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”

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”