In today’s world, there is just no reason not to consider green home building when thinking about a custom home. It simply has never been easier to select an environmentally friendly design using sustainable materials. Green homes save energy and reduce a home’s carbon footprint from the start of construction to the everyday living of your family. 

The U.S. Department of Energy states, “By adopting green building strategies, we can maximize both economic and environmental performance. Green construction methods can be integrated into buildings at any stage, from design and construction, to renovation and deconstruction. However, the most significant benefits can be obtained if the design and construction team takes an integrated approach from the earliest stages of a building project.”

Here are the things to consider with green home building:

  • Energy Efficiency – ENERGY STAR certified new homes are 30 percent more energy-efficient than traditional construction.
  • Renewable Energy – Add a solar, wind, or solar/wind hybrid system to reduce the use of fossil fuel energy.
  • Water Efficiency – Install WaterSense certified faucets, toilets, and shower heads to save water.
  • Building Materials and Specifications – Make use of recycled or environmentally sustainable building materials.
  • Waste Reduction – Green builders reduce waste by recycling construction and demolition materials and remnants.
  • Indoor Air Quality – An ENERGY STAR certified new home with an airPLUS label will also meet EPA’s indoor air quality standards.
  • Sustainable Development – Communities participating in the EPA’s Smart Growth Program promote health and the environment.

If you would like to talk more about things to consider with green home building, or need more information, please contact us.

Our kitchens are the center of our homes and the source of pride for many. Is it any wonder that people spend more money on kitchen remodeling than any other home improvement? A kitchen remodel has many choices and decisions, making it one of the most complicated home projects.  

The ideal kitchen provides both comfort and function. It will be both sharp-looking and an efficient workspace. For some, a new kitchen should also cause a little envy from the neighbors. To help you, we have put together this short guide to the best way to plan a kitchen.

Kitchen Remodel Goals

  • Create a personalized area that reflects your lifestyle,
  • Have a design that conforms to your tastes.
  • Creatively increase available storage.
  • Receive the best price without cutting corners.

A kitchen remodel starts with an eye on longevity, efficiency, and function. Remember, your kitchen will be a key area of focus at resale. A recent study by the National Association of Realtors identified kitchen upgrades and complete kitchen renovations as the top two home improvements desired by homebuyers. Your kitchen remodel adds the most dollars to a sale price. It is an investment.

Find the Best Contractor

Contractors receive most of their business from word or mouth and their reputation. Nonetheless, a builder is only as good as their last job. One of the leading consumer complaints is with contractors. Here are a few tips.

  • Ensure you ask for recent references from candidates and follow-up.
  • Ask to see a job in progress to get a sense of work quality.
  • Don’t be in a rush. Good contractors are worth the wait.

Have a Solid Plan

You will save a lot of time and money if you use an experienced designer. They know all the tricks of the trade, and can make an effective use of space while creating a design that reflects your lifestyle and tastes. In order to create a great design, there are some things you will need.

  • A to-scale rendering of your existing kitchen showing all plumbing and wiring.
  • A list of goals. What is your first priority? Space, function, or style?
  • Research modern kitchen remodeling ideas and keep an idea folder.

Get the Biggest Bang

Even when the sky is the limit, we want the best price and value. A luxury kitchen is still a financial decision and an investment. The best way to control costs is understanding how you use your kitchen and organizing it for optimal performance. The second biggest saver is taking the time to get the best price on appliances, cabinets, and countertops. 

Things Not to Do

There are common mistakes that can cause a kitchen nightmare. Here are some things you don’t want to do.

Being your own contractor – There are a lot of moving parts to a kitchen remodel. Trying to do it on your own may be a costly mistake.

Hiring the wrong contractor – You need someone you can trust. No matter how low the price is or how highly recommended they come, if a contractor makes you uncomfortable than walk away.

Becoming distracted – Start with a plan and stick to it. With all the options, it is easy to add things that cause buyer’s remorse after the project is complete. 

Changing your mind – Every change in your plan will cause you time and money. Spend as much time as you need at the beginning to plan and design your dream kitchen. 

If you would like to talk about more ways to plan a kitchen remodel, or need more information, please contact us.

Homebuyers are increasingly demanding green homes, but what are they? Green home building is building houses that are resource-efficient and environmentally responsible. However, what makes a home green does not have universal agreement.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states, “Green building means improving the way that homes and homebuilding sites use energy, water, and materials to reduce impacts on human health and the environment. Building a green home means making environmentally-preferable and sustainable decisions throughout the building process-decisions that will minimize the environmental impact of the home while it is being built and over the many years it will be lived in.”

