When people hear the term “custom home building“, they sometimes associate it with opulent homes in fantastically over-priced neighborhoods. And while homes like that are still built in some areas, those who use custom home building services today are often ordinary people with extraordinary vision.

If you are dreaming of a home built to your unique specifications, now is the time to consider calling a professional custom builder. Contrary to what you may have previously thought, custom building can provide cost benefits as well as benefits in the form of comfort and convenience. How is this possible?

custom home buildingConsider it this way. Buying a home that does not meet your needs or make you and your family comfortable will likely mean that you will either have to move or remodel the home in which you live. Multiple moves can be very costly. And depending on how extensive a remodeling project proves to be, it too can be a costly choice.

Meeting with a custom builder is a wise step to determine how to invest your time, energy, and money. Comparing the total cost of custom building versus buying and potentially remodeling and existing home may show you that custom building more closely fits with your budgetary needs.

A custom builder can also ensure your comfort and convenience by working closely with you to design a living space that works for the specific needs of your family. Do you want a large kitchen because everyone in your family tends to gather around the table at the end of the day? That is easily accomplished with custom design. What about the size of bedrooms or the number of bathrooms available? With custom building, you choose how your floor plan will flow. Perhaps you need a home office that is some distance from the living areas to provide a quiet work place. It is a snap with custom design.

If you would like to see how a custom builder can help you bring your project to life, please contact us. With almost 50 years in the profession, we will be glad to show you options that work with your budget and make your home the haven you envision.

Your home. It is much more than walls and windows. It is where you have chosen to put down roots and grow your family. If you are fortunate to stay in one home long enough, you’ve made memories that you love to recall over morning coffee.

31560007There are many reasons you choose to add space and value to your home. Your family grows in more than one way. From children to aging parents, the need to expand your living space is a serious decision. At Caldwell and Johnson, we have already thought of the important factors you need to consider before adding on.

We know when you enter a custom home building project or a home addition, some of the factors to consider include budget, energy efficiency, and personal style.

A budget is not just a suggestion, it is the first guideline to take into account. We understand making upgrades to your home while keeping within your budgetary limits is important to your families quality of living. We can show you your options without breaking the bank.

Hand in hand with your budget is the need to be energy-efficient. We recognize the value to you and our Rhode Island communities that comes with being an Energy Star Partner and Certified Green Energy Professionals. We do our part to be good stewards of your time and money. We have done the research for you and only use the best and most energy-efficient materials. Please ask us about our Residential Energy Guarantee.

Your home is an extension of your personality. You have added your own special touch to make your living space more than just a place to go after work. It is your personal sanctuary. Upon completion, an addition must have the atmosphere of having been a part of your home from its beginning.

We have more than 50 years of experience in residential new construction and major remodeling projects in Rhode Island. Contact us and arrange to meet with one of our professional consultants to evaluate your needs. You have many more memories to be made.

When someone has a custom home built, they are able to choose the layout of the home, type of cabinetry, fixtures and a myriad of other options. Most of these choices are, admittedly, about the way the home looks, its aesthetic appeal. However, what you may not realize is that there is more to custom home building. It’s also about creating green, technology rich spaces that are uniquely suited to the needs of the family that resides in them.


Green Homes

Increasing energy costs are a driving force behind new home construction. According to a recent survey, 82 percent of homeowners cite saving money on their energy bills as the main reason to install clean energy systems. Solar panels, water-saving appliances and insulation to improve heating and cooling system efficiency are among the most common choices. The use of renewable and recycled building materials are also embraced by homeowners seeking to diminish their environmental impact.

Integrating Technology

Technological breakthroughs allow us to have all kinds of conveniences wired directly into our homes. An alarm system that automatically locks your doors when you leave, heating and cooling systems that sense when to come on and shut off and lighting that can be controlled from any room and WIFI hubs throughout the home are just a few. These and other high-tech innovations are being integrated into just about every custom built home. The aren’t just luxuries, they’re fast becoming an absolute necessity for busy families everywhere, keeping them connected, secure and comfortable.

Uniquely Suited

While it’s true that humans are extremely adaptable, nothing beats having a home designed and built specifically for your needs. You and your family are unique and a cookie cutter home or pre-owned home aren’t going to fulfill all your desires. You’ll likely end up remodeling, just to bring it close to the vision you have of the perfect home. With a custom built home, you decide the layout of the kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms. That means you have a home that’s completely unique, meant for you. It will be perfectly suited to your family and your lifestyle.

A custom built home is a fantastic way to express your personality, taste and personal beliefs. It can be elaborate and highly polished, or simple and functional, whatever makes you happy. If you want to learn more about custom home building, or if you have any questions, please contact us. Our friendly, professional staff would love to talk to you.

According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics released for the first quarter of 2015, 63.7 percent of Americans are homeowners. And for the vast majority of these, their homes represent the largest financial investment they will ever make. However, your home is not only an investment in your financial future, but is also an investment in your present level of comfort and security.

beach_outsideThat being the case, custom home building can provide both a good investment opportunity and contribute to your comfort as well. Why should you consider custom home building over the more available spec building that is usually done?

