Monthly Archives: August 2015

Building Green Custom Homes

Putnam Builders is dedicated to the philosophy of building Green Custom Homes, with strategies of reducing energy use, waste and water consumption and enable homes to go completely off-grid to become a net zero energy (ZNE) home. The use of healthy materials fosters healthy living. Climate appropriate design, materials, and superior construction methods offer low-maintenance…
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Builders using Facebook as a marketing tool

Facebook is growing as an advertising platform for the real estate industry. Recently, Facebook even added first time homebuyers as a targeted demographic. No other social networking has been able to utilize extreme amounts of personal data like Facebook has, which makes it the most valuable online advertising platform apart from Google itself. Because the…
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Custom Home Builders

Is building a custom home what you're looking for? If you have your eyes on a particular piece of land, want to build in an established neighborhood, already have a set of floor plans, or want to be heavily involved in each step of your home’s design, then consider a custom home. As the name…
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Using a Custom Home Builder or High Volume

As you plan your new home, one of the first questions to consider is whether working with a smaller, custom home builder or a higher-volume home builder is the best choice for you.

Both types of builders are excellent options and each can deliver a great new home for you. Much of the decision will rest in how many choices you wish to make – as well as how much design input you’d like to have, in partnership with your builder, during your home’s construction process.

A production builder simultaneously builds multiple homes based on a library of home plans. Each home is customized in several key respects. Buyers personalize their home by selecting products in many categories (such as appliances, cabinets, countertops and flooring) from a menu of options offered by the builder.

A custom builder typically creates a one-of-a-kind home that offers an even greater range of design choices that’s often built on a single lot. Buyers who wish to select most details of their new home often decide to work with a custom builder.
This difference in approach between custom and production builders will help determine what product and design choices you’ll make and also shape how you and your builder will work together.
According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), most production-based home builders:

• Offer home and land as a package
• Offer a range of house plans to choose from
• Allow buyers to select their favorite style/design from a menu in several product categories
• Build homes priced for first-time, move-up and luxury buyers

To add further design appeal, each elevation can usually be constructed with a differing type and color of exterior. A given model home can be built with various in brick, siding, stone or stucco and varying shades of color to offer pleasing diversity and individuality.

As a buyer working with a production home builder, you’ll typically start by selecting a lot for your home and your favorite floor plan from the builder’s library of plans. The next step is to select an elevation. Many production builders also offer the opportunity to specify the use of a bonus room; based on your needs, a bonus room can be built as an extra bedroom, a study or even a media room.

Next, you and the builder will work together – often in a Design Center – to further personalize your new home by selecting design options.

While the process varies from one builder to another, you’ll typically select your favorite style (such as contemporary or traditional) and your favorite colors and finishes for key products in your home such as appliances, cabinets, countertops and carpet and flooring. In most cases, you’ll also select bath and kitchen faucets and sinks and fixtures as well as lighting fixtures for your home.

Buyers who select a production builder typically cannot change the basic structure – the floor plan, layout of rooms and square footage – but each model has a wide array of attractive options to choose from to personalize your home in many respects. In addition, many builders offer a series of "good, better and best" options at corresponding price points to help simplify your product choices.