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Three Traits of Excellent Home Builders

a beautiful home built by the home builders at Palo Verde HomesIf you are planning to build a new home rather than buy a house that is already on the market, you clearly aren’t someone who is willing to settle. You have a vision of what your home should look like, and you are willing to take the necessary steps to make your dream home a reality. If you aren’t willing to settle for a home that is already on the market, however, you certainly shouldn’t settle for home builders that you aren’t comfortable with. Building a home is a huge project, and a trustworthy and experienced home builder, like Palo Verde Homes, is essential to getting the job done correctly.

Home Builders Should Be Skilled

Finding a quality home builder starts with research. There are many housing contractors in the industry, and it may take awhile to research options. That being said, don’t rush the process! A good builder should have a solid portfolio demonstrating their education and skill. Building homes take a lot more than assembling a lot of pieces. It is a craft, and good workmanship is important.

Home Builders Should Be Educated

Before hiring a builder, make sure to ask plenty of questions. Some builders are more educated than others, and construction philosophies vary from contractor to contractor. Here are a few questions you can ask during the exploration phase:

  1. What methods will you use to determine the exact cost of my home?
  2. Are you licensed, if so, by whom and what are the requirements?
  3. Do you have insurance, liability and workman’s compensation?
  4. How long have you been in the business?
  5. Can you provide me with names and phone numbers of the four most recent homeowners you built for?
  6. Do you have a finished home I can see?
  7. How long do you guarantee your workmanship?
  8. Do you guarantee a completion date, if so, how?

Home Builders Should Be Advocates

The best home builders are advocates for the homeowners they work with. They work hand in hand with the homeowner and design team to ensure that the completed project will match the homeowner’s vision while staying within a realistic budget. The relationship between the homeowner and the homebuilder should be creative and collaborative.

Building Homes in El Paso

Palo Verde Homes has been surpassing the standards of excellence in home building since 2007 when it first opened. Since then, it has been featured in Texas Builder Magazine and has been recognized as a 2011 national Energy Star Leader. Palo Verde builders are skilled and educated advocates of their clients, and they can help you build your beautiful El Paso home.

Benefits of Working with Custom Home Builders

interior shot of a living room built by a custom home builderHave you been house shopping without any luck? Have you walked into the house after house without any one of them fitting “just right”? Do you know exactly what you want but can’t seem to find it? If you are in the market for a new house and want it to feel like a home, there are several reasons you should consider working with custom home builders. From customizable features to modern appliances, you won’t want to miss out on these benefits. The team at Palo Verde Homes is ready to help!

Lower Maintenance Costs

While designing a custom home may require a slightly higher cost up front, new homes are ideal for people who don’t want to spend time and money on maintenance items. Your home will have a brand new HVAC system, electrical system, plumbing system, and roof. Even more exciting than that- everything will be new and matched to your preferences! Older homes have years of wear, but new houses are low maintenance and easy to take care of.

Customization

From personalized license plates to monogrammed mugs to Lunchables, we all love things that are customizable. Customization gives us the opportunity to get exactly what we want, express our individuality, and stand out from the crowd. Custom home builders help homeowners make their creative mark in the world by designing a home tailored to their lifestyles and personalities. A custom home is ultimately about lifestyle. Your house shouldn’t look like every other house – it should match you and your family!

Going Green

Many custom home builders have come to embrace green building techniques in an effort to enhance environmental sustainability. If you desire to live in an environmentally friendly home, you may have the opportunity to request renewable building materials and energy efficient add-ons such as water conservation appliances and solar panels.

Upgraded Appliances and Fixtures

Brand new, customized houses are built with the latest technologies. Not only do high functioning appliances work better overall – increasing your comfort in the home – but they are also likely to lower your monthly utility bill due to greater efficiency. For homeowners who want to be comfortable and financially savvy, modern appliances and fixtures are a must.

Custom Home Builders Work with You

At Palo Verde Homes in El Paso, we understand that each client is unique. We love our area of work because we love giving homeowners the opportunity to save money, customize, go green, and upgrade. We don’t believe that house shoppers should have to settle for anything less than the best, so work hand in hand with each of our clients to make sure that they have the support they need to design their dream home. Contact our office today for more information!

