Landscaping a new Construction Home

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When you and your family decide to build a new home, it is a blank canvas! There are so many decisions that lie ahead. When all of the decision are made about the exterior and interior of the home, it is time to turn to the outdoors. The great news about starting from scratch when it comes to landscape is it is easy to dig up new beds, weeds aren’t yet established and your landscape can only get better from here! Here are some guidelines to help you get the landscape off to a great start.

Figure out the land

Learn about the land before you waste time and money planting items that might not grow well in some areas. You need to study what areas of land get the most sunlight, what parts of the land have the most fertile, rich, loamy soil. Draw a diagram of your backyard to help you visualize areas with problems and promise! Take this opportunity to find out where any wires and pipes are so that way you don’t accidentally run into them when it is too late.

Remove unwanted existing items

If you don’t want existing trees or plants that are there now anymore, simply get rid of them. If a tree looks weak, you do not want it falling into your living room or onto your car in the years to come. If there are previously plants and bushes that won’t look good with your soon to be garden, take them out. This is your chance to start fresh, you will be able to plant trees and bushes of your own.

Think ahead

What is your ultimate goal for this space? Room for the children to play, ample of good produced in the garden or entertaining your friends? Consider what you want to do with that space now and twenty years down the road. Make sure there is some common ground so all of your hard work does not go to waste. Have the space of your dreams but make sure it will fit into the space of your dreams ten years down the road.

If you have any questions about landscape or want advice from our builders, do not be afraid to ask! We are happy to help every step of the way.

New Home Construction Trends

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When it comes to building a new home, you have a lot of questions to think about, some are larger scale and some are smaller. Trends in the interior design world seem to change by the season or year. When it comes to home construction changes, the changes occur at a slow pace, some trends even lasting decades. Home fashions take a while to build momentum, but they are happening. Here is a look at a few trends in the world of home construction.

Solar roofing

Recent improvements in solar tech have moved solar panels from an expensive niche technology to a reality for many homeowners. One of the main factors that has really made solar panels popular is the amount of support it has received from power companies, state and local governments and eco-conscious investors. The support means leasing options, subsidies and tax breaks for solar customers. If you are redoing or getting a new roof for your home, that is a great time to consider solar panels as well.

Smart Homes

Smart phones, smart cars, it seems everything these days are upping their technology to become smarter for their end users. Every year, companies are rolling out some type of new technology to help people better manage their homes. Many things in the home can now be controlled by an app whether you are in the home or across the country. Some items that can be controlled by your phone include doorbells, portable cameras, two-way speakers, television devices, thermostats and more. Homes are being retrofitted with these devices and it is believed they will come standard in new home construction moving forward.

Barn Doors

Yes, this does pertain to the interior design of the house, it also has to deal with the construction of the home. Most interior barn doors slide on a bar mounted above the frame, which presents a smaller profile for interior thresholds. Because these sliding doors offer a rustic charm while remaining functional, the use cases for barn doors are myriad. From closet doors to room dividers, barn doors are quickly becoming the solution to dozens of interior design dilemmas.

Electric car charging stations

The continued growth of the electric car industry is having a lasting impact on at least one aspect of home building: the garage. As more homeowners make the switch to fully electric cars, charging stations are being a more common fixture in garages. The most expensive stations can be around $3,000 but a small self-installed unit can be as little as $300.

The ever-changing world of technology has greatly impacted home construction. There has been an increased focus on green home and home automation, which these trends do not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Changes in technology will continue to drive home construction with a renewed focus on flexibility, automation and energy efficiency.

Home Building and Renovation Trends for 2016

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Is building or remodeling a home on your to do list for 2016? Here is a look into the home construction and renovation trends for 2016:

Natural selection: People are stepping away from the super-dark, hand scraped floors. Consider engineered woods with a lighter, more natural finish. Experts believe that white, gray and washed-wood finishes are making a comeback. Think about bleached, limed or fumed woods with matte finishes or sealed-only floors. Engineered products aren’t necessarily cheaper, but you can achieve a more exotic look this way. Stone floors are also showing up in more unexpected places, like master bedrooms.

Clean lines, more open spaces: Experts believe that new construction is going more contemporary. Even those who choose to stick with more traditional exteriors are going with modern, open concepts on the inside. That means fewer hallways and tiny rooms that aren’t being used. Open floor plans mean more usable space; these usually include kitchens that open to the den and possibly dining areas. Homeowners are better understanding that 100% of the space in their home should be completely usable.

