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While planning your project, the owner will listen to your specific needs and strive to fully understand your vision. Mazza Building and Development Company will not only fulfill your goals, but will also exceed them, and turn your dreams into a reality with outstanding craftsmanship, and cost-effective, reliable service.
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Take Steps In the Building Process to Plan for Tomorrow’s Technologies
One of the joys of building your own home is taking full advantage of exciting technologies that are widely available today but that were unimaginable just a few years ago.Your new home can be a very entertaining space with ultra-high definition video, interactive gaming, 90-inch flat-screen TVs and more. And it can offer the latest in home automation. Everything from lighting, home security, climate control and more can now be controlled remotely from your iPhone, for example. Many of these options weren’t available just five years ago, so the obvious questions are: 1. Where are we headed next?
2. And how do I future-proof my new home, so it will work well with technologies that haven’t even been invented yet?Clearly, we’re not going to become any less dependent on (or addicted to) technology. The pace of change and innovation will only accelerate. While you may not be able to fully imagine the next big thing (unless you’re the next Steve Jobs) you can pre-wire a new home in flexible and robust ways.Ensuring that conduit and wiring (think of it as plumbing) for data and video is in place when you build a home is by far the most effective way to plan for the future. It will always be more expensive to upgrade a house for technology once the walls are put up. Building a strong infrastructure now for data will pay off in countless ways over the many years you’ll live in your new home.“I’ve never heard anyone say, ‘Man, I just pulled too many wires in this house,’” says David Pedigo, senior director of learning and emerging technology for CEDIA, the Consumer Electronics Design and Installation Association. “We’re starting to get to point where builders, architects and interior designers understand that it does take proper planning and consideration. If you’re going to incorporate a digital experience, do it at the front.”The abundance of wireless components on the market may make it seem like pre-wiring a house is a waste of time and money. Not so.
Wireless works great for some applications, such as printers, but it “just really doesn’t work very well with high-definition and ultra-high definition video and speakers,” Pedigo says. “Video bandwidth is accelerating at a much faster pace than wireless capabilities. And speakers will always need wires. There are wireless speakers, but they still require a power source.”
Chris Pearson, president of high-end home theater provider Service Tech in Austin, Texas, agrees.
“You need to hard-wire the data connections to all the electronics,” Pearson says. “Gaming systems are interactive, tying in families. People are Skyping. There is a ridiculous amount of content available. A lot of the apps you might want on a TV might not be 100 percent effective on a wireless network. Imagine a highway with no lane dividers. It’s just chaos.”
Beyond the need to pre-wire a house for current and future technology needs, architects and designers are recognizing the need to ask their clients about their entertainment choices.
At one time, a video game only provided exercise to your thumbs. Now, there are Wii and Kinect systems that have players jumping, ducking and dancing around the room. That means more open space in front of the unit.
Then there are the TVs.
“If you don’t plan for big TVs, you’re up a creek,” says Tony Crasi, a custom home builder and architect in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and a past chair of CEDIA’s custom home builder committee. “If there’s a fireplace, it has to be offset or you put the TV on top of the mantle. If you don’t wire for it, forget it.”
While entertainment applications might be the most exciting area of home technology innovation, home automation is another area that’s expanding rapidly, now that the iPhone or Android smart phone in your pocket lets you handle everything from securing a dinner reservation to making a bank deposit.
“In the next couple of years, people will expect automated lighting control, heating and security,” Pedigo says. We’re getting to the point that the cost will make it significantly more accessible. So many people have smart phones now. They don’t have to buy a separate device to control each system. They’re walking around with a $600 controller in their hand.”
Crasi says his customers are seeking a lot of home automation applications, particularly in the area of lighting and audio controls. What he sees becoming widespread next is climate control, done remotely from a smart phone or tablet.
In fact, it’s already happening. Nest is a digital thermostat created by former Apple executive Tony Fadell, known as the “father of the iPod.”
Designed to help reduce power bills, Nest “learns” how and when you use energy – when you make breakfast, take showers, head out the door for work or school and when you go to bed. As Nest learns these patterns, it makes automatic adjustments to maximize energy efficiency. It will even send you an e-mail reminder to change your furnace and air conditioning filters. Your home can be monitored and adjustments made remotely from a number of platforms – including, of course, iPad and iPhone.
AT&T recently announced its plans to roll out Digital Life. This Web-based system lets users do everything – from changing the thermostat to unlocking a door for a service technician – from a laptop, tablet or smart phone anywhere in the world. (Well, now they’ve got our attention. Who hasn’t wasted a day sitting around waiting for the cable guy to show up?)
And soon, homeowners can expect their appliances and HVAC systems to send alerts when they need maintenance or repair, Crasi says.
Home automation can also help aging or disabled homeowners via motion sensors that turn on lights as they go down a hallway, reminders to take medication, or alerts to a family member that a loved one has fallen.
