Should You Buy a Spec Home – or a Custom Home?

Posted by Bob Wiedenmann

As you drive down the streets in Middletown, you'll notice several different kinds of homes. The differences you'll notice are more than just style (Colonial vs. Cape Cod or Rancher vs. 2-Story). You’ll find groups of homes that look an awful lot alike (both inside and out), and others that stand out from the crowd and look a little different from other homes in the area. Which type of you is right for you? Your decision will probably be driven by availability, quality, affordability, how much personal involvement you’re willing to commit to the building process.

If you’re considering purchasing a new Connecticut home you’ve got a number of options. You can opt for a tract home, a spec home, or a custom home. Let’s take a quick look at all three and then consider: Should you buy a spec home or a custom home?

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Tags: CT Home Building, Homeowner Tips, Building a Custom Home

Pros and Cons of First-Floor Master Suites

Posted by Bob Wiedenmann

 

In recent years there has been a trend toward locating Master Suites in new homes on the main (or first) level. There are some pretty compelling reasons for this trend (and it’s a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away). But is locating your Master Suite on the first floor the right move for you? Let's take a look at the pros and cons of first-floor master suites. Then you can decide for yourself.

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Tags: Aging in Place, Home Additions, Building a Custom Home

The Top Mistakes in Building an In-Law Suite and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Bob Wiedenmann

Though it's never fun to think about in advance, more and more families are now taking care of an elderly parent or relative at some point in time. This phenomenon is often referred to as joining the sandwich generation—caring for both aging parents and boomerang kids.

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Tags: Multi-Generational Living, Whole Home Remodeling, Building a Custom Home

13 Things You Should Know About Tiles

Posted by Bob Wiedenmann

When you’re contemplating building a new home or remodeling your existing Connecticut home, choosing new tile may not be the first item on your to-do list. But because there are so many different kinds of tiles—and applications—it’s a good idea to get a jump on collecting information. That’s why we posted our Updated Tile Guide: Types, Sizes, Patterns, and More some time ago. 

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Tags: Bathroom Remodeling, Home Additions, Building a Custom Home

7 Advantages of Living in Connecticut

Posted by Bob Wiedenmann

There is a lot to love about the great state of Connecticut. It’s not surprising that patch.com recently reported that 24/7 Wall St. ranked the Nutmeg State as the third best place to live in the entire country! That ranking is based largely on socioeconomic factors such as the state's low unemployment rate, it's low poverty rate, and its overall health (Connecticut boasts a life expectancy of more than 80 years).

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Tags: Living in Connecticut, Building a Custom Home

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