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Custom Home Builders Vs Tract & Spec Homes – What’s the Difference?

The terms Custom Home Builder, Spec Home Builder and Tract Home Builder sometimes can be used interchangeably.   However, this is not always the case as each one has different functions therefore constructing different types of residential structures.. 

Custom Home Builder

These build unique homes.   The architectural style, size and amenities will conform to the buyers needs and wishes.  Generally, the homeowner or home builder decide on variables that will make it different from others.  Usually, lot’s of planning and time are involved and many revisions until the “perfect” design is achieved.

It might be small, medium or large in size.  Perhaps has standard features or high end luxury features.  They are not always elaborate gorgeous large palatial estates.  While that is often the case it is not always.

For example, a retired couple may want a custom home built that is only 1500 square feet and has 2 bedrooms with … Read More

3 Fun & Creative Boys Bedroom Ideas

If you’re looking for boys bedroom ideas to redecorate your son’s bedroom, then you need to read this article. We’re going to look at three popular choices for bedroom themes for boys of various ages.

For infants, bedroom designs are really more for the parents’ sake than for the boy. There are lots of great ways to design a nursery, whether you choose Pooh Bear, Noah’s ark or some other design.

At this age, it’s really up to you how to decorate the room. A trip to your local paint store or a home improvement store like Lowes or Home Depot will give you lots of ideas for themes for young boys. Just keep in mind that if it’s too babyish, you might find yourself with a 2 or 3 year old who wants his room redecorated because he’s not a baby anymore!

For toddlers, up to about 9 or … Read More

Residential Construction – Estimating Software Will Save Contractors Time & Money!

It certainly isn’t the easiest job in the world to manage a construction project – and it involves a lot more than knowing how to use tools and build things! Of course construction managers do years of study to learn all the complexities of their role, but onstruction

estimating is something that is only mastered through hands on, long term experience. Many contractors hold the belief that residential construction estimating software can cause more harm than good, and this was perhaps the case in the earlier stages of development. Modern day advances mean more variety is available on the market and there is a construction estimating software package that can make your life a whole lot easier.

If you want your residential construction business to be a success, it is vital that you have solid record keeping procedures and immaculate books: If the numbers aren’t right the whole business could … Read More

Fiber Cement Siding is Non-Flammable & Low-Maintenance

A house fire can devastate all you’ve worked so hard to achieve. The investment in your home and your valuables inside can be totally wiped out and you can find yourself suffering a great hardship. While taking the proper precautionary measures can prevent house fires, you can’t rule out the possibility of one completely. That’s why it is important to choose construction materials that are non combustible and will give firefighters the time needed to fight the fire before it can completely consume your house.

Wood and vinyl are both standard choices when it comes to exterior home siding. But fiber cement siding is gaining popularity due to its versatility and durability. It is thick, wind resistant and easily maintained. And because this particular type of siding is flame resistant and non-combustible, fiber cement siding is the wise choice for fire-rated construction.

Fiber cement siding is made of a combination … Read More

What a Tenant Wants: Renovation & Remodeling Trends for Commercial Properties

The rental market can be a highly competitive one. And, as a property manager or owner of an apartment or office property, you know just how important a few essential updates can be. There are a number of remodeling projects potential and current renters hope for and knowing what they are can really help you get a leg up on the competition. Here is a brief rundown of what the most commonly requested tenant improvements are and why potential tenants seek them out in a place to lease.

Windows – First, when considering any large scale tenant improvements before renting your property, new and improved windows should be at the top of your list. Older properties in particular will benefit from updated windows. Newer, insulated windows are one of the very first features a potential tenant looks for, especially if they will be responsible for paying heating and cooling bills. … Read More

Merge Style & Function in Bathroom Vanities

In many ways, bathroom vanities are centerpieces. Stylish sinks and countertops draw attention; they feel inviting, reminiscent of time spent at a spa or luxury hotel. Beauty is important, but beauty alone isn’t enough. A vanity needs to be practical, too.

Study the Space

Whether remodeling a bathroom or choosing fixtures for a new home, a careful study of the given space is important. A vanity that takes up too much space impairs the flow and functionality of the room, but one that’s too small may feel insignificant and prove impractical. Shoppers should find a unit that fits in the allotted space without taking over the room, while still serving as an attractive, useful centerpiece.

Consider the Plumbing

Homeowners may fall in love with a few bathroom vanities only to discover that they’re incompatible with the existing plumbing. This may or may not be a roadblock, depending on the budget … Read More

Alternative & Renewable Energy

Each person has the ability to change their world and in turn will bring us one step closer to a reduced carbon foot print and salvation for our planet Earth.

Dire need: Middle to low-income homeowners, elderly and disability subsidized housing

Within the next few years a percentage of new construction will be required to install renewal energy. Existing government facilities are required to be “Green” in the future.

Renewable energy, the technology to manufacture products that produce alternative and renewable energy, will produce more jobs in the manufacturing industry, the technical industry, ultimately reduce the existing carbon in our atmosphere, slow global warming, increase the longevity of our planet and protect our earth through green technology.

I remember reading an article about a city that implemented assistance programs for apartments and homes that allow residents to be able to afford renewable energy through low-cost loans. These low-cost loans enable … Read More

Marina Showroom & Store Improvements – Keep it Clean

Your marina showroom should raise your customers’ interest and result in sales and return visits. How do you accomplish this?

In this and subsequent articles we will review various steps to improve your Marina profitability based on improving your showroom/store. The first area to consider is one of the lowest costs and highest impact investments, cleaning and organizing your showroom.

The moment that a customer walks into your marina the buying decision may have been made. Your showroom should be as clean as possible with little or no clutter. First impressions do matter.

  • Are your aisles free of cartons and other product that makes it difficult to navigate your marina store and shop your product?
  • Do your salespeople practice proper hygiene? If not, teach them or replace them with well groomed employees.
  • It is important that your sales literature and wall posters/banners are current and in good shape.
  • Replace any
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Using a Handmade Glass Sink in the Bathroom – Combining Art & Function

All About Glass Sinks

The hottest trend in bathroom design today is the handmade glass sink – often referred to as a glass vessel sink – which has become the latest must-have for luxury homeowners. Combine the versatility in color and design offered by glass with the vessel mount trend and it’s no wonder that our company, Glass Artists Gallery, can barely keep up with demand. Vessel-mounted, fused, slumped, mosaic, under-mounted and hand-blown sinks have even influenced the faucet manufacturers’ designs because of their unprecedented popularity.

We find ourselves answering questions and dispelling myths surrounding sinks just about every day. This article was created to answer some of the more common questions such as “What is a handmade sink?” “Are they expensive?” “What are the differences in the glass sinks I see in the showrooms and online?” “Are they durable?”

Types of Glass Sinks

To better understand the three main … Read More

Home Remodeling & Refurbishing With Electric Radiant Infrared Heat Units

A perfect solution to adding heat to a home during a construction or addition project is using radiant ceramic flat panel electric infrared heaters. They are cost effective, efficient, eco-friendly, and a primary heat source of comfortable absorbing heat. They even warm the floor! This solution is applicable whether building an addition on a home, adding a three season glass enclosure or patio enclosure, remodeling a home, or refurbishing an older home. These units are the perfect solution for homes that have that one room that never stays warm enough.

So the question is how does this apply to the construction and refurbishing industry of older homes, home with additions being built, or green home construction? Using electric radiant infrared flat ceramic panels offers a dual benefit. The first is to bring heat to additions being built without running new tin and without the worry of the current furnace being … Read More