What to Consider Before Buying Land to Build Your Custom Home – Part 2

Home builders in Vancouver WA know that there are several things you may want to consider before buying land for your custom home.

In part two of this three-part series, Tuscany Homes discusses utilities, resource rights, and zoning/restrictions.

How will you get utilities? This won’t be much of a problem if you’re building your home smack dab in the middle of metropolis, but it might be problematic if you’re building in the boonies.

Before giving the bank your John Hancock, know where you’re getting, or how you’re getting rid of, the following:

  • Water
  • Waste
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Phone
  • Internet service

Does the land come with any resource rights? Again, this may not affect a piece of land within the city, but it could be a big issue if you’re buying a rural piece of property.

Natural resource rights include:

  • Water
  • Mineral
  • Timber
  • Access

Basically, even though you own the property someone else owns the rights to the aforementioned resources. They can come and take them at any time or dictate how you use your property.

How is your property zoned? Are there any restrictions? It’s wise to know if your land is zoned solely for residential or for both residential and commercial.

Also, some neighborhoods have “covenants, codes, and restrictions” also known as CCRs. CCRs may adversely affect how you can build your custom home.

To read part one of this series, click here.

To read part three of this series, click here.

Tuscany Homes is one of the best home builders in Vancouver WA. To contact them, click here.

What to Consider Before Buying Land to Build Your Custom Home – Part 1

You’re excited to hire a custom home builder in Vancouver WA. You can’t wait until hammers start flying and drywall starts hanging.

Yet, before the foundation can be poured, you’ll need a plot of land. Buying property may seem like a slam dunk but there are several things to consider before pulling the proverbial trigger.

In this three-part series, Tuscany Homes lists seven things you might want to consider before buying land to build your custom home.

Location. Location. Location.

It’s a cliché but it’s true. When it comes to real estate of any kind, including the plot of land on which you’re going to build, it’s all about location.

You’ll probably want to consider what part of town or county you want to live in as well as issues like how close do you want to be near a certain school or your place of work.

Also, think about asking yourself, do you really want to live near a highway or do you mind having a bazillion neighbors in a huge subdivision?

Finally, you might want to think about the location of your home within the lot itself. Is there a view to be had? Do you want the front and back yards to be the same size? Can you get clever with your driveway?

Obviously, some of that stuff will be decided by the way your neighborhood is configured, but there might be a few ways you can play with the location of your home.

In part two of this series, we’ll look at three more things to consider before buying land to build your custom home.

Tuscany Home is a leading home builder in Vancouver WA. To contact them, click here.

 

Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid with Your Custom Home – Part 3

Your builder has just given you the keys to your custom home in Vancouver WA. You are probably excited to move in, but are you excited to start landscaping?

This is the final installment of our three-part series on landscaping mistakes. In this article, we’re going to look at some general mistakes homeowners make when it comes to their lawn and garden.

Using too many lawn ornaments. One gnome is cute and whimsical. An army of gnomes is probably overkill.

Forgetting about lawn waste. When you mow, prune, plant, or weed you produce yard waste. Make sure you have a place to put it or a way to get rid of it.

Ignoring wildlife. You don’t want your expensive new plants to be dinner for the local critters. Do some research to ensure that your landscaping doesn’t become fodder for the local fauna.

Think long term. Remember that plants grow. What is a perfect size this season may overtake your backyard next year. Know how big your plants will be when they’re fully mature.

Not realizing your yard needs maintenance. Lawns need to be mowed and gardens need to be weeded. You’ll either have to do it yourself or pay someone to do it. Be prepared to spend the time or the money.

To read part one of this series, click here.

To read part two of this series, click here.

To see if a custom home in Vancouver WA is for you, contact Tuscany Homes, the region’s top builder, by clicking here.

Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid with Your Custom Home – Part 2

You’re fortunate to have one of those amazing custom homes in Vancouver WA. It’s what you’ve been dreaming about for years and you know what you’re going to do with every square inch.

Then, you look out the window and realize you have some serious landscaping to do.

Before you grab a shovel, or visit your favorite nursey, Tuscany Homes wants you to know some common landscaping mistakes.