Formal reformed: There has been a lot of talk about how the formal living room and dining rooms have been eradicated from the new home, but that is simply not true. These rooms still exist, they just function differently. Many people are choosing to make these rooms multi-functional, they are using them are libraries, offices or even places to entertain. The designated dining room still exists; it is just more open and casual therefore making it more livable.

Go Green: Just like every other trend for the New Year, the home building industry is going green. Energy saving appliances can help you save money and use less energy in your home. P&D Builders can even take it a step further by offering an energy efficient home which makes your home more comfortable and reduces your utility bills.

2016 is going to be a great year, if you are interested in speaking with P&D Builders about building your dream home contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you.

P&D Pushes for more ‘Pantry Power’

P&D is leading the way in a new trend for larger and more useful pantry space. In a recent article by the Columbus Dispatch P&D was recognized for their progressive use of traditional pantry space in one of their Sunbury homes featured in this year’s Parade of Homes. Dubbed a ‘super pantry’ these spaces are still attached to the kitchen for easy access, but unlike traditional pantries they have more space for storage and include areas for additional food preparation. These spacious offshoots are perfect for adjustable shelving to store items like bottled water, bulk food, snacks, paper towels and other sundries. Some spaces are being fitted with sinks for extra prep room, or lightweight appliances like blenders, toasters and microwaves. This keeps the devices available for quick use, but prevents them from cluttering up the main kitchen space. P&D’s latest design includes a unique quarter size door which connects the pantry to the garage for easy grocery delivery.

Many older homes don’t have the flexible floor plan to allow for the expansion/addition of a new pantry area, but new homes don’t have that limitation. All of the P&D homes have excellent options for large pantries, or have the potential to add them to existing floor plans. Please contact Ed Snodgrass or call (740) 201-8079 for more information about new home construction and integrating a ‘super pantry’ into your dream home designs.

Click Here to read the full article in the Columbus Dispatch by Melissa Kossler Dutton.

Benefits of an Open-Concept Home Design

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In today’s market, it seems as though more and more people are opting for an open-concept home design when looking for a new home. Gone are the days of having each room separated from one another. In home design, both production and custom, we are seeing this trend move towards an open concept.

We are now seeing less formal dining areas and more kitchenettes and dining areas in the kitchen. The traditional dining style is moving towards more of a relaxed atmosphere in the kitchen. This new style also makes for easier entertaining. Here are a few other great reasons for the open-concept home design.

  1. More functional Entertaining Space – As we mentioned above, the open-concept home design eliminates the walls and doors dividing up space. This concept allows the host and the guests to feel more connected and enjoy the time together without feeling left out or separated.
  2. Maximize the Flow of Natural Light – With the open-concept design, it allows for large windows to let the natural light flow throughout the home more easily. Imagine large transom windows in a great room bringing in enough light to brighten the whole home.
  3. Added Visibility – If you have small children or pets, you will appreciate this one. Without several walls and doors dividing each room, you are able to keep an eye on your small children and pets easier. Even though you may be in the kitchen, you can still see them in the living room or dining area.
  4. Maximize the Square Footage –  By de-compartmentalizing your home and opening up the space, your home will feel a little larger. The less walls you have and the more open space, the bigger it will feel.
  5. Your Kitchen Becomes the Focal Point – As mentioned previously, with the open-concept design you not only have a larger area to entertain but your guests feel more welcome and comfortable sitting in the kitchen. Your kitchen becomes more of the focal point, or the heart, of the home. This is one main reason why many clients prefer to add the extra bells and whistles to the kitchen. This will become the highlight of the home.

As more people enter into the home market, the more we are noticing a rise in demand for these open-concept floor plans. This change in home design is adding more space for growing families and more opportunity for entertaining. If you are interested in speaking with P&D Builders about building your dream home contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you.

 

How Floor Heating Can Add Value to Your Home

floor heating Summer is in full swing and the heat is turning up, however, it may not be a bad idea to start making plans for a more comfortable winter. After the “Polar Vortex” that hit Ohio, many people are looking for new ways to face the cold weather head on. One of these ways is by installing under floor heating. This new technology has been around for years but with the harsh winters that Ohio brings, this technology is steadily growing.

Heated Bathroom Floors

Nothing is worse than getting out of a warm bed in the middle of January only to walk onto the cold bathroom floor. The mad dash to the shower is one that gets more uncomfortable with every step. The inside of your home should be a safe haven from the cold and not something that adds to its effects. Fortunately, heating your bathroom floor can be a great solution for the bitter cold temps just below your feet. What is great about this technology is the ability to set a timer so the floors are warm right as you wake up!

