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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

Choosing the Right Floor Plan

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.

The only problem with having so many choices is that at some point you actually have to make a choice. But how do you pick the right floor plan for your family’s specific needs? Here are a few things to keep in mind as you select the plan for your new Rochester home.

What Makes a Good Fit?

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Finding the right fit in life makes everything so much more comfortable. It doesn’t matter whether it’s shoes, pants, or bikes — if you don’t have a good fit, nothing feels right. It’s the same way when you’re building a home. When it comes to plans for your home, one size (or style) doesn’t fit all. Before you fall in love with a floor plan because it looks nice, you’ll want to consider your lifestyle. Do you like to entertain? What kinds of activities does your family enjoy? What about your kitchen? Will the kitchen in the house you build match your personality? Here are a few things to keep in mind:

    • Function and Form
      It’s easy to get excited about the latest design trends, but you’ll want to make sure the space is truly functional. As an example, having lots of large windows can make a room beautifully bright and provide great views. And a big fireplace is also a nice focal point for a room. But if two walls of your room are taken up with windows and a fireplace, will you have room for all of your furniture? 
    • Fitting Your Personal Style
      Open design floor plans are very popular — and attractive —  but does that fit the way you live? If you prefer a more formal dining area or a place where you can entertain guests that’s away from the kitchen, you may want to choose a plan that has a formal dining room and/or living room. If you have smaller children, you may prefer a plan that puts bedrooms upstairs — away from noise and commotion — rather than a plan that has bedrooms on the same level as common areas such as the kitchen and family room. 
    • All The Right Rooms
      Make sure the plan includes rooms that are important to you. Just because something is trendy doesn’t make it right for you. For instance, media rooms are extremely popular, but if your family isn’t big on watching TV or movies, you may not want a plan that devotes a whole room to that activity. If you enjoy large family dinners on a regular basis, you may want a plan that features a large dining area — or even a separate dining room. It’s important to think about where important rooms are located as well. Does the location of the kitchen work well with your family routine? Will the laundry room be located where you like to have it? 

When it comes to building your home, don’t settle for something that isn’t the right fit. Home is the place where you should feel comfortable — a place that’s the perfect fit for you and your family!

How Flexible Are Your Plans?

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What do you do when you find a floor plan that’s almost right? Are you locked into it, or can you change it? Some builders simply don’t allow for changes. What you see in the plan is what you’re going to get. That’s not a criticism. It’s just the way their business model works. At Gerber, we take a slightly different approach. We’ll work with you to make modifications and adjustments. In fact, even though we offer dozens of great plans, we’ll will also work with a plan you bring us to make sure you get what you want and need.

Planning for the Future

Select the right floor plan for your home

Your home is a long-term investment. Chances are you’re going to be in your home for a while. That means your needs (and even your tastes) will change. For that reason, you'll want to make sure that the flow of the house fits the way you live now and into the future. It’s easy to overlook the fact that small children, who can easily share a bedroom when they’re little, will grow into teens and adolescents who will want their own space. Then there are your own needs to consider. Stairs may not be a concern to you at all right now — but what about five or 10 years from now? You may want to consider a single-level home or a home with the Master Suite on the first floor.

Narrowing Your Search

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There are so many plans out there that the process can be overwhelming. We offer dozens of different options ourselves — and we’re just one builder. So what can you do to keep you’re your perspective (and your sanity) while considering your options. How can you narrow your search without giving up too much choice?
One way is to identify key elements that are important to you:

      • Style: If you want to search by style of home, you can choose from Colonial style homes, Ranch style homes, or Cape homes. You’ll find plenty of options in each of those categories. 
      • Need: If you require something that will offer privacy and independence for mature parents or older children, you can explore the available options in the In-Law Layouts section of the plans. Or maybe you’re thinking about your own needs down the road and want a place that will continue to be comfortable and safe for you as you get older. In that case, you might want to look at our 1st Floor Master plans

Checking out floor plans doesn’t have to be an overwhelming proposition. Narrowing your search a bit can make the whole process a lot more manageable — and rewarding.