It all boils down to what you most value. While you can easily find spec-built homes that offer some of the things you want in your living space, it is rare to find a spec-built home that truly meets all your needs without the cost of renovation of some sort.

A custom builder will sit down with you and discuss exactly what you envision your perfect house to be. For instance, if your family spends a lot of time in the kitchen, your builder can ensure that your kitchen is spacious and well-designed for the way you will use it. Perhaps you long for a well-appointed home office that is not simply a spare bedroom tucked between other rooms of the house as an after-thought. Your builder can make that happen. Maybe you are a book lover, and your dream house includes a beautifully appointed library with built-in bookcases. Your wish list can be easily accommodated to make your home truly your unique, personal space.

Some question whether a custom home is a truly affordable option. However, consider this for a moment. How valuable is your personal comfort and satisfaction? As your home is the place where you will be spending quality time with your family and friends, it is logically a place that needs to be everything you envision. While spec homes may meet some of your needs, they can fall far short of your ideal. Working with a custom builder, you can create the space you want while keeping an eye on costs. In this way, every penny of your investment is spent making your vision a reality. It will be money well spent.

Custom builders also provide a high level of personal service through every stage of design and construction. This means that you will know exactly what is happening at every point in the process, which allows you to help shape the project according to your wishes.

If you can envision your dream home, we can make it a reality. Please contact us for more information about our custom building service. We look forward to working with you to bring your vision to life.

DSC_0079When homeowners are asked which room of the house they would remodel if they had unlimited funds to do so, the surprising answer is often the bathroom. Though a large portion of the day is not spent there, many people find their current bathrooms to be unacceptable for one reason or another. What are the top reasons you should consider a bath remodel for your Rhode Island home?

1) To update an outdated look.

If your home is beginning to show its age, one of the most dated rooms of the house is most likely your bathroom. While a change of furniture can freshen the look of a den or living room, bathrooms require more work to reflect a modern feel. Choosing new faucets, light fixtures, and new color schemes can do much to increase the beauty of your bath and the overall value of your home.

2) To address mold and mildew issues.

If your bathroom is subject to moisture issues, mold and mildew can be both an eyesore and a health hazard. Additionally, mold can do structural damage to your home. Sometimes a restructuring of your bathroom is in order to better control any moisture issues and ensure your safety and the structural integrity of your home.

3) To add or change space.

A bathroom that was large enough for a couple may not be not large enough for a family of four. Changes in your lifestyle may necessitate a change in your bathroom as well. Perhaps you need more cabinetry, or maybe you just want more open floor space to move about freely. In any of these situations, a well-designed remodel can be just the thing to make it happen.

4) To accommodate evolving needs.

Perhaps you have come to a point in your life when you need a more accessible bathroom.  You might enjoy the convenience and security of a walk-in shower instead of a tub. Or maybe you would like to install grab bars for safety reasons or widen a bathroom door to accommodate a wheelchair. If this is the case, a bathroom remodel can considerably ease your mind regarding how to navigate easily to accomplish personal grooming without outside assistance.

5) To correct plumbing issues. If you live in an older home, chances are you have already encountered some common plumbing issues. Rather than patching old pipes, it may be more cost-effective in the long run to re-plumb your home as part of a bath remodel. This saves costly repairs in the future, and provides peace of mind for many homeowners.

If you would like more information about how to create the bathroom of your dreams, please contact us.  With years of experience in the Rhode Island area, we will be glad to work with you to make your vision a reality.


With the popularity of cooking shows such as “Chopped” and “Iron Chef”, many Rhode Island families are turning back to the basics of cooking and eating together. Current trends in kitchen design showcase how families can interact more comfortably as they cook as a team.

For many, kitchen remodeling becomes a necessity as cooking is no longer just the purview of the woman of the house. The phrase “too many cooks in the kitchen” is sometimes amazingly accurate if your space is limited or poorly designed. How can you embrace the new trend of cooking together with a re-designed kitchen?

One popular solution is the utilization of kitchen zones. Simply put, with this design, the work done in kitchens is categorized according to a logical workflow. For instance, food preparation areas are separated from cooking areas, cooking areas are separated from dining areas, and so on. How does this help?

Consider the way you actually use your kitchen. Convenience of access is key. For instance, are your dishes and glasses stored close to the sink area, or are you forever walking a few extra steps to put clean dishes away? Is your pantry close to your stove, or are items you need always slightly out of reach? If there is more than one person involved in food preparation, is there adequate counter space on which to work?

A thoughtful kitchen re-design can greatly improve the ease and efficiency of your kitchen, while making it a place where your family will enjoy working and eating together for years to come. As a bonus, you can also include updated, more energy-efficient appliances in a well-planned remodel, along with beautiful cabinets, stunning countertops and flooring options that will make your kitchen sing. If you would like to discuss how your kitchen can be remodeled to more conveniently fit your lifestyle, please contact us. We will listen to your kitchen design wish list and help you find the right fit for your home.

