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.

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.

4 Ways to Keep Customers Safe & Happy During Construction

Commercial Construction Pinehurst, Commercial Construcion Services PinehurstAs fall approaches and temperatures cool off a bit in Pinehurst, we are coming into a busy season for new construction, reconstruction, and remodeling. With busy summer business seasons winding down, and a new school year just around the corner, this is a popular time for companies to invest in some changes in their business. If you’ve decided to remodel, expand, or even build a brand new facility, Century Construction Services can handle your project start to finish!

But, we understand there is a lot more to projects like this than just choosing a reputable construction company. More important than that decision is keeping your customers happy and safe during the entire process. Here are four ways to minimize the impact of the construction work on your business.

  • Status Updates. Have you ever been a customer of a business going through a remodel and received emails from them about the progress and any changes or closures that might impact you? We highly recommend keeping your customers in the loop on the construction process so they aren’t surprised or hesitant to enter when they see work being done at your business.
  • Manage Traffic. Make sure the main entrance in and out of your business stays open to foot traffic during normal business hours. Customers should be able to come in, access crucial customer areas (or shopping areas, depending on the type of business you have), and easily exit the property. The easiest way to get this done goes along with our point above: communicate. In this case, communicate through clear signage. Post signs for construction zones, creating a good traffic flow, where people should park, building entrances and exits, areas that are off limits or require extra caution when entering, detours, totally restricted areas, employee areas, and even access routes for emergency vehicles. The more clearly labeled everything is, the more comfortable your customers will feel being on site. Hey, if they are bringing their small children, there are a lot of little boys in the world who might be thrilled to witness some of the hustle and bustle of the construction process, too!
  • Keep it Clean. There are several levels to this. First, make sure the construction company you hire is committed to keeping workspaces as clean as possible and are able to contain the construction mess and debris to affected areas. Chambers can be constructed to divide affected areas from unaffected areas, and machines can be set up to scrub and keep the air clean. Daily cleanup is also a must.
  • Stay On The Same Page. Make sure you and your team are on the same page with your messaging to your customers during the construction process. Don’t hesitate to apologize for a little bit of disarray or noise. Feel free to explain to them what you’re doing to make your business better than ever! And, consider having a grand reopening to celebrate the changes, updates, expansion, or whatever else you may be calling it when the project is all said and done!

5 Popular Must Haves When Building the Home of Your Dreams

Nothing is more exciting than the prospect of building the home of your dreams. Designing the home of your dreams may not be as simple as you initially thought. The process can be overwhelming and some aspects can be overlooked in the design process. The experts at Century Construction have found that the following must haves can often be overlooked when designing a new home.

New Home Construction HoustonMaking sure there is enough counter space.

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to cook a meal for family or friend and running out of counter space for meal preparation. Juggling bowls and plates trying to get dinner ready is not something homeowner want to deal with when it is time to cook family meals. Counterspace on the blueprint make look adequate, but once you add the toaster, blender, canister, tea or coffee maker, and other kitchen gadgets in you may be surprised to see just how little counter space is left for the preparation of your meals. A few ways to counteract this is to include your kitchen gadgets in the design or consider installing an island to extend available counter space.

Planning for adequate storage space.

Planning adequate storage space and cabinetry can be daunting. How much storage will you need? What kind of cabinetry will fit the design and size you need? When planning for storage decide on the cabinet’s or shelving’s function. Where do you want your dishes to go? Should your pots and pans hang on a rack or stack on a shelf? Do you need extra storage space for extra blankets and pillows? Is there any unused space that would be perfect for small items? Do you want to devote an entire wall in your kitchen for full-height storage? You can get creative with storage space without sacrificing the desired look and feel you want for your home. If you plan on building a house with multiple floors, consider adding hidden storage space under the stairway.

Include a mud room.

If you have children and pets running in and out of the house a mudroom is a must. Create a space by the back door with a small drain area and a shower nozzle, add some towel hooks and a small area for shoe storage and your set. You can even install a simple bench to make it easy to take off and put on shoes. This will help cut down on the dirt that gets tracked through the house.

Add outlets in drawers for the bathroom and under cabinets for the kitchen.

You are planning the house of your dreams, have ample outlets without ruining the beauty of the rooms. There never seems to be an outlet where you need it, adding outlets to drawers and under cabinets ensures that you will no longer have to rearrange items to reach an outlet in the kitchen. Keep the hair dryer concealed in the drawer with its own power outlet freeing up counter space and maintaining the beauty of your bathroom.

Consider installing a smart thermostat.

Having the optimal temperature of your house 24/7 feels like a luxury and is a great way to save on your power bills. Smart thermostats learn from your habits and behaviors and allow you to control the climate of your home remotely. They can even adjust the temperature based on the ambient conditions such as humidity. With some smart thermostats, you can even view energy consumption in real-time.

The new construction crew at Century Construction in Houston are always available to help design and plan your next big project. Contact us to learn more.

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Considering a commercial construction project?

commercial construction magnoliaIf your business is growing or changing, you may be considering expanding or remodeling your business. Whether you are planning to build an add-on to your existing structure or build brand new offices, knowing what to expect during construction can help ensure things move smoothly throughout the entire process.

Choose a Qualified Contractor

Before construction on your property in Magnolia can begin, you will need to choose a qualified contractor to lead the project and aid in the design and budget stages of your project. Hiring a skilled and experienced contractor for your commercial construction project upfront can ensure that your vision is realized with a clear expectation for your budget.

It’s important to choose a contractor who you trust and can communicate well with. This will help ensure your ideas are heard and you are kept up to date on timelines and budgets.

Consider How the Change Will Impact Your Business

If you are remodeling or expanding your existing commercial building or expanding, it’s likely that construction will have an impact on your business and day to day activities. Be sure to discuss your concerns with your contractor and make sure your staff knows and understands what is happening during this time.

If you are constructing a new office or commercial property or are customizing a new space to fit your needs, consider how you want the space to work for you, as well as planning for potential growth in the future.

Call Century Construction Today

For all your commercial construction needs in Magnolia – whether you are remodeling or adding on to your existing space or building or configuring an entirely new commercial space, Century Construction can help. We will work with you from start to finish to help you realize your vision for your commercial construction project. Contact us today to discuss your next project.