Homeowner Tips for Settling Into Your New Custom Home

Homeowner Tips for Settling Into Your New Custom Home

Homeowner Tips for Settling Into Your New Custom Home

Moving into a new home is both exciting and daunting in the same breath. While you’ve been planning this move for quite awhile, it seems like now that it is here, everything needs to happen at once. To help you settle into the new space, there are some general tips to follow which can smooth the rough edges.

Change of Address

The last thing you want is to find your mail going to an old address. To ensure safe delivery, be sure to file change-of-address forms with the local post office. Do this well before the move to be sure important mail is not missed (such as bills). Don’t forget to update your address with:

  • Driver’s license facility
  • Voter registration
  • Credit card companies
  • Banks
  • Auto insurance providers
  • Publication subscriptions
  • Utility companies

Store Documents

Nobody wants to deal with lost or misplaced property during a move. Moving van documents and important real estate papers can easily end up in boxes and get tossed by accident. Closing documents note mortgage, cost, and ownership of the home so be sure to safely store where you know how to access them quickly.

Check Repairs and Do Inspection

Most builders conduct a final walkthrough shortly before closing on a new home. This is the time when last minute details can be noted. Many will have been taken care of prior to the move but check with the builder on each item. Getting to know your new home is part of the fun, but make sure all the key systems are in working order. The builder will likely want to explain warranties and provide access to operating manuals. Learn where electrical circuit breakers are and how to operate those along with key aspects of your home such as security system, home theater, garage, water softener, sprinkler system, appliances, and more.

Last Tips

The following are just some key things to keep in mind that can help you feel more comfortable as you shift into gear owning this new property:

  • Decorate the home or hire someone to help bring your vision to life
  • Get to know your neighborhood by greeting neighbors, checking out playgroups, and finding people who may share similar interests with you
  • Gather emergency information and get to know the address and phone numbers of the nearest hospital, police station and fire station
  • When your family is settled, celebrate by having people over and throw a nice party
  • Now is the time to finally relax, enjoy the space, and take it all in that this will be your new home

 

 

If you’re ready to build a custom home of your dreams, call Brookstone Homes. Building a home to your specifications may be just what you need to finally feel settled into a new home. Brookstone will work with you to help create the home of your dreams.

Call us to find out how to get started: (513) 340-7200

Featured Home Design: The Arrowhead Floor Plan

Featured Home Design: The Arrowhead Floor Plan

Featured Home Design: The Arrowhead Floor Plan

Here at Brookstone Homes, we offer signature home designs and award-winning floor plans with your unique desires in mind. Your dream home with the Arrowhead design comes with a variety of elevation and styles.

What Makes the Arrowhead Unique?

There are many benefits to the Arrowhead floor plan to explore. Exterior and interior finishing touches elevate this floor plan to the next level, making it an enticing and exciting space to envision making your own.

Exterior

The Arrowhead floor plan comes with various elevations and styles. The front exterior covered entry will greet guests in style and set Arrowhead apart from other signature home designs. With five elevations to select from, families can choose the design that best suits their needs. The overall layout offers over 2,000 square feet of space to share with family, friends, and guests.

Interior

The Arrowhead floor plan provides a warm atmosphere inside as a spacious foyer greets guests, which opens to a large great room. The kitchen opens into the great room with ample space to entertain and enjoy family and friends. Large windows open onto a beautiful vista from which to take a moment to enjoy the morning sunrise or take in the views before starting your day. Four beds and 2.5 baths provide families with ample space to stretch out, relax, and enjoy privacy. The master suite with walk-in closet will entice anyone wanting extra space and storage. Families who enjoy entertaining can take advantage of the family activity center, located on the second floor which provides room for spending time with friends, loved ones, or catching a moment to yourself.

Building Your Dream Home with the Arrowhead Home Design

Brookstone gets people and we put your needs first. Our award-winning designs speak for themselves while providing a gorgeous, finished product at affordable prices for families of all sizes. Our team, including owner Shannon Lachenman, work to match your desires with the signature home design of your dreams. Our expertise and passion are unsurpassed in the Cincinnati area. We are excited to help you build the dream home you have always wanted!

