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Must Haves for the First Time Home Builder

Must Haves for the First Time Home Builder

Building a home can be a rewarding project that pays you back in spades. Since every family has unique needs and expectations, designing a house that fits your lifestyle can set you up for decades of future happiness. Not to mention, current home trends have more to offer the savvy home builder than ever before. So, if you’ve accepted the challenge of constructing your dream home, consider implementing these essentials.

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What's the Best Floor Plan for a Family?

What's the Best Floor Plan for a Family?

Once you decide to have children, major life decisions become heavily influenced by their needs, and as the hub of activity, your home has a tremendous effect on daily life. As such, choosing an ideal space (with a practical floor plan) to raise a family is no small feat but can come together naturally once you understand what aspects to consider. So, when hunting for the perfect floor plan, ask yourself these questions:

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Designing the Perfect Outdoor Space

Designing the Perfect Outdoor Space

With summer pushing its way in, you might be longing for lemonade on the patio and dessert by moonlight. Goodness knows Edmond residents love their backyard retreats. Whether you imagine a trendy city rooftop, decked out patio or simple front porch hideaway, here are some tips to help your vision come to life. With a little planning and forethought, you can maximize not only this sunny season but many more to come.

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Questions to Ask Your Home Builder in the Interview Process

Questions to Ask Your Home Builder in the Interview Process

Arguably one of the biggest endeavors of your life, building a home comes with a slew of responsibilities rarely matched when you buy a previously-owned or even newly-built home. From picking out flooring and backsplashes to deciding which direction the house should face, the project can feel overwhelming. Before anything else, however, you need to choose the right builder because once shovels hit dirt, you want the process to feel as seamless and low stress as possible. To help get you thinking along the right lines, here are some questions you should ask any prospective builder. After all, they will be your partner in this all-consuming adventure.

What are Your Professional Affiliations/Memberships?

Any company committed to its trade will get involved with similar businesses. These organizations give credence to a business and help establish it as a productive member of a larger whole. Reputable builders will often belong to Builder Meeting Society, the National Association of Home Builders, the Better Business Bureau, and even the local Chamber of Commerce.

What is Your Previous Experience?

Like job hunters carry a resume, so should home builders expect to outline a history of successful projects. Information about the number of homes the company has built and the training workers undergo should always be given freely. Many builders will also offer a list of addresses for you to research and drive by. This information gives you the opportunity to see the work firsthand and potentially speak to those who have worked with the builder through the homebuilding process. High-quality builders might even offer a list of references to further cement credibility.

What are the Basic Costs?

Like any investment, you want to know the financial obligation up-front. Of course, before you can get detailed estimates, you will need to offer details about cosmetic and structural upgrades above the basic blueprint. Nonetheless, you can sill find out pricing for basic architectural plans and many extras. Along these lines, you should inquire about financing and contracts. What will you pay and when?

How Can You Demonstrate Your Construction Quality?

If you want to land on one company over another, you’ll need to know what sets each apart. Some builders have pre-made portfolios and product samples for easy viewing. If you want certain materials used in your home, this is the time to make sure you can get the styles you seek. Along these same lines, you should ask about warranties. What products are covered under warranty and for how long? Having a basic warranty in place lets you know that after the move-in, minor or major issues like settling cracks or loose drywall screws will be handled timely and courteously.

Do You Customize?

If you’ve committed to building your dream home, why settle for a cookie-cutter spec? Some builders work only from familiar floor plans that allow them to complete projects more quickly. If your objective is to create a home you can settle into for decades, you might want some customization. With several online resources to help you find a floor plan that fits, being in the drivers’ seat has never felt so freeing.

Other Helpful Tips for Finding the Right Builder

In this article from the experts at Houzz, it highlights the importance of understanding the bidding process. Essentially, you want the builder to be specific enough with pricing for you to compare alternative costs from different builders. Along with quality and dependability, you want your builder to be competitive.

Diversely, though you want fair prices, choosing a builder based on the bid alone is unwise. Navigating this fine line typically means understanding exactly what pricing entails, from basic construction costs to all the add-ons. As this HGTV piece points out, the higher bid doesn’t guarantee a top-tier product just as the lower bid doesn’t free you from exorbitant fees later on.

In the end, you should feel comfortable with the information you receive from the builder, and any hesitancy to be completely transparent should be met with reservations.

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Installing a Pool: How Much Does it Cost?

Installing a Pool: How Much Does it Cost?

With another balmy Oklahoma summer close at hand, you might wonder about the cost of installing a private swimming pool. Indeed, picturing long afternoons splashing with your friends or evening dinners surrounded by Tiki lights and your favorite playlist make the venture irresistible.

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The Pros and Cons of First-Floor Master Suites

The Pros and Cons of First-Floor Master Suites

A home design trend that started in the late 1990s and held steady for several decades continues to dominate homebuying forums. It designates the master suite downstairs with remaining bedrooms on the second floor, and depending on who you ask, is the epitome of convenience and style. Like any floor plan, however, it has positives and negatives that primarily depend on your lifestyle and preferences. Let’s examine this concept from all angles and see what comes of it.

 

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Creative Ideas for a Pet-Friendly Home

Creative Ideas for a Pet-Friendly Home

With a renewed focus on providing comfort, style and functionality for all members of the family, more people than ever are re-designing their living quarters with their fuzzy friends in mind. So, throw away outdated ideas about banishing Fluffy to the laundry room, and check out the latest trends in pet-friendly decorating.

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What is the Perfect Size for a Master Bedroom?

What is the Perfect Size for a Master Bedroom?

As the private sanctum in which you begin and end the beautiful Oklahoma day, much rests on the design and size of your bedroom. As for a singular set of dimensions that works perfectly for everyone…well, let’s just say too many variables come into play for such a simple answer. Instead, when imagining your ideal master suite, strive for usability and pragmatism.

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Completely Customized: Choosing the Right Materials for Your New Home

Completely Customized: Choosing the Right Materials for Your New Home

One of the great things about building a new custom home is that you have the ability to create a space that reflects your specific lifestyle—and your sense of style and taste. In this blog, we've talked about how working with a builder to customize your floor plan allows you to ensure that your new home fits your personal needs. But you can take that to a whole different level. If you want a home that’s completely customized here’s how to choose the right materials for your new home.

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