Why Build a Custom Home?

Purchasing a new home is an exciting moment in a person’s life. Whether it’s a first home or dream home, the housing market is full of options: fixer-uppers, modular homes and custom built properties. If you’ve decided on creating your dream house, here are 10 reasons why buying a truly custom home is a great investment.

1) A HOME FOR THE FUTURE

One of the most common reasons people move is to accommodate growing families or empty nests. Your home can be designed to serve you for decades, creating a living space that fits your needs today, while taking in account whatever the future may hold. Whether you are planning on expanding your family, needing space for work, or anticipating your family’s needs in future years.

2) LOWER MONTHLY ENERGY BILLS

Purchasing an existing home can come with many challenges. A common issue with existing homes is updating appliances, heat and cooling systems and fixtures to be energy efficient. Those upgrades can get pricey and may not always be outright apparent to homebuyers. A custom built home can provide homeowners with the opportunity to factor in the latest energy efficient technologies and substantially lower your monthly energy bills.

3) LAYOUT TO FIT YOUR LIFESTYLE

Whether your passion is entertaining family and friends or having space to relax by yourself, a custom home’s layout gives you the option to choose what’s best for you. Open concept layouts for living rooms, dining areas and the kitchen have become a popular design for homes. But you can also work with Teakwood Enterprises to design space for a home office, cozy living room or made to measure storage areas — whatever your home needs. Teakwood Enterprises can provide you with 3D renderings of your new custom home, helping you visualize and approve your space.

4) HOST WITH THE MOST

Sometimes, it’s more fun to stay in. Especially when your home has the space to host all your friends and family. The ability to comfortably entertain guests can have a huge impact on a homeowners’ quality of life. A custom built home can be sure to highlight your hosting strengths. Enjoy the outdoors and accommodate for a custom patio or deck. Or bring the party inside custom kitchen and dining room space.

5) DOWN TO THE DETAILS

Custom homes are a true expression of the homeowners. From the foundation to the doorknobs and handles.  With Teakwood Enterprises, our clients can start with a blank sheet of paper and we can help them design their perfect home. We work closely with our vendors, subcontractors and employees to be sure our clients are happy with every inch of their new home.

6) TECHNOLOGY IN THE HOME

Being “smart” isn’t just for phones anymore. With technology advancing more and more, there are plenty of ways to keep your home up to date. Custom building of your home can integrate smart appliances, home security and the latest tech trends right into the design of your home.

7) BUILT WHERE YOU WANT IT

The number one rule is real estate is location, location, location. But sometimes, your dream address and dream home aren’t the same. Custom building your home gives you the chance to get the perfect house exactly where you want it. With 30 years experience, Teakwood Enterprises can design and build any style of custom home.

8) AN INVESTMENT THAT GOES A LONG WAY

Homeownership is a great investment and can grow exponentially in a good market. That being said, when you’re ready to sell, having a custom built home can make your property a more attractive listing. If you’re not interested in selling, think of a custom home as a personal investment: something you designed and created with help from top experts and quality builders that will serve you for years.

9) LOWER MAINTENANCE COSTS

Buying an existing home can feel like a gamble, specifically when it comes to unforeseen maintenance pitfalls. Problems with the foundation, roof or even home layout can present themselves years after the paperwork is signed. What you save in buying an existing home might cost you in improvements and Building a custom home ensures you are investing in a new home with state of the art building materials and quality features. We help bridge the gap between design and construction, working closely with our suppliers and contractors. So if something breaks or needs repair, you’ll know exactly how to get the materials you need and who to call for repairs.

10) OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE YOUR BUILDER

Custom home building is all about choices, and that goes for who you decide to work with, too. We have 30 years experience building custom homes to match any design and budget. From a 200-square foot tiny home to a 12,000-foot custom home, Teakwood Enterprises can help design and produce a custom home that is personal and unique to the homeowner.

Dos and don’ts of donating items to charity

Donating gently used household items, toys, furniture, and clothing to charity has many benefits. Such donations can help the less fortunate, while donors can take advantage of tax benefits while decluttering their homes.

There is also an environmental advantage to donating items rather than putting them in the trash. Goodwill Industries International, Inc. says that, over the last few years, generous people have helped to keep billions of pounds of clothing and household items out of landfills.

Organizations that collect donations put them to use in many different ways. A portion of donated items may be sold in charity shops and other retail centers. This provides an avenue for less fortunate individuals to purchase items that are steeply discounted from regular retail prices. Some clothing donations are sold to recycling manufacturers who turn them into rags or industrial cleaning materials. Donated clothing and other items may even end up in the hands of private enterprises, who then sell it in developing nations at costs lower than regularly imported clothing, providing an affordable way for people living in poverty overseas to purchase items for themselves and their families. The organizations then put the money made from such sales toward their operational expenses and to develop programs to continue to help the less fortunate. Charities like Goodwill and The Salvation Army indicate on their websites that proceeds from charity and thrift shops go directly to support education, work and drug rehab programs.

Individuals who choose to donate goods to charity can follow a few tips to ensure their donations go as smoothly as possible.