In part two of this three-part series, we look at mistakes involving your custom home’s new lawn.

Cutting your lawn too short. Your custom home will likely come with a lawn and you may think cutting it as short as possible is a good idea. Cutting it short means you won’t have to mow as often, right? Wrong! You can get away with a short cut in the winter, but in the summer you’ll probably want to set your lawnmower as high as possible.

Failing to fertilize correctly. There are two ways to fertilize incorrectly. Those two ways are not fertilizing at all and fertilizing too much. Every region is different but you generally want to fertilize twice a year.

Overwatering your lawn. There’s a tendency for some homeowners to think that if water is a good for a lawn then a lot of water is even better for a lawn. That is not true. Typically, a lawn needs about an inch of water per week.

To read part one of this series, click here.

To read part three of this series, click here.

To learn more about custom homes contact Tuscany Homes, one of the top builders in Vancouver WA, by clicking here.

Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid with Your Custom Home – Part 1

Builders are going to great lengths to ensure that your custom home in Vancouver WA is made to your satisfaction.

Yet, their focus is on the house. It’s not necessarily on the landscaping. Sure, builders want you to have a nice lawn and a fence, but their priority is the building, not the yard.

That’s why, in this three-part series, Tuscany Homes is going to look at landscaping mistakes to avoid with your new custom home.

Failing to plan. Regardless of the color of your thumb, you need a plan. Otherwise, you may overspend at the nursery and be stuck with a bunch plants you don’t need.

Thinking landscaping is cheap. Landscaping is expensive. On average, it’s 30 percent more expensive than other types of home improvement projects.

Planting in the wrong place. Some plants need shade while other plants need sun. Don’t put a shade plant in the sun and vice versa.

Planting too deeply. After learning where to plant, make sure you don’t plant too deeply. This is especially true for trees as too much soil can rob the root system of oxygen and create conditions for root rot.

To read part two of this series click here.

To learn more about a custom home, contact one of the top builders in Vancouver WA, Tuscany Homes, by clicking here.

Tips for Surviving and Thriving New Home Tours – Part 3

Organized tours of custom homes are very popular in both Clark County WA and the rest of the nation.

These tours generally include several dream homes that are all built in the same neighborhood. While these homes are very expensive, and out of reach for most custom home buyers, they are great places to go to get ideas and learn about the latest trends.

Even if you’re not planning on building a new home, these tours can be a lot of fun. They’ll be even more enjoyable if you follow our tips for surviving and thriving new home tours.

Don’t be afraid to critique what you see. Yes, someone spent a lot of time and money on these homes, but the most enjoyable part of attending a new home tour is criticizing what you see. Saying stuff like “How do you keep this room clean?” and “There are too many washers and dryers in this house” is half the fun.

Be careful about entering contests. Take all the brochures you want, but be leery of signing up for contests. They are less about giving stuff away and more of a reason to get your phone number so they can give you a sales call.

Ask questions. Builders, contractors, subcontractors, and vendors are usually on hand at these new home tours. They are also open to answering your questions. Those who build custom homes, whether in Clark County WA or somewhere, love talking shop.

To read part one of this series, click here.

To read part two of this series, click here.

To contact Tuscany Homes, click here.

Tips for Surviving and Thriving New Home Tours – Part 2

Are you thinking about attending a new home tour sponsored by home builders in Clark County?

These tours usually feature multiple luxury homes built in the same neighborhood and especially for the event.

Tuscany Homes wants you to enjoy these tours. They are great places to go to get ideas for either your existing home or your future custom home.

To ensure that you have a wonderful time, we’ve compiled some tips on how to survive and thrive at a new home tour.

Bring a camera. Even if it’s just the camera in your phone, make sure you have some way to document your favorite concepts, ideas, and trends. It’s not often that someone allows you into their luxury home and doesn’t care if you take photographs.

Leave your children at home. You know your kids better than anyone. You know if they will enjoy a new home tour. With that being written, youngsters don’t generally enjoy looking at homes. Furthermore, new home tours are kryptonite for little boys—they can’t touch anything, they can’t run, and they have to continually take off and put on their shoes.

