How to Start Building a New Home

Begin by Choosing the Right Builder

how to start building a new homeConstructing a custom home is both an exciting and fulfilling experience if you know how to go about it. Determining what you want, creating a budget and choosing the right builder are critical steps to ensure the seamless execution of your dream project. Our team at Flegel’s Construction offers a useful guide for building your new home.

7 Steps for Successful New Home Construction

  1. Define your goals: Think about what you want to achieve, whether it is practical and possible, and how much it will cost you. Make lists of ‘essential’ and ‘nice to have’ features so that you can strike a balance. Always have a plan B to avoid disappointment.
  2. Make a budget: This will help determine what you can afford. Include the cost of land, local fees and taxes, design and engineering, home construction and landscaping. You should also think about interior décor, furnishings and furniture expenses. Remember to keep a 10% margin in your budget for contingency.
  3. Find the right area: Before purchasing land, drive around the area and see if it will suit your immediate and long-term lifestyle needs. Investigate the zoning on your potential property and make sure that your chosen design will fit onto the lot considering orientation, setbacks and such. Evaluate local conveniences and amenities such as public transit, parking, schools, hospitals, parks, shopping, grocery stores, restaurants, leisure activities and entertainment. Recent statistics about the crime rate are good indicators of a safe neighborhood. If you want to go a step further, spend some time in a local park and talk to willing area residents who may offer insights into the community.
  4. Choose wisely when hiring your architect and builder: Find the right professionals to execute the design and construction of your dream home. ‘Cheap’ is often cheap for a reason, but ‘expensive’ does not guarantee the best quality either. Therefore, it’s important to carefully evaluate a company’s credentials, work experience and customer references.
  5. Think ahead: Consider your future needs when making building plans. Do you intend to spend the rest of your life here? A bedroom on the ground floor will make it convenient to continue living in your home as you age. Is your family growing? Do family and friends visit often? An extra bedroom might be a good idea. Do you want space to entertain and host large gatherings? An open concept kitchen and living space would be useful. Plan the layout of your home by addressing these and similar questions at the start.
  6. Trends and technology: Stay on top of the latest trends and advancements, but don’t follow them blindly. Green building technologies, water-saving features and energy-efficient fixtures will help you save in the long run. However, color choices and creative designs are easily outdated, so choose a style that will stand the test of time.
  7. Avoid making changes mid-way: Consult an experienced construction company in the pre-construction stage to identify any issues with your overall plan. Cost analysis and better alternatives can help value engineer your project before construction begins rather than paying more to revise plans later. 

Work with the Bay Area’s Preferred Home Building Company

Over 30 years of home building and remodeling experience, quality craftsmanship and exceptional customer service have made us the preferred choice of Bay area home owners. We consider it a privilege to construct your dream home and look forward to realizing your vision.

With an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction, we continue to serve a growing roster of happy customers across Silicon Valley, including in Palo Alto, Los Altos, San Jose, Cupertino, Mountain View and Sunnyvale, CA. 

Call 408-269-1101 or contact us online to learn more about how to start building your new home.

Trends in Bay Area Home Renovation

Trends in Bay Area Home Renovation

Quality Workmanship by Home Renovation Contractors

Upgrading Your Bay Area Property to Match the Latest Trends

Trends in Bay Area Home RenovationEven as Bay Area real estate prices continue to climb, homeowners are spending more on upgrading their properties. There are many reasons for this surge in home improvement expenditure. Many families are expanding their existing living space to make room for their next generation Millennials. Some may seek a more luxurious lifestyle, while others may be preparing for a sale. If a home upgrade is in the cards for you, it may help to be aware of these 5 important trends highlighted by trusted home renovation contractors.

  1. Outdoor rooms for entertainment: Are you looking to expand your living or entertainment space? An outdoor living room is an easy, stylish way to increase your square footage, especially if you have a yard with empty or unused space. You can also explore trendy patio and deck design ideas.
  2. Family space and privacy: As your family grows and matures, your needs will change. Teenagers may want a space to hang out with their friends. A newborn baby will need a nursery. An aging senior may require a bedroom on the main floor to avoid stairs. When planning your home expansion, think about the activities various family members will engage in and implement a design that works best for everyone. High quality home renovations will add to your home’s aesthetic appeal and market value.
  3. Bring in more natural light: A brighter home is more inviting. Not only does natural light benefit your health, it can improve your home’s sustainability by lessening your need for artificial light. Some popular trends include glass extensions and replacing outer kitchen walls with glass and metal doors. You can open up your view of the outdoors and enjoy the California sunshine. Increase the size of your windows and install skylights in your family room, bedroom, or dining area to flood your home with natural light. Discover unique designs for outdoor rooms, skillfully implemented by our talented team.
  4. Think solar: Many homes are going solar and it makes perfect money sense. Solar energy can be very cost-effective for your home budget. You may be able to reduce your electricity bills by up to 80%. Tax rebates can help offset your installation costs.
  5. Install low water use landscapes: Given California’s history of drought, many homeowners are opting for low water use gardens to maintain curb appeal all year round. Explore the abundant beauty of native plants that require little or no irrigation. The key to a beautiful garden is not only the plants you select, but also how you put them together. Colorful cactus, silvery foliage, wildflowers, ornamental grasses, and more can contribute to a stunning, water-efficient and easy to maintain landscape.

Why Choose Our Home Renovation Company

At Flegel’s Construction Co., we consider renovating your home a privilege. We work closely with you to understand your goals and provide quality touches that make your property stand out.

As Eichler home renovation specialists, we have the expertise to preserve its unique, mid-century architectural features and give your home a modern touch. We are happy to work with your designer/architect on your Eichler home renovation.

With over 30 years’ experience as a home remodeling contractor, we have a track record of exceeding customer expectations. These testimonials from our happy clients in Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Menlo Park and San Mateo, CA speak for our exceptional work and service quality.

Call 408-269-1101 or contact us online to learn about the services offered by our home renovation contractors in the Bay Area.