Building a new home will either be the fulfillment of a dream or the beginning of a nightmare, depending on how you prepare yourself for the experience. Homeowners save for years, build their credit, and apply for the perfect home loan, putting in all the effort needed to make sure their credit and loan are ready to go. Then, as if reaching the 5-yard line, they drop the ball and fail to finish the planning that they needed to do for successful project completion. It is sad to watch.
However, if you follow a few simple rules, your new home construction project can go forward with very few bumps and a lot of smiles. Our goal at High Quality Contracting is always to see our customers smile when they step into their completed home for the first time.
So, how do you plan for the perfect new home construction project? Here are a few simple rules that we like to live by when advising our customers on planning for their new home construction.
#1 Start with Confidence.
Many contractors will say that ratings and reviews by such organizations as The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau, The National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and Angie’s List, to name a few, really do not mean anything. Well, they are lying.
A home building contractor who is sincere in their business is not only willing to join these organizations but to follow their guidelines to ensure that their customers receive fair and honest pricing and work. The ratings indicate our adherence to organizational standards. The reviews reflect a candid glimpse of our past work. By joining these groups, we are standing up and stating our commitment to honesty, integrity, and quality.
The problems start when you choose to hire a contractor who does not stand by these principles. What does that say about your future endeavors with them? Why are they providing you with a low ball bid? What are they not telling you? Be honest with yourself and think about the possible reasons and then run the other way. Always hire someone who has a solid ethical contracting background to build your new home. This is not a simple set of deck stairs, this is a new home, and you want that experience and history backing up the work they do for you.
#2 Identify & Budget For The Total Project
The second-most-important rule that any new home builder needs to follow is to budget correctly for the project. Budgeting for such important projects includes factoring in a lot of variables. It is always best to sit down and talk seriously about your budget for the project with your contractor. We found that homeowners sometimes forget to consider the following items in their budget:
Site Preparation- clearing and grade work on the property before the start of the build.
Landscaping- the cost for grass, hay, trees, etc.
Building Permits- Municipalities and counties usually require a variety of permits for a new home build. Each license is a separate cost and can run as high as 1% of the total construction cost.
Utility Access- such utilities as water, sewer, gas, cable all may have a fee to access the lines.
Driveway Materials- The price for the concrete, pavers, bricks, and stone are all additional costs.
#3 Factoring in Time and Conditions for the Build-
Many homeowners fail to consider how long the lending process can take, which will delay the construction and purchase of materials. Since the 2008 home crisis, lenders are requiring more paperwork and are taking longer to release funds. If you want to start your project in spring, it is best to start your financing in the fall to allow time for all the paperwork.
Another thing to consider is the weather. Depending on the phase of the project, the weather can delay a home build for weeks to months.
Delays in obtaining materials are another example of something that can cause your home to fall behind in the timeline. Although High Quality Contracting Inc. uses only the best companies for their materials, sometimes obtaining a popular material can cause a delay because of supply and demand.
Building a new home is a lot of work, as well as rewarding. High Quality Contracting, Inc. pledges to be with you every step of the way to assure your best possible experience. Working with your High Quality Contracting, Inc new home specialist will help prevent a nightmare and help make your dream home a reality.
When High Quality Contracting, Inc. first got the call regarding this garage, we were not sure what we were in for. The garage was in bad shape. It was ready to fall down with any good storm. However, all was not lost for our customers. They trusted us to repair, remodel, and stabilize the garage into a useful steady structure.
We first began by removing any existing parts that were rotted and damaged. We installed temporary systems to stabilize the garage until we finished the demolition part of the project.
Once that was finished, we moved on to jacking up the ceiling 5″ in the middle to make the roof level again. We installed new LVL headers. We strengthened the walls and rebuilt the soffits. Our crew also rebuilt the roof. The roof received new 2×4’s, plywood, and shingles. The crew replaced the old windows with new double-hung windows from Jeldwin Windows.
As the project took shape, we continued by adding a service door and siding. The amount of craftsmanship put into the project is evident by viewing the before photo and the after photos.
The final photo is before we finished up with a new coat of paint.
However, you can see the beauty of this garage and how sound it is now compared to before. The new walls, roof, and doors have made this garage built to last for years to come.
We left this project with happy customers and their garage is now strong and steady and ready for the Wisconsin elements.
It is hard to think about spring construction and landscaping projects when you are knee deep in Wisconsin’s winter snow and ice, but believe it or not; winter is the perfect time to start these projects. Experts in the construction industry have started planning spring projects in the winter for centuries. We have compiled a list of the top reasons why you should start your project planning now:
1) Contractor Availability-
Contractors in construction and landscaping tend to book rather quickly for the year. High Quality Contracting Inc is no exception. Once spring hits everyone decides they want their project done and each week only has so many hours. So, why wait? Before your contractor books for the spring and you end up with a subprime guy doing a lousy job, schedule an appointment for a consultation. In the winter, contractors with excellent ratings like High Quality Contracting, have the time to meet with you and help develop some great new ideas for your project.
