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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.

Summerwood C

Inviting and convenience are two words that come to mind when describing the Summerwood C. At first glance, you’ll notice this home’s warm, welcoming curbside appeal. A large covered front porch with railing and a handsome gable, enhance the home’s hospitable charm.

The Timberlake

The Timberlake showcases three bedrooms and two baths in a 1,824-square-foot, open concept floor plan. The contemporary ranch home is characterized by two picture windows and two trapezoid windows that bathe the interior in natural light, thanks to a cathedral ceiling. The spacious great room leads to the dining room and kitchen at the rear of the home. The kitchen features a large island perfect for eating and food preparation. Chores are made easier with an accessible adjacent first floor laundry.

The split bedroom floor plan showcases a luxurious master bedroom suite with spacious walk-in closet luxury bath, a double bowl vanity with two sets of drawers, a 5-foot shower and soaking tub. For future home expansion, the Timberlake also includes an additional 1,824-square-foot unfinished basement with walkout capabilities.

3 Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting Paint Colors

You could have a striking architectural design for your home, and your consultant may come up with the most polished décor, but it all would not matter if you end up with colors that are off. Color is the thread that will weave together every detail in your new home. The right color can transform a beautiful structure into a warm, stylish, and outstanding home.

Here are a few mistakes home builders make when selecting paint colors and how you can avoid them.

The Chatham C Craftsman

The Chatham C features 1,568 square feet of finished living space. The home has an additional 1,568 square feet of basement that could be finished into additional living space. Craftsman porch columns with a cultured stone base and a handsome front porch with gable add craftsman charm to the exterior of this country-style ranch home.

Upon entering, the spacious main living area is open and inviting with large windows that allow natural light to flow in. The kitchen boasts a large work island and the adjacent dining area accommodates leisurely living. Conveniently located just off the dining room is a laundry room and a patio door allows for easy access to the backyard.

What Makes a Bestselling Home?

David James Homes offers more than 108 homes in its collection of floor plans. You can also customize any these floor plans to your needs, as well as you may supply your own floor plans.

It goes without saying that the best selling homes are the most popular. But what makes a home a best-seller? As it turns out it is a combination of many factors.

  • Home style and curb appeal. Homes can come in all shapes and sizes (for example, there are ranches, cape cods, split levels and two stories). Homes can also be detailed to a particular style, such as traditional, colonial, contemporary and Victorian. Does the home fit your family’s needs? What is the initial exterior attractiveness of the home? Does the home fit with its surroundings and neighborhood setting?
  • Floor plan layout. The floor plan of a home has everything to do with you and your family feeling comfortable in your home. Look for the overall configuration of the spaces and if they are large enough to accommodate your needs. Pay attention to bedrooms, baths, kitchen and dining areas. If the plans don’t already show measurements and dimensions, ask for them.
  • Regional interest. Some home styles have regional appeal. Particular areas lean toward styles due to preference and by property size and availability. Rural areas may have sprawling ranch homes while those in suburban areas may have two or more stories due to smaller lot sizes.
  • Square footage. Ask yourself if the home accommodate future family growth? Additionally, with more space you have the more the upkeep. Compromise and budget awareness is always needed when judging these situations. In addition, always factor in total square footage, such as unfinished basements, bonus and storage areas, as well as outdoor living space.
  • Price point. Home price is definitely a factor, but consider this: other than entry level homes for first-time homebuyers, price may be less of an issue than you think. Yes, you need to be able make the mortgage payments, but interest rates still are historically low and with a fixed long-term loan; you may be able to afford more than you first thought you could.
  • Specifications and standard features. What are the base specifications of the home? While they may meet all applicable code requirements, are they what you need and want? Be sure you also understand the standard features of your new home as it relates to interior finishes, such as flooring and appliances. Go through the specifications and standard features of your home in detail with your builder.

Visit the David James Homes floor plan gallery to find the home that’s right for you. In this next series of blogs, we will spotlight David James Homes’ best-selling homes.

Do I Need Property Before Finding a Builder?

The simple answer to this question is no. In fact, it may work in your favor to not purchase land before you engage a builder. Many times your builder will be able to help you acquire land. Whether you have purchased property or not, your builder’s feedback can be helpful in accessing the viability of your home site. Your lot choice affects your home a great deal. A lot can impact your home’s orientation, square footage, as well as your home’s style. When visiting your lot, your builder may bring along an excavating professional to assist in assessing your land.

As your builder walks your home site, he or she will note the property’s directional orientation, its terrain, and proximity to roads, as well other other factors. A surveyor will be utilized to determine exact property lines, the setback of the home in accordance with the square footage, as well as the position of the home.