Your Homes Resale Value

Your Homes Resale Value

The last thing you likely want to think about when designing and building your custom luxury home is the idea that one day, you may have to be faced with the prospect of selling it.  This is your dream, the project you’ve dreamed of and planned for over the years. “Resale” probably leaves a bad taste, thinking about generalizing any detail…but it does make financial sense to put at least a little thought into optimizing your chances of selling your home if needed.  And luckily, there are easy ways to do that, and the compromise is generally slight. They’ll probably even benefit you while you’re living there!

Energy efficiency is an all-around good idea.  Appliances, heating systems, windows, and insulation can all fall into this category.  Even doors and roofs can add to your home’s efficiency. You can build a home that’s Energy-Star rated for your area, and you can make sound size and placement decisions that add to your home’s resale.

Kitchens and bathrooms are great ways to add resale value.  And, as a general rule, the bigger and more elaborate, the better (and it’s another great way to increase that energy efficiency with appliances and water-saving shower features).  All the high-end touches you add here will likely come right back to you should the need arise to list your home.

Finishing out a basement can add valuable space for you and any potential future owner.  Adding a bathroom takes it even a step further, making the space usable for guests and even as an in-law’s suite or a renter.  Whatever you decide, adding these finishing touches can help ensure your home will sell much more easily if you have to part with it.

“Were you raised in a barn?!”

“Were you raised in a barn?!”

This question obviously has carried some negative connotation over the years.  But with the constant design trending towards a simpler, more rustic time, living and raising a family in a barn is now becoming desirable when building a new home Springfield, MO.  From actual barns upgraded to home status to new metal construction to stick-built barn homes, many are opting for a soaring open style that incorporates warmth and primitive simplicity.

Though these homes hearken back to a way of life that’s less than luxurious, forget all your pre-conceived notions about drafty, dark, and dusty structures.  They offer so much opportunity to be high-end, custom homes. Huge beams support high ceilings above grand open living spaces, lit by statement chandeliers. Vast stone fireplaces offer light, warmth, and character – especially when flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows.  Wide-plank flooring adds a simple and elegant touch, with original or engineered hand-hewn marks. And almost nowhere does the growing popularity of Scandinavian and Nordic design fit better than in the barn home. Clean, simple lines and all-natural materials offer the chance to create a space that is all at once minimalistic and incredibly inviting when building a new home Springfield, MO.  

As if those design notes weren’t enough, the options to create your own barn home span just about every possibility.  Some custom home dreamers choose the real thing, opting to put the work into the original and preserve a piece of history.  Others prefer the architecture over the age, and work with their custom builder to create a “barn” that’s brand-new and completely unique.  Within that spectrum is the growing popularity of metal homes; with an industrial but warm feel, the sky is the limit when it comes to imagination and design.  

So if you’re part of the movement that wants to change the perception of those “raised in barns”, you’re not alone!  Work with your custom home builder to create your own warm, inviting space.

Custom Homes with a Small Footprint

Custom Homes with a Small Footprint

Global warming.  Pollution. Carbon emissions.  Concern for our planet is everywhere, and with good reason.  We’ve only got one, and we have the responsibility to take care of it.  Problem is, we still have to live here, and that requires that we make a mark on the earth.  And if you’ve decided to build a new home Springfield, MO, you may be realizing that footprint is a little bigger than you’d like.  Luckily, there are ways to reduce it and make your home as easy on the planet as possible!

Take, for example, inflated steel.  Yes, you read that correctly – this would be sheet metal that has been filled with air, creating ultra-light steel architecture made with pressurized air.  The concept began with a three-legged stool, made by laser-cutting templates out of steel, welding them together, and inflating them from a single point under high pressure.  It’s since moved to occupiable structures, so if ultra-modern and unique is your jam, this interesting concept could be worth exploring.

Slightly less space-inspired are PET building materials.  The need to recycle plastic is obvious, but until now, plastic hasn’t been able to support structural weight.  Thanks to Belgium-based manufacturer Armacell Benelux, plastic is now a viable building option. They offer structural foam panels, thin sheet materials, and insulating foam cores.

Cinder blocks are pretty basic, but even they can take on an environmentally friendly tone as carbon-reduced building materials.  About 33 billion tons of concrete are produced annually, making a huge mark on greenhouse gas emissions. Solidia Technologies, based in New Jersey, produces concrete with a recipe that generates 30% fewer greenhouse gases than the standard recipe.  

Environmental guilt doesn’t have to figure in to building a new home Springfield, MO.  Just make sure you talk to your builder about the best ways to reduce your effect on our one and only planet.

The Floor Plan – What it takes to make a great home.

The Floor Plan – What it takes to make a great home.

