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Choosing a Home Based on Floorplan

If you are following trends, El Paso home buyers are looking for more house and open concept floorplans. While many skeptics are calling the open kitchen concept a fad, it has actually been around for a lot longer than many realize. Many homeowners believe it offers a functional edge to the way they live. For parents, functionality is what makes working full time and raising a family work. However, despite the convenience that the open living space does offer, many people are still discontent with their home’s layout.

The History of the Open Floorplan

Designers created the open floorplan in the early 1990s. Before this, not only were bedrooms closed off, but kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms were small enclosed rooms. The more rooms a house had, the more it appealed to prospective buyers. However, designers started to realize that a home with an open floorplan had more usable living space than a closed plan of the same square footage. While taking away the compartmentalized feel, the home became more functional. At the same time, the way a family used their home changed.

Bigger Doesn’t Always Mean Better

While the average home size is 1,000 feet larger than in 1973, according to the Census Bureau, larger doesn’t always mean better. Not only have homes gotten bigger, but families have gotten smaller. This means that the average space per person has increased, and has actually doubled.

However, a recent documentary on minimalist lifestyles created by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus studied heat maps that illustrated the areas that family members actually used in a house. Most families used a fraction of the space they owned while other areas remained untouched. While the documentary indicates that inflated homes are to blame, there may be other reasons for dead space in American homes.

The trends in the housing market are clearly not focused on what a family wants, but rather what a company wants to sell. In a society where consumers desire more, marketers use the same idea when it comes to homes. However, bigger homes and more space can be a deceiving appeal.

The Floorplan Might be the Issue

Statistics show that 44 percent of first-time homebuyers have regrets about their new home. One of the biggest regrets is buying the wrong sized home or the wrong floorplan. After the new owners spend time in the home that looked so attractively staged, homeowners begin to realize that some of their needs were not met. The closed off kitchen, or the master bedroom that is too far from other rooms, or any other number of issues could just be a bad fit. A lot of times, prospective homeowners did not conduct enough research or plan with enough foresight to find the right home. Instead, they might have focused too much on the home’s aesthetic beauty or the location and neighborhood. Many have even admitted that they rushed into the sale.

Common Problems With Floorplans

The following are just a few examples of complaints that home buyers have had with their house concerning floorplan.

  • Kitchen is too small
  • Closed floorpla
  • Unused formal rooms
  • Rooms are too small
  • Not enough bedrooms
  • Master bedroom is far from the other bedrooms
  • Laundry room is inside the garage
  • Guest bedroom that never gets used
  • Not enough storage space

Choosing a New Home

Many new homebuyers could avoid these mistakes by looking for a brand new home or scoping out model homes. Buying a floorplan and being part of the design process can eliminate the problems that homebuyers face after moving into a previously owned home. While the process takes much longer, there is no need for renovations, upgrades, or repairs down the road. Buying a home based on a floorplan or a model home offers options as well as customizable features.

More Value for Each Dollar

The cost of the home is based on the buyer’s needs instead of an existing home when prospective buyers choose to go with a home builder. There is no settling for something that you may never use because other features of the house are alluring. For instance, a family may like the large kitchen that offers a double oven feature. However, they may be less than thrilled that the home doesn’t have enough closet space. When it comes to purchasing a customizable home, whether or not you can make changes to a floorplan, options are far greater. Then money a home buyer spends will go straight to the desired features for the family’s lifestyle. Not only that, oftentimes a home builder will provide a design expert to assist with the tough decisions. A good home builder will also include the home buyer in each step of the process.

Working with Home Builders to Build Your Dream Home

couple sitting inside a drawn out outline of a simple houseDream homes are on almost everyone’s list of goals. We all have our own terms for them as well; from swimming pools to three-car garages for our racecars, we have many (great) ideas. The best way to bring these ideas to life? Work with home builders. Home builders from Palo Verde Homes can help you design the home of your dreams. Here are some tips to ensure your home is built in the best way possible.

