November 2nd, 2015

Custom Homes with Great Customer Service in Kansas City

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J.S. Robinson Fine Homes is a Kansas City custom home builder with over 25 years of experience. They have built more than 1,200 homes in the Kansas City area with a range of customization options including full custom luxury homes. They are open to anything that makes their customers happy; if someone wants to build their own plans that they design themselves, J.S. Robinson will bring it to life. If someone wants to revise plans that J.S. Robinson already offers, they are happy to work with you to make it happen.

J.S. Robinson pays attention to all the details and finishes of their homes, which is what makes each home special. They craft crown moldings, posts and stair railings, trimmed doors, details, and built-ins which makes your home feel luxurious and complete. They use high quality materials and a carefully selected team of contractors.


Their mission is to create homes with innovative designs and a lasting value. They want the home building experience to deliver an excellent product and great service along the way.

Customers love that Jeff Robinson, the president of the company, was present throughout their home designing and building process, and responded to their needs even years after the home was built and the warranty had expired.

If you’re looking to build a custom home in the Kansas City area, you can get more information about J.S. Robinson by giving them a call at 913-927-4201 or by visiting their website.


October 26th, 2015

Truly Custom Homes in Jacksonville

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Cole-exteriorCole Builders is a custom new home builder based in Amelia Island in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Dale Cole, president of Cole Builders, has lived in Northeast Florida his entire life, and that’s where he builds. Building new homes is his passion, not just a business. He opened his first construction company working on interior finishes in 2000 which eventually became Cole Builders. He was been personally responsible for the construction of more than 150 homes and businesses built from the ground-up in the Jacksonville area.


Cole Builders prides itself on true custom design, so that you have a personalized dream home that fulfills your individual needs. At your initial consultation, you will fill out a questionnaire that explores all your needs, desires, and budget for your custom home to fit your lifestyle. You may be as involved as you’d like in the design throughout the process. A project manager will be at the building site every day as your point of contact, and Cole Builders provides weekly photos and updates online with a personal login as well as a live webcam so you can watch the progress. As a design-build firm, they manage the entire project from the initial design right through to the building permits and construction. They even provide your first-year warranty when it’s done.

If you would like more information, give them a call at 904.302.8606 or visit their website.




October 19th, 2015

Flexible Home Designs in Puget Sound

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Curtis Lang Custom Homes began in 1987 with the goal of creating distinctive homes that would be different than others in Western Washington. Curtis Lang learned the business from his father who was a local builder who founded Fred B. Lang Building Company in 1956, and developed a passion of design and an eye for detail that helps him go that extra mile to build homes with great attention to detail. Their designs are unique and truly flexible at a variety of price points so that Curtis Lang meets your needs at your price to build just the custom home you want. Lang tracks how the trends are ever-changing to evaluate which ideas will fade and which will be a timeless feature that adds long-term value to your house.


They offer both urban lots and acreage lots and everything in-between so you can live exactly where you want to be! As a builder and development company, they manage the entire process from the acquisition of the land to the final product using energy-saving construction with great quality and value. They have communities in Normandy Park, Auburn, and Maple Valley where their company is located.

If you’re looking for a home in the Puget Sound area, you can get more information about Curtis Lang Custom Homes by visiting their website or giving them a call at 425-432-3284.

October 12th, 2015

5 Yard Ideas Better Than Grass

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American lawns are one of the worst things we do to the environment, and yet they are standard among house-dwellers and some suburban apartment complexes. And what do we even use them for? Not much. Grass is itchy and full of little bugs that make us itch. It also takes up space that could be used for growing food or for a flowering habitat for bees (which are seriously endangered and dying off at an alarming rate) and butterflies which are essential to the pollination of the Earth (i.e. no pollen=no food). Lawnmowers account for 5% of our air pollution, and 17 million gallons of fuel are spilled in the process. According to the EPA, Americans use nearly 9 billion gallons of water per day on their lawns and 50% of that water, combined with the spilled fuel and copious amounts of pesticides we use, goes to waste down the storm sewers. This polluted water flows through an already overloaded system and eventually back into the environment. In 2015 it doesn’t seem necessary to explain why this is bad, but here is the short version: polluted water makes us sick and kills the plants and animals that keep us alive.