 

 

Whether you are interested in one of our signature home designs, like Arrowhead, or want to consult with one of our premier architects, we will help you create the custom home you always dreamed about. Our passion and excellence is unmatched in the industry. Come find out why people are building with Brookstone.

Call us today to get started: (513) 340-7200

The Benefits of Building a House Vs Buying One

The Benefits of Building a House Vs Buying One

The Benefits of Building a House Vs Buying One

The decision about whether building a house vs buying is best depends on many factors. One of the largest investments a family can make is in the building or purchasing of a home. Location, market trends, price, and many other factors play into what a family chooses and where to eventually buy the home. The biggest factor revolves around building a house vs buying, with each path having distinct advantages and disadvantages. Explore the options to decide which route is best.

Buying a Home

Two advantages stand out when deciding to purchase an already existing home: cost and convenience. Once pre-approval from a lender goes through, a family can shop around, find the perfect home, and eventually make an offer. Within a month or two, the family could be living in the new home.

Convenience

The process involves many steps but being able to move in right away is one of the big factors families decide to choose an existing home. Relocating kids and maybe even work is challenging, so families often choose to go with this route to ease challenges and risks.

Cost

Buying a home outright can lower some of the unknown costs which may come up when building a house. Depending on the real estate market, the prices for existing homes may be more favorable.

Brookstone Homes offers pre-built homes in several of our premier communities.  Explore our inventory and call to schedule a tour!

Building a House

Building a house is not as quick and possibly not as cost effective as purchasing existing property, but a family can select a plot of land and build a custom home with all their desired features for a great price, especially if you work with a seasoned builder like Brookstone. This customization process, along with selecting a neighborhood and getting what they want, is often cited by families as the reason for building a house vs. buying. The biggest advantage overall rests in knowing exactly what a family wants and being able to select a builder who can deliver the goods. A new home is more likely to be energy efficient, have better HVAC (heating, ventilation, and cooling) as well as insulation. This can save families money in the long run.

Time and Money

One of the biggest drawbacks to building a house tends to be the higher costs and longer timeframe associated with the process. A family can limit the risk of building a house vs. buying when selecting carefully the builder and focusing on putting together a good contract. A lump-sum contract can specify fixed prices for construction, thereby reducing the risk of cost overruns for the buyer. Making sure everything is included saves both time and money. Selecting a duration up front can help avoid open-ended deadlines to make sure the builder stays on time. Maintain good communication with the builder and check in to be sure things are going as planned for a better overall process.

At Brookstone, our customers come first. We’re building you a forever home for your family, after all, and that’s more important than costs or financing. Let us help you put together a plan for realizing your dream home today.

 

Brookstone Homes is the premier builder in Ohio for custom homes. If you’re ready to build a custom home of your dreams, call us. We will make sure you get all your needs met in the process and ensure communication stays constant from start to finish.

Call us to find out how to get started: (513) 340-7200

Community Spotlight: The Courtyards of Terrace Ridge

Community Spotlight: The Courtyards of Terrace Ridge

Community Spotlight: The Courtyards of Terrace Ridge

The Courtyards of Terrace Ridge features single-family ranch style homes in a community in Milford, Ohio. Terrace Ridge homes for sale in Milford, Ohio boast green space and walking paths which are accessible to all families in the community. Near I-275 and minutes away from Cincinnati, Terrace Ridge is a unique, friendly, and welcoming community in which to build a home and grow your family. Milford is a unique community with close proximity to Cincinnati and yet has a laid-back lifestyle with opportunities for outdoor recreation along the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail. Valley View is also nearby, with 150 acres of nature preserve to explore. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

Why People Love The Courtyards of Terrace Ridge

Maintenance-free yards are just one of the great amenities available for families who buy a home here. With close proximity to Cincinnati shopping and dining, it is hard to beat having a quiet residential community with an excellent school district right in the backyard. Young families will enjoy all Milford has to offer, including a safe area for kids to play and minimal traffic in and out of Terrace Ridge. The city of Milford provides a supportive and vibrant business atmosphere with a small town feel that will appeal to families. The community features historic homes and commercial districts amongst quiet, rural living that’s close enough to bigger towns and cities. Terrace Ridge is part of a historic, charming community with accessible natural spaces which is what makes it the perfect place to raise a family and settle down.

