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Grand Entrances in Rochester-Area Luxury New Homes

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Jan 15, 2018 @ 13:01 PM

Grand-Entrances-in-Luxury-New-Homes.jpgIf you’re like me, perhaps you grew up in a typical post-WWII cookie-cutter neighborhood. The homes—hastily built to keep up with diapered Baby-Boomers—were generally pretty much alike.  The paint color may have been different, and one home might have a brick front to make it look a little different, but inside, each house looked pretty much like every other house on the block.  It’s just the way things were done then.

You may have noticed that a lot of new developments still operate that way. It’s cheaper for the developer and the builders to create homes that are essentially identical. At Gerber Homes, however, we don’t take the cookie-cutter approach. That’s why it’s so rewarding for me as a builder in Rochester, NY to drive down a street in a community in which we’ve built the homes. No two homes are the same!  You’ll find a Ranch home next to a Colonial home, or a Cape home beside a Patio home. The creativity is incredible—and they all belong to the same community.

Part of that is because we offer so many different varieties of floor plans, to begin with. You don't have to settle for the same look or floor plan as your neighbor. By the way, if you're looking for help in choosing the right floor plan, here’s a post that offers some great insights.

Even if you happen to choose a floor plan that’s similar to those around you, there are still things you can do to make your home uniquely yours and to reflect your personal sense of style. Your entranceway is one place to really make your home stand out. With that in mind, I wanted to share some examples of entrances that really make an impact. You may not want to copy them, but they might be a good source of inspiration for the Rochester area home you plan to build.

Here’s a home entrance that leads visitors straight through the main level of the home. The front and back doors are aligned to provide a central hallway for a dramatic welcome. The columns and pillars add a sense of formality and the covering roof helps keep snow off the front entrance in the winter (and blistering sun off in the summer).

The entrance to this home focuses on carrying the unique arched shape of the exterior door through into the interior of the home. You can see the arched influence repeated in other doorways, in an alcove, and even in a small built-in storage closet that adds a lot of interest to the room.

Here’s an entryway that extends the front porch over to the front door and picks up the Cape style architecture of the dormers for the covering over the front stairs. The home also uses the stonework facing on the rest of the home to tie in the entranceway. In addition, the narrow windows on either side of the doorway let in natural light—making the interior entrance brighter and more welcoming.

An entranceway can also make a big and bold statement. This entryway makes it quite clear that once you step inside, you’re leaving the outside of the house behind. This particular treatment may be too bold and black for many homes, but it gives you an idea of how you can use the entrance to your home to make a statement.

You don’t have to settle for a cookie-cutter approach when building your new Rochester home. A wider variety of floor plans and a unique approach to your entryway are just two of the ways that you can make your new home uniquely yours.


Topics: New homes Rochester NY, Rochester-Area Front Doors, Rochester Entryways, Grand Entrances Rochester Homes

What Makes The Rochester Area a Great Place to Live

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Jan 12, 2018 @ 20:01 PM

What-Makes-The-Rochester-Area-a-Great-Place-to-Live.jpgWhy is this a great place? This may not be a typical scene for the Rochester area in January, but it’s a good reminder of one of the reasons people love this region. Spring and summer can be absolutely delightful. Whether you’re enjoying relaxing by a riverbank, or enjoying the breeze coming off Lake Ontario (or off the water in the Finger Lakes region), it's awfully nice. Of course, there's more to the area than nice places to relax. What makes the Rochester area a great place to live? Let's take a quick look.

