This page will help you within the design and selection process for your new home. The information below is there to help give you a start in what to look at and help you decide what you want inside and outside of the home. This is not your only options but just a guide to get started designing your future home!
Our standard roofing is architectural shingles that come in an array of colors, textures, and styles. Our go to brand is CertainTeed but we do use others. We select these brands for the quality of the product and their amazing warranties!
3-Tab Vs Architectural
The primary differences between the two are the amount of material used, as well as the overall quality of each product. Essentially, architectural shingles are more substantial than 3-tab shingles. In fact, they are about 50 percent heavier than the 3-tab kind. The base mat on an architectural shingle is thicker than that on a 3-tab shingle. This makes the architectural shingle a sturdier roofing material. Architectural shingles also comprise of stronger adhesives, and they have more granules on their top surface. They are also made from asphalt of a finer quality than 3-tab shingles. 3-Tabs typically have a warranty of 25-30 years, where architectural have up to a 50-year warranty.
While there are many different options for the exterior finish on a house, we really can’t say which is “Best” for you because they work together in most cases. Below are some design ideas for the exterior of your future home!
Spray foam insulation allows you to cover more surface area and gives you easy access to hard-to-reach areas. It effectively seals any cracks or gaps in your home and reduces airflow, cutting back heat loss. This type of insulation has two common forms – open-cell (less dense and filled with air) and closed-cell (high-density cells and filled with gas). It’s commonly used on walls, attic surfaces, under floors, or even below a roof.
Pros: It is twice as effective as batt insulation and can fill small crevices and cavities to insulate better. Reduces sound transmission and doesn’t need a separate vapor barrier.
Cons:Closed-cell spray foam insulation is more effective but also more expensive than other types of insulation. Open-cell spray foam insulation is cheaper but more water-absorbent. Therefore, it shouldn’t be used underground or as in-floor insulation. Do-it-yourself spray foam insulation is a bad idea, so hiring an experienced contractor will also add to the installation cost.
Overall, when you are deciding if spray foam is for you remember that when you seal your home up like this you will have addition cost in a dehumidifier in the home and or crawl space and also requires a more expensive HVAC unit with a built-in dehumidifier.
Fiberglass is one of the one of the most commonly used types of insulation material. It is made of fine glass fibers that are either spun or blown to create boards, rolls, loose-fill, and batts insulation. Most manufacturers use around 40% to 60% recycled glass.
Despite its popularity, fiberglass can irritate the skin and lungs. Therefore, experts advise that you wear protective clothing such as gloves, masks, and protective eyewear.
Cellulose insulation comprises up to 85% recycled paper that is first shredded to tiny pieces and then fiberized to produce the final product, usually loose fill. It fits tightly into building cavities, inhibiting airflow. In addition, manufacturers incorporate mineral borate and sometimes ammonium sulfate to make the product fire and insect resistant. It requires no additional moisture barrier and is suitable for both new and existing homes. This is the most common insulation used at that moment.
Choosing the right exterior doors may seem like a small thing but in fact your exterior doors can make the home come to “Life”! When choosing the front entry door there are A LOT of great options. When choosing the front entry door think about the homes exterior finish, color, and style. Below are some ideas to show you the different door style and ideas. “Remember when designing your home plans to include the style door you want.
We want you to think about the garage door color and style. When choosing the color, it is standard to choose the color that matches the exterior trim of the house (Fascia and soffit). Below are some examples of colors and styles to think about.
Choosing your windows around the home can be a simple task but remember that after the home is built you will be looking through them every day! Below are some ideas to choosing the right windows for your new home!
When building a home, there are so many interior design decisions to make that it can be overwhelming. And even for those who love designing, it’s hard to know where to start, especially when you have an entire new house to design.
The earlier we start thinking about our home’s interior design, furniture placement, and style, the better. Soon after, and preferably, during the creation your floor plan, you should be thinking about your interior design. The reason you want to put thought into your home’s interior decor so early is because certain design decisions can affect the framing, plumbing, mechanical and electrical plans for the house. For example, floating shelves need more structural support than regular shelves or built-ins do. And where you place TVs, lamps and accent lighting will obviously have a bearing on your electrical plan. Do you want a wall-mounted bathroom faucet? Well, it’s helpful for the plumber to know that before the framing is complete to make sure he has the necessary access for pipes.
We tell everyone that you Envision it, we built it! However, we can’t see through your eyes even though we wish we could. when you are designing the interior of your home and looking at photos, please provide those photos to us once you have chosen a design you like. When you can provide us a photo of a design you like, example when picking how you want your closets trimmed inside, we can ensure that is completed the way you want it. We don’t want to be just your “Builder” we want to form a partnership and build together!
