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Thinking of Building a Custom Home? Take Your Time!

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 @ 07:09 AM

Gerber-Homes-Custom-Home-Builder-in-Rochester-7If you’re considering building a custom home in the Ontario or Canandaigua area, you may be tempted to get going and move things along.

It may sound a bit strange to have a home builder tell you to slow down and take your time—but the fact is that building a home isn’t something you want to rush through. It’s really not an event—it’s a process. And the more you think through this process of building the home of your dreams, the happier you’ll be with the results.

Before you get too wrapped up and rush into decisions about color schemes, counter tops, flooring, and finishes, you’ll want to think through what it is you really want from your home. What’s your lifestyle? Will that be changing soon? How much space do you really need? How will you use the space available to you?

Once you answer some of those questions, you’ll be ready to start thinking about what kind of floor plan will deliver the results you want. When you do that, there’s a lot more involved in picking a floor plan than the exterior appearance of your home. You may want to look at several floor plans to see which one (or ones) best match the flow of traffic you expect in your home.

If you’re looking for help with that, we have a large selection of floor plans for different styles of homes: from Colonial to 1st Floor Masters, to Patio homes, Ranch homes, and Cape homes. You can check out those plans here for free!

One of the most critical steps in the whole homebuilding process is selecting the right builder. Even though it’s an important consideration, you don’t want to make your selection purely on price. And pretty pictures on a website aren’t the only thing you should look at either. Here’s a helpful post on how to choose the right homebuilding in the Rochester area.

Those things are just part of the process involved in building your custom home. If you’d like some more tips about what you should consider, download our free 17-page guide, Steps to Building Your Dream Home.

The thing to remember is that building your dream home isn’t a race. Don’t be in a hurry. And as much as we’d love to build your dream home for you, we know it’s important that you take the time you need to understand the process and make the decisions that are right for you. We’d love to help you do that!


Topics: floor plans, Rochester area custom homebuilding, homebuilding process, choosing right builder

Looking for Great Living Options in the Rochester Area? You’re in Luck!

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 @ 11:06 AM

Looking for great living options in the Rochester area you're in luckWallis Simpson—the Duchess of Windsor for who King Edward gave up his throne— famously said, “You can never be too rich or too thin.”  If she’d been looking for a place to live in the Rochester area, she might have added that, “You can’t have too many options!”

That is one of the great things about building a new home in the Finger Lakes region. There are a lot of great communities from which to choose.  And that’s great because what makes a place home for you may be different than what someone else is after. Webster, Canandaigua, Perinton, Ontario, Honeoye Falls, Sodus, Ionia, Williamson, Farmington, Victor, Marion, E. Bloomfield, Huron, Macedon, Rush, and Fairhaven all have unique characteristics and personalities.

We love all of these communities—which is why we’re actively building in all of them! Take a look at the Gerber communities within these great communities. And what’s really great (if you like options) is that not only do you have a boatload of choices about where to live; you also have a ton of choices about what kind of home you can build there. We offer dozens of floor plans in a wide variety of home styles, including: Colonial, 1st Floor Master, Patio Homes, Ranch style, and Cape style homes. We even have In-Law layouts if you need to accommodate elderly parents or grown children in transition. Check out all the design options available to you!

If all those choices leave you feeling just a little overwhelmed, don’t worry! We invite you to download our free Custom Home Guide. This 17-page guide will walk you step-by-step through the homebuilding process. It includes great design tips—and even provides help for selecting the right builder for your new home.

We think having lots of options is a good thing—especially when the choices are this good. We’d love to help you build your dream house—wherever that might be in the Rochester area!

Dream Home

Topics: floor plans, Rochester area custom homebuilding, community options, design choices

Understanding the Process of Building Your Dream Home (Part 2)

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 @ 20:04 PM

Understanding the process of building your dream home part 2In a previous post we mentioned that building a custom home in the Rochester area is much more than a single event—it’s a process. And like any process, there is a progression involved. You may start off by collecting ideas and inspiration for the kind of home you’ve always dreamed about living in, but at some point, things need to get a bit more specific. And that’s the next step in the homebuilding process.

