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Community Living in the Greater Rochester Area

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 09:06 AM

One of the most important aspects of building a new home in the Greater Rochester area is deciding where you’re going to live. While you certainly want to pay close attention to the floor plan you choose for your new home (to ensure your home fits the needs and lifestyle of your family), the fact is that you won’t spend all of your time inside the walls of your house.

Just as the design of your home should fit your needs and personality, you’ll want your community to reflect your lifestyle and sense of home. The good news is that in addition to lots of home design options, you also have a nice variety of communities from which to choose in the greater Finger Lakes region.

Let’s take a closer look at just a few.

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Topics: Custom homes, Fair Haven NY

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

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, May 27, 2020 @ 15:05 PM

Building a custom home 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.

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

Why You Should Pre-Plan Your Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, May 11, 2020 @ 17:05 PM

The Rochester area is experiencing a housing boom, leaving home buyers competing against one another for the few available homes in the area. High demand and low inventory means buying a home can take a long time, and the home you find might not even be the home you want.

What's the solution? Work with a reputable builder like Gerber Homes to build a custom home.

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Topics: Custom homes, Home Building Tips

Essentials for Evaluating the Suitability of a Model Home

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 @ 14:03 PM

People looking for a home in the greater Rochester area often assume that they either have to choose an existing home that's on the market or build from the ground up. While both of those may be good options for some people, there is another option: Purchasing a model home. Could that be a good option for you? Let’s take a look at some of the essentials for evaluating the suitability of a model home for your family’s needs.

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Topics: Model homes, Custom homes

Custom Home Trends for 2020

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 @ 14:03 PM

At the beginning of every year, you'll start hearing about the latest trends in home building design and décor. If you're thinking about building a custom home this year, it's a good time to pick up ideas and consider options before you get too far into the planning of your new home. With that in mind, let's take a look at some custom home trends for 2020.

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Topics: Custom homes, Custom Home Features

Kitchen Design Considerations for Your Rochester Home

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 @ 13:03 PM

There’s no way to overstate the importance of the kitchen in your Rochester area home. It doesn’t matter if you’re building a brand new custom home or remodeling your existing kitchen. It’s one room you simply want to get right.

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Topics: Kitchen remodeling, Custom homes, kitchen design

When Buying a Rochester-Area Custom Home, It’s not Just What You Pay—It’s What You Get

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 @ 13:03 PM

When you’re thinking about building a new custom home in Ontario, Perinton, Webster or anywhere else in the Greater Rochester area, it’s easy to focus on the cost of the home. It’s important to have a realistic budget for your home. If you try to take on too much house, you probably won’t qualify for the loan. And even if your do, you may find yourself stretched beyond your comfort level. It’s no fun living in a home if you can’t afford to furnish it or if you’re constantly stressed by the monthly payments.

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

Kitchen Design Trends for 2020

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Dec 4, 2019 @ 09:12 AM

Without question, the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home. It’s a workspace for creating meals. It’s often a place where you grab a quick meal or a snack. It’s where you entertain family and guests. If you have kids, it’s often where homework and school projects get done. It’s that kind of diverse utility that has shaped the design of kitchens over the years. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the major kitchen design trends for 2020.

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Topics: Custom homes, kitchen design, Building a New Home, Home Design, Custom Home Features

Creating an Incredible Great Room in Your Rochester Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, Dec 3, 2019 @ 14:12 PM

One thing that makes a custom home so special is that you can customize (or personalize) features in your home in a way that makes it comfortable and convenient for you. Customizing your home also lets you emphasize design elements that reflect your personal sense of style. Your great room is a place that lends itself well to customization. Let’s look at some ideas for creating an incredible great room in your Rochester custom home.

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

Should I Buy a Spec Home or Build a Custom Home in 2020?

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, Nov 12, 2019 @ 14:11 PM

If your current home no longer meets your family’s needs, you might be considering the best housing options. One question you might be asking yourself is, “Should I buy a spec home or build a custom home in 2020?” 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.

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Topics: Custom homes, buying a new home, Building a New Home