Say hello to our latest custom built home in Downers Grove! This five bedroom, four and a half bathroom home is nestled onto a sloped lot with a massive backyard, overlooking a tree-studded neighborhood park and pond.
Through finding a lot, designing, building and finishing the home, we become involved in all aspects of our clients’ custom home journey. The floor plan, layout, finishes, and functionality are a blend of their needs and our design team’s expert advice.
This Build Story Wrap Up lays out their journey from the first meeting, to finding their perfect lot, through planning, designing, building…
Thinking through these different aspects will help set you up to more effectively select the right architect to work with and then also convey what you need in your custom home once the design process begins. Having your dream home thought through beforehand saves everybody time — you, your design team, and ultimately your builder, too. Just like many other important decisions, early planning is the right first step to take.
Did you know BrightLeaf provides a design-build approach? We specialize in integrating the design and build process from concept to move in for a well organized, enjoyable custom home…
Home shoppers were thrilled last year when interest rates dropped to unprecedented levels below 3%. The Fed dropped rates to 0 in order to incentivize spending and boost the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic changed life as we know it. More recently, as the economy has stabilized due to mass vaccination and businesses reopening, the Fed has increased and in turn, so have mortgage rates.
Today, interest rates still remain at historically low levels, with Bankrate’s benchmark mortgage rate for a 30-year fixed at 3.2%. …
In January 2019, energy usage, uncomfortable homes, high heating bills, and broken pipes became top of mind in the wake of the unforgettable polar vortex. We all received advice on what to do to best prepare for and maintain our homes during this arctic blast that closed schools and offices, leaving us cuddled together in our homes.
To many eager viewers’ surprise, the home lasted 34 hours from Monday January 28th at 5:30pm, to Wednesday January 30th during the early morning without dropping below 50 degrees. During that time, outdoor temps plummeted from 17 degrees (felt like 2) at…
Finding the right builder to work with can feel as daunting as building the home itself. You want to trust not only their building expertise but also their project management skills and finish quality.
In this article, we’re going to share our fifteen most important questions to ask a builder before you hire them and why you should ask. Choosing to go the custom home route is an investment — this article will give you the resources to help make sure you’re choosing the right builder.
As a bonus, we included a free worksheet download at the end of this…
One of the most exciting parts of custom home building is developing the design for it. Good design isn’t just about pretty finishes, though. You need professional design services that also align with your build plans and, most importantly, your budget.
Enter the design-build process.
Design-build merges the aesthetic and structural planning process of home construction into one service. At BrightLeaf, we offer thoughtful design services that integrate with the building process for a positive and efficient custom home building experience.
Our design and construction departments work on your project together for a seamless transition between each phase. Being within…
You’ve heard plenty of negative experiences — whether it’s from friends, family, or neighbors — about building a custom home: it takes longer than promised and you spend more than you planned for. This is a common issue for many builders who don’t prioritize their client’s timeline or budget from the beginning of the project.
To prevent these headache inducing situations, we have implemented our own project management app that empowers you to control the timeline and the budget of your custom built home from the get go.
No more questions about when the next phase begins, how much a…
You’re planning to build a custom home in the future. You know how many bedrooms and bathrooms you want, the location, and the style. But have you considered building a certified healthy home? What exactly does “healthy” mean when talking about new construction and eco-friendly homes?
“A whole-building approach to energy efficiency-including improving insulation, heating and cooling systems, lighting and energy-using equipment-can reduce energy costs and support warmer, drier, more comfortable indoor environments. Both outcomes have been linked with direct impacts such as lowered risk of illness and with indirect physical health benefits.”
Designing and building your own custom home might seem like a difficult task to undertake but getting started isn’t as difficult as you might imagine. There are three overall phases to cover when building a modern custom home.
Phase One: Getting Started
To start on the right foot, there are three major arrangements you’ll need to make and understand:
Phase Two: Designing Your Custom Home When first designing your custom home…
You’re not quite satisfied with your current housing situation. Your needs have changed or you simply desire something more. Maybe you’ve been looking all over for the home that meets all of your needs but still at a loss.
Does it feel like there is always something left unchecked on your list?
What if there was a way to ensure everything was checked off?
Have you considered building a new home?
Here are four reasons why a new home may be right for you.
When you build a new home, everything about it is literally just that — new!