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Building Your Rochester-area Home: The Process

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @ 20:03 PM

Building your Rochester area home the processCustom homes don’t spring up overnight. They’re built one step at a time. And a lot of the steps that go into building a custom home take place before the hammers and saws come out. Building a new home in the Rochester area can be a fulfilling and exciting adventure. But it’s important not to skip the early steps so you can get to “the good stuff” of actually seeing your dream take shape.

Let’s look at some of the important steps you’ll need to take.

Initial Planning: You’ll want to have a good idea of what kind of home you want to build—one that will meet your family’s needs now and for the foreseeable future. How do you get started? Some people like to start by looking at floor plans. It gives them a sense for how all the elements come together and how the space in the home will be used. Others prefer to sit down with a builder or designer first; talk about what their needs are, and then use the builder’s expertise to help pick out or create the best floor plan for them.  It really works either way, but don’t be afraid to involve your builder early on. He can be a real help in guiding you.

By the way, we have dozens of floor plans representing a variety of different styles and sizes of homes. You can check them out for yourself right here!

Creating a Budget: This is incredibly important. You want to create a realistic budget. You don’t want to plan a house you can’t afford. And you also don’t want to budget less than you should (you’ll end up disappointed). Again, it’s good to work with a builder who can give you a very accurate estimate of what a realistic budget is for the home you want to build.

Property: For some homeowners, this should go at the top of the list. Having a very specific location in mind can drive both the design and the cost of your home. Are you looking to build in a community? Do you want to be in a more isolated area? Picking the right parcel for your home is critical.

Financing: Most homeowners don’t simply write a check to pay for their new home. You’ll want to have your financing in place before construction starts. It doesn’t hurt to talk to your builder about financing. Sometimes builders hear about good deals that the general public doesn’t.

Breaking Ground: This is when the action really picks up. Your contractor will need to prepare your lot before he pours, lays or builds the foundation and starts hammering away. It may not look like much is happening at this stage, but that “hole in the ground” has to be just right before the foundation can go in.

Construction: This is where your home really starts to take shape. But even though you won’t be wielding the tools, you’ll still be involved in the process. There will be decisions to be made throughout the construction process and you’ll want to meet regularly with your builder so he can keep you apprised of progress, and get your input if any changes need to be made.

That’s a pretty quick overview of the custom homebuilding process. There are, of course, a lot of details we didn’t go into. If you’d like to explore some of those details in more depth, we invite you to download our free custom home guide: Steps to Building Your Dream Home. It’s also packed with design tips and even offers help in selecting the right builder. 

Created on 05/18/12 at 13:26:28

Topics: floor plans, Rochester area custom homebuilder, building sites, custom homebuilding process, budgets

Where Should You Build Your Rochester-Area Home? Where YOU Want To Live!

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 @ 20:01 PM

Where should you build your Rochester area Home Where YOU want to liveYou’ve heard the real estate people chanting their mantra: “Location! Location! Location!” And you know what? They’re right. There are a lot of great places to live in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region. But someone else’s idea of the ideal location may not be what feels like home to you. You should be able to build your custom home where you want, whether it’s in Wayne, Ontario, or Eastern Monroe County. After all, your home site should fit your family’s lifestyle and needs as much as the home you build on it.

Of course it’s not just a matter of geographic location that matters. Some people prefer a building site that’s a little bit larger. If you want a two-acre property with rolling hills view, you might want something like you’ll find in Factors Walk in Ionia. If lake views are something that’s important to you (along with one-acre of property), you might be interested in something in Williamson, in Wayne County. Want wooded acreage with lots of privacy? Check out Pineview Estates in Marion. Or if you’re looking for a somewhat smaller parcel (say .25 or .5 acres) with lots of open space and walking trails, you might find it in Canandaigua, or in Webster.

Some homeowners want the feel of a close-knit community. Others are looking for stand-alone property. If you’re looking for a site on .5 to 1.2 acres of land with a country setting, you may want to check out Greenfield Acres in Marion.

You don’t have to settle for someone else’s idea of what makes the best community or development. You have choices. You can choose the location you want and the kind of community you want to live in. And then you can choose from a wide variety of floor plans that fit the particular needs of your family, whether it’s a colonial style home, a patio home, a cape style home—or something else.

When it comes to your home, location really does matter. You should be able to choose where you want to live before building your dream home.  That’s just one of the reasons we say that we build dreams, but families live them!

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Topics: communities, Rochester area custom homebuilder, building sites, location

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