Custom building a home is something that many people dream of doing because, after all, you’re in control of the design of your own living space. Once you have a basic idea of what you want your home to look like, there are lots of little things that you probably didn’t even think of that would add the perfect finishing touches all around. Check out these awesome custom home building ideas.

Built in Shelving

You can really never have enough shelving in your home, so why not have it built right into the walls? Built in shelving is a design trend that proves to be a worthy one. You can have this done just about anywhere, including living rooms, bedrooms, hallways, and closets. It’s perfect for decorating, storage, and so much more.

Wide Stairs

You probably haven’t even considered the size of your stairs. Extra wide stairs are all the talk these days. Not only are they easier to climb, but they look fantastic and are a great way to really open up your house and make stair climbing enjoyable.

Extra Outlets 

You’ll really enjoy having extra outlets around your home, inside and out. They are always necessary. Think of all the tools, appliances, and lamps that you will want to use, and not to mention all the extras, like holiday decorations and things of that sort. And if you don’t want to look at all of the outlets, try having them hidden in drawers, cabinets, and underneath counters and window ledges.

Lights and Fans 

Think long and hard about the wiring of your home. You’ll probably want to have lots of lights and fans in each room and around the outside of your house. Don’t forget about closets, pantries, hallways, stairwells, patios, and porches. The brighter and the more airy the better.

Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson for more information on custom home building and all of the amazing options and ideas that are available to you.

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.

Green home building has been a rising trend for several years. It doesn’t show any sign of stopping, either. It is likely that any environmentally conscious, sustainable elements in a home will be even more important 10 and 20 years out than they are now. And they’re plenty important now! People are increasingly aware of climate change and the need for conservation both of energy and water.

In addition, green building can save you money by lowering energy costs. If you want to resell your home, green building features will make sure your resale value reaches the maximum.

So, what are the best ways to ensure green home building? Here are three.

One. Plan for a Small Footprint

One of the most important steps is to plan for green building before you even move in. Lawns, plantings, and shade trees, for example, are also proven to increase air quality and lower the temperature in the summer. Running air conditioners causes energy expenditures to go up. Ultimately, homeowners are pulling from oil and gas reserves to cool their homes – not sustainable. Make sure that a plan for energy use as low as it can be is part of the overall environment of the home.

Two. Make Sure Your Home Has Energy Star Appliances

Energy Star appliances are mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for energy efficiency. Look specifically for the Energy Star label when you search for a home. Energy Star labels can be found on most appliances (dishwashers, hot water heaters, refrigerators), but they are also found on items that control the amount of heat in or out, like doors.

Three. Look for Solar Energy

Ultimately, probably the best green building feature is solar energy panels. Why? Because many green building practices are designed to reduce energy consumption. Solar panels draw and convert energy for the sun, so requirements for fossil fuel consumption (even if reduced fossil fuel consumption) simply become less or nonexistent. Look for solar panels when you search for a house!

Contact us to discuss our environmentally sustainable homes and practices.

People consider home additions for many reasons, mainly for that extra space that is greatly needed, or simply just to add more value to their home. Whatever the reason is, it is definitely an investment that proves to be a worthy one. Take a look at why home additions are a building trend that you should absolutely consider.

Added Space 

Sometimes just adding a few feet to a room can make a world of a difference. It could seriously open up a cramped kitchen or bedroom and completely transform it. Your home could be lacking that extra bathroom, guest bedroom, or playroom that you have always wanted. Maybe you’re expanding your family, or you just feel like you have made the best possible use out of the space that you have to work with. All of these signs point right to a home addition. That extra space might be just what you need to complete your home.

Added Value

A simple extension can add immense value to your home. It is a surefire way to boost the worth of your entire property. Anything that adds space to your home will add value to it. And if you’re looking to sell your home, added space definitely creates more appeal to potential buyers. Open floor plans and big spaces are all the hype these days when shopping for a new home.

