Building A New Home: 6 Things To Think About

 

new home construction houston, home construction houstonBuilding a new home can be exciting with the anticipation of a home built specifically for you and to your taste. Whether it’s a starter home in Houston or your dream home somewhere nearby, building a new home is an investment. There will be stresses and struggles, but ultimately triumph when it’s all complete. Here are six things to consider when it comes to building a new home:

Hire the Right Contractor

Building a house is a commitment, not only for you but for your contractor as well. Building a home may take years to finalize. From the planning, approval, and building processes, you’ll want to pick a contractor that has your best interests in mind. Take your time to research contractors and ask for recommendations from friends, family and community members to find reputable contractors in your area. Ultimately, you’ll want to work with someone who is easy to get in touch with, transparent and organized.

Know Your Numbers

Building a home is expensive. Whether you’ve decided to renovate, add-on or build a custom or semi-custom home, the budget is important. You’ve been approved for a home loan and you may have saved (for years) in order to get to this point. Whatever your situation, it’s important that you know what you can afford. From building to furnishing there will come unexpected expenses that will cause strain on your wallet. Knowing and sticking to your budget can help alleviate stress during the building process.

Think resale

Even if you plan on building your dream home and never moving, you don’t know the future. There may come a time you decide to put your house on the market. If that time comes, you’ll want to get the most value out of your house. The number of rooms, upgrades, and amenities will all be factors when determining the value of your property. Be mindful of the upgrades you include in your home to make sure you don’t overprice your property for the neighborhood.

Planning

Once your home is complete you’ll have to live in it. It’s important that you’ve designed a home that will flow and function practically. You’ll want to be mindful of the placement of bedrooms, bathrooms, utility and laundry rooms, living spaces and the garage. You’ll want to think short-term and plan for the number of rooms you may need, as well as, think long term if you plan to retire with this property and how it can be used in your old age.

Energy Efficiency

Be mindful of the amount of light, windows, and the HVAC unit in your home. Selecting the right windows to help insulate your home to prevent leakage during the seasons can help reduce energy costs. Additionally, think about light, allow windows and natural light to be the primary tool to light your home during the day. Incorporating skylights may also be beneficial and reduce electrical costs. Picking the right size HVAC unit for your home is important, a unit too small may underperform and be inefficient at fully heat or cool your home throughout the year, and a unit too big may use too much energy.

Communicate

Building a home is stressful. Even if you have had conversations about finishing, tile, or paint colors, don’t assume everything is complete. Mistakes happen when information is miscommunicated. Be patient and be willing to explain, illustrate and reaffirm your expectations. Having clear and open dialog with our contractor will help prevent unnecessary mistakes and save everyone time and money.

If you’re planning on building a new home, the professionals of Century Construction will be able to work with you from start to finish. With unparalleled customer service and planning, we’ll meet your needs to build the home of your dreams.

Home Remodeling: Adding a New Room

 

home remodeling houston, general contractor houstonDeciding on the right remodeling project for your Houston home can be a fun exciting process, or a tedious, gut-wrenching, “am I making the right decision” process. Century Construction Services is here to make sure experience with home remodeling doesn’t turn into a nightmare.

Today we are going cover room additions and what you need to know before you get started.

Room Additions

When you want to add value to your home, increase the enjoyment of your living quarters, or want to expand your family without having to relocate, room additions are perfect. The idea sounds simple enough, right? It’s not like it a whole house remodel…Even room additions can be big projects, with multiple moving parts and shouldn’t be a “do it yourself” project for homeowners who don’t have a background in construction. Handling every aspect of the remodeling project can be considered a full-time job with all the of time, dedication, and labor-intensive work that is required. To make sure your room addition gets completed within budget and on time, consider hiring a general contraction, like Century Construction Services.

