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”

Indoor-Outdoor Living Solutions

indoor-outdoor-livingWe live in an area ripe with opportunities to get outside throughout our seasons. We get 300 days of sunshine per year – we should all do a better job of enjoying it!

One way you can incorporate more sunshine into your life without changing your schedule is by embracing indoor-outdoor living. Creating a space that easily transitions between the in and outdoors via large, roll-away full-height windows, inviting covered areas warmed by the fire to ward off any chill, and an outdoor lighting scheme that highlights your outdoor area’s best features, you can spend more time appreciating the outdoors in comfort. Continue reading “Indoor-Outdoor Living Solutions”

Advances in Energy Efficiency = Customized Plans and Options

With years of building energy star certified homes under our belt and having been a pioneer of our local HBA’s Built Green program, it’s fair to say that Devoted Builders has real experience in energy efficient and sustainable home building in the Tri-Cities area; and with this experience comes knowledge. Valuable knowledge that comes from working on different styles of homes, built on different topographies in different areas, for owners with different energy efficiency and sustainability desires and resources. Continue reading “Advances in Energy Efficiency = Customized Plans and Options”

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”

Final Build Out Under Way at Mediterranean Villas, Pasco WA

It’s hard to believe that we are nearly at complete build out in our largest project to date, located in Pasco WA, the Mediterranean Villas Townhome community. 225 townhomes on 30 acres was quite the feat, but the process has certainly been worth it.

The community was well received from the start in 2002 and today the final few homes are under construction. What started as desert-scape and sand dunes has become a project our family business team is proud of, but more importantly thankful for. Continue reading “Final Build Out Under Way at Mediterranean Villas, Pasco WA”

Summer Air Conditioner Maintenance

 

If you are planning on putting your home on the market, or have purchased a home in the last year, you may want to consider getting your air conditioning unit serviced now rather than waiting.

As the calendar moves from spring to summer, the air conditioner, whether you have a heat pump, swamp cooler, or some other type of cooling unit, will be in-demand in the coming months. So why act preventively? There are two important reasons: Continue reading “Summer Air Conditioner Maintenance”

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”

Should I Stay or Should I Go? – The Pros and Cons of Renovating

According to the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), market conditions point to a higher demand for remodeling in the coming months. The NAHB produces their Remodeling Market Index which measures remodeling activity in homes: calls for bids, amount of work committed for the next three months, backlog of jobs and appointments for proposals. The RMI hit an all-time high of 60 in the last quarter of 2014. Continue reading “Should I Stay or Should I Go? – The Pros and Cons of Renovating”

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.

 

 

 

Buying Land, 11 Things you need to know

If you have ever dreamed of building your dream home on the perfect piece of property, then you may have toyed with the idea of buying land. However, if you buy land without doing your homework you may encounter more frustrations than foundation.  Before you write an offer, consider the following:

1)      LOCATION –Land itself, even without a home on it, can be a good investment.   The challenge is determining the true value by evaluating potential use and demand.  Location is paramount in determining value.  Tiny little houses in the middle of bustling downtown neighborhoods can sell for top dollar due to the supply of land in that area.

2)      ZONING LAWS – The value of land is impacted by zoning laws which determine what you can and can’t do with the land.  You may be able to check property zoning online. Pay attention to the county’s long term land use plans and scheduled road additions as these are indicators of future growth.

3)      HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATIONS – Is the lot in a subdivision governed by a homeowners association?  If so, check the rules of what can be built and if there are restrictions regarding footprint, size, or style.

4)      COSTS TO DEVELOP LAND – There are costs to consider when developing land including survey costs and title insurance.

5)      ORDINANCES AND COVENANTS – Most land is sold in subdivisions which may have restrictions. There may be deed restrictions which are private agreements created between the owner and the buyer of the property.  You may also have ordinances which you must adhere from the local city.

6)      UTILITIES – There will be costs to bring utilities to the property including electricity, phone lines, water and sewer (if available).  If public water and sewer is not available, you will need permits for drilling a well and for installing a septic system.

7)      ROAD ACCESS – This is one aspect that is easy to overlook.  The gravel path the property came with may not work as a permanent driveway driving the costs up. Verify the road you see can indeed be developed as a permanent path.

8)      EASEMENTS –Be aware of every easement on the property and understand what the easements mean for your use and enjoyment of the property.

9)      SURVEYS – A survey will show you exactly where the property boundaries are as well as elevation possibilities for building. Never rely on an old survey – it may be outdated.

10)   FLOODING – You will need to know this to determine whether or not flood insurance is needed.

11)   PERMITS – Unless you plan on camping in a tent on your new piece of land, make sure you secure a permit for all improvements.

 

Once you know what you are doing it is easy to look for red flags when looking for land, saving you time and money. Ready to learn more? Give me us call at 509-947-5670.