Contact us today at Caldwell & Johnson for more information on why you should consider a home addition. Our knowledge and experience in the industry will make your home addition project one that you will not regret!

Oftentimes, new home builders will focus more on price and location than on one of the most important issues, energy efficiency.

Green home building embraces the idea of building energy efficient homes that will leave smaller carbon thumbprints on the earth and on the environment. This is also an important economic issue that is becoming increasingly important to lawmakers.

Why is Green Home Building so important?

By using a green home builder, the homeowner can live in a home that uses less water and energy. Houses built using green technology are healthier places to live and create less waste.

Unlike conventional building techniques, green home building incorporates techniques that utilize resources in a more efficient manner at every phase of the building cycles. This includes renovation, construction, operation, maintenance and demolition.

What does building green entail?

Green building contractors use aesthetic and technical planning that is focused on nature conservation. It is common for green building designs to reflect their surrounding environments using local, sustainable, natural resources such as straw or bamboo. They often turn to recycled resources as well, which lessen building costs.  By using locally sourced materials, the air pollution associated with hauling building materials across long distances is reduced exponentially.

Caldwell & Johnson

Since 1968, Caldwell & Johnson has been building high quality, energy-efficient homes. However, today, the company has fully embraced green home building techniques that help make the world a safer, better place.  If you are interested in learning more about green building practices, or are considering building a new home, please contact us for further information.

Out of all the places in your home to have fun customizing, the kitchen is probably the most popular, and maybe even the most fun. There are just so many things that you can do to your kitchen during your custom home building process to really add that special and personalized touch that will make cooking and entertaining an extremely enjoyable experience for all. 

Dramatic Lighting 

A great way to really make your kitchen pop is dramatic lighting. The more eloquent and noticeable the better. You can choose from a wide variety of supersized pendants, scones, and chandeliers. The trick is to go big, bold, and bright. 

Lots of Storage 

By lots of storage we mean lots of extra cabinets, drawers, and shelves. You can create tall storage by having the cabinets stacked on top of one another and all the way up to the ceiling. You could even have a rolling ladder installed for easy access. Add over-sized cabinets, giant pull-out drawers, and shelving units for extra storage, or even just for decorative purposes. 

Colorful Contrasts 

Don’t be afraid to add splashes of vibrant colors throughout your kitchen. You can do this by adding an accent wall or a statement wall, splashes of red or aqua, or even playing with the paint colors and the patterns for the ceiling. A few bursts of color can go a very long way. 

Contact us today for more ideas and information on how you can customize your new kitchen exactly to your liking and your taste. Let us help you make your dream kitchen a reality. 

When you’re working with a location as gorgeous as beachfront, customizing your new beach house is both fun and rewarding. Your focus should be taking full advantage of the plentiful sunshine and the cool ocean breezes that your new house will be charmed with. Check out some of the best architectural features that you can choose when it comes to custom beach house building.

Oversized Windows

You’re going to want to let in as much natural light as possible, and not to mention give yourself the greatest view possible, too. The best way to achieve this is to add very large oversized windows. Let the light just pour in, and open your view up enough to almost make it feel like you’re actually standing outside when you look out your windows.

Outdoor Living Space  

Of course when customizing your beach house you’re going to want to spend some time designing the perfect outdoor living space. This could include extensive decks, patios, and/or porches. The bigger the better. Nothing screams tropical oasis like a large outdoor living space for relaxing and unwinding, or for entertaining guests.

Stylish Exterior 

Sometimes simply just the exterior of your home can speak volumes. You can totally maximize your beach house plans by choosing building materials that completely fit the part of being beach-like. Popular beach house materials include stucco shingles and siding, and metal roofs.

There is a beach house plan to match every peaceful vision that you have. Contact us today so we can start helping you make those visions a reality.

Nobody wants a home that is dark, cramped, or outdated. The main trick in avoiding this is to refrain from adding too much furniture/decor that can weigh down your rooms and obstruct your walls and your windows. That mixed with your colors and the types of windows that you have is the perfect recipe for a light and airy feel. It is no surprise that this building trend is so popular. 

