Expenses to Budget for after you Build a new Construction Home

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You have decided to embark on the exciting journey of building a new construction home! When building a new construction home, it is important to know your budget and what works best for your family at that time. As you take a look at expenses, it is helpful to look beyond your closing date. There are a few post-closing costs that are unique to brand-new homes and some that are familiar to new home owners. If you set aside a little money for the following expenses early, it will help in the long run!


If you are moving into a larger home, then your utilities are likely to increase. If you are moving to a new city, there might be start up service fees to be prepared for. If you are interested in cable, internet or satellite TV, you may have to install some equipment in order to have the services successfully installed.


Furniture shopping is very exciting, especially when you have a brand-new home to furnish. Some of the pieces that worked in your last home or apartment might not be as well suited for the new place. Or maybe the new home means more bedrooms to furnish and floors to cover with area rugs. These are things to keep in mind when budgeting for your new home.


You just moved in and can’t get enough of how much natural lighting your new space has or how large the windows are. You will want to start installing blinds and curtains pretty soon after you move in to allow your family privacy in the new neighborhood. Make sure that is something you are keeping in mind!

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.

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!






What You Need to Know Before Building a Pool

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There is something about the warm summer days that make most people crave a trip to the pool. Maybe it is to simply cool off from the hot and humid Ohio summer days or just to hang out poolside with friends. Often times if you do not live in a condo or apartment complex you do not have a pool that you can go to free of charge therefore many opt to building their own pools for the convenience and luxury. If you are thinking of building a pool at your home there are a few considerations you should make before you begin the process.

#1 Create a Wishlist & Set a Budget

Research is so important when it comes to investing in something big like a swimming pool because it is permanent! With technology changing all the time it is best to see what new features, techniques, and other innovations are out there, especially if you want the best there is to offer. After you figure out that aspect of it, gather pictures of what you want it to look like, where you might want it to be built in your backyard, and what kind of ambiance you want to create around the pool. Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration! By creating your wish list and vision board it will be easier to explain to the builder exactly what you want. Don’t forget about setting a budget during this period before any commitments are made and contracts drawn up.

#2 Research the Types of Pools

Since you are likely putting a large chunk of money towards this investment it is important to know about the different types of in-ground pools available. Some pools are made of concrete, others are made of fiberglass, and some are even vinyl. Then you have to look into the coping, cleaning systems, filtering systems, and the artistic finishing touches that are available. With so many variations it is important to understand the pros and cons of each type so you and the builder are speaking the same language.

#3 Find A Credible Pool Builder

Again, we cannot stress the importance of research. Read reviews, talk to your neighbors who have a pool and see who they went with or recommend. You can find more in-depth reviews from the Better Business Bureau  It is best to find a pool builder who is seasoned in swimming pool construction. A good pool builder will offer samples of his work, provide references, and answer all of your questions. You will be working with this person for several months so make sure you choose someone you will be comfortable with.

#4 Consider the Weather in Your Area

Weather can dictate certain pool building decisions. People who live in colder climate areas should consider enclosures to prolong the amount of time they can use the pool. If you live in a wetter environment an enclosure would also be beneficial. A pool heater might be necessary if you live in a cooler environment. Also investing in a nice solar pool cover keeps the leaves and debris out while warming the pool with the solar energy. If you are looking to save on energy costs the enclosures, pool covers, pumps, and lighting timers can all pay for themselves in a short amount of time. If you live in Ohio you know we have bitter cold temperatures in the winter so completely shutting your pool down for the winter is the most efficient.

#5 How Will You Use Your Pool?

Is the pool going to be for your kids? For entertaining? Are you building it to add value to your home? Or is it being to built as a relaxing oasis for you and your spouse? Answering these questions will help you determine what kind of pool you should build and what features to add. If you are building for your kids, a pool slide or a shallow area would be perfect. If you are building it as more of a resort-like feel for you and your spouse, think of an infinity pool or using more high-end glass tile finishing. If you are using it for entertaining and want it to be very visually appealing, consider more expensive coping and maybe a built-in water feature. If you have a clear purpose you will be the builder’s best friend.

#6 Getting Permits and Insurance

Of course, we can’t go without saying this one! Even though your pool builder will be able to help you with this part, it is important to know the rules and regulations yourself. Some areas require perimeter fences of a certain height, some require locking fences and some require a fence only around the pool itself. Know what the requirements are in your area. It is important to inquire about restrictions, noise policies, and property tax concerns too! And don’t forget about the insurance. Contact your home owners insurance carrier and find out what differences it will make to your policy. It is always better to be informed instead of being surprised!

Building a pool can add a tremendous value to your home and create lasting memories both inside and outside! Make sure that all of the bases are covered and that you have done the research before beginning the process and beyond everything else always make sure to yell “canon ball’ before jumping in!


Things to Consider When Building Your Home- Part #2

Building a home is an exciting time. For some people, it is their first home together and for others it is a home they are building for the retirement years. Whatever category you may fall under, one thing is certain, it has to be perfect for you and your lifestyle. Last month we covered five things that you want to consider when you are building your home and today we are going to cover five more areas you might want to think about when building.

Consideration #6- Laundry Room Placement

This is an important one to consider as many people prefer the washer and dryer near the bedrooms. It does make sense but some like the idea and others do not. You have to take into consideration how often you will use the laundry room and where the majority of your laundry is coming from. The less amount of laundry you have to carry up or down the stairs, the better.

Consideration # 7- Bedroom Placement

Your bedroom should be your resting place where you can go to relax. Considering where you place your bedroom is very important. Your bedroom needs to be far enough away from noise and traffic. If possible, avoid placing it over the garage so that you will not hear the garage door open and close. Making these considerations will ensure a peaceful night’s sleep.

Consideration # 8- Kitchen Placement

The kitchen is considered the heart of your home but that doesn’t mean it has to be centered directly in the middle of your house. Think about carrying in groceries, it is already a chore so trekking through the living room or laundry area only makes it less appealing. Place the kitchen in proximity to the entrance or mudroom so that it is easily accessible. This also makes it easier when entertaining guests.

Consideration # 9- Garage Placement

There are two things to consider when talking about the placement of the garage, one being front or side load garage, and two being what do you want your garage to lead into in your home. Side load garages usually add more width to the dimensions of the home and give it great curb appeal, front load is convenient and easily accessible. Having a garage lead into a mudroom or kitchen area is convenient for a couple reasons, one being topic #8 that we just covered,  and two being that it doesn’t track dirt and mud through other areas of the home. Whatever you prefer, consider how you will use your garage and what conveniences it will offer you.

Consideration # 10- Make Sure It Works For YOU

You know what is best for you and your family. It is always nice to get considerations from professionals but make sure that it is what you want and that it can work for you. If you need that second floor laundry area because you have three very messy children then make sure that is what you get. Don’t sacrifice things in your new build home that you will not be able to live with or without in the years to come. And above all else, enjoy every moment of this process as this is a very exciting time in your life.