Let's take a look at the Ranch home. In recent years, the ranch design for homes has been replaced with two-stories and McMansions. The bigger the better. But, it looks like the ranch has made a resurgence. Many builders prefer to build two-story homes due to spacial limitations with the lot. Building a two-story home takes less space and may offer more home, however, buyers are seeking large lots with a single-story home. Competition for ranch homes like this in the market place are causing bidding wars and prices to skyrocket. As the cost of land has increased, larger lots are harder to find and single-story homes, even harder. This article from Realtor.com details the trend and breaks down the demand by age group, showing that as age increases, so does the desire for a single-story home. We've built our fair share of each and can say that both ranch homes and two-stories have their benefits and their cons...what do you prefer?
When you're working with a home builder on a new custom home, you're often dealing with the builder and his or her subcontractor. Everything from the original floor plans to the size and depth of the Master bath, you will be speaking with the builder to communicate your vision and needs and to the subcontractor to communicate the execution. Who you won't come into much contact with are the construction workers and other laborers on the project. But these individuals are the backbone of the operation. Recent findings note that the cost and availability of labor is the top challenge homebuilders expect to face this year. As builders, we can say that one of the crucial elements of maintaining a good quality business is to create partnerships with local vendors and laborers in which trust and reliability are key. When you've managed to build a certain level of loyalty when issues like this labor shortage arise, you can rest easy knowing that you may not be as short behind the scenes as predicted.
Does your New Year's resolution have anything to do with savings? Have you resolved to save money where it counts, cut down costs, and look for ways to get a better value from your home? With easy tips like these, this kind of resolution won't go by the wayside come March 1st. This article outlines five of the simplest and best savings for homeowners this year. As a homeowner, you know the daily responsibilities you must undertake to preserve your investment. You deserve to get the most out of your investment at the same time. Read up to get your new year off to a great start!
The age-old saying, "Less is more," may be proving to spread in both popularity and into the home design demand. According to a recent survey conducted by Realtor.com, the natural, simplistic look seems to be what more people are interested in when designing their custom home. In fact, the leading trend is a space for entertaining family and friends all year round. This manifests itself in spaces that are inviting, rustic, and provide beachside charm, according to the survey. Take a look at the findings to see which styles were also least-preferred. Who would have thought...in a time where we are inundated with "more," all the time, "less" is preferred in the form of simplistic living.
Just in time for the holidays: how does the below space in Hazelwood look to you to entertain family and friends?
Dogs are man's best friend. Or maybe it's your cat. Either way, our four-legged friends are much more than an extension of the family. They've become an integral part of the family unit, taking over our beds, having their own dining area in the kitchen, taking ownership of a certain part of the couch: you name it, we've adjusted our lifestyles to cater to our pets. In this way, looks like pets have become a top priority for builders. From designing homes with amenities including 'smart' pet doors and elaborate washing and grooming areas, to creating separate living spaces for pets, it's clear that pets are an important factor when helping clients buy or remodel a home. How much importance would you place on your pet's comfort when building or buying a home? What kind of novelty additions do you have in your home to keep your pet happy?
Having been in the homebuilding business for more than 30 years, we've seen trends come and go and come back again. Modern and simplistic was the way in the 1950s and with the popularity of the show Mad Men, that style has had a resurgence. However, it seems that the trend is tiring, according to Realtor.com. The craze has infiltrated not only the architectural aspect of homebuilding but the design and fashion aspect of decorating a home, where it may have crossed the line. Incorporating pieces of different 'design eras,' is one thing, but modeling an entire space after the Mad Men set, may be taking it too far, according to the article.
We've seen so many stylistic preferences and cater to one or many at any given time, resulting in a very unique portfolio. Whatever your architectural or design preferences, we have the experience and enthusiasm to do it and do it right.
If someone asked you, what features would you include in a a new home, what would you choose? So many options are out there from outdoor kitchens, low-energy windows, and extravagant home theatre systems, the possibilities are endless. Curious to find out what other home builders are constructing and what other new homeowners are asking for? This is an interesting article about the newest and most popular features in homes for 2015.
Many of Moffitt Built's new construction homes have been featuring soapstone countertops (for its resiliance), outdoor lanais for both entertaining and relaxing, and low-E windows to conserve energy and promote efficiency in the home's heating/cooling system.
What appeals to you?
Often times, especially when considering a new home, we're asked: which home style do you like best? Traditional, tudor, bungalow, colonial? There's endless choices and this guide can help you figure out which style you like best and the unique details that make it what it is. Some of these categories are new ones for me and some may be home styles you didn't even realize had a categorical name. Check these out and see where your interest lies. It can most definitely help narrow down your choices when it comes to showings or design if you're building a custom home.
When working with Moffitt Built, your vision is our creation. We take the utmost pride in each and every step of the custom home building process. Ensuring your vision is upheld in an effortless and efficient manner is the priority. This article has great information on how to get your thoughts and ideas together prior to working on your custom home. Understanding the custom home building process and having the proper awareness and perception of your wants and needs will allow us to work together seamlessly.
We're happy to be an integral part of making your vision a reality.
Eventually, we all go through the trials of asking ourself if our home is still suitable after the kids move out, if we should revamp and give the place a makeover, or if we should simply move on and downsize. It's a tough decision and one that should not be taken lightly - especially when there are specific things you need to consider.
Take a look at this helpful article from Realtor.com for considerations to incorporate into your decision. Moffitt Built can help you no matter which way you decide to go...we specialize in custom-built homes and remodeling projects to ensure that whatever your next step will be, it will be done properly, effectively, and to satisfy all of your dreams and desires.
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