October 23rd, 2017

Build Custom in the Palm Coast

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An exterior by Bellagio Custom Homes

About the Builder

A custom crafted home expert, Bellagio Custom Homes builds luxury new homes in Flagler County, Florida. Lower building costs, historically low financing rates, and high quality construction combine for the perfect opportunity to build your own custom home.

Where They Build

Bellagio builds in Palm Coast PlantationBellagio builds in select communities and areas in Northeast Florida, including Flagler, St. Johns, and Volusia counties. The Palm Coast Plantation is one of the most sought after communities in the Palm Coast area.

Located on the Intracoasta Waterway, Palm Coast Plantation features the 126-acre freshwater Emerald Lake. Two onsite boat ramps and RV storage areas mean you’re never too far away from camping, fishing, or boating outings. Or, stay active with the community’s tennis courts, basketball court, shuffleboard, horseshoes, and pickleball options. And of course, we can’t forget about the junior size Olympic pool, heated spa, and children’s pool!

Back in the clubhouse, you’ll find a fitness room, game room, and social room. A screened-in lanai hosts community events throughout the year, meaning you’ll always have a social outlet.

What They Build

Bellagio builds in Palm Coast, FLChoose from a wide variety of floor plans that you can personalize into your own! The Turin offers an expansive kitchen and luxurious architecture. A separate dining room and cafe connect to the spacious main room, while the large covered lanai offers options for a summer kitchen, pool, bathroom access, and private master suite entrance.

Or, explore the Pienza. With three bedrooms and three bathrooms, the Pienza provides a beautiful space to both relax and entertain. Spacious bedrooms, open living areas, and an expansive kitchen are just a few of the features that make up this beautiful home.

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Curious about building your own luxury custom home with Bellagio in Northeast Florida? Contact Bellagio Custom Homes today to get started on your custom home journey!

October 16th, 2017

Top 5 Design Trends for Fall 2017

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What’s New In the Design World?

Here at CustomBuilders, we’ve scoured the world wide web for the top trends in home design. Below, we’ve summed up our personal favorites in one convenient spot.

Trend #1: Velvet Furniture and Accents

Ooh la la! We’re seeing this all over the runways and our favorite department stores. The only logical next step was on our furniture! And what more could you want as the nights grow chillier than cozy, luxurious velvet.

Try a velvet upholstered chair for the ultimate luxury, or go smaller with velvet pillows or a throw blanket to add a touch of high-end comfort. Or, for a fun fall kick, sneak in a velvet pumpkin or two! Try these scented pumpkins from Etsy:

Velvet scented pumpkins from Etsy

Trend #2: Brass Anything

Take your interior to the next level with a splash of brass. Now synonymous with understated luxury, brass has been labeled StyleBlueprint’s comeback of the year. To incorporate in your home, think adding brass fixtures (like drawer pulls or knobs), pendants and light fixtures, tables with brass frames, or go all out with a brass chandelier like this one Apartment Therapy highlights:

Brass chandelier from Apartment Therapy

Trend #3: Terra Cotta Tile

Inject your home with instant warmth when you use this classic earthenware tile. With a more natural feel, terra cotta tile brings you back to basics.

You can either add new terra cotta tile in, or bring life to your current terra cotta tile by accenting it with other natural materials to really make it pop. Leave it to the French to come up with the perfect example of what we’re talking about in the photo below from Maison et Demeure:

Terra cotta inspo from maison et demeure


Trend #4: Artisanal Accents

Goodbye, DIY. Hello, finely crafted decor. Start small and add a few hand blown vases to your living room, or go all out with a finely worked wood table made by a local craftsman.

The idea here is to avoid the “quick and easy” method – instead, you’re focusing on works that take effort, skill, and creativity. We love this hand blown Venetian glass vase found on Etsy:

Hand Blown Glass Vase Etsy


Trend #5: Add a Splash of Red

Spotted on Elle’s list for upcoming 2018 trends, red furniture adds an unexpected pop of color to your home. After all, red is the color of passion.

Show your confidence in design by making a bright red chair or sofa the focal point of the room. Or, go small and just add red dishes:

Stock Photo Red Dishes

And that’s a wrap! How will you be incorporating these trends into your own home?

October 9th, 2017

Making the Most of

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So, you made it to the CustomBuilders website. What next?!

Lucky for you, we’ve compiled your road map of CustomBuilders online. Keep reading for our top tips on using the CB website, whether you’re a buyer looking for a new home or a builder researching the competition.

