What to do when you choose the WRONG builder.

What to do when you choose the WRONG builder.

Though it’s nothing you particularly want to think about when building a new home Springfield, MO,  those horror stories of abject failure are out there. We certainly hope your journey won’t involve any of them, but both as cautionary tales and sources of dark entertainment, here are just a few.  Enjoy…or should we say beware?

“I knew something was seriously, irreparably wrong,” says the writer of At Home In The Future blog.  Missed deadline after missed deadline and failed inspections were just the beginning for this couple that selected a lesser-known builder after suffering from initial sticker shock. Ultimately, they found themselves in a legal situation that involved fraud, property liens, and bankruptcy on the part of the builder and over a year delay on a finished dream home.  Takeaway: only go with the lowest-priced option when building a new home Springfield, MO if all references check out and examples of finished work are plentiful and of good quality.

“They went over our budget by 40%.  I understand that sometimes things cost more but they never brought these increased prices to us they would just send us bills for the overages.”  This is the story of Hello Fashion’s nightmare.  At times, it seemed like they were only paying for stalled work and empty promises.  Eventually, the job was finished with a THIRD builder.

Takeaway:  if something seems wrong in the beginning, don’t be afraid to address it.  Switching builders in the middle of a project is never easy, but it could save you time and money in the long run.

The lesson here?  Thoroughly research your builder.  Ask other builders and sub-contractors about their experiences with them.  Going a step further and asking outside of the given circle will give you even more peace of mind before signing on the dotted line.  And, it’s important to remember that not every horror story is caused by the builder. Beginning your custom home journey well-informed, with researched and final decisions and a clear method of communication, can help prevent you from being the nightmare client.

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.

Custom Home Trends From Afar – 2019

Custom Home Trends From Afar – 2019

One of the best things about living in a world that is (literally) completely connected is that we have a window into what’s going on around the world.  Design and custom home trends are no exception, and what could be more fun than looking in on what our friends from across various ponds are loving for their homes in 2019 when building a new home Springfield MO?  From plain, muted apricot bathrooms to tiny ecosystems in health-conscious kitchens, our neighbors around the world are sharing their ideas with us here in the States.

To begin, it should be emphasized that design tends to be influenced by what’s going on in the world and people’s reactions to it.  Regardless of country or political affiliation, look for trends that refuse to conform – rebellious, yet completely collaborative. Design ideas from across the board will merge, simply because they can.  

One of those trends we’re loving is two-tone marble when building a new home Springfield MO.  Think black with gold, copper, and creamy tones as an entire kitchen island, backdropped with a white on warm grey vein.  Or maybe the bright, kitschy 80’s vibe is something you remember fondly. Why not pair those color schemes and shapes with rough, concrete texture, which is a style that seems to be taking root in places like Italy.

But the new trends don’t all involve color, texture, and palette.  Some are born of functionality and necessity. The Murphy bed, for example, is enjoying a comeback in new and creative ways.  Moveable walls and built-ins that serve multiple purposes are making small and large spaces alike much easier to use, not to mention just upping the cool factor to a whole new level.  

Regardless of how you define your style, there are so many ways to embrace national and international trends.  Let us help you decide how to incorporate them into your custom home!

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.

Luxury Custom Homes vs. Semi-Custom Homes

Luxury Custom Homes vs. Semi-Custom Homes

If you’ve been in the market for a new home for a while, you may be finding yourself overwhelmed with the options. Chances are, you’ve viewed home after home with high hopes…only to be let down by the details, the size, or a myriad of other issues.  Nothing seems to fit the bill, and you’re wondering if this is even the right decision for your family.

Many homebuyers don’t consider building, simply because of the perceived time and cost invested.  It’s also difficult to know where to start when building a new home Springfield, MO. But dreaming, designing and ultimately living in your own custom home could be the cure for all your home-buying ills, and it doesn’t have to be more expensive or more time-consuming than buying an existing home.

When it comes to creating your own space, it’s worth it to consider your level of customization.  If you’re ready to go all out and build the home your family will enjoy for years to come, a fully custom home is the perfect option.  You’ll have the freedom to choose your builder, your location, and every option from size to countertops, windows, floors, and layout. A fully custom-built home can carry some additional expense and time investment, but it often means a space without compromise when building a new home Springfield, MO.

If that level of investment is a little scary, you may want to consider a semi-custom home.  You’ll have less autonomy when choosing the layout, although we make floor plan changes often from our standard options. They’re typically constructed with a fairly set layout but your are free to still choose your lot, and buyers have some choice when it comes to added features like garages, extra rooms, etc.  These homes generally involve less cost and less time.