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Custom home timeframe from partnering with a builder to completion

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Unlike production home construction where all aspects are neatly packaged in a condensed template, building a custom home is a more intricate process with many events that require unique orchestration. There are four basic factors that will determine the span from selection of your custom home builder to move-in day. They are: Square footage - For this example we will use an 8,000 sf residence Level of custom detail in the home - A custom home’s schedule will vary greatly based on attributes such as exterior finishes, landscaping, interior beamed or coved ceilings, custom door, trim and crown millwork, flooring type, wrought iron, built-in woodworking, intricate tile and counter surfaces to name a few. This timeline will assume a mid-range level of custom detail. Amount of new construction happening for a builder - When there is a surge in local housing starts, as can be imagined, labor ...
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Custom vs Production Home Construction - Building a comparison

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Who wouldn’t prefer a custom home built for their individual needs and lifestyle? More expensive? Yes, but well worth the investment. Below, we explain why. Production Homes Buyer Overview: • Home and lot are selected as a package - usually there are a choice of lots • Homes are part of a tract or larger community of similar new home construction • Build process is automated with limited interaction from the home buyer • Select house plans are established by individual builders • House plans are generally a reflection of regional building trends • Select materials and design options from a standardized menu • No flexibility of how the home is situated on the building lot • Good choice for first and second time buyers, down sizers, and those desiring a hands-off experience. • Price range - $150,000 - $500,000 With this type of construction decisions are made easy for the buyer. Everything...
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Teardown Home Construction - Why people are coming home to the idea

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Cincinnati has many established communities with a feel that newer outlying subdivisions have yet to equal. There is something about the tudors of Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout, the gaslit streets of Mariemont, the lush, rambling beauty of Indian Hill and even Cincinnati’s rising gem - eclectic, historical Montgomery. These communities take us back with walkability, public squares, quaint business districts, mature parks, and most of all - great older homes. It’s a sense of the established and being closer to the city that make these residential areas more popular, but it does come at a price. Opportunities are becoming harder to find. That means that prices are rising. Quality homesites are in demand With the dilemma of moving further out of Cincinnati to acquire a lower priced lot, it has become a popular option to seek old-stock homes in disrepair, but in quality neighborhoods, tearing do...
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Top 20 Questions To Ask When Building A New Home - Part II

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What standard features do your homes include? What options and upgrades can I select? This is a open-ended question as there are so many levels of home building, but it has merit at all levels. You may be surprised what is standard to one builder and optional to another, no matter what the price point. Do you subcontract work? Can I choose any or all of my subcontractors? “Subcontractor” is not a dirty word. In fact, they provide flexibility to help keep schedules on track, maintain budgets and bring expertise in specific areas. A good builder/subcontractor partnership can bring much to your home construction. That said, these relationships carry a delicate balance. One that is time-tested for success. It is recommended that you let your builder select sub-contractors, for assurance of quality, timelines met and potential liability issues. How many homes do you currently have under const...
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