Design Your Home with Brookstone

Available home designs in the Parkland Meadows community are varied, with many exterior design options from which to choose your favorite. The designs include:

Laurel: features over 1,500 square feet, including 2-4 bedrooms, and 2-3 bathrooms with various selections available. Families will love the spacious living area and kitchen for dining.

Reily: features over 1,100 square feet of space, including 2-4 bedrooms and 2-4 bathrooms, with various options available. The great room opens to a dining and kitchen area, perfect for spending mornings or evenings with family.

Shawnee: features 1,600 square feet including 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. The optional master bath and powder room can be added for family or guests to create a cozy atmosphere.

Springfield: features over 1,400 square feet which includes 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Award-winning design features master suite with walk-in closet and optional second floor plan for extra room for guests and family or office space.

Sycamore: features over 1,700 square feet of space including 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with 1,200 square feet of space available for a finished lower level to entertain guests or host family gatherings in a cozy environment.

Wyoming: features over 1,600 square feet including 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms. The open floor plan boasts a kitchen, dining and family room for sharing with family and friends

 

 

Brookstone Homes is ready to build the custom home of your dreams in The Courtyards of Terrace Ridge or one of our other premier communities. If you are ready to build a signature home, call us. We can help you design and build a home that will suit all your needs: (513) 340-7200.

What Home Builders in Cincinnati are Charging for New Homes

What Home Builders in Cincinnati are Charging for New Homes

What Home Builders in Cincinnati are Charging for New Homes

Building a new home comes with lots of options and opportunities. Home builders in Cincinnati, like the team here at Brookstone Homes, are creating custom, dream homes for families that are comparable in cost to existing homes and even saving the consumer money in the end. The in-depth process of deciding how to price out new homes helps cement a family’s budget. Learn about cost estimates for building a new house and how to pinch pennies along the way to get that desired home built within budget.

New Home Cost Estimates

Home costs vary, depending on the type of home being built. Single-family or detached, the construction of a building makes a difference when looking at costs as well as any added extras, lot size, and materials used. Detached homes are considered standalone structures. Due to the unique construction, costs of standalone homes cannot be applied to duplex or townhome construction. Single-family homes range in price with varying costs for amenities. Our home designs at Brookstone start with a base price for the starting structure, and then we can adjust for your preferred features and customization. Our architects are great at helping you get the most out of your budget.

Custom Home Construction

Custom home construction allows a family to create a home that meets exact specifications for aesthetic and functionality purposes. Custom builds often require services from a residential architect. Hiring design professionals can range from five to 15 percent of a family’s construction costs. Homes typically range between $100-$400 per square foot. Location and materials will play a major role in the price of a custom home. Tiny homes are popular these days but families are often most interested in larger custom homes. Downsized dwellings can often offer personalized touches with lower price points.

Modular and Prefab Homes

Prefabricated homes are manufactured off site and assembled on location. While prefab homes may offer a lower price point for families just starting out, they often lack the custom specifications needed to fulfil a family’s needs. Brookstone Home builders in Cincinnati is eager to help families find the best value for their long term investment in customizing a new home construction over opting for modular or prefab homes.

Material Costs

Home materials are a crucial part of the process. The cost will vary but can range depending on the type of machines used to come in and level the property, among other things. Machine costs range between $70-$90 per hour.  We have long-standing relationships with material providers that allow us to get great deals on top quality building materials for each and every Brookstone home.

Labor Costs

Labor costs will vary according to the pro and size of complexity of the home. Large, custom-built homes will have a higher labor cost than smaller modular homes. The cost to hire architects and engineers will also vary based on location:

    • Architects: $60-$125/hour
    • Engineers: $100-$150/hour
    • Land Surveyors: $300-$700

 

 

The great benefit of building with Brookstone is we have all of that covered in the fixed cost of your new home, and our overhead is more streamlined and cost effective because we build homes every day.

