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The Top 2024 Trends for Your Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Nov 29, 2023 @ 12:11 PM

Choosing the features, finishes and appliances for your home is one of the most enjoyable parts of building a new home. Unfortunately, the process can also be a little overwhelming at times. Taking a look at the latest trends can provide a little inspiration and make your decisions easier. These seven trends are expected to be popular in the Rochester area in 2024.

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Topics: Home Design, Home Building Tips

Geothermal Energy: A Modern Heating and Cooling Option for Your New Build Home

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Nov 2, 2023 @ 09:11 AM

You may have more options than you think to create self-sufficiency and source energy for your custom home. For years, gas, electric, and oil heating and cooling systems were the only choices available to Rochester/Finger Lakes area residents. Although those systems will certainly keep you comfortable, they’re costly to run and may not be the most environmentally-friendly option. In our region, we advise folks to consider geothermal energy for their new construction to reduce heating and cooling costs while minimizing their carbon footprints.

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Topics: Building a New Home, Home Building Tips

The Benefits of Building a Custom Home vs Buying an Existing Property

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Oct 6, 2023 @ 14:10 PM

In the vibrant landscapes of New York, homeownership is a dream cherished by many. With the picturesque backdrop of the Finger Lakes and the urban allure of Rochester, deciding where to put down roots is just the first of many decisions. Another significant choice facing prospective homeowners is whether to build a custom home or buy an existing property. Each option carries its unique set of advantages, challenges, and financial implications. As 2024 unfolds and with 2025 on the horizon, understanding the dynamics of the current housing market and construction trends is crucial. In this guide, Gerber is here to delve into the pros and cons of building vs. buying, helping you make an informed decision that aligns with your dreams and budget.

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

Building an Energy-Efficient New Home in Upstate NY

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Oct 4, 2023 @ 09:10 AM

Building your sustainable custom home in Rochester, NY area or the Finger Lakes Area is more than just a dream realized. It also allows you to align your selections with existing tax credits. Luckily, current construction-related tax incentives favor green/energy-efficient options, which are popular with consumers for their low-environmental income. We're also one of the most trusted custom home builders in Ontario, where the incentives to build green is also embedded in tax incentives.

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Topics: Building a New Home, Home Design, Home Building Tips

You Have Land and You Want a Custom Home - Now What Do You Do?

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Sep 6, 2023 @ 08:09 AM

Having land in Upstate New York is a dream for many, especially in picturesque areas like Canandaigua, Rush, or Macedon. But how do you make the most of that piece of paradise once you have it? Many landowners ponder, "I want to build a house on my land; where do I start?" If that's you, here's a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the exciting journey of turning your raw land into a beautiful custom home.

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Topics: Custom homes, Building a New Home, Selecting a Home Site