Things to Consider

The design and planning process

Sometimes, knowing where to begin can prevent your dream addition from becoming a reality. If you’re unsure of how and where to begin, a general contractor can provide design concepts and plans. If you have specific ideas in mind, he or she can help create a workable design. You could attempt to draw up your own design, but how does it translate off paper? Are the dimensions sound? Does the new design compromise the structural integrity of your home? Is there enough space to implement the design? Questions like these can be easily answered by an experienced professional. Not to mention that aligning your dream addition to your set budget can be a difficult process for any homeowner. General contractors have the necessary expertise to create a realistic budget that matches up with your financial abilities.

Permits and inspections 

You have a workable design and plan in place and you’re ready to start tearing down walls. Before you start, do you know what kind of permits and inspections are required in your neighborhood? Are there certain regulations that need to be followed? What happens if you want to build an additional room and your house is on the corner lot of a busy street? Will that new addition obstruction the view of traffic? Any reputable contractor will be familiar with local building codes and will make sure that your plans meet any regulations. They can also navigate the daunting process of securing permits, scheduling inspections, and filling out the necessary paperwork.

Subcontractors

Depending on the type of room you are building you will need the help of multiple subcontractors, from plumbers to roofers to electricians. General contractors are responsible for hiring any subcontractors, and most contractors that have a good reputation will have a solid network of subcontractors on their speed dial already. This will save you time and money trying to find the best of the best and you won’t have to worry about negotiating payment for supplies or labor. Expert contractors will schedule and coordinate all work so that materials arrive on time and work progresses on schedule, in the correct order.

Materials

Speaking of materials, do you know what you need to build new walls, flooring, ceilings, electrical outlets, and so on and so for? What is the best place(s) to order these materials? Do you have the right tools in order to put everything together? General contractors will have vast knowledge on a wide variety of materials, fixtures, and appliances that can or should be used to build your dream addition. Not only will they know what is best to use, they will know where to obtain these materials at a better price.

If you are planning any type of home remodeling in the Houston area, Century Construction is the team you want to trust your property with!

Tips for Transitioning into a New Home

New Home Construction Houston, New Property Construction HoustonBuilding and selling a home in the same time frame can be stressful. You may find yourself juggling price negotiations, putting your realtor on speed dial, and pulling out your hair in anticipation. Although there are tools to predict the market value of your current home, securing a sale in a timely manner is never guaranteed. Thankfully, there are options available to those who are building a new home in Houston. The stress of gap time can be reduced, and you won’t even have to consider homelessness.

  1. Construction Loans

Most people aren’t able to pay for all the bells and whistles out-of-pocket. Construction loans can be used to finance the construction process of a new home without feeling the financial pressure. There are two primary types of construction loans: construction-only financing and construction-to-permanent financing.  The first option typically requires payment at the end of the building process, while the second can transition into a standard mortgage payment. They typically last about 6-12 months, around the average building time for a home.

Other options include HELOC (home equity line of credit), in which the lender agrees to lend a certain amount in an agreement period, where the collateral is the equity in the home. Bridge loans, sometimes called gap financing, although becoming more uncommon, allow you to take out a short-term loan to cover the interval between building your new house and selling your old one.

  1. Rent out Current Home

If your lender permits you to keep your old home and build a new one, assuming you can handle both mortgage payments, you can rent out your home. This rental income could be used to reduce your debt-to-income ratio if you can show your lender a signed lease. In some cases, the renter will agree to pay more than what you owe on monthly mortgage payments.

If you’re grinding your teeth at the never-ending price drop of your home, renting may be a good option. Keeping the property until prime selling time can allow you to make more money in the end. This way, you won’t have to worry if your home is difficult to sell.

  1. Temporary Housing

With Hurricane Harvey in the rearview mirror, Houston is well-prepared to offer temporary housing. Whether it be a small apartment, corporate housing, or in a friends’ home, there are countless options to choose from. Storage units are available to those who don’t like the idea of endless packing and unpacking.

  1. Extended Stay Hotels

Thanks to 26 extended hotel chains in America and the many large company headquarters in Houston, there are a plethora of opportunities for this option. The average price for a studio rate is just under $40 a night, significantly cheaper than an average $165 per night for the standard hotel.

