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Pros and Cons of One-Story and Two-Story Homes

You have a lot of decisions to make when building a new home. First, and possibly most basically, you’ll need to start by deciding between a single-level home and one with multiple stories. How can you decide what’s right for you?

Here are the pros and cons of both options to help you find the perfect match.

Privacy and Noise

Both types of houses have pluses and minuses when it comes to privacy and noise. If you live in a busy neighborhood or are on a major road, a two-story layout provides more privacy for bedrooms and family spaces that are on the second floor. Two-story homes also increase interior privacy too. With everyone spending time on a single level, families in a tight floor plan might find that they are always in each other’s way.

Fun Rooms to Add to Your Custom Home

When you build a custom home, the biggest benefit is that you are completely in control of the overall design and the construction process. This means that you can truly create the home of your dreams. Even if it means adding in extreme rooms or rooms that cater just to your interests, you have the option to do it with a custom home.

So with that in mind, here are some fun ideas for unique rooms you can add to your custom home.

A Home Movie Theater

One great option you can add to your home is a home theater. This room is a perfect addition for any movie lover.

Connect with us Online!

It’s a never dull moment at David James Homes. In addition to building more than 70 homes a year, between five locations in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Culpeper and Winchester, Virginia and Clarksburg, West Virginia, we keep pretty busy. New projects, home plan designs, products, in addition to the great people that we meet along the way, are all part of the daily happenings at David James Homes. While there’s always something going on, that’s doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear from you. Besides our blog, there are numerous ways you can stay connected  with us.  If you haven’t already, check us out on these platforms:
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You’ll be able to see the  latest pictures and learn what we are up to behind-the-scenes. And, if you have questions,  feel free to post them. We want to connect with you and for you to learn more about David James Homes. That’s one of the reasons why we build your home like it’s our home.

Full Overlay Cabinet Doors

Kitchens are, and remain, the centerpiece of every home. It isn’t just the place to prepare food. It is also where family and friends congregate and celebrate. Cabinets are what essentially make a kitchen and at David James Homes, we are known for our custom cabinetry. When potential buyers see the standard cabinetry in our homes, they almost always are impressed. In the next series of blogs, we’ll tackle the various aspects of our kitchens. In case you weren’t aware, Full Overlay Cabinet doors come standard in all upper cabinets. The doors are flush to the bottom of the cabinet, as well as close together snug for an overall, cleaner look. Upon opening one, you may not notice it at first, but something is missing–the center style. Most cabinets use particle board shelving and need a support on the back of the center style to help support the shelf so it doesn’t sag. David James Homes’ cabinet shelving is made from ½’ thick plywood and will not bow. Additional support is not needed, so no center style. This allows larger dishes to be easily stored with no obstructions. Hidden hinges, adjustable shelving and an option to upgrade to mullion glass doors are other advantages that come with these upper cabinets. Come to one of Design Centers to see for yourself. Visit to find a location near you.

The Advantage of Dovetail Drawers

David James Homes’ hand crafted custom cabinetry has been the topic of the last several blogs. One of the most recognized signs of quality not yet mentioned is the fact that that dovetail drawers are standard and do not require a cabinet upgrade. Cabinet drawers are some of the most used items in your home. Kitchen cabinet drawers are opened and closed around 7 to 10 times a day or up to 3,500 times a year.
Dovetail joints are wedge-shaped cuts at the end of a wooden frame that fit into each other from each side, forming a box. Like a jigsaw puzzle, the dovetail joint interlocks, thus securing the sides of the drawer with its front. These joints are considered the strongest you can use in cabinet making and make for a sturdy kitchen cabinet drawer. Lower quality  cabinets use joints that are stapled and glued. In addition, all David James Homes drawer compartments are made of solid wood. When selecting cabinets, make sure you’re picking a drawer joint that will be able to withstand everyday use.
Come and see all the possibilities with your next kitchen. Stop by one of our conveniently located Design Centers. Visit to find one near you.

Cabinet Customization Comes Standard

The topic of the last blog was that David James Homes offers only custom cabinetry in their homes. An illustration of this is that you can choose where you want your doors and drawers to be placed within the lower cabinets in your kitchen. That means you can select whether you want a bank of drawers for table settings, for pots or pans or if you want a door for easy under-counter storage in specific locations. At David James Homes, you design your kitchen the way you want it to fit your natural work flow.
Another example of customization is  picking your door style. In the David James Homes’ standard cabinet selection, you can choose from flat or raised panel in oak, or you may select a flat panel style in maple in any stained color combination.   Also standard is a painted raised panel MDF cabinet.  These are just a few of the customization opportunities that empower you to create the kitchen that is just right for you.
Start designing your dream kitchen today by stopping by one of our conveniently located design centers. Visit to find a location near you.

Kitchen Upgrades Worth the Cost in Your Custom Home

When you plan a custom home, you have a wide array of choices. Sometimes, though, all the choices can feel overwhelming. Many of these choices come as you plan your kitchen. You may know how you want it to look and feel, but the most useful upgrades may not immediately present themselves.

The following kitchen upgrades are aesthetic or utilitarian upgrades that are worth the cost.

James David B

It is obvious why the James David B is one of the most popular floor plans available from David James Homes. Besides its handsome Cape Cod appearance with large porch and stone accents on the exterior, the home packs so much living space into 2,332 square feet.

One of the more prominent features is the first-floor master bedroom. The master bedroom features a trey ceiling, a separate sitting area, as well as a 42 -inch shower, a 5-foot soaking tub with ceramic surround, a double bowl vanity and a walk-in closet. Two well-sized bedrooms with a convenient full bath also exist on the first floor of the home.

Thinking of Building a Custom Home? 3 Steps to Find the Right Land First

Building the custom home of your dreams starts with finding the right piece of land to put it on. However, with a variety of choices available, how can you know you’ve chosen the right lot? This guide lists three steps you can use to make sure you’ve chosen the right lot.

1. Identify Your Needs

If you end up disliking the location of your new house, then getting a good price on vacant land isn’t going matter to you as much. Start by understanding what you need from your home’s location. You should consider a few things as you make your decision.

The Anna Elizabeth B

The Anna Elizabeth B takes advantage of its 2,815-square -foot, four bedroom, two and one half bath, two-story floor plan. The first thing that strikes you about the home is its plentiful windows and an elegant exterior. The foyer opens to a formal dining area and then a great room with cathedral ceiling and rear two-story windows. Another attractive feature is its large, first-floor master bedroom suite complete with his and hers walk-in closets, a 5-foot shower, a 6-foot soaking tub with ceramic surround, and a double bowl vanity with two sets of drawers. A U-shaped kitchen and dining area faces the open great room. Adjacent to the kitchen is a convenient half-bath, laundry and access to the two -car garage. Throughout the entire first floor are 9-foot ceilings.