What to Consider Before Hiring A General Contractor

Building a new home requires that you find the right home plan and the right team to build the home.

That team will be led by a general contractor. Taking time to plan when hiring a general contractor will help ensure you get a good fit. Here are some hiring-a-contractor tips that will guide you in finding the right one.

1. Start With References

Asking for recommendations will help you start the search, but look for recommendations from people who have worked with a contractor. Has someone you know recently built a home or done a major remodeling project? Talk to this person about his or her experience. If he or she had a positive experience with a contractor, add that contractor to your list of people to call. Starting with vetted professionals endorsed by those you trust should cut your research time significantly.

House Plan 1548 | Narrow Cottage

House Plan 1548 has been named The Dahlia and is now available

Front rendering of The Dahlia house plan 1548.

The Dahlia House Plan 1548

This narrow, two story cottage house design features a front entry garage and twin dormers. The floor plan offers two master suites on the first floor and two additional bedrooms with a bonus room upstairs. The island kitchen opens into a spacious dining room and the great room is topped with a coffered ceiling and sun tunnels. Livability continues outdoors with a generous rear porch. The mud room can be accessed from the foyer and the garage entry while the utility room offers built-in cabinetry and a laundry sink. A pantry and powder room are thoughtful additions.

House Plan 1467 | Craftsman Walkout

House Plan 1467-D has been named The Wesley and is now available! 

Front rendering of The Wesley house plan 1467.

This angled, hillside-walkout design is eye-catching with a mix of siding, stone, and board-and-batten accents. The portico entry leads to a foyer with a coat closet and powder room for guests. With an island and pantry nearby, the kitchen is positioned for front views. The great room and dining room are open for easy entertaining and a side screened porch and sprawling rear porch with skylights take living outdoors. The master suite is truly luxurious and offers direct access to the utility room through the master closet. A mud room off the garage entry is perfect for stashing bags, shoes, and coats. Downstairs, two bedrooms each have a walk-in closet and a shared full bathroom. A recreation room is available for entertaining or relaxing and double doors lead to a lower level porch.

How to Achieve the Modern Farmhouse Style

How to get the Modern Farmhouse look

The modern farmhouse style borrows from the rustic, contemporary and industrial trends to create a living space that’s chic and homey. The modern farmhouse look can add authenticity and personality to new floor plans. If you’re thinking of modern farmhouse open floor plans, find out how interior and exterior farmhouse touches can perfect the look of your new construction home.

Best Modern Farmhouse Exterior Design Ideas

Simple Colors

Updated farmhouses tend to stick to a plain color palette outside. Think natural wood, bright white and deep blacks. Farmhouses tend to have board and batten or lap siding over shingles or shakes. By keeping the exterior of the house simple, you can highlight the shape and architectural features of the home.

Tips For Moving Into A Newly Built House

Tips For Moving Into Your Newly Built House

Buying and moving into a newly built house is an exciting experience. It can feel like your home is a blank canvas awaiting your personal touch, and for good reason. After all, you are the first person to make a mark on the space. As you anticipate the big day, keep in mind these tips for moving into a new build.

Tips for moving into your newly built house.

The Newcastle Plan 994