For Buyers

Getting Started

The CustomBuilders homepage mapBegin with the map on the homepage. From here, you can quickly and easily select the state you’d like to build in – whether it’s where you currently live, or in another area.

Once you’ve drilled down into an area, you have two choices! Either scroll through the overall list of builders in that state, or narrow it down to metro area. This will help find a builder who can construct your custom home in your desired city.

Navigating the Builder’s Profile

Found a builder that looks promising? Click into their profile to view more details! Here, you can read a bit about what they do, see photo examples of their work, as well as view the various areas they build in.

To get more information, either visit the builder’s website or fill out the nifty contact form right on the page.

Tips & Tricks

Not ready to look at a specific area yet? No worries! In the photo gallery, explore images from all the builders to get a better idea of what style you’re wanting. Broken up into categories, you can easily filter by just exteriors, or even take a look through kitchens to find your dream design.

For overall tips, advice, and builder profiles, visit the CustomBuilders blog. Search by news articles, builder highlights, homeowner resources, and more.

For Builders

Claim Your Free Listing

First things first, do you have a profile A sample listing by CustomBuilderson CustomBuilders? If not, you’ll want to claim your free listing right away. The CB team will reach out to get more information and set up your profile. Make sure to have these items handy for when they do:

  • Your company description
  • The link to your company website
  • Your company address and phone number
  • The e-mail address you’d like notified if someone fills out the CB form on your page
  • At least 5 photos to include on your profile

Scope Out the Competition

Once you have your listing, use the homepage map or metro links at the bottom of the web page to check out the competition in your area. Easily search by entire states (like Texas) or filter down by exact metro areas to see what other builders are up to. If the builder has a website, we recommend clicking through to see how they’re showcasing their custom home product.

The CustomBuilders blog can also be a resource – visit the Custom Homebuilders category to explore profiles and highlights on various custom builders!

Good luck, and happy searching!


October 2nd, 2017

Beautiful Details with O’Neal Builders

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About the Builder

O’Neal Builders offers custom homes in Central Illinois. With the philosophy “one detail at a time,” O’Neal focuses on quality homes in premier locations around Bloomington-Normal, Dunlap, and Peoria.

Focusing on the Details

O'Neal builds in premier Central Illinois locations like WaterstoneO’Neal brings 18 years of homebuilding experience to the table when you choose to build a home with them. Each member of the O’Neal team brings a unique set of talents and skills to ensure your home is built to the absolute best standards.

O’Neal prides themselves on great customer service, meaning you’ll be in constant contact with a member of their team throughout the project. You’ll never wonder where you stand when you work with O’Neal Builders.

Luxurious Locations

Building in premier neighborhoods in Central Illinois, you’re sure to find the perfect location for you from O’Neal.

Choose from locations like Waterstone, one of Peoria’s newest upscale neighborhoods. Featuring 67 wooded acres and magnificent views, Waterstone is an ideal retreat. Enjoy a neighborhood park and pond, quick access to the nearby Shoppes at Grand Prairie, and full city services.

Or, look into Attingham Park. With lots up to 1.5 acres, your privacy is secured in this Peoria location. Enter the neighborhood through a tree-lined boulevard to view the 53 estate lots. The Rock Island Trail forms the northeast boundary of the neighborhood, while the community itself is served by the popular Dunlap school district.

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To learn more about O’Neal Builders and the homes they offer, contact the O’Neal team today.



September 25th, 2017

Elegance & Luxury with Q5 Custom Homes

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About the Builder

Focusing on the highest design standards, Q5 Custom Homes provides luxurious homes in the Oklahoma City metro. Select from a wide variety of curated designs, or work with the Q5 time to create your own personal masterpiece – the choice is yours. You can even build on your own land.

Available Designs

Q5 builds custom homes in the OKC metroChoose from plans like the Hillcrest, a home with over 4,800 square feet of space. Featuring an angled, wrought iron split staircase, the Hillcrest is classic elegance from start to finish. French doors guide you to the oversized covered back patio, while a generous home theatre room inside ensures you’ll be entertained no matter where you spend your time.

Or, perhaps the Montebello is more your style. The grand living room shines with vaulted ceilings, an elegant fireplace, and tall wood-cased windows. Love spending time outdoors? Then the Montebello’s outdoor oasis is perfect for you. With a built-in grill, TV niche, bar, and outdoor fireplace, you can spend your days relaxing outdoors. And when you’re done, simply retreat into your decadent master suite. Other stunning features of this home include: a safe room that doubles as a closet, an ocular sitting area just outside the study, upstairs balcony leading from the game room, and a gourmet kitchen.