Here’s what I mean. As custom builders, we’re pretty good at taking the dreams and ideas homeowners have and turning them into reality. But in order to do that, we need a specific plan. We need a floor plan that let’s us know exactly where the walls go, where the stairwells will be, where doors should be located—and even where individual rooms are located (and how you’ll get from one room to the other).

Not only does the floor plan guide our construction of your dream home, but it also gives you a better idea of how your home will function. You can begin to see how each room is placed in relation to the other rooms. You’ll have a chance to envision more clearly how spaces such as your kitchen, family room, laundry room, and even entryway flow into one another. That’s a huge factor in deciding if the home you’re planning to build is really fits your lifestyle.

For example, a floor plan with the master bedroom on the main level and all additional bedrooms on the upper level may look great in a magazine. But if you have smaller children, you may prefer having all the bedrooms on one level. Looking at an actual floor plan helps bring that kind of situation into sharp focus.

So where do you find these floor plans? There are a lot of sites online that offer standard (and even customizable) floor plans. Here’s just one example of one that allows you to search by number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and even garage bays. You can select and save a number of different plans. And you can review these plans without cost if you’re just trying to get a sense for what feels right. And if you decide on a plan, you can purchase it and we can build your home from plan.

Some homeowners prefer to start with a designer or architect and tell him or her exactly what they want. This usually costs a bit more—but you get exactly the plan that fits your specific needs. We can build from that kind of plan as well.

Other homeowners like to use the plan that their builder comes up with—knowing that the builder has experience with these plans and can customize them to meet the homeowners’ specific needs. We have dozens of great floor plans in a variety of styles from which you can select. And of course, we’d be delighted to build your custom home from one of these plans.

Created on 05/18/12 at 13:26:28

Topics: floor plans, Rochester area custom homes, where to find good floor plans

Building Your Rochester-area Home: The Process

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 @ 20:03 PM

Building your Rochester area home the processCustom 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.

Initial Planning: You’ll want to have a good idea of what kind of home you want to build—one that will meet your family’s needs now and for the foreseeable future. How do you get started? Some people like to start by looking at floor plans. It gives them a sense for how all the elements come together and how the space in the home will be used. Others prefer to sit down with a builder or designer first; talk about what their needs are, and then use the builder’s expertise to help pick out or create the best floor plan for them.  It really works either way, but don’t be afraid to involve your builder early on. He can be a real help in guiding you.

By the way, we have dozens of floor plans representing a variety of different styles and sizes of homes. You can check them out for yourself right here!

Creating a Budget: This is incredibly important. You want to create a realistic budget. You don’t want to plan a house you can’t afford. And you also don’t want to budget less than you should (you’ll end up disappointed). Again, it’s good to work with a builder who can give you a very accurate estimate of what a realistic budget is for the home you want to build.

Property: For some homeowners, this should go at the top of the list. Having a very specific location in mind can drive both the design and the cost of your home. Are you looking to build in a community? Do you want to be in a more isolated area? Picking the right parcel for your home is critical.

Financing: Most homeowners don’t simply write a check to pay for their new home. You’ll want to have your financing in place before construction starts. It doesn’t hurt to talk to your builder about financing. Sometimes builders hear about good deals that the general public doesn’t.

Breaking Ground: This is when the action really picks up. Your contractor will need to prepare your lot before he pours, lays or builds the foundation and starts hammering away. It may not look like much is happening at this stage, but that “hole in the ground” has to be just right before the foundation can go in.

Construction: This is where your home really starts to take shape. But even though you won’t be wielding the tools, you’ll still be involved in the process. There will be decisions to be made throughout the construction process and you’ll want to meet regularly with your builder so he can keep you apprised of progress, and get your input if any changes need to be made.

That’s a pretty quick overview of the custom homebuilding process. There are, of course, a lot of details we didn’t go into. If you’d like to explore some of those details in more depth, we invite you to download our free custom home guide: Steps to Building Your Dream Home. It’s also packed with design tips and even offers help in selecting the right builder. 