 

 

Making the Right Decision on Custom Homes

a woman imagining her kitchen in future custom homesWhen you decide on custom homes, you’re given the chance to pick and choose every detail. Choice equals options. It also means that you have to keep many things in mind. Getting to choose almost every aspect of your home’s design takes time, but some rooms should take more time than others. Palo Verde Homes can help you decide on the details. 

Where to Begin

On one hand, deciding on room size and closet space should not take too much time. On the other hand, deciding on living room feature might. For your first custom home experience, it is best to begin with the kitchen and bathrooms. These two rooms will usually take longest to decide on, and will need more time than other parts of the house. The team at Palo Verde Homes is ready to help make your dream home a reality!

The Kitchen in Custom Homes

The first room to think about in your future custom home is the kitchen. Whether or not you spend a good amount of time in the kitchen, it is the room with the most mileage. Kitchens are usually built as the focal point of a home. You will want to take your time deciding on the layout of the kitchen. Sleep on it and compare the top two design side by side if possible. After you have the layout, the next thing you should decide is the color scheme. Decide on the countertops and cabinets first and make sure they match! After you have those features picked, you can then move onto handles and sink features. Depending on the type of customs homes you go with, there may already be some options available to you. Lastly, pick out the appliances and their colors.

The Bathroom in Custom Homes

The next room to think about is the bathroom. Like the kitchen, begin with the layout. This will include shower and tub design along with the sink and toilet design. You want to pick something you are very comfortable with. Do not just go with what looks pretty, but rather what you can use every day. It helps to think about who will likely use this bathroom and for what. If you are looking for the master bath, go with something both you and your spouse feel comfortable with. When looking at the other bathrooms, think about use before beauty.

Choose Palo Verde Homes, Today!

Custom Homes are great for the choice they offer. Custom homes can be difficult because of the choices they offer. To make it a bit easier for yourself, start with the kitchen and bathrooms. Palo Verde Homes can help you customize the kitchen and bathroom of their custom homes. Contact us today!

 

Questions to Ask Builders You Want to Hire

a home built by custom home buildersWhen looking for builders to work on a home building project, it can be hard to decide on who you’ll hire. You may have found some builders with good recommendations and reviews but now that you must pick one, what do you ask? There are several things to ask, but two big things to check are the building company’s licenses and their experience. Depending on the answers you receive to these questions, you can make a better decision. Rest assured in knowing the experienced team at Palo Verde Homes is ready to serve you!

Why Licenses Matter

The first thing to ask any builder is if they have all their licenses up to date. They must work with the city in regards to home building and other land work. In order to do this legal, your building team requires the appropriate licenses. Another word for licenses is permit and without building permits, you may find that the home you wanted won’t be possible to build. You may also realize that the building team will not be able to put up a fence you wanted, for example. 

When a building team does not have the correct permits, you may find yourself in a difficult legal situation. Permits are only given to plans that pass all safety and zoning codes. This is why you are not allowed to build without them. In a way, it is an extra check on the safety of the builders too.

The Importance of Experience

Before hiring any builders, you want to know and verify their experience. In order to do this, you must first find out how long your potential team has been working in your specific area. This is important because each area has different land needs. What works for one area may not work for another. You will want to have a home building team that has at least five or more years’ experience building.

In addition, you will want a building team that has at least three of those years working in the area. After you have gotten answers that satisfy these requirements, you will want to verify the info. You can do this by doing a quick Google search. If you cannot find your potential builder, or the info you find does not match, then you should choose another, more reliable team. This is where Palo Verde Homes comes into play!

Choose Palo Verde Homes, Today!

Trying to choose builders can be stressful. Whether you are struggling to find builders or pick from several recommendations, asking the right questions always helps. Palo Verde Homes is made up of quality builders who are ready to work for you. We have the necessary licenses, permits, and experience in the Southwest. If you want to avoid the stress and have the smoothest home building process, don’t hesitate and contact Palo Verde Homes today!

