Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Choosing a Floor Plan for Your Home

A floor plan is one of the most important features of a home. Choosing one is a significant decision that shouldn't be made without careful consideration. Although the layout of the rooms and their flow will most likely depend on your personal sense of style, there are other factors to keep in mind. Here are some things to take into account when selecting a plan. 

Family size and age of children
The size of your family is important since you want to make sure there are enough bedrooms and bathrooms, but don't forget about shared areas like the kitchen, family room, and hallways. If you have young children, you may prefer having bedrooms closer to each other and/or on the same level. Families with teenagers and young adults may prefer rooms that are more spaced out and possibly on different levels. 

Accessibility needs
You want everything in your home to flow naturally and fit perfectly. With that in mind, you'll need to consider the spacing and distance between certain areas for convenience reasons. For example, how close will the bathroom be to your bedroom? Where will the kitchen be located in relation to the front door for when you come in with groceries? You don't want to do more walking than you have to. Also, take where the stairs are located into account, as well as how much walking you'll have to do to get to different parts of the home. 

Your lifestyle
Are you more traditional or modern? Every homeowner has their own lifestyle and wants to give their home its own personal feel. Choose a floor plan that suits your needs and aesthetic tastes. Also, remember to create space for your furnishings and decorations, as you will want to place these throughout your home.

Use your old home as a guide
Using your previous floor plan as a guide is a great way to find a new one that will work for you. What did you like and not like about your last arrangement? Did your last bathroom not come with a closet? Was your last hallway so narrow that if it got any thinner, you'd have to turn sideways to fit? Make a list of what you did and didn't like and use it to design your new floor.

While you may be ready and eager to come up with your floor plan, you should always have a budget so that you don't go overboard with spending. See what options are available that fit your income and allow you to choose a floor plan that you like. Also, speak to a design professional and get their advice. As a
family owned and operated business established by Lizzio Development Group, CustomSmart Homes offers a team of highly skilled and experienced experts to help you choose a floor plan that you will enjoy for years to come.

Monday, February 24, 2014

3 Myths about Modular Homes Debunked

When trying to decide between a site-built home and a modular one, you'll have some questions that need to be answered before you commit. A company like Custom Smart Homes reviews their work and puts a lot of care into building modular homes. However, there is a fair amount of confusion surrounding these factory-built homes, so let's address some of those issues right now.

Myth #1: They're built very cheaply

If you're concerned that modular homes are built cheaply, rest assured that nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that modular homes are built with very high-quality materials, and are constructed with great precision. You can't have any crooked walls or inconsistencies because, if you do, the pieces won't fit together when the house is moved to the site.  

There are a lot of ways that modular contractors save money, which they can then put to good use procuring quality materials and workmanship. For instance, they can often purchase materials in bulk, and since there is little waste and no delays in the factory, expenditures are kept as low as possible. As a result, construction is top-notch.

Myth #2: They're the same thing as a trailer

A modular home is NOT the same thing as a mobile home. The industry term for what most people call a "trailer" is a manufactured home, which is different from a modular home. Aside from all of the customizations you can add to a modular home, a manufactured home is only built to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) standards. Modular homes are built to the same standards and regulations that any other home you see in the neighborhood is built.

Myth #3: They aren't worth as much as a "real" home

The truth is that there is no structural difference between a modular home and a site-built one. While manufactured homes rest on the metal structures on which they were built, modular homes rest on foundations, just the same as your neighbors' site-built homes do. The main difference is the method by which the homes were built.

Modular homes appreciate and depreciate exactly the same way that site-built homes do -- usually based on the neighborhood in which you live and the economy. In fact, a modular home could even be worth more than a comparable site-built one because there's a good chance you will pay less for it. The return on investment can be greater.

Hopefully, this information has helped to answer a few of your questions. There's no doubt that you should shop around and check out the Custom Smart Homes reviews before making a decision. After all, a home is a big investment in your future and you want to be sure!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Floor Plan

Anyone who is a homeowner can tell you that choosing a home is one of the most exciting times in your life. From selecting a location to taking into account the local school district, it is a major decision with many factors to consider. But, the most important aspect is whether or not you’re comfortable in your surroundings. The right floor plans can factor in how you experience your home. Of course, you want a floor plan that is suitable and with that comes many considerations such as size, shape and location of rooms, to name a few.