Tip #1: Work with Flexible Home Builders

You have ideas, and you want to work with home builders who will listen and work with your ideas. When we’re building our dream home, the last thing we want to hear is “no.” Working with flexible home builders will not only allow you the expert knowledge and skills you need to build your home, you’ll also have the freedom to design the home you want.

Tip #2: Go Green

Nowadays, there are many ways you can go green–one of them is the way we build our homes. When you custom build your home, you can opt to have greener materials and technology used to make your home more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Our homes at Palo Verde Homes are energy efficient and include Energy Star rated features. This means your home will use less energy when heating and cooling the space. Living a greener, more sustainable life is a great way to give back to Mother Nature, and our homes help you do just that!

Tip #3: Have a Plan

Your best bet for having things go smoothly is to have a plan. While you’re not expected to completely plan or design your home, knowing how many bedrooms and bathrooms you need, how big of a lot you plan to purchase, and what kind of features and amenities you want to have in your home can help significantly. You wouldn’t want to start a plan half of the way through building your home, would you? Most likely not! If you did, it would be rather difficult getting everything in place. With a plan, you don’t have to worry about issues popping up later on because you and the home builders didn’t plan it out early on enough.

Palo Verde Homes Can Help!

Our custom home builders can help you build the home of your dreams. While these tips can make the home building process go more smoothly, we’re dedicated to helping you start this new journey in your life swiftly and efficiently. Call us today so we can assist you!

Style Inspiration for Custom Floor Plans

happy young couple getting the keys to their custom homeWorking with custom builders to construct a dream home is an exciting and creative process. Between the light fixture selections, the options for built in furniture, and the opportunity to design custom floor plans, prospective homeowners have a lot of decisions to make. This may feel somewhat overwhelming, but it is also really empowering experience. By picking and choosing the elements that they want in their new home, homeowners are participants in the building process. People who choose to go the route of custom building are sure to have a residence that expresses their unique lifestyles and personalities. Palo Verde Homes can help!

The Beginning of the Design Process

When beginning the design process, it is always a good idea to start with a theme. While the theme options for custom floor plans are as diverse as the homeowners themselves, we have outlined a few general style ideas for inspiration.

Floor Plan Styles

Minimalist

Minimalist design is currently en vogue, and for good reason – it is crazy stylish and easy to accomplish. Think straight lines, natural lighting, cool colors, functional utilities, and an open and airy floor plan.

Zen

For a zen vibe, spacing is key. Zen spaces have big windows, minimal walls, and strategically placed fixtures. People who are aiming for a zen look probably want to avoid built in furniture in case they want to rearrange in the future.

Welcoming

For the hosts and hostesses of the world, a welcoming floor plan is ideal. A wide entrance, a kitchen that is close to the dining room, and a comfortable space for entertaining are necessities for hosting. High ceilings are also helpful, as they make the home feel bigger.

Cozy

For those who prefer cuddling up with a book and a blanket to hosting a giant party, a cozy floor plan is the way to go. To accomplish a cozy atmosphere, low ceilings and soft lighting are helpful. A reading nook and a sunroom are added bonuses.

Chic

Think Parisian flat chic. If homeowners are aiming for a sophisticated vibe in their new home but are dealing with a lower amount of square footage, a chic floor plan is is a great option. Partitions and creative storage options can be included in the building process, and these elements can make a small space feel like it is straight out of a European dream.

Get Personal with Custom Floor Plans

Our homes are reflections of our personalities, and there is no better way to be true to ourselves in the home building process than by designing our own floor plans. This takes vision and inspiration, but it is a privilege to be able to decide the ascetic elements that will make up our new home. With Palo Verde Homes handling the hard labor and the details of the building process, new homeowners are free to dream up their perfect homes – and see them come to life!

 

You’ll Never Be Unsatisfied With Custom Homes!

a custom home over a floor plan next to rulers and pencilsHave you ever been unsatisfied with something before? Maybe it was your dinner, a product you bought online, or a movie you went and saw. Remember that crappy feeling of not liking it? No one wants to make that mistake with the home they buy because it’s a feeling that may live with you for the rest of time. That is why looking into building custom homes will ensure you never have to be unsatisfied with such a large investment. If you’re looking for satisfaction and happiness in your new custom home, Palo Verde Homes in El Paso has got you covered.