Whatever your decision may be, know that multi-tasking building and selling can be challenging and there are options to alleviate the stress of the unknown. Although the awkward transition time isn’t often ideal, the value of a brand-new home to call your own outweighs the temporary discomfort. Century Construction in Houston is well-equipped to help you answer questions, provide direction, and help you create the home of your dreams.

Going Green: Sustainability in Construction in 2018

Commercial Construction Pinehurst, Century ConstructionSustainable, green building started trending a decade ago and continues to influence commercial construction.  Developed as a response to environmental concerns, this trend is also driven by consumer demand, cost savings, and high-quality results. In the past, solar panels, geothermal heating systems, window coatings, and air purifiers were installed after the building was completed in order to make it sustainable. Now, green building features are written into the designs from the very beginning. This makes adding green features much more realistic and affordable for building owners.

Green construction is a major movement in the industry. In fact, the green building sector is leading the overall construction growth across the U.S. and is expected to account for more than 3.3 million jobs by 2018, according to ConstructConnect, a construction industry research group. In the U.S., almost all construction projects now incorporate some sustainable or green elements into them. Whether it’s a completely net-zero building or just a few green components, sustainability will continue to be a major trend in 2018.

Trends

One major emerging trend is mass timber construction. Mass timber is a category of framing styles typically characterized by the use of large solid wood panels for wall, floor, and roof construction. It also includes innovative forms of sculptural buildings, and non- building structures formed from a solid wood panel or framing systems of six feet or more in width or depth.

Recycling construction waste is another sustainable measure gaining traction. Waste from demolition and renovation projects are being diverted from landfills and recycled. For example, concrete can be crushed up and used as an aggregate base for roads. Houston is an epicenter due to Hurricane Harvey in 2017. As a community dealing with increased pressure on the landfills, the construction industry has a unique position to help plan for a future of sustainability and resiliency together.

While “sustainable building” has become an important part of the physical building itself, it also has made its way into the processes of contractors and builders. They are eliminating the need for paper by using digital forms of communication, by using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, and by managing documents and signatures online.

Century Construction

Every new construction project is unique in scope, but at Century Construction, processes are systemically applied to fit every project need. Century Construction seeks to get involved early in the design phase to manage the project more efficiently, provide efficient building solutions, and identify challenges early on to negate design changes after construction commencement. This involves detailed pre-construction planning crucial to successful construction and on-time delivery and allows our client a clear pathway to the bidding process, construction phase, and through to completion. Century Construction strives to create the best possible working environment for our clients, incorporating green building trends at every step.

Four commitments to client projects are:

  • Staying on Schedule– Century is fully committed to achieving our client’s completion dates. Century’s schedules are reflective of the actual scope of new construction work.
  • Cost Control– The proposal we submit will be reflective of the drawings and will be the most responsible offer in order to ensure that our client is purchasing what is specified and that it will be built on time.
  • Quality Control– Our quality control efforts begin in the office during the bid process; our schedules are built in the proper sequence which means that the subcontractors are working in an environment that is ready and suitable for their trade.
  • Project Completion– We distinguish ourselves from our competitors in our approach to new construction project completion. Project completion does not simply mean the client has taken occupancy of their space. It also means that our professionals will inspect the work and direct all finish work to be completed to our client’s satisfaction and that all components and systems operate as specified.

The professionals at Century Construction Services are certified, insured, professionally trained, and highly experienced. Every client relationship centers on design and construction that improves the look and the value of the property.  Century Construction Services is based in Magnolia and serves the greater Houston area along with San Antonio, Austin, Dallas. Contact at (832) 626-4419,  or visit centuryconstructionservices.com

Why Remodel in 2018?