Heated Patio Floors

Do you ever wish that your sunroom or enclosed patio could be used to entertain guests year round instead of just in the spring and summer months? By applying heated floor technology to your sunroom or enclosed patio they now become a place to entertain for your next holiday party. Despite the snow falling outside, you can comfortably heat these rooms by simply “turning on the floor”. It’s so effective that you can walk around barefoot without even realizing that just outside the windows are below freezing temps.

Heated Driveways

Unless you are one of those people who really enjoy the cold, then you will appreciate another innovative way that will help with the pesky shoveling that comes with those mid-winter months. By simply flipping a switch when you wake, up your driveway becomes a warm bed of concrete melting away the snow and ice. This will ensure safety and make it easier to get onto the street. This heated technology can help to save you time in the mornings allowing you to focus on other things besides clearing the driveway.

These pioneering technologies may seem expensive but as a one-time investment to install, they can save time and are relatively inexpensive to operate. Whether it is more time in the mornings or more time to entertain guests, this heated floor technology can add great value to your home and to your lives.If you have any questions on this technology and how P&D Builders can customize your home for the winter months give us a call at (740) 201-8079!

What to Expect When Building A Custom Home

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Breaking ground on a new home is a very exciting time! You get to watch as your dream home comes to life piece by piece. Also, having a good understanding of the process will help answer questions that arise and give you peace of mind throughout the build. We are going to give you a little insight into what you should expect when you go to build your custom home. Keep in mind this is a general rule of thumb as it can vary throughout different states and different builders.

First Step- Prepare the Site and Pour Foundation

First, the home builder will clear any debris and trees from the site using earth-moving machines. The crew will then level the site, put up wooden forms to serve as a template for where the foundation will lay. Holes and trenches will then be dug. Footings (these are the structures where the house interfaces with the ground that supports it) are installed. If your home comes with a basement (as most typically do) this is the point where the basement is dug out. Next the foundation walls are formed and poured. Once concrete is poured into the holes and trenches, it needs time to settle. During this time activity at the construction site is put on hold. After the concrete is ready, the crew applies a waterproof membrane to the foundation walls, installs the drains, sewer and water taps and any plumbing that needs to go into the basement. At this point an inspector will inspect the site to make sure that the foundation components are all up to code and installed properly.

Second Step- Framing

The next step is usually a very exciting time for the home owner because this is where you start to see the house erect. The floor systems, walls and roof systems are completed during this process known as framing (as known as the shell or skeleton of the house). The plywood or oriented strand board sheathing is applied to the exterior walls and roof. The windows and exterior doors are installed next. The house is then wrapped with a protective barrier that prevents liquid from penetrating the structure of the home while still allowing water vapor to escape. This helps to prevent the likelihood of mold or rotting wood.

Step Three- Plumbing and Electrical

Once framing is complete, next comes the siding and roofing. At the same time the electric and plumbing will start running pipes and wires throughout the home. Sewer lines,vents and water supply lines are installed as well. Bathtubs, and any other large objects get installed at this point because they are harder to maneuver as the building goes on. The duct work is installed for the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. After the roof goes on the house, the house is considered dried in. This is where electrical receptacles for outlets, lights and switches come in. Another inspection will usually take place at this point for compliance with building codes.

Step Four- Insulation

The next step, insulation, plays a key role in keeping your future home comfortable and consistent with the outdoor climate. It also helps with energy efficiency (which P&D Builders prides themselves on!) All exterior walls, as well as the attic space and any floors located above unfinished basements or crawl spaces will be insulated. The most common types of insulation that are used in new homes are fiberglass, cellulose, and foam. These are also dependent on the region, climate and the builders preferences.

Step Five- Drywall

Drywall is the next step in the home-building process. The drywall is hung and taped so the seams between the boards aren’t visible. The primer coat of paint is also applied at this point after taping is complete. At this point in the building process you will begin to notice the finishing touches going on the outside of the home (Brick, stucco, stone or siding).

Step Six- Interior Trim

At this point in your custom home build, the interior doors, baseboards, door casings, window sills, moldings and other decorative trim is installed. Your cabinets that you picked out, those will go in at this point too! Your walls will get all the finishing touches at this time as well. If you have a walkway, patio, or a driveway this is the point in which those will begin. Many builders usually save this part for the end because the heavy equipment can damage the concrete. Some builders do the contrary and pour the driveway when the foundation pours so the homeowners that visit the site will have an area to walk on.

