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Custom Home in Dartmouth, MA

We built this custom home in Dartmouth, MA to include four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a three car garage and a walk out basement. The home’s beautiful siding is Maibec Eastern White Cedar Shingles. These high quality shingles are dipped with two coats of stain and are free of knots which means they will resist splitting and cracking. The shingles are protected by a 50 year warranty against decay and 15 years warranty on the stain. All trim was wrapped in custom fabricated aluminum trim to eliminate the need to paint. Harvey Vigilance Impact Resistant vinyl windows were installed throughout the home. These windows will endure plenty of severe weather. They are also energy efficient and easy to clean with tilt-in sashes. Harvey windows feature 25 exterior color options and grid options so they can easily be customized to match your home’s style. Certainteed Landmark architectural roofing in Pewterwood was installed on this new home. These designer shingles are durable enough to stand up to New England weather and come with a great warranty. Thinking about building a custom home in Dartmouth, MA, Cape Cod or RI? From initial concept design through project completion we will work with you to build your dream home. Contact us...

Pros and Cons of Open Floor Plans

Is an open floor plan right for you and your family?  Here are a few pros and cons to consider before making a decision. Advantages of open floor plans: Makes your home look and feel larger Reduces energy costs by bringing in more natural light More universal and wheelchair accessible Increased views Ability to watch kids while cooking or cleaning Great layout for entertaining & socializing with guests Disadvantages of open floor plans: Reduced privacy Noise travels easily Fewer walls for pictures and art Must keep clean all the time The advantages outweigh the disadvantages, but it mostly depends on your lifestyle.  See more open floor plans on our Pinterest...

Ranch Style Homes

Ranch style homes are the most affordable and cost effective houses available on the market. They are extremely popular among first time home buyers and retirees who are looking to downsize. Ranch style homes generally include the following: Single story floor plan Few interior walls to make the most of the limited square footage Simple floor plan which usually consists of a living area on one side and bedrooms on the other side of the house Typically 1000 – 1500 square feet excluding basement Gable roof with a low pitch Large window in living room & sliding patio doors Attached garage Rectangle, L or U shape floor plan Variations include split level ranch and executive ranch style homes Thinking about building a ranch style home?  See our Pinterest page for more home building and home addition...

Evaluating Land Features for Home Building

Evaluating land features for home building is key to saving time and money.  The most important land features to evaluate include the following: Slope – Land that is slightly sloped (less than 10% grade) or flat is best for building. If you are purchasing land that is above a 20% grade you will likely need to invest in leveling the land before building. Water – Hire a civil engineer to professionally evaluate the land for possible surface and subsurface water. Soil Type – Granular soils include any combination of silt, sand or gravel and are the best soils to build on because they drain well and have high load-bearing capabilities. Clays are generally more difficult to build on and require bringing in granular soil or require building expensive engineered foundations. Building on ledge is can be difficult if the site requires blasting. Evaluating land features for home building requires the help of experienced professionals.  Consider hiring a civil engineer, environmental engineer or another trained professional before purchasing any land for home building. Follow us on Pinterest to see our home building portfolio and to get ideas for building your dream...

Garage Addition – Rochester, MA

This beautiful colonial in Rochester, MA added an attached 3 car garage addition to match the existing home. A breezeway with a porch was added to lead to the garage addition. The garage even has a dormer so the area above the garage could be used as living space.  We matched the siding to the home’s existing siding so the addition looks like it was always there. The homeowners now have more storage space, living space, and a dry place for their vehicles!   If you’re thinking about an addition for your home keep CFH Builders in mind.  You’ll receive professional service, fair prices and exceptional workmanship! Be sure to follow us on Pinterest for home improvement...

Choosing a Place to Build a New Home

The first challenge of building your dream home is finding the perfect location to live. Think about the following factors when choosing a place to build a new home. Climate – Choose a location that suits your family’s lifestyle and hobbies. Size of the city or town – Do you enjoy small town life where everyone knows each other? Or do you prefer a big town with more privacy? Real estate values – Check price trends of home’s in the city or town you are considering. Taxes – Are the local real estate taxes, sales tax and income taxes affordable and reasonable? Employment – Look into employment rates and opportunities in the surrounding areas to ensure there are options for your specific career type. Education system – If you have children or plan to start a family be sure to check the statistics of the local education system. Crime rates – Find crime rates online or by contacting the local police department. Commute – Test the commute of any prospective city or town to your current job. Also consider the distance to airports and public transportation if necessary. Healthcare availability – Is there healthcare within a reasonable distance to your desired location? These are just a few things to think about when starting the home building process!   Visit our Pinterest page to see our home builder portfolio and start gathering ideas for your dream...

Types of Home Additions

If you’re running out of space in your home but you’re not ready to move, you should start thinking about what kind of home addition you’ll need.  Here are the types of additions you can consider.   Bump-out addition: If you want to add a few feet to an existing room you will be getting a bump-out addition. Add extra space to your kitchen or bathroom, add a walk-in closet or a mudroom with a bump-out. Room addition: A room addition to the ground-floor of your home – whether it’s a family room, master suite, or bathroom addition. Second story addition: A second story addition consists of adding a second floor to your home or expanding your second floor with a dormer. If your lot size doesn’t permit you to build on to the ground floor you will have to consider a second story addition. Garage addition: Garage additions can be built either attached or freestanding depending on your preferences and how you plan to use your garage.  You can also build your garage to have living space above the garage. Sunroom addition: A 3 or 4 season room that is complete with walls of glass. A 4 season room can be left open to your home if desired, but a 3 season room would need to have a door to separate the inside from outside. Visit our Pinterest page to get more ideas for your addition or new construction...

