Advanced Builders & Contractors Blog: Archive for the ‘New Construction’ Category

Some Do’s and Don’ts of Building a New Home

Monday, April 11th, 2022

hand-drawing-check-boxTwo weeks ago, we wrote up a “Do’s and Don’ts” post about bathroom remodeling. Today we’re expanding out to the entire house. If you have plans to build a new house from the ground up, you’ll want to know what mistakes to avoid, as well as the best advice to make your home into exactly what you want. We’ll go through several of the major do’s and don’ts when it comes to new home construction. 

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Good Reasons to Opt for New Home Construction

Monday, March 14th, 2022

carpenterWhen you decide to move into a new house, you’ll face two important options: do you buy a house or do you arrange with a contractor to build a new one?

At first, you may wish to go with option one, since new construction is a daunting prospect. But if you have the right general contractor in Encino, CA to handle the construction from start to finish, building a new home becomes more viable. In fact, it may be the best choice possible: starting from scratch has numerous advantages.

Below we’ll look at some of the best reasons to keep an open mind about new home construction.

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Building a New Home Without Ductwork? Here Are Reasons to Consider It

Monday, September 13th, 2021

ductless-mini-split-in-roomYou are thinking about new home construction, and plans have formed in your head about what you want the final results to look like. But have you thought about the ductwork for the house? It’s not often an early consideration, but we have a proposal to think about: build a house that doesn’t have ducts. 

Sounds odd to you? Impossible? Or pointless? We’re glad to tell you that a home built without ducts is not only possible, it comes with many benefits.

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Current and Near-Future Trends in New Home Construction

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

home-remodel-stairway-kitchenIf you are considering new home construction in Calabasas, CA or elsewhere in the Los Angeles area, you obviously have plenty to think about. One of the first major concerns is the basic design and feel of the house—you’ll live in this space for many years, and you want it to match your exact needs as well as create an environment you enjoy being in. 

When you work with our design team for your new home construction project, we’ll give you the best advice and assistance in realizing your ideal house. Before we get started, we would like to share with you several current trends, as well as ones we believe are coming in the near future, in house design. You don’t need to trend-chase to have the best home, but trends usually emerge for good reasons and are worth examining.

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6 Reasons to Build a New House Rather Than Buy

Monday, June 7th, 2021

frame-of-new-houseIf you’re considering buying a new house, it may also have occurred to you to go all the way and build a new house: purchase the lot, then work with a great general contractor in Hidden Hills, CA to construct a home ideally suited to your needs and your family.

If you have the budget to create a new house, it’s definitely an option to consider. Yes, it will involve more work than purchasing an already built home, but the benefits may be worth it. Below are six reasons you might prefer building your own house (by which we mean work with a contractor to build your house) over buying one.

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Watch Out for These Pitfalls in New Home Construction

Monday, April 26th, 2021

home-designAlthough the idea of building your own home is a thrilling one, it also likely makes you dizzy with all the different options and obstacles you’re going to face, as well as the possibility of making errors that will cost you money or result in a final house that isn’t what you wanted. 

When it comes to new home construction in Los Angeles, CA, we’re one of the top contractors: we’ve shepherded many projects for homeowners through all stages to finished products our clients love. We know something about the obstacles and errors that can make building a new home difficult, and we’d like to help you avoid a few of the common ones we’ve listed below.

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What House Style Is Right for You?

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Whether you’re building from the ground up or shopping around for the residential paradise you can call home, you may be wondering what style you should go for. From stylish remodels to brand-new homes, there are so many options out there that can fit with your decor, lifestyle, and personality.

Whether you’re starting on your very first home or this is another one in your journey, you might find yourself exploring new styles or changing your style up.

Depending on your location, your neighborhood, and even your personality, there might be different styles and options available to you. Whether you want to shop around and see what you find or you’re ready to hunt for your all-time favorite, here are some home styles that you might want to look into.

1. Craftsman Style

Craftsman-style homes can be quaint and unique and are quite popular throughout the western U.S., including Los Angeles. They give off homey vibes, which is perfect for those looking for their first home or a place to settle down.

Their covered porches and low-pitched roofs with deep eaves make craftsman homes cozy and vintage-looking, while still offering a bit of a modern flair.