Furniture 

Less is more when it comes to the furniture in your home. The last thing you want is to feel confined or restricted in any way. How you place your furniture is very important as well. Never block off any windows or doors. Not only will it block off natural light, but it will interfere with the entire traffic flow and circulation of the room. 

Windows 

The larger the better when it comes to your windows. You will want to let in as much natural light as possible, while creating a fabulous view of the outdoors at the same time. Be careful with your curtain selection, too, since you don’t want to block the light with something too dark. Think sheer. Keep your blinds opened and your windows cracked during the day. 

White on White 

Nothing creates that open and airy feeling like white on white. The more white the better. White walls, white furniture, white carpeting, and white paint. It’s the best way to promote that crisp, clean feeling that is so desired. You can always add splashes of color throughout your home, but just try to keep it fresh looking with as much white as possible. 

Contact us today to get started on your light and airy home remodeling transformation!

Beach houses conjure up images of summers on the beach, sunlight streaming through windows, outdoor showers, relaxed meals on ample decks. And they are all of those things. But there are also structural issues to consider when building a beach house. The windows (for the view), the outdoor shower (to keep sand on the beach and out of the house), and a great deck are all important, but they’re only the tip of the iceberg.

When planning to build a custom beach house, it’s important to remember that the structure itself needs to be fortified for protection against the wind and waves, tropical storms, hurricanes and tidal surges. These realities are the other side of the ‘beach house coin’, so to speak. The sea is amazingly beautiful, but can also be incredibly violent, and a well-built beach house must be able to withstand its unpredictable nature. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) created the fortified home program to help protect homes from these and other natural disasters. Since you want your new beach house to be safe above all else, the builder you choose should use IBHS fortified home standards and materials. These standards are broken down into three designations:

  • Bronze addresses roofing system upgrades that guard against water entering the attic through roof coverings and/or vents
  • Silver addresses windows, doors and attached structures as well as the roof
  • Gold ties the whole structure together (roof, windows and doors, walls and foundation as one fortified structure.

The owner can work with the builder and choose the level of fortification desired, depending on personal need, preferences and budget. This ensures that your new beach house will not only be beautiful, but strong enough to withstand the worst that nature can throw at it.

Contact us if you’d like to learn more about building the custom beach house of your dreams!

A luxury green home building is more than the latest trend or fashion statement. Builders and homeowners agree, suitable building methods and eco-friendly homes are a necessity. Based on some data, nearly half of all energy and material consumption comes from buildings. Additionally, buildings are responsible for 25 percent of all wood harvested and a sixth of all water use. Therefore, green home building is common sense.

The good news is the simplistic and cold green homes of the past are gone. Today’s luxury green home building are high performance, healthy, and stylish. In the past, environmentally sensitive construction meant making compromises on lifestyle or design. However, today’s luxury green homes are dream homes. However, the benefits, of a new luxury green home, don’t end there.

Benefits of Luxury Green Home Building

Financial – The cost savings over a 20-year span outweighs the additional cost of construction. Some studies report a more than tenfold return. Therefore, an added $40,000 invested in building green design returns $400,000 over 20 years. 

Market Value – Luxury green homes sell at a higher price with sustainable components. It is a simple fact, green homes outperform traditional homes based on utility and maintenance costs. This increases buyer appeal and demand.

Health Buildings – Today’s luxury green homes do not suffer from the “sick building syndrome” of older homes and buildings. Ventilation and whole-house air cleaning systems remove the causes of indoor air pollution.

Finally, if one goes the extra step with an ENERGY STAR certified new home, there is the added peace of mind knowing the builder followed best practices. Moreover, the home passed independent inspections and testing. An ENERGY STAR certified new home provides confidence, the certification ensures the home uses up to 30 percent less energy than a traditional house.

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


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