Green Building Rhode Island

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green building rhode islandThe words sustainable and renewable are becoming as American as baseball and apple pie. If it’s not farm to table, we don’t want to eat it, if a company’s not utilizing renewable energy, we don’t want to work with them, and if our homes aren’t environmentally friendly, we don’t want to live in them. The idea of the American dream is changing, we’re not just interested in owning our own home, having 2.5 kids, and a dog anymore, we want more. We want our own “dream home” customized to our every whim with every amenity we could possibly need, but it’s not just more that we desire, we want to contribute, pull our weight, and give back all at the same time, because, we know it’s possible, attainable, and the right thing to do.

It’s not enough just to survive anymore, we want to thrive, and in order to do that, Americans are starting to live more responsibly. We’re reducing our carbon footprint by building green and making sure our homes are equipped with:

  • Efficient moisture barriers,
  • Tankless water heaters,
  • Dual flush toilets,
  • Drought tolerant landscaping,
  • Insulated windows,
  • Rainwater collection systems,
  • Engineered and alternative wood products,
  • Energy efficient air conditioners, heaters, and appliances, and
  • Solar panels.

What’s more, we’re actually saving money by going green. Initial investments quickly pay dividends in the form of lower energy bills, lower maintenance fees, and improved living conditions. Energy-efficient homes save home owners anywhere from 30 percent to 60 percent on their energy bills. And according to the US Green Building Council, “Owners will save between $200 to $400 annually, adding up to potentially thousands of dollars saved over the seven or eight years that the typical homeowner lives in a home. Some homes see savings up to 60%, and energy efficiency in apartments could save 3.4 billion dollars.”

So please contact us today for industry professionals with almost 50 years of experience to see how you can go green building in Rhode Island, customizing your ultimate smarter and more efficient dream home.

Green Custom HomesGreen custom homes can save you money on energy costs as well as reduce your impact on the earth.

According to a recent article in the Topeka Capital-Journal, there are a number of ways to build a home that is environmentally friendly. In fact, the article notes, new construction homes are already a lot friendlier to the environment than they were ten or twenty years ago, simply because more efficient moisture barriers and insulation that were developed then have now become the norm. But there’s still more you can do and the efficient and sustainable products are generally easier to install in a newly built home rather than retrofitting an older home.

There are a number of natural resource conservation techniques that can be deployed in the modern home, including water saving fixtures and appliances. Tankless water heaters, dual flush toilets, drought tolerant landscaping and rainwater collection systems are all greener methods of providing quality with less water use. In addition, using engineered wood or wood alternative products can also avoid the impact on our natural resources.

The windows are another place where efficiency is important for the purpose of using less energy and paying less on heating bills, the article stated. Installing insulated windows helps keep your rooms at a comfortable temperature with less reliance on heaters and air conditioners. Energy efficiency can also be found in the type of lighting fixtures and appliances you use, as well as in your heating and cooling systems themselves.

There are greener alternatives when it comes to your paint and flooring, as well. Low-VOC paints and carpeting provides better indoor air quality for your family’s health and the use of efficient HVAC systems can also serve as a way of ridding the air in your home of toxic chemicals, the article stated.

While green custom homes may have a higher price tag than other homes on the market, you can rest assured that you’re paying for the best quality for your family, and you can look forward to recouping much of that cost over time by way of energy savings. One way of knowing that your home is using green products and appliances is to look for the ENERGY STAR label.

Started as a voluntary program by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1992, ENERGY STAR promotes energy efficient products and buildings in order to reduce energy consumption and to encourage a reduction of pollutants. ENERGY STAR products are those evaluated by a third party and certified based on testing in EPA laboratories. New homes can also earn the ENERGY STAR label by meeting the checklists for thermal enclosure system rater, HVAC system quality installation and contractor, and water management system builder.

16,000 partners in the ENERGY STAR program are responsible for its success, the EPA notes, including manufacturers and trade associations, retailers and efficiency program providers, home builders, and small businesses. In 2012, the rules for homes earning the ENERGY STAR label became more stringent, and provide up to 30 percent more efficiency than those built even a few years ago.

Custom green homes from Caldwell & Johnson earn the ENERGY STAR label and are designed and built at a higher level of quality than other homes on the market today. Each home and the products within it have been inspected and tested to ensure that they meet the EPA’s regulations and will provide you and your family not only with a good investment today, but an even better investment tomorrow.

We are your go to builder for Rhode Island green custom homes. We strive to give you options when it comes to the use of green products and allow you the opportunity to weigh the costs and the benefits before those products are placed in your home. We are committed to giving you a finished product that is stylish, comfortable, environmentally responsible, energy efficient, and is a place that you are proud to call home. For more information, contact us.

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