  • It Offers a Great Balance of Big and Small: Built on the banks of Lake Ontario, Rochester is the third largest city in New York which means you’ll have access to all the amenities of a larger population center. It’s a large city with a small town feel. And the areas around Rochester are full of small-town charm and character. Communities such as Canandaigua, Webster, Ontario, and Mendon provide quiet and relaxed places to raise a family.
  • An Abundance of Affordable Housing Choices: Housing in the area is very affordable and there is no shortage of choices when it comes to finding a home design that fits your specific lifestyle. You can take your pick from many floor plans that include Colonial homes, 1st Floor Master plans, Patio homes, Ranch homes, Cape homes, and even homes that are designed with In-Law layouts.
  • Area Attractions: If you want to get away for a weekend or even a day trip, the Rochester area has lots to keep you entertained. You can catch a concert in Syracuse (known for its jazz festivals). Or you could take a quick trip over to catch some of the most incredible water scenery at famous Niagara Falls. And while those falls are world-renowned, there are plenty of other things to do in the area.  Here’s a post that highlights some of the other great activities you’ll find in the Finger Lakes region.
  • Great Dining: Rochester resident love their food—and you'll find a wide variety of great dining opportunities in Rochester and the surrounding area, including American, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mexican, and more.

There are plenty of reasons to live in the greater Rochester area, but what if your home no longer meets your needs? What if your family has grown and you need more space? Or what if you happen to be a mature couple and want a home that will allow you to stay where you are without moving?

We specialize in home remodeling and additions. Whether you need a kitchen remodel, a bathroom remodel, a home addition for more space, or even an In-law addition to accommodate aging parents—we can help!

And if you are looking for a new home, we build a wide range of home styles (click here for a look at the various plans) in a number of communities throughout the East Rochester area. You can find the home you want in the community you want virtually anywhere around Rochester.

This may not be the best time of year for stretching out along the riverbank, but there are plenty of reasons to enjoy Rochester all-year long. And now is a great time to think ahead about remodeling or building so that you can enjoy the great spring and summer weather!


Topics: Rochester area Home Builder, Fingerlakes Area Home Builder, Greater Rochester Activities, Home Remodeling Rochester NY, Fingerlakes Area Remodeling, Finger Lakes Living

Balancing Cost & Value When Building or Remodeling

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Jan 8, 2018 @ 13:01 PM

Balancing-Cost-&-Value-When-Remodeling.jpgAs builders and remodelers, one of the most frequent questions we’re being asked is what a particular project is going to cost. It doesn’t matter whether someone is planning to build a new house or remodeling their existing Rochester-area home—homeowners want to know what they’re going to spend. It’s important to have a realistic budget for either of those endeavors.

There's more to the equation, however than just calculating the price. As a homeowner, you also have to balance cost and value when building or remodeling. It’s not just a matter of how much you pay for something that matters. What’s truly important is how much value you get from the effort. What does that look like? Here are a few things that can add value to your home.


You want your home to be as comfortable as possible. Sometimes that means having more space. It could be that you need an extra room because the kids are getting too big to share a room. Or it could be that your family room was designed for a time when televisions were a lot smaller than they are now. There are times when you want more visual space (even if you don't expand your home's footprint). That might mean installing larger windows or moving interior walls for a more open floor plan. And sometimes doing something as simple as adding more insulation can make your home more comfortable on those cold Rochester nights.


You may also want a home that’s more convenient. That’s often what’s behind many of the kitchen remodels we do in the area. Redesigning your kitchen so that it’s easier to prepare meals and entertain can really make your home more enjoyable.

Lifestyle Enhancement

Perhaps your home doesn’t really fit your lifestyle. If you enjoy entertaining, you may feel cramped because of small, chopped up rooms. Adapting your home to an open floor plan can allow guests to move freely from one room to another without feeling closed in. Or perhaps your family enjoys watching movies together or gaming. You might want to consider an entertainment room for your home where you can do both in comfort and style.

Future Savings

There are times when the money you spend now pays off in future savings. I've already mentioned the comfort aspect of things such as new windows and insulation. But those things (and installing new exterior doors as well) will not only help you feel better (warm in winter and cool in the summer), but they'll also save you money on your utility bill!


You may not be thinking about selling your home anytime soon, but there are a number of things you can do that will not only enable you to enjoy your home more now—but they’ll also allow you to command a higher selling price if you ever do decide to move.

