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July 17th, 2017

Your Dream, Your Land, Your Southwest Home

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About the Builder

Building in four different states, Southwest Homes is dedicated to bringing you the best in custom homes. Based out of Texas, Southwest Homes proudly serves locations in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.

Location Spotlight: Arkansas

An exterior by SWHSouthwest Homes of Springdale, Arkansas has been serving customers for over 15 years. An on your lot builder, Southwest Homes happily builds your home on your land. Whether it is a one-story or two-story, a vacation home or an executive home, you can rest easy knowing Southwest offers unparalleled craftsmanship.

Southwest offers a variety of customizable plans to choose from in the Arkansas area. Already have a dream home design in mind? No worries! Southwest Homes has you covered. They will work with you to lift it off of paper and into reality. Check out their Bring Your Own Plan page to learn more about this unique opportunity.

A home being framed by SWHSouthwest Homes customizes everything from the home, to the land, to the customer experience. Their team works hard to stay on top of the latest building trends and best practices to make sure your new custom home is nothing less than the best. A third-party inspector reviews each home built at various stages of its construction to ensure everything is up to standards. Once the home is built, Southwest gives you an extensive warranty so you can settle in to your new home knowing you made the right choice in builders.

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To discover how you can build your new custom home with Southwest Homes, contact them today! They are willing to travel to you, and are currently serving the Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma areas.

 

 

July 10th, 2017

Zero Energy is the New Green

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Countdown to Zero

If there were a catchphrase for the new millennium, it would be “going green.” But what about using almost no energy at all?

Everywhere you look, the environment has become the hot topic of discussion. Whether it’s debating the existence of global warming (spoiler: it exists), electric cars, or solar panels, the green trend is here to stay.

The Stats

Lightbulb stock photoToday, custom builders are putting in more and more effort to ensure their homes use less and less energy, saving you money on bills while also protecting the environment.

A leader in this effort is the state of California. According to Custom Home Online, California’s goal for 2020 is to require builders to construct homes using zero net energy by 2020.

Confused what that means? Let’s break that bad boy down.

Zero net energy (ZNE) requirements mean a building can only use as much energy as it is able to produce from clean, renewable resources. If California meets their goal, per Custom Home Online’s article that could mean Californian homes would not only be zero energy ready – they could even produce their own renewable energy.

The opportunity for success in California (and other states who join the charge) is high: ZNE building is a growing market, and many builders are already tapping into the “going green” trend.

The Solutions

Here are just a few ways builders can work ZNE tactics into their homes:

  • If the location is right, solar or wind power could be a good source for you
  • The use of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) to make sure hot (or cold) air doesn’t seep in from the outdoors unless desired
  • High efficiency windows that not only help with heating and cooling, but also bring in natural light
  • Using Energy Star appliances
  • …and more!

Moving Forward

If you’re building a custom home or thinking about one, be sure to ask your builder how they incorporate green building into their homes. Each builder has their own process, but we should all work towards the goal of zero energy ready homes.

July 3rd, 2017

Change Your Life with Cothran Homes

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About the Builder

If you’re looking for a home that is low in maintenance but bursting with style, Cothran Homes is the builder for you! Cothran builds new homes in the South Carolina area with plenty of customization options to make sure the home is a perfect fit for your lifestyle.

High Quality Homes

In Greenville, SC, the Cothran name is associated with some of the area’s most well-known landmarks, like The Shops at Azalea, River Walk, and more. Cothran takes pride in building with the highest quality construction partners in the most prized Greenville locations.

Cothran crafts each of their neighborhoods to be perfect for your unique lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for a custom single family home or a maintenance-free town or patio home, Cothran is sure to have the house for you.

Community Spotlight: The Reserve at Asheton Lakes

The Asheton Lakes entry monument by Cothran HomesLocated in Simpsonville, the Reserve at Asheton Lakes is mere minutes from the Shops at Greenridge and downtown Simpsonville. A gated and maintenance-free townhome community, Asheton Lakes offers a variety of included features, amenities, and the peace of mind knowing you won’t have to maintain your home.

Residents of Asheton Lakes enjoy a private community pool and cabana, walking trails, as well as an amazing amount of green space. Yard work and cleaning your gutters will be the farthest from your mind since Asheton Lakes takes care of it all.

In Asheton Lake, all three available plans feature the owners suite on the main floor. Garages, granite kitchen countertops, hardwood floors in the main living area, and more are all features you can expect from a home in Asheton Lakes.

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To learn more about Asheton Lakes, or to learn about other homes and communities by Cothran Homes, contact them today! Cothran Homes is ready and waiting to help you find the home of your dreams in Greenville, South Carolina.

 

 

 

June 26th, 2017

O’Neal Builders: One Detail at a Time

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Builder Spotlight

O’Neal Builders is a Central Illinois custom builder that focuses on building one detail at a time. With O’Neal Builders, you can trust you’re getting the best that Central Illinois has to offer.

