Archive for the ‘New Construction’ Category

Trends in New Construction: What are Los Angeles Buyers Looking For?

Friday, July 21st, 2017 by Nick Cohen

After some leaner decades in residential new construction, the number of new homes throughout the Los Angeles and Southern California area are once again trending upward. Much of this spike is to offset an increasingly low inventory of available homes as Los Angeles continues to see very strong population growth.

According to recent statistics, Los Angeles’ economic growth was responsible for bringing in more than 230 thousand new residents during the five-year span between 2010 and 2015, and this rate of growth continues to increase. With only 40 thousand new homes being built during the same period, it becomes easy to see that many more new construction homes will continue to be needed to supply the growing demand for housing.

Downsizing Into Smaller Spaces

After decades of larger-than-life homes, L.A. residents are once again opting for smaller spaces in 2017. This is especially true of younger buyers who want homes that have the luxury features they want, in a more manageable size. Instead of building large estate properties, many new construction buyers will, instead, opt for large lots with smaller home sizes, to allow for more outdoor space and use.

As in the past, new construction buyers will continue to look for locations with good schools, close proximity to work and basic needs, and a favorable quality of life, when making their choice.

Smart Technology for New Construction Homes

One of the most requested features that buyers in Los Angeles, as well as other areas of the nation, want to find in a newly constructed home is smart technology. With many new construction buyers falling into the tech-savvy millennial age range, it is no surprise that these buyers want homes with smart technology. In fact, according to a recent survey, 86 percent of Millennials are willing to spend more money for housing in which this technology is already implemented. High on their lists of smart technology options are:

  • Detection and air quality technology, such as leak detection, carbon monoxide, and smoke detectors, and radon detectors
  • Smart or connected thermostats capable of saving energy and providing custom comfort by learning the preferences of the home’s occupants
  • Smart garage doors and home locks that can be opened and closed remotely through a smartphone or tablet app
  • Smart home security cameras capable of being monitored and operated remotely through a smart phone or other web-connected device or computer

While this type of technology can be added to existing homes, today’s buyers prefer to find these features already present in the homes they purchase. By purchasing new construction, these buyers can have the smart technology features they want incorporated directly into the design of the home for a more seamless user experience.

Interior Finish Choices for 2017

Interior finishes, especially in the kitchen and bath are another area in which new home buyers are asking for new options. A good example of this is replacing granite countertops with engineered quartz surfaces that can be customized to fit the design new home buyers want. Quartz is also more environmentally-friendly than granite, as well as being harder and more durable in areas with heavy use, such as kitchens and bathrooms.

The Right Builder for the Project

Los Angeles home buyers who want to get the most from their newly constructed home should start by hiring the right builder. Advanced Builders & Contractors serves the Los Angeles area with customized new home construction services to help buyers get exactly the right home for them. Advanced Builders & Contractors are experts in guiding their clients through the new construction process while eliminating unnecessary stress. With a quality service guarantee and exceptional workmanship and customer service, Advanced Builders & Contractors offer new construction, as well as general contracting, remodeling, and home improvement services in the Los Angeles area.

Stop By Encino the Next Time You Visit Los Angeles

Monday, February 6th, 2017 by Nick Cohen

new-construction-ABC-Los-AngelesLos Angeles has lots of wonderful neighborhoods to explore, and one of our favorites is often overlooked. Encino, a Spanish term for “evergreen” or “holm oak,” was named after the beautiful oak trees found in the valley—or perhaps just one in particular. The Encino Oak Tree, also called the Lang Oak, was a 1,000 year-old tree, felled naturally in El Nino storms in 1998. However, you can still visit a monument in honor of this historic tree on the corner of Ventura Blvd. and Louise Ave.

