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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.

The Home Building Process: Infographic

The decision to build a new home is one of the most significant choices a person will make in their lifetime. With thousands of choices to be made along the way, the home building process can be unnerving. However, with the right amount of preparation, you can be relaxing in the home of your dreams before you know it.

Choosing Your Home Floor Plans

One of the first decisions you will make in the home building process is choosing the floor plan that is best suited to your lifestyle. When making your selection, be sure to start with the basics. Determining the size and regional limitations that may be in place for your house will provide you with a good starting point to begin your search. From there, you can begin to consider your personal budget and design style needs.

Once you have narrowed down your search a good bit, try making a pros and cons list to help you distinguish your needs from your wants. Additionally, pay careful consideration to any potential modifications you may be able to make to your home floor plan, allowing you to custom create the perfect design for your family’s needs. If you ever find yourself stuck in your search for your new house plan, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Often, a professional will be an extremely valuable resource and help you decide on the ideal floor plan.

Understanding Local Building Codes

If you are in the process of selecting your new dream home plan, it’s never too early to start thinking about Building Codes and the role your lot location will have in the building process.

Building Codes

Understanding Local Building Codes and Zoning; it’s never too early to learn the role your lot location will have in the building process.

Local zoning laws and building codes will almost certainly affect the building process of your home floor plan as well as future renovations to your home.

While both building codes and zoning regulations play a similar role, knowing the difference between the two can help you to become better prepared to overcome any obstacles during the home building process.

Have you considered tankless water heaters?

Tankless Water Heaters

At Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. there are two things we know our customers will always want:

1) Multiple Design Options  2) Access to Current Housing Trends

Diagram of a tankless water heater. Energy.gov

Via energy.gov

A tankless water heater, or demand water heater gives you both: it’s was one of the hottest, fastest-growing trends in 2015, and it gives our customers a design option that they may not have previously considered. It’s also a good way to save money every month on your water bill while being environmentally friendly.

As the name implies, a tankless water heater allows you to save on standby energy losses that are associated with storage water heaters. Instead, this water is heated on-demand by a gas, electric, or propane heating device that is automatically activated by the flow of water to heat a constant supply of water. That means no more waiting around for the storage tank to fill up with enough hot water.

The Sky is the Limit with a Walkout Basement

Rec Room with billiards and wet bar in the walkout basement of The Clubwell Manor - House Plan #5037

By Chuck Tripp

In a previous blog article (April 2015) , I talked about homeowners doing more with less, and making creative use of the square footage they had available. Another great way to extend one’s living experience is through the addition of a walkout, or daylight, basement. Walkout basements are typically built on a sloped yard so that a portion of the basement can be above ground to allow for doorways (often sliding glass) and windows to allow light in. They offer flexible space and are ideal for creating additional square footage. Oftentimes walkout basements are open to allow for a number of potential uses—including an extra family room, an additional bedroom, an entertainment room, or even a storage or utility room.

The following are just some suggestions for converting your basement into functional space: