Green home building has come a very long way over the last decade or so and is pretty much just taking over the market. It really is no surprise since not only does it save you money, but you’re doing your part to help the environment at the same time. Check out a few easy green home building ideas. 


You definitely want to consider the size of your home. Bigger is not always better, because no matter how green you build a large home, it will still have a bigger impact on the environment than if you went a little smaller. This absolutely doesn’t mean that you have to build a cottage or anything, it just means that you shouldn’t build too much bigger than you actually need. 

Cool Roof 

Your roof can have a huge impact on the energy efficiency of your home. You’ll definitely want to choose a material that will reflect the sun away from your home rather than absorb it. This can definitely reduce your energy usage and costs. You’re looking at materials like slate, terra-cotta, and metal, just to name a few. The initial cost is a little more, but you will more than make up for it with the energy savings that you will experience.  

Solar Power 

When you’re building a new home you can always decide to use solar power, meaning that you can take advantage of the sun’s energy to power you home. A lot of this has to do with how you position your home and where you place the solar panels in order to take full advantage of the sun’s benefits. 

Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson to learn more about green home building and what it can do for you, your home, and the environment. 

One of the most important parts of building a beach house is protecting it from the elements. This means waterproofing it and bracing it for strong winds, among other things. When you build by the water, this becomes an essential part of the whole building process. Take a look at some custom beach house building weatherproofing ideas. 

Building Materials 

You can’t just use any old material when building your beach house, or else you are going to deal with deterioration due to the coastal air, unless you feel like dealing with time very time-consuming and tedious upkeep. Your best bet is to go with materials like stucco concrete blocks and cedar shake roofing, both of which will last more than twice as long as something like asphalt. 


Regular windows are not going to hold up well to strong winds and flying debris. It’s important to get windows with an impact-resistant coating that can withstand extreme winds and flying debris without shattering. This will also increase the entire stability of your house. 

Door Handles 

Regular metal door handles will likely rust from the salty air. You will want to go with something that won’t pit or corrode, such as arched handles that have a protective bronze finish on them. 


You should definitely go with vaulted ceilings opposed to regular ceilings since vaulted ceilings will keep your house cooler by pulling the warmer air high above your living area. Regular ceilings will just create more stuffiness. 


Wood floors are a staple in beach houses, but on their own they will not hold up well as they are prone to warping and rotting. The perfect solution to this is to paint the floorboards and add a glossy, oil-based finish for added durability. 

Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson for more weatherproofing ideas for your custom-built beach house. 

As the years pass by, so do design trends. They are constantly changing and evolving, and this coming year will surely have lots of cool stuff and inspirational ideas in store for you. Check out some custom home building design trends that you will surely love in 2017.

Laundry Room

We’re past the days of just sticking a washer and dryer in the corner or a closet. Laundry is quickly becoming something that is worthy of its own room, and there are many ways to design this room to perfection. You can fully equip your laundry room with storage space and folding space, without forgetting about adequate lighting and fun decor. 

White Kitchen 

White kitchens are pretty much something that comes and goes when you’re talking about trends, but they are definitely on the rise in recent years, and are especially expected to gain more popularity in 2017. There’s nothing better than a crisp, clean white kitchen. Adding some wood accents into the mix will definitely help to keep things from looking too boring. 

Living Area Colors 

When designing your main living area, keep in mind that neutral colors are all the craze. And we don’t just mean one shade of beige, but rather several different shades of beige in one area. And romantic bedroom colors are in demand for 2017. This means colors like deep red, raspberry, caramel, and even black. 

Pendant Lighting 

In the past, pendant lighting was something that people just considered in their kitchen or dining areas, but they are now gaining popularity in other parts of homes as well, including bedrooms. They are practical, playful, and the perfect way to free up some space. 

Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson for more information on current design trends, and all of your custom home building questions and concerns. Let us help you make your visions a reality. 

There are so many steps and so many things to consider when custom building your home. This gives you the opportunity to build the kitchen of your dreams, the bathroom of your dreams, and everything else in between. But don’t get so caught up with designing and custom building the inside of your home that you forget about the outside. Your outdoor living space can not only add appeal and value to your home, but it can provide you and your family with the perfect place to relax and entertain. Check out just a few of the amazing things that you can do to your outdoor living space.

  • deck
  • patio
  • pool
  • spa
  • structures
  • landscaping
  • kitchen

Depending on how big your outdoor space is and how much time you plan on spending out there, you definitely want to put it a deck or a patio. It’s the perfect way to extend your home. And of course nothing goes better with a deck or a patio than a swimming pool. You have many options when it comes to a pool, like adding a spa to it. Definitely check out your options with outdoor structures. Some popular outdoor structures include gazebos, pergolas, and arbors, and don’t forget about the landscaping that ties into it all. And if you really want to top off your outdoor living space with the best of the best, definitely consider an outdoor kitchen area.

Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson for more ideas on what you can do with your outdoor living space when custom building your new home.

Don’t Forget About Your Outdoor Living Space When Custom Building Your Home
Earthy, colorful, and eclectic–beach houses always reflect their owner’s personality, and always provide a cozy place to relax after hours walking the beach, riding the waves, or laying out to catch some sun. Interested in building your own beach house? Here are three trends in custom beach houses.

1. The Eclectic Wood Siding Look. Nothing says “beach house” like wood siding. This design brings a great curb appeal and gives the home a woodsy feel. It is classic and can be unfinished or stained in different colors. Here is a great example of a home in the Hamptons on Pinterest.

2. The Tropical Stucco Look. Not all beach houses have to have the northeast shabby look. They can look like a tropical oasis like this stucco paradise from Pinterest and this modern play on a beach house (also from Pinterest). These homes look more like resorts than family vacation homes, and offer more elegance to housing next to the beach.

3. The Porched Mansion Look. This house (feature on Architectural Digest) and this Nantucket beach house from Beautifully Seaside exemplify the importance of porches on a beach house. It is truly an important trend and makes a way for guest to be in the comfort of a home while still looking out at the ocean. There is nothing better than sipping your morning coffee while sitting on a porch overlooking the waves!

Interested in a beach house? Need someone to answer your questions? We would love to help you! Feel free to contact us.

Next to your kitchen, your bathroom is one of the most used rooms in your home. This gives you all the more reason to want it just perfect. When it comes to custom home building, you always want to consider your needs first. 


Your focus should always be on functionality. Your bathroom works very hard to please you, which makes it a priority that’s it’s fully functional in every way. Strongly consider this when choosing a toilet, a sink, a tub, and a shower. Think of how you can build these things to your benefit, and how they can make your life a little easier. 


Bathrooms are somewhere that you can go to unwind and relax. On top of being functional, bathrooms are like a sanctuary to de-stress in and wash away all of your cares. Keep this in mind when you choose your colors and your style. Plan for little luxuries and a relaxing motif. 


Sometimes the entire vibe of a bathroom depends on what type of lighting you have. It can directly affect your mood and your appearance in the mirror. The lighting also has to correlate well with the colors of the bathroom. 

Finishing Touches 

The right finishing touches can really make all the difference. Plants and greenery incorporated into your bathroom can do just that. Other touches can include the right towels, shower curtains, wall art, furniture, and more.

Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson for more information on custom home building and how we can help you to create the bathroom of your dreams. 

Are you seeking a lifelong dream home? If so, you don’t have to worry about losing luxury for an age-friendly home. A recent AIA Home Design Trends Survey found “interior design elements meant to aid aging in place continue to top the list.” These features include home accessibility, informal space, open-space layout, home access, and single floor designs. This building trends are increasing as more baby boomers reach retirement age and the U.S. population grows older.

Builder Magazine also took a deep look the Livability for All: The 2016 AARP Age-Friendly Community Survey. What they found is the main reason for baby boomers to move is “finding a home that better fosters independent living.” While issues like access to public transportation and proximity to their family were important to some, a home that aided independent living was the number one reason for buying a new home. In their continuing series, the publication revealed five in-demand features of an age-friendly home. 

  • Age-friendly bathrooms.
  • Emergency response systems,
  • Improved lighting,
  • Easy home accessibility, and
  • Single-floor living.

The AARP also recommends many additional home design changes to create an age-friendly home. Some of their recommendations include:

  • Raise outlets to 18″ above the floor,
  • Lower light switches to less than 48″,
  • Install age-friendly light switches,
  • Make door frame 36″ wide,
  • Install age-friendly hardware and fixtures,
  • Build stairs 42″ wide,
  • Install zero-step shower, and
  • Vary the height of kitchen countertops.

What haven’t we covered yet that is important to you? If you would like to talk about age-friendly home building trends, or need more information, please contact us.

Whether your bathroom is old and outdated, falling apart, or just in need of an upgrade or new style, remodeling is the perfect way to bring new life to a room that is so very much used in your home. Take a look at some building trends for your next dream bathroom remodeling project.

Smart Storage 

There’s nothing like good old practical storage. Extra storage will never go out of style, and you can really never have enough drawers and cabinets. You’ll want to take full advantage of any vertical space that you have to work with. Instead of leaving blank walls, try having shelving or cabinetry built up the walls. It not only gives you extra space to store towels and toiletries, but it look great, too.

Easy Use 

It’s all about ease of use these days, and not to mention ease of cleaning. Try a no-threshold shower, meaning a shower with no ledge to have to step over. This contemporary design is becoming increasingly popular and can really open your bathroom up. You can even try a bathtub/shower combination with the same concept. Floating vanities are another stylish trend. They are easier to use because you can customize the height to your liking.

Bold Lighting 

You can really play with the lighting in your bathroom. Go for funky pendants, wall scones, or an elegant chandelier. Illuminate your vanity with combinations of up lights, low lights, and overhead lights. Think functional and trendy.

Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson for more bathroom building trends and ideas. We’re here to help you every step of the way.

When custom building a new home, of course you want it perfect in every way. There are lots of things that you need to consider, like the site, the size, and every little feature, detail, and function in between. One building trend that you should definitely not fail to consider is your safety. Your goal is to design to protect. There is really nothing more important than your safety and the safety of your loved ones. Feeling safe and secure is a crucial part of building a home.


Privacy is important no matter what type of home you have. Nobody wants to feel like they’re being watched, or like anyone can easily just come on their property. Privately built homes can deter potential burglars and give you peace of mind. You’ll want to try to get your home set back as far as possible from the road and nestled into your own exclusive piece of land.


Many homeowners have homes built in gated communities, and ones that have 24/7 surveillance cameras and/or security guards. Not all neighborhoods are like this, though, and that’s okay because they are other ways that you can secure your home yourself. You can always just build your own security gate around your home, fully equipped with a keypad and a motion detection system inside of your home as well.

Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson for more information on all of the current and must-have building trends! We are here to help you every step of the way!

The big question for consumers with green home building and remodeling projects is if there is any real value. Is the initial higher cost of a green home really worth the money? People not only want to ensure that energy efficiency will produce a significant reduction in utility costs, but there is a real concern if these houses will have a positive impact on the environment, not only in affecting global climate change but also for the sustainability of resources. The good news is that all studies show green homes have a tangible positive impact.

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) states, “Key Trends in the European and U.S. Construction Marketplace, operating costs for green buildings are on average 8 to 9% lower, building values are 7.5% higher, buildings have a 3.5% greater occupancy ratio, and green buildings provide a 6.6% total return on investment.” Therefore, not only do green homes save you money on your electric and water bills, the have a higher demand and value at resale. This all comes from a 45 percent reduction in electricity usage and 39 percent reduction of water.

However, GSA also cites multiple studies when reporting on the positive environmental impact. Green home building techniques reduce the waste going to landfill from construction projects by 95 percent. The process includes location selection, and a proper site reduces pollution. Moreover, sustainable designs do factor in the entire life-cycle of the home, including things like materials used and greenhouse gasses. It is not just the homes itself, but also the acquisition of materials, transportation to and from the home, and other factors including the eventual demolishing some time in the far future. Therefore, the money spent on green home buildings is well invested.

If you would like to talk more about the positive impact of green home building, or need more information, please contact us.

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