Thursday, October 25, 2012

Staying on Budget

A satisfactory custom building experience involves a few key elements: Professional service, quality workmanship, and a home delivered on time and on budget.

Staying on budget is often an area of concern especially for first time custom home buyers.  Here are a few tips to help keep you on budget.

  • Know your priorities - What areas of the home are you most particular about? Where would you rather spend more money and where would you rather spend less?   For example, if no one will ever see the play room upstairs, put more money into the entertaining areas in the home.
  • Spend the money now if it will cost more later - There are certain items that can be easily updated as you live in your home. For larger projects such as flooring or cabinetry, it might be worth paying the cost before you move in.
  • Leave a little wiggle room - There may be something that comes up during the construction process that you wish you had thought of during the design phase. Leave yourself some room in the budget to make these changes.
  • Talk with your builder - Be clear from the very beginning about your budget restraints, what type of look you want to have, and what products you want in the home. Keep clear communication lines throughout the building process so there are no misunderstandings.
Building a custom home should be a fun and unique experience. By planning ahead you can stick to your budget while still building the house of your dreams.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Multi-Generational Housing

According to the latest housing statistics, households with more than one generation living in them are on the rise.

There are several reasons for this rising trend including the down economy, aging parents with longer life spans and increased cultural diversity.

Park Ridge Builders offers home plans conducive to multi-generational living.  These plans feature two master suites - one on the first floor and one on the second.  Park Ridge also offers Universal Design elements that make homes accessible for the elderly and those with disabilities.

Contact Park Ridge today to see some of their multi-generational home plans!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fall Maintenance

As the weather turns cooler it's a good time to find ways to prepare your home for Winter and perform some basic maintenance items that will keep your warm and secure.

1. Seal and Caulk. Look for openings around the base of your home's exterior, windows, or around doors.

2. Have your heating system checked by a professional HVAC company. Change your air filters on a regular schedule.

3. Reverse your ceiling fan so that it pulls warm air down from the ceiling and distributes the heat through your home.

4. Clean, cover and store outside furniture, grills and play equipment.

5.  Walk your home to make sure that no furniture or objects are blocking the heat vents.

Keep your home happy and healthy this Winter!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fall Family Fun!

If you're looking for a reason to skip the chores this Saturday and enjoy the Fall weather, we may have found the opportunity you've been looking for!

Visit Steed's Dairy Farm in Grovetown for a Corn Maze, Petting Zoo, Hayrides, and tours of an actual working dairy farm - all right in our own backyard!

Coupons for admission are available at the Farm's website -

The 2012 Fall Season runs until November 18th. Don't miss out!