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What makes a reliable contractor?

July 25, 2019

Five qualities to look for in a general contractor include experience, reputation, integrity, flexibility and the ability to listen. 1. Experience A good general contractor is a tradesman with experience in every aspect of construction from basic repairs to designing and building homes. While most general contractors hire subcontractors, it is imperative that they understand how to do the job themselves. They are the ones that take responsibility, schedules the work and assures that every subcontractor completes their tasks on time and to the highest level of quality. 2. Reputation When you get good service, you’re likely to tell your... View Article

Starting in 2020, all new homes in California must come with solar panels. Builders are getting ready

July 16, 2019

Starting in 2020, California will become the first state in the nation to require all newly built homes to be solar-powered. And many developers are figuring out how to comply with the new rules while keeping their houses affordable The Energy Commission estimates that solar panels will save homeowners an average of $19,000 over 30 years but add roughly $8,400 to the upfront cost of a single-family home — probably pricing many potential buyers out of the market. According to a study from the National Assn. of Home Builders, every $1,000 increase to the cost of a home makes 52,903 households unable... View Article

Tips for Planning the Best Custom Floor Plan in California

May 7, 2019

If you’ve decided to build your own home, you’ll want to make sure that it fits your vision for your dream house. The right custom home builder in Sonoma County, CA can help turn your dream into reality. If you need help designing your perfect floor plan, read on for the tips that will transform your vision: Stay practical: While innovative, surprising design is in, you’ll want to keep the motto “form follows function” in mind. In other words, function is the most important aspect of custom home design. Simple and traditional homes can be beautiful. While open homes also... View Article

How to Find the Perfect Land in California for a Custom Home

April 23, 2019

Building your own custom home in Sonoma County, CA is an exciting adventure. Many people have visions of their dream home, and once they know exactly what they want, no other pre-made home will do. However, even when you have your floor plan drawn up and materials picked out down to the kitchen countertops, you still have to decide where to build. Take some time to evaluate your lot before purchasing, and keep the following in mind. Lot and topography Some lots are easier to build on than others, and some require some serious alterations. Your custom home builder in... View Article

Issues to Avoid When Going Through the Custom Home Building Process in Sonoma County, CA

April 9, 2019

If you have been dreaming of building and owning a custom home, then it’s a good bet that you have a vision in your head of how you want it to look. Two stories, five bedrooms, a traditional kitchen, a big backyard—you can have it all with proper planning. Building a brand-new home is both exciting and scary, which is why you need knowledgeable people on your side to help plan, design and build, and to prevent you from making bad decisions. With this in mind, below are three mistakes you want to try and avoid when going through the... View Article