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How good is your home heating system? Does it warm up the whole house on a cold day? Does it cost more than you think it should to get enough heat in the winter? Are you thinking about switching to an alternative heating system? Do you want to upgrade to a newer heating system? I started this blog to talk about the different alternatives for heating your home. Find out when it’s time to upgrade your heating unit and when you can make modifications or repairs to your old unit to improve its efficiency or keep it going a while longer. Also, check out the pros and cons of different alternative heating options from geothermal units to pellet stoves. Your home heating answers are here!


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Should You Buy or Build Your Next Home?

Freddie Kuhn

Having a new house built can be exciting and fun. After finding the lot to put it on,  you need to decide whether you want a project home or a custom home. There are benefits to each type of home and in general, they will cost about the same to have built, in some cases, they can cost less. Here are some of the differences that might make a difference in your decision.


A project home will take less time to have built than a custom home. Project home builders have already built the home you want many times and know all the tricks and such to get the job done. Once you decide which house you want, the only thing you have to worry about is colors, flooring, and the aesthetics. When you want a custom home, you need to start by having the plans drawn. This can take time, especially if you want things that require special considerations like multiple rooflines. Sitting down with the architect or designer and getting things just the way you want can also be time-consuming.

Display Homes

Most project home builders have a few houses available you can go through. This allows you to see the workmanship of the contractor as well as see what your home will look like when finished. When you are having a custom home built you will only see your home on paper before it is built. In addition, the contractor may not have any completed homes for you to walk through. You may be able to visit other construction sites to see how the workmanship, though.

Your Needs

When you buy a project home, you get exactly that. You can make decisions on the coloring and what type of flooring will be used, but that is about it. If you had hoped for a larger living room and walk-in closets in all the bedrooms that are not in the original design you are just out of luck. In addition, you may end up paying for things you do not need or want in your home, such as a bay window or an extra bathroom. A custom home is just that. You and the designer create the home from the ground up. You decide sizes of rooms and where they will be situated.

It basically comes down to how much time you have and how much input you need to have on your new home. Both a project home and a custom home are new builds that no one else has lived in and you get to choose the finishing touches. Learn more about your options by contacting custom home builders.