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A Visual Walk Through the Homebuilding Process in Rochester

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Dec 3, 2016 @ 07:12 AM

A-Visual-Walk-Through-the-Homebuilding-Process-in-Rochester11.jpgAt Gerber, we’ve been building quality custom homes in the Rochester area since 1981. Naturally that means that we’re well versed as to how a house comes together. There aren’t a lot of things that surprise us in the homebuilding process! We realize, however, that for many of our clients, this is the first time they’ve been involved in this fascinating process, and we’ve discovered that having an understanding of what goes on when, can make the whole experience a lot more fun and exciting for them.

With that in mind, we’d like to take you on a visual walk through of the homebuilding process, using our Magnolia model as an example. So buckle up and enjoy the ride through the building of a Gerber home!


  • A-Visual-Walk-Through-the-Homebuilding-Process-in-Rochester3.jpgSite Development: This is where your builder makes sure you have access to important infrastructure such as water, sewer/septic, electrical, gas services—and even a driveway that leads to your garage.



  • A-Visual-Walk-Through-the-Homebuilding-Process-in-Rochester4.jpgFoundation: Every home has to have a solid foundation upon which to build. But there’s more involved. Your builder needs to cover features such as: egress (for windows and doors), waterproofing of the foundation, drainage (both inside and outside the foundation) and insulation.


  • A-Visual-Walk-Through-the-Homebuilding-Process-in-Rochester5.pngFraming: This is the step where your house actually starts looking like a house! Part of the framing includes weather wrapping to protect and insulate the house and the installation of high-efficiency windows.






  • A-Visual-Walk-Through-the-Homebuilding-Process-in-Rochester6.jpgMechanical: During this phase of construction you’ll see the installation of electrical systems (wiring and circuit breakers), HVAC systems (including high-efficiency furnace and the accompanying ductwork), and plumbing.






  • A-Visual-Walk-Through-the-Homebuilding-Process-in-Rochester7.jpgInsulation: The foundation isn’t the only thing that gets insulation. Walls, ceilings, and basement walls are all insulated to keep your home comfortable and energy efficient. And we always do a blower-test on homes to ensure the insulation meets muster.


  • A-Visual-Walk-Through-the-Homebuilding-Process-in-Rochester8.jpgInterior Finish: This is the time when the drywall goes up and your rooms really start taking shape. It’s also when the cabinets are installed (It’s starting to look like a home!).
  • Finish: During this stage your electrical wiring is completed, your plumbing fixtures are installed, your countertops are put in place, and painting is done.


  • A-Visual-Walk-Through-the-Homebuilding-Process-in-Rochester9.jpgFlooring: Now it’s time for the flooring to go in. This could include prefinished hardwood, ceramic tile for bathrooms, carpeting for bedrooms (or other rooms), or even resilient vinyl for some bathrooms or laundry rooms.






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    • Bathrooms: Whether you’ve got a first floor powder room, a master bath with a ceramic tile shower, or a main bath with a fiberglass tub and shower, this is the time for their completion—including the installation of his-and-hers sinks in the master bath.





  • A-Visual-Walk-Through-the-Homebuilding-Process-in-Rochester11.jpgExterior: This is when vinyl shake accents are added, stone garden wall accents included, insulated overhead garage doors (with windows) are installed, and vinyl window lineals and shutters are added.


Some of these things may take place at the same time, but this “walk-through” gives you a sense of what goes into creating the dream home you’ve always wanted.



Topics: homebuilding process, Rochester Area homebuilding, visual of Rochester homebuilding process

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

Understanding the Process of Building Your Dream Home (Part 1)

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 @ 13:04 PM

Understanding the process of building your dream home part 1If you’re thinking about building a custom home in the greater Rochester area you may be tempted to get yourself ready for the “big event.” And while what you’re planning is certainly big, it’s really more like a series of events. We builders talk about it in terms of the building process. The better you, as a homeowner, understand the process, the less stress it causes you—and the happier you’ll be with the final outcome.

Much of the building process takes place before any actual building begins. A huge part of the process of building your dream home is the dreaming part—and it involves learning and gathering information.

A lot of homeowners consider this the most fun part of the process. You’re not making hard and fast decisions, yet. You’re looking for inspiration and ideas. You can let your creativity run wild. There will come a time when you’ll want to rein things in a bit, but in the initial stages you can just gather ideas.

So where can you go for information and ideas when you’re in the dreaming phase of the process? On site that’s great for homebuilding inspiration is Some of what you’ll find there is kind of on the edge. Some of the ideas, however, are extremely practical. You can play around with ideas for individual rooms—or for the whole house. And you can even create what they call idea books, where you store the various ideas and designs that you like for future reference. Then you can come back later to review them. You can even join discussion groups about specific homebuilding or design topics. Just be aware that some of what you’ll find here comes from professional designers and some ideas and comments will come from homeowners just like yourself.

A lot of homeowners like to go to the Better Homes and Gardens website for ideas. Bear in mind that this isn’t a homebuilding website per se. It’s really more of an idea site for home ideas and decoration. But what it can do is help you to identify what your overall style is and give you ideas for the kind of finish you’ll want. Once again, you’re not making building decisions at this point in time. You’re simply gathering ideas about what you want.

What if you want to collect ideas about the styles of homes that might appeal to you (and be appropriate for the area you’re living in)? One site that’s a good source of overview information is the DIY Network. Even if you’re not planning to actually build a home with your own hands, this site gives a good basic overview (both visually and in short descriptions) of a wide variety of styles to choose from. And while Art Deco may be more suitable to the area around Miami Beach than the Finger Lakes region of New York, it’s still fun to glean ideas!

Enjoy this part of the custom homebuilding process. You’re not locking yourself into anything at this stage, but it can be a big help in deciding what you like—and what you don’t.

Once you’ve done this, you’ll be ready to move onto other phases in the homebuilding process.

 Created on 05/18/12 at 13:26:28

Topics: Rochester area custom homebuilding, homebuilding process, helpful sites

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