Think of our floor plans as a starting point. The important thing is to create a home that meets your needs, satisfies your sense of style, and fits your budget. That may take a bit of work and time — but we think it’s the best way to get a great home that you’ll love for years to come. A great floor plan isn’t necessarily one that’s flashy or trendy. What makes a plan great is when it fits your family’s lifestyle and makes you comfortable. 

Check out this short and informative video in where Gerber Homes' John Graziose explains a bit about how our process for choosing the right floor plan works.  Instead of having to adapt your lifestyle to the floor plan you chose, we think your floor plan should adapt to your desires and lifestyle!

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The Custom Homebuilding 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 homebuilding 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.

Start with a Realistic Budget

Determine your budget for your Rochester NY Custom home

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.

 

Select the Perfect Lot

Finding the perfect home site in Rochester NY

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.

 

Find the Best Home Builder

Select a Builder for your Rochester NY Custom Home

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

Determine Your Design for your Rochester NY area custom home

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

Understanding the construction process for your rochester ny custom home

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

Seal the Deal with a Contract for your custom home in Rochester NY

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

Continue learning about the custom home process

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.

 

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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.

Initial Planning

Start Planning Your Rochester NY Custom Home

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

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

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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 home site for your home is critical. Check out some of our wonderful communities across the Rochester area that could be perfect for you! 

Financing

Financing Your Custom Home

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. There are a few options available, so you'll want to do your research. You can learn more about financing options for your Rochester custom home here. 

Breaking Ground

Breaking ground on your Rochester Custom Home

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

Starting Construction on Your Rochester Custom Home

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 home building 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. It’s also packed with design tips and even offers help in selecting the right builder. 

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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.

The real issue, however, isn’t just how much you pay for your home—it’s how much value your home delivers for the money you spend. You may want to check out this post, which talks about getting a fair price for a new Rochester-area home.

One of the big factors to consider when you’re thinking about the cost of a home is the quality of the home. Most new homes look pretty good in the first year or two. But if you’re planning to stay for a few years, you’ll want a home that’s solidly built and will stand up to the use you give it.

That’s one good reason to check out homes your prospective builder built several years ago; you can see how well they are maturing. Do they still look great, or are they starting to show signs of wear and tear? For three generations, our family has been building homes in the eastern Rochester area. You can choose from more than 3,000 existing homes if you want to check out the quality of our products!

As proud as we are of our quality craftsmanship, true value in a home involves more. In addition to quality of construction, you’ll want to think about how the home meets your specific needs. What are some of the things that add value to your home? Here are a few considerations to keep in mind:

Location

Location of your Rochester custom home

Where you live is just as important as the physical structure you live in. The quality of the community you call home is so important. So are schools and proximity to work and activities. We build in a wide range of locations around the Rochester area, including Webster, Canandaigua, Perinton, Ontario, Victor, Sodus, Penfield and numerous other communities in the region.

Design

The Design of your Rochester Custom Home

A comfortable home doesn’t just happen. The design of your home needs to fit your specific lifestyle—with a configuration that matches the way you live and entertain. Take a look at the wide variety of floor plans we offer in a range of sizes and styles (including Colonial homes, first-floor masters, patio homes, ranch homes and Cape homes.

Size

Size of your Rochester area custom home

Some people will say that size doesn’t matter, but when it comes to your home, you’ll want to think twice about that. You may not need a large, two-story home, but when you’re considering building, you’ll want to keep the future in mind. Spending a bit more for extra space now can actually save you a lot of money later if your needs outgrow the home you’re in.

Money does matter when it comes to building your custom home. But the value you get from your home (in terms of overall comfort and quality) is more important than price. And if a lower-priced home doesn’t deliver long-term quality and value, it’s no bargain!

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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

EllingtonMagnoliaIf 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.”

Our newest community, The Magnolia Manor Community, located in between Route 31F and Whitney Road just east of Wakeman Road in Perinton, builds on that reputation. Residents can enjoy walking trails, plentiful sidewalks for strolling, and open park spaces. Nearby Center Park provides great entertainment during the summer months.

