Building a Home? Here are 5 Important Tips

When the time comes to start searching for a home, you have two options: you can buy an existing home or you can start from the ground up and build one. While constructing an entirely new home requires a decent amount of time and money, you have the freedom to build exactly what you want and then move into your dream home. If you’re ready to get started constructing and designing your new home, here are five important tips to help you in the process.

Don’t go cheap and don’t go overboard with spending
You want to fall in the middle when it comes to price. You should already have a realistic budget in mind regarding how much you can afford and are willing to pay. Don’t go too cheap, as this can result in shoddy, low-quality work, and a home that requires extensive repairs well before it should.

On the other hand, you’ll want to avoid excessive spending so that you don’t end up broke when the project is complete. Take the building costs into account and whether or not the home is likely to increase in value over time, in case you ever decide to sell.

Timing is everything
When it comes to building a new home, you need to be patient. There is a lot of detail that goes into a project of this magnitude, and there will be last minute changes and adjustments. Ask your contractor to provide a time frame for completion so that you can make moving arrangements.

Not too big, not too small
When building your own home, it will be up to you to choose the floor plan. You will decide how many bedrooms and bathrooms there will be and where they will be located. Choose a design that is comfortable and practical for the whole family, and take the spacing between rooms and common areas of the home into account.

Location, location, location
Where you want to build the home is an important matter. If you have kids, you may want to choose a family-oriented neighborhood. You’ll also need to consider how close you want to be to your job and what the educational system is like in the area. Don’t forget that the location you choose can also affect insurance rates and the value of your home.

Hire a construction company
When building a home, you will probably want to hire a local construction and design company. At Custom Smart Homes, we have received positive ratings from customers because of our different floor plan options, commitment to our customers, and affordable prices. Contact us today and we will help you get started on building your dream home!


2014: The Year of the New Home

The dawning of a new year is an exciting time full of potential and new beginnings. Many people set goals they wish to accomplish in the New Year in various aspects of life. Let us help add another goal to your list, make 2014 the year of the new home for you and your family.

Since Congress has passed a full budget, there is no looming threat of a government shutdown or possible furloughs in the near future. What does that mean for those looking for somewhere new to call home? It means, now is the perfect time to start acting on this goal by contacting us here at Custom Smart Homes.

We are skilled in many things when it comes to making our customers happy. However, before we can begin our journey with you, there is a little bit of work you are going to need to do first.

• Brainstorm with people you trust. Take time to figure out two lists, one of must haves in a new home. The second of things that would be nice to have, but are not necessarily deal breakers.

• Look at your financial picture. What types of loans will you need to apply for/what type of loans are you eligible for? For instance, if you have served in the military, will a VA loan help make your dream of owning a home a reality? Speak with your bank and various mortgage brokers to determine how much money you will have to work with.

• Look at the area that you want to live in. Keep your budget in mind as some areas may be a dream, but not reality right now. Research these areas online and if you know anyone who lives there, ask them about the crime rate, school ratings and other information that maybe important to you.

If you do not find a property that is already built in your desired location for your budget, then you may want to consider building your dream property. This is where the staff and experience of Custom Smart Homes comes into play. We have the skills and knowledge to help guide you through the process of creating your dream within your budget. We look forward to working with you soon!

5 Questions to Ask Before Building an Addition to Your Home

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to want to build an addition to their houses. An addition allows for more space and adds value to your home. But, while you may be eager to add a room or expand a space, there are important factors to consider first.

Why do you want the addition?
Before investing in an addition, consider your reasons for wanting it. You don’t want to needlessly overspend on something that isn’t strictly necessary or even desirable. You have many different options when it comes to an addition: you can add another bedroom, a bathroom, a sun room, a garage, another story, an outdoor room, a bump out or a balcony, among other things. It’s important to choose carefully, as you want to be able to tailor the room to your needs.

How much will it cost?
Costs can add up fast, so be sure to take a look at the expenses involved and your own budget beforehand. Take the cost of labor and materials into account. You will also need to know how many square feet you are covering, what fixtures you plan to add, and any other supplies you’ll need to purchase, such as paint and flooring. Since you are adding a room, don’t forget to figure in the continuous cost of utilities for the new space.