Home Costs

The cost of completing a home varies depending on many factors but can include the following:

 

  • Foundation: $4,000-$12,000
  • Framing: $1,500 to $6,500
  • Exterior finishes: $40,000-$60,000
  • Systems installation: $30,000-$50,000
  • Interior finishing: anywhere up to $85,000

 

Building a custom home is a serious investment, but it does not have to bust a budget. Brookstone home builders in Cincinnati can help decide what options are best for a family to create the best custom home within your budget.

 

 

If you’re ready to build a custom home of your dreams, call Brookstone Homes. We will help you decide what fits in your budget to make sure you get the amenities and features you desire to make the home suit your needs.

Call us to find out how to get started: (513) 340-7200

Featured Home Design: The Chase Floor Plan

Featured Home Design: The Chase Floor Plan

Featured Home Design: The Chase Floor Plan

Here at Brookstone Homes, we offer our signature home designs and award-winning floor plans to suit your desires and dreams for your next home. One of the homes we feature is the Chase design. Each of our signature home designs come with a variety of elevations and styles.

What Makes Chase Unique

Explore the benefits of enjoying one of our signature home designs with the Chase floor plan. There are many benefits both inside and out that will be exciting to families who want lots of space and room to grow.

Exterior

The Chase floor plan is our award-winning home design and floor plan. The front landscaping sets Chase apart from other signature home designs. The exterior includes beautiful brick design with siding that accentuates the welcoming front porch which leads into a cozy front entry. With four elevations to choose from, families have many dream designs on the table for consideration. The overall layout offers over 2,000 square feet of space to share with family, friends, and guests who come for a visit.

Interior

The Chase floor plan provides a cozy, intimate atmosphere inside the kitchen and dining area. With an optional bay window, families will enjoy a quiet nook to sit and read, drink coffee or tea, and take a moment to eat before starting or ending the day with a view. Three beds and 2.5 baths provide families with lots of space to relax and enjoy privacy while having room to move around. A large master suite with sitting room is available on the second floor to sit and read a book quietly, do homework or relax after a long day at work. Each guest bedroom also boasts a walk-in closet for storage. Families who love to entertain can choose the option of a basement for family, friends, and loved ones to watch movies or celebrate family holidays.

Building Your Dream Home with the Chase Home Design

Brookstone knows people and we know custom home design. Our award-winning projects deliver families a beautiful, finished home at affordable prices. Our team, including owner Shannon Lachenman, work tirelessly to provide what customers want and desire in a signature home design. We provide experience built off of five generations of home building. Our expertise and passion are unsurpassed in the Cincinnati area. We are excited to help you build the dream home you have always wanted!

 

 

Whether you are interested in one of our signature home designs, like the Chase, or want to consult with one of our premier architects, we are here to help create the custom home of your dreams. We bring passion and excellence to the home building process.

Call us today to get started: (513) 340-7200

Enjoy the Benefits of Building a New Home

Enjoy the Benefits of Building a New Home

Enjoy the Benefits of Building a New Home

The best time to build a new home is right now. Interest rates are lower than they have been and material prices continue to hold at low rates. In addition, the benefits of building a new home with experienced Cincinnati home builders like Brookstone Homes are hard to beat! Don’t wait to make your family’s dreams a reality.

The Benefits of Building a New Home

Low Maintenance Costs

New homes come with everything brand new, no questions asked. Fewer repairs or replacement of appliances lowers owner costs and the appliances, hardwood flooring, carpet, and siding are all brand new. These are often costly items to fix or replace in older homes so you’re getting a fresh start when building a new home.

Warranty

New homes often come with warranties that are backed by insurance. Structural warranties are often good for ten years. This means a homeowner can rest assured if something goes wrong, it will likely be covered under the warranty, rather than out of pocket. Ask our sales representatives about our warranty programs.

Site Selection

One of the best benefits of buying a new home is that prospective buyers can select a piece of land and build a house that will suit personal tastes and needs. Many subdivisions focus on amenities that homeowners can enjoy, even after the home is built. Conservancy subdivisions are on the rise and homeowners appreciate options that are created when a developer works with the existing landing and protects mature treelines. Walking trails and open space often add to a sense of community for families.

