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The Importance of Site Selection in Custom Home Building

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Dec 20, 2023 @ 11:12 AM

Your beautiful new custom home is only part of the equation. Where will it sit, and what will surround it? If you're considering constructing a home in the beautiful Greater Rochester area, you've already made a great choice. The right site lays the foundation for your dream home, influencing everything from the design to how you enjoy your space. Gerber is here to guide you through this important decision so that you make the best choice for your future home.

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Topics: Building a New Home, Selecting a Home Site, Home Building Tips

You Have Land and You Want a Custom Home - Now What Do You Do?

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Sep 6, 2023 @ 08:09 AM

Having land in Upstate New York is a dream for many, especially in picturesque areas like Canandaigua, Rush, or Macedon. But how do you make the most of that piece of paradise once you have it? Many landowners ponder, "I want to build a house on my land; where do I start?" If that's you, here's a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the exciting journey of turning your raw land into a beautiful custom home.

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Topics: Custom homes, Building a New Home, Selecting a Home Site

A Perc Test: What It Is and Why You Need One to Build Near Rochester

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Mar 2, 2023 @ 14:03 PM

If you’re looking for a scenic view, you’ll find plenty of places that meet your requirements in the Rochester area. Thanks to the abundance of lakes, forests, and undeveloped land in the region, it’s fairly easy to find a building lot that overlooks a lake or pond or backs up to the woods. Although the land may look ideal at first glance, you won’t be able to build on it unless the lot can pass a perc test.

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Topics: Building a New Home, Selecting a Home Site, Home Building Tips

Living in Victor, New York

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Sep 7, 2020 @ 11:09 AM

When you’re considering building a new custom home, where you choose to build is just as important as the design and construction of the home. For homeowners looking to build in the Finger Lakes region of New York, the town of Victor has lots to offer. Here’s a brief look at some of the features that make living in Victor, NY so appealing.

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Topics: Victor NY, Building a New Home, Selecting a Home Site

Best Rochester Neighborhoods to Build a Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Aug 16, 2019 @ 12:08 PM


You’ve got to love a place where the official town motto is, “Where life is worth living.” Many homeowners are attracted to the natural beauty of the place—including great views of Lake Ontario. The town itself is committed to protecting that natural beauty and not long ago purchase more than 1,000 acres that are dedicated to outdoor activities such as hiking trails. That open space is also complemented by multiple parks within the city.

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Topics: Canandaigua NY, Ontario NY, Victor NY, Webster NY, Building a New Home, Sodus NY, Perinton NY, Selecting a Home Site