Choosing Your Home Builder

Construction Progress of the Capistrano Plan #1227-D. Choosing Your Home Builder

If you are planning to build your own home, it helps to meet with at least three builders to talk about your options. A good home builder will be able to help you understand the different phases of the home building process. They will focus on keeping you informed about the different requirements of building your new house, and how long it will take. Selecting your home builder is as big a step as selecting your dream home plan. Here are some tips to help you find the right home builder.


What Makes for Great House Curb Appeal?

How To Build A House With Great Curb Appeal

The Cedar Ridge offers great curb appeal.

The Cedar Ridge 1125-D

When building a new home, much of your focus is on the home’s interior. Where do you want to put the stove? What color flooring would look best? What material for the countertops would serve you well? While these are all important and valuable considerations to make, one factor you’ll also want to consider is the home’s exterior. A house’s curb appeal is just as important to your enjoyment of the home and its future potential resale value as anything you do with the interior. Here are some ideas for curb appeal that will help you choose the right house plans and make the right building decision.


URBAN FARMHOUSE HOME PLAN COLLECTION

We are working on a collection of Urban Farmhouse designs to meet the growing trend!

The Coleraine plan 1335 with an urban farmhouse exterior.

The Coleraine 1335 (Modified with an Urban Farmhouse exterior)

An Urban Farmhouse is a modern interpretation of classic Farmhouse features. Characteristics of an Urban Farmhouse include, board-and-batten siding, metal roof accents, neutral colors and an open and modern floor plan. Unlike a traditional Farmhouse, an Urban Farmhouse will likely be constructed on smaller or narrower lot. For this reason, our collection offers designs that will work well in Urban or Suburban neighborhoods.

Showcased below is a Design in Progress and a few conceptual designs that are on the drawing board. Later we will show you how you can add Urban Farmhouse features to existing plans in our portfolio.


Hardwood Vs. Carpet: Which is Easier to Maintain?

Making a choice between hardwood or carpet can be difficult for many homeowners.

In addition to issues such as the home’s desired look, the question of which is easier to maintain can be very important for budget-conscious homes. While there are advocates for both carpet and hardwood floors, understanding what must be done in order to maintain a carpet or hardwood floor should help most homeowners make an informed decision.

Hardwood versus carpet for your dream home plan.

The Wedgewood Plan 806


MAY COLOR OF THE MONTH: SHERWIN-WILLIAMS ICY LEMONADE

Our May Color of the Month is from Sherwin-Williams in the shade Icy Lemonade!

May color of the month

Sherwin-Williams – Icy Lemonade

In honor of the Spring season, we have chosen Icy Lemonade from Sherwin-Williams as our color of the month for May. This bright and cheery color is great for exteriors or interiors and promotes a feeling of happiness! See how Donald Gardner homeowners have used light yellow hues to brighten their homes.