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Blog Category: Custom Homes

Where is the best spot to put an island in my kitchen?

Where is the best spot to put an island in my kitchen?

Here are a few things to think about when designing your kitchen:

1. Always remember the appliance triangle: Fridge, range, and sink—sink being the most important. You don’t want the island to get in the way of the kitchen triangle, and the kitchen triangle rule-of-thumb is sum of all legs should not be less the 10’ and no more than 25’ for best function.

2. Max out the island with extra storage on the back side.

3. Rule of thumb is if your kitchen is less than 8’x12’ then an island is probably not a good idea.

4. Island shouldn’t be smaller than 2’x4’. If you want to go big, just remember that most granite slabs are about 5’x11’—if you’d like to avoid having a seam in the counter top.

5. You really need a minimum of 4’ between island and other cabinets. More is better.

 

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Energy Efficient Roofing

Energy Efficient Roofing

Let’s talk about something really sexy today. The roof of your house. And, even more specifically, the roof of your house + energy efficiency.

Here’s a really inexpensive way to lower your utility costs: by using Solar Board for your roof decking.

Product technology advancements are always happening, and we like implementing them. Solar Board OSB is a product that we’ve been using for many years. It looks just like your typical roof plywood decking on the outside, but on the underside (in the attic space), it has a layer of reflective foil.

 

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What are the different material options I have for my driveway?

What are the different material options I have for my driveway?

I have had many people ask lately about the different options and cost of driveway materials. Here are the main three:

1.  The least expensive is gravel driveways.

You can spice this up by picking different stones. I would encourage you to use a black landscape fabric under the gravel and some sort of edge. This will keep the gravel in, and the weeds out. 

 

2. Next is typically concrete.

I say typically because after your driveway gets to be over 300’ long or so, asphalt starts to compete when it comes to pricing. A concrete drive should be no smaller that 9’ wide. If you are wanting your driveway to allow two cars to pass side by side without running off, the driveway needs to be a minimum of 20’ wide. Make sure you add expansion joints every 10-12 feet so that the concrete has release points. A wise man told me once: “I can promise you two things about concrete: It will get hard, and it will crack.” Expansion joints tell the concrete where to crack, if and when it does. Concrete will last longer than asphalt.

 

3. Third is asphalt.

Due to all the equipment that it takes to lay asphalt, like I said above, you have to make it worth the while to lay it. The drive needs to be longer. Once the crew is there, they can lay tons of asphalt in a day, and you can drive on the asphalt almost immediately. 

 

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Benefits of foam insulation.

Benefits of foam insulation.

Spray foam insulation outperforms all other types of insulationby incredible margins. The immediate and long-term benefits far outweigh the initial costs associated with installation. This insulating and air sealing material provides endless benefits.

Here are 10 benefits of Foam Insulation:

 

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Staircases for your Custom Home

Staircases for your Custom Home

Every multi-story house needs at least one set of staircases. They are an important part of the design/building process because staircases come in different size, shape and price. Typically, staircases fall in one of two categories: fancy or plain.

 

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Technologically Smart Homes

Technologically Smart Homes

One of the latest in innovations in modernizing one’s home is the application of smart appliances and utilities, which are devices and machines that can communicate electronically and wirelessly with a central device in your home, allowing you to remotely control and monitor your appliances and security devices from just about any device with internet functionality.

 

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