  • DO walk around the house and gather items that are no longer being used. Look in basements, closets, garages, sheds, attics, and anywhere you are inclined to stash items to get them out of the way. Pay special attention to materials that you haven’t used in months or years.
  • DON’T donate just anything. Ensure that items are in working condition and are in good repair. Don’t give away things with rips or stains. Make sure electronics you plan to donate are operational.
  • DO call first to find out any rules or restrictions regarding donations. Some groups won’t accept items that have been recalled or do not meet current safety standards (think some baby gear). Specialty items like computers, vehicles or mattresses may have specific requirements for donations.
  • DON’T overlook the idea of selling items privately at a garage or yard sale and then donating the funds to the charity. This way the organizations save time sorting and refurbishing donations, and they still benefit from the financial donations.
  • DO see if the charity will pick up large items. Many organizations have their own fleet of vans and trucks and will have specific pickup windows during certain months. This helps make the donation process more efficient, and can reduce the hassle on donors.
  • DON’T forget to receive a market value of the used items donated to the charity and a receipt. This will help you when it comes time to claim charitable donations during tax season.

Design a more functional pantry

Many homeowners wish they had more storage space, and kitchens are one area where people seemingly can always use more storage.

Despite a desire for more kitchen space, until recently, kitchen pantries fell out of favor. Builders and architects may have thought that close proximity to supermarkets as well as multi-use cabinets in kitchens would offset the need for pantries. But according to a recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders, a kitchen pantry is the most desirable kitchen feature for buyers in the market for a new home.

According to a 2016 survey from ReportLinker, 98 percent of Americans say cooking at home is their preferred way to prepare a meal. And despite the wide array of restaurants, prepared meals and fast food options nearby, more than one-third of people cook at home daily, with nearly 50 percent cooking between three and six days a week.

In order to accommodate for spending more time in the kitchen, homeowners are directing additional attention to kitchen preparation and storage features. In fact, one recent trend in kitchen renovations is creating custom-designed pantries.

Locate the appropriate space

Ideally, pantries should be in or adjacent to the kitchen. But not every home layout allows for this setup. Some homeowners need to move storage pantries into the garage, the basement or a mud/laundry room.

Various factors should be considered before placing a pantry outside a kitchen. What is the climate? Will food spoil? Is there a possibility that vermin or insects can infiltrate the room and access food? These factors will dictate whether to have closed cabinets, air-tight bins or open shelves or if other modifications must be made to the room prior to building.

Choose the type of pantry

Accessibility is essential in a pantry. Everything should be easily reached and grabbed as needed without having to move too many things. Ideally, foods should be arranged in a single layer so that all items can be viewed at a glance. Shelves of various depths and heights can accommodate items of different sizes. Adjustable shelves are ideal because they can be modified as foods change. Sliding drawers can improve reach in cabinets.

In smaller spaces, French door-style reach-in cabinets are convenient and flexible. In complete kitchen remodels or new constructions, walk-in pantries offer the most space and flexibility.

Must-have features

Pantries serve different functions in different homes. For the bulk shopper, a pantry with plenty of room for large items will be needed.

Lighting can be beneficial in all pantries. Lights can improve visibility when trying to locate items. Others prefer an outlet for charging hand-held vacuums or other small appliances. Counter space in the pantry enables homeowners to unload groceries directly onto pantry shelves.

For pantries located outside of the kitchen, built-in freezers can maximize storage possibilities, especially for those who freeze-and-eat after bulk shopping ventures.

Pantries are popular features that homeowners can customize depending on their storage needs and the amount of time they spend in their kitchens.

Architectural millwork add value and distinction

Homeowners are discovering that architectural accents can go a long way toward improving both the look and value of their homes. When renovating a space, the term “millwork” may be mentioned by designers and contractors. While it might be a mystery to some, millwork can give rooms unique looks.

Millwork refers to items traditionally made from raw lumber in a sawmill. Examples of millwork include crown molding, base trims, door frames, window casings, chair rails, and paneling. Cabinets may also classify as millwork.

Architectural millwork provides value
Architectural millwork can be seen in many areas of a home, including kitchens

Used for both decoration and to increase the functionality of buildings, millwork comes in various types. Generally, millwork is fabricated in two ways. Stock millwork tends to be mass-produced commercial items. These low-cost items are interchangeable and may be widely available at retailers, including home improvement centers. Custom millwork is a product that is custom designed and produced for individuals and special building projects. Sometimes referred to as “architectural millwork,” these pieces may be more ornate and made-to-order. Homeowners who want to match a focal point of a home or an existing style often turn to custom millwork.

Between the 15th and 18th centuries, ornate millwork was largely reserved for royalty or the very wealthy. Skilled carpenters would hand carve each piece, taking weeks to finish most projects. Eventually, millwork became more commonplace. Distinguishing one property from another today could mean turning back to the more distinctive designs of the past.

Homeowners looking for ways to enhance their properties can embrace millwork to achieve a luxury feel without a sizable investment. The first step is to choose millwork that will coordinate with the era and style of a home’s existing decor. Ornate millwork in an overly modern house may seem out of place. The millwork should match the architectural theme of the home.

Although some do-it-yourselfers can successfully install prefabricated millwork, for custom designs and a truly seamless look, it is important to have millwork professionally installed. Individuals should research carpenters who specialize in millwork and verify their license and reputation through a consumer protection agency.

Popular types of millwork include crown molding, corbels, wainscotting, and custom bookcases. Homeowners may not realize that millwork can be added to spaces of all sizes to give them an air of sophistication.

Although millwork was traditionally formed from hardwoods, eco-friendly homeowners can now find millwork crafted from synthetic materials and even reclaimed woods.

Millwork can add that special touch to the interior or exterior of a home. Learn more by visiting worldmillworkalliance.com

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