What you spend on building or remodeling your Rochester-area home does matter. But it’s important to balance the cost with the value that you get out of anything you build or improve. And while specific costs will vary depending on your project, here is a look at the most recent figures that show the relationship between cost and value in the greater Rochester housing market


Topics: Additions Rochester NY, Cost vs Value 2018 Middle Atlantic, Rochester Kitchen Remodel, Remodeling Cost Rochester NY, Rochester Housing Market, Rochester Whole Home Remodel, Remodeling Budget, Building a New Home Rochester NY

What’s Trending In Kitchens for 2018?

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Dec 10, 2017 @ 22:12 PM

What’s-Trending-In-Kitchens-for-2018.jpgAs we approach a New Year many of us wonder what new trends will be heading our way when it comes to home design. One thing that won’t be changing is that the kitchen will remain the heart of the home. It's no surprise that it continues to be one of the most remodeled spaces in the home. So, what’s trending in kitchens for 2018? Here are a few observations we recently gleaned from the National Association of Homebuilders.

Kitchen Islands Will Continue to Be Popular.

Increasing numbers of homeowners want larger kitchen islands. Part of the reason is that they are so versatile. They’re great for food preparation and casual dining. And for those who enjoy entertaining, they can serve both purposes at the same time. The person cooking isn't cut off from guests. Some homeowners are even opting to do away with the traditional kitchen table—replacing it with a larger island that offers seating capacity. It's a more efficient use of the available space and it helps to make the kitchen feel more open.

Open Floor Plans Aren’t Going Away.

Even though they have been around for a while, open design floor plans continue to be extremely popular. Homeowners want their kitchen, dining room, and family room to be open to one another. It's a way for families to be together even if family members are in different parts of the "Great Room." It's also great for entertaining because it allows guests to freely move from space to space—and the host or hostess is never isolated. Of course, when all rooms are visible to one another, it's essential that the space be well-designed for functionality and style. That means having a kitchen that looks great but is also convenient and efficient.

Some Shifts Are in Store.

There are a few new wrinkles when it comes to what people are putting into their kitchens. There seems to be an increase in features such as warming drawers, steam ovens, and induction cooktops. Induction cooktops are very energy-efficient and look great. But keep in mind that some of your older pots and pans may not work on a new induction cooktop. That may mean purchasing some new cookware. It’s not a huge expense, but it can be a bit of a surprise. The advantage is that you’ll have great-looking cookware to go with your beautiful new kitchen! When it comes to appliance colors, stainless steel keeps going strong—although it’s being challenged by the newer “black stainless” appliances. And while there are some who have declared the demise of white kitchens, they remain popular because they make the room feel so bright and open.

Storing Your Stuff Remains Critical.

As popular as open concept kitchens are, kitchen clutter can be a real challenge. Streamlined cabinets and countertops look great, but where will you store all of your stuff? There are numerous innovations in cabinetry that allow you to stow things away and out of sight more easily. Deep, pullout shelving makes it easier to store more in your lower cabinets—and access things more readily. Some homeowners are also turning to their mudrooms for extra kitchen storage. Another option is to opt for customized cabinets that take advantage of “skinny spaces” for storing things such as baking pans or awkwardly sized utensils.

Regardless of what the prevailing trends may be, one of the most important things to consider when building a new kitchen or remodeling your existing kitchen is how to end up with a kitchen that matches your sense of style and your lifestyle. Here’s a helpful post that helps you think through how to make that happen.

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Topics: Kitchen remodeling Rochester NY, Kitchen Trends

Rochester Winter: How to Get Through It and Get Ahead!

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Dec 2, 2017 @ 07:12 AM

Rochester-Winter-How-to-Get-Through-It-and-Get-Ahead.jpgPerhaps only in the greater Rochester area would anyone think to mention winter and Summer Lake in the same sentence!  Still, if you've ever dreamed of owning a home on the lake in the Ontario area, winter is the perfect time to be thinking about Summer Lake! 

