A Builder's View

6 Tips for Finding the Perfect Custom Home Architect

Posted by Tim McDonald

Nov 20, 2014 2:00:00 PM

Finding a great architect is not an easy task. Whether you are looking to convert a warehouse into a living space, build an addition, or construct your ideal home from the ground up, an architect plays a critical role.  Knowing the importance of this role, you do not want to leave anything to chance when it comes to realizing your custom home plans.  To ensure a successful project experience, it is important to do your homework.  Rest assured, it is not as difficult as it used to be. The Internet and social media are great resources to begin your search. Architect websites provide visual references and pertinent information about their unique qualifications. However, there are other things you should consider prior to making your final selection.

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Topics: Best Practices, Planning, Custom Homes

Surfing and Sharing Custom Home Ideas Via Pinterest

Posted by Branden McDonald

Jul 10, 2014 2:00:00 PM

Are you spending the dog days of summer dreaming about your custom home improvement?  If you are starting to get serious about making this dream a reality, you can gather these custom home ideas with Pinterest. Pinterest is a website community where members can upload, save and sort and manage images, known as pins, and other media content through collections known as Pinboards. Accessing the Pinterest app via smartphone or tablet is a great way to assemble an archive of home interior and exterior design ideas. 

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Topics: Planning, Custom Homes, team collaboration

Room For Improvement: Planning Your Custom Home Addition

Posted by Tim McDonald

Jun 26, 2014 2:00:00 PM

Look around your home.  Do you see room for improvement?  Are you thinking about a new home addition? Envision what it would be like to have a little extra space, a new bathroom, home office, or some added distance from your crazy teenagers – whatever the case, the motivations for your home addition seem endless.

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Topics: Planning, Custom Homes, Home Addition

7 Areas to Consider For Urban Custom Home Construction

Posted by Tim McDonald

Jun 19, 2013 10:05:00 AM

In most major cities, there is a shortage of land for new construction.  As a result, high-rise buildings supply the demand for residential spaces.  If you find yourself wanting to reside in an urban setting and desire a dwelling with high-end custom amenities, it is a good idea to find a team with the experience to successfully realize your city lifestyle. Begin your search with an understanding that urban custom home construction in confined spaces requires careful planning.

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Topics: Best Practices, Custom Homes, Urban Construction

Get Turned On with Energy Efficiency Options for Custom Homes

Posted by Tim McDonald

Apr 24, 2013 11:55:00 AM

Do you get “turned on” by honoring our environment and helping our community?  Perhaps, you’d get really jazzed with a utility bill reduced by 100%. Whichever of these ideas excite you, it is pretty clear you desire a healthy living space and value a greater quality of life. So, now that you are envisioning your new custom home and want to blend sustainable design solutions with systems for energy efficiencies, you are ready for the information provided this post.

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Topics: Best Practices, Custom Homes, Energy Efficiency

Awaken a Dream Life With Custom Home Planning Tips

Posted by Tim McDonald

Mar 19, 2013 8:43:00 AM

Close your eyes and imagine your dream life. Where do you go?  Do you imagine a home tucked in a sleepy hillside while the sun is sinking down over the horizon? Or, are you situated in a beautiful vineyard with a view of the hillside surrounded by an ocean of green?  Don’t go another day letting your dream fade. Take steps to awaken your dream life by creating a plan to build your custom home.

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Topics: Best Practices, Value Analysis, Planning, Custom Homes