Whatever your desire, Q5 has plenty of plans to match – or, they can work with you to bring your dream off paper and into reality.


Q5 can build on either your own land or in one of their OKC communities. Cambria Heights, an Edmond community, provides residents a tree-filled paradise. Each estate in this community has a 3/4 acre wooded homesite, ensuring you’ll have plenty of space. A community pool gives you the perfect place to relax after a long day at the office, or stroll through the neighborhood for a serene after-dinner walk.

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Interested in building your own luxurious dream home with Q5 Custom Homes in OKC? Contact the Q5 team to get started on your path to happiness.

September 18th, 2017

Picking the Right Interior Colors

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Once you’ve settled on a floor plan and builder, you may think your decisions are over. Not so much! In some cases your builder may let you choose the paint colors for your newly crafted home, or you may be looking into some DIY once the home is built.

Either way, it all comes down to this: what colors will you choose for your new place?

Start With Your Favorites

Paint samplesHave a favorite color? That’s the perfect place to start! If you adore the color purple, you could look into using it as an accent color – purple throw pillows to complement gray living room walls, for example.

Take it one step further and look into what your favorite color says about you. Colors can have deeper meanings – and even affect your mood – so you’ll want to make sure that the paint color you choose is a true reflection of who you are.

Here are a few popular colors and their meanings, via The Spruce:

  • Red: fiery, warm, welcome.
  • Yellow: pleasant, cheerful (in small doses).
  • Blue: relaxing, easygoing.
  • Green: tradition, nature, abundance.
  • Neutrals: simplicity, balance.

Did any of those adjectives strike your fancy? That might be the color to use!

Working Your Color Into Your Home

Interior DecoratingNow that you’ve settled on a palette, you can start working on what rooms should be which color – and pick the accompanying furniture and decor to match.

If your favorite color is vibrant and strong (say, hot pink or firetruck red), you might not want to splash it all over your walls. Instead, you could paint the walls themselves a nice neutral – think sage green or slate grey. Your beloved color could then be used as an accent against the walls, giving you the perfect pop of color in your living space.

Pinterest Is Your Friend

Of course, we can’t forget about Pinterest! Collect a collage of your favorite items, colors, decorations, and more to create a room inspiration board. After awhile, you’ll likely see a pattern start to emerge – and you might even find some DIY tricks and awesome decor pieces to incorporate into your new home.

Still Stuck?

Many custom builders offer interior design assistance or design centers to help you pull together your style for your new home. And if all else fails, it’s always fun to take a quick quiz to see what style they think you have!

September 11th, 2017

Creative Custom: A Passion for Excellence

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About the Builder

Creative Custom Home Builders creates luxury custom homes in San Antonio. With a focus on Old World craftsmanship, architectural excellence, and design innovation, it’s no surprise that Creative Custom is one of the most reputable custom luxury builders in the area.

The Creative Custom Difference

An exterior by Creative CustomQuality, not quantity, matters most to Creative Custom. For this reason, customers of Creative Custom work directly with the owner, Guy Floyd, instead of a construction superintendent. Guy works closely with his customers, keeping them up-to-date every step of the way.

Since there is such a personal involvement in each home, Creative Custom builds a small amount of homes each year. This way, each home can be built to the high standards and quality that each Creative Custom homeowner deserves.

To ensure each home looks just as good inside as it does outside, Creative Custom employs a licensed interior designer at no cost to you. As a customer, you’ll be guided through flooring choices, countertops, lighting, and more as you pick out the perfect selections and finishes for your custom home.

Bring Your Wish List

Bathroom by Creative CustomCreative Custom Home Builders invites you to bring your wish list to them so they can make those dreams a reality. When planning for your new home, Creative Custom recommends writing down a list of all the items you like about your current home, as well as the items you would add or change if you could.

Keep those notes in written form, tear out pictures from magazines you like, or create a Pinterest board of what inspires you. The more information you can bring to your meetings, the better idea the Creative Custom team will have of what you need.

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Interested in building your own luxury custom home with Creative Custom Home Builders in San Antonio? Be sure to contact their team today! Since they build a select number of homes per year, options are limited – you don’t want to let this opportunity pass you by.



September 4th, 2017

Your Home, Your Way with McGuinn Homes

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About the Builder

Build on your lot, your way with McGuinn Hybrid Homes. With three different levels to choose from, McGuinn gives you the options you need to find the perfect home for you.

