Can I Price My Custom Home by the Square Foot?

Can I Price My Custom Home by the Square Foot?

I need to start by qualifying these comments. The problems below are mostly unique to custom home building. Semi-custom and Production Home Builders, or “spec” builders are structured differently, and can often achieve higher accuracy with square...
How Hidden Site Costs Increase the Cost of your Home

How Hidden Site Costs Increase the Cost of your Home

An unfortunate reality is that many folks get blindsided with the actual cost of their home. We seem to think the only things that make a home costly to build are the flooring and countertop choices. In part 1 we looked at design, in this blog we’ll...
Is It Cheaper to Build a Custom Home or Remodel?

Is It Cheaper to Build a Custom Home or Remodel?

Recently I encountered an interesting study on the real cost of home ownership. I’ll look at the data below, but suffice to say I found it quite interesting, because it reminded me of the main reasons my wife Missy and I purchased our 1893 Victorian...
6 Surprising Factors That Blow the Budget, Plus 1 You Already Know

6 Surprising Factors That Blow the Budget, Plus 1 You Already Know

We all want to know how much to budget for our new home cost in West Michigan. We do our research on square foot costs, look at new homes for sale in our ideal neighborhood, and consider the additional cost of major items, like ICF walls. Yet an...
How Much Does a Custom Home Cost in Grand Rapids, MI

How Much Does a Custom Home Cost in Grand Rapids, MI

Building a custom home in Grand Rapids is an unparalleled opportunity to create a space for your family that is tailored to your particular needs and goals and that you can cherish for many years to come. However, it’s also an investment—and likely...
The Inflation Reduction Act & Building Green

The Inflation Reduction Act & Building Green

Green homes often come with a prohibitive price tag, or at least that’s a perception that keeps many homeowners from considering purchasing green homes or pursuing eco-friendly home improvements. The Inflation Reduction Act is not the only...
How to Reduce Cost on a Custom Home Build in Grand Rapids

How to Reduce Cost on a Custom Home Build in Grand Rapids

Whether you’re getting ready to apply for that construction loan and you’re unsure about a realistic budget for your custom home in West Michigan, or you are looking for savvy ways to address cost and preserve quality with your custom home build,...
Mistakes to Avoid When Building an Energy Efficient Home| Grand Rapids

Mistakes to Avoid When Building an Energy Efficient Home| Grand Rapids

Many people want a home with an elevated level of energy efficiency. When you build an energy-efficient home, you make a long-term investment in your property’s sustainability and comfort. Your first time building an energy-efficient home will...
Questions to Ask Before Building a Custom Home in Grand Rapids, MI

Questions to Ask Before Building a Custom Home in Grand Rapids, MI

Building a custom home is about accommodating particular needs, desires, and lifestyle/s, and there are a number of important factors you should consider before getting started. There are questions to ask yourself when building a home, and there are...
How Much Does an Energy Efficient Custom Home Cost in Grand Rapids?

How Much Does an Energy Efficient Custom Home Cost in Grand Rapids?

Energy efficiency has become a major focus within the custom home-building industry in West Michigan. While some prospective homeowners may think of that concept simply in terms of potential savings on future utility bills, the benefits of...