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Benefits of Custom Homes

When it comes to investing your hard earned cash into a home, you have two options. You can buy an existing property, maybe do some renovations to make it your own, or you can build your own custom home based on your unique needs and requirements.

For many people the building process is a long and daunting one, often one they don’t want to go through, but with the right builder by your side, a custom home provides you with a range of benefits you wouldn’t ordinarily get when it comes to buying an existing property and changing it accordingly. In fact buying an existing property and making changes will cost you more in the long run than building your own.

The first benefit to a custom home is that you get to enjoy a unique design that has been drawn specifically for you based on what you like and … Read More

Protect Your Investment – Build a Custom RV Garage

After investing thousands of dollars in the recreational vehicle of your dreams, what better way to protect your investment than with an RV garage? If you own a recreational vehicle, you already know that most RV’s are too tall and long to fit in a standard garage.

Most homes do not come standard equipped with RV garages. Fortunately, there is a solution to this dilemma. You can have a custom RV garage built or you can purchase a prefabricated RV garage that you can assemble yourself on your property.

Prefabricated garages are made from materials such as steel, vinyl siding, cedar, or other wood siding. Lighter weight aluminum RV garages are also available, but are less likely to endure extreme weather conditions like more durable materials will.

Purchasing a custom designed RV garage enables it to be built to your specific needs as well as allows it to be built … Read More

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

Off the Shelf Cabinets Versus Custom Cabinets, What Are the Differences?

Stock Cabinets

Stock, or store cabinets, are what you see if you go to a large home improvement store. Each store will typically have a very basic, unfinished cabinet line that is stocked in store and ready to purchase and take home that day. These are usually your cheapest option, but selections are very limited. Most of the time these will need to be finished either by you or by a contractor. Don’t expect anything spectacular, these are usually cabinets in their most basic form. Drawer fronts are typically made from glued up strips of wood instead of one single piece of wood. Doors are usually paneled doors instead of raised wood panel doors. The carcasses of the cabinets will typically be cut from particle board, and if there is a back panel it is usually 1/8″ hard-board. Countertop fastening brackets will be small, plastic corner brackets with a single … Read More

How to Improve the Look of Your Home With Custom Interior Doors

If your house is beginning to appear drab and boring it may be ready for a home makeover. No matter how many dollars are spent constructing a home, they will all begin to look dated and in need of some modern improvements over time. Usually home owners will depend upon new furniture, paint or window treatments to give their home a new look. There is another simple home transformation that is extraordinarily effective but often neglected. This is replacing the interior doors throughout your house.

While many of the homes that have been designed and constructed since 1990 have visually appealing features on the interior and exterior, the interior doors are usually generic. This makes many homes resemble each other, at least from an interior perspective. This can be changed by replacing those hum-drum interior doors with custom designed interior doors that bring new life to any home.

Most of … Read More

Custom Home Construction Or Renovation – The Process

Saugatuck, Michigan, like many lakeside communities, is a beautiful area with a multitude of choices for custom homes. You’ll have to decide between building your dream home from scratch (I’m partial to Parkside Landings), or buying an existing structure and turning it into your dream home.

Since you are reading this article, I recommend beginning your search on the internet. Don’t be content with just one type of search; do multiple searches with different search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.), using different key words. If you are fairly new to searching by key words, consider: “Custom Home”, “builder”, “construction”, “renovation”, “remodel”, “property management”, or “interior design”. You might want to try the Saugatuck/Douglas Visitors Bureau website. (They have a business directory). Other alternatives are the phone book (there is also an online version of yellow pages and also white pages), personal recommendations, real estate publications, and the multi-list.

Once you … Read More

A Mark of Distinction: Custom Closets and Cabinets

Custom cabinetry is a mark of distinction in a home, and it gives you the most direct way to get what you want. Remodeling provides an opportunity to make creative use of storage space and to enhance the livability of indoor areas. Kitchens are often the rooms that get the most benefit from remodeling, providing time saving conveniences and improving access to frequently used storage space.

As the most popular room in homes today, a kitchen is often the favorite gathering place for family and friends. Providing comfortable space that allows room for everyone to rest or socialize as well as adequate work space for the chef, a remodel of your kitchen cabinetry is the perfect place to start a transformative project.

Focus on Needed Improvements

Real estate agents confirm that kitchen remodels provide the best return on investment. To get the result that you want to achieve, focus on … Read More

Custom Built Kitchen Cabinets

Have you been shopping for kitchen cabinetry and been dissatisfied with the selection of the big box stores and import cabinet dealers? Well perhaps you should really take a close look at considering custom built kitchen cabinets as an option for your kitchen remodel project. Here I will discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of both stock and custom cabinetry.

Stock Kitchen Cabinetry

What are stock kitchen cabinetry? Stock kitchen cabinets are cabinetry that are pre-built to a specific size and then resold by a cabinetry dealer. Stock cabinets are typically produced in 2 inch increments. In some basic kitchen layouts such as an L shaped kitchen you can lay cabinets out without much problem. But what do you do when you are fitting cabinets between two walls? Well in this case the cabinet dealer can supply you with filler pieces to take up any large gaps that will … Read More

Some Thoughts on Custom Kitchen Remodeling Design and Kitchen Makeover

As the kitchen is the heart of a home and the focal point of most households, kitchen renovation is usually required every few years. For many, the kitchen is the most important part of the house. It is a place where the family congregates during daily meals, holiday entertaining and other activities, and as such, kitchen remodeling and makeover is one of the most common home remodeling jobs general contractors deal with. Having a kitchen that will meet your needs is not a luxury but rather a necessity…and in fact, with today’s kitchen remodeling ideas, one doesn’t need to spend a lot of money on custom kitchen remodeling design…even a simple kitchen makeover will suffice.

When planning a kitchen remodeling design a detailed plan must be drafted. In any kitchen renovation, whether it’s a custom kitchen remodeling or a small kitchen makeover, the kitchen layout style should be well thought … Read More

Custom Built Underground Homes – Pros and Cons

If you would tell someone that you are looking at custom built homes that are underground you would probably get some strange looks. The reason is that many have the misconception that the home would be dark, cool, and smell like dirt but this is not the case. Today these underground homes have more advantages over a traditional home that is above ground. There are four common custom built homes that are constructed to enable you to live underground. The types of homes you could live in depend on their construction method, location, and depth.

• Culvert homes – these are made of concrete pipes that were prefabricated before they are placed into an excavated pit.

• Elevational homes – these are constructed on a side of a hill.

• Artificial cave houses/dugouts-these are built by drilling a cavity into the earth.

• Earth berm homes – these are subterranean … Read More