 

5 Things to Consider When Designing Floor Plans

a custom home that used custom floor plans to be builtDesigning a custom home is a creative and exciting process, and space planning is an important first step. Because the floor plan is the foundation for every aesthetic detail of a home, homeowners should take great care to design custom floor plans that match their needs and personalities. Palo Verde Homes is ready to help you achieve your dream home.

Designing Custom Floor Plans

Wall trim and fabric colors can be changed in the future, but the layout of a home is slightly more permanent. As new homeowners consider various options for custom floor plans, there are at least five factors they should take into account.

Lifestyle

An active family with toddlers and a dog is likely to require a different house layout than a newly married couple that loves to host parties. While the first family may want the kids’ bedrooms next to the master bedroom, for example, the newlywed couple may prioritize an entertainment den that can fit a home theater. Of all of the factors to consider when selecting floor plans, lifestyle is probably the most important.

Space Needs

When it comes to successfully designing a custom home, space planning is the name of the game. Consider your space needs by asking questions like the following: How much space do you need in your kitchen? Do you want your kitchen to be openly connected to the dining room? How much public space do you want in your home, and how much should be walled off?

Traffic Flow

When designing the layout of your home, try to imagine yourself moving through it. When you carry in groceries from the garage, what is the path to the kitchen? Or when you have to do a few loads of laundry, how far away will you have to walk to get to the kitchen? It is far too easy to forget to consider paths of travel, but having direct pathways and visual connections from space to space will majorly increase the comfort level in your home.

Maximizing Assets

Does your property face a lake? Is there a park nearby? Where does the sun rise in relation to your front door? By organizing your home’s layout to maximize the assets, you will ensure you get the best views and the most pleasant lighting.

Closets and Storage

Depending on how many things you plan to store (think wrapping paper, linens, luggage, etc.) you may want to consider adding in extra storage space. Many people choose to put walk-in closets in their homes, and several people opt for a closet by the entry way to store their guest’s coats.

Bring Questions to the Experts

If homeowners have questions during the design process, they can get help from the custom builders they are partnering with. Our design team at Palo Verde Homes has experience with several different types of home layouts, and we can offer advice and tips for how to make everything flow. If you have any questions about custom floor plans or want to begin the building process, contact us today!

 

Questions to Ask Builders You Want to Hire

a custom built palo verde home built by professional buildersWhen looking for builders to work on a project, it can be hard to decide who to hire. You may have found some builders who have good reviews and recommendations. But now that you must pick one, what do you ask? Palo Verde Homes has an experienced team that is ready to serve you. There are several things to ask, but two big things to check are the company’s licenses and their experience. Depending on the answers, you’ll be able to make make the best decision possible.

Check their Builders Licenses

The first thing to ask any builder is if they have all their licenses up to date. They must work with the city in regards to home building and other land work. A license to work is very important for a building company to have. Now, let’s talk about permits. Without building permits, you find that the addition you added to your house is not legal, or that the fence you wanted up cannot be there, or that the lawn improvement you made could not have so many feet of concrete, for example.

If the builder doesn not have the correct permits, you may find yourself in a difficult legal situation. Permits are only given to plans that pass all safety and zoning codes. This is why you are not allowed to build without them. In a way, it is an extra check on the safety of those building the home too.

Experience in the Field

Before hiring your team, you need to know and verify their past experience. The way to do this is to first ask how long they have been working. Make sure that you follow that up with how long they have worked in the area. This is important because each area has different land needs. What works for one area may not work for another. You will want to have a team that has at least five or more years’ experience building. In addition, you will want at least three of those years working in the area. After you have gotten answers that satisfy these requirements. You will want to verify the info. You can do this by doing a quick google search. If you cannot find them, or the info you find does not match. Then you know not to hire the builders.

Choose Palo Verde Homes, Today!

Trying to choose builders can be stressful. Whether you are struggling to find builders or pick from several recommendations. Having some questions to ask always helps.  Palo Verde Homes has quality builders to work for you. Remember to ask for proof of the builders licenses, this will help avoid legal issues later. Then it is a good idea to ask about experience. After you have their answers, then verify their answers later. Doing this will help you avoid trouble, and make a good decision.