Created on 05/18/12 at 13:26:28

Topics: Rochester area custom homebuilder, floor plans, building sites, custom homebuilding process, budgets

What’s Your Plan? One Plan Doesn’t Fit All

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Dec 12, 2013 @ 20:12 PM

What's your plan one plan doesn't fit allIf you’ve ever walked down the cereal aisle in the supermarket, you know that we Americans love our choices. We’re all different. We have different tastes and different needs.

And while there’s a lot more involved in building a new home than in picking out a box of breakfast cereal, it’s still true that what appeals to one person may not be the right choice for another. It’s one of thing that makes building a home so interesting—and challenging. Having the right plan is absolutely essential if you want to end up with the home that’s right for you.

So, what’s your plan? What kind of home would be ideal for you? There are a lot of factors to consider, but here are a couple of the big ones.

Style: For most of us, the style of home we choose is a reflection of our personality and our lifestyle. Some of us have a very casual lifestyle—and we want our homes to reflect that. Others prefer a more formal look and feel—both inside the home and on the exterior. There’s no “right” or “wrong” here. You want a home that makes you (and your guests) feel comfortable.

Size: Not everybody needs (or wants) the same size home. Sure, larger families tend to want a somewhat larger home. But there’s no magic formula that calculates the exact amount of square footage per person. Again, you’ll want to estimate the size of home you want based on how comfortable you feel. And naturally, your wallet will need to be comfortable with that decision, too (and there is a pretty direct correlation between square footage and cost).

Flow and Function: Sometimes it’s not even the square footage itself that determines your level of comfort. How the home is designed—how the rooms flow together—can be just as important as how much actual space you have. And where the rooms are located can make a huge difference. Do you want the kitchen and family room together? Do you want bedrooms separate from other living spaces—or even on a different level? Do you need to make accommodations for age or physical disabilities?

Those are just a few of the things you’ll want to take into consideration when choosing your plan—and there are a lot of other factors. The good news is that we have lots of plans from which you can choose. You can choose from myriad styles and also narrow your search by square footage, or number of bedrooms or bathrooms.

To help you get started, we invite you to download our free Create Your Dream Home e-book that will help you find inspiration for your kitchen and bathroom designs; get great ideas on how to make the most of the space you have; learn how to work with layout logistics to get the amenities you want; and even get useful advice on finding a home building or remodeling contractor and applying for financing.

Created on 05/18/12 at 13:26:28

Topics: Rochester area custom homebuilder, floor plans, Homebuilding plans, house styles, house size

Custom Homes In the Rochester Area: Where Do You Want to Live Your Dream?

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 07:08 AM

Custom home in the Rochester area where do you want to live your dreamAt Gerber Homes we like to say that we build dreams, but families live them. Of course not every family has the same dream. And because so many families have so many different dreams we offer dozens of different floor plans. Whether your tastes and needs run toward Colonial, Ranch Homes, Patio Homes or Cape Homes, you can find what you’re looking for. And of course we think you should have a lot of flexibility within each style of home.

To get a sense of the great possibilities check out our many floor plans for yourself! You can search by style, number of square feet you want, number of bedrooms or even the number of bathrooms you think your dream home should have.

Of course there’s a lot more to living out your dream than simply the four walls that surround you. Even the best house won’t feel like home if it’s not in the location that’s right for you. And once again, it’s preposterous to think that everyone will want to live in the same neighborhood—or even the same town.

That’s why Gerber Homes builds all over the eastern Rochester area: in communities such as Webster, Canandaigua, Perinton, Wayne, Ontario and Cayuga. You can choose the location that best suits your choice of schools, your commute and your proximity to other things that are important to you. This variety also lets you choose the kind of environment that surrounds your home—whether it’s nearby open spaces, walking trails, lake views, rolling hills or easy access to golf. Take a look at the communities where we build to see what we mean.

And if your dream is to build on vacant land that’s not developed, we can help there as well. You can do a property search by zip code, street address or MLS number.

What makes a home your dream home? That’s for you to decide. Our job is to help you find it and build it so that you can live your dream!


Topics: floor plans, Rochester Area Custom Home Builder, communities, land purchase

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