To help you pick the best floor plan, Custom Smart Homes reviews five floor plan tips homeowners should keep in mind.

1. Determine what size home suits your family

When choosing a floor plan, you should first start with how much space will fit your family's lifestyle. How many bedrooms and bathroom will you need? Is there easy access to the kitchen from the front door? Do you want a hangout room for hosting guests? You want each room to have enough space so that it's suitable.

2. Choose a floor plan based on your own design style

Are you more traditional or more modern in regards to style? This is your home, so understandably you want a floor plan that reflects your style. Think of your furnishings and how you plan to decorate your home as this can impact your floor plan.

3. Will you need to use existing or buy new furniture?

When choosing a floor plan, keep in mind the furniture that you will need for each room. This is important because you want to make sure that the furniture will fit comfortably in the desired rooms. You also want to avoid placing over-sized furniture in rooms that will make them feel smaller than they are. You may be able to use existing furniture or have to buy new furniture.

4. Have a budget before selecting a floor plan

A floor plan can be a fairly large purchase, so before you look at a floor plan, you should become familiar with the costs associated. You can speak to a contractor to help you determine costs and you can narrow down the floor plan that fits within your budget.

5. Speak to a real estate agent or design professional for advice

Although you may know what floor plan you want, you should speak to a real estate agent or design professional for their feedback. They can offer advice and consider factors that you may have overlooked.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

4 Questions to Ask When Considering a Home Addition

Although you like your home, do you feel like there's just not enough space? Maybe there's no guest room, no playroom, or just no room for everyone to have their own room. While you made the best of what you already have, it's probably time for an addition. If an addition is doable with your home's structure and site, it's a reasonable and affordable solution. But, there are a number of things to be considered when adding a home addition.

As a family owned and operated business established by Lizzio Development Group which receives many positive reviews, we're here to help guide you in the home addition process. Below are four questions to ask yourself when considering an addition:

1. What type of addition do you want?

You have an array of additions to choose from, which will depend upon the use of the room. Types of additions include a bump out, sun room, conservatory, bedroom, and a garage, to name a few of the most common. Also, think long-term and if the added space will ultimately serve a purpose. You don't want to pay for an addition only for it not to be used.

2. Do you have space?

Once you know the type of addition you want, take a look and determine if you have the available space for it. Depending on the type of addition, the space size may vary. For example, adding a bedroom may require more space than a sun room. Also, consider the best area of your home to place the addition. You want to be able to easily access the room and not have it be an inconvenience. 

3. Will it match your home?

Anytime you add an addition to your home, you want to make sure that your addition design blends well with your home's original structure and style. For example, if your home is made of vinyl, you will need to find that material to use for your addition. You don't want to use material that won't complement your home.

4. Will it increase the value of your home?

While many believe that a home addition will increase the value of the home, that's not always true. A well-planned and well-executed addition will certainly increase your home's value, but a poorly planned and executed one will not only have a zero impact on the value of your home, but it will result in a loss of money. You will wind up paying money for an addition that ultimately hurts the value of your home. Therefore, it may be in your best interest to speak to a realtor first to ensure that the addition is really worth it.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Comparing Methods of Construction

Here at Custom Smart Homes, we specialize in the modular construction of your new home. However, we are aware that there are other methods out there so here is a comparison of the options available to custom home buyers. As always, if you have any questions or concerns at any time during your thought process or as you choose the option for you, please contact us. We look forward to assisting you during this exciting time!

A custom home can be built in one of two fashions, our preferred method of modular or the more traditional stick method. There are some major differences between the two that can be highlighted by looking at some major thinking points.

The Natural Factors

It is no secret that Mother Nature possesses a fury like nothing else. While the weather here in Eastern Tennessee is usually calm, it can get a little rocky at times. When considering your method of new home construction, it is important to keep Mother Nature and her possible effects on your plans in mind.

A traditional stick built home is built right on your property. While this may seem like a good idea, it can be a bit troublesome when you consider the weather. Being as these properties are constructed in the elements they are certainly open to anything that may happen. Weather may also force your builder to change their timeline, meaning you may also have to change your moving timeline.

On the other hand, a modular structure is not built on site. Rather it is built in our climate controlled factory allowing us to work through any weather conditions. Being built inside also protects the structure from any debris that may be kicked up during a storm.

