May 16th, 2012

Ovilla Parc from Creative Homes

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Are you looking for a Midlothian home builder? Creative Homes is well known as one of the premier custom home builders in the Midlothian area. They are building custom homes in Ovilla Parc.

Ovilla Parc is a subdivision in Ovilla, a quiet country town in north Ellis County. A short distance south of downtown Dallas, Ovilla Parc offers the advantages of small town living – like friendly neighbors and excellent schools – without sacrificing city amenities. City sewer systems along with natural gas are all available in this wooded neighborhood. Part of the Midlothian school district, Ovilla Parc is zoned for Longbranch Elementary, Walnut Grove Middle, and Midlothian High School. 1/3 to 1/2 acre lots are available with homes from the $220’s.

To reach Ovilla Parc from 1-35, Go west on Ovilla Road 4.5 miles to Shiloh Road. Go right on Shiloh .5 miles to Ovilla Parc. From Highway 67, go south on Joe Wilson 6.6 miles to Shiloh. Go left on Shiloh for 2 miles to Ovilla Parc. Taking Highway 287, go north on Walnut Grove 4 miles to Shiloh, and go right on Shiloh for 2.5 miles to Ovilla Parc.

Creative Homes has been building in Ellis County for more than ten years. They focus on innovative design, distinctive quality, and impressive value; whether you’re looking for a move up home or the ultimate lifestyle, they have a community for you. They have houses available for immediate move in as well as creating creative custom homes.

May 7th, 2012

Search Engine Optimization for the custom homebuilder

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As a custom home builder, are you interested in what SEO can do for you company? Or to put it another way, when people search “custom homes in Your Location”, do you come up on the first page? Because you should, and the right SEO team can make that happen. The trick is finding the right SEO team.

SEO and SEM have been referred to as the “Wild, Wild West” of the internet. There are a lot of ads, a lot of promises, and not nearly as much solid information. It’s not always easy to find the right investment. A negative experience can quickly turn people off – or maybe you’re just wondering if what you’re paying for is really worth it.

Builder Designs utilizes a unique methodology to create real results. The newest BDTV episode discusses our SEO and SEM plans, and we’d like to tell you a little about them, so that you can feel confident in finding what you need. Marketing for custom home builders is a specialty field.  You deserve someone who really knows the market.

Search Engine Optimization properly refers to on-page optimization. Search Engine Marketing, on the other hand, is off-page optimization, like ad words. Our SEO team, headed by David Bean, works full-time on the optimization process. From the initial discovery phase to ongoing evaluation of services, our one-of-a-kind program uses only the builder vertical. And we also have an aggressive link-building strategy built into our website marketing plan. Your custom home builder listing here is just one example! These research-driven plans offer trusted solutions for your marketing needs. And our prices are adjusted to your needs too.

Our SEO team has wrangled clients first page results. When 99% of people are searching online for custom homes, earning a place on that first page is like owning every oil field in Texas. Okay, okay, no more Wild West metaphors – but you get our point. It’s an important investment, and one you want to place in trustworthy hands. Interested in what SEO can do for your company? Give Builder Designs a call, and we’ll be happy to discuss your options, or just offer up some more information.

May 3rd, 2012

The virtual face of your company

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As a custom homebuilder, you develop a close relationship with your clients. What kind of unique quality and emotion do you bring to them? Is it a superb professionalism, or perhaps a warm familiarity? It’s important to have a website that reflects your company’s personality. This is a crucial touchstone for any business, but especially for the custom homebuilder, who will have such a long-lasting relationship with buyers. Remember that the far majority of homebuyers find their home online!

Human-Computer interaction is where the elements of computer science, behavioral science, and design come together. Often called interface design, the right website can influence the user through emotional reaction – the same way two people would interact. When it’s done right, the personality of the product will override the computer’s inanimate coldness.