The main focus is with energy efficiency. In many instances, the energy used within a home comes from burning fossil fuels, releasing carbon and other greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. This pollution affects air quality, is the cause of acid rain, and contributes to climate change. 

When you find an ENERGY STAR certified home, it means the builder has met the very strict guidelines set by the EPA. These homes not only help protect the environment, they also have better indoor air quality and will save you money on utility bills. Some of the characteristics of an  ENERGY STAR certified home are:

  • Superior insulation,
  • High-performance windows,
  • Ultraefficient air ducts,
  • Energy Efficient heating and air, and
  • ENERGY STAR certified appliances and lighting.

The benefit many home buyers focus on is saving money. However, green homes tend to naturally stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. A green home is a more comfortable home. 

Caldwell and Johnson Custom Builders is an ENERGY STAR Partner and Certified Green Professional. If you would like to talk more about what to look for with green home building, or need more information, please contact us.

Nearly every professional person linked to real estate will say the market is better off than it was a year ago. With this improvement has come an increase in the value of many home remodeling projects. There is a demand for bigger home improvements and increased energy efficiency. Kitchen remodels are at the top of the list. 

Houzz, a leading platform bringing homeowners and home professionals together, has targeted some of the hottest remodeling trends. We have compiled a list of what is going on with luxury kitchen remodels.

Two-tone Kitchen Cabinets – The current trend is to keep upper cabinets a neutral color or white, and use deeper and darker colors for the lower cabinets. The style allows you to show off a lot of your personality.

Colored stainless-steel Appliances – As it turns out, black is the new black. Light and dark color options are available and are trending.

Deep Kitchen Drawers – A top priority for any kitchen remodel is easy storage. Deep kitchen drawers have been growing in popularity for a while, but new innovations are making them even better.

Niche Appliances – It is time to get rid of that old microwave. Luxury kitchens now have steam ovens for better, healthier cooking. How about a warming drawer for when the significant other is running late?

Workhorse Islands – Kitchen islands are no longer just about extra counter space. They now have prep sinks, deep storage, seating, and more. Workhorse islands are quickly becoming a must-have feature.

Barely a Kitchen – One interesting trend is the open design kitchen. The kitchen becomes a more fluid space that is fully functioning but with a minimalist looking design. 

Openness & Raw Materials – A feature of the before mentioned barely a kitchen design is the use of open shelves and raw materials. Start here for a great new look.

Backsplash & Countertop Combinations – Today’s kitchen trends are looking for contrasts. Think along the lines of a yellow ceramic tile backsplash with butcher-block countertops or green back-pained glass with a Caesarstone countertop.

Mixing Materials – As with the two-tone cabinets and backsplash/countertop combinations, today’s kitchen trends are about mixing it up. Consider mixing finishes, colors, and materials.

If you would like to talk more about the hottest kitchen remodel trends, or need more information, please contact us

If you’ve ever taken a stroll along the beach and admired the elegance of the homes situated on the coast, you may not have given much thought to how they were constructed. Certainly, the prime location and breezy floor plan of each dwelling would be enough to pique the interest of any buyer. However, with 48 years of experience in the home building business and a portfolio boasting over 500 custom homes, Caldwell and Johnson understands the unique challenges of constructing an oceanfront home.

While the beach may give you an overall sense of calm, a coastal climate can be a fierce force of nature. Between salty air, harsh sun, and hurricane strength winds, we ensure our quality materials will endure the test of time. The paint we use for your home and the stain we use for your deck will not only be exclusive to your taste, but will offer the needed protection from the elements particular to coastal living.

Our professionals will guide you every step of the way, encouraging your imagination to run wild, while offering suggestions stemming from years of experience. For instance, a client may not realize an outdoor shower or pier could be an option for their new bungalow, or even overlook the usefulness of a fireplace on a crisp evening. Our goal is to offer you the highest quality in luxurious beach living, and allow you to determine how to best put it to use.

Additionally, as many beach dwellers happen to be lovers of nature, we are committed to building green. High water and energy efficiency are our cornerstone, and we use only environmentally sustainable materials. We want you to enjoy not only your beach house, but the beauty of your surroundings for many years to come.

If the thought of a custom-built beach house appeals to you, contact us to speak with one of our design professionals. Together, we can create the home you have always imagined.

Did you know your kitchen is a major reason home buyers use when choosing to make an offer? A kitchen remodel has the potential to make your home irresistible. Best of all, there is an average 67 percent cost to value ratio when you sell your home. Creating a dream kitchen will appeal to home buyers.

