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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

The Best Kitchen Cabinet Ideas for Your Rochester Area Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, Sep 5, 2023 @ 09:09 AM

When stepping into any kitchen, whether it's yours or someone else's, the cabinets often take center stage. They aren't just storage solutions; they're instrumental in setting the tone for your kitchen and, with the prevalence of open-style architecture, your entire home. When it’s time to build your custom dream home, it is wise to spend extra time contemplating your cabinets.

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Topics: kitchen design, Custom Home Features

Featured Floor Plan - Madison Home Layout

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Aug 10, 2023 @ 07:08 AM

In the picturesque expanse of Upstate New York, amidst the scenic backdrop of the Finger Lakes, lies a flourishing new community—Southgate Hills. Gerber Homes, renowned–among many things–for our meticulously designed home-building plans in the Greater Rochester, NY area, takes immense pride in unveiling the Madison floor plan, an exceptional offering in our portfolio of new home floor plans available in our coveted new community.

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Topics: floor plans, Home Design

What Will Your New Rochester Home Cost This Year?

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Aug 9, 2023 @ 17:08 PM

Our family has been building homes in the Rochester area for more than 50 years. In fact, we’ve built more than 3,000 homes in that time. Each home and build is as unique as our clients, but there is one question potential homeowners have asked us every single time: “How much is this going to cost?” 

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Topics: Custom homes, Home Building Costs

Steps to Take Before Building a House on Raw Land

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, Jul 11, 2023 @ 17:07 PM

The availability of prime building spots is one of the many advantages of living in the Greater Rochester/Finger Lakes Area. Whether you want a smaller suburban plot close to stores and highways or a sprawling, multi-acre spread deep in the woods, you’re bound to find the perfect lot. Buying undeveloped land is a little more complicated than purchasing an existing home or a house in a new home community and involves a few extra steps, including:

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Topics: Custom homes