Amenities

New homes come with amenities such as built-in appliances, central air conditioning, and heating systems, along with many other amenities. As a new home buyer, a person can choose from hundreds of floor plans to find one that matches a person’s lifestyle. Taking the extra step to build a new home that fulfills all one’s desires is very important up front. The personalization process can be fun, rewarding, and is often one of the best benefits of building a new home.

Energy Efficiency

A popular trend these days is to build energy efficient homes that are environmentally friendly and cost savers. New homes consume half as much energy as homes built prior to 1980. The benefits to the environment, health, and a family’s wallet cannot be ignored. With new constructions, resources often include materials and techniques which save the consumer money, protect the environment, and conserve valuable resources.

Myriad benefits of building a new home exist for families who choose to go this route. It takes time up front to make decisions, but throughout the process, a family can be engaged and help create the perfect home with all the personal touches that make it fun and exciting.

 

If you’re ready to build a custom home of your dreams, call Brookstone Homes. We are ready to help you make decisions on everything from site selection, layout, interior and exterior amenities and everything in between. We are your premier home builder in Ohio. Call us to find out how we can help you choose that dream home:

(513) 340-7200

Community Spotlight: O’Bannon Meadows

Community Spotlight: O’Bannon Meadows

Community Spotlight: O’Bannon Meadows

O’Bannon Meadows is a quiet, picturesque community of houses for sale in Goshen, Ohio. Located in the Goshen Township school district, families will love this community tucked away along the O’Bannon Creek in Clermont County. Goshen is a community located 10 miles northeast of Cincinnati in the center of farmer’s fields which offers a respite for families seeking single-family homes in O’Bannon Meadows. One of the features of Goshen is a 19th century farmhouse, part of the history of Goshen.

Why People Love O’Bannon Meadows

O’Bannon Meadows has a rural feel with access to urban amenities, making it a gem among other nearby communities. The quiet atmosphere appeals to families who want a slower pace of living to raise a family with access to good schools. Walking paths are accessible with plenty of community green space. Families are drawn to the area for the spacious living and privacy that comes from living outside a major city while having quick access to I-275 just minutes away to  check out dining and entertainment options.

Design Your Home with Brookstone

Available home designs in the O’Bannon Meadows community are varied, with many exterior design options from which to choose your favorite. The designs include:

Arrowhead: features over 2,000 square feet, including 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms. A family activity center on the second floor has lots of room for kids to play or for entertaining family and friends.

Cumberland: features over 1,600 square feet, including 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms. The loft adds an ideal spot for an office or an extra bedroom.

Laurel: features over 1,500 square feet, including 2-4 bedrooms, and 2-3 bathrooms with various selections available. Families can choose to add space with a second story.

Nantucket: features over 2,400 square feet, including 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms. The large kitchen with and island is perfect for cooking family meals or entertaining guests.

Reily: features over 1,100 square feet of space, including 2-4 bedrooms and 2-4 bathrooms, with various options available. The spacious first floor master suite with walk-in closet has lots of room for storage.

Springfield: features of 1,400 square feet of space including 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Our award-winning design features a cozy, yet spacious living area to entertain family and dine in the large, open kitchen.

 

Brookstone Homes is ready to build the custom home of your dreams in O’Bannon Meadows or one of our other premier communities. If you are ready to build a signature home, call us. We can help you design and build a home that will suit all your needs: (513) 340-7200.

The Benefits of Working with Ohio Home Builders

The Benefits of Working with Ohio Home Builders

The Benefits of Working with Ohio Home Builders

With the growing number of benefits to working with Ohio home builders on customizing the perfect home, the time has never been better to get to work. Teaming up with a custom home builder has lots of potential to give a loving couple hands-on experience in creating a home that will serve your family well for years to come. There’s certainly few things more important to a family’s health and well being than the nest you build together.

