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Time To Start Building

A home is usually the single largest investment that a person makes. Most buyers end up spending lots of time and energy either searching for or designing "the perfect home" before signing any contracts. Location, price, market trends, property taxes, homeowners association fees and the condition of the property are factored into the house hunt. Also, each buyer typically has a wish list that includes specific needs (the things the buyer absolutely have to have) and wants (the features the buyer would like, but could do without if necessary). While the home-buying process involves a number of important choices, one of the very first decisions buyers need to make is whether to shop for an existing home or build a new one. Each path has its advantages and disadvantages.
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How Much Home Do You Really Need?

According to U.S. Census data, the size of the average home in this country has nearly doubled since the 1950s? What's more, according a report released in June, 2012 by the Census Bureau, the size of our homes has jumped 62.6% just since 1973 -  topping out at 2,480 square feet in 2011. 
So, how are we using all that added square footage? The answer might surprise you. Even though the average family size is decreasing, we're designing and building our homes to include great rooms, four-car garages, man caves, walk-in closets, double master bedrooms, and guest suites. It seems the basic home of today would have been considered a mansion by the standards of any previous generation!
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Designing the "Heart" of Your Home

Are you ready to sit down and plan your dream kitchen? Most people identify the kitchen as the heart of their home. Every little detail is important, not only when it comes to prepping, cooking and serving meals, but also in making the kitchen a comfortable and inviting space for your family to gather. Here are several trends that are quickly moving to the top in kitchen design:
Colorful Cabinets
Although white kitchens will always be popular, we're starting to see more color in cabinetry, including navy, black, deep charcoals, and cream colors. These darker colors can provide a beautiful contrast when paired with lighter countertops, flooring and backsplashes.
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All Decked Out and Ready to Relax

One of the biggest regrets folks have after their home is all built is that they didn't include a deck. 
As summer - and BBQ season - comes and goes, the pain is real! We can't tell you how many times our new homeowners have passed on including a deck. The biggest reason? "We'll save a little now, besides, my brother, Mike, can always build us one later". Of course, as with so many other things, "later" never seems to come. Despite brother Mike's good intentions, there's always something that's a bigger priority.
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