“At our last CEDIA meeting, we started to see commercials about turning lights on from your phone from 100 miles away,” Crasi says. “There’s some cool stuff coming, practical stuff. That’s what I really believe is coming.”
And that’s just what the professionals are talking about now. It’s hard to imagine what might be the next innovation. Whatever it is, it’s going to need wires, Pedigo says. The best place to put those is inside the walls when your home is being built.
“The only one way to future proof a home is to pull conduit to certain parts of the home,” he says. “That way, if a new technology comes out in three to five years, you’re ready for it. I’ve taught that for a decade, and no one has ever challenged me. It’s a lot cheaper to pull the wire now than go back after the fact and reinstall it.”
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Are you in the market for a new home? If so, you’ve probably already realized that there are lots of exciting decisions to be made. For example, should you live in a rural area with more land or do you enjoy the city life? Are you looking for an older neighborhood with some charm or would you prefer a newer neighborhood with sidewalks and up-to-date amenities? Do you prefer one-story or two? Would you rather live on a corner lot or a cul-de-sac?
For some of us, buying a home that’s built and ready to go is fine. However, if you want to have more control over where you live and how your house looks it may be difficult to find everything you’re looking for in a purchase-only home. If you fall into this category of house-hunters, a custom-built home may be the better way to go. There are a lot of great advantages to custom home construction.
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Custom or Production Home: Choosing the Best Option for You
If you want to build a new home — whether because you’re tired of dealing with other people’s dirt (a bigger reason than you might think) or just want to have something completely brand new and original — you first need to consider whether to go with a custom home or a production home.
A custom home is designed specifically for a client on land purchased by the client. If you want your home to stand out in the crowd with unique architecture or you want to include specific design elements and features (a bowling alley in the basement, perhaps, or a special gourmet kitchen), then going custom might be the right choice for you.
A builder that specializes in custom homes may have its own architects and interior designers to consult with. They may develop a floor and site plan or the builder may offer a selection of fully customizable floor plans. Another option is to bring your own architect and designer to the table.
Building a custom home may seem out of reach financially for many people — but that’s not necessarily the case. It comes down to budgeting. “You can have a nice home within your budget,” said John Bitely, president of Sable Homes, a production builder based in Rockford, Mich., with a background in custom homes.
You should work with your builder to choose materials wisely and cost-effectively and to determine your design priorities, such as that gourmet kitchen. “People associate quality with the type of building process, but what they’re talking about are the amenities,” Bitely said. “But you can have high-end homes with high-end amenities that are not high quality.”
Many custom builders can help you locate a lot to build on, but if you already own the land where you want to build, you need to make sure the land is properly evaluated by a civil engineer prior to construction. “There might be added costs involved if there are problems with the property,” Bitely said.
Some of the issues to consider include local zoning or specific structuring requirements, soil types and structure, power line easements, accessibility to water and sewage infrastructure and so on.
Production homebuilders, whether national builders or regional ones, generally offer a range of design plans in a community of preselected lots at various price points. These builders built a larger volume of homes simultaneously.
If you are first-time buyer, a production home might be a good choice because you don’t have to make quite so many decisions right out of the gate as you would with a custom home. But you would still have plenty of opportunities to put your stamp on your new home — which is the fun part of building new in the first place.
Some production builders, like Sable Homes, are taking production homes almost to the fully customized level with a wider range of design and material options thanks to more streamlined and efficient building processes and materials management. “We offer customization within structured plans according to people’s wants and needs and their budget,” Bitely said.
Production homes are also a good option for homebuyers who want or need a quicker turnaround time in construction. A production home generally takes about six months to complete, while a custom home can take considerably longer, such as up to a year, depending on the scope of the project.
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The Latest Trends in Home Construction and Renovations:
NATURAL SELECTIONSStep away from the super-dark, hand-scraped floors for a second. Consider engineered woods with a lighter, more natural finish. Our experts say that white, gray, and washed-wood finishes are making a comeback. Think about bleached, limed, or fumed woods with matte finishes or sealed-only floors. Don’t count out engineered products. They aren’t necessarily cheaper, but you can achieve a more exotic look. You might also consider porcelain tiles. Porcelanosa’s Parker line boasts a “wood” look. Stone floors are also showing up in unexpected places, like master bedrooms.
Fun Fact: To get the look of steel windows, your contractor can match wood on the inside of the window to the color of the outside of the window. Steel versus wood could be a $50,000 difference in price!
CLEAN LINES, MORE OPEN SPACES
Open floor plans—like this one from Sharif & Munir—are happening even in traditional homes.
Our experts say that, on the whole, new construction is going more contemporary. This doesn’t mean that everyone is moving into glorious, Rachofsky-like glass houses. But on the whole, houses have cleaner lines with less focus on turrets and more use of Austin stone and standing-seam roofs. Europhiles, relax. The Mediterranean isn’t going anywhere—this is Italy Dallas, after all.