Here’s the good news: there’s actually a lot we can do about this! Here are 5 ideas for your yard that are low-maintenance, low-water, and healthy for you and the surrounding ecosystem!



1. Plant clover instead. This is a great solution if you’re hesitant to give up that lush green you get with grass. Kids can still play on it like a lawn, and you can even mow it if you’d like (electric and manual push-mowers only, please) or you can let the flowers grow which is great for bees and butterflies. Photo courtesy of



2. Embrace the prairie. Using regionally native plants, such as prairie grasses and wildflowers in the midwest, means minimal maintenance on species that are designed to thrive in your climate. Photo courtesy of



3. Embrace the desert. Similarly, if you live in an arid climate there are many native desert plants you can use that hold up with very little water. Many of them even have beautiful, colorful flowers! This is great in dry places such as California which has sever water shortages. Photo courtesy of



4. Plant a vegetable garden. This will of course require a green thumb and a higher level of maintenance, but weeding can be done by hand and there are plenty of organic solutions to pest control out there. You can plant in raised beds with gravel walkways in-between for full yard coverage without grass, and then you have fresh vegetables to feed your family and friends! (Note: some places have ordinances that absurdly prohibit this. If you are passionate about this, talk to your neighbors, talk to your city, start a petition!) Photo courtesy of



5. Designate your outdoor space with pervious paving. Pervious paving allows water to drain through and remain in your yard’s ecosystem instead of running off hard pavement such as concrete, asphalt, and paving stones, into the storm system. Use it for your driveway, walkways, and patio space where you want to spend time outdoors, and then plant your taller flowers and vegetables around it. Photo courtesy of

For more information about conserving water, check out 4 Ways to Save Water at Home.

October 5th, 2015

Q5 Custom Homes

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Q5 Custom Homes is a custom home builder in the Edmond and Oklahoma city areas. They felt there was a need within those housing markets for more custom options, and so Q5 was founded. Their homes have character, quality, and unique options which satisfy a particular niche of the market that values excellence in their homebuilding. Q5 has communities in Edmond, Deer Creek, and Piedmont. They also have a ‘Build on Your Own Land” program in the greater Oklahoma City area so you can choose Q5 to build your personalized dream home if you already have the land you want.

Q5 interior

When you meet with their Sales Professional, you will get to choose your floor plan, or design your own. Q5 is known for their award-winning luxurious, elegant designs; they offer a mix of modern and traditional styles. Their team is professional and dedicated, offering you their comprehensive services for a smooth process all the way through the home building experience.

Q5 Custom Home’s communities offer luxury and comfort. At Villagio, one of their communities in Deer Creek, for example, you will find large 1-acre and waterfront homesites and a community dock for fishing, wooded walking trails, and a neighborhood park.

For more information you can visit their website or give them a call at 405.696.9555.

September 28th, 2015

Custom Builders of Texas

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Bella Vita Custom Homes is a luxury custom home builder in various parts of Texas including Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Central Texas. They craft each beautiful home using only the finest skill and materials by top quality contractors and suppliers. Their number one goal is to listen to customers. They will never rush you into a sale because the Bella Vita team understands that home-buying is an enormous decision. They reputation rests on their integrity, honesty, and quality work. For more information call (214) 750-8482 or visit their website.


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Karen Homes is a custom builder in Fort Worth, Texas. Their attention to detail has drawn in customers over twenty years in which they have built over 3,000 new homes! Their designs are vibrant and exciting, featuring porches of Texas proportions with panoramic nature views, stone patio fireplaces, and luxurious owner retreats. For more information call (682) 312-9918 or visit their website.


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Greico Modern Homes is a custom home builder in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area. Their goal is to create unique and beautiful homes inspired by Mid-Century Modern architecture. They are not interested in trends that will quickly become outdated and need to be renovated; their designs are timeless. The clean lines and sleek features of these houses are low-maintenance and energy efficient. These homes are high-quality and built to last. For more information call (214) 202-0691 or visit their website.

If these are not quite the builder you are looking for, you can check out this more comprehensive list of Texas custom builders.


