(888) 437-2373
Talk To Us
Rochester, NY Blog

Your Building Blog for the Rochester Area

Choosing the Kitchen Cabinets for Your Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Oct 18, 2019 @ 09:10 AM

When you (or your guests) step into your kitchen, the cabinets may be the most dominant feature in the room. Your cabinets set the tone for your whole kitchen and—with today's open style architecture—your whole home. That's why you'll want to take your time when choosing the kitchen cabinets for your custom home. Your choice of cabinets is a major factor in designing the kitchen for your Rochester custom home.

 

What’s Your Kitchen Style?

You’ll want to choose a style that fits your personal taste—and creates the right atmosphere for how you entertain in your home. When it comes to kitchen style, there are two basic elements you’ll want to consider: Cabinet style and color.

Transitional Kitchen Renovation with Shaker Cabinets in Rochester NY
 

Cabinet Style

The current style trend in kitchen cabinets is leaning more toward Shaker cabinets—especially those that feature doors with recessed panels (although flat panel and raised panel doors are also quite popular in Shaker cabinets). These clean and simple cabinets are often found in farmhouse style kitchen—but that’s not an exclusive trend. Here’s a look at a farmhouse style kitchen we recently built. And it’s worth noting that a gourmet kitchen with an over-sized island is considered a “must-have” for many people building a custom home.

Farmhouse Kitchen with Glass Front Cabinets in Rochester NY

 

Cabinet Color

You may see design posts proclaiming the death of white kitchen cabinets. And yet, according to RealSimple.com 43 percent of homeowners still prefer white cabinets. Let's face it, you can do a lot of accent colors with white cabinets. Natural wood cabinets (such as oak kitchen cabinets or maple kitchen cabinets) also remain popular. There is something warm and inviting about natural wood in the kitchen. Gray kitchen cabinets are also increasing in popularity. As a neutral color, they also lend themselves to a variety of complementary accent colors.Navy Cabinets in Kitchen in Rochester NY

One trend that has changed over the last few years, however, is that designers and homeowners are embracing two-tone kitchen cabinets. They'll paint their upper cabinets one color and their lower cabinets another color. Often this combination will include one set (upper or lower) in white, with the other cabinets being blue or gray. It's a very stunning look.

Transitional Kitchen with green island in Rochester NY

It’s interesting to note that—according to the same RealSample post—approximately 40 percent of homeowners upgrading their kitchen are opting for custom cabinets and 34 percent are choosing semi-custom cabinets. It’s an area where homeowners weigh the cost versus the value of building/design decisions they make. Many homeowners are convinced that the quality and functionality that custom and semi-custom cabinets offer is worth the money they spend.

 

How Much Do Kitchen Cabinets Cost?

Before making your decision about what kind of cabinets to install, it’s a good idea to have a basic grasp of the cost differences. Homeadvisor.com offers some helpful information about the relative cost of stock cabinets as compared to semi-custom or custom cabinets. You'll notice a range of prices for each kind. Your exact needs or desires will impact your final costs, but these figures can be a good starting point for comparison. 

 

Style of Kitchen Cabinet

Price per Linear Foot

Stock

$100 to $300

Semi-Custom

$150 to $650

Custom

$500 to $1,200

 

Can You Have a Custom Kitchen in Your Existing Home?

What if you already have a home you love, but would love to have a great new kitchen with custom or semi-custom cabinets? We specialize in kitchen remodeling for Rochester area homes. Click here for some ideas and images of the kind of kitchen you can have in your existing Rochester home.

Farmhouse Kitchen with White Cabinets in Rochester NY

Or, if you just want to talk to us about what you have in mind, please contact us and let us know what kind of information you’re interested in. We can help! We know you have lots of questions and our knowledgeable team is here to guide you through the whole process.

 

New call-to-action

Topics: Custom homes, kitchen design, Building a New Home, Custom Home Features, Home Building Tips

Choosing the Countertops for Your Rochester Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Oct 4, 2019 @ 09:10 AM

When you’re designing the kitchen in your custom home, think about what part of the kitchen gets the most use—and the most views. It’s probably the combination of your cabinets and your countertops. And when it comes to daily use, your countertops probably bear the burden of the most wear and tear. So, what’s the key to choosing the countertops for your Rochester custom home?

Keep in mind that your kitchen is a multi-faceted, multi-functional room. Chances are good that you use it both for food preparation and for entertaining in your home. That means your kitchen needs to look great and stand up to daily use.