Focused on the Details

A home by O'Neal BuildersO’Neal Builders dedicates themselves to bringing you the best in custom home building. Jim O’Neal, the President/Owner, has a keen eye for detail. Partnered with Amy O’Neal’s degree in design and experience in customer service, together they are able to follow through on their promises of quality, service, and satisfaction.

O’Neal Builders is service-oriented and dedicated to making sure the biggest financial decision of your life is as painless as possible. With O’Neal, you can expect constant contact throughout the building process as well as prompt attention to follow-ups and warranty service. However high your standards might be, O’Neal always seeks to exceed them.

Community Spotlight: Trails on Sunset Lake

The premiere subdivision in Normal, IL, Trails on Sunset Lake shows that life truly is better by the water. Expansive lots and walk-out basements right on the lake let you bring the weekend-at-the-lake feeling into your own backyard.

Fishing, tree-lined boulevards, and private walking trails are the icing on the cake for this dream community. The private community is the perfect escape after a long day at the office.

Elegant, yet still casually redefined, Trails on Sunset Lake could be the location of your dream home.

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Ready to learn more about Trails at Sunset Lake or other communities by O’Neal Builders? Visit their website to contact them today!

June 19th, 2017

Quality Custom Homes in Jacksonville

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About the Builder

Cole Builders is a custom new home builder that serves Jacksonville, Florida. Dale Cole and his team have designed and built beautiful custom homes in the area for over a decade, but also offer services in whole-house remodeling, additions, and more.

Quality Custom New Homes in Florida

An exterior image of a home by Cole BuildersWhen you build with Cole Builders, you know you’re getting the best that money can buy. Expect unsurpassed quality and receive nothing less when you sign on with the Cole Builders team.

Gone are the days of not being able to get a hold of your manager – Dale Cole himself personally oversees quality control. His team might refer to him as “overly fussy,” but that’s something you’ll be sure to appreciate.

Cole Builders manages every aspect of construction from start to finish, meaning you’ll never be tossed around and will always have one point of contact. Your home should be a joy, not a burden, so come see what Cole Builders can do for you!

Remodeling and More

Could the home of your dreams use a little bit of tweaking to fulfill its potential? Cole Builders can help with that!

With experience in nearly every type of remodeling job imaginable, Cole Builders treats the remodel process just like its custom build process. Their team will gain a solid understanding of your desires and present you with a design concept before starting the job.

Check out the types of remodeling jobs Cole Builders could do for you:

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Adding a full second floor
  • Driveways
  • Landscaping
  • Whole house interior
  • Whole house exterior
  • …and more!

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To learn more about building your new custom home in Jacksonville or to inquire about a remodel, contact Cole Builders on today.

June 12th, 2017

Custom Homes On Your Lot with Camellia Homes

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Camellia Homes builds new custom homes on your lot in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. Dedicated to building the best new homes for their customers, Camellia Homes brings a top-notch team to the table.

An Easy Process

Camellia Homes make building your home on your lot easy with their simple process. Their New Home Consultants will help you pick out the perfect plan for you and customize it to fit your taste.

Already have your dream plan picked out? No worries! Camellia Homes can help you out. Just contact the closest office to you to find out more.

Breaking Ground

Camellia Homes builds custom homes in Southeast Texas and Southwest LouisianaOnce you’ve settled on a plan, it’s time to build! Camellia Homes helps you determine the best placement for your home on your land, and you’ll meet with the Camellia Home Construction Manager to hammer out the final details and learn more on the specifics of the construction process.

Are you a detail-oriented buyer? Then you’re in luck! Camellia provides their buyers with a copy of the complete specifications and blueprints before the home is even built. Your Construction Manager will also update you regularly as your dream home is brought to life.

Moving In

Now comes the truly hard part – deciding what new furniture and decorations should go into your perfect new home! Camellia Homes will hand over your keys as you prepare to settle in to the new home of your dreams.

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If Camellia Homes sounds like the custom builder for you, don’t hesitate to contact them today! With offices in Beaumont, TX and Lake Charles, LA, Camellia Homes could be your on your lot builder in Southeast Texas or Southwest Louisiana.

June 5th, 2017

American Heritage Homes: Building for Families

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American Heritage Homes is a family-owned developer and custom home builder in Fredericksburg, Virginia. With American Heritage, you aren’t just a customer – you’re family.

Building for Families

American Heritage treats you as if you were their new neighbor. Each new home community is carefully crafted as if the builder themselves would live there. American Heritage takes a personal approach to homebuilding and puts the focus where it should be: on relationships instead of just business.

Community Spotlight: Mineral Springs Plantation

The Providence Plan by American Heritage Homes.A waterfront community in Fredericksburg, Mineral Springs Plantation offers residents custom homes in the wooded and historic area of Chancellorsville. Large, private lots and Colonial-style architecture are just a few of the hallmarks you can expect from this custom community. Luxury, craftsmanship, and a sharp attention to detail can be seen throughout the custom homes in this neighborhood.

