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The Custom Homebuilding Process: Taking One Step at a Time

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 @ 12:09 PM

The Custom Homebuilding Process: Taking One Step at a TimeYou've probably heard the advice that the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. It's a big task that you simply can't rush. The custom home building process is a bit like that. It takes time. You simply can’t rush it. It’s different than simply buying an existing home. It’s also more involved than building a new home that’s identical to all the others around it. What does this process look like? There are lots of details, but it is manageable (and even exciting) if you approach the process properly—by taking one step at a time.

Start with a Realistic Budget

One of the first things you should do is establish a realistic budget. What you are willing or able to spend plays a big role in determining what you can build.  Homeowners can get themselves in trouble by not being realistic. If you try to build more than you can really afford, you can end up “house poor.” You may have a fine house, but you may find yourself struggling to keep it. If you spend less than you really should you may save some money, but you probably won’t be happy with the quality, size, or features of your new home.  Remember: Your goal is not to save money (or overspend!), but to get the best home you can at a fair price. And knowing what your budget is can help you make decisions when options to modify your building plans surface. Here's some help in setting a realistic budget for your Rochester-area custom home.Here's some help in setting a realistic budget for your Rochester-area custom home.

A Lot Depends on Your Lot

Different homeowners want different things from their lot. Some opt for convenience (proximity to schools, work, or regular events). Some are more concerned with views, or seclusion. But no matter what drives your choice, you’ll have to select your lot before you get too far down the road with specific design details because the physical characteristics of a lot can determine the structure of the house being built on it. Here's an article that offers help for this critical part of the custom home building process.

Assemble Your “Dream Team”

Selecting the construction team that will be building your dream home is every bit as important as choosing your lot, your plan, and making your budget. Many homeowners begin by selecting the builder or contractor who then selects the other members of the team. The good news is that a good general contractor knows who the other best players in town are.  Check out this article for tips on what to look for in a custom builder.

Determine Your Design

Gerber Homes offers an extensive collection of floor plans from which to choose! Options range from estate-sized acreage home sites to smaller single story homes. And each floor plan can be customized to give you the maximum number of options. And if you want something different, you can still enjoy the outstanding quality and craftsmanship of a Gerber Homes—built home that’s based on your own plans! 

Understand the Construction Process

We’re not suggesting that you become an expert in home construction. At the same time, it’s helpful for you to understand what happens in the various stages of construction. There will be times when it doesn’t look like a lot of progress is being made. Despite appearances, there are important activities happening. Click here for a visual look at what happens in key stages of the construction process. It will help you to be more comfortable when it feels like things aren’t moving as quickly as you’d like.

Seal the Deal with a Contract

The final step to take before beginning to build is to secure a written contract signed and dated by both the builder or contractor and the architect or designer (unless the architect’s designer is a sub-contractor of the builder). A new home construction contract should describe the project in detail and should include a list of all the components included in the house. If you make any changes to the project, be sure to amend the contract, so there are no unwanted surprises later.

Keep Learning

If you’re looking for more details (and ideas) for building a custom, we invite you to download our free 17-page Custom Home Guide.

To be honest, I think the custom home building process is a lot more appealing than trying to eat an elephant—but you still have to take things one step at a time!



Topics: Custom Homes Victor NY, Custom home building

Basements, Not just for Furnaces Anymore

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Apr 9, 2012 @ 13:04 PM

new home builders Rochester NY  4It’s been years, but even now I can wake up out of a dead sleep, and scream.

I have “Basement-A-Phobia.”  Common to those of us who grew up in older homes with dark, dank, basements.
I think my phobia began when I was about 5.  My mom innocently asked me to “go to the basement and bring up a can of cling peaches.” If only she could have known the trauma that errand would cause.

First, I had to walk past Egor, the multi-armed furnace.  Egor would hiss and bang.  Spit and clang.  Those arms could grab young children and swallow them whole in it’s rumbling belly.
Once you made it past Egor, you came to shelves of canned goods.  This was the scariest part of the cellar.  Species of spiders, yet discovered by scientists lived there.  All of them homes Rochester NY 3

On my quest for cling peaches, I snuck past the sleeping Egor, and watched for angry spiders.  I was almost home-free.  I quickly grabbed the can, and in doing so, startled a mouse so large, it could have taken my hand off.  It screeched, I screamed, Egor clanged, and I was outta there.

So, perhaps you’ll understand why it’s taken so long to describe the basement of our Homearama 2010 model, The Springwater.

Last week, I ventured downstairs and was rather surprised.  The steps led to a beautifully carpeted room, kind of like another living room.  It had sliding doors, windows, that incredible bathroom with the “marble” shower, and lots of light.  It wasn’t scary at all.  It was, elegant.
But my phobia wasn’t giving up that easily.  I hadn’t seen Egor’s grandson yet.  I rounded the corner and starred in amazement.  No arms.  No clanging.  No hissing.  Just, a box.  The furnace wasn’t scary at all, and also included an air conditioning unit! The new owners could easily have a picnic lunch beside the thing, and live to tell the tale. I decided this was certainly no relation to the Egor I grew up with.  I decided to call it “Fred.”

Behind “Fred the Furnace” was a spot for canned goods or even Christmas stuff.  Lots of light, and cobweb-free.  The Springwater basement has so much room for storage.  Gerber Homes thought of everything.  You know, you might like to read what other Gerber Homes owners say about their new homes.

new homes Rochester NY 4Thanks Gerber Homes, for curing me of my Basement-a-Phobia.  Who knows, when you visit The Springwater during Homearama 2010 in Penfield NY, you might just find “Fred the Furnace” and me hanging out together, eating cling peaches.  (maybe.)

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