Here are some things that you’ll want to consider:

 

Style

Your personal sense of style can be reflected in the countertop material you choose. If you're after a sleek, modern look for your kitchen, you have several choices. Granite countertops have been the “go-to” choice for upscale kitchens for a long time. They remain extremely popular because of their beauty, elegance, and unique natural patterns.  Quartz countertops, however, are hard on the heels of granite and have even surpassed granite in popularity in some areas.

Kitchen Countertops for Your Rochester Custom Home
 
Concrete countertops are another option. Many of the concrete countertops you’ll find today look like natural stone—and you can essentially choose your color. And, if you’re a fan of industrial chic, you might want to consider a “plain” concrete top for your counter. If you’re after a warmer look, you may want to look at a butcher block countertop. You can create beautiful countertop—and you can cut right on the countertop.

 

Durability

Quartz Kitchen Countertops for Your Rochester Custom Home

All of the countertop materials mentioned here are quite durable. Granite can be somewhat susceptible to staining (from things such as red wine), but you can treat your granite counters yearly to protect them. Concrete is extremely hard and resists chipping and scratching. They’re also very heat resistant, and easy to maintain. You can expect your counters to last for decades with a minimum amount of basic maintenance. Butcher block counters will require more maintenance—and are not as heat resistant as natural stone and concrete.

 

Price

Granite Kitchen Countertops for Your Rochester Custom Home

There is a fairly wide range of costs for various kitchen countertops. A recent (2019) homeadvisor.com post offers a quick guide to pricing. Your specific price will vary, but this provides a kind of baseline for costs.

  • Granite will run you between $15-$140 per square foot
  • Engineered Stone Quartz can cost between $15-$70 per square foot
  • Wood/Butcher Block generally runs around $10-$38 per square foot
  • Concrete costs around $50-$100 per square foot

 

Think About the Sink

Marble Kitchen Countertops for Your Rochester Custom Home

Of course, you'll want to match your kitchen countertops with the right sink. So, keep that in mind as you choose your materials. Do you want an under-counter mounted sink (similar to the one in the picture above)? Do you prefer a single large basin or a double sink? Think about what kind of fixtures go best with the material you choose. Sleek modern faucets look great with quartz, granite, concrete, or even laminate countertops. You might want something more rustic or casual with a butcher block or other wooden countertop.

 

If you’re looking for more ideas and inspiration for the rest of your kitchen, we invite you to download our free Creating the Ideal Kitchen eBook. It’s packed with information about kitchen style, functionality, and how to plan for your new kitchen.

Schedule a Consultation to Build a Custom Home in the Greater Rochester area

Topics: Custom homes, kitchen design, Building a New Home, Custom Home Features, Home Building Tips

15 Must-Have Features for Your Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Jul 5, 2019 @ 12:07 PM

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.

Main Floor Dedicated Laundry Room

Your new laundry room may not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning your home. Still, having a dedicated laundry room on the main level can make your life a lot easier. Perhaps laundry isn't your favoritye thing to do, but with a room that's set aside-and designed specifically for that task-it can be much more enjoyable. You can make sure you have adequate space for pre-wash, hanging, and ironing. And you can decorate it in your own style to make it a room you actually enjoy being in. 

Main Floor Dedicated Laundry Room in Rochester NY

Mudroom

A well-planned mudroom can be a life-saver for the rest of your house! Instead of having muddy shoes, backpacks, and coats scattered throughout the house, you can keep things organized by containing them in an easy-to-clean room right off the entrance from your garage. You can build in cubbies for different items and even build in extra storage space for things that only see occasional use. And if you have a dog, it's a great place to wipe off paws (and hang leashes) before your pet heads into the house.

Mudroom in Rochester NY

First-Floor Master Bedroom with Private Bath and Walk-In Closet

If your home is your castle, a first-floor master suite can be your inner sanctum. You can create a space that’s uniquely yours: Private, comfortable, and insulated from everything. An over-sized walk-in closet makes getting ready for the day a pleasure. There will be no jockeying for position as you get dressed. And you won’t have to share your bathroom with the kids or guests. In addition, locating your master suite on the main level means you can remain in your home longer without having to worry about stairs as you mature.

Master Bedroom Suite in Rochester NY

Gourmet Kitchen with an Over-sized Island

Kitchen Islands are extremely popular—and practical. Here’s a look at an oversized kitchen island in a custom home we recently built on Whiting Road in Rochester. You can see how the extended island provides plenty of space for food prep and for casual family meals, as well as for entertaining. This particular kitchen is done in a farmhouse style, but with a custom home, you can create it in any style that suits you. It’s practical, spacious, and welcoming! 