Step Seven- Countertops & Hard Flooring

If you are having ceramic tiles, or wood flooring installed this is when that will happen. The hard-surface flooring usually goes in at the same time as the counter tops. At this point you are really able to see the house in a near-complete phase! Any exterior grading is also done at this point to ensure proper drainage away from the home and prepare the yard for landscaping.

Step Eight- Light Fixtures

Light fixtures, outlets and switches go in at this point and the electrical panel is completed. The sinks, toilets and faucets are also being installed.

Step Nine- Finishing Interior Touches

The last step in the interior of the home is to install mirrors, shower doors, and carpeting. This is when the cleanup takes place. Any exterior landscaping such as trees, shrubs, and grass are planted and completed. A final inspection from a building-code official is completed at this point.

Step Ten- The Walk-Through

This is usually the most exciting moment for the home owners because this is the chance that they can see the completed project. Your home builder will walk you through your home and answer any questions you have, help to acquaint you with all of the features and operations of the systems and components. This is where  you, the home-owner, can bring up and issues or questions that you have or any problem areas that need to be adjusted. This is the point where you need to be attentive and observant. Examine counter tops, walls, cabinetry and flooring to ensure 100% satisfaction.

P&D Builders spends a great deal of time with all of our home owners to ensure 100% satisfaction with their new home. We offer what is called the White Glove Guarantee. We guarantee that your home will be completed on-time and to  your 100% satisfaction. You will have a member of our detailing team assist your throughout the final two weeks of your home’s completion with any requests, issues, or questions you may have. We know how exciting this time is for you and your family and we want to make sure it is absolutely perfect! If you have any questions about the custom home building process or want to know more about building with P&D Builders please contact us here!

 

 

 

 

 

Why you Should Choose P&D to Build Your Custom Home

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Here at P & D Builders we have always been in the business of creating custom homes that are unparalleled in quality, character, and value that fulfill the vision and dreams of our clients while keeping within their financial parameters. Our goal is to provide you with the utmost service before, during, and after we build your home and we pride ourselves on that. Below you will find all of the great features and guarantees that we offer as part of the custom home building process with P&D Builders.

Direct Contact with Our Clients

No matter how busy we get or how big the company grows we will always maintain a personal and direct relationship with you during the process. We believe that this facilitates a certain level of expertise, accountability, and consistency. Also in today’s technology age we still believe the best forms of communication are face-to-face.

In-House Design Staff

Unique to the industry, we have our own in-house design staff that allows us to quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively design unique, exciting plans tailored to each client. If you need a custom room designed to fit your lifestyle or family size, our design team can create that for you too! We have done everything from in-law suites, home spas, home theaters, bridal staircases and boat/RV storage bays. With our design team the possibilities are endless.

Interior Decorating Service

We provide interior design and decorating services at no charge to you! This service assures that our clients will be afforded professional decorating consultation, as well as a much broader array of product offerings and options to choose from.

Banking and Loan Services

We know the process of building your custom home can be overwhelming at times so we have taken some of the stress off of you by connecting you with the very best lenders in the industry and even oversee the transaction from start to finish.

Full Warranties on Our Homes

We want our clients to know that we have their backs and will be there for them long after we have closed on the new home. With our full warranty on the home, we also have a full time warranty manager that is here to help you, should any problems arise.

Energy Efficient Homes

Each and every P&D home we build is certified through an independent inspection service to assure that your home meets, and most often exceeds, Energy Star certification standards.

Our White Glove Guarantee

When we give your home a completion date we want to make sure that it is not only completed on time but that it is completed to your 100% satisfaction. This simply means that we assign a member of our “detailing team” to comb through every inch of your home with you ensuring that attention is given to every detail of your new home. They will not give the okay to close on the home until your satisfaction is guaranteed.

By building custom homes in this manner we are able to leave every customer satisfied for many years to come. If you are looking to build a custom home of your dreams, we would love to talk to you and see what ideas you have in mind for your new home. Contact us here for more details.

Benefits of an Energy Efficient Home

Energy efficiency is all the rave right now. The more money it can save you the better. Just like you would shop for an energy efficient washer or dryer you also can shop for an energy efficient home builder. There are a lot of great benefits of owning an energy efficient home. Let’s start with the first benefit…

Energy Efficient Benefit #1- It saves you money

Whether it is an energy efficient home or just an energy efficient appliance, you will save a lot of money by purchasing an energy star rated product. For instance, Energy Star appliances can save you up to 30% a year your energy bill. An Energy Star home will save you an average of 20% annually on your energy bill.