Just a mile and a half from Webster, you’ll find Summer Lake, our newest quality community. If you’re looking for room to spread out, you’ll enjoy up to half-acre home sites that are available now and ready for building. Add to that beautiful views (most sites have a view of nearby Lake Ontario), a quick 10-minute drive to great shopping, and delightful lake breezes in the summer, and it’s hard to imagine a better, more tranquil spot to build an affordable new home.

The town of Ontario, on the south bank of Lake Ontario, dates back to 1807. Its modest population of about 10,000 residents captures and retains that small town feel that so many families are looking for. Ontario is a close-knit community with top-notch academic opportunities for students in grades K–12.

But why think about Summer Lake in the middle of winter? Building your new home isn’t just an activity—it’s a process. The cold winter months are a great time to think through exactly what you want in your new home and to look over designs and plans to settle on the floor plan that fits your specific taste and lifestyle. Starting to think about that process now gives you more time to ask your builder questions and to make sure that you and your builder are on the same page. That will make the construction part of the process go that much more smoothly.

Even if lakefront living isn't your dream, winter is still a great time to start planning a home in other nearby areas such as Brighton, Greece, Henrietta, Irondequoit, Pittsford, or Rush. Others in the area may be dreaming about a new home, but they probably won't pursue that dream in earnest until the weather gets warmer. You can really get a jump on things by getting started with the process now. That will enable you to move in earlier—and enjoy your new home in the spring and summer months.

Of course, you’ve still got to make it through the upstate New York winter! Here are a few tips that can help you do that.

Winters in the Rochester area are really no big deal—unless you actually happen to live here! While folks around Rochester are used to pretty harsh winter conditions, if you’re new to the area, you may be in for a bit of a rude awakening! The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NYSDHSES) recommends that residents have the following home emergency supplies ready in the event of a severe winter storm and/or power outage.

  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • Emergency non-perishable foods that do not require refrigeration
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Bottled water
  • One week supply of essential medicines
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Emergency heating equipment used properly

The NYSDHSES also suggests that homeowners wrap pipes in insulation—or layers of old newspapers covered in plastic to help keep out moisture—to keep the pipes from freezing. And when temperatures drop well below freezing, they recommend letting faucets drip just a bit for the same reason. And just in case, they advise that you know how to shut off the water valves in your home so that if you do have a break, you can avoid water damage.

Keeping warm in the event of a power outage can be a challenge and NYSDHSES cautions residents to only use safe sources of alternative heat such as a fireplace, small, well-vented wood or coal stove or portable space heaters. And always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

If you’re thinking about a new home, start planning and doing your research now. Then when you make it through this winter, you’ll be in a position to jump on your new home more quickly. And that means being able to enjoy your new home this spring and summer. And when the snow starts flying next winter, you’ll be able to enjoy the improved comfort, convenience, and security of your new home.


Topics: Rochester NY Winters, Summer Lake Community NY, Building a Home in Ontario NY

What Will the Kitchen of the Future Look Like For You?

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Nov 19, 2017 @ 16:11 PM

What-Will-the-Kitchen-of-the-Future-Look-Like-For-You.jpgIf the phrase, "The kitchen of the future" has a familiar ring, there's a good reason: It has a long history. As far back as the World's Fair in Chicago in 1983, there was an exhibit called "Homes of Tomorrow" in which kitchens were prominently featured. Despite major changes in technology (and society) homeowners are still looking for ideas to create their dream kitchen.

Your dream kitchen, however, may not look exactly like your neighbor’s kitchen. That’s because your personality (and your “kitchen personality”) is uniquely yours. To be honest, the kitchen of the future probably isn’t exclusively about gadgets and technology. What makes a kitchen a great kitchen is that it is designed to fit the way you live and to make things more comfortable and convenient for you.