There’s lots more you can do in Encino, though. Check out our favorite neighborhood hot spots and family hangouts, and visit Encino if you’re exploring the LA area. (more…)

To Buy or To Build: 10 Benefits of New Home Construction

Monday, April 25th, 2016 by Nick Cohen

You want a new home, but you are debating whether you should build a new one from scratch (with the help of a great team, of course) or if you should just buy one that’s already standing. At Advanced Builders & Contractors, we know the value of seeing your new house become a home. Here are ten reasons we think you should customize a brand new home, rather than choosing one that was pre-designed for any potential buyer. (more…)

Location, Location, Location: Factoring It into New Home Construction

Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Nick Cohen

You’ve got a perfect picture in your head of the features you’d like to see come to life as you build your home. But what if the location you’ve chosen to build it on cannot accommodate all of your new home design hopes and dreams? (more…)

Building a New Home? Don’t Do This!

Monday, December 28th, 2015 by Nick Cohen

You’re building the home of your dreams, so you don’t want to find yourself with regrets three or four months into your homeownership. When you are planning construction on your new home, hire quality contractors whose work you admire, and make sure that you don’t make the following mistakes! (more…)

New Construction Process: Developing a Site Plan

Monday, September 28th, 2015 by Nick Cohen

If you have only recently begun to think about your plans for building a new property or renovating an existing property, you’ve got a long way to go. The construction process is quite a ways off, since you still need to come up with a solid plan for the layout and design of the building. But having a general idea of what you want still isn’t enough. You need a detailed site plan both for the homebuilders and for the city planning department. (more…)

Maximizing Space Efficiency in Your New Home

Monday, September 7th, 2015 by Nick Cohen

We don’t want you to have any regrets after completion of your new home. That’s why we’ve put together this brief list of ways to maximize space efficiency in your home when planning for new construction. Take a look! (more…)

Planning Your Lighting Design for Your New Home

Monday, August 17th, 2015 by Nick Cohen

When you come home at night after a long day, one of the first things you do is flip on a light switch. The lights are undeniably an important feature of any home. Have you put enough time and thought into planning your lighting design? (more…)

4 Things to Avoid When Planning for New Home Construction

Monday, August 3rd, 2015 by Nick Cohen

Building a new home is both exciting and nerve-wracking. The opportunity to build the house of your dreams may be exhilarating, but what if it’s not quite right? While you can always make renovations later, this is something you’ll certainly want to avoid. In today’s guide, we’ve detailed a few things you should avoid if you want to feel comfortable in your new home. (more…)

What to Look for in a General Contractor

Monday, February 9th, 2015 by Nick Cohen

Renovating or building a house can be a challenging yet exciting process, but if you don’t hire the right contractor to do the work on your home, renovating your home can quickly become a nightmare. As such, it is very worth your while to take the time to consider some of the following factors when choosing a general contractor to work on your Los Angeles home.


  • Proper licensing – one of the first and foremost items to check when considering hiring any kind of tradesperson to work on your home is whether or not the company or person is properly licensed by the state. Using an unlicensed contractor can put both you and your home at considerable risk.
  • Is insured and bonded – when someone works anywhere on your home and isn’t insured and bonded, you will carry the liability for any injuries to his/her person and any damaged caused. It is not worthwhile for any homeowner to take this kind of risk.
  • Past work experience – having a portfolio, a list of recent projects and references for past work is very important when hiring a contractor. This allows you to see the kind of work the contractor has done the scope of work he/she is capable of.
  • Any specialties – many contractors specialize in certain kinds of construction, whether it be historical restoration, certain kinds of architecture such as post and beam, or a certain look or style.
  • Do they handle the kind of work you need? – if you have a good idea of the kind of work you want done with your home, it is very important to make sure that any contractors you are considering actually do the work you need.
  • Professional certifications – many contractors have certifications, such as being a certified remodeler; if you don’t see any certifications highlighted on marketing material, don’t be afraid to ask.
  • Professional affiliations – it is always an endorsement for the contractor if the company is affiliated with professional entities like the Better Business Bureau and the Building Industry Association.

The professionals at Advanced Builders & Contractors bring over 20 years of construction work to every job, so if you are considering renovation or construction to your home in Los Angeles, call us today!