Home Remodel Houston, Home Remodeling Houston, House Remodel HoustonPost-Hurricane Harvey, the Houston area real estate market is in flux. If your home survived the storm intact, or if you need to repair some damage, remodeling with a reputable construction team can make great money-sense. Sometimes “nesting” is more sensible than buying a new home, and research agrees; it can be a great investment. Consumers see home improvement as something that can improve their lifestyle today and also pay dividends down the road when they resell their home.  For example, investments in energy efficiency can yield more dollars at resale.

If you love your neighborhood,  stay put and invest where you are. If you are dreaming of updated features or more space, maybe this is the year for an improvement or renovation project. Century Construction Services has noticed some great trends for 2018.

Kitchen Trends

Gorgeous kitchen with sparkling quartz counters and classic cabinets are guaranteed to stand the test of time. Bright colors are making a major splash in contemporary kitchen design; colored appliances are instant conversation starters.

When renovating, consider induction cooking. These super-fast burners use less heat so even cramped Houston kitchens stay cool when cooking while surfaces remain safe to touch. Plus, these cooktops eliminate the need for a large range hood, leaving options for creative design possibilities. Tear down those walls, and banish kitchen isolation; open layouts are here to stay. Informal dining and comfortable cooking encourages interaction and a connected lifestyle.

Garage Overhauls

In Houston, garages do double duty. Not only do they protect cars, they collect and store anything “out of season.”  Decluttering, organizing and maximizing the space is always a plus. Garage remodels improve your home’s storage capabilities while improving the look. Custom shelving, tool walls, peg boards and storage drawers are simple additions that will eliminate chaos. Flooring updates will prevent unsightly stains and deterioration. New counters, lighting updates, and seating areas will transform your garage into a functional-yet-fun part of your home.

Ceiling Treatments

Realize the untapped potential of ceilings. For the often overlooked area overhead, shallow coffers shake up small spaces, while moldings complement the shape of the room. Focusing on an island or workspace below can help define larger spaces and create drama with natural light.

Design Focused Entrances- For the Public

Functional décor is revolutionizing the home entryway. Smart-but-stylish storage solutions like trunk benches and built-in shelving will give your entryway a welcoming first impression while keeping clutter to a minimum. Avoid over decorating. Excess knick-knacks will create a cramped entrance and detract from your home’s overall charm.

Mudrooms- For the Private

Although we don’t battle snow and mud, an organized area where the family enters the home, either from the back door or garage, is a lifesaver and a great investment. Designing your mudroom to include storage benches, coat racks, shelving, and cubbies will streamline your space, contain messes and minimize household clutter. Mudrooms are also the perfect location for pet washing stations.

Century Construction Services

If your mind is turning about the wonderful options for your home, consult with a team to maximize your investment.  The professionals at Century Construction Services will help you increase your home’s resale value with a new look for your home. They are certified, insured, professionally trained, and highly experienced. Every client relationship centers on design and construction that improves the look and the value of the home. When you are ready to start on a home remodeling project, or need help fixing one that didn’t go as planned, contact Century Construction Services.

Century Construction Services specializes in residential and commercial remodeling, including kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, basement finishing, room additions, interior painting, custom flooring, and patio construction.

Where Do you Start After A Disaster?

Residential Disaster Reconstruction Houston, Disaster Reconstruction HoustonFires, hurricanes and broken pipes are disasters that tax you physically, mentally and financially. As soon as you know you and your family are safe, turn your attention to debris removal and repairs. Immediately assess if you are willing and able to handle the clean-up on your own. Logically work through the steps and engage professionals as needed.

Temporary and Protective Measures- Secure the Property

As the homeowner, it’s your responsibility to secure the property so that no additional damage occurs. Put boards over broken windows and secure a tarp as protection if the roof has been damaged. Take photographs to prove to the insurance company that you have done everything possible to protect your home against further damage.

Move Damaged Items

Before they can add to the smelly mess, take those damaged items out of the house and out to the curb. While it can be grueling and even nasty work, removing water-logged or smoke damaged items is incredibly time-consuming. The water mitigation professionals will do this for you, but the cost can add up. When possible, do as much of this yourself as you can, and save the money for something else.

