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What’s Hot – and Not – in 2017 and 2018 Home Design Trends

When it comes to home design, trends can ebb and flow with the predictability of the ocean tides.  Each time, however, cyclical trends come back with new flair and new meaning.  So what innovations does 2018 have in store for homeowners creating their custom homes?  And how does it tie in to the design trends of 2017?  Read on to find out what’s hot – and not – in 2017 and 2018 home design trends.  

Kitchen Design Trends

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How to Avoid Change Orders

Surprises are great – most of the time. We all love those unexpected moments for birthdays, anniversaries, and Valentine’s Day.

But when it comes to building or remodeling your home? The last thing you want during a custom home project is a long list of surprise charges after you’ve been given a price – also known as CHANGE ORDERS.

Unfortunately, many dishonest contractors have given Change Orders a bad rep because their modus operandi is to give their clients a low bid in order to be competitive, and then once they have the job, they “walk it up” with Change Orders. We’ve met many homeowners who were given a price for a remodel but when it was all said and done, they paid more than 75% of the original bid because of Change Orders for things the contractor had “forgotten” to include in his bid.

So how do you avoid these horror stories? There are two parts to this. Read on to find out how to avoid Change Orders on your custom home project.Read More »

Five Ways to Make Your Custom Home Project Cost More – and How to Avoid Them

 

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When you’re building or remodeling your home, you’re not buying towels or dishes.  In most cases, it’s one of the most costly purchases you’ve ever made.  So when it comes to budget, you probably want to figure out the best places to save money right off the bat.

There are many parts and pieces to a renovation or a construction project, and many ways to save money.  That’s the beauty of working with a qualified Design-Build company, as their professionals usually have years of experience on pricing and can guide you in the right direction on which design items to select to stay within your budget.  We often save our clients thousands of dollars by finding them finishes and fixtures that still look good and are in keeping with their tastes, but are far less expensive than what they might find on their own, as a consumer.  

When we sit down with our clients for their initial design consultation, there are five major areas we like to discuss before we proceed.  These big-ticket items can make or break the bank when it comes to a custom home project, and the direction we take depends on finding that balance between budget and aesthetics.  You have to decide – are these items so important to your custom home that you are willing to stretch your budget a little?  Or does budget take priority?  Is there a middle ground in any of these areas?  These are all important aspects of the design and planning process.

Here are five places where you can sway your budget considerably on a custom home project:

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Brass is Back – But Not in Overkill

Brass interior design

Not since the height of the 70’s have we seen brass so strongly embraced in interior design. Along with its other warm metallic counterparts (copper and bronze), brass is enjoying a huge revival. Beaten, folded or polished – designers are celebrating its luxurious, yet industrial appeal, making everything from chandeliers, pendant lights, tables, dressers, chairs, bath and kitchen fixtures and decorative accessories out of this ancient metal.

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Features for Luxury New Homes in Clearwater, Florida

luxury homesClearwater, in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, is a very accessible 20 miles from Tampa International Airport and an ideal area to site luxury new homes. What a treat to live year round in this gorgeous destination spot, which features miles of white sand and sparkling blue waters, marinas, great restaurants, nightlife and plenty of other attractions. Clearwater offers something for everyone, from families with children of all ages to couples young and old. If you are looking for the ideal permanent or supreme getaway living space, consider the lure of luxury new homes in this dynamic area.

Luxury homes bring you a no holds barred approach to creating your personal paradise, especially if you have good custom home builders on board with the talent, skills and experience to bring you just what you want, indoors and out. Owning luxury homes in Clearwater, Florida has even more to offer. Not only will you have the house of your dreams, but one situated in an enviable location where sunny skies and beautiful beaches abound.

Fitting Features for Luxury Homes

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3 Trends for Luxury New Homes

Nelson Construction Luxury Home ProjectWith the real estate market just rising from the ashes of the housing bubble, talking about designs for luxury new homes has been more or less out of favour for some time. However, with a resurging market confidence in the real estate industry, designing and building luxury new homes has made a strong comeback in recent months.

The general trend for building luxury new homes is to combine attractive, innovative design and true functionality. Almost everyone has done away with the palatial, 14-room mansions of the early boom years, and space is becoming more and more valued. People tend to demand optimum value for their money, and when it comes to personal space, they prefer to keep it moreRead More »

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