Energy Efficient Benefit #2- It helps to improve the economy

Energy efficiency not only saves you money at home but it also helps the economy in more ways than you can probably imagine. Overall, energy efficiency is saving the government more than $500 billion in avoided energy costs. It has also created several hundred thousand jobs nationwide. And of course, it spurs new innovations in energy efficiency. It is a constant, “What will they think of next?”

Energy Efficient Benefit #3- It is good for our planet

You don ‘t have to give much thought into this one, the less energy we use the less natural resources we are using therefore cutting down on pollution. Today the United States is using 52% less energy than we were before energy efficient technologies were introduced. That means that is 52% less products and resources that we have to use therefore allowing those resources to stay on our planet longer. Energy efficiency is going to provide a better future for our children’s children.

Energy Efficient Benefit #4- Guaranteed comfort and peace of mind

In an Energy Star certified home you can ensure comfort and peace of mind with consistent temperatures across your home, an increase in indoor air quality with the elimination of dust, pollen, bugs, excessive humidity. The windows in an energy efficient home also help to block harmful sunlight that can cause UV damage to you and your furniture and flooring.

*Here at P&D Builders we take pride in ensuring that your home is built for energy efficiency. We are proud to announce that we are now a 3.0 ENERGY STAR home builder, making your new home more comfortable and reducing utility bills by making your home more energy efficient.Our Exclusive “SEAL-TIGHT” energy system is a complete program that produces the MOST Energy Efficient homes in the industry…and is STANDARD in every home we build! 

 

 

Things to Consider When Building Your Home-Part #1

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So you want to build your dream home!? You have shopped around, found the perfect builder and floor plan, got your loan approval, and now you are ready to start the process – or so you thought! The floor plan that you have picked out seems perfect for your life now but what about years from now? Have you thought about certain details of your new home that you might long for in the future or realize you don’t have a need for in another two years? These are small details that many first time new home builders don’t consider. When building a new home it is crucial that you look at your home from many angles. For instance, you might want to consider building a 4-bedroom home instead of a 3-bedroom home if you are thinking about expanding your family in a few years.  That is just one of the many things you will want to consider in this process of building your dream home.

Consideration 1# –Pay Attention to your HVAC System

If you do not plan well this can lead to issues with moisture and mold growth which can cause health problems. You also want to take into consideration the size of the home in comparison to the size of the unit. Make sure that come winter time when temperatures are below freezing your home stays warm.

 Consideration #2- Space Planning

If you are building a smaller to medium sized home and you want it to be efficient for your everyday life then space planning and design are crucial. When building, you want to pay close attention to where you are placing your storage space. Do you need a huge walk-in closet in every room? Could that space be added to the bedroom or a bathroom? Pay attention to where you put closets and make sure that there is also one in the main hallway. Do you want a foyer closet? If so, consider the climate that you live in. For instance, if you live in Florida you may not need a large foyer closet for coats. You want to be sure that you consider every part of your lifestyle and living conditions when space planning.

Consideration #3- Overall Planning

When building and customizing your new home you should take your lifestyle and habits into consideration. Are you planning on staying in this home for a long time? Will you need more rooms in the future if you are thinking about expanding your family? Will you stay in this home as you reach retirement age and beyond? If so, consider the size of the home or the amount of stairs you are putting in your home as this may be an issue as you age. Considering these factors will ensure that your new home is all you want it to be for many years to come.

Consideration #4- Lighting

Lighting can add so much to a home. It can awaken an otherwise dull room making it appear larger. If lighting is important to you, make sure you have ample amounts of outlets to plug in lighting fixtures and lamps. If natural lighting is important to you, make sure there are plenty of windows in every room as this will brighten the space. Also you want to consider skylights or recessed lighting if you prefer overhead light such as in a kitchen or family room.

Consideration #5- Under Utilized Rooms

Planning to build a play room, game room, or even a sun room sounds nice, but will it get used to its full advantage? Unused rooms often get dubbed as a dumping ground for junk instead of the original purpose it was built for. If you plan on building one of these types of rooms make sure it can easily transition as your life changes or your family expands, otherwise it become useless space that could have been used for something else.

‘Things to Consider When Building Your Home’ -part #2 continues next month as we explore more areas you will want to think about when beginning the building process.