That depends more upon good design than it does upon gadgetry. It means having well-designed space in the kitchen that makes it easier for you to prepare meals. Of course, kitchens aren’t just about food preparation anymore. Our kitchens are very social spaces where we often eat casual meals with our families and entertain guests.

What that means is that when you peruse potential floor plans for a new home, you’ll want to think about how you’ll be using your kitchen. Will you want an open floor plan that allows you to be in the kitchen without being separated from family and guests? If you’re an avid cook, you may want the space to allow you to pursue your passion and have specific spaces set aside for particular tasks. If your kitchen is more of a social gathering space, you may put a premium on open space and seating.

You’ll also want to look at features that make working in the kitchen more enjoyable. Cabinets with pull-out shelves are a growing trend because they make it so much easier to access items at the back of the cabinet. Installing the right lighting in your kitchen is another (often overlooked) element that can make your kitchen a delight to be in (here’s a helpful post that goes into more detail about that).

What About Those Cool Gadgets?

I’ll admit that there is something incredibly intriguing about new technology and new kitchen gadgets!  Let’s face it; they’re fun and sometimes worth every penny. Here’s a look at just a few kitchen innovations that really seem to cook (if you’ll pardon the expression). recently published a list of Smart Gadgets That Will Futurize Your Kitchen, and here are a few of the devices they listed that caught our attention.

  • Cinder Precision Grill: This countertop grill involves a complex set of sensors and monitors that solve sous vide's biggest drawback: still having to brown your food after it's reached its final temperature. The controlled heat output offers the precision of a sous-vide machine with the ease of a George Foreman-type grill, meaning you get a golden rib eye cooked internally to a perfect medium rare without the hassle of water baths and vacuum sealer sleeves.
  • Drop Kitchen Scale: This svelte smart scale not only weighs your food, it also gives easy-to-follow cooking instructions via its companion app's illustrated recipes. The app guides you through each step, component by component, and will even resize the entire ingredient list if you find out you're short a tablespoon of butter.
  • June Intelligent Oven: An internal camera and built-in scale help this sleek smart oven recognize what it's cooking, allowing it to calculate exact temperatures and times.
  • Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker: Everyone's favorite weeknight dinner wizard gets a serious upgrade with WeMo, the smart home automation app. A few clicks can extend or delay your chili's cooking time, keeping it from bubbling over or going cold before you're ready to eat.

So go ahead and have fun exploring these (and other) gadgets as you put together your dream kitchen. But begin by finding a floor plan that really meets your needs and fits your family’s lifestyle! Bon appetite!

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Topics: Rochester kitchen remodeling, Dream Kitchen, Kitchen Technology

Not Planning to Move After Retirement? Join the (Growing) Club!

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Nov 4, 2017 @ 06:11 AM

Not-Planning-to-Move-After-Retirement-Join-the-Growing-Club.jpgPeople of a certain age grew up listening to Bob Dylan singing, "The Times, They Are a-Changing." The way those people look at their housing needs is a-changing as well. It's estimated that approximately 10,000 U.S. baby boomers turn 65 every day. And according to a recent Demand Institute Housing & Community Survey, 63 percent of them don’t plan on moving from their current homes after retirement. That doesn’t mean they aren’t planning for their future needs when building or remodeling now. So if you’re not planning to move after retirement, what should you be thinking about?

That same Demand Institute Housing & Community Survey indicated that some of the things homeowners in this particular age group are looking for include:

  • a home they can stay in as they age (75 percent)
  • a single-story home (58 percent)
  • a low-maintenance home (47)
  • a home that’s accessible for special needs/disabilities (27)

We offer a number of single-level floor plans (including our Carrington model and our Camden model) that will allow people of retirement age to live comfortably with plenty of space without having to be concerned about navigating stairs.