Kitchen Remodel in Rochester NY

Walk-In Pantry

Including a walk-in pantry in your kitchen adds a whole new dimension of convenience and comfort. On top of that, it keeps clutter at bay. You can use your pantry for larger packages of food items without sacrificing space in your kitchen cabinets. It allows you to keep frequently used items at eye level. And it’s a great place to store oversized appliances (mixers, bread machines, blenders) that you don’t use as often.

Walk-in Pantry in Rochester NY

Game Room

If you or your kids love gaming, you know that it can get a little loud at times. A dedicated game room can solve that problem. You can decorate it in a fun or funky style that sets the room apart. You might choose to make it a combination home theater room and game room. Or you might go want to encompass both online gaming and arcade-style games such as pinball. Imagine a whole room dedicated to fun!

Game Room in Rochester NY

Luxurious Shower Room

With a custom home, you don't have to settle for a boring bathroom. The trend these days is toward spacious and luxurious showers that look and feel elegant. You might want to install multiple shower heads or even a steam shower that can warm your shower up before you step in on a cold Rochester morning. Today's luxury showers also include seating, built-in cubbies for bath items, and stylish (but functional) grab bars for safety.

Bi-Fold Moving Glass Wall System

Another building trend that has really taken off is the blurring of the lines between indoor and outdoor living. Adding a bi-folding glass wall system allows you to open the interior or your home to the outside so that you can enjoy the fresh air and sunshine without even leaving the comfort of your family room. And even in colder months, these well-insulated panels allow plenty of natural light into your home.

Bi-Fold Moving Glass Wall System in Rochester NY

Outdoor Kitchen

Building an outdoor kitchen is another way that allows you to enjoy the comforts of indoor living in an outdoor environment. Instead of simply having a grill on your deck or patio, you can create an outdoor kitchen and dining area that includes a built-in grill, refrigerator, counter space, and even a sink for cleaning up. You can cook and entertain guests in comfort while enjoying a great "al fresco" environment.

Outdoor Kitchen in Rochester NY

Floor to Ceiling Fireplace

There is nothing quite like a warm and inviting fire on a cold Rochester evening. But you don’t have to settle for an unimaginative fireplace. A floor to ceiling fireplace is a fantastic focal point for a family room. It’s dramatic—whether you have a fire blazing or not. And you can choose whether you prefer a wood-burning fireplace or a natural gas fireplace that you can turn on or off at your discretion (with no clean-up).

Fireplace in Custom Home Remodel in Rochester NY

Custom Built-In Shelves

Even the shelving in your kitchen, family room, or study can be customized. Built-in shelving not only looks great, but it also doesn’t encroach on your living space. Instead of being an additional piece of furniture in the room, built-in shelving is part of the room itself.

Family Room in Custom Home in Rochester NY

Freestanding Tub

Some homeowners have to choose between including a shower or a tub in their bathroom. With a custom home, you can have both! And sometimes there is nothing quite like a long and leisurely soak. Nothing makes that more pleasant than an elegant, freestanding tub like the one you see here. Not only is a tub like this ideal for a sumptuous soak, but it also adds visual interest to your master bathroom—making a place you enjoy spending time.

Bathroom Remodel in Rochester NY
 

Wine Cellar

If you enjoy collecting, sampling, and sharing fine wines with your friends, you can take that pursuit to the next level with a wine cellar of your own. You can create a small (closet-sized) wine cellar in which to store your bottles—or you can create a larger cellar that includes a wine-tasting room with its own décor and atmosphere.

Wine Cellar in Custom Home in Rochester NY

Central Vacuum System

Who says you have to push or drag a vacuum cleaner around your house in order to keep it clean? Another option is to install a central vacuum system in your new home that lets you plug in wherever you are without fighting chords and hoses.

Central Vacuum System in Rochester NY

Heated Floors

One of the greatest luxuries you can install in your home is also one you’ll never see. Putting in heated flooring in your master bathroom is an indulgence that is an absolute delight in a cold-weather climate like Rochester. Instead of stepping out of the shower onto a cold floor, you’ll be treated to a warm and comfortable end to your shower.

Heated Floors in Custom Home in Rochester NY

Those are just a few of the “must-have” features you may want to consider for your new custom home. We invite you to visit our gallery and click on the custom homes images for additional ideas that can make your new home better meet your unique tastes and desires.

