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Different Floor Plan Types and What's Best for You & Your Family

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Mar 16, 2023 @ 10:03 AM

You're dreaming of the perfect 2 story house layout. You’ve got to be able to float through your morning routine. Every built-in, hall closet and guest bathroom should be intuitively located for your lifestyle. That’s the joy of building a new home. Your custom home design starts with a floor plan. Identifying the perfect layout for your new home takes a little thought and a bit of research. Gerber has designed and built hundreds of custom homes in the Rochester, NY area and has much to say about choosing the perfect floor plan.

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Topics: Custom homes, Home Design

The Custom Home Building Process: Taking One Step at a Time

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 08:02 AM

Building a custom home in the Finger Lakes 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. Here's a look at everything that goes into planning a custom home. This blog will take you from a dream in your heart to the day you're standing on your new doorstep. You'll notice we spend extra time talking about the early stages of the custom home building process because excellent planning leads to spectacular results.

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

What to Know About Rochester Area In-Law Homes

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Jan 30, 2023 @ 11:01 AM

Years ago, families used to gather around their television sets to watch “The Waltons,” a popular show that explored family life in rural Virginia during the Great Depression. Three generations of the Walton family shared a home, a custom that seemed a little strange to 1970s viewers but wasn’t unusual back in the 1930s. Humans have been living in family groups since the dawn of time and reaping the myriad benefits multi-generational living offers for family members of all ages.

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Topics: Custom homes, Home Design

Building an Energy-Efficient New Home in Upstate NY

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Dec 16, 2022 @ 09:12 AM

Building your custom home in Rochester, NY area or the Finger Lakes Area is more than just a dream realized. It also allows you to align your selections with existing tax credits. Luckily, current construction-related tax incentives favor green/energy-efficient options, which are popular with consumers for their low-environmental income. We're also one of the most trusted custom home builders in Ontario, where the incentives to build green is also embedded in tax incentives.

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

Smart Home Features for Your Custom Home in 2023

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Dec 1, 2022 @ 00:12 AM

While designing and planning your custom home, don’t forget to consider smart features that are designed to simplify your routines, make entertaining a breeze, and add a much-needed sense of security. Smart home features are available in every room of the home as well as outdoors. What smart features should you ask your designer about during your consultation and design meetings?

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Topics: Home Design, Custom Home Features