September 21st, 2015

4 Ways to Save Water at Home

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The recent drought in California has turned our attention to one of our most precious resources: water. According to the EPA, 40 out of 50 state water managers say we will have water shortages in the next decade.  Between our lawns, gleaming cars, and daily hygiene, we are each using, on average, 100 gallons of water per day. It’s easy to cut back on your water use at home, which is good for the earth and for your wallet. We’ve provided you with 4 ways you can save water, save money, and save the environment.

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September 14th, 2015

Old World Style and Craftsmanship with SUN Custom Homes

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SUN Custom Builders specializes in true craftsmanship and old world attention to detail.

SUN Custom Homes is an Oklahoma City custom home builder with more than a decade of experience. Their true passion is designing in a wide variety of styles, sizes, and price ranges. Their slogan is

Affordable Homes of Distinction

They are dedicated to good design, and bring vast knowledge of old world style and craftsmanship learned from extensive European travel to your custom home. They are a state Certified Professional Builder, and use experienced craftsmen and suppliers in the construction of your home. They use Energy Star rated construction for “green building.”

SUN builds homes with quality craftsmanship and old world style.

This living room by SUN Custom Homes will have you snuggling up to the stone fireplace.

The SUN Custom Homes team leads your through, step by step, all the way through making sure every decision works for you without letting you get lost in the process. There are many decisions to make when building a custom home, but the SUN team will guide you through and make the whole experience easy and enjoyable. Whatever you dream is, whatever your budget, the SUN team is there to listen and make it happen, giving you a beautiful, truly custom and well-built home at your price.

For more information call (405) 641-2154 or fill out the Request Info form which you can find in the upper-right corner of their website.

September 7th, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Custom Homes with Classic Detail

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L.R. Hill Custom Builders is a custom home builder in the Virginia Beach and Chesapeake Bay area. This award-winning company is dedicated to quality design and superior craftsmanship, as indicated by their numerous awards.


Carlisle House IV townhouse by L.R. Hill

Carlisle House IV

L.R. Hill’s specialty is combining classic design with contemporary finishes so your new home is timelessly stylish and full of character. They offer many options to give your home the feel you want: you can have beachy hardplank wood siding, or traditional brick at no extra charge in their Hanbury Woods community. The Carlisle House IV in the East Beach Luxury Townhomes community is a nod to historic Georgian-style architecture, with a brick exterior, white multi-pane windows, and porches over the entry with classical columns. The dormer windows bring character to an interesting third floor space in each townhome which has a bedroom, full bath, and flex space.



Victorian-Style house by L.R. Hill

You might not believe at first glance that this is a new house–it could have come straight out of a Victorian builder’s handbook! The wood siding and wraparound porch with a carefully crafted hand rail are delightful details that give this home a cozy, traditional style.

For more information about L.R. Hill’s custom homes, you can reach Michelle Irwin, their Client Relations Manager, at (757) 340-0530.


August 31st, 2015

Centerline Custom Homes Turns Your Dreams Into Reality

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Jeff Satterwhite of Centerline Custom Homes brings 25 years of experience and design knowledge to custom home building in Eastern North Carolina. Every detail of Centerline’s homes offers quality craftsmanship and warmth. Each home is built to “Energy Star” construction standards. They offer both stock and semi custom house plans which can be modified to the customer’s needs and budget. Centerline is committed to working as a team with clients and sub contractors to turn the client’s dreams into reality.

The Winding River Plantation in Bolivia, North Carolina is one of many communities where Centerline can build your custom dream home. They offer a wide price range from $250,000 to $900,000. The Intracoastal Waterway and Lockwood Folly River are directly accessible from the environmentally friendly community which features wooded and waterfront homesites, and a 27 hole Audubon-Certified sanctuary golf course designed by Freddie Couples. Residents also have access to a marina, pool, walking and bike trails, a fitness center, and a beach club.

Winding River Plantation Lot 8

Winding River Plantation Lot 8

This 3,150 square-foot home in-progress by Centerline Custom Homes is located on Lot 8 of Winding River Plantation. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a 2-car garage. The grand kitchen overlooks a curved dining room, and it has a view of the river with a ship-style office.

Curved Dining Room

Curved Dining Room

For more information about Jeff Satterwhite’s Centerline Custom Homes, visit their website or give them a call at 910-776-0044!


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