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How Important is a Creative Homebuilder in the Rochester Area?

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 @ 19:01 PM

How-important-is-a-creative-homebuilder-in-the-Rochester-areaIf you’ve decided that you’d like to build a new home in the Rochester area, one of the biggest decisions you’ll face is whom you want to build your home. Here’s a helpful post on some of the key characteristics to consider before you make your choice.  

One of the things that homeowners may not consider when choosing a builder is creativity. How important is creativity when choosing your Rochester-area builder?

Let’s clarify what we mean by creativity. You don’t necessarily want a builder who tries to do something outlandish. For the vast majority of people, building a home is about creating a warm, welcoming, comfortable, and secure place to live—not about “making a statement.” When we talk about creativity, we’re really talking about offering different ways to satisfy your desires for that warm, welcoming, comfortable, and secure place to live. 

That means being creative or flexible about where your house is built. Some builders are pretty rigid when it comes to home sites. They’ll only build on the sites they own or have developed. A creative builder is open to other options and will even help you locate land, evaluate the site for suitability, and make recommendations about the style of home that fits the piece of property.

Creativity also means variety when it comes to floor plans. Again, some builders will only offer a very limited number of floor plan options. We’re of the opinion that people need more choices. That’s why we offer dozens of different floor plans from which to choose. People are different and they want different things from their homes. 

It’s also important to be creative when it comes to a choice of communities. Homeowners look for different character traits in the communities where they choose to live. Even a great house won’t feel like home if it’s located in a community that doesn’t fit your personality and lifestyle. That’s why we feel it’s important to have a variety of options in the Rochester area

So when you’re considering a builder for your new home in the Rochester area, don’t overlook the builder’s creativity. And remember that creativity isn’t about building something “unusual”—unless you’re looking for unusual quality and an unusual variety of choices.

Created on 05/18/12 at 13:26:28

Topics: Remodeling in Rochester Area, Rochester-area homebuilders, creative Rochester homebuilders, choosing a Rochester homebuilder

Rochester-Area Remodeling: Which Projects Make the Most Sense?

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 @ 19:12 PM

Rochester-area-remodeling-which-projects-make-the-most-senseThe winter months are a great time to think about remodeling projects for your Rochester-area home. Normal outdoor construction tends to slow a bit and that means quality builders are more available for indoor projects.

But which projects make the most sense for your home? There may be some projects you have to take on simply because your needs have changed. If you have kids that have gotten older and need more space, a home addition may be the obvious choice. But if there are other areas of the house you’ve been thinking about, which one’s will give you the most bang for your buck? 

The 2014 Cost vs. Value Report ( provides an overview of what a variety of home renovation projects in the Rochester area cost—and what kind of return they provide on the money you invest (the money you’ll get back out if you sell your home). They cover a wide variety of projects, but let’s look at just a few midrange projects here. Bear in mind that these are average figures.

Project Type  Cost                Resale $         Recouped
Attic Bedroom Remodel $48,792 $25,545 52.4%
Family Room Addition             $79,500 $34,667 43.6%
Major Kitchen Remodel $54,231 $31,667 58.4%
Minor Kitchen Remodel $18,587 $10,500 56.5%
Home Office Remodel             $27,596 9,045 32.8%
Two-Story Addition $152,978 $ 63,636 41.6%

As you can see, there’s a fair amount of variety in costs and in return on investment (ROI). But the ROI is only part of the story.  What it doesn’t reflect is the comfort and enjoyment you receive from living in a newly remodeled home. And while a project such as a home office remodel doesn’t generate as much money at resale, if it allows you to work from home efficiently, it can be worth a considerable amount.

These are just a few of the projects you might consider. You can check out Gerber’s remodeling services that include kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, home additions, in-law additions, and more. And if you’re concerned about remodeling during the cold winter months, rest easy— we’ve developed an approach that allows side, back, and second-story additions to be completed while your family remains in the house throughout construction process!


Topics: Kitchen remodeling, Remodeling in Rochester Area, Family Room remodeling, cost vs. value, additions

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