2) Pulling Permits-
Permits are required to begin most construction and landscaping processes. It can take on average 4-6 weeks to have a township issue a permit to begin a construction project, but they imperative and we can not start without them! Applying for licenses during winter months, or nearing spring will most likely expedite the process because the township is not as busy with applications. The slower months also allow time to be sure that all appropriate paperwork has been approved and helps avoid last minute problems.
3) Scheduling Your Project –
The average contractor is already scheduled out eight weeks ahead when most people start deciding in the spring to get their home or office projects done. You can avoid weeks, if not months, of time by scheduling your project in the cold of winter rather than waiting for the spring bug to bite. With a completed home remodeling or landscaping project finished early in the season, you get to enjoy the fruits of our labor throughout the year. As the old saying goes, ” The early bird gets the worm.”
4) Availability of the Top Products-
Just like anything else, construction and landscaping products can also be in demand. Starting your spring home project in the winter will help you get the best prices. You will also find that the best products for your project are easily available. If a particular set of tiles in favorite that year, or a specific design of countertop, reserving your products weeks ahead can help you to avoid the possibility of using your second or third choice styles instead.
5) No Last Minute Rushing-
Rushing at the last minute can cause mistakes. You can forget to tell your contractor something, your project is pressed for time, and rain or other weather delays can really make life difficult. Increasing the stress that you already feel to get the project done. Well, don’t feel that rush, the pulsing through your veins as grandma is coming in two weeks and the bathroom is not done yet. Take your time, schedule ahead, and ease into your holiday or visit without stress.
Planning spring construction projects can benefit you both financially and with time restraints.
A deck can change the entire look and feel as well as the function of the space in your yard. Modern decking materials allow for creative design option as well as durability. Here are six innovative deck ideas that are game changers:
When most people think of decks, they think of a square wooden platform attached to your backyard. However, decks have come a long way in the past several years. They are now being designed in fun ways with great new shapes and designs. Round decks are a hit for a fun look around a pond or a pool. A rectangular deck can pop by adding zing with angles, and alternating patterns. Go for a larger deck that offers several connected shapes, starting with a rectangular space then adding a circled pergola with bench seating. The shapes are limitless.
Built-ins are the little extra fun spaces that are now being built into modern decks. Sick of hauling out a cooler every time you want to have refreshments on the deck? Have one built-in. Are you an avid reader and enjoy sitting on your deck reading? Consider a small built-in library space with a door that closes to keep the elements off of your books. Nowadays you can build in just about anything into your deck, including fireplaces, firepits, outdoor kitchens, seating, storage and more.
Railings that Roar-
Don’t think that a deck railing has to be boring to work. Today’s decks have some pretty impressive railing ideas such as wrought iron, wood, composite, steel, and carved wood posts. Depending on your budget you can go as simple or as elaborate as you would like with the deck railings. Stairs also can have a great flare with products out by companies like SalterSpiralStair. We can install some very creative ideas- galvanized steel, sunburst style, cable, and even wrought iron designs.
Dependable Easy Care Materials-
Materials have changed in the last several years to become stronger, more dependable and easier to maintain. These scientific changes can make owning a deck a lot easier to keep up. No constant staining and repairs. Stylish composite decking products resist fading, staining, scratching and mold, and won’t rot, crack or warp. Wood decks are now pressure treated with special chemicals to help prevent decay and termite damage. Stains last longer and clean up easier than ever before.
Overheads and Planters-
Don’t forget to look up when you are building a new deck for your home. Overheads and custom planters are a great way to add texture and style to any yard experience. Retractable roofing, awnings, overhead lighting systems and more can be added to your deck to create a multifunctional space for both rain or shine.
Decks do not need to be boring and are limited only by the creativity of the designers creating them. High Quality Contracting Inc has been building decks for decades and can help make your backyard oasis.
Building a new home makes sense. The housing market is booming with available housing readily available. Why would you want to build your own house? Today’s new homes offer more benefits than ever before. Some of the reasons you might choose to build rather than buy, may surprise you.
Your Dream Home Your Way
We all have that perfect image in our head of what our dream home is. Perhaps it has wide open cathedral ceilings, unique built-in cabinetry systems, custom crown molding, and staircases, or that fantastic fireplace you have always wanted? Why can’t you have it all? You get more bang for your buck when you are building from the ground up to suit your desires rather than to purchase an existing home and then need to deal with the remodeling of the house. Put the money into your dream to start with and get the home you always wanted, including that She-Shed or Man-Cave.
The Layout that Meets Your Needs
Finding the house with the existing house perfect layout to meet your families needs can be daunting. Consider designing your home from the start with a plan that makes sense for your family. Do you need bedrooms on the bottom floor? Maybe you would like a resort-style master bath or a balcony off of one of the bedrooms? You can have it all when you build your layout to your specifications. High Quality Contracting, Inc. has an established history of creating great floor layouts and designs which are functional and beautiful. Instead of spending your time searching for the layout you need, spend that time sitting down and talking with an expert from High Quality Contracting to design it for you.