However, the best reason for a kitchen remodel is increasing the value of the home for you. In December, the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry jointly published their first ever Remodeling Impact Report. They found after completing a kitchen remodel that:

  • 90% of homeowners said they had a greater desire to be at home.
  • 86% said they experienced increased enjoyment at home, and
  • 93% acquired a major sense of accomplishment after the project was complete.

Nonetheless, the report showed that a kitchen upgrade and a complete kitchen renovation are the number 1 and number 2 projects with the most appeal to buyers, respectively. Of projects that add the most value to a home resale, a complete kitchen renovation is in the first place, and a kitchen upgrade is in second.

A kitchen upgrade that costs $30,000 adds an estimated $20,000 to a home’s sale price. A complete kitchen renovation costing $60,000 increases the value of your home by an estimated $40,000. The only projects that come close to increasing a home’s sale price are bathroom renovations or addition.

If you would like to talk more about how a kitchen remodel can help sell your home, or need more information, please contact us.

Thinking about a kitchen remodel to make your house the best it can be? Everyone loves a great kitchen, and guests are sure to remark upon it when visiting your home. The centerpiece of the home is the kitchen, where everything flows in and out. If you think about it, a great kitchen is an investment not in only your home, but your life. Adding substantial value to your home and property is a tangible benefit you can count on if you ever sell your property (kitchens have been known as an important selling point, sometimes THE selling point, when you do sell). For day-to-day life, waking up and coming home to a kitchen that enriches your lifestyle and makes you happier is very desirable for anyone.

If you have a listless, ordinary kitchen now, a remodel can take that same space and transform it into a breathtaking experience. The right remodel can change your LIFE as you live it, making your world new and sophisticated, changing your quality of life to the level that you dream of when viewing kitchens in homes that capture your imagination. You’ve seen them before, kitchens you wish you had. Well, you can have your own ideal kitchen yourself! And, your vision can come to life with the craftsmanship of real professional company at work for you.

From start-to-finish, from planning to clean-up, the right company will take care of each and every detail. Choosing a company with many, many years of experience with experts who do this for a living will ensure you get what you are really looking for in a kitchen remodel. Better kitchens are an important part of what makes a life worth living. You really owe it to yourself to consider a substantial upgrade to this area of your home, and once complete, you can settle in and enjoy life like never before, every day. For more information on this life changing process, just contact us and we will be very glad to assist you every step of the way.

When the time comes to build your dream home, settling on the details and design is not an option. If you have specific styles and a detailed design in your head, then this post is for you.

Custom builders are a must-have for your dream home.

With custom builders, you are guaranteed to get what you want. You get to help with the design of your home and leave your footprints all over it.

Custom builders give you different options; from restoring an old, historic house to building from the ground up. They are experts in transforming houses into homes.

A custom kitchen is more than just a place to cook. Once your kitchen has been built by a custom home builder, it is a place to cook food full of love. It is a place to have all of your family gatherings.

By using a custom builder, you can get the master suite that you have always dreamed of. Your en suite bathroom could be designed to be your own spa retreat for relaxing after a long day at work.

They know how to utilize spaces in a way that you could never even imagine. Your home will be customized specifically to your style, whether you prefer a glamorous and extravagant look or a more classy, chic look.

If you are ready to build your dream home, or if you are looking to restore an older house and make it your dream home, let us be your custom builder.

The kitchen is often described as the heart of a home. This is where you spend a big part of your time, so it is important that you love the space. What better way to fall in love with your kitchen then by a customized remodel?

By creating a custom kitchen, you don’t have to settle for anything. You have the ability to make your kitchen exactly the way you want it. You get to choose the design and materials from the top of your kitchen to the bottom.

One great customizable addition that is great for the kitchen is an island. You can use an island to express your style. It can be as neutral or as loud as you would like. If you have a more neutral and soft kitchen then use your island to spice it up. Add a big island with a bold paint color.

Another great customizable addition is custom-built cabinets. The style of your cabinets has the ability to change the entire style of the kitchen. 

After choosing your custom-built cabinets, choosing hardware only enhances them further. Adding a beautiful hardware gives you the ability to spice up the space more. 

Countertops come in different materials and colors. From granite to marble, or even concrete countertops. Choosing a countertop material allows you to customize your kitchen to your personal preferences. 

We provide high-end kitchens to fit any style or personality. 

Rather you have an outdated kitchen or just want something new, let us make your kitchen a glamorous masterpiece that you will fall in love with over and over again. Contact us for more information.

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