Working with Ohio Home Builders

Money Saver

Lots of money is saved throughout the process of designing and building a custom home. You get exactly what you want without the market determining the value of the property ahead of time. Actually building a home from a design can give lower living costs while incorporating energy efficient elements into a home which saves money every month. Energy efficient options are the best bang for a family’s buck which is why selecting the best of Ohio home builders is the only way to go.

Time Saver

Time is precious. Families don’t have lots of time to wait around for things to happen. Selecting Ohio home builders like Brookstone Homes who can provide custom homes in a speedy, efficient way saves lots of time in the home buying process. Building new also eliminates the time spent fixing up issues which come from a pre-built home. The move-in process will be smooth and quick since you’ve designed the space to suit your needs.

Customized Approach

One of the best things about building with a custom home builder in Ohio is all the personal touches that go along with it. The purpose of working with Ohio home builders is to create a home around a family’s lifestyle, particularly in a way Midwesterners understand. Design options are available at many different price points. More than anything, people want to build more than a home, it is a legacy that families desire. And that’s what we’re here to build.

High Quality Homes

The best part of working with a custom home builder is knowing the quality of material in the home, and the labor that goes into the process, all come with the highest degree of professionalism and integrity. Ohio home builders like our team at Brookstone have the experience necessary to build with top materials in the most efficient way possible. At the end of the day, a quality home is what matters most, along with customer satisfaction. Quality homes consist of having a good plan and putting hard work into the process, to create the home of a family’s dreams.

 

Brookstone Homes is the premier Ohio home builder that will deliver on our promises to give you the dream home you have always wanted. Call us to find out how we can create a home you will be proud of for years to come. Our materials, products, and services are top notch. We put everything on the table and make sure you are satisfied.

Call us to get started on creating your custom home: (513) 340-7200.

how to build a custom home

How to Build a Custom Home Like the Pros

How to Build a Custom Home Like the Pros

When buying a custom home, it can help to know what to expect over the next several months of the process. Learning how to build a custom home starts with some initial steps like making sure a site is ready for a home and picking a style. If property is owned, then a home just needs to be selected with an architect and buyer. Either way, once the decisions get made, the ball is rolling and things can finally kick into gear. Learn more about what to expect from the construction process during each phase.

The Ohio Home Construction Process

Preparations

After blueprints are finalized, the local building authorities must give the go-ahead for the lot to be prepared for building. Expect lots of backhoes, bulldozers, and dump trucks on site. Workers will clear trees and any obstructions to level the lot and dig holes.

Framing

Walls, floors, and roofs are put into place which define the shape and “bones” of the home. This process is known as ‘rough framing,’ or getting the nuts and bolts together so the house can be built upon a solid foundation. This may be difficult to visualize the final product without walls, but soon those will go up, too.

Interior Installation

The interior of the home should be protected from weather so that the installation of heating and cooling ducts, plumbing, and electrical wiring can be put into place. This will require an inspector to sign off.

Insulation

The walls will finally get filled with insulation that keeps the home warm in winter and cool in summer. Families who go through the process will learn how to build a custom home from the ground up and see how fiberglass, cellulose, or foam insulation is placed carefully. Much of the decision on types of insulation depends on budget and climate.

Drywall

Drywall goes up and it finally seems like a home is being constructed. The seams are taped and ‘mudded,’ then texture finish applied. After the drywall is up, walls will be primed with paint.

Finishes and Trims

Interior trim including doors, door casings, window sills, and stair balusters come next. The final coat of paint goes on the walls and everything will be installed. The builder will install hard-surfaced final flooring like tile, vinyl, and laminate. Driveways, walkways, and patios will get poured as part of the exterior work along with final grading.

Flooring and Finishing

Flooring will get put into place before the final inspection and walkthrough. A certification of occupancy will get drawn up for that new home that will help create a sense of finality to the process of learning how to build a custom home. Checking everything out to be sure it is finished well and to code is important.

 

If you’re ready to build a custom home of your dreams, call Brookstone Homes. We specialize in communicating with our clients to meet their needs start to completion. We are eager to help you get the home you desire and support the vision you always dreamed of. Call us to find out how we can help you achieve that dream today: (513) 340-7200