Invest Happily With No Regrets

Buying a home is a huge investment and lingering regrets after the fact are not something you want to experience. You can avoid unsatisfactory results in your home by building a custom one! With the option to build custom homes, you can avoid problems, faulty appliances, chipped paint, loose plumbing, and much more. If you want a home that is livable and reliable as soon as you walk in the doors, tailoring your home to your exact wants and needs is the way to go.

A Custom Home Is Where It’s At

When you decide to build a custom home rather than buy an already built home, there are so many options for what you can do. Options allow you to make your home all yours with the amenities and features you’ve always dreamed of having. With Palo Verde Homes by your side you will be able to create custom floor plans, choose from a variety of interior and exterior colors, energy efficient home options, and much more! Since 2007 we have been a quality custom home builder to many clients in the El Paso area. We use only the best materials and offer innovative features and designs that will not disappoint.

You Won’t Have To Wish Anymore!

Sick of that cramped kitchen or that less than luxurious “master” bathroom? With a custom home, you can have the home you have always wanted! From flooring, to roofing, to a spa styled bathroom and a culinary kitchen, you will never be unsatisfied again. You have full control over designing and creating your new home and ultimately bringing your fairytale vision to life. Don’t settle for a mediocre home when you can create a home with the custom features you truly want.

We’re Ready When You Are

If you have gone over your budget and have been looking into custom homes, our team at Palo Verde Homes wants to hear from you! Whether you have all your wants and needs figured out or you need some creative help, we are ready to take on the challenge of building you the home you have always dreamed of! Our expert professionals and excellent customer service will ensure you are satisfied with the entire custom home process. Please call Palo Verde Homes today for more information on how to get started building your custom home.

3 Unique Ways to Narrow Your Search of New Properties

large sign with the words new listing written within it in black bold letters The Internet is great because of how accessible it is but with that accessibility comes a lot of clutter. When it comes to searching for new properties, what one hopes to be a simple online search can turn into a hectic and stressful mess. We don’t like hectic and stressful at Palo Verde Homes. For this reason, we will show you three unique ways to narrow your search of new properties in El Paso.

When Looking for New Properties, Search for Custom Builders

By nature, custom builders are building new properties. If you use this method to search for new properties, you’ll definitely minimize the search to just new home builders. You should be able to avoid the slew of results that comes in when typing “homes for sale”. If you go about it that way you may get apartments, rental homes, old homes, realtors and maybe even other irrelevant information. When you type custom builders into the search, you’ll find that Palo Verde Homes is easy to find because we specialize in building custom homes on new properties.

When Looking for New Properties, Search for Awards

If you’re looking for new properties, then chances are it’s because you’re looking for the best. Maybe you’ve heard of a prestigious award that builders get. Look up that award and see which builders appear in the search results. Palo Verde Homes was named 2015 EPAB Builder of the Year, for example. It’s an accolade we’re very proud of but we’re also happy that it is yet another way our customers to quickly find us online.   

When Looking for New Properties, Search for the Latest Upgrades  

To narrow down your search of new properties, try including a specific upgrade with your search. For example you can try searching “new properties that are energy efficient”. Refrigerated air and other energy efficient appliances are often installed into new homes; more so than in existing homes that are for sale. Here at Palo Verde Homes, energy efficiency is pretty much standard. We believe in saving our homeowners energy and money.a happy couple inside  an empty bedroom with moving boxes stacked up in the corner and two swatches of paint on the wall behind them

Looking for a new property can be difficult but once you find a good one, like those we build at Palo Verde Homes, you no longer need to be on the hunt. If you’re looking into building a new home in El Paso, check out our site and all that we have to offer. We’d be happy to discuss floor plans and custom designs with you. Contact Palo Verde Homes today.

Builders Reveal What Makes a Quality Home

a home builder holding a hard hat with a grassy field in the background and an outline of a home superimposed on the fieldWith so many residential subdivisions popping up in El Paso, it’s hard to distinguish the good quality homes from the lesser quality homes. You may be wondering what exactly differentiates a high-quality home from a lesser quality home. Here are a few things that make Palo Verde Homes a quality home, according to builders.