In addition to those items, this group expects the home they live in to have additional features such as:

  • Safety Features that include such things  as shower seating and grab bars
  • Automatic Countertops and Shelving with cabinets and countertops that can be opened and/or lowered automatically for easier access
  • Smart Home Devices  that provide quick and convenient control of the entire home environment (motion-sensor lighting; automated HVAC control systems, etc.)
  • Advanced Security Features such as doorbell cameras, security systems, and smart smoke/Carbon monoxide units to provide peace of mind

Safety and security aren't all that mature homeowners are concerned with. They're also looking for homes that are energy efficient and environmentally friendly. That includes features such as low-flow showerheads, smart sprinklers/irrigation controls, and “gray” water recycling devices.

And if you’re already in a Rochester home that you love (and don’t want to leave), we can help you turn it into a home that will continue to meet your needs for years to come. We offer a wide range of remodeling services that range from updating specific rooms within your existing home to additions that allow you to live more comfortably.

If you’re approaching retirement age—and don’t want to be moving afterward—you’re part of an ever-growing group of people. We’d love to help you make sure you’re in a home where you’ll be comfortable. And if you’re considering a new home, here’s a helpful, short video that will help you pick the right floor plan!


Topics: aging in place, Retiring in Greater Rochester, Retirement Age

Home Additions: Adding Space That Let’s You Enjoy Your Rochester Home

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Oct 28, 2017 @ 08:10 AM

There are times when you love the home you’re in, enjoy your neighbors and neighborhood, but you’ve simply outgrown the space you’re living in. Is moving really your only option?  There is another choice. A home addition can add space that lets you enjoy your Rochester home to its fullest.


There are actually a number of options for adding space to your existing home. If you enjoy entertaining, you might consider a remodeling project that gives you a bigger, better kitchen that incorporates an open floor plan so that friends and family can gather in a kitchen/great room setting—and nobody gets stuck in the kitchen. The kitchen you see pictured here is just one example of how you could accomplish that (Click here for additional kitchen designs we've implemented recently).

While a kitchen remodel might make better use of the space you already have, there are times when you actually want to increase the actual amount of space in your home. Here’s a look at a couple of options others in the Rochester area have chosen to give themselves more living space.

  • Adding an Airy Sunroom


Sometimes you just need a quiet space where you can sit by yourself or with your spouse or with a couple of friends and enjoy a nice conversation. In addition to meeting that need this sun room addition lets in lots of natural light and lets you enjoy the views. You're surrounded by light and views on three sides. As a matter of fact, it almost doesn't feel like you're inside at all. Click here for additional views of this room—including how it seamlessly transitions into the rest of the home.

  • Adding a Useful Garden Shed

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Sometimes the main thing you need space for is to store your stuff. If your garage is overflowing with tools, supplies, and other items it can make the whole house feel cluttered.

The garden shed you see pictured here provides plenty of space for garden tools and materials. There’s even space for storing seasonal items such as Christmas decorations. Not only does a garden shed like this keep your garage free for your cars and other items, it also keeps the backyard looking neater. And if you click here for additional photos, you’ll see that we were able to match this shed to the design and color of the home—making it an addition that really looks like it belongs here.

These are just a few options. We’ve also done morning room additions,  first and second story additions, and even multi-story additions. Depending on your needs, we can add a family room addition or bedroom, a master bedroom, or even build a garage addition with overhead living space.

Just because you currently don’t have enough space doesn’t mean you have to move. Contact us and provide us with a little bit of information and we'll help you figure out a solution that works for you.


Topics: Home Additions, Sunrooms, Garden Sheds

Multi-generational Homes Aren’t Just For Mom & Dad

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Oct 1, 2017 @ 07:10 AM

Multigenerational-Homes-Aren’t-Just-For-Mom-&-Dad.jpgThe upward trend of building multi-generational homes doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. I’ve talked about multi-generational homes before, but there is some interesting new information out there about this trend.

