Land is a valuable resource. It's also something that we don't have infinite amounts of. For this reason, taking the time and care to plan out community developments while working in harmony with the common outdoor space, is crucial. At Moffitt Built, we like to ensure that the community areas and outdoor landscaping within a development are best utilized. Bringing together the community by incorporating interconnected pathways, sidewalks, and useable space make for a productive community where everyone knows their neighbor. Starting with each home's front yard or porch space establishes the sense of an open and integrated community. Efficient and creative use of the land makes for pleasant and happy homeowners. Share your favorite parts about your development!
The exterior and the yard of your home are the first thing people see. Friends, family, guests, and eventually, potential buyers can get a first impression of your home just from the landscaping design. As builders, it's important for us to not only make sure that the homeowner's vision is executed but that the landscaping complements the design of the home and the neighborhood. We work tirelessly with our landscape team to essentially "build" a yard that's impressive, clean, and inviting. These days, with the popularity of indoor/outdoor living, the landscape design has taken a new turn and has become integrated with the daily living areas. It's become a seamless integral part of the home itself. Having been in the business for so long, we have loyal designers we can trust to execute our vision and we also work with trusted local nurseries to supply us with the best quality and high value plants that will perform well. Click here to read more about the importance of proper landscape design.
No matter how much you plan ahead, it always seems like there's never enough storage space in your home. Storage space is a tricky element to plan out and generally, there's always that one room in the house where you think about the many storage possibilities you should have thought of prior to building. Whether you're building anew or remodeling your current space, keep in mind these clever and functional ways to create more storage space in the bathroom. Usually smaller in scope, bathrooms are spaces where storage space is essential but where you need to be creative in generating that extra storage space. Thinking outside of the box with built-ins, hanging storage, and recessed walls, you can make better use of your space and keep a fully functional, sightly, and organized handle on your stored goods.
There's a new Master in town and it's bigger and more glamorous than before. The Master Bath is quickly becoming more than a bath, but a haven. Homeowners are building both new and remodeling old Master baths in a lavish and exorbitant way. These days it's not uncommon to find pricy and exclusive shower features, built-in bathroom appliances, and even lounge areas in the Master bath. In fact, so many amenities are being showcased in the Master bath that they are often nearly as large as the Master bedroom itself. Master baths with expansive and breathtaking views also make the space more inviting. With new technology from heated floors to hidden LED lighting, the possibilities are endless in creating a 'liveable' bathroom space. Take a peek at some of the Master baths sure to leave you thirsty for more.
When you have a precious family photo, you're likely to take great care in choosing the perfect frame to show off your loved ones. Likewise, when building a home, the skeletal structure should be just as perfect and durable to last for years to come. Many people don't often take time to consider the process and detail that goes into the wood frame of your home and the subsequent craftmanship that relies on the proper framing. Small mistakes in the framing of a home can create big problems in the future. Understanding the framing process and what we do to make sure it's done properly is critical to ensuring a structure that supports a quality end-product for years to come. Read more in our latest newsletter.
Considering remodeling your home? Debating about whether to remodel your current home or buy a new one? Take into account every detail from budget to timeline to help you make an informed decision. Houzz surveyed 120,000 registered users whose responses may help you understand what to expect and how your renovation might play out. The first thing to remember is to be prepared; for anything. This includes paying premium for expensive taste, straying from your timeline, and experiencing various hiccups along the way. Also note that some of the best home renovation projects are kitchen and bathroom remodels. These rooms can very quickly feel outdated but can sometimes very simply be revived AND add value to your home - all good for resale! Read through the interesting findings from the survey which also details spending per square foot, the most common remodels, how remodels are often funded, and the benefits of a quality remodel.
We've made mention of just how important doors in your home can be and the implications they provide - giving rooms a certain character and inviting guests and loved ones into your various living areas. Salvaged doors can especially bring a certain unique character element to your home and can add color and personality to otherwise neutral areas. Salvaged doors can be a great way to lend a design focal point to a room or act as a starting point for schematic themes in a space. Not to mention, it's a great way to recycle old or unused material and breathe new life into a piece. In fact, a salvaged door has a variety of uses from a wall hanging to a coffee table. So, take a chance on a family heirloom or at your local flea market to see what kind of treasures you can find to add your very own touch of personality to your home.
The advantages of building a custom home go beyond the obvious: a custom home built by a professional builder offers performance benefits that only a new home can. These hidden benefits are as crucial to the homeowners’ ultimate happiness as the design, if not more so. Many of these benefits are the happy offspring of the drive to save energy.
In recent years, energy-efficient details have become standard and are mandated by many building codes, which as a result, has raised the quality baseline for all new construction. Most professional custom builders go well beyond this baseline. We work with designers and use the latest software to analyze how the thousands of items that go into your home will determine its performance, and we hire employees and subcontractors who will do the job right.
A new home also provides a certain peace of mind and confidence that everything in the home will work the way it’s supposed to for years to come. That’s why we use proven products with good warranties, along with highly skilled installers. In fact, a lot of people build new homes for the same reason they buy new cars: to avoid unexpected, costly repairs.
Read more in our latest e-newsletter about why building a custom home goes beyond the benefits of your dream kitchen or the ultimate in your luxury Master suite.
When building or remodeling your home, there are so many options to consider: floor choices, paint colors, ceiling height, bathroom fixtures, and one less commonly thought of: your door choices. You might even wonder why weighing your options when it comes to door choices is even worth the effort. Take a minute to count the number of doors in your house. Not a small number, right? Consider then, the impact that a little attention to the doors can have on the overall style and design of your home. Doors are a simple way to dramatically update a space or improve functionality in the area.
Investing in the right material, style, and taking into consideration the possibility of specialty doors, you can enhance not only your home's appeal but its efficiency. Doors, as the gateway to your home, another room, or a hidden feature, are something not to be overlooked. Take the time to weigh your options and even get creative and playful with it - show them your personality at the door!
It's difficult to imagine a shortage of land, especially in an expanse like Kansas. It's one of those things that, until it directly affects you, you don't even see it as an impending issue. According to a recent survey of homebuilders across the country, it seems that lot shortages are becoming quite a problem for builders. Sixty-four percent of builders reported that the supply of lots in their markets was “low” or “very low,” marking the highest percentage of reported shortage since 1997! Due to this shortage, new homes are being built at a remarkably low rate of under 1.2 million a year. Compare that figure to 2005, where total housing starts were more than 2 million and only 53 percent of builders reported a shortage of lots. When building a custom home, finding a quality buildable lot preferably oversized or on acreage, can be even harder to come by with a lot shortage.
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