A Good Foundation Makes for a Quality Home

This is actually a universal truth. Nothing can stand for very long, including a home, without a solid foundation. When you’re building your home, make sure that the builders are not cutting corners when it comes to the foundation. Because the foundation is where builders start, it’s important that they start strong. The foundation will be in charge of holding up your home for its entire existence. If the foundation is of poor quality, then in due time the rest of the home will also become of poor quality. This is simply because it cannot be strong without a good foundation to sit upon. Here at Palo Verde homes, we make sure that the foundations for the homes we build are of a good quality that we can be proud of.

Professional Builders Make a Quality Home

If a strong foundation is one of the most important things to consider when builders build a quality home, then it’s going to be equally as important to consider the builders that you hire. Building a home is such an exciting venture, but it’s never to be taken lightly. When you’re building your dream home, make sure to be picky and advocate for what you want. If you feel that the builders you’ve been working with aren’t listening to you and your wants, then chances are that they are not a true professional. True professionals, like those at Palo Verde Homes, listen to the home buyer’s wants and needs. It’s important for builders to understand just whom they’re building for and what exactly it is that the buyers want.

Get the Help You Deservea home builder building a home's roof out of wood and nail

If you’re in the El Paso area and are looking for a new home, we are here to help. At Palo Verde Homes, we believe that every home deserves a strong foundation with professional builders. Our professional builders will listen to future homeowners and their needs. We’d be happy to discuss what we have to offer you! Let’s make your dream home a reality. Contact Palo Verde Homes, today!

The Many Benefits of Custom Homes

a yellow house superimposed with a sketch of the how and two hands framing the houseCustom homes provide substantial benefits to builders and future homeowners. With a custom home, you get to make sure that there is no wasted space. Every room can be designed with your needs and the needs of your family in mind. You can avoid having rooms you won’t use. You can also make sure that there is enough space to do all of the activities that you and your family most enjoy engaging in. Here at Palo Verde Homes, we offer custom homes to suit your El Paso family needs.

Custom Homes Can Work For You

Too many home designs are “stock” and don’t work with the way families live. Plans may have huge master suites even if parents don’t us them, while having small bedrooms for the kids. They may have open floor plans when you’d prefer to have closed off spaces for more privacy, or they may have formal dining rooms when you and your family always eat in the kitchen. You pay for all of the space in your home. For this reason, you should be able to use it all to do the things that you and your loved ones enjoy. With custom homes and custom floor plans, you can make sure that every room is just right.

Custom Homes Allow for Good Flow

When you create a custom floor plan for your new home, you can make sure that there is good flow in so you can move easily through your space. Think about how you use your house and the paths that you take. Do you have an easy way to bring in groceries from the garage? A place for kids to come in and take off muddy shoes and drop backpacks? A good spot for you to do laundry and put it away easily? Considering the way you live and the way you use your house can allow you to design a plan for a custom home that flows smoothly so your home feels more livable.

Designing Custom Floor Plansa beautiful two story custom home with pointy ceilings

Here at Palo Verde Homes, we can help families in El Paso create custom floor plans and custom homes that work for them. We have stock plans you can work from or modify. We can also build custom homes according to your plans and specifications. Living in a custom home will make all your dreams come true. Instead of living in a pre-built home, you can have one built to suit your needs. Home is where the heart is so why should it be exactly like every house in the neighborhood? Palo Verde Homes can make your custom home become a reality. Contact Palo Verde Homes today to learn more.

3 Ways a New Home is a Better Option

a new two-story home with two garage doors People looking for a place to live in El Paso should consult with new home builders such as Palo Verde Homes.  A brand new build can provide many significant advantages over an existing house. You should strongly consider checking out whether a new build is going to be the right solution for your family. As you consider your options, think of these three ways that a new home is a better option.