Often, when prospective homeowners think or talk about a home that can accommodate more than one generation of a family it’s because there is an older family member who wants or needs to move in. If that describes your situation, you know that there are certain features you’ll want to build into your home that will make your home safer and more comfortable for aging parents. Here’s a post that takes a look at some of those features.

According to a recent report, 60 percent of those looking to build a multi-generational house indicated they are doing it for their parents. That's really not terribly surprising. But that same report indicates that 73 percent of those looking to build this kind of home plan to remain in the home even after the multi-generational features are no longer necessary.

What that means is that smart homebuyers are not only making choices that will meet the needs of their aging parents—they are also thinking ahead to what their own needs may be down the road. They are being proactive about the kind of home that they may want or need a few years down the road. They are also aware of the fact that building safety and comfort features in now is a lot more economical than trying to come back in later to make those changes.

There is, however, another aspect to the whole multi-generational housing trend. Not everyone is building homes just to take care of aging parents. An increasing number of young adult family members are returning home after school until they can get their own careers launched. But these young adults have lives of their own (as do their parents!) so it’s important that any house that accommodates young adults (or aging parents) have a certain amount of privacy built in. Familial togetherness may be a beautiful thing, but even family members need their privacy.

That’s the beauty of a floor plan like The Westcott. It offers two bedrooms and two bathrooms for the whole family plus a master bedroom and bath for the extended family. It’s not just the number of rooms that makes this a great multi-generational home. The part of the home that’s designated as the “in-law section” also features a full kitchen, a large living area, and a separate entrance. That means everyone in the family has his or her own private space!

That is one of the appealing things about multigenerational homes. They can meet a variety of needs; whether it's for your own aging parents, your adult children, or your own needs for the future. And that's why we don't think you'll see this trend going away anytime soon.

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Topics: aging in place, building multi-generational homes, Muti-Generational Living

Understanding the Cost Difference Between 1, 1 ½, and 2 Story Buildings

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Sep 24, 2017 @ 20:09 PM

Understanding-the-Cost-Difference-Between-1-1_½-and-2-Story-Buildings.jpgOne choice you’ll face when choosing a floor plan for your new Rochester-area home is how many stories your home will have. You can chose from a wide variety of different floor plans that include one-story, two-story, and one-and-a-half-story homes. In addition to impacting your lifestyle now and potentially inthe future, the number of stories your house has can impact the cost of your home.

The fact of the matter is that it’s not just the number of stories (of floor levels) that impact a home’s cost. The overall size of the home, of course, plays a big role.

For instance, if you build a 2,000 square foot 2-story home and a 2,000 square foot single-story home, the one-level home will almost always be more expensive to construct. But being happy with your home is about more than just square footage—or a slight difference in cost. What you really want is a plan that meets your needs and makes you feel comfortable. The simple fact of the matter is that one-floorplan won't fit the needs of every individual.

These days, we find that many of our clients prefer open floor plans for their common rooms (kitchens, dining areas, family rooms). A ranch-style home in the range of 1,600 to 1,800 generally allows us to build a home that offers everything they want, such as a first-floor master bedroom, and easy access to everything. The cost for that is generally less than it would be for a similarly designed two-story home. That's because the two-story home will generally need to be a bit larger to include the features you want on the main level—and still have rooms upstairs.

So what about the cost for a one-and-a-half-story home? Prospective homeowners are frequently surprised to discover that this is generally the most expensive option. Part of the reason for that is that a one-and-a-half-story home usually has a good-sized first floor and a rather small amount of space in the upstairs. The dimensions of that small second floor prevent us from using standard trusses, and have to build flooring and other structural elements out of what we call “stick frame.” Unfortunately, that’s a more expensive process—and that makes the home cost more.

As I mentioned earlier, being happy with your home depends on more than square footage and cost. A much bigger factor is finding a floor plan that fits your needs (and your budget).

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Topics: Single-Story Home, Two-Story Home, Floor Plan Options, Building a Home in Rochester

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