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Weigh Wants vs. Needs for Your New Home Budget

November 29, 2018 7:21 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Building a brand-new home is a major achievement. For many people, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create their dream home. It’s the perfect opportunity to outfit your living space with every must-have feature you always wanted, but never had. These could include a gourmet kitchen, picture windows, a huge walk-in closet or a master bathroom fit for a spa. Unfortunately, all these amenities can quickly add up. The budget can quickly swell, leaving the aspiring homeowners with no other choice but to cut down in an attempt to rein costs back in. The key is to distinguish between the features...


More People Are Adding In-Law Quarters to Their Homes—Would This Work for Your Family?

November 15, 2018 7:21 am Published by Leave your thoughts

These days, more and more Americans are transforming their single-family homes into multi-generational spaces. Elderly parents are moving in with their adult children as they age, and children are heading back home to their parents after a major life change. This kind of cohabitation can be both affordable and convenient for all parties involved. Unfortunately, living in too-close quarters can put a strain on even the best relationships. This is where the idea of in-law quarters comes in. Converted garages, basements, attics and new additions are being transformed into private living spaces equipped with a bedroom, bathroom and even cooking...


What Style and Layout of Home Will Work Best for Your Lifestyle?

October 31, 2018 8:02 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We organize our schedules and follow a set routine to help our lives flow more smoothly. Yet many of us do not apply this same concept to our living spaces. Building a new home gives you the opportunity to really think about how the layout of your space will best fit your particular lifestyle. Harmony and functionality should both be a part of your design, but knowing exactly what that should look like can be a bit more challenging. As a custom home builder in Cumberland County, PA, we specialize in building homes that not only match our customers’ style...


How to Work Within Your Budget and Still Get the Home of Your Dreams

October 17, 2018 8:02 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Open floor plans, big front windows and a walk-in closet—sounds like a heavenly dream, doesn’t it? If you are struggling in today’s economy, like many people are, planning the dream home may seem like nothing more than that—a dream. While building your dream home requires careful planning, it can become a reality if you do it the right way. As a custom home builder in Cumberland County, PA, we’ve shown countless customers that it is possible to get the home of your dreams while staying within your budget. There’s just a few things that you need to keep in mind....


Follow These Steps to Avoid Monotony When Building Your Dream Home

October 6, 2018 2:14 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Building your dream home is an incredibly rewarding experience. It gives homeowners the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create the home that perfectly fits every item on their wish list. Unfortunately, even dream homes can fall prey to the cookie-cutter monotony found in many residential neighborhoods. Somehow, each house on the street manages to mirror the next. Popular trends end up making an appearance on every home, leaving the owners with unintentionally matching homes. The demand to build homes better, faster and smarter hasn’t helped either. In fact, many builders have been cutting corners by designing identical homes to beat the rising...


Ask These Questions Before Selecting a Custom Floor Plan in Pennsylvania

September 22, 2018 2:14 am Published by Leave your thoughts

One of the main reasons people decide to build a new home is because it gives them the chance to make it exactly what they want. Maybe you’ve experienced growing pains in your current space as your family expands, or the current home just doesn’t have the open kitchen layout you really want. That’s the beauty of creating a custom floor plan instead of buying an already built home. Custom floor plans in Pennsylvania give you the ability to design a home based on your needs and wants. You will have the definitive say on what is important in the...


How Long Does It Take to Build a Custom Home?

July 24, 2018 5:44 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

As custom home builders in Pennsylvania, we’ve worked on countless projects over the years. One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is how long a client can expect it to take to complete the build of their custom home. Of course, every project is different, so in some cases it’s hard to say with any reasonable degree of accuracy just how long it can be expected to take. But as a general rule, we can typically construct a home from start to finish in 90 to 130 calendar days. However, that certainly hasn’t always been the case. At...


What Square Footage Is Right for You and Your Budget?

July 10, 2018 5:44 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There was a time not too long ago when bigger was considered better for houses. This was especially true from the 1990s through the mid-2000s, as people sought large “McMansions” in suburbs and subdivisions. But after the housing bubble burst, that all changed. With the economy having changed, there came a new way of thinking about housing. Rather than “how much space can I get?” the predominant question became “how much space do I actually need?” People no longer had the money to purchase massive houses, and even if they did, they no longer had the confidence in the market...