Designing cabinets is one of the most important interior designs you can do in our option. When designing your cabinets, you need to already have this in mind while in the home designing process. You don’t want to pick a set of plans that don’t have a lot of cabinet space, or the cabinets are not arranged like you wanted because the plan doesn’t fit them. Our cabinets are custom built to your specification but 10ft is only 10ft and only so many cabinets and drawers can be put in that space. In the cabinet designing phase you will meet with us and our cabinet builder to go over what you want to include door style and hardware. He will design and produce a 3D image of what you designed. We will then meet again to make sure everything is like you want before they are approved. There are standard options that we do in all of our homes like the utensil holder and spice rack pull outs but there are upgrades like soft close hinges that you can chose. Once approved the building process begins and shortly after they are installed.
In the quest for the perfect countertop, you will undoubtedly compare granite and quartz materials. Although these counters often have similar appearances, they have vastly different qualities.
The choice between granite and quartz will depend on your budget, your personal preference for one material over the other, and the type of project.
Maintenance of quartz countertops is almost non-existent. The resin creates a non-porous surface that needs no sealing or attention of any kind. On very rare occasions, the caulking where the countertop meets the wall may need to be refreshed.
Granite, on the other hand, must be sealed annually to protect its somewhat porous surface against staining and scratching. Keeping it clean is important as well for the same reasons. Avoid harsh all-purpose cleaners for granite. Granite is considered low (but not, no) maintenance.
Many homeowners spend countless hours and bundles of energy decorating their homes. Their walls are immaculate, the furniture fits perfectly into their design aesthetic, and the color schemes are fluid and intricately woven into every fiber of their space.
But what about the doors? In so many homes, the interior doors are often untouched and undervalued. It’s not enough to simply throw a fresh coat of paint on a chipped and worn-out door and forget they exist. Doors get a lot of use, so they deserve some attention.
It’s not always as simple as closing your eyes and blindly choosing something from the hardware store. From material to color scheme to door style, there are many variables that homeowners should consider when choosing an interior door.
Good trim and woodwork tend to disappear to the untrained eye. When the decorative finish is properly balanced in proportion to the size and shape of windows and doors, as well as relative to ceiling height, the completed look tends to escape notice. Poor trim work (and in some cases, a lack of trim work), however, sticks out like, well, rather like a limb on a tree.
When it comes to bathtubs and showers, there are quite a few styles to accommodate just about any bathroom with each style placing an emphasis on two key factors: space and material. The amount of space you have will largely influence what style is right for you while you may be inclined to an oval shaped freestanding bathtub, you might only have space enough for a round bathtub. Also determining the size of your shower.
When getting ready to select the flooring for your home there are several key point you need to think about:
After you consider the key points then you can decide on which floor best fits you and your family’s needs.
Interior walls are relatively easy to paint. If you don’t like the results, you can repaint. Since interiors have more walls to separate spaces, you don’t have to redo everything, unlike exterior paint jobs where you have to do everything at once. That makes choosing interior paint colors a little easier than choosing exterior paint colors, but it’s still a decision you want to consider carefully.Why does it matter? Room color has a major impact on your home. Consider the following reasons interior color choice is important.
Large space: The walls make up the entire perimeter of your room from floor to ceiling. That’s a lot of surfaces covered by your selected paint color. If it’s not an appealing hue, it’s going to stand out in a big way.
Room ambiance: Color plays a role in setting the mood. If you want a calm, soothing bathroom space for relaxation after work, you don’t want to choose a bright, energetic, vibrant wall color. The mood a color sets can sometimes be subtle, so it’s important to consider the traits before changing your walls.
Resale value: You may be planning to stay in your home forever, but if you’re planning to move anytime soon, your home’s resale value is important to you. Bold or unusual colors can make your home less appealing to potential buyers.
Coordinated look: Your room already has furniture, architectural features and other permanent fixtures in it. Your paint color selection helps create a cohesive look in your space, instead of letting the colors clash or compete.
Personal appeal: You spend a lot of time in your home. You want colors you enjoy looking at, and that make you feel comfortable. Designers use many tricks to choose paint colors, but, ultimately, you need to pick something you can stand staring at every day.
Keeping the following key points above in mind you can choose the best colors for your new home!
Let’s not forget the style kitchen and bathroom sink you would like to have in your new home! There are a lot of styles and mounting options for you and choosing one can be difficult.
Appliances, alone, do not make a kitchen. But they just might be the most important aspect of your space. After all, the kitchen's primary function is for preparing and cooking meals.
How high-end do you want to go? Chefs and bakers who plan to use the restaurant-quality features on professional models can justify hefty price tags that can consume their kitchen budget.
On the other hand, if you like the look of the professional-grade range and built-in refrigeration units, and those dramatic (and highly effective) hoods for ventilation, you can have your cake and eat it, too. With many mid-range and high-end (but within reach) appliances on the market today, you can get the looks and quality performance without shelling out for the high-high end models. So seriously consider how much of your budget you want to spend on appliances.
Ideally, you should choose your kitchen layout first, then choose appliances that fit. If you fall in love with a side-by-side fridge, will you have room for two wall ovens and a cooktop? See, there are compromises.
You will find a few options listed that we have installed in custom homes.