What does that mean for you, the custom homebuilder? Homeowners need to know your trustworthy. Your website needs to convey the same openness as if they were stepping into one of your show homes. You want to create a feeling of invitation, and offer information that’s readily accessible and easily organized. A poor website makes many people assume the product, and company, are equally inferior.

A designer will know all about the architecture of a site, and how to orchestrate it just perfectly for quick information and fantastic user experience. What you bring to the table is the knowledge of your audience! What makes people interested in your custom homes? Is it your luxury features, or green building, or years of experience? The right web designers can create the right influence and feel for your website.

A powerful website is full of personality, that will meet people face-to-face and win their trust. It should also be easy to change, when new communities are opened up or new floorplans drawn. And you need a way to immediately reach back to an interested homeowner and create those sales. Builder Designs offers that website and those designers. With our specialized graphic user interface, and years of experience in homebuilder website design, we can create the website that works best for your company and your potential homeowners. Interested? Contact us and we’d be happy to share the details.

May 1st, 2012

Market trends for custom homes

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As a custom home builder, you’re skilled at balancing market trends and popular requests with caring for the individual needs of your homeowner. We’ve seen an very important change in the homeowner market over the last few decades: women’s purchasing power. Women make a great deal of the homebuying decisions. And too note that single households are most likely to be headed by women.  Market research indicates that of our popular design trends, some are especially important and appreciated by women homeowners.

Drop Zones: These are areas near a garage or door that offer a place to store and organize important items. Coats, shoes, rain gear, mail, keyholders – all the things that become scatted throughout the home and make a disorganized mess. These drop zones are a great solution. As a custom home builder, what kind of drop zones can you create for your client? There are all sorts of aesthetic choices possible in finding just the right look for just the right spot!

Electronic Drop Zones: Between smart phones, tablets, ereaders, and music players, the modern family owns a plethora of electronic devices – and with them, a multitude of cords. As a custom home builder, consider offering a convenient, well-designed place that houses all of those cords for quick charging and storage. They hide the mess and protect against loss.

Convenient Laundry Rooms: The location of the laundry can save – or create – a lot of hassle. Having the laundry room built near the bedrooms is an increasingly popular trend. It’s a huge time saver, and far more convenient for washing and putting clothing away. What laundry room locations do you find popular for new custom homes?

Kitchen Storage: As a custom home builder, you know how important the right kitchen is to your client! Storage is often one of the top must-have for women buyers. This is especially true for kitchen cabinets. Pantries and cabinets that provide plenty of well-utilized storage space make the kitchen more usable and appealing. Important, too, is keeping them well-lit and easily accessible.

These are just a few popular trends in the custom homes market. Custom home builders create homes that are perfectly suited for the owner’s needs – and those of her family. What trends do you think are well worth watching?

April 25th, 2012

Highview Terrace by Clemens Companies

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R. M. Clemens Co. is a Dayton custom homebuilder with over 25 years of experience. Their Highview Terrace community offers a cozy home by Terrace Creek, in Bellbrook, Ohio.

Highview Terrace offers beautifully wooded estate lots. Many homes feature walk-outs and lovely views. These Bellbrook custom homes are zoned for the Sugarcreek Local school district.

Conveniently located near I-675, reach Highview Terrace by taking exist 7 (Wilmington Pk/Bellbrook) from I 675. Heading north on Wilmington Pk, turn right on Feedwire (1.1 mi) and then right on Little Sugarcreek (1.1 mi). Then just turn left on Terrace Creek.

There are four available homes in Highview Terrace, as well as three floorplans for a custom home in Bellbrook. The homes begin at $599k. For more information, contact Dayton custom homebuilder R. M. Clemens and they’ll be happy to assist you!

April 23rd, 2012

Mobile websites for custom homebuilders

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We’ve said before that 90% of homebuyers search online for homes and custom homebuilders. That’s a significant number! For the best sales and homeowner experience, you’ll spend a lot of time thinking about the design and features of your website. But also think about the way people first find you online. That might include SEO, social media marketing – whatever your company needs for name recognition and first page Google results. One feature to definitely consider is a mobile website.