The Lastest in Technology
Existing homes on the market can be remodeled to have some of the latest technology features that you want such as a voice-activated kitchen or all new energy efficient windows. However, it is more cost efficient to have those things put into your home from the very start. When you are building and designing a new construction property, you can choose from the start what features you want. Want USB ports in every outlet of the home? Okay, it’s done. Want the entire house wired to voice-activated lighting and sound systems? You got it. You choose how much technology you do, or do not want to be put into a custom home.
Homes today are designed and equipped to reflect the way we live today rather than what was built 20-30 years ago. Open concepts, energy efficiency, and cutting-edge building products lead to less maintenance and lower upkeep in your future. Spend your time enjoying living in your home and not fixing broken pipes and heating systems. Less time on maintenance means more time to do the things you enjoy with the people you love.
Homes are far more energy efficient today than homes built even just five years ago, and immensely better than homes built 20-30 years ago. Building product manufacturers have developed better products with energy efficiency in mind. Technologies have improved greatly, and the science behind the new products is mind-blowing. Tripple pained windows, better insulation products, and energy efficient heating, cooling, and air control systems are just a few of the ways that new homes are saving homeowners money.
No Creepy Feelings
As silly as this title sounds, the “feel” of a home can be a real problem and a turn off for many homeowners. Have you ever walked into a house that makes your skin crawl for no apparent reason? That is what we are talking about. That laying in your bed, wondering what they unsettling sound is ( ghosts? ) and having a fear that the previous owner left something inside the house that you do not want. This situation is completely avoided when you have a new home built.
Building a new home makes sense. Whatever your reason for wanting a new home built, High Quality Contracting Inc is the choice for many of Southeastern Wisconsin’s homeowners. We make the home building experience as easy and enjoyable as possible.
Our team of highly skilled designers, builders, and craftsmen are available at your disposal day or night. Why not give High Quality Contracting Inc a call today and get your dream home built the way you want it.
Consider some awe-inspiring home addition and home gym ideas. Whether you are trying to get your home in shape for the upcoming year or get your body in shape for spring, High Quality Contracting Inc. of southeastern Wisconsin has the fabulous design concepts for you.
Popular additions in 2018, include home theaters, game rooms, wet bars, in-law rooms, and home gyms. Entertain in whatever way you want with a variety of ideas and purposes for the extra space. Don’t forget to add storage for crafters, sporting equipment, or toys.
Here are a few fun ideas for your new space:
Not just for the wealthy anymore, home theaters boast an array of options to meet every budget and create an excellent space for movie viewing. Consider taking out or adding walls which include soundproofing and installing surround sound system. Get the total experience. Embed the tv into a wall unit or use a projection screen television to fill the entire wall. Make the space warm and cozy with new flooring. Another great idea if the room is large enough is to consider adding platform flooring to the back of the room. This allows seating to rise giving each seat in the place ample viewing from all angles.
Keep family and friends busy with a fun game room. Most people think of billiards when they think of a game room, but, in 2018 there are so many more options out there to make the space fun. Consider some of these options:
• Traditional Billiards Pool Table
• Ping Pong Table (folds easily for storage)
• Large Video Game room with a projection screen tv for optimum fun
• Hobby area for sewing, woodworking, or scrapbooks
• Vegas Baby! Flare it up like Vegas with card tables and an authentic Vegas craps table.
• Foosball table
You can add comfort to the game room with overstuffed furniture, side tables and perhaps a wet bar.
If you are looking for a beautiful wet bar to add to your home addition, why not consider a fresh fun style and have the area custom made? Coming up with fun concepts is our specialty. Here are just a few fun bar ideas that can make you feel like you’re on vacation each time you step into your addition-
• LED adjustable backlighting behind a fully stocked bar shelving unit.
• A surf bar with fun oceanside décor, surfboard table, and bright colors.
• Add a glass-enclosed wine room that is visible from the seating area.
• Mountain retreat bar with large neutral tiles and stones, exposed beams, and rustic style.
• Unusual and exciting countertop options such as wood, quartz, marble, granite, tile, stone, or concrete.
• Classy design with open shelving, marble tops, and bright, modern lighting.
Out of town guests will love spending time in a cozy in-law suite which can be a welcome addition to any home. Bringing the whole family together is a great way to enrich your lives. The in-law room might be just the answer to keep grandma or grandpa near the kids and still give them their space. Think of all the fun you can have together. In-law rooms can be made with a private bath added, ample storage and beautiful window views.
Home gyms are becoming ever more popular for the active family. Getting your work out in during gym hours when you are working, running errands, and juggling a family can be difficult. The solution is an addition with a beautifully functional home gym.
Making this space the perfect solution for you and your lifestyle will take some planning, but, we have some great suggestions for you to get started. Consider:
• Soundproofing the walls
• Concrete or wood floors with pads
• Indoor basketball court
• Climbing walls installed on the side of the room
• Large beautiful mirrors
• Open up space with vast window options
• Small indoor pool
• Bright full lighting
• Ballet bar
• Built-in weights shelving
• Extra storage area for equipment
• Surround Sound for music
• Built-in large screen tv
There are so many great options for your 2018 home addition that they hardly fit into one article. If you are interested in getting some ideas for your space, please contact us.