Build On Your Lot

McGuinn Hybrid Homes builds your home, your way on your lotMcGuinn Homes allows you the option to build your home on your lot – and that’s only the first in a series of choices you’ll be able to make. McGuinn also offers three distinctly different options perfect for any budget:

  1. Level One – Best Value Homes. Choose from McGuinn’s “Your Home, Your Way” plans and personalize your plan using their variety of options.
  2. Level Two -Value Custom Homes. Customize one of McGuinn’s stock plans, choose from a huge selection of options, and let the McGuinn team add their own expertise.
  3. Level Three – True Custom Homes. Unlimited choices, the option to bring your own plan…if you want it, it’s yours.

The McGuinn Hybrid Home

Designed with the environment in mind, the McGuinn hybrid home saves you money on utility bills while focusing only on the areas with the most benefit.

So what comes in a hybrid home? Here’s just a few of the features:

  • Low-E vinyl windows
  • Programmable thermostat
  • Natural gas heat
  • Engineered roof systems
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Low-maintenance vinyl siding
  • CFL/LED bulbs
  • …and more!

The Selections Gallery

No matter your budget, the Selections Coordinator at McGuinn’s Selections Gallery is here to help. You’re more than welcome to bring your own fabric samples, paint swatches, and photos of your favorites as you talk through choices for your new home.

And if you run across an item you haven’t even considered yet? No worries! The coordinator will be there with expert advice tailored just for you.

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If you’re interested in learning more about hybrid homes by McGuinn or are ready to start the building process, be sure to contact their team today!

August 28th, 2017

The Cothran Homes Experience

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About the Builder

With over two decades of building experience in Greenville, South Carolina, Cothran Homes is ready to help you find your new home in a location you’ll love.

Quality craftsmanship, luxury interiors and finishes, and plenty of customization options are only the tip of the custom building iceberg with Cothran Homes.

The Custom Process

Cothran aims to make the building process as simple as possible. From design selection to a quality inspection, Cothran Homes outlines every step of the building path and walks you through it.

Want to personalize your home? No problem! Cothran Homes has plenty of customization options that makes every home unique.

Desirable Neighborhoods

Cothran Homes builds in premiere neighborhoods in the South Carolina area, including the Reserve at Asheton Lakes. Located in Simpsonville, the Reserve offers a gated atmosphere and gorgeous townhomes.

Each plan comes with a variety of included features, but still offers options for personalization to make sure you get the home of your dreams. Enjoy low-maintenance living in a neighborhood where all the yard work is taken care of for you. Cothran even takes care of cleaning the gutters and caring for the exterior paint on your home!

Cothran Homes seeks to change your life (and your lifestyle!) with their well-appointed townhomes in the Greenville area. With Cothran, you can get low-maintenance without sacrificing high-style. One thing is certain: you’ll have to see the difference for yourself.

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Interested in building your new home with Cothran Homes? Contact their team today!


August 21st, 2017

Three Generations of Quality: American Heritage Homes

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About the Builder

Based in the Fredericksburg area, American Heritage Homes has a rich history in Virginia. Now in their third generation as a family owned and operated business, American Heritage has valued old-fashioned craftsmanship since 1947.

A History of Quality

The company may have just been around since 1947, but the Pruitt family hails back to the Colonial times in the Virginia area. It’s for this reason the company values providing customers with quality, luxury homes in the midst of a rich, historical setting.

The old-fashioned craftsmanship that American Heritage adores is combined with modern luxuries and exquisite designs to create the perfect Virginia home.

Prestigious Communities

The American Heritage Homes builds in the Estates of ChancellorsvilleAmerican Heritage builds in premiere communities across Stafford, Fredericksburg, and Spotsylvania. The Estates of Chancellorsville supplies residents with a private retreat nestled between D.C. and Richmond. Before you even enter the neighborhood, you’re greeted with an entryway to set the tone: a stone entry feature and double carriageway entrance lined with split-rail fencing.

The Estates is settled next to the U.S. Park Service Chancellorsville Battlefield Park, which has over four thousand acres. Secluded walking trails give community residents a serene place to unwind away from the bustle of the city.

With its wooded, rural setting, the Estates gives residents the peaceful lifestyle of a rural town while keeping them close to all the best city conveniences. Shopping centers, parks, restaurants, recreational opportunities, and more are all within minutes of the Estates of Chancellorsville.

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If you’re interested in building your new custom home in the Fredericksburg area with American Heritage Homes, be sure to contact them today.


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