Custom Home Trends for 2017

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 01 Jan, 2017
Happy New Year! 2017 has arrived, and with each new year comes changes in the home industry, particularly design and the choice of materials. Because we specialize in custom homes, we want to highlight some of the changes we expect to see in the coming year based on industry predictions. If you are building a […] The post Custom Home Trends for 2017 appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
Happy New Year! 2017 has arrived, and with each new year comes changes in the home industry, particularly design and the choice of materials. Because we specialize in custom homes, we want to highlight some of the changes we expect to see in the coming year based on industry predictions. If you are building a new home, or plan to, understanding the upcoming trends will help you to maximize your money to build a custom home utilizing all of the latest technologies and design.
2017 custom home trends

Some of the custom home trends you’ll see in 2017

1.      Terracotta Tiles:Terracotta tiles are predicted to replace the white tones so often seen in modern homes. Laura Macer of Sisalla Interior Design says to expect terracotta tiles that aren’t rustic, but that have a matte finish and will “add character and warmth to interiors again.”
2.      Mixing Finishes:The selection of more than one metal finish is on trend, says Liz Toombs, Owner of Polka Dots & Rosebuds Interiors and Out of the Box Room Design. While in the past homeowners have chosen one metal finish for the entire house, now we’re starting to see how well a combination of finishes can work together. Antique brass and oil rubbed bronze is a favorite combination of Toombs’.
3.      Marble:White and light grey marble will increase in popularity as the material choice for countertops, flooring and tabletops, according to Zillow . Many of the major style resources – such as  Elle Décor  and  House Beautiful  – agree with the prediction.
4.      Cerused Wood:It’s a heavily textured wood finish technique that brings out the unique grain of the wood, adding to the color of the wood while also revealing its grain. It’s been used in the high-end markets for some time says interior designer Laura Michael, but expect to see it now everywhere on floors, paneling, tables, chairs and other furniture pieces.
5.      Built-in Bars:Ditch the bar cart, says Zillow , homeowners now desire hosting more classic parties, and instead are choosing to incorporate permanent spaces for entertaining using built-in shelving and small seating areas to make the bar more of a focal point.
6.      Nooks:With the ever increasing stress of our world, nooks appear to be growing in popularity as places you can curl up and shut out the world, or at least get a quick break. With an increasing number of people embracing meditative practices we predict not only nooks to appear more in new homes, but instead of TV and exercise rooms in the basement, expect to see more meditation type rooms dedicated to quiet and retreat.
7.      Technology:We’ll continue to see options for incorporating technology into our homes in multiple ways. IKEA’s SELJE nightstand is one example of one of the newest trends: smart furniture. As millennials desire purchasing homes built around their desires, expect to continue to see appliances and other amenities that connect to the Internet.

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By 7052540976 15 Nov, 2017
Some of these considerations may not be in the forefront of your mind, but there is a long list of aspects you need to consider when building a new home. These should help to get you started thinking about some of the most important pieces of the home building process.
By 7052540976 15 Oct, 2017
This home is being built with our client’s specific wants and needs in mind. The homeowner
requested a single family home with a modern contemporary house design. Previously, he lived
in a townhome and desired a more private, spacious residence. A main floor living with a large
space to entertain and big volume ceilings were a must on the client’s list.

The client decided building as opposed to finding a pre-existing home was a better solution for
him because he wants something specific to his needs. He already had the perfect location in
mind and it was time for him to own his dream home.

The area is ideal for this client because it allows him to live in close proximity to his hobbies and
interests and it also allows him the ability to walk to nearby restaurants or bike to the
surrounding shops. This homeowner will be close to everything. He truly loves the location!
The design concept picked is pictured below. In sticking with a contemporary influence, the
design has clean, simple lines that will result in an extraordinary modern home. We combined
elements of residential and commercial materials and design to bring our client’s unique requests to life.
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You decide that you are ready to build a custom home for you and your family. Now it is time to figure out how to finance your dreams!

Let’s start with the basics. As with any loan process, do your research. Talk to several mortgage companies that specialize or have a strong understanding/history of working with construction loans. Ask questions and voice your concerns. Companies of course want your business, but they also want to make sure they are a good fit for you and what you are wanting to accomplish. Reviews and referrals are strongly regarded these days. They want to make sure you have the best experience possible.

There are several main differences between a construction loan and a regular existing home loan. An individual construction loan may require a longer credit history  or a higher credit score as well as more money down and along the way. It is more of a process, but it is most certainly worth it. With the right builder, the more involved process becomes a piece of cake; but, that is an article for another time.

Home loans can have a 30 year term whereas a construction loan typically has a max of 1 year. “The rates on this type of loan are higher than rates on permanent mortgage loans. To gain approval, the lender will need to see a construction timetable, detailed plans and a realistic budget, sometimes called the “story” behind the loan,” as reported by  bankrate . While your home is being built, it is typical to make interest-only payments. 

If you are thinking, “I don’t have enough money to pay off a newly built home in 1 year!” Don’t panic.

A popular option is the construction-to- permanent financing sometimes called “one-time close,” a “single close,” or an "all-in-one" loan. Upon completion of construction, the remaining loan balance is converted into a permanent mortgage with terms up to 30 years. Like most loans, “the rate and other terms of the permanent mortgage are set up-front when the entire loan package is closed” according to the  National Association of Home Builders .  Construction/permanent loans are offered by many different lenders, including banks and mortgage companies and are a great option for those of us wanting to finance their home purchase over an extended period of time.

Another option is a stand-alone construction loan. This type of loan can be beneficial if you currently own your home and want a smaller down payment option.   Read more about stand alone construction loans.

There are many different loan options. What makes sense for one person doesn’t make sense for everyone. Make sure you find the right product for you and your particular project. If you want to talk over some options, contact us! We would love to hear your ideas and figure out how we can build your dream home.

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