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Different Floor Plan Types and What's Best for You & Your Family

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Mar 16, 2023 @ 10:03 AM

You're dreaming of the perfect 2 story house layout. You’ve got to be able to float through your morning routine. Every built-in, hall closet and guest bathroom should be intuitively located for your lifestyle. That’s the joy of building a new home. Your custom home design starts with a floor plan. Identifying the perfect layout for your new home takes a little thought and a bit of research. Gerber has designed and built hundreds of custom homes in the Rochester, NY area and has much to say about choosing the perfect floor plan.

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Topics: Custom homes, Home Design

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

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 08:02 AM

Building a custom home in the Finger Lakes 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. 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, Home Design

Construction Loans for Custom Home Building: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Feb 1, 2023 @ 14:02 PM

You’re dreaming of a custom home with every detail just as you imagine it. It’s almost time to make it real, but exploring the options to finance a custom home can be overwhelming. We know that talking about the nitty gritty financial details can glaze your eyes over, but this is an essential detail for potential clients to explore. Understanding every aspect of your custom home-building process is important to a successfully executed dream home.

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Topics: Custom homes, Building a New Home

7 Common Areas to Avoid Going Over Budget & Control Custom Home Costs

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Feb 1, 2023 @ 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

What to Know About Rochester Area In-Law Homes

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Jan 30, 2023 @ 11:01 AM

Years ago, families used to gather around their television sets to watch “The Waltons,” a popular show that explored family life in rural Virginia during the Great Depression. Three generations of the Walton family shared a home, a custom that seemed a little strange to 1970s viewers but wasn’t unusual back in the 1930s. Humans have been living in family groups since the dawn of time and reaping the myriad benefits multi-generational living offers for family members of all ages.

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Topics: Custom homes, Home Design