The Ellington Floor Plan in Magnolia Manor—A Great Home for a Great Community Of course, a great community deserves a great floor plan. That’s exactly what you’ll find with the Ellington located in Magnolia Manor. This 4- Bedroom, 3-1/2 Bath home offers 2210 square feet of comfortable living that includes:

  • A partially finished walkout lower level w/ full bath
  • 9’ Ceilings on the main level
  • A spacious 3-Car Garage
  • Wood/Laminate & Ceramic Tile Floors plus Granite Countertops
  • Heat Pump / Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Luxury Bath with Tile Shower & His / Her Sinks

Click here for a larger and more detailed look at the floor plan.

If you’re after comfort and convenience, this home has them in abundance. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning room off of the open kitchen. You can then move easily to the adjoining Great room where you can enjoy a warm fire in the colder months. There’s also a study on the main level that makes a great home office in case you want to work from home.

The upstairs of this model is spacious and comfortable as well. The Master Bedroom has it’s own bathroom with a tile shower and dual sinks and walk-in closets that make getting ready for the day a convenient pleasure. There are three additional bedrooms on the upper level. There is also a laundry room on the upper level so that you don’t have to haul clothes and bed linens up and down the stairs.

In short, this home provides all the comfort and space that you can imagine. What’s even better is that you don’t have to imagine it. You can visit this completed model and check out all the amenities for yourself! It’s open weekends from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Contact us to set up an appointment so you can check it out for yourself. Or, if you want a preview, click here for a virtual tour!

Magnolia Manor in Perinton offers you a great family-friendly floor plan in a great community. Come and see it for yourself! We’d be delighted to show you around!

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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

What to Know About Rochester Area In-Law HomesYears 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.

Things have changed a bit since the days of the fictional Waltons (who were actually based on a real Virginia family).  Today’s demands of two-career households coupled with economic strains have motivated more families to bring different generations under one roof. You can add to that the increasingly high costs of retirement homes and assisted living facilities. On top of that, many maturing adults simply prefer to be with their families.

Of course, housing opportunities have changed as well.  Today we tend to preserve our privacy a bit more than in days gone by—and housing designs reflect that. There are floor plans that allow older family members to have their own private space (bedrooms, sitting rooms or family rooms, and even their own bathroom facilities). Some plans even include a kitchen or kitchenette so that older family members can prepare their own meals if they want—and still join the rest of the family at other times.

In some cases, families opt to remodel an existing home or put on an addition to accommodate their extended families. That option often includes having a separate entryway allowing extended family to come and go at their leisure without disturbing other members of the family.

Sherrie and Brenda are clients of ours who were looking for a home that would meet their needs and also provide a safe and comfortable living space for Mom and Dad. Click here to hear them describe their experience with having Gerber build a home for them that included an in-law suite.

One of the things they loved about the particular plan they picked was that the in-law suite (which contains a bedroom, a living room, a kitchen nook, and its own bathroom) was on the main level. That meant they didn't have to worry about navigating stairs. The floor plan also provides ample space on the upper level where you'll find a master bedroom and bath along with two additional bedrooms and a second bath. There is also an optional Bonus room that can be added.

Even if you’re not considering space for aging parents, an in-law suite such as this is ideal if you have older children who need a place to live while they are pursuing their careers.

Because of the increased demand for homes with in-law suites, Gerber has additional floor plans in our In-Law Layouts section. Click here to take a look at the various option to create a home that’s just right for your multi-generational family!

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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

Rochester-Winter-How-to-Get-Through-It-and-Get-Ahead.jpgPerhaps 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! 

Just a mile and a half from Webster, you’ll find Summer Lake, our newest quality community. If you’re looking for room to spread out, you’ll enjoy up to half-acre home sites that are available now and ready for building. Add to that beautiful views (most sites have a view of nearby Lake Ontario), a quick 10-minute drive to great shopping, and delightful lake breezes in the summer, and it’s hard to imagine a better, more tranquil spot to build an affordable new home.

