ability of many potential home buyers to get the home they want or their ability to even purchase a home. College students don’t understand what the long term impacts are of taking on much of the debt that colleges make it easy to acquire. Only when they try to buy the first car or first home do they start to understand … (7 comments)

custom home: Modular Will Win the Construction Method Street Brawl (Here's Why) - 11/28/18 04:19 AM
Today, the construction industry is in a street brawl with itself. Never before has it faced the concurrent accumulation of this many issues at one time. To start with, America is behind on building homes. Given various reports, as a country, we need to build over 300,000 more homes than we are currently building each year to keep up with demand. In addition, we don’t have the labor, skilled labor, needed to build the homes we need. As an industry, productivity continues to fall in construction, and we can’t make it up with people.  Building systems offer the only way forward in the current environment. In the end, … (2 comments)

custom home: Think Off-Site Construction is Risky?, Try Traditional Construction - 11/19/18 03:05 AM
When many people think about building a home today, they naturally think about what they have seen in the past. The old, traditional way of home building. This means working with a home builder to develop a home plan, sign a contract, create allowances for items such as tile, flooring, cabinets, counter tops, etc., and then scheduling construction to start. But the traditional way means that you are depending on a builder to find skilled employees to build your home. He is depending on his suppliers to meet material delivery schedules. He is hoping the weather holds to allow him to build and that … (1 comments)

custom home: Is HGTV Responsible for Home Design Obsolescence? - 11/05/18 04:07 AM
Over the past several years we have seen new home buyers make many of the same or similar decisions when selecting colors and options for their home. It is almost uncanny how, when watching the DIY channel or HGTV’s new home and remodeling shows that, you can almost tell what the coming year’s choices will be. What makes it different now than it was 20 years ago is that buyers made selections for areas like kitchens and bathrooms that were very similar over long periods of time, or multiple years. Now we have added Pinterest and Instagram and Houzz to the … (1 comments)

custom home: What to Expect When You're Expecting... a Modular Home - 10/15/18 03:12 AM
The term “modular home” is really a misnomer. Modular actually describes a method of construction, not a type of home. Some may think the difference is trivial, but it’s not. A home built using modular construction is built to the same building code as a home that is built onsite, however it is built offsite in modules and assembled in LEGO-like fashion on a foundation. The modular construction process creates a home that is superior in construction to one that is built onsite. The process produces a home that is built quickly, at a consistent level of quality, and at the … (2 comments)

custom home: Get The Day One Difference with Modular Construction - 10/10/18 03:39 AM
Modular Means More
When it comes to building a new home, modular construction offers the most advanced off site building method. In just a matter of hours, a home can go from a foundation to a home up to 75-85% complete. 
It's time to learn more about the Advanced Modular Off Site Solution. See the Day One Difference for yourself!

custom home: Getting a Home Mortgage: The Ten Commandments - 07/23/18 03:18 AM
Buying a new home is exciting! Most people will only build and finance a new home just a few times in their life. When you need a mortgage to get your new home there are a few rules that you need to know about. While some may seem like common sense, they still get broken by many home buyers. When they get broken, they can add weeks to the mortgage approval process or even worse, sink your hopes of getting a home for a year or even more. Here are 10 “Thou Shalt NOTs” you need to know about.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTSThou … (1 comments)

custom home: On the Path to a Zero Energy Home: It Starts with Design - 07/16/18 03:46 AM
The path to zero energy has gotten much shorter in recent years. Building materials have improved, building science awareness has increased, and home buyers are demanding lower energy costs and more comfortable homes. But a zero energy home is more easily achieved when it is designed in from the very beginning. While it may cost a little more up front, today those costs are minimal compared to the years of energy bill savings and the increased comfort to be enjoyed in a new, high performance home.
ZERO ENERGY IS EASIER WHEN IT IS DESIGNED INTO THE HOMEHere are several key items to … (0 comments)

custom home: On the Path to a Zero Energy Home: Who Owns the Holes? - 04/30/18 04:07 AM
Super-sealing a home’s building envelope is the single most cost-effective way to reduce heating and cooling energy use in a home. The building envelope is the physical separator between the interior and exterior of a home. Components of the envelope include: walls, floors, roofs, windows and doors. Air-sealing also improves comfort and indoor air quality. However, achieving a high level of air tightness requires more than just filling visible holes. High-performance homes have a continuous air barrier. The key word here is continuous. The secret to continuity is to reduce or eliminate penetrations (holes) in the envelope. But if you make … (1 comments)

custom home: Why Do I Need a Higher Credit Score for a Construction Loan? - 04/16/18 03:55 AM
Banks are averse to risk. This means that when they loan money they typically want collateral to make sure that if they aren’t paid back that they have some type of asset that they can sell and attempt to recoup their losses. In some cases, it is the reputation of the borrower. If the collateral isn’t enough, then a borrower’s credit history of making regular and timely payments plays into the decision of making the loan. A construction loan is unique. A lender is loaning money on something that isn’t done or complete. The lack of a finished asset (house) means … (9 comments)

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