Dry Out Your Home

Are you able to use a shop vac to remove standing water? Several factors will determine if you need professional help including 1) do you have safe access to electricity? 2) can you move quicker than mold can grow?  3) is the amount realistic? and 4) is your time better spent on other activities?  If any of these answers is “no” you need to call a specialist.

Clean and Disinfect

Once the water and damaged contents are out, salvage what is left. Smaller, non-porous surfaces can be treated with a bleach and water solution. Wear old clothes, wear gloves and ventilate the room. If absorptive fabric items have not been contaminated with flood waters, wash with detergent and a little vinegar to prevent mildew.

Get the Air Moving

The best tip is a free tip: lots of sunshine and fresh air.  Bacterial and microbial growth can begin forming in 48–72 hours. Open windows and place fans for maximum cross ventilation. Running a dehumidifier will also help remove humidity from the air.

Call for Help on Large Areas

Disturbing big infestations of mold can be bad for your health, particularly if you are an allergy sufferer or have a weakened immune system. When you discover an extensive mold problem, it is recommended that you use the rigorous protective measures, or consider calling in a professional to handle the problem of how to remove mold.

Demolish

If you have the skill, tool and time, the demolition work can serve as a cathartic money saver.  If anything has been contaminated, you must safely remove the affected materials. Not only must carpets and pads be pulled and removed from the home, baseboard and drywall will have to be cut and removed. Be very careful with tile that was there before you moved in; your home could have asbestos tiles that will require professional abatement. Generally, with this kind of loss, floor tiles should be removed since the water will surely have gotten underneath the tiles.

Let the Project Scale Dictate Resources 

Now that the immediate disaster has passed, how will you rebuild? When you contact professionals to perform reconstruction services, be realistic about how much you want to delegate.Certified professionals are trained to prevent additional damage to your property while the reconstruction plans are put in place.

Instead of hiring separate contractors to restore and rebuild a damaged building, consider retaining the company that handled the initial disaster response to provide continuity. By supervising a full range of restoration services,  you could get back into your home quicker., insurance claims could be smoother, and you might sleep better. Century Construction Services provides free estimates for both disaster recovery construction and restoration services.

Century Construction Services is based in Magnolia and serves the greater Houston area along with San Antonio, Austin, Dallas.

Designing Your Dream Kitchen

Residential Remodeling Magnolia, Remodeling MagnoliaIf you’re thinking about remodeling your home, you’re not alone! Residential remodeling jobs are hands-down some of the most popular projects homeowners choose to tackle, and professional remodeling & reconstruction companies like Century Construction in Magnolia certainly have the experience and expertise you need to get it done! Professional construction and reconstruction contractors can make your dream home a reality.

The first thing we suggest is to go with what you like. If you aren’t quite sure, here are some of today’s popular trends … maybe of which we suspect will stick around for a bit longer, making them a good investment today:

  1. Quartz countertops. These are still a small part of the countertop market share, but the demand is certainly growing! Don’t worry, though, the more traditional granite option is still going strong, too, and remains widely used thanks to its beautiful look and durability.
  2. Single basin/farmhouse-type sinks. Believe it or not, this year there has been an uptick in customers wanting a single-basic kitchen sink.
  3. Exotic, dark wood flooring. Essentially people are going for light countertops and cabinets; and a contrasting dark flood. This trend has been around for nearly a decade now, and is a beautiful and classic look, especially against well-accented countertops and cabinets throughout the space.
  4. Gray is the new white. Seriously. For cabinets, floors, walls, you name it. Gray is in.
  5. Outdoor kitchens. This is obviously a pretty pricey addition during a kitchen remodel. However, the weather in Magnolia is perfect for an outdoor kitchen and living space – especially if it’s designed and built correctly to ensure nice airflow and shade from the sun. If you enjoy spending time outside, it might be a good investment for you and your home and would offer a whole lot of resale value.
  6. Open shelving. It can be tempting to have open shelves due to the convenience of being able to see everything and have everything in arms-reach without opening or closing cabinet doors. It’s a move toward embracing functionality in our increasingly busy lives. However, keep in mind that open shelves require some dedicated organization skills and routing dusting.
  7. Open floor plans. While not a new trend, we certainly don’t see this trend disappearing or fading anytime soon. If you’re dreaming of opening up your space, you can probably rest easy that it will be on-trend for some years to come.
  8. Freezer-on-the-Bottom Refrigerators. Those old side-by-sides have faded quickly in popularity. More and more homeowners are opting to get away from the side-by-side fridge/freezer and go for the newer freezer-on-the-bottom style for functionality and space reasons.
  9. Wine coolers. Need we say more! Wine coolers are becoming a more popular accessory in upscale homes. Feel this is a little too pricey? A simple wine rack is a great addition instead!
  10. Technology. This is for some people and not for others, but with innovations in technology, adding something like auto-on/off sink faucets can be a great addition!