The town of Ontario, on the south bank of Lake Ontario, dates back to 1807. Its modest population of about 10,000 residents captures and retains that small town feel that so many families are looking for. Ontario is a close-knit community with top-notch academic opportunities for students in grades K–12.

But why think about Summer Lake in the middle of winter? Building your new home isn’t just an activity—it’s a process. The cold winter months are a great time to think through exactly what you want in your new home and to look over designs and plans to settle on the floor plan that fits your specific taste and lifestyle. Starting to think about that process now gives you more time to ask your builder questions and to make sure that you and your builder are on the same page. That will make the construction part of the process go that much more smoothly.

Even if lakefront living isn't your dream, winter is still a great time to start planning a home in other nearby areas such as Brighton, Greece, Henrietta, Irondequoit, Pittsford, or Rush. Others in the area may be dreaming about a new home, but they probably won't pursue that dream in earnest until the weather gets warmer. You can really get a jump on things by getting started with the process now. That will enable you to move in earlier—and enjoy your new home in the spring and summer months.

Of course, you’ve still got to make it through the upstate New York winter! Here are a few tips that can help you do that.

Winters in the Rochester area are really no big deal—unless you actually happen to live here! While folks around Rochester are used to pretty harsh winter conditions, if you’re new to the area, you may be in for a bit of a rude awakening! The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NYSDHSES) recommends that residents have the following home emergency supplies ready in the event of a severe winter storm and/or power outage.

  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • Emergency non-perishable foods that do not require refrigeration
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Bottled water
  • One week supply of essential medicines
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Emergency heating equipment used properly

The NYSDHSES also suggests that homeowners wrap pipes in insulation—or layers of old newspapers covered in plastic to help keep out moisture—to keep the pipes from freezing. And when temperatures drop well below freezing, they recommend letting faucets drip just a bit for the same reason. And just in case, they advise that you know how to shut off the water valves in your home so that if you do have a break, you can avoid water damage.

Keeping warm in the event of a power outage can be a challenge and NYSDHSES cautions residents to only use safe sources of alternative heat such as a fireplace, small, well-vented wood or coal stove or portable space heaters. And always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

If you’re thinking about a new home, start planning and doing your research now. Then when you make it through this winter, you’ll be in a position to jump on your new home more quickly. And that means being able to enjoy your new home this spring and summer. And when the snow starts flying next winter, you’ll be able to enjoy the improved comfort, convenience, and security of your new home.

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

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

Understanding-the-Cost-Difference-Between-1-1_½-and-2-Story-Buildings.jpgOne 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.

The fact of the matter is that it’s not just the number of stories (of floor levels) that impact a home’s cost. The overall size of the home, of course, plays a big role.

For instance, if you build a 2,000 square foot 2-story home and a 2,000 square foot single-story home, the one-level home will almost always be more expensive to construct. But being happy with your home is about more than just square footage—or a slight difference in cost. What you really want is a plan that meets your needs and makes you feel comfortable. The simple fact of the matter is that one-floorplan won't fit the needs of every individual.

These days, we find that many of our clients prefer open floor plans for their common rooms (kitchens, dining areas, family rooms). A ranch-style home in the range of 1,600 to 1,800 generally allows us to build a home that offers everything they want, such as a first-floor master bedroom, and easy access to everything. The cost for that is generally less than it would be for a similarly designed two-story home. That's because the two-story home will generally need to be a bit larger to include the features you want on the main level—and still have rooms upstairs.

So what about the cost for a one-and-a-half-story home? Prospective homeowners are frequently surprised to discover that this is generally the most expensive option. Part of the reason for that is that a one-and-a-half-story home usually has a good-sized first floor and a rather small amount of space in the upstairs. The dimensions of that small second floor prevent us from using standard trusses, and have to build flooring and other structural elements out of what we call “stick frame.” Unfortunately, that’s a more expensive process—and that makes the home cost more.

As I mentioned earlier, being happy with your home depends on more than square footage and cost. A much bigger factor is finding a floor plan that fits your needs (and your budget).

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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

Is-Open-Plan-Living-a-Fad.jpgThere 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?