It’s predicted that by 2013, more people will access information and search on their mobile devices than on their computers. Adding a mobile website will therefore have a major impact on your business. Regular websites are difficult to load and navigate on a mobile phone. Time-consuming sites send people off looking for companies that already have a mobile site. Mobile websites allow not just rapid website load time and easy-to-navigate pages, but also immediate access to phone numbers, directions, hours, and contact information. Consider how important this is to your potential custom homebuyer.

With the majority of people searching for homes on mobile websites, having a sharp-looking site with plentiful, organized information is crucial to staying ahead of your competitors. More visibility means more sales. Companies with mobile websites are going to sell more custom homes – that’s just the logic of numbers. Consider what your company can do to stay ahead of market trends and turn potential homebuyers into satisfied homeowners.

If you have any questions about mobile websites, or site design, SEO, and social marketing, give Builder Designs a call. We’d be happy answer any questions and discuss your options.

April 13th, 2012

April is New Homes Month

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April is New Homes Month! Record-low interest rates and competitive prices make the custom home market an attractive potential for many families. But many people are also still keeping an eye on their budget. Custom homebuilders are creating energy efficient and space efficient homes, with multipurpose rooms, that offer beauty and comfort while keeping costs trim.

For example, spaces are being reworked. Custom homebuilders are designing common areas like kitchens for maximum family interaction, while buyers are less interested in little-used rooms such as formal dens. Rather than a large home office, custom homes can offer “pocket offices”, small spaces for home management. Other corners of space, like window seats, provide cozy alcoves for a private area while not taking up precious square feet.

If the property is smaller to begin with, custom homebuilders can offer increased amenities as compensation. Libraries are becoming more and more common, in addition to the long-popular media room. Cost efficiency for space may include a redesign of exteriors. Multiple roof lines take up interior volume, so rectangular designs are more cost effective. A new custom home can include architectural details that take advantage of that redesign. Consider what you could add to this modern look, such as mixed materials, and large windows for additional light. Offering keen selections as a custom homebuilder helps your homebuyer research the exact look they are dreaming of. Remember that 9 out of 10 people find a custom builder by website, so having those selections and floorplans posted for viewing is very beneficial.

Because of budget concerns and changing cultural diversity, many families are now living together in multiple generation homes. A custom homebuilder can offer “shadow” units, separate living units alongside the the main floorplan. Offering two master suites, especially one on a ground floor so as to be accessible for elderly occupants, may interest many of your homebuyers. A custom home is of course dedicated to the unique style and needs of the family buying it, so consider the different options you want to offer for all types of family blends. Custom homebuilders are especially talented at and suited for creating custom homes for complex or special arrangements.

These changes in home design are exciting to see. For more information about house design in the new year, check out this NAHB article. We at Custom Builders hope you have a great New Homes Month in April.

April 11th, 2012

Houston home sales best in the country

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According to the latest forecast, Houston is going to top the country in new home sales this year!  The Dallas News reports predictions for new home sales in the city as topping 12,000 units in 2012. And that’s very good news for our custom home builders.

As a luxury custom homebuilder in Houston, Bella Vita offers the finest subcontractors, suppliers, and artists for custom homebuilding in Houston. They have twelve communities for Houston custom homes. Having sold over $77 million in custom homes, Bella Vita is dedicated to superb quality with efficiency.

Another luxury custom homebuilder in Houston, WhiteStone Custom Homes calls their style “Practical Luxury”™. They have a unique design/build process that can put you in your new Houston custom home in as little as sixth months after the day you walked into their model. WhiteStone has seven communities for custom homes in Houston.

Grand View Builders is a custom homebuilder in Houston dedicated to affordable custom homes with interior beauty and exterior style. They have sixteen communities in the area, from the $90’s to the $240’s. Their features include a very successful Build on Your Lot program.