Selling In the Future

Selling a traditional stick built home is something that can be handled either by the owner, or ideally by a real estate agent looking to get the most out of the property.

However, if you plan to sell your manufactured home, there are a few things you are going to want to check. The most important of which is, if you have leased the property the home is on because you live in a community, make sure that the home can stay where it is.

At Custom Smart Homes, we look forward to creating dreams for each of you. As you make your construction choice, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Monday, February 17, 2014

3 Great Reasons to Buy a Modular Home

When it's time for you to buy a new home, you have several options. You could get a condo or townhome, a pre-owned house, or you could find a new development that's being constructed and get a brand new home. But there's another option that you might not have thought about before.  

Modular homes are gaining popularity. These are not the same thing as a motor home, trailer or a double-wide; they’re exactly what they sound like -- homes built in modules and then put together once each part is finished. They're a great option to consider for your next home and here are a few reasons why:

You get your home built very quickly
Buying from a builder in a lot could leave you without a home for several months. If you're selling your current home and have a limited amount of time to wait for a new one, this could be a problem for you.

Modular homes are built in factories using an assembly line style manufacturing technique, which allows the companies to get the job done very quickly. You don't have to wait around for subcontractors who won't show up, you don't have to worry about weather halting construction, and night-time work is even a possibility.

Your entire home can be built in just a couple weeks, after which it will take another couple of weeks to set the structure up on your plot. You could be in your new home in as little as a month.

It can be less expensive
Generally, a modular home builder can buy all the necessary materials in bulk, which can save them a lot of money. That savings is passed on to the home buyer. In addition, because the homes are built in a factory, there is far less waste and loss, which also keeps costs down. Labor can often be less expensive, too.

The best financial reason to opt for a modular home is that they come at a fixed price. There won't be any surprises or price increases when your house is done. That can sometimes be a real concern when you're dealing with an average builder -- they run out of materials and require more money to continue.

It is worth noting that modular homes won't always be cheaper, but in general the value can be higher.

You'll get a high quality home
A lot of new homes, especially in large, new developments, are built not just inexpensively but cheaply. Have you ever driven past a new lot and wondered how homes that big could be sold for so little? It's because they use cheap labor, cheap materials, and cheap construction.

Modular homes are built with precision by necessity, so that everything fits perfectly and lasts for a lifetime. The right builder won't skimp on the materials, either.

There are many builders, Custom Smart Homes for example, that take pride in constructing quality modular homes. Find one or a few in your area and do some research. Get to know them and pick the best one. You may find that a modular home is exactly what you've been looking for!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Three Common Design Mistakes People Make When Planning Their Home

Custom Smart Homes takes home building seriously, that’s why we have so many satisfied customers.  People choose to work with our company for a variety of reasons.  Some want to live in brand new green homes, and others choose us because they heard good things about our services.  It isn’t uncommon for some people to choose Custom Smart Homes because they want to own a modular home.  Since modular homes come in a variety of pre-designed floor plans, our customers know that they won’t get any nasty surprises after construction is over.  Planning and designing a home isn’t easy, and it isn’t uncommon for people who are new to it to make a mistake.  When you’re planning your dream home, make sure you don’t make any of these common design mistakes.

Too much storage
You’ve always dreamed of having a spacious walk-in closet and a two door garage, but depending on the size of the rest of your home you may end up regretting your wish for extra storage space.  Your plot of land may seem large, but once you tack on extra storage space to your floor plan that plot is going to get much smaller.  Your big closets, basement, and garage will eat into space in your home, and your other rooms may have to lose some square feet in order to fit it all.  

Sealing windows
In a state where air conditioners are considered a necessity and not a luxury, it can be easy to take fresh air and air circulation for granted.  Some people choose to have certain windows permanently sealed so that they can avoid robbery attempts.  If you’re truly concerned about safety look into getting a home security system instead of sealing up your home.  Sealed windows pose a significant safety hazard, especially in case of a house fire or a need to evacuate quickly.  

“Specialty” Rooms
There are countless home owners that envision having a sewing room, a home office, a game room, or a workout room, but sometimes those visions don’t turn out the way they want them to.  Unless you’re an avid worker, exerciser, or gamer, you really don’t need an extra room solely devoted to that activity.  It’s more likely for your game room to turn into a storage center for boxes and other possessions than it is to become an actual game room.  Instead of designing a room to server one purpose, leave it open for other possible ideas.