 

Are you ready to build your dream home in rochester?

Topics: Custom homes, Building a New Home, Custom Home Features, Home Building Tips

What Does It Really Mean to Build a Custom Home?

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Nov 25, 2018 @ 10:11 AM

What Does It Really Mean to Build a Custom Home?Often, when people think about custom homes, their thoughts turn toward luxury features. Images of expensive stonework, exotic woods, and gold-plated bathroom fixtures come to mind. But what does it really mean to build a custom home?

There’s More to Custom Homes Than Spending More Money

While it’s true that you’ll spend more for a custom home than you will for a “production” home, the custom home building experience really isn’t about opulence—it’s about customization. That means building a Rochester-area home that fits your family’s lifestyle like a glove. It means designing the space and the look of the home so that it reflects your personal sense of style—and the way you live and entertain.

Just because you’re building a custom home doesn’t mean writing a blank check. You still have to pay attention to your budget. Here’s an article that cautions about some of the surprising places that your Rochester custom home could cost more—and how to prepare for those surprises.

What Custom (Can) Look Like

Let’s look at a few areas in your home where having a custom home looks a little different. Perhaps the best way to do that is to actually show you examples of custom homes we’ve built for our clients.

What-Does-It-Mean-to-Build-CUSTOM-2Here’s a Great Room in a custom home we recently built. You’ll notice that there’s nothing “typical” about it, from the woodwork and lighting in the Great Room ceiling to the unique fireplace and the stunning hardwood floors. It’s light and bright and open (making it a great place to entertain). And even though it’s an open floor plan, there are design elements to clearly delineate between the Great Room and the kitchen/dining area.

Kitchen-1Here's a closer look at the kitchen in the same home. Even the cabinetry in this kitchen is unique—reflecting the homeowners' personal style and preference. And you can tell from the range and hood that this is a family that enjoys cooking. Your particular kitchen might not be outfitted with appliances for gourmet cooking, but this gives you an idea of the possibilities. This family wanted a kitchen island that accommodates food prep and casual dining. You might choose something different.

Master-BathThe Master Bathroom is another area where custom homeowners like to include something a little different. You can see some of the custom touches in the bathroom cabinets and countertops. There’s also a walk-in shower (with large shower head). You could also add features such as a steam shower, or heated flooring for those cold Rochester mornings.  Another custom feature that’s become popular is having the toilet closed off from the rest of the bathroom.

What-Does-It-Mean-to-Build-CUSTOM-3Here’s a Master Bedroom in a custom home that looks a little different than what you’d find in a standard “production” home.  Notice the unique ceiling that ads depth and visual space to the room. If this were your home, you might choose to extend the room to include a larger reading area—or perhaps include a built-in audio/visual center that hides away when it’s not in use.

 

LocationSometimes the location and lot you chose is one of the most significant custom elements of your home. You can see from this image that the custom home we built takes advantage of fantastic views of open space—including a pond in the back. It's no wonder that these homeowners opted for full-length doors at the back of the home that leads out onto a patio that lets them enjoy the scenery.

 

 

Want to See More?

Click here if you’d like to take a virtual tour of another custom home we recently built for Homearama 2018. It provides you with more ideas of ways you can make your home uniquely yours.

You Have Choices

At Gerber Homes, we offer a wide variety of great floor plans that may be exactly what you’re looking for. If one of those floor plans meets your needs, that’s great. But if you’re after something more specific—a design that really reflects your personal sense of style and lifestyle, I’d encourage you to download our free Custom Home Guide that will walk you through the particulars of setting a budget, selecting your building team, finding the right home site, negotiating the contract, and actually designing the home of your dreams!

New Call-to-action

Topics: Custom homes, Custom Home Features, Home Building Tips

Building a Custom Home in the Rochester Area: What to Do Before You Start

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 @ 16:08 PM

Gerber-Homes-Custom-Home-Builder-in-Rochester-2Building a custom home is an exciting adventure. It’s easy to get caught up in that excitement and jump into the myriad details that are part of the process. There are some important things to do before you focus on color schemes, cabinet finishes, flooring, and kitchen fixtures. If you’re building a custom home in the Rochester area, here’s what to do before you start. Paying attention to these things up front will help you deal with all the details that follow—and will help you end up with the home you really want.

