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News from David James 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.

Optimize Closets With Custom Craftsmanship

Building or remodeling your home? Make sure that you optimize storage potential with carefully constructed closets. Use these closet design tips to organize and maximize your home’s closets, creating more storage and less clutter in your new home.

The Foyer

The closet in a foyer, mudroom, or entry to a home can get messy. The closet often becomes a catchall for the overflow of coats, shoes, and belongings in your house. Use pocket doors or accordion-style folding closet doors to save space, and consider adding art that doubles as storage in this typically cramped area of the home.

Nine Ways to Choose the Right Builder for Your New Home

  1. Experience matters. There is probably no bigger determining factor than experience. Building can be complicated so you want someone who has the experience to deal with any circumstances that might arise.
  2. Customer satisfaction. Research the BBB (Better Business Bureau). Ask for references of builders from past home buyers. Check them out on social media. What are people saying about them? Just be aware that the social media world can be questionable at times, so take posts with a grain of salt.
  3. Is the builder is licensed? Ask a builder for his or her credentials as to what class of builder they are and whether they able to execute your building project. Inquire as to whether he is insured.

Mudrooms and Kitchen Pantries Gain in Popularity

Many times, the details in a home can make substantial improvements in our everyday life. Once overlooked as design features, today’s mudrooms and kitchen pantries have become focal points that are on the “must-have” lists of new home buyers.

A mudroom does not need to be a room at all. It may be a hallway, and it may or may not include laundry facilities. Often, this space acts as a secondary entrance to your home and is usually attached to the garage. The mudroom is there to protect your home from clutter and mess. It is where boots, coats, dog leashes, and the untidiness that comes with items such as those are meant to reside.

Recently, designers have gotten very creative with this space. Using inspiration from your grandmother’s old hall tree, the contemporary version of the mudroom may include built-ins with bench seats, cubby holes for gloves and other essentials, and pegs or hooks for your coats and rain gear. Some sophisticated versions of the mudroom even have mobile charging stations and dog baths.

What would we do without kitchen pantries? Pantries used to be simply thought of as closets with shelves, but in homes today, they have become sophisticated organizational spaces that are most sought after by new home buyers.

Pantries are life-savers when it comes to de-cluttering your cabinets and keeping your most needed foodstuffs close at hand. Also, pantries help to keep coveted counter space clear by providing storage for less used appliances. In recent years, pantry spaces have become much more refined with specialized organizer units, pull-out shelving, and full extension drawers that allow for easy view and effortless access. Aside from efficiency’s sake, pantries are seen as a bonus to home buyers that give your kitchen extra style points.

David James Homes has numerous home plans that include mudrooms and pantries, and since they are a custom builder, whatever you have in mind, David James Homes can accommodate. To see home plans with these and more amenities, go to

Great Home Expectations (Part One)

Brian Wescott, Davis James Homes’ sales manager in the Roanoke office has made an observation about some of the customers that come through his door: Many times, mainly younger buyers’ wants exceed their budgets. Brian explains, “Having never built or purchased a home before, many first-time homebuyers have high hopes about what some popular features actually cost… a lot of them are coming directly from living at home with their parents, and they want to surround themselves with the amenities their parents had, forgetting that their parents have worked 20, 30 years or more to get that home. Often times, I need to work with them and separate their “wants vs. needs.”

4 Cutting-Edge Trends in New Home Design and Styling

Like almost everything else in today’s era of rapid change, new home construction styles evolve quickly. If you are planning to build a house in the near future, then you should be aware of the cutting edge trends that define new home styling and features. The last thing most people want is to build a home that will be dated before it’s even finished.

That’s why you will want to spend time researching some of the newest trends and styles and incorporate them into your new home plan. Below are four trends you will want to know about before you turn a shovel over.

What’s Your Building Preference?

The David James Homes presence in the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake area of Virginia is in the Lakewatch community just off Booker T. Washington Highway in Moneta, Virginia. On-site in the development, a charming model home by David James Homes showcases the possibilities of building a home in the Lakewatch development. Within Lakewatch, you have the opportunity to build in several ways:

The Benefits of Dealing with a Family Owned and Operated Business

In a world of mega corporations, it’s refreshing to encounter a family-owned company with its priorities in the right place. Large publicly owned companies also have their priorities; however, these priorities are not necessarily always in the best interest of their customers. Instead, these companies are focused on keeping their shareholders happy by increasing profitability and return on investment.

David James Homes is not one such publicly owned company.

Rewind to 1995 when Merle Heckman, already a veteran of the housing industry, started David James Homes in Roanoke, Virginia. With his custom-home building experience, Merle wanted to test a different business model, one that was more customer-focused.

David James Homes’ mission is to provide affordable custom housing for average families. Controlling costs allows homeowners the option to have the amenities you expect at an affordable price. Purchasing building products in volume from vendors to secure better pricing, allows customers to choose products through in-house design centers rather than offering allowances for YOU to venture on YOUR own to seek out products that often drive up home prices by hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Customers love the convenience and the savings.

Design Centers Make Selections Easy and Personalized

The phrase, “one-stop-shop,” leaps to mind when you describe the experience of visiting a David James Home Design Center. With so many choices to choose from, it is hard to know where to begin.

One example is the newly-created design center at LakeWatch near Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.

“Our model can go only so far when it comes to representing all the finishes that David James has to offer,” explains Michel Kordich, sales representative at the LakeWatch location of David James Homes Sales. The amount of finishes can seem almost limitless. That’s because, if you have specific products in mind for your home, David James Homes will gladly order them for you. Everything from cabinets and flooring options to faucets and shingles are represented in the Design Center, whereas with other builders waste precious time and money by having you traveling to other vendor locations with allowances, in hopes of finding your desired product. In comparison to other builders, we make it easy.