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5 Top New Construction Neighborhoods Near Rochester

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Jul 11, 2021 @ 15:07 PM

Location is one of those things you can’t change about your home. It’s easy to add additional bedrooms or enlarge your kitchen, but there’s nothing you can do about a poor location. Fortunately, you can avoid buyer’s regret by thoroughly researching the neighborhoods on your list of possible home sites. In the Rochester/Finger Lakes areas, these areas are particularly popular with homeowners.

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Topics: Custom homes, Rochester NY

The Best New Home Floor Plans for Growing Young Families

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Jul 5, 2021 @ 12:07 PM

Size isn’t the only consideration when choosing a home. Sometimes, larger homes actually feel less spacious than smaller ones due to an inefficient floor plan. If you expect your family to grow, one of these floor plans may be perfect for you.

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Topics: Custom homes, Finger Lakes

Find Land for Your Home- 4 Finger Lakes Lots for Sale

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Jun 23, 2021 @ 18:06 PM

Finding the ideal lot is one of the most exciting parts of the new home building process. Whether you want a quiet, wooded lot or one close to town, you’ll find plenty of places to choose from in the Finger Lakes area.  One of these four lots just may be the perfect spot to build your new home.

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Topics: Custom homes, Finger Lakes

Understanding the Cost Difference Between 1, 1 ½, and 2 Story Buildings

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Jun 17, 2021 @ 15:06 PM

One choice you’ll face when choosing a floor plan for your new Rochester-area home is how many stories your home will have. You can chose from a wide variety of different floor plans that include one-story, two-story, and one-and-a-half-story homes. In addition to impacting your lifestyle now and potentially in the future, the number of stories your house has can impact the cost of your home.

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Topics: floor plans, Custom homes, home remodeling, Home Additions, Building a New Home, second-floor additions, Home Design, first-floor additions

Steps to Take Before Building a House on Raw Land

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, May 14, 2021 @ 14:05 PM

The availability of prime building spots is one of the many advantages of living in the Greater Rochester/Finger Lakes Area. Whether you want a smaller suburban plot close to stores and highways or a sprawling, multi-acre spread deep in the woods, you’re bound to find the perfect lot. Buying undeveloped land is a little more complicated than purchasing an existing home or a house in a new home community and involves a few extra steps, including:

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Topics: Custom homes

How to Sell Your Finger Lakes Land and Make the Most Money

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, May 5, 2021 @ 15:05 PM

Mountain breezes, scenic lakes, quaint small towns, and excellent schools make the Finger Lakes region the perfect place to put down roots or build a summer cottage. Demand for land is particularly strong, as home buyers search for the perfect spot to build their dream homes. If you’ve got some extra land you no longer need or have inherited a few acres, you can make some extra money selling your property.

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Topics: Custom homes

15 Must-Have Features for Your Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Apr 21, 2021 @ 11:04 AM

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 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 15 “must-have” features for your custom home that you’ll probably want to consider.

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Topics: Custom homes

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