Budgeting can be one of the most difficult aspects of the custom home building process to wrap your mind around. The big “chunks” can be relatively easier: the land, the layout and size. But what about the details? These are what make a house a home – your home. Let’s take a look at how finer details can influence your budget and determine costs.
At his previous home, Jay Jaffe had a wine cellar that was 18 feet deep and 6 feet wide, with racks on both sides. Though the space was utilitarian in terms of storing bottles, making space for people was a different story.
What Do You Want In a Home That’s Built for Life?
When you buy a pre-existing home, you try to find the best fit for your needs. You’ll view several houses and think, “Oh yes, this could work. I can rearrange this or redo that, and it’ll be close enough.” The benefit of building a custom home is that it is a representation of you. It’s built for you, your family, and the way you live. This is your chance to get everything from the layout to the small details not close, not good enough – but just right. So, start dreaming! How do you find your custom style and clarify your vision?
You have made the decision, it’s time to build your custom home. Your dream home, your forever home, the perfect place for your family’s life, a home built for living. But where do you start? Building a custom home can be daunting: there are so many decisions to make, factors to consider, and steps to take when you want your home built for life. At G&G Custom Homes, we help you take those steps one at a time. They say the journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step: once you take the first, the second is easier, and third easier still. Here is a quick custom home build checklist to help you get your mind wrapped around the process.
Joe Garcia, owner of G&G Custom Homes has witnessed a trend in home building as homeowners design houses to suit their lifestyle.
“I have clients who are technically ‘empty nesters,’ but they don’t want to build a typical ‘empty-nester home,’” says Joe.
Tile samples, carpet swatches, vision boards. Before even starting your custom home design your head is already swimming with ideas! How many bedrooms will you need? What style of home do you want? How much will all this cost?! While these are very important questions, the first one you should ask yourself is ‘who can I trust to help me accomplish all of this?’ Before laying out your floorplans and choosing the perfect place for the laundry room, start at the beginning and think about what you need from a builder in accomplishing your goals. Here are a few things to look out for when talking with potential builders, and remember, this is your home, find someone you know will help you create the perfect place for you!
Summer is over and the leaves are starting to change color here in Indiana. While you might not think this would be the best time to venture out to the lake for a weekend away, the beautiful colors and the sweet crisp smell of fall creates the perfect backdrop for a weekend away snuggled up in a blanket with a cup of tea out by the quiet water. If this sounds like a dream to you, think about all the ways you could maximize your custom lake house to make the most of it all year long.
Nothing says entertainment quite like a luxury home movie theater. When designing a home theater, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest technology and gadgets, but building a home theater the entire family can enjoy goes beyond stereo systems and the best flat screen TV. Think about things like the type of carpet, seating arrangements, the view of the screen and other elements around the theater to maximize your movie-viewing experience.
If you love to bake, you know the challenges a small kitchen presents. From rolling out dough to letting cookies and cupcakes rest after baking, there never seems to be enough space in the kitchen. When you’re planning your new custom home, think about your kitchen and how you can make the most of the space to hone your baking skills and cook up delicious delicacies for the entire family. From ovens to appliances to storage and more, make sure you think of all the small details when you design your kitchen. If you need some help getting started, take a look at a few of our best design tips for making your kitchen a baking dream!
When you live in the Midwest, you tend to yearn for time on the coast. An occasional vacation to the ocean helps, but you may not want to give up that beachy feel during the rest of the year.