J. Patrick Homes builds custom homes in Houston in some of the finest master-planned communities. They have twelve new home communities as well as ten move-in ready homes in Houston. Their homes feature wide-open views, spacious rooms, and versatile floor plans they are happy to customize.

A Graduate Master Builder, the highest designation available on the State or National level, Keystone Classic Homes is a custom homebuilder in Houston who specializes in the move up and move down buyer market. They have nine communities open for custom homes in Houston. And they offer over 30 foorplans to choose from, ranging 1900 sq. ft. to over 5000 sq. ft, with three decades of experience as a Houston custom homebuilder.

With the market forecast so promising, Houston custom homebuilders are ready for a great year.


April 11th, 2012

Improving market for Dallas custom homes

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The NAHB releases their improving market list this month. This index identifies metropolitan areas which housing markets show measurable improvement. Dallas has improved in housing permits, employment, and house prices for more than six consecutive months. So it’s a great time for custom homebuilding in Dallas. Dallas custom homebuilders are assured of a market holding steady, with consistent improvement.

As a luxury custom homebuilder in Dallas, Bella Vita offers the finest subcontractors, suppliers, and artists for custom homebuilding in the Dallas/Ft Worth area. They have fourteen communities for Dallas custom homes, including Highland Park and The Creeks at Preston Hollow.

Shaddock Homes is another luxury custom homebuilder in Dallas, with over 40 years of experience. They’ve earned a reputation for distinctive designs, superior craftsmanship, and homeowner satisfaction in Dallas custom homebuilding. They have nine communities for Dallas custom homes, from the $300’s to the high $600’s.

American Legend Homes offers a wide variety of custom homes in Dallas, including move-in ready, single-family, low maintenance garden homes, and luxury townhomes. Priced from the $170s to $600s, this Dallas custom homebuilder is dedicated to innovative design and unparalleled customer service. They have fifteen communities for Dallas custom homes, including the fast selling Royal Oaks.

Since 1957, Sandlin Custom Homes has been building custom homes in Dallas, family-owned and operated and the winner of multiple awards. They have twenty communities for custom homes in Dallas, from the $130’s to the $400’s. As a Dallas custom homebuilder, Sandlin concentrates on innovative homes that have superior quality for exceptional value.

Another great Dallas custom homebuilder is Cheldan Homes. They are focused on just one rule: to make creating, buying, and building your new home simple. They are an extreme green builder, for economic, health, and environmental benefits. These efforts also improve the general community, important for custom homes in Dallas. They have eight communities in the area, including Arbor Heights. Their Dallas custom homes offer world-class client care, during and for long after your home purchase.

The security and growth of the Dallas home market is a very good sign for both custom homebuilder and custom home buyer alike.

April 2nd, 2012

Belclaire Homes in Chapel Creek, Frisco, Texas

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Chapel Creek is among the fastest-selling luxury home communities in the Dallas area. Belclaire Homes is building in the Frisco, Texas neighborhood with homes from the $700’s.

An exclusive neighborhood in west Frisco, Chapel Creek is located between Preston Road and the Dallas North Tollway. It has plenty of beautiful green space, with hike and bike trails, parks, and creeks throughout the community. A short drive from Dallas as well as the DFW International Airport, Chapel Creek is also conveniently close to Stonebriar Centre Mall, Baylor Medical Center, and Hall Office Park. It’s zoned for the Otis Spears Elementary, Hunt Middle, and Frisco High School.

To visit Chapel Creek, take the Dallas North Tollway to Lebanon Road. Go east and after a quarter mile, turn left onto Parkwood Blvd. Travel another quarter mile and turn right onto Chapel Creek Blvd. The model home in Newman Village has more information about the neighborhood.

Belclaire Homes are known for their outstanding quality and fine craftsmanship. Their custom homes have included personal wine cellars, custom libraries, and gourmet kitchens, amongst many other potential features. They also have two available homes in Chapel Creek. If you are looking for a custom luxury home in the Dallas area, Belclaire Homes would love to be your builder.

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