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Choosing the Right Floor Plan for Your Rochester Area Home

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Jun 25, 2020 @ 17:06 PM

We love to have choices! If you don’t believe me, just take a look at the cereal aisle in the grocery store. That same affinity for options holds true when it’s time to build a home in the greater Rochester area. That’s one reason we offer so many different choices of floor plans. If you glance through our plans you'll find Colonial homes, first-floor master homes, patio homes, ranch style home, Cape homes, and even homes that offer in-law layouts.

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Topics: floor plans, Building a New Home

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

Building Your Rochester Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Mar 30, 2020 @ 10:03 AM

Custom homes don’t spring up overnight. They’re built one step at a time. And a lot of the steps that go into building a custom home take place before the hammers and saws come out. Building a new home in the Rochester area can be a fulfilling and exciting adventure. But it’s important not to skip the early steps so you can get to “the good stuff” of actually seeing your dream take shape.

Let’s look at some of the important steps you’ll need to take.

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Topics: floor plans

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

The Ellington Floor Plan in Magnolia Manor—A Great Home for a Great Community

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, May 8, 2018 @ 15:05 PM

If you’re looking for a great place to live in the Rochester area, the town of Perinton really should be on your shortlist. You’ll find it just minutes from the Village of Fairport—so it’s easy to pop in for their Farmer’s Market. There’s easy access to the New York State Thruway (Exit 45 is only 15 minutes away), and it’s close to Eastview Mall, which puts great shopping within easy reach. Twice the town of Perinton has been selected as “The Best Place to Live in America.”

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Topics: floor plans, Building a New Home, Perinton NY

What to Know About Rochester Area In-Law Homes

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Apr 13, 2018 @ 20:04 PM

Years ago, families used to gather around their television sets to watch a show about what we now call a “multi-generational” family that lived together in rural Virginia during the Great Depression. At the time, the show was a reminder of the times when several generations would occupy a single house. Today, that practice is becoming a reality again as increasing numbers of families are once again living together under one roof—even right here in the greater Rochester area. Here’s what to know about Rochester area in-law homes.

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Topics: floor plans, Building a New Home, In-Law Suite

Rochester Winter: How to Get Through It and Get Ahead!

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Dec 2, 2017 @ 07:12 AM

Perhaps only in the greater Rochester area would anyone think to mention winter and Summer Lake in the same sentence!  Still, if you've ever dreamed of owning a home on the lake in the Ontario area, winter is the perfect time to be thinking about Summer Lake! 

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

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

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Sep 24, 2017 @ 20:09 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 inthe 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

Is Open-Plan Living in the Fingerlakes Region a Fad?

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Feb 11, 2017 @ 10:02 AM

There is no mistaking the popularity of open-plan design in the homebuilding and home remodeling industry. And if you scour sites such as Houzz.com and BHG.com a lot of the homes you see reflect how widespread this style has become. But is open-plan living just a fad? Is it still something you want to consider for your Rochester-area home?

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Topics: floor plans, home remodeling, Building a New Home

2017 Remodeling Trends in Rochester, NY

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 @ 14:12 PM

Every year when the calendar gets flipped over to December, we start hearing about what we can expect in the New Year. It’s certainly true  for homeowners and people in the remodeling industry. How does that affect you if you’re planning to remodel your Rochester-area home?

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Topics: floor plans, Custom homes, Home Design