There’s a reason some people describe a custom-built home as their dream home. That’s how they see it—a dream that may never come true. They might think the process of building a house is not possible, or they don’t know where to begin.
Few things in life are more exciting than being in a position to build a custom home. After years of hard work, you finally have the chance to build your dream house from the ground up, an opportunity that so many people don’t even come close to getting.
The LEED certification process is an extensive one that requires some rigorous evaluations. In order to gain certification from LEED you have to apply for approval and gather a team of LEED specific advisors to assess your home. If you think that sounds expensive, you are correct.
Choosing to build your house from scratch means having the opportunity to create the home of your dreams and the chance to create something totally unique to you and your lifestyle. With that tremendous benefit, however, comes the added burden of myriad different details and decisions.
BrightLeaf is branching into new territory with this custom-built home in Prospect Heights. This charming Chicago community has a unique blend of urban and suburban feel and is the home to many parks, trails, and highly-rated schools. It’s a great place to build a beautiful custom home.
In January 2019, energy usage, uncomfortable homes, high heating bills, and broken pipes became top of mind in the wake of the polar vortex. We all received tips on what to do to best prepare for and maintain our homes during this arctic blast that closed schools and offices and left us cuddled together in our homes.
Millennials are the single-largest group of home buyers in the United States today. This generation - ranging from 23 to 38 years old - still evaluates homes based on many of the traditional metrics their parents did: neighborhood, amenities, upgrades, location, build year, nearby schools, crime rate, and more. However, younger buyers also have new criteria, including two new ways of thinking about homes: energy-efficiency and indoor air quality.
'Bigger is Better' is a home building mantra of the past. More and more customers of new construction homes know that it's not about the space inside your home, but how effective it is at keeping you and your family safe and healthy. Green building is not only the most economical way to build, but has a ton of lasting benefits.
Jarrett Svendsen is the Managing Broker of BrightLeaf’s real estate brokerage. With a background first and foremost in real estate, Jarrett watched as BrightLeaf houses began to go up near his community in Brookfield, Illinois.
The past few decades of new home construction have embraced certain design assumptions. Bigger is better. Grandeur is desirable. Luxury means overconsumption. It’s about time we flipped these outdated themes on their head.
Highlights from the Bright Side: What One Client Had To Say About Her Experience Building A Custom Home
Designing your home and taking the steps in building a new construction home might seem like a mighty task. We recently just finished Kristen’s modern farmhouse style home in La Grange this past week, and proved once again, “You really can build your own custom home, and have some fun while you’re doing it.” As a single mother in Chicagoland, she didn’t think that building a new home would be a possibility, but thanks to a “partnership attitude and an open communication process” we were able to make her dreams a reality.
We've all seen and heard of the varying types of bulbs and how they affect our energy consumption, but its always good to get a refresher on the subject. More importantly, a direct comparison of savings will give you a better look into green home solutions to create an eco friendly, energy-efficient home.
People spend most of their time indoors than they do outdoors, so the quality of air they breathe at home is crucial for a healthy lifestyle. However, most people are unaware of the fact that indoor air pollution could have a negative effect on their cardiovascular health.
What’s the best thing about a new home? That it’s new. You know what you’re getting. No previous use, no unknown and worn out elements that you can’t see. What’s the 2nd best thing about building/purchasing a brand new home? The warranty! Nothing is perfect, and yes, even new things break. But the warranty removes the “jump scare” factor of having to deal with a multi-thousand dollar repair.
As Halloween approaches and the zombies and goblins crawl out of their coffins and holes in the earth we are reminded of the imaginary horrors that fascinate so many of us. But what is just as scary, if not more terrifying, is the unseen. What we can’t see, can often be more horrifying than what we can. Think about how many things there are in your home that could go wrong, that you can’t see when walking through it. We’d like to take a moment to share some “Homeowner Horror” scenarios that have left family and friends with clenched fists, mouths agape, and in fear of the damage to their home and bank account.
To build the best and build it better and different than anyone else is not a simple undertaking. Planning, coordinating, and scheduling dozens of crew members, to execute every aspect of a new construction home build, takes grit, perseverance, and a positive attitude. Three traits these three embody on a daily basis. Here's a quick introduction to our field team. Making ideas, sketches and dreams, into reality.