Have the right attitude. Don’t feel frustrated, alienated, or defeated because the homes you’re touring are out of your price range. Instead, attend the tour to get caught up on the latest trends and to have a good time.

Home builders in Clark County who sponsor these tours aren’t trying to rub anyone’s wealth into anyone’s face. They are just trying to sell homes and home related products.

To read part one of this series, click here.

To read part three of this series, click here.

To contact Tuscany Homes, click here.

Tips for Surviving and Thriving New Home Tours – Part 1

Home builders, both in Vancouver WA and elsewhere, often get together to produce new home tours.

You know, several new luxury homes are built in the same neighborhood, by different contractors, and are opened for you to tour (and drool).

Builders usually charge admission to these tours and they are usually called something like “Parade of Homes” or “Street of Dreams.”

These tours are a lot of fun, but they can be a lot more fun if you follow these tips.

Go during the week. You may not want to spend a vacation day or sick day to check out a new home tour, but if there is any way you can attend during the week you might want to consider it. There will be fewer people.

Go early. If you can’t go during the week, then think about going as soon as they open. Fewer people means you can take your time and see more of the homes.  

Wear slip on shoes. To enter the homes, you’ll either need to take off your shoes or slip paper booties over your shoes. Either way, slip on shoes are your best option. You’ll be there all day if you have to continually untie and tie your shoes.

If you see anything you like at a new home tour, and want it in your new custom home, contact Tuscany Homes, one of the top builders in Vancouver WA.

To read part two of this series, click here.

Unique Room Ideas for Your Custom Home – Part 3

For those considering building custom homes in Clark County WA, they are probably thinking about the layout of their living room, kitchen, and dining area. They are probably not thinking about where their butler pantry, dressing room, or wine cellar is going.

Those spaces were from part two of our three-part series about unique room ideas. In part three of our series, we’re going to start by “wrapping” it up.

Gift Wrapping Room

A gift wrapping room isn’t for everybody, but if it is for you, they are certainly cool. Granted you can turn any room into a gift wrapping room, but if you’re building a custom home why not do it right by adding shelves for supplies and cabinets for storage.

Workout Area

This can be anything from a dedicated space to put your free weights to a peaceful nook to perform yoga. A home gym obviously takes up square footage but it doesn’t need much other than walls, some mirrors, and a rubber floor.

Library

Sure, your smartphone and tablet can hold more mysteries, thrillers, and biographies than you’ll ever be able to read, but an in-home library can also be a place where you go to read. Besides, real books are still comforting.

Make sure your library has big windows that let in lots of natural light and floor-to-ceiling shelves to hold all your tomes.

To read part one of this series, click here.

To read part two of this series, click here.

To learn more about custom homes in Clark County WA, as well as more unique room ideas, contact Tuscany Homes here.

Unique Room Ideas for Your Custom Home – Part 2

Home builders in Vancouver WA are experts at buildings bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens. Yet, do they know how to build conservatories, sunrooms, and functional mudrooms?

Certainly Tuscany Homes does!

Those three rooms were mentioned in part one of this three-part series about unique room ideas for your custom home. We begin part two with a unique kind of pantry.

Butler Pantry

A butler pantry is a room between the kitchen and dining room that’s used for storage and staging of meals. It’s where you’d keep the vat of mash potatoes if anyone wanted seconds.

Obviously, a butler pantry is a luxury, but if you’re building a custom home and you host a lot of dinner parties, it might be worth it.

Dressing Room

Do we mean dressing rooms like they have in department clothing stores? We do, but without the patronizing clerk that has to unlock the door and the video cameras behind the mirrors.

A dressing room, usually attached to a walk-in closet, is a place where you dress. It has mirrors, a chair of some sorts, and whatever else you may need to put on your clothes.

Wine Cellar

You don’t need a huge area for a wine cellar. You just need the coolest and most humid place in your home. If you love wine, you can build one large enough to host a few friends. Or, you can just build a closet-like space that’s large enough to store a few dozen bottles.

To read part one of this series, click here.

To read part three of this series, click here.

To learn more about unique rooms, contact Tuscany Homes, one of the leading home builders in Vancouver WA, click here.