Even those who choose to stay with more traditional exteriors are going with modern, open concepts on the inside. That means fewer hallways and tiny, wasted rooms. Open floor plans afford more useable space — the kitchen that opens to the den and possibly dining areas. An abundance of glass and lift-and-slide doors, designed to open and disappear, bring the outdoors in. Again, efficiency is key. Homeowners are better understanding that 100 percent of their spaces should be completely usable.
Powder rooms are the perfect places to try out that bold wallpaper that you’re too afraid to try anyplace else.
TAKE SOME RISKS
Even the most risk-averse person should have some fun when building their dream home. Maybe you’re not ready to wallpaper all the ceilings. Fine. But get on board with the glass and metal trends and employ both on your staircase. In fact, why not create a fabulous, floating staircase? Too contemporary? Consider patterned woods, intricate wood designs, or an iron-and-steel combination. (On a side note, you might only need to do one staircase. It seems fewer new homes have two sets of stairs because they take up so much square footage.)
The powder bath is also a great place to try a bold wallpaper, daring paint color, or outrageous tile and hardware. There’s nothing better than stepping into an unexpected and divine powder bath. But what if you hate it? That’s a drag, but it’s not the end of the world. “It’s such a small space, so it’s not significant to change it. That’s why it’s a good place to take chances,” Michael Munir says.
There has been a lot of talk about how the formal living and dining rooms have been eradicated from new homes, but that’s simply not true. The rooms still exist; they function differently. The formal living room is now more of a “parlor” or an “away room,” as in, “I have to get away from the televisions that seem to have shown up in every flipping room, including outdoor spaces, in this house.” Many people choose to make it multi-functional — it could be a library and a bar area. It could open to the patio and be more of a party room. The point is, it doesn’t disappear from the floor plan. It just becomes something that you’ll actually use for more than fancy-but-uncomfortable furniture storage.
Likewise, the designated dining room still exists, but it’s more open and casual. It could be the serving space for even more casual parties. Add bookcases, and, it, too could become a library.
We’ve all heard it: Kitchens (and baths) sell homes. Kitchens are the heart of the home. Grandma’s kitchen: Tasters welcome. We get it! Kitchens are important. But they’re also expensive. Jennifer Fordham of Poggenpohl Dallas says she tries to educate her clients from the beginning about what things cost and parse their needs. “I have to tell them that they don’t need drawers in every single inch of the kitchen,” she says. “You have to think about the odd-shaped things that won’t fit in a drawer.” She also says ventilation is key—folks come in the showroom and ask if there’s any way around having it at all. “They think it’s ugly, but you need it, if only to pass code,” she says with a laugh.
We’ve come to expect stainless steel and granite in high-end kitchens, but maybe it’s time to expand your horizons. “Granite used to be a premium, but now it’s everywhere,” Michael Munir says. “Most apartments have granite now.” Consider engineered stone and other countertop options.
As for stainless steel, it’s still a thing. But like granite, it’s pretty standard stuff. You might want to take a chance on some of the new designs that Miele is producing — basically glassed appliances in all black, white, or chocolate. Think how fantastic they’ll look with the tasteful Ann Sacks tile and Waterworks plumbing fixtures you’ve so carefully chosen.
For cabinets, think about some of the lighter woods or more natural-colored walnuts, or go bold with some matte lacquers. Fordham says white kitchens are coming back, too.
No matter your tastes, we can all agree that the two most important items in your kitchen will be a Hoshizaki ice maker and the Miele Whole Bean/Ground Coffee System. Sonic ice and caffeine always make everything better.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
People are recognizing that the backyard has long been under-utilized square footage. In the quest to make every inch of property useful and liveable, indoor spaces are opening directly to the backyard or to patios with pizza ovens and fire pits. But the glare of the spotlight comes at a cost: Backyards are expensive. That outdoor kitchen may cost more than the kitchen inside your dream house. That photo you found on Houzz of the backyard with the swimming pool, lush landscaping, elaborate lighting, and pristine pizza oven could add up to $250,000. So budget accordingly.
As you create your at-home resort, consider stone flooring or interesting concrete finishes. Glenn Bonick says elements like raw or rusted steels are being used for retainers as well as decorative touches mixed with ipe woods for decks. It’s 200 degrees in the summer, so pools will always be a thing here, but many folks are going smaller.
THE NEW MEDIA
As previously mentioned, every single room in the modern home boasts a television, so unless your family insists on a theater setting for viewings of Phineas and Ferb, the media room may be wasted, isolated space. People want a room that’s more accessible and useful, so it’s become more of a playroom for the kids and/or an adult game room. Obviously, the large television(s) remains, but the need for theater seating has subsided. If you incorporate a media room, put it on the ground floor. Builders say that second- or third-floor media rooms tend not to get used.
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