Make Sure Your Home Fits Your Lifestyle

As you drive around neighborhoods in the Fingerlakes region, you may notice certain homes that are visually appealing to you. You’re likely to come across Colonial-style homes, 1st Floor Master bedroom homes, Cape-style homes, Raised Ranch-style homes, and more. Curb appeal is important, but just because you like the way a home looks from the outside doesn’t mean that home will fit the way you live.

The big question you need to ask is, “What kind of home fits your lifestyle?” Do you prefer multi-level living, or do you want to keep everything on one level? Is a walkout basement important to you? Do you plan to entertain frequently? Are you in a “kid-centric” phase of life, or are you looking for a more “mature” style? When it comes to building a custom home, it’s definitely not a “one-size-fits-all” proposition. Here’s a post that explores how to select the kind of home that fits your family’s lifestyle.

Once you decide on the basic style you like, you’ll find that there are a variety of different floor plans from which to choose (We offer nine different floor plans for Colonial-style homes alone! You can check them out here).

How Much Do You Want to Customize?

Basic floor plans can help you visualize how the space in your home will be set up. They can give you a good idea of how life in your new home will flow from room to room. But what if that flow or arrangement doesn't quite reflect what you want? That's' where customization comes in. You can take a basic floor plan and make modifications so that it better suits your specific tastes and needs. It is, however, essential that you make plans for those adjustments and customizations before construction begins. Otherwise, you can be looking at significant changes in cost. That can also cause delays to your schedule. Here’s an article that talks about that in more detail.

Think About Where You Want to Live

We’ve built homes in Perinton, Webster, Canandaigua, Ontario, Victor, and numerous other communities in the area. Your choice may be influenced by the neighborhood, the schools in the area, the privacy level, your commute to work—or a host of other factors. We invite you to take a virtual visit to the communities where we build homes to see which one might suit you best.

Educate Yourself About the Process

Once you’ve firmed up the style of home you want and where you might like to live, you’re ready for your next steps. We've learned over the years that the better informed our clients are about the custom home building process, the happier they are with the results—and the more they enjoy the experience. That's why we offer some help for figuring out what those next steps. If you'd like to learn more please download our free page custom home guide.

New Call-to-action

 

Topics: Custom homes, Building a New Home, Home Building Tips

The Home Site Selection Process—How Gerber Can Help!

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Aug 5, 2017 @ 11:08 AM

Gerber-Homes-Home-Site-Selection-ProcessYou can’t be too careful when choosing the right homesite for your new Rochester-area home. Where you choose to live can be every bit as important as the floor plan you choose for your home. There are two major factors that you should consider when choosing a home site. One is the community you'll be living in, and the other is the physical condition of the lot itself. Let's look briefly at both.

Your Prospective Community

Some homeowners want to build in a place that offers great views or gives them easy access to water. That could mean looking for a site nearer to Lake Ontario—or down closer to the Finger Lakes area. Some people want easy access to Rochester for work or other activities.

For many homeowners, however,  the location they choose isn’t merely about convenience to shopping or an easy commute to work. They want to build a home in a place where they can also build community and feel comfortable with the residents living around them. The good news is that Gerber offers opportunities in a wide range of locations around the Rochester area.

The Physical Characteristics of Your Potential Lot

After giving it some consideration, most prospective homeowners don’t have that much trouble picking a community. But when it comes to selecting the specific lot they plan to build on, they can find themselves facing things they may not be prepared to deal with.

That's because the physical characteristics of your potential lot can have a huge impact on the kind of house you can build—and even the ultimate cost of building your home. For instance, when you're considering lots, you may find one that is more reasonably priced than other lots. It may look great to you and fit your budget better, but is it the right lot?

Often there are things about a lot that aren’t readily observable to the untrained eye. And sometimes it’s those unseen characteristics that can end up costing you time and money when you build your home. If that inexpensive lot you have your eye on requires a lot of grading to get it ready to build on that’s going to cost you money. What looked like a deal can actually end up costing your more!

There are other things to consider. How easy is it to access the utilities that you’ll need? Are there building or zoning restrictions that you’re not aware of? All of those things can significantly impact the desirability and affordability of a home site you’re considering.

That’s where Gerber can help. We’ll work with you to find the right lot for your family’s home—whether it’s in one of our own developments or a piece of property you own. Or we can help you find property elsewhere and determine what it’s going to cost you to build on that site.  Click here for a short and helpful video in which I highlight our process for helping you select the site that will best suit your needs and budget.