If you’re even considering building a new home Springfield, MO, you’ve more than likely heard the words “floor plan” enough to make them just fade into the background.  The words themselves sometimes fail to convey the importance of this step; it’s the foundation for your home, the space you have available to be with loved ones, and it defines the flow of your life within its walls.  “Trend” is a strong word when it comes to floor plans, as they’re a tricky animal to change on a whim. But nevertheless, the popular plans adapt as the world around them changes, and there are some practical and fun considerations as you begin to plan.

Practicality. Luxury paired with practicality gives you a floor plan that works on every level (see what we did there?).  Open floor plans are proving themselves to be evergreen, but they can also present a problem with storage. Enter beautiful mud rooms, gracefully placed closets, and bright, comfortable laundry rooms. Hate the thought of your sweet pup closed in an uncomfortable wire crate while you’re away during the day? Why not give them an open room under the stairs or a space with a door to the outside dedicated just to them? These spaces don’t need to be large. They just need to take advantage of unused space, turning it into areas that both solve a problem and please the eye when building a new home Springfield, MO.

Multi-Generational Living.  The definition of the nuclear American family is changing. Increasingly, aging parents are moving in with adult children and their small ones. As the job market fluctuates, college graduates are staying with parents longer as they establish their own homes. Privacy can become an issue, as can features (i.e., stairs) that can be difficult for elderly family members to navigate. Many people building a new home Springfield, MO are looking ahead in preparation and creating comfortable, private spaces in their homes for loved ones.  

Style.  As we mentioned before, the open floor plan is proving itself as a lengthy contender.  The modern American farmhouse is also emerging victorious for yet another year, providing new home builders with clean, simple lines and a touch of nostalgia. Social kitchens, large bathrooms and one-level living are also setting the trend as we move into 2019.

The Small Luxury Home

The Small Luxury Home

We often think of luxury on a grand scale – sweeping spaces, huge doors, oversized furniture, and the list goes on.  But as energy costs soar, lifestyles change, and awareness about environmental impact grows, smaller footprints are becoming more attractive when building a new home Springfield, MO.  Large and luxury have almost always gone hand-in-hand, but small spaces can actually mean MORE custom-designed, high-end touches.

It’s no secret that space is coming at a high premium in highly desirable areas like New York and LA.  But even in more sprawling locales, home builders are opting for a much-reduced span. A small home is usually defined as 2,800 square feet or less, and with many luxury homes tipping the scales at 10,000 plus square feet, this is a considerable departure when building a new home Springfield, MO.  But cutting down on square footage can add to the budget for super-luxury touches (hello, full spa bathroom) and lend a cozy, intimate feel to your home.

With the shift in size mindset, new trends are beginning to emerge; gracious floor plans that center around a large great room and building “up” instead of “out” are at the forefront of those trends.  Super high-end amenities suddenly become very manageable, ensuring that your custom home is completely custom – no need for tough decisions on countertops or flooring, giving up that smart technology in the kitchen, or downsizing the outdoor living areas and landscaping when building a new home Springfield, MO.

Whether it’s a primary residence or a vacation home, many people are seeing the huge benefits in building smaller.  Trading size for a myriad of other highly desirable options could be a sensible, no-loss choice. If you’re ready to get started, so are we – get in touch with us today!

Choosing An Architect

Choosing An Architect

The moment you decide to build a custom home may also be the moment you decide you need to spend some quality time finding an architect that will take the visions in your head and turn them into lines on blueprint paper.  You can’t trust this job to just anyone. How do you make the right decision? Here are some questions and ideas to get you started. 

The first question you may have is “do I need an architect?”  The answer is….well, not always. Here at Hawthorne Creek Homes we already have an in-house team.  And if your parcel of land isn’t particularly unique, that team is more than capable of writing plans for your dream home.  BUT…if you happen to have a piece of ground that requires some extra consideration, our trained and experienced architect is a great option for you.  And if you’ve also found a quality builder, there should be no issue with integration.

Assuming you’ve made the decision to involve a qualified architect in your build, you may be wondering how to go about finding a good one.  Like so many highly skilled occupations, the best fit may come from a referral. The people from whom you take advice know you and your dreams best, so ask them if they’ve worked with someone in the past.

If you don’t have luck with referrals, it may be time to research homes you admire.  If there’s an architect associated with the design, there’s a good chance you’d find a good match there.  The current residents (especially if they’re the original owners) would most likely be flattered by your interest.  A knock on the door can’t hurt!

It’s true that an architect is an added expense, and your homebuilder may be more connected to what your dream is going to cost you.  Concept and design are very important to architects, and rightly so; but the costs can add up quickly, not to mention the cost to employ such talent.  Before ground is broken, make sure you’ve done your research.