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, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
So many times, we get a call and the first thing we are asked “How much per square foot to build a 2000 SF home?” If people only knew, this is a loaded question. As a custom builder, we have a standard rate, but it varies. As a tract builder, they too, normally have standard rates.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 21, 2013
Big homes are out and small homes are in. Yes, more people are opting to build smaller homes these days. There are people building large too, but the majority of people want to downsize or build a guest house. When I say smaller homes, these are roughly 2,400 square feet and below.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 • Posted February 15, 2013
Everyone wants to be a General Contractor. Why? Well, there are several reasons for this. They think they can save money, lost their job and need work, have worked in one aspect of the field, or been watching too much TV and think they can do it. We are in some tough times and everyone is looking for work.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 • Posted February 7, 2013
It’s a tough business in real estate and construction. You have good and you have bad. You have honest and you have those who can sell ice to Eskimos. You have to know when to follow and when to run. So let’s determine when you should follow and when you should run. Sometimes it is hard to know when to follow and when to run.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 • Posted January 31, 2013
Prices…Prices…Prices…What’s in a Price? So many times, we get a call to ask about square footage pricing. There is not a standard answer. It all depends on what you want that makes up a price. Ranges can be given, but that is all. Prices from a track builder and a customer builder can be like night and day.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
I know I am usually saying compare - compare, but there are some things you should not compare at all. You cannot compare pricing from the last time you built a home or remodeled. You cannot compare pricing from building your home in a large city to building in the hill country.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
Lately, I keep getting asked “What is a Barndominium?” So before I give you my take on it, I will tell you what Wikipedia says (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia): “The barndominium, a combination of the words barn and condominium, is a new type of building growing in popularity, especially in rural areas of the United States.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 • Posted January 10, 2013
Is the remodel project for you or to sell your place? If the remodel is for you, it is a different ball game. But if the remodel is to help you sell your place, there are lots of things to keep in mind. Let’s talk about what you really need to do for both regardless.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 • Posted January 4, 2013
With the cold weather upon us, I always look forward to building a fire in the fireplace. It can be a full custom fireplace or just a freestanding stove. Personally, I’ve had them both and will settle for either one, just as long as I have one of them. Not only do they provide the heat, but the ambiance they add to a room is awesome.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 • Posted December 30, 2012
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I hear, I can get this job done cheaper. It can be on a new home, remodel, or a simple outdoor fireplace that we hear this on. So I have some things I like to throw back to see if people are comparing apples to apples.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • Posted December 19, 2012
So many times we meet folks who just don’t know where to start on their home designs, or even where to put their home on their land. No worries! We are here to help walk you through those steps. If you are going with a custom builder, they can provide you with the step by step process that fits their operations.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 14, 2012
If you are one who likes to really decorate for Christmas or any holiday, you might want to consider some things if you are in the design stages of building that dream home. Even if you already have a home and want to make some changes, you might want to consider these ideas. Starting on the outside of your home, let’s review some options you might want to include.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 • Posted December 6, 2012
When you decide you want to build there are a lot of decisions you will have to make. One of the most important decisions will be what type of house you are going to build and where are you going to get the plans? If you already know what type of house you want but you can’t find any plans you can find that are exactly what you are looking for, you might want to think about having your plans custom-drawn by someone.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 • Posted November 29, 2012
Are you sure you have the perfect spot to build? Maybe it is or maybe it is not. Coming from the city years ago, I wish someone would have explained a lot more about buying in the country. There are so many things to consider. And I don’t just mean for the moment.
, Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Posted November 23, 2012
There are so many ideas for designing a porch. So what does porch mean? In looking it up in Wikipedia, here is their definition: “A porch (from Old French porche, from Latin porticus ‘colonnade,’ from porta ‘passage’) is external to the walls of the main building proper, but may be enclosed by screen, latticework, broad windows, or other light frame walls extending from the main structure.