First of all, there’s a difference between a fad and a trend. Fads come and go quickly and tend to be a bit more superficial. For instance, a color that’s “hot” at the beginning of 2017 may not be all that popular by the end of the year. A genuine trend, however, tends to reflect changes in design that are based on how people actually live.

Years ago, the trend was to have rooms in one’s home that were distinct and set apart for specific purposes. That was particularly true of the kitchen. It was a room that was devoted to food preparation. It simply wasn’t a place where guests would congregate. Living rooms were more formal spaces for entertaining guests. Family rooms were less formal, but generally devoted to the family and close friends.

As we’ve gotten less formal and more casual in our lifestyles we’ve also embraced design that is more open. People don’t have to be cut off just because they are in the kitchen or in the family room. There’s simply more access. And on top of that, open-plan design allows much more natural light. There has also been a movement toward blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors—with homeowners wanting to bring the open spaces of outside into their homes.

Not everyone has fully embraced that style, however. Some individuals feel the open-plan homes are too open and that they can feel cavernous. Some miss a sense of privacy or coziness.  There are those who want specific spaces to be more defined.

If you look at the image of this open-plan home, you’ll notice how it does indeed let in lots of light and makes access to different rooms (kitchen, dining area, family room area) easy and unobstructed. But you’ll also notice how those individual spaces are defined and set off by items such as area rugs, lighting, furniture, and even built-in features such as a fireplace. Some homes use screens or half-walls or bookcases to break up the space and provide some privacy.

It would appear that open-space design isn’t a fad, but a design trend that is here to stay for a while. But that doesn’t mean you have to feel like you’re living in a warehouse! You can use other elements to warm up the space and to define specific areas within that open space to make your home warm and comfortable while making access to various common rooms in your home easy.

It’s also important to remember that your specific decision about your home doesn’t have to be dictated by what others do. That’s one reason we offer such a wide variety of floor plans for your new Rochester-area home. Whether you’re looking for a Colonial style home, a 1st Floor Master Bedroom plan, a Patio Home, a Ranch home—or even a home that features an In-Law apartment that provides security and privacy in a multi-generational setting, you’ll find it with Gerber.

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2017 Remodeling Trends in Rochester, NY

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

2017-Remodeling-Trends-in-Rochester-NY.jpgEvery 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?

A lot of the talk you’ll hear (or read about) will focus on new trends for 2017. Often that involves which colors are the “hot” new colors, which countertop materials are expected to be popular, and whether stainless steel appliances will finally fall from fashion as so many experts have (wrongly, so far) predicted. (By the way, color is important and here’s what the color gurus at Pantone/House Beautiful are projecting to be the hot palettes for 2017)

At Gerber, we’re more concerned with the true trends in remodeling that reflect what actual homemakers say they want. These are the trends (changes) that shape the way people live and feel comfortable. An October 2016 survey of remodelers provides some insights into what homeowners are actually asking for. Here are some of the results (by percentage from low to high):

Source:From remodeling.hw.net

How will those things impact the changes you make to your Rochester-area home in 2017? For one thing, you may want to think about how your home can continue to meet your needs both now—and into the future. Here’s a post that talks about some of the details you’ll want to consider.

If you’re planning to add space to your home, you may want to think about adding space that could be used if extended family members come to live with you. Multi-generational living situations are on the rise. It could be that you’ll want to have aging parents live with you. Or you might want to provide space for grown children who are not quite out of the nest, yet. Here’s some helpful information to keep in mind.

Both of those things reflect significant trends that have been gathering momentum for some time—and will continue to do so in 2017. Another trend has become so mainstream that it’s sometimes easy to overlook. But homebuyers are increasingly looking for homes that are energy-efficient and easy on the environment. That’s certainly something any remodeling project should reflect. Here’s a look at what it really means to live green in the Rochester area.

So as you look forward to possible remodeling projects for the coming year, look beyond color trends and which fixtures or finishes are expected to be hot. Pay attention to the trends that really matter and will enhance your comfort and convenience in your Rochester-area home.

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