New Home Trends 2015

Custom built homes are on the rise in 2015!  More house hunters are finding that they can build their forever home with all the features of their dreams.  Here are some of the top new home trends for 2015. Smaller homes – New construction homes are getting smaller. It’s possible that that is due to rising heating costs and the aging population looking to downsize. Green features – Homes are being built with more energy efficient products including low E windows, water efficient products and ENERGY STAR products. Technology – Keyless entry, learning thermostats, smart security systems and technology are being incorporated into new homes. Being able to control the home from anywhere using a smart phone is growing in popularity. Universal living – Home are being built with more universal features to make it easier to grow with your home. Incorporating universal design into your home can make your new home your forever home. Outdoor living features – Outdoor kitchens and living areas are becoming more popular in new homes to make more space for entertaining and relaxing. sunrooms and patio rooms will also be popular to be able to enjoy the outdoors during colder months. Custom storage – Homes are being built with more planned out and hidden storage...

10 Benefits of Building a New Home

Building your brand new dream home comes with amazing benefits that you can’t get when buying a used home. Here’s why you should build a new home: Floor plan – Choose your favorite floor plan and home style that meets the needs of your family and your lifestyle. Low maintenance – New homes can be built with any low maintenance and maintenance free products of your choice. Repairs won’t be needed for years to come with your new home. Energy efficient – Your custom built home will be complete with energy efficient windows and high quality insulation which means low energy costs. Warranty – Almost everything in your custom home will be under warranty by the manufacturer for a period of time. Safety – New homes are much safer than older homes when it comes to safety. New homes come with hard-wired smoke detectors which are much safer than battery operated detectors. Electrical systems in new homes are also safer because they are brand new. Price – The price of building a new home can be comparable to buying a used home. Location – When you build a new home you have control of the location and the surroundings when choosing your lot. Landscaping – You won’t need to rip up old landscaping to make the home your own. Start fresh with new trees and bushes to match your style. Details – You’ll have the ability to choose the finishing touches for your home, such as kitchen and bathroom cabinets and hardware. Builder – Choose the best builder for you by checking reviews, references and seeing some of the...

Guide for Surviving Home Renovations

If you are planning an addition or remodeling a kitchen, bath or home addition – you know how stressful the process can be.  With proper planning and organization the process can become a lot smoother.  Here are some tips to help you get through a home renovation. Research contractors – Fully research potential contractors in your area by looking at reviews and checking any and all accreditations.  The best contractors are fully licensed, insured, and have a proven track record with local homeowners and the community. Set a realistic budget – Set a realistic budget while still leaving room in your budget for any changes you might want to make. Protect your property – Removing photos from walls, covering furniture, and moving all valuables from the construction area will keep your belongings safe. Rearrange – If you’re remodeling a kitchen consider about moving your appliances to another room so you can still have meals at home.  If you won’t be able to access your living room try moving your furniture to another room where it will still be usable. Schedule –Plan your schedule accordingly by having the contractor gives you an overall project timeline as well as the hours workers will be at your home. Get away – Plan to be out of the house as much as possible during construction by planning a vacation or organize a week full of day trips.  This will keep you from getting stressed out. Pets – Noisy construction sites are stressful and unsafe for your beloved pets.  Consider boarding your pet while work is being done on your home. A home renovation can...

What to Expect When Building a New Home

Building a new home or an addition is an exciting endeavor from the preliminary design to the final walk through.  It’s important to understand how the process works, and with 36 years of experience – we can help you sail through each step of the process. Initial Site Visit A design consultant will meet with you at your home for an initial meeting to discuss your needs, wants, and the desired outcome for your project. In order to have a realistic project scope, we’ll discuss budget ranges in this visit as well.  The goal of the first meeting is to develop a budget, define the scope of work, draw preliminary sketches, and to discuss preliminary material choices. Contract (Detailed Job Specification) Our second meeting can take place at your home or in our Fairhaven, Massachusetts office. During this meeting, we will review your budget, scope of work, preliminary sketches, and building material choices made during our first meeting.  Together we will discuss pricing and when a decision is finalized we will seek a preliminary commitment from you. Then, we will produce detailed job specifications and a construction contract and secure a deposit to enter the design stage. Design Stage Our team will meet with the designer to produce working drawings. Initial approval is required on floor plans and elevations. Usually, this is a multi-meeting process during which the layout and specifics are fine tuned. Once the floor plans and elevations are approved, the drawing can be completed and we can obtain the necessary building permits.  Building a house is a multifaceted process that requires professional management. We will plan...

Family Room Addition in Fairhaven, MA

We added a family room to this Fairhaven, MA home to provide the family with much needed extra space. It was important for the homeowners to have room for entertaining guests. They also wanted a quiet and private area to retreat to – se we installed a double swing door between the addition and the main house. Two skylights, plenty of windows, and a sliding glass door bring in tons of natural light. Matching wood floors were installed in the addition to match the main house to ensure a unified look. We designed and built the deck outside of the addition to add even more space for entertaining and grilling. The homeowners chose Azek Harvest Collection decking and CertainTeed panorama rails. For additional home improvement information contact Care Free Homes, Inc. today and let us make your house a Care Free...