DIY projects are popular today, but doing a residential remodeling or reconstruction job without licensed professionals with training and experience is not the best course of action. There are many safety hazards that come with these jobs and a professional remodeling team like Century Construction Services can offer expert advice and opinion in situations you may not think about. The pros are going to understand the best way to work with your budget to get the job done as soon as they can without cutting corners.

Professional Contactor – Saving You Time and Money on Any Commercial Construction Project

Hiring a professional contractor doesn’t always seem like the best idea when it comes to saving money. People tend to think that if you can do it yourself, it will be cheaper. However, in the long run this can prove to be false. There are several benefits experienced construction companies can offer business-owners looking to build a or remodel a place of business.

1. Experience and Expertise

A lack of experience and expertise will always translate into a higher cost for your business plan. Sometimes, this is due to expensive mistakes that are made which must be corrected. Other times, initial job estimates are far too low.commercial construction pinehurst, commercial remodel pinehurst

Professional contractors who bring years – even decades – of experience to a project will avoid making amateur mistakes. They’ll have the experience and expertise to quote a reliable estimate upfront. No matter what for, you’ll be able to rely upon their estimates without concern about going over budget. They will also know how to complete tasks right the first time, rather than a trial and error basis, saving money in the long run.

2. Enormous Time Savings

Do-it-yourself construction jobs require a significant investment of time – often more than building any home or remodel job. This is due not only to the work involved, but also to the errors committed along the way. It is rare that any untrained individual has the knowledge and experience to complete even minor projects without making mistakes. Even hiring a contractor can lead to errors. Unfortunately, mishaps and blunders can often dramatically exceed scheduled timelines; however, hiring a professional can significantly decrease the odds of this happening. Experienced remodeling companies will supervise the entire project and keep it on schedule. That allows you to plan around the job while knowing the original timeframe will be met.

3. Helps Avoid Costly Mistakes

We touched on this above, but it’s worth emphasizing in a slightly different context. One of the most common regrets of business-owners who have chosen a do-it-yourself approach or hired a low-cost contractor is that mistakes caused projects to outstrip their budgets. For example, the wrong measurements taken at the beginning of a project can carry enormous costs as the work progresses.

When partnered with professional remodeling companies, the exposure to these types of mistakes is minimized. To that end, experienced contractors and remodelers who offer complete design build projects can commit to a budget and timeframe precisely because they are far less likely to make such errors.

4. Minimizes Frustration

Millions of people have started a big construction project only to abandon them later. Whether they were performing the job themselves or hiring a variety of contractors to complete specific tasks, their frustration mounted to the point of exhaustion. Construction companies who have spent years meeting the unique design needs of their clients can eliminate this aggravation. By hiring them, you rely upon their experience to bring a job to completion on budget and on schedule.

Some business-owners will always prefer to do the work themselves. While potentially costly and aggravating, do-it-yourself projects can deliver a unique satisfaction to the person performing the job. That said, Construction Companies, such as Century Construction Services, that bring years of hard-earned experience and proficiency to home improvement jobs can save an enormous amount of time, money, and frustration.