New Home Features

When building there are so many new home features to choose from – though it’s exciting, some can find the amount of choices a bit daunting. It’s inevitable that you will be met with options that you hadn’t even considered. We’re here to share our knowledge so you can get a jump on the building process – it will make you feel more confident going into the design phase.

Recent New Home Features Articles:

 
The Best Front Door Color for Your House

5 Essential Front Door Color Ideas to Choose From

The color you choose for your front door ultimately defines your house in terms of class, style, and taste. There are several front door color ideas that you can choose from — however, they should fit in with the overall palette of your home. If your home has red brick and white siding, choosing the right door color can be challenging.  Choosing your front door color will depend on the color of your house, your preferences, and how you’ve decorated your front yard, porch, or entrance. T... [Read More]
The Best Front Door Color for Your House

 
smart home

Cool Trends in Smart Home Devices and Appliances

Remember the days when everyone joked about having robots in their homes who instantly knew exactly what the family needed? With the proliferation of smarter devices and appliances, what was once fantasy has become reality. You can now have the smart home of your dreams. Whether you are building a new home and want to incorporate the latest gadgets and technologies into the fabric of your residence, or you already have a house and want to upgrade, you owe it to yourself to learn about the ... [Read More]
smart home

 
customizations

10 Popular Home Customizations

Customizations take a new home from typical to tailor-made.   People love personalized items. Why? Personalization makes people feel special. That was especially true for Laverne on the iconic 1970s TV show, Laverne and Shirley. The cursive “L” sewn in the upper left of her tops became Laverne’s trademark. And, although most people aren’t interested in having their first initial monogrammed onto their clothing, that “L” served its purpose – it made Laverne memorable. Personaliz... [Read More]
customizations

 
empty nester

What an Empty Nester Wants in a New Home

Build Your Dream Home When the Kids Move Out You’ve raised self-sufficient children who’ve left the nest. Congratulations on a job well done! Parenting isn’t easy. And after years of focusing on your kids, it’s your turn to pursue your own dreams. This empty nester chapter of your life is filled with exciting opportunities. Foremost, it’s the perfect time to downsize from your current house and build a custom home suited to your changing needs and lifestyle. Here’s a peek at what empty ne... [Read More]
empty nester

 
ranch home

Everything You Need to Know About Ranch Homes

Learn why the one-story, open layout has made a comeback The common saying, “as American as baseball and apple pie” could easily add “ranch homes.” Although, the new phrase wouldn’t have quite the same ring to it. The one-story, low to the ground ranch-style house with its simple, wide-open layout originated in sunny California in the early 1930s. But it wasn’t until the post-World War II economic boom that ranch homes began popping up all over the United States, especially during the 195... [Read More]
ranch home

 
Quartz vs Granite Countertops

Quartz Versus Granite Countertops

Designing a house opens the doors to tons of options. Not only do you get to work with your home builder to customize the layout, but you have the chance to finally enjoy a kitchen that fits your lifestyle. In fact, picking out the countertops in a new home for your food preparation and eating areas might be one of the most enjoyable aspects of your building project. You’ll discover that although there are plenty of choices for countertop materials, while Formica is often used, popular opt... [Read More]
Quartz vs Granite Countertops

 
Tyvek HomeWrap

Tyvek HomeWrap Vs. Other House Products

What’s in a name? If the name is DuPont™, the answer is “Plenty!” Ever hear of Mylar®? Kevlar®? Teflon™? They’re all DuPont™ family inventions. To say that the DuPont company has changed the way we live is an understatement. DuPont has crept its way into so many industries, it’s remarkable. Their stretch includes the home building sector. Although you may not have realized the connection, think back to the last time you saw a house under construction in your neighborhood or on your way ... [Read More]
Tyvek HomeWrap

 

3 Interior Design Tips for February 2017

10 Simple Ways to Add Storage to Your Bathroom We have selected 10 simple but straightforward space saving bathroom solutions that underline the main directions you can follow in designing your bathroom storage areas. 10 Simple Space Saving Bathroom Solutions   Design Ideas to Avoid "Clunky" Living Areas [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"] thumbnail courtesy of houzz.com[/caption] After living in an apartment for several years, this Los Angeles couple went hou... [Read More]

 
foyer

Home Design Continues to Evolve with a Rear Entrance Foyer on Steroids

If your home has an attached garage, research by Recon Analytics suggests you go in and out of your home using the door between the home and the garage 92% of the time, rather than using the front entry door. Decades ago the popularity of attached garages coupled with buyer preferences for main floor laundry areas, as opposed to a basement laundry, ushered in the “laundry/mudroom” – a modest transition space between the garage and your living space which conveniently doubled as the laundry ro... [Read More]
foyer

 
tub

Rub a dub-dub, get rid of that tub!

Over 4000 people participated in home plan designer Design Basics’ online poll which asked, “If you have a bathtub in your master bath, how often do you take a bath in that tub?” 78% of the respondents answered “never.” Why the trend towards tubless owner’s bathrooms?   Practicality “We’ve only used the tub 3 times in 5 years!” was typical of regrets we heard over having to clean a bathtub that wasn’t being used - especially larger/deeper tubs. Another common lament was “Who has ti... [Read More]
tub