Despite its secluded and remote feel, Mineral Springs Plantation offers easy access to I-95 and express rail service to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Richmond. Reagan National, Richmond International, Dulles International, and Stafford Regional airports are also close by.

American Heritage has even thought of your children. Along with multiple options for private education in the area, residents of Mineral Springs Plantation will be able to send their children to Chancellor District schools.

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Find out more about building your new custom home in Fredericksburg by contacting American Heritage Homes today.

May 29th, 2017

Dazzling Designs with Bellagio Custom Homes

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Looking for your dream home in Florida? Look no further than Bellagio Custom Homes. A division of SeaGate Homes, Bellagio serves the Palm Coast area and is dedicated to crafting the finest custom residences for their customers.

A Fully Custom Experience

Specializing in unique custom homes, Bellagio is ready to assist no matter what stage of the process. Bring your plans or peruse their extensive plan library at their 2,000 square foot design studio for ideas before speaking with their full-time interior designer to choose the perfect interior appointments. Once you’ve chosen your dream home, Bellagio brings in trusted tradesmen to handle everything from the pouring of the foundation to the raised garden tub of your dreams.

Plan Spotlight

The Venice is a home plan by Bellagio Custom Homes.

Bellagio’s Ravello home plan is drenched in charm, from the vaulted ceilings to the sumptuous and private master suite. Looking at a smaller lot? Bellagio has you covered! The Ravello was specially designed for narrow lots. The optional bonus room offers a covered balcony as well as a bonus room perfect for an extra bedroom or even a home office.

Or, perhaps the Venice is more your style. A gorgeous one story home, the Venice is one of Bellagio’s largest home plans. The gourmet kitchen with raised bar is sure to delight the aspiring chef and perennial entertainer, while all family members will appreciate that each bedroom includes its own walk-in closet.

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Ready to look into a design of your own? Contact Bellagio Custom Homes today to discover your dream home in the Palm Coast, Florida.

January 5th, 2016

Custom Homes in Dallas

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Our country exterior

This home by Our Country Homes is like your own private castle!

If you’re looking for a builder in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas, Our Country Homes wants to build you a custom home as individual as you. Their reputation for creating unique and beautiful homes means you’re getting nothing but the best in custom building. Our Country’s luxurious homes are crafted with the most desirable amenities and designed for energy efficiency. Throughout the building process, their team will keep you up-to-date every step of the way to make sure you are completely satisfied. This personal approach brings quality work, attention to detail, and the highest level of customer service to the custom building experience. As a true custom builder, they will start by helping you find the land that is perfect for your future home. If you already have one, great! Next they will guide you through the design process so that the blueprints and interior design are perfect for you. Their materials are nothing but the best, without the sticker shock. You’ll select from hand-scraped hardwood options for flooring, granite countertops, and more!

Master Bath by Our Country Homes

This luxurious master bath by Our Country Homes features a tub, walk-in shower, and granite-topped vanity with rich, detailed wood cabinets.

For more information about Our Country Homes, give them a call at 817-281-3388 or visit their website!

 

December 21st, 2015

Anything but Beige

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Few have failed to notice that the dominant color scheme of new construction is a universal beige, usually paired with white trim. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a real unpainted wood door or porch columns. How do you go about choosing the color scheme that is right for you without accidentally painting your house an over-saturated color so bright it aggravates your neighbors? How do you balance expressing some personality in a sea of beige without sticking out like a sore thumb? Here are some color scheme ideas for your home’s exterior that are anything but beige to inspire you to break out of the monotonous mold.

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This scheme pairs dark neutrals with a rusty red trim, pale green accents, and natural mahogany-stained wood front door and garage door.  It’s fresh and contemporary while the red and green pairing gives it a woodsy feel. Try it on a heavily-wooded lot surrounded by trees.

 

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This scheme brings sunny yellow into your life without going overboard. Pick a few surfaces to pop with brightness and the rest can be a medium tan. Give the trim a deep brown coat or leave the wood unpainted with a dark stain and paint the accents forest green. Add some personality with a pop of turquoise on the front door.

 

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If your home has a Victorian vibe with lots of details, give it a pop with a dark teal body with contrasting ivory and burgundy trim and accents. You’ll be glad you paid extra attention to the little things.

 

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If pale colors and a more traditional scheme are more your thing, try  a pale green body with white trim, dark green accents. Throw in a few pops of rusty orange, especially on your front door. You can also achieve this look using unpainted wood stained with a warm finish.

 

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For a cool look, go monochrome! Use blueish-grays for the body of the house, white trim with dark teal accents, and pops of turquoise in the pediments and on the front door. This can also make a nice contrast to tan stone foundations.

 

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Another dark, woodsy scheme uses natural wood browns that can be stained dark for the second story, front door and garage door, and then a lighter, warmer color in pediments for contrast. The first floor can be painted tan or be built as natural stone, while the trim is a dark teal-blue with goldenrod accents.

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