 

Beyond the Traditional Custom Floor Plan

a contractor holding a custom floorplan and blue print with an outlined sketch of a home behind himBuilding your own home usually comes from the desire to have the dream house. But what happen when the dream you had is shared by the entire neighborhood. For many, this would not be an issue, but for some a unique home is a most. This is where custom floor plans come in. now the challenge with this is getting floor plans that will truly reflect your individual style. Palo Verde Homes has many different custom floor plans that can be tweaked for your home alone. Before you begin to design, you should know what a traditional floor plan is, and what some options to make it unique are.

What is a Traditional Custom Floor Plan?

A custom floor plan is a design that is unique to a specific house. A traditional floor plan however, follows the same common conventions as any other house. This does not mean that it is a carbon copy of course, but it does look very similar to other homes. Often, if you design a house with a large scale company, you will see many custom floor plans that do not have a lot of differences. You will have options of course, but the chances of you picking the same option as another person is fairly high.  Most custom floor plans start the same way. A living room, some bedrooms, two bathrooms maybe, a garage, and kitchen. You have options for a single story or double story home. For most traditional floor plans, that is the norm. Most will not go past this. For many this is fine, but there is more that can be done.

What are Options for More Original Custom Floor Plans?

Some options to consider for your custom floor plan is the style of the home itself. A dream home to some is two story home with a three car garage. This fine in and of itself, but for something more unique there are quite a few ideas. How about a towers for the house? Or a built in greenhouse? What about adding rooms? Everyone needs bedrooms and bathrooms of course, but what about a library or a study or an attic? Adding such details as this will help make your home more unique and add flare. Besides this, you can consider outside additions to the home. This could be a pool house, or side apartment. Little touches like this will help make your home more original.

Creating a unique home is not impossible. All it take is a little know how. Palo Verde Homes has different custom floor plans to choose from. Start from the basics and work your way to something bigger and better. Adding rooms can help make a more unique floorplan. So can outside additions. Don’t be afraid to let your unique style shine. Contact us today!

 

Questions to Ask Builders You Want to Hire

two home builders picking up cinder blocks at a construction siteWhen looking for builders to work on a project, it can be hard to decide who to hire. You may have found some builders who recommend them. But now that you must pick one, what do you ask? Palo Verde Homes has experienced builders ready to serve you. There are several things to ask, but two big things to check are their licenses, and their experience. Depending on the answers you receive to these questions, you can make a better decision.

Check their Builders Licenses

The first thing to ask any builder is if they have all their licenses up to date. Your builder must work with the city in regards to home and other land work. A license to work is very important for your builder to have. Another word for licenses is also permit. Without building permits, you find that the edition you added to your house is not legal. Or that the fence you wanted up cannot be there. Or that the lawn improvement you made could not have so many feet of concrete.  If the builder to have or acquire the correct permits you may find yourself in a difficult legal situation. Permits are only given to plans that pass all safety and zoning codes. This is why you are not allowed to build without them. In a way it is an extra check on the safety of the builder too.

Experience in the Field

Before hiring any builders you want to know and verify their experience. The way to do this is to first ask how long they have been working. Make sure that you follow that up with how long they have worked in the area. This is important because each area has different land needs. What works for one area may not work for another. You will want to have builders that have at least five or more years’ experience building. In addition, you will want at least three of those years working in the area. After you have gotten answers that satisfy these requirements. You will want to verify the info. You can do this by doing a quick google search. If you cannot find them, or the info you find does not match. Then you know not to hire the builder.

Choose the Right Builders 

Trying to choose builders can be stressful. Whether you are struggling to find builders or pick from several recommendations. Having some questions to ask always helps. Palo Verde Homes has quality builders to work for you. Remember to ask for proof of the builder licenses, this will help avoid legal issues later. Then it is a good idea to ask about experience. After you have their answers, then verify their answers later. Doing this will help you avoid trouble, and make a good decision. 

