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

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, May 27, 2020 @ 15:05 PM

Building a custom home is not an overnight process. It’s quite different than buying an existing home. It’s also more involved than building a new home that’s identical to all the others around it. So what does the custom home building process look like? There are lots of details, but it is manageable (and exciting) if you approach the process properly—by taking one step at a time.

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

When Buying a Rochester-Area Custom Home, It’s not Just What You Pay—It’s What You Get

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 @ 13:03 PM

When you’re thinking about building a new custom home in Ontario, Perinton, Webster or anywhere else in the Greater Rochester area, it’s easy to focus on the cost of the home. It’s important to have a realistic budget for your home. If you try to take on too much house, you probably won’t qualify for the loan. And even if your do, you may find yourself stretched beyond your comfort level. It’s no fun living in a home if you can’t afford to furnish it or if you’re constantly stressed by the monthly payments.

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Topics: floor plans, Custom homes, Rochester NY, Building a New Home, Home Design, Home Building Costs

Kitchen Design Trends for 2020

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Dec 4, 2019 @ 09:12 AM

Without question, the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home. It’s a workspace for creating meals. It’s often a place where you grab a quick meal or a snack. It’s where you entertain family and guests. If you have kids, it’s often where homework and school projects get done. It’s that kind of diverse utility that has shaped the design of kitchens over the years. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the major kitchen design trends for 2020.

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

Creating an Incredible Great Room in Your Rochester Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, Dec 3, 2019 @ 14:12 PM

One thing that makes a custom home so special is that you can customize (or personalize) features in your home in a way that makes it comfortable and convenient for you. Customizing your home also lets you emphasize design elements that reflect your personal sense of style. Your great room is a place that lends itself well to customization. Let’s look at some ideas for creating an incredible great room in your Rochester custom home.

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

Designing the Kitchen in Your Rochester Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Sep 13, 2019 @ 09:09 AM

Whether you’re building a new custom home or remodeling the kitchen in your existing Rochester area home, your kitchen is one room that needs special attention. So much happens in your kitchen (food preparation, casual meals, entertaining, and more) that it’s important to get this room right. Achieving the right results, however, is about more than simply installing new kitchen elements. You need a good plan to make sure everything comes together. That's what kitchen design is all about. With that in mind, let's look at designing the kitchen in your Rochester custom home—and cover some essential kitchen design ideas.

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Topics: Kitchen remodeling, Custom homes, kitchen design, Home Design, Custom Home Features

Why It’s Important to Understand the Custom Home Process When Building Your Rochester-area Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Jul 12, 2019 @ 08:07 AM

Building a custom home is an exciting adventure. At the same time, it’s an undertaking that’s different than anything you’ve done before. Even if you’ve purchased a home before, building a custom house is different. While it’s easy to dive right into the fun stuff (color schemes, finishes, décor, landscaping, etc.) you’ll want to make sure you understand how everything comes together so that you achieve the results you want. That’s why it’s important to understand the custom home building process when building your Rochester-area custom home.

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

What’s Your Kitchen Personality? How to Match your Rochester Kitchen to Your Persona

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Apr 13, 2019 @ 10:04 AM

There’s little doubt that the kitchen in your Rochester home has a huge impact on the look and feel of your entire home. It’s why homeowners pay so much attention to the details that go into creating their dream kitchen. That’s true whether you’re building a new home or remodeling your existing Rochester kitchen. Your kitchen, however, should be a reflection of what’s important to you. It should reflect your personality. What’s your kitchen personality? How can you match your Rochester kitchen to your persona?

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Topics: kitchen design, Home Design

Which Remodeling Trends Matter Most For Your Rochester Home?

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Aug 1, 2018 @ 08:08 AM

Every year industry experts talk about the newest trends in the remodeling industry. You’ll hear about these trends on home improvement sites such as houzz.com or on remodeling shows on television. A lot of what you’ll hear or read tends to focus on interior design: What are the “hot” colors this year? What kinds of backsplash materials are “in?” Which hardware finishes are most popular?  Those are all interesting and important items to consider, but which remodeling trends matter most for your Rochester home?

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Topics: Kitchen remodeling, Bathroom remodeling, home remodeling, whole home remodeling, Home Additions, Interior Remodeling, Exterior remodeling, Home Design

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

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

One choice you’ll face when choosing a floor plan for your new Rochester-area home is how many stories your home will have. You can chose from a wide variety of different floor plans that include one-story, two-story, and one-and-a-half-story homes. In addition to impacting your lifestyle now and potentially inthe future, the number of stories your house has can impact the cost of your home.

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Topics: floor plans, Custom homes, home remodeling, Home Additions, Building a New Home, second-floor additions, Home Design, first-floor additions

3 Little Mistakes That Can Have a Big Impact on Your Canandaigua Home

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Jan 15, 2017 @ 05:01 AM

Most of us know that when you’re looking at an iceberg, what’s below the surface matters more than what you see above the surface. It’s the hidden danger that presents the real problems.  The same principle holds true when you’re planning a new home in Canandaigua. Sometimes little things can have a big impact on your building experience—and on your enjoyment of your new home.

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Topics: Canandaigua NY, Building a New Home, Home Design