Will it help or hurt your home?
You want to choose an add-on that will help your home — in other words, an addition that will augment the style and value of your property. There’s nothing worse than adding to your structure, only to find that you’ve hurt its appeal or worth. Take a look at the different additions available and speak to a construction professional to get their opinion about your options.

How will you cope with not being able to use a room?
While your new room is being added, remember that you may have to make alternate arrangements temporarily. For example, if you’re adding onto your kitchen, you may have to be creative about cooking until the project is complete . . . or order out a lot.

Who will be performing the work?
Since you want your project to look perfect and you don’t want to worry about any minor mistakes, you should hire an experienced and qualified professional to work for you. Custom Smart Homes are experienced construction professionals who will help you choose an addition that best suits your home and needs.


Designing a Custom Dream

Do you have a binder or box full of ideas for a truly dream home? Perhaps there are magazine cutouts or even paint cards you have picked up over the years. The beautiful part about building with us at Custom Smart Homes is we can take these pieces of paper and other materials and turn them into reality. That’s right building a custom modular home means you get to choose everything from the type of flooring you want to how high the ceilings are. The best part is your wishes will be created in a weather protected environment!

There are many wishes that may be blended into a custom home. Some are more traditional, while others may be more situations specific. Either way, if it is within our power, we will do it.

Traditional Customizations to Consider

• The style of your dream home. This is something to keep in mind at all times as it may even impact which of our floor plans you choose from.

• The size of your master suite is another important factor to consider.

• How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? Just like when you are searching for a home that is already built, you are going to want this information. After all, you want to make sure your friends and family have a place to stay when they come over.

• What do you want done outside? For instance, do you want a pool installed? While we are not pool guys, we can leave you the room you desire to have a future one installed.

• Do you want a garage?

• Green living. Custom Smart Homes is proud of our green building abilities. We will be happy to build you the most energy efficient, eco-friendly property we can.

Situation Specific Customizations

We understand that no two clients have the exact same needs and some may need a few modifications installed to be able to fully enjoy their property.

• Do you need an elevator now or in the future? We will install the shaft for you.

• We will customize the height of ramps or steps needed.

• The width of the hallways and doors so that anyone with mobility challenges may be able to move around comfortably.

• The type of flooring installed so that you can move with ease.

• The heights of countertops and appliances in the kitchen for ease of use.

Once your home is built, we will then have it installed on the property of your choosing. Whether you are consider traditional customizations or something more specific, we look forward to working with you at Custom Smart Homes.

3 Reasons Why a Modular Home Is The Best Choice

With the continual shift in focus throughout the country on promoting lifestyles that use less energy, save the environment and allow us to live healthily, the modular home is fast becoming the answer for many Americans.  Modular homes in Oregon, modular homes in TN, modular homes in Pennsylvania; it doesn’t matter where you live.  There is a reason that constructing a modular home is becoming more desirable than ever before.   From having the ability to complete a modular home build in half the time of a traditional home, to the availability of numerous floor plans, check out the top reasons why you should consider a modular home.

–          The Affordability

Modular homes cost on average around ten to thirty-five percent less than site-built homes.  The price alone is a huge positive for those looking to meet their needs in terms of space, as well as pricing. The nationwide average for a modular home is around $62,000, which is fairly tremendous in this economic climate.  If you have been wondering how you can possibly afford a home within your budget, that also suits your desires or needs, then a modular home could be the perfect choice for you.

–          Speed of Construction

Modular homes are generally able to be built in 1/3 to ½ the time it takes to construct a standard home.  Not every individual has the time or resources to live elsewhere while their home takes months and months to be fully completed.  With many different floor plans to choose from, one could conceivably pick out a home and have I completed within weeks.  The construction of modular homes is often superior due to the various parts being built in factories, which ensures that the various parts fit together perfectly.

–          Energy Efficiency

Because of the high-quality engineering of modular homes, the energy-efficiency is increased tremendously.  Less air infiltration means that you aren’t gaining or losing as much hot or cold air than a traditional home.  This allows for lower energy usage that would otherwise be required to heat or chill the house during the various months of the year.  Resources are becoming more and more expensive, and a modular home allows you to take advantage of the savings through energy efficiency.


