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Different Floor Plan Types and What's Best for You & Your Family

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Mar 16, 2023 @ 10:03 AM

You're dreaming of the perfect 2 story house layout. You’ve got to be able to float through your morning routine. Every built-in, hall closet and guest bathroom should be intuitively located for your lifestyle. That’s the joy of building a new home. Your custom home design starts with a floor plan. Identifying the perfect layout for your new home takes a little thought and a bit of research. Gerber has designed and built hundreds of custom homes in the Rochester, NY area and has much to say about choosing the perfect floor plan.

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Topics: Custom homes, Home Design

How Much Does an Acre of Land Cost in Upstate New York?

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Mar 5, 2023 @ 10:03 AM

Home costs are influenced by many factors, including the floor plan, square footage, number of stories, and additional features and finishes. After considering all of the costs related to building a home, home buyers sometimes overlook the cost to buy a lot. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to create a realistic budget for your new home if you don’t know how much land costs in Webster, Perinton, Ontario, Greece, and surrounding communities.

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Topics: Rochester NY

A Perc Test: What It Is and Why You Need One to Build Near Rochester

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Mar 2, 2023 @ 14:03 PM

If you’re looking for a scenic view, you’ll find plenty of places that meet your requirements in the Rochester area. Thanks to the abundance of lakes, forests, and undeveloped land in the region, it’s fairly easy to find a building lot that overlooks a lake or pond or backs up to the woods. Although the land may look ideal at first glance, you won’t be able to build on it unless the lot can pass a perc test.

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Topics: Building a New Home, Selecting a Home Site, Home Building Tips

The Custom Home Building Process: Taking One Step at a Time

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 08:02 AM

Building a custom home in the Finger Lakes is not an overnight process. It’s quite different than buying an existing home. It’s also more involved than building a new home that’s identical to all the others around it. So what does the custom home building process look like? There are lots of details, but it is manageable (and exciting) if you approach the process properly—by taking one step at a time. Here's a look at everything that goes into planning a custom home. This blog will take you from a dream in your heart to the day you're standing on your new doorstep. You'll notice we spend extra time talking about the early stages of the custom home building process because excellent planning leads to spectacular results.

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Topics: Custom homes, Building a New Home, Home Design

Construction Loans for Custom Home Building: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Feb 1, 2023 @ 14:02 PM

You’re dreaming of a custom home with every detail just as you imagine it. It’s almost time to make it real, but exploring the options to finance a custom home can be overwhelming. We know that talking about the nitty gritty financial details can glaze your eyes over, but this is an essential detail for potential clients to explore. Understanding every aspect of your custom home-building process is important to a successfully executed dream home.

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Topics: Custom homes, Building a New Home