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9 New Construction Home Upgrades That Are Totally Worth It

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, Jul 4, 2023 @ 08:07 AM

Welcome to the world of new construction home upgrades where we bring your dream home to life! If you're planning a custom home, get ready to take your living space to the next level. Gerber Homes is here to guide your exploration of a new world of custom possibilities, from drop zones that banish clutter to smart home upgrades that make life a breeze. Join us as we embark on a journey to discover the must-have features and splurges that are absolutely worthwhile.

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

Steps to Building Your Greater Rochester Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, May 15, 2023 @ 08:05 AM

Building a custom home in the Finger Lakes is not an overnight process. It’s quite different than buying an existing home. The custom home-building process is 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

Should I Buy a Spec Home or Build a Custom Home This Year?

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, May 8, 2023 @ 08:05 AM

If your current home no longer meets your family’s needs, you might be ready to move to a new home. One question you might be asking yourself is, “Should I buy a spec home or build a custom home this year?” Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons you’ll want to consider—and whether the coming year is a good time to make a move such as this.

As custom home builders in Upstate New York, we obviously think that custom homes are worthwhile endeavors, but we also understand that they're not for everyone. Here at Gerber Homes, we want everyone to find the perfect new home for their situation, and we're happy to use our experience to help you decide between spec and custom new residential construction by comparing the pros and cons of a custom vs. spec new home.

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Topics: Custom homes, Building a New Home

What Is A Ranch Style House and Is It Right For You?

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Apr 5, 2023 @ 06:04 AM

Main-floor living is calling your name. Whether you're scared to death of chasing toddlers away from dangerous staircases, planning ultimate accessibility in your forever home or craving something simple and stylish, there's a reason ranches are our most popular build. Gerber has designed and built hundreds of custom homes in the Rochester, NY area, and we're ready to write a love letter to one of the most popular types of homes in the country.

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

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