Don’t waste time if you are searching for the right home; Custom Smart Homes offers over 140 different floor plans to choose from.  Find the modular home of your dreams today!

Three Questions You Need To Ask Your Home Builder

Lizzio Development Group has been building homes for decades, and we know what it takes to be able to build a beautiful home.  People choose to do business with us for a variety of reasons.  Some appreciate our unique green construction methods, and others want to work with an established building company that has a history of good work.  When you’re looking for a good home builder, you need to make sure that you’re asking the right questions when during your search.  We can answer all of the important questions, and if you speak with any home builder that can’t give you the right answer they don’t deserve your business.

What type of warranty do you offer?

Warranties aren’t just for electronics or cars anymore, and any building company worth its weight in salt should be able to offer their customers a warranty.  First of all, make sure that the company you’re thinking about working with actually offers a warranty.  Some companies don’t, and that’s almost a sure sign that they do shoddy work.  If they do offer a warranty, don’t sign anything until you read it very carefully.  Some warranties are puffed up with legal jargon that makes them sound great, when they’re actually awful.

Are you licensed to build in my area?

This is a big question, and one that you need to make sure you ask correctly.  The home builder you pick may have a license to build somewhere, but if they aren’t in your state or county you’ll be out of luck in case anything goes wrong.  Building codes and standards can vary significantly from state to state, and even from county to county.  If you end up picking a builder that isn’t authorized to build in your location, it’ll be difficult to press charges in case anything goes wrong.

Who will oversee the construction of my home?

You may be meeting with the owner of the company when you sign your contract, and depending on how they do their work you may never see them again during the building process.  Some companies are fine with having their own employees look after themselves when they’re working, and that lack of supervision can lead to problems in the future.  Ask who will be around during the entire home building process, and ask who you should talk to in case anything goes wrong.

Three Eco-Friendly Living Tips For Your Eco-Friendly Home

Lizzio Development Group specializes in building green modular homes, and our customers couldn’t be happier to be doing their part to go green.  Having a sustainably built home and using green energy sources is a great start, but owning a green home doesn’t mean that you don’t have to live a green lifestyle.  It isn’t uncommon for people in eco-friendly homes to consume more electricity and resources because they falsely believe that they’ve already done enough for environment.  You don’t have to give up your current lifestyle, but there are some small changes you can make to your home and daily routine that can have a big positive impact on the environment.

Change your light bulbs

We get it, traditional light bulbs are cheaper than compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs, the light bulbs that look like spirals) and you don’t want to spend a lot of money on lighting.  If you’re that concerned about money, you should have made the switch to CFL bulbs years ago.  CFL bulbs consume 75% less electricity than traditional light bulbs, and they usually last up to 10 times longer than traditional ones.

Recycle your electronics

In a world where you can buy new computer devices instead of fixing them, it’s pretty common for people to toss their old cell phones, keyboards, and tablets in the trash without a second thought.  Electronics often contain metals and compounds that can be dangerous when they get into ground water and soil, and when you toss your old flip phone in the garbage you could be unknowingly unleashing hundreds of harmful substances.  When most people think of recyclables they think about paper, plastic, and aluminum, but there are a lot more materials that can be re-used.  Find an electronics recycling source in your area so that you can keep landfills free from electronic waste.  Better yet, find a charity that takes old electronics so that they can repair them and give them to people in need.

Let your grass grow

If there’s one thing home owners love it’s their lawns, but keeping it trimmed and green can harm the environment.  The fertilizer you use can cause pollution, and your sprinkler system uses a lot more water than you think.  If you use a gas powered mower, you’re polluting the air when you mow your lawn.  A lot of people don’t know that the secret to having a lush green lawn is to stop cutting it so often.  Most grass species do best when they’re kept at least 2 1/2 inches tall. That extra length helps creates more surface area to absorb sunlight, that extra length will create thicker turf and deeper roots, and those deep roots will mean that you can ease up on watering your lawn.