 

Why You Should Consider a Custom Builder for Your Home

a custom builder looking at a home that's in constructionDeciding to build your home is an important decision that deserves the most attention. Palo Verde Homes has custom builders that can help you create the perfect home. There are several reason why you should consider a custom builder for your home. The first is the amount of choices and control they give you over your home. The second is the option for privacy and location that you can choose.

Choices and Control

Getting a custom builder for your home can open up more choices for you. Choice is important for any home builder. But rather than having options, say A and B, custom builders give you all the options. This goes from floor plan layout, design and setup. So long as it is sound architecture, it can be done. Have you always wanted a library, which can only be entered through a secret door? It can be done.

Want a balcony with stairs leading downstairs? You can choose that. Want a kitchen with two stoves? It can be done. The choice is yours, and yours alone. There is no “sorry, we can’t do that” with a custom builder. This is especially great for people who want a unique home. In addition, you can control more what goes into you home. This can be anything from the color of marble in the kitchen. To the types of wood used in the frame of the house.

Privacy and Location

Custom builders are a great choice if you already have a specific piece of land in mind. For example, this can be land you may have inherited, or have bought. Doing this allows you to have full control over the privacy you will have. This means deciding what type of walls you want outside. Gates and driveway design is also included in this. Along with any outdoor design. If you want your home to be somewhat hidden, than you can have more trees put in. or create a wall of tall bushes. This means the privacy you desire is in you grasp. In addition to this, custom builders work better with land you already own. This means you can buy a piece of land anywhere you desire. This is very different from having to choose from a board of locations.

Choose Palo Verde Homes as Your Custom Builder

Creating your own home is great way to express yourself. It is also great for the person who wants to stay involved in the home building process. Palo Verde Homes has qualified custom builders that will stay with you through the whole process of building. Choosing a custom builder allows you have more choices in the creation of your home. In addition, you can have more control over what goes into your home. Custom builders also allow you pick the perfect location. And you get to decide on the privacy of your home too. All of these reasons are why you should consider a custom builder for your home.

 

Should you Buy a Pre-Existing Home or Work with Home Builders?

a home builder writing on some pieces of woodIf you are in the market for a new home, whether to purchase a pre-existing home or work with home builders should be one of the first decisions that is made. While having a home built can be more expensive upfront, it affords you many opportunities that buying someone else’s home does not. The team at Palo Verde Homes is ready to help!

Pick What You Like with Home Builders

The best thing about working with home builders is that you get to decide each and everything that will go into and be kept out of the house. This includes the cabinets, counter tops, appliances, carpets and flooring, as well as the fixtures and lighting throughout the house, including the kitchen and bath.Therefore, your new home will reflect your style and not someone else’s taste.

In addition to picking everything out, you also get to set up the home the way you want. You can put the bedrooms wherever you like and add high ceilings and an enclosed patio, as well. However, you would like it to be, it will. Moreover, since everything is new, it is less likely to break and if it does, it will be under warranty. Therefore, you have less to worry about, and few to no home improvement projects.

Home Builders Make Technology and Energy Efficiency a Reality

 

When you work with home builders to create a new home, you are assured that everything from the windows to the dishwasher will be the most up-to-date as possible. Therefore, they will be the most energy efficient. This will allow you to save money on your utility bill each month and reduce your carbon footprint. In addition, you are also guaranteed to be the most comfortable and have the best indoor air quality because today’s new homes must meet new stringent energy standards and codes. Additionally, new homes also have state-of-the-art ventilation and air filtration which results in year-round, draft-free comfort and higher indoor air quality.

 

The Emotions Behind Working with Home Builders

 

Finally, there is nothing like buying new. After all, a used home was based on someone else’s dream, not yours. It also reflects their choices and family memories. While you may learn to love avocado-green appliances that are noisy enough to hear outside, more and more people prefer that never lived-in feel.

Choose Palo Verde Homes!

If you live in the Palo Verde area and would like to experience that never lived-in feeling and work with home builders to create your dream home call Palo Verde Home builders. They will help you to live your dream.