Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Morton Custom Build

In August I posted an article about a home we were getting ready to build in Morton ("A 40 Acre Backyard"). That home is now complete and a very nice family has moved in. They were able to close on the home the first week of February. We were thankful for a very mild winter. Morton has had 19 days since December 1 with a high temperature of 50 degrees or more!
The home features lots of cabinetry and built-ins supplied by our friends at Amish Touch. The family room features a stone-faced, wood burning fireplace flanked by built-in cabinets. One of the important amenities to the homeowners was plenty of closet space, and did they get that! The bedrooms upstairs all have closets with custom wood shelving from CSI. The main floor has three huge closets. One big walk-in off the back entry with floor to ceiling shelving, one big closet near the front door also with custom shelving, and a 6 foot pantry in the kitchen. The finished basement has two big walk-ins, a game closet, and finished space under the stairs that can also be used for storage. If we have built a home with this much closet space, I sure don't remember it.
We truly enjoyed working with these homeowners and wish them many happy years in their BJ Armstrong Custom Home!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Building on a budget

One of the more frequent comments I hear is “we could never afford to build.”   When I probe a little deeper, the real concern is revealed.  The construction budget is unrealistic.  Everyone has heard a horror story about how it cost way more to build the home of their dreams than originally planned.  This all too common scenario is more a reflection on the builder than the owner.

It doesn’t really matter if you are spending Two Hundred Thousand or Two Million dollars.  There will be decisions to make and choices about finishes and products.  Hire a builder that is willing to help you find the appropriate products for your project.  There should be value in the products chosen.  Require that you receive written specifications of all products prior to signing a construction contract.  This will hep ensure your budget becomes reality.