You Get a Home Warranty

When you buy a new home from Palo Verde homes, you can rest assured that the house is in great condition. In addition, you will not have to deal with any repairs right away.  You can have the peace of mind of knowing that your new home comes with a home warranty. Home warranties tend to last for years so your home will be safe and secure. Even if a repair is necessary, the warranty should be able to cover it!

You Don’t Have to Deal With Other People’s Deferred Maintenance

Buying an existing home in El Paso means that you are counting on the homeowners to have taken care of it. Unfortunately, not everyone takes care of their home perfectly. There may be deferred maintenance jobs so you have a to-do list immediately upon moving in. If you buy a brand new house from quality new home builders like Palo Verde homes, you are not going to need to worry about any jobs left undone.

You Get Modern Design Features

There have been significant advances in energy efficiency. Home floor plans have also changed a lot. There have also been many new features and fixtures in recent years. When you buy new houses from Palo Verde Homes, you get the benefit of all of these new and modern features.

Team Up with New Home Buildersnew home builders building a home

These are just a few of the many wonderful benefits that come along with new homes. Contact Palo Verde Homes today to learn more about the houses with modern features that our new home builders offer.

Custom Homes vs Newly Built Homes — Which Would You Prefer?

two story custom home under blue sky and white clouds In your search to buy a new home in El Paso, you may want to consider the difference between custom homes and newly built homes. While they may seem similar, they have individual advantages. Here at Palo Verde Homes, we want you to be able to make the right choice for your next home. In order to enjoy your future home, here is what you need to know about the two types of homes.

The Benefits Custom Homes

When building a custom home, you have the opportunity to build a home that suits your unique tastes. This is a great option if you are someone who likes things to be the way you want them. You will have the choice to build the rooms in your home the way you want. This means you get to choose the rooms you want. You can pick if you want a study room with built-in book shelves or a playroom for both adults and kids. This choice is a unique advantage since it allows you to decorate your home with a building plan you made.

Newly Built Homes

When buying a new home in El Paso, you avoid the cost of renovation which might necessary if you chose to buy an older home. This is because the design in older homes often keeps you wondering what the designer had in mind when designing such a home. When buying a new home, you can trust that your design will be current to the trends of El Paso. When building a new home, one the best benefits is that a lot of the planning has already been done. This means you do not have to worry about the kind of appliances or materials your home needs. By having many of these choices already narrowed down, the building process will be faster.upscale kitchen inside of a luxury home

Find Your Dream Home

If you are looking at custom homes in El Paso, you may want to consider all of your option. Between new homes and a custom home, the advantages depend on the individual buyer. If you are looking for a new home, why not give Palo Verde Homes a call. We can give you vast array of options for both custom and new homes.

Teaming up with Custom Home Builders — What Do You Need to Know

 two custom home builders imagining how the inside of a home will look likeWhen you work with custom home builders, the process of constructing your home can be very different than if you work with a semi-custom or stock builder. You have a lot more opportunity to have input into the process. The custom builder’s job is to make your dreams come true. They will make your vision into a reality. People in the El Paso area trust Palo Verde Homes as their custom home builders. We will help you to build the perfect home.

The First Steps with Custom Home Builders

The process of working with custom home builders can begin with finding a lot and finding a plan. You have the ultimate in flexibility on both of these matters. Your builder can show you lots that are available or you can find a lot anywhere in the El Paso area that you love. Your builder can also help you with suggestions for floor plans. You can also hire an architect or get a plan off the Internet or come up with your own plan and have a residential designer draw it up. There are no limits when working with custom home Nbuilders. This is because your project will truly by led by you at every step.

During Your Project

During your project with custom home builders, you continue to have a lot of control over the process. You can do lots of different things to make your home your own, from designing custom kitchen cabinets to finding antique lighting that will make your home one-of-a-kind. A good builder will work with you to make sure that your house exactly matches your vision. With true custom builders like Palo Verde Homes, no two homes in el Paso ever have to be exactly alike.custom home builders carrying a wooden plank

Make Your Dreams a Reality

So, if you are ready to start your project with custom home builders, Palo Verde Homes can help. We can work with you at every step to make your dream home that works perfectly for your family. Contact Palo Verde Homes today to find out more.