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Controlling Creeping Cost While You Build Your Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Feb 28, 2022 @ 08:02 AM

One of the most prevalent “horror stories” about building a custom home has to do with homeowners going over budget. That tale of woe is followed closely by stories about projects that took much longer to complete than planned. Sometimes that happens when a homeowner doesn’t take enough time to think through what they really want and need. That may mean adding options later that weren’t in your original budget (here’s a post that deals with that in more detail).

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Topics: Custom homes, Home Building Costs

Surprising Places Your Rochester Custom Home Could Cost More & How to Prepare

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Feb 27, 2022 @ 19:02 PM

Some of us enjoy surprises, like when our friends throw a surprise party for us or our income tax returns are larger than we planned. Some surprises, however, aren’t so much fun, like when the custom home you’re building costs more than you expected. Nobody enjoys that kind of surprise.  

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

Arriving at a Realistic Budget for Your Rochester-Area Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Feb 27, 2022 @ 15:02 PM

As custom home builders, one of the most frequently asked questions we’re asked is: “What will it cost to build a custom home in Rochester (or Webster, or Canandaigua, or Ontario)? If you’re considering building a home in one of these communities—or elsewhere in the Finger Lakes area—it’s a question you have to ask. But it’s also a bit of a loaded question.

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

What Does It Really Mean to Build a Custom Home in 2022?

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Feb 7, 2022 @ 10:02 AM

Often, when people think about custom homes, their thoughts turn toward luxury features. Images of expensive stonework, exotic woods, and gold-plated bathroom fixtures come to mind. Although luxurious fixtures and features can certainly be part of your home, building a custom home involves is a little more involved than many homeowners realize. So, what does it really mean to build a custom home?

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Topics: Custom homes, Custom Home Features, Home Building Tips

26 Must-Have Features for Your Custom Home in 2022

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Feb 6, 2022 @ 16:02 PM

One great thing about building a new custom home is that you don’t have to settle for standard features and finishes. Creating a home that’s uniquely yours is what makes a custom home special. As you’re planning your Rochester/Finger Lakes home, you’re likely to come across certain features that you know you want to include in the plan. It’s not because these things are trendy or ostentatious. It’s because they deliver the kind of comfort and convenience you really want. With that in mind, let’s look at 26 “must-have” features for your 2022 custom home.

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Topics: Custom homes, Custom Home Features