Gerber-Homes-Client-Testimonials

Topics: Selecting a Home Site, Home Building Tips

Choosing the Right Builder for Your Rochester-Area Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 @ 07:10 AM

The Finger Lakes Region is a great place to live. On top of that you have a wide variety of great floor plans from which you can choose—whether you’re looking for an estate-sized home or a smaller single story home. Or you can come up with your own unique floor plan. Turning those plans into the home of your dreams, however, doesn’t just happen. That’s why it’s so important to choose the right builder for your Rochester-area home. How do you go about doing that? What should you look for in a builder? On the surface, builders may kind of look alike. But here are a few things you should consider before making your decision.

Experience

 

 
This may be your first experience building a custom home, but you probably don’t want it to be the first time your builder has done it. Some builders are great at cranking out homes as long as they’re all the same. Building a custom home is different. It requires a unique kind of expertise—and the ability to take a plan and make it fit the exact desires and needs of a homeowner.
 

Their Track Record

 
Just because someone has built a home, doesn’t make him or her a great homebuilder. The real test is to check with the homeowners who live in those homes. Are they delighted with the custom homes they have? Is the quality what they expected (or even better)? And what was the building experience like for them?
 

Location

 
Will your builder build where you want to live? Some builders will only construct homes on their own developments. And that’s fine if their parcel of property is where you really want to live. But if you’re building a custom home, you may want more choices about the community that you’re going to be part of.

 

Custom Home in Rochester NY
 

Design Options

 
Some builders only offer a few options when it comes to the styles of homes they build. But when you’re talking about building a custom home, a “one-size-fits-all” approach just doesn’t work. You want to have a number of design options from which to choose. 
 
Custom Home in Rochester NY


Helpful Resources

 
Good builders understand that custom homebuilding is a new experience for most homeowners. That’s why quality builders make sure their clients are prepared and educated about the process of building a custom home before the contract is signed. 
 
Custom Home in Rochester NY


A Commitment to the Community

 
A good builder doesn’t just build a home and walk away. You probably plan to be in your home for a long time and you want your builder to be around to stand behind his work.

With three generations of family working together the Gerbers are lifetime area residents of the greater Rochester community. In our more than 50 years of experience, we’ve built more than 3000 homes—and we’ll be here to stand behind them. We’d love to be your choice to build your dream home!

New Call-to-action

Topics: Custom homes, Home Building Tips

Maintaining Acreage Around Your Rochester-Area Home

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 @ 09:11 AM

Maintaining acreage around your Rochester area homeThere’s an area that a lot of homeowners tend to overlook when they consider building a custom home: the property that their new home will sit on. It’s understandable. After all, their thoughts are often consumed with floor plans, finish ideas, building material choices and finances. All of that’s important, but you can’t ignore the acreage your new home will be built on.

First of all, you’ll want to consider the construction implications.

  • What’s the drainage like?
  • How is the access to existing roads?
  • Are there fences in the area to work around?
  • What about underground pipes and access to utilities?
  • Is the property buildable “as is” or will you need to do a lot of grading before you can begin?
  • What’s the vegetation in the surrounding area like?
  • Will it allow for the kind of landscaping you want to do?
  • Will the property you’re considering accommodate the kind of home you’re planning to build?

If you’re looking for help locating property, click here for a free search of lots and land—we might have what you’re looking for in Ontario, Huron, Sodus, Marion, Farmington…the list goes on!

We’ve found that even after homeowners select their property, they still have questions about what to do with the area surrounding their home. One of the most common questions we hear is, “How much should I budget for landscaping?”

The exact amount, of course is up to you, and it will vary according to what you want to do. A general rule of thumb is to allow between 10 and 20 percent of the home’s value for landscaping. That’s a fairly wide range, but there’s a reason for it. Some homeowners want to create beautiful gardens with a lot of stonework and paths. That kind of landscaping can cost a bit more. Others are more interested in having a yard with lots of room for children to play.

Either way, it’s worth it to spend some significant time (and some money) planning what your property will look like. There’s more to good landscaping than simply planting a few trees and rolling out some sod. You may want to enlist the help of a professional landscaper. They’re familiar with what trees and shrubs will flourish in the area. And they have the expertise to be able to advise you with regard to how things will look in 10 or 15 years—something too many homeowners fail to take into consideration when they create their yards.

If you’re building a custom home, you build it to last. You’ll want to make sure that the property you build on continues to showcase your dream home—both now, and for years to come.

Gerber-Homes-Custom-Home-Guide

Topics: Rochester NY, Selecting a Home Site, Home Building Tips