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How homeowners benefit from an established builder’s systems and relationships Over the past decade, many new contractors have emerged as homebuilders. This has given homeowners more options, tempting some to choose a contractor based strictly on price. Bad idea. It’s nearly impossible to compare apples to apples when collecting competitive bids, especially for a complex custom home.

Construction Quality

As a professional builder, our company takes pride in creating high-quality homes. So we’d like our homebuyers to understand the difference between a well-built home and something less. What do we mean by “quality”? It’s not a mystery—construction quality is easy to see when you know what to look for. We’ve found that the best

Controlling Moisture to Prevent Mold

Your professional builder knows the best techniques and materials to keep mold at bay We’ve all seen stories about black mold in houses, and no one wants to experience that. But even a new custom home can develop a mold problem if the builder doesn’t use the right construction practices and products. Mold is a

Exterior Home Finishes

The right materials on the outside of your house can both distinguish it and add to its value. The exterior finish is a home’s first impression, a greeting to neighbors and visitors, and a mark of the homeowner’s taste and style. Making the right choices in cladding, roofing, trim, and hardscaping can protect your home

If you are planning on building a second home, hiring a remote builder can offer a lot of benefits. Not only can it save you time and money, but it can also give you access to a wider pool of talent. However, finding a trustworthy remote builder can be a challenge. To help you navigate

Cedar City, Utah is a beautiful city that is nestled in the heart of Southern Utah. It is a city that is known for its natural beauty, outdoor activities, and friendly community. If you are considering investing in real estate, building a second home in Cedar City, Utah could be a great option. In this

Pros and Cons of LVT

Lots of homeowners are interested in this popular flooring—here’s what you need to know. Although the word “vinyl” raises some people’s eyebrows, luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is actually a high-quality engineered flooring material. In recent years, LVT has become wildly popular, even among well-heeled homeowners. It’s easy to see why: with looks similar to hardwood

Who Will Build My House?

The challenge of labor makes selecting the right builder more important than ever. Homeowners are rightly concerned about rising material costs and unpredictable supply chains, but both will likely stabilize. A more intractable long-term challenge is about who will do the work to build our homes. This is the big topic in today’s building industry. It’s harder

Where’s My Garage Door?

Although professional builders do everything in their power to keep home construction on schedule, they face more challenges than ever. Most have to do with back-ordered products—ongoing fallout from the pandemic. The supply chain affects every builder in the country, but as an illustration let’s consider a highly respected design/build company in Orlando that needed

The first step to getting real value from these sites is to understand their strengths and weaknesses Many of our custom home clients love photo-sharing sites like Pinterest, and those sites can be a big help when searching for design and product ideas. However, they can also lead to frustration and disappointment. The result you

Understanding Resilient Design

A growing topic of discussion among builders in recent years has been resilience. Homes designed and built for resilience will weather all but the most extreme environmental conditions and will remain livable during power outages. They offer homeowners true shelter and peace of mind. The most obvious natural events are those that make the news—

What’s Your Real Market?

The answer will have an impact on the selections you make and the final home cost. Potential clients often ask for our homes’ average cost per square foot. The question is understandable. Price per square foot is a metric the real estate industry uses to gauge the competitiveness of resale homes, and homebuyers have internalized

Three Reasons to Build a Custom Home

Should I build a custom home? Maybe you’ve asked yourself that question before. It could have been midway through a painful remodel in an attempt to update your aging home. Or maybe you found yourself wondering how on earth you were going to make room for a third child without selling and moving – again.

Choose Your Builder Wisely

The low-bid, budget company may cost more in the long run. Here’s why. Does your builder have the size and—more importantly—the management systems needed to handle a custom home project? If not, the final cost in dollars and frustration may be more than you bargained for. There are innumerable ‘horror stories’ on the Internet about

A New Home is a Healthy Home

How professional builders create a healthy indoor environment. If you have concerns about how healthy your new home will be, you’re not alone. In a 2021 survey of 551 American homeowners commissioned by York (a manufacturer of home heating and cooling systems) 62% of respondents said their home’s indoor air quality needed improvement. And in

How Much Will It Cost?

Whether it’s a $7 million custom home or a $70,000 kitchen remodel, no one wants to pay more than they have to. So it’s no surprise that the first question many people have for their architect, interior designer, or custom home builder is about cost. That’s not a good starting point for getting the best

Are You Being Served?

When choosing someone to build your new custom home, there’s a truth that you ignore at your peril: your ultimate satisfaction has as much to do with your day-to-day experience of the project as with the final result. This is very different than buying a tract home, where you have only minimal interaction with the

The Importance of Interior Design

Interior designers can help create safe, comfortable spaces that are perfectly tailored to your needs. Homeowners sometimes ask what, exactly, interior designers bring to the table. It’s a valid question. You’ve lived in homes all your life and know what you like, so choosing products, colors and layouts shouldn’t be complicated, right? The answer is

The mountains of Southern Utah are renowned for their stark and startling beauty. With superb skiing in the winter and excellent hiking and sight-seeing opportunities in the summers, there are plenty of reasons to build a Southern Utah mountain home. Most people, when they think of communities in Southern Utah, think of places like Cedar

Looking Beyond Sticker Prices

Installed costs vary greatly from product to product, but your builder can help manage them. Cost control is top-of-mind for anyone building a custom home these days. That includes keeping final product costs as close to the estimate as possible. With this in mind, some homeowners browse at design centers and box stores, then come

Why Changes are so Costly

Change orders have always led to budget increases and schedule delays, and it’s not getting any better. With inflation showing up in the news and at the grocery store, some homeowners are asking what they can do to keep construction costs from escalating. Part of the answer is to choose the features and products you

How to Choose a Custom Home Builder

Choosing a custom home builder can be difficult. It’s important to find the right builder to make your custom home exactly how you’ve always pictured it. The beautiful land around Dixie National Forest in Southern Utah is home to many incredible mountain homes. Small resort communities such as Duck Creek Village and Panguitch Lake are