Custom Homebuilding Reaches New Heights

Did you know that, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), custom homebuilding has just reached a post-recession high? It’s true! NAHB’s analysis of the census data from “Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design” survey indicated that in the third quarter of 2016, there were 49,000 total custom starts (up 47,000 in the third quarter of 2015). Continue reading “Custom Homebuilding Reaches New Heights”

Say Goodbye to Boring Flooring!

Not that long ago, there were just not that many unique options when it came to flooring. Sure, you could get carpet in a few different weaves and colors, wood floors had a few different species and stains, and tile was either ceramic, basic, and blah or it was super expensive.

Fast forward to today. With the advent of the internet, design and ideas have caused the flooring market to explode. DIYers who were before relegated to the most basic can now browse through online catalogs that were only available to designers previously and demand for unique flooring solutions is driving flooring designers to new designs, new materials, and new applications. Continue reading “Say Goodbye to Boring Flooring!”

Designing for Efficiency

A few years ago, it was all the rage to build a big home. Then the downturn brought us the small home movement. This small home movement provided the building industry with some much-needed shakeups in terms of how space is built into a home and how it is utilized. Devoted Builders has welcomed the challenge to be more efficient than ever with our space and materials in order to build a better home. Here’s what we have been working on: Continue reading “Designing for Efficiency”

Utilizing the Natural Landscape

natural stone stairwayWhen we build a home, we like to take inspiration from the environment in which the home is being built. We consider the natural slope and topography, curves, and materials when designing a home. We find this is important when creating a harmonious relationship with nature.

We are currently working on finishing up our home, located in Heritage Hills in Richland. The home will be for sale after completion in just a few weeks. As you can see from the photo at the right and in the elevation provided below, keeping the lines, paths and materials harmonious with the environment was a critical extra step we took. This home is a combination of Prairie design and Craftsman, noted for strong horizontal lines that hug the landscape and use of indigenous materials. Continue reading “Utilizing the Natural Landscape”

Newest Custom Home. Rambler with Shop in Pasco WA

image1 (4)Devoted Builder’s really enjoyed working with these great home owners in Pasco WA. The couple owned their own lot and we orchestrated the hook up of all infrastructure including, electrical, water and an engineered septic system.  The owners provided us with a rough plan they had drawn and from there it was fine tuned with our designer. The home is built on a crawl space, with no steps or stairs to enter or exit the home.  The owners chose traditional yet contemporary finishes including durable wood laminate flooring, quartz counter tops, beech wood cabinets and ceramic tile.  For questions or to get an estimate to build a home on your own land/lot in or around the Richland, Kennewick or Pasco, WA area, call Jennifer at 509-947-5670 or Jessica at 509-947-2230. Continue reading “Newest Custom Home. Rambler with Shop in Pasco WA”

New year brings new ideas

The team at Devoted Builder’s is always at work brainstorming and researching new and fresh ideas for home building in Tri-Cities.  A handful of things we are looking forward to in 2015 include:

1. One level home designs with no steps or stairs at all.  Including all entries, showers, patios and walk ways.  Why have a one level home that you have to climb stairs to get into?

2. Finnish work that is less trendy and more sustaining of design changes like stain grade wood trim packages that allow for custom stain color match and also wear far better than paint grade trim packages.

3. Wood Laminate flooring.  Not only does it typically cost less than hard wood it is often much more durable and holds up to pets and other high traffic elements without sanding, staining and sealing in future years.  And the selection!  Boy this is one you can really have fun with.

4. Third garage bays that allow for RV or Boat parking both in height and depth.  Keep your babies at home with you, out of the elements.

5. Separate living areas. We have seen a big turn away from separate living and dining areas with the emphasis on one great room and that is predicted to continue for many years. We find it nice to have a balance.  Spaces where multiple people can enjoy their time in separate areas. Think beyond the “man cave” the office or the family room.

Devoted Builder’s is excited for this new year!  For home building options, information and pricing call us at 509-947-5670 or visit us online at www.devoteddreamhomes.com.

 

 

 

What is a home warranty?

The term “home warranties” can refer to a number of different types of warranties. When buying or selling a home, different types of home warranties can provide benefits to buyers or sellers – and sometimes both. For sellers, a home warranty increases the perceived value of their home by providing an extra incentive.  For buyers, a home warranty purchases a little extra peace of mind.

In many cases a home warranty is sometimes purchased independent of a real estate transaction by a homeowner simply wanting extra protection in the event of appliances breaking down or other issues that can come up in a home that are not protected under standard homeowners insurance.

Covered items vary widely on these types of warranties, so it’s a good idea to carefully review the warranty to be sure you’re receiving the coverage you need.  In many cases, after-market warranties can be created from an “a la carte” menu, allowing you to select the coverage most important to you.

Each home built by Devoted Builder’s includes a warranty from the largest national home warranty program, 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty with coverage on homes for structural defects that make the home unsanitary, unsafe or otherwise unlivable and include a full ten years of qualified structural warranty coverage from the date of closing. For more information on coverage and the 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty visit www.2-10.com.

When discussing warranties, be clear on the exact resolution process when a problem arises with each covered item. For example, if the fridge breaks down, what is the process for getting it fixed?

Regardless of the type of warranty, there’s no doubt that they are an excellent tool to build trust and comfort between buyers and sellers.

For more of the nitty-gritty details on home warranties, give us a call at (509) 947-5670 or (509) 947-2230.

 

Senior Real Estate Specialist & Certified Aging in Place Specialist

Continuing education is very important to Jessica and as of Spring 2014 she earned her Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation. This training and designation combined with her expansive experience working with those 55 and over allows Jessica to provide a high level of knowledge, streamlined services and a team of professionals to assist “senior” buyers and seller in the steps needed to make a move easy and stress free.

Additionally Jessica completed training and testing to become a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). This designation is close to home as she has a 13 year old daughter who has Down syndrome and who she lovingly refers to as having “unique abilities.” This training allows Jessica to work closely with those with a disability of any kind and their families and caregivers to create specialized floor plans, accessibility, sensory aid systems and general functionality to optimize their current home or plan for a future home.