2. Victorian

Victorian homes are perfect for those who want to go fully vintage and a bit gothic. Usually, these homes are quite old, but if you’re ready for a bit of upkeep, they can make themselves more than worth it. If you look around Los Angeles, there are a lot of Victorian homes to be spotted.

3. Mediterranean Style

Popular in the Beverly Hills area in Florida and many other places, the Mediterranean style of home has a beachy, warm vibe without being too nautical. Like the name, it gives off the air of the Mediterranean in its design, complete with earthy tones and stone materials to make it beautiful and care-free.

4. Cape Cod Style

While the name might make it obvious, Cape Cod-style homes are most popular in the northeast. They have a seashore style to them but tend to focus on quaint symmetry and lighter colors like pastels.

If you tend to like vintage aesthetics that are a bit more quaint than Victorian or colonial-style homes, Cape Cod might be worth a look.

5. Traditional Ranch

Ranch-style homes are single-story and can sometimes have a southwestern style to them. With an emphasis on functionality and craftsmanship, features like composite woods, sloped roofs, barn-style garage doors, and other timeless touches are usually a part of the deal.

These homes can tend to lean on the smaller side, which is great for those who are downsizing or looking for their first home.

6. Country French Style

If you want to bring in the rural spirit but want a bit of a European flair rather than a southern aesthetic, country French might be the best idea to turn to. From French doors to natural stones and sloped roofs, country French homes are the perfect blend of rustic style and sophistication.

7. Contemporary Architecture

You’ll likely see these homes all around Beverly Hills, and there’s a good reason for that. Modern, contemporary architecture is sleek and stylish, emanating luxury at every turn.

With the creative opportunities that this style can bring, contemporary architecture looks great on sloped land or beside a luxurious pool.

8. Beach House Style

If you’re less interested in a contemporary or minimalist style but you still want something that looks beautiful beside a pool or by the seaside, a beach house in Malibu could be the perfect way to live out your sandy, salty dreams.

Whether you’re looking for an actual home by the beach or you just want something that gives you that energy, looking into a beach house-style home could be the perfect middle ground and be precisely what you’re looking for.

9. Colonial

If you love all things old-fashioned but Victorian-style homes are a bit too much for you, a colonial home could be a great alternative. They tend to pop up around the east and even the midwest, but you can find homes in the colonial style pretty much anywhere. They tend to focus on symmetry and simplicity while still embodying a cozy, old-fashioned vibe.

10. Bungalow

Bungalow homes are exactly the kind of cozy, tucked-away home that the name implies. Not only are they cute and cozy, but they also tend to be sturdy and can give off a vintage flair. You can find these homes pretty much anywhere, from the midwest to Los Angeles.

While they tend to be smaller in size, there’s a variety of bungalow styles that can fit your needs differently. These can be great for new homeowners or those looking to downsize.

11. Adobe Revival

If you’re inspired by the southwest, look no further than Adobe revival. With natural, earthy colors and simple design principles, this is the perfect style for those who prefer a bit of minimalism and bohemian styling. These homes are great for warmer climates, which is why you tend to see a lot of them throughout the southwest.

12. Spanish Style

Spanish-style homes tend to share some design principles with the Mediterranean style of design, but they tend to be hallmarked by light-colored exteriors paired with earth-toned roofing, especially Spanish tiling. They tend to make use of archways, greenery, and creative landscaping, too.

These homes look amazing with a pool alongside them when going a bit more luxurious, but you can also find plenty of quaint Spanish homes, too.

Exploring Home Styles

Finding the home style that fits your personality and your needs can be difficult but rewarding. There are so many different home styles you can choose from, and each one has its own unique benefits. Whether you’re building your brand-new home, working on renovations, or you’re searching for your very first home purchase, there’s something out there for everyone.

Whether you like bungalow-style homes or you want to go for sleek, contemporary architecture, there are so many options to explore. Which home style is your favorite?

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A Step-By-Step Guide on Preparing to Build Your Own Home

Friday, February 5th, 2021

Owning a home might seem out of reach, with the cost of hiring contractors or purchasing property climbing every year. These rising costs have led to a growing number of individuals who’ve decided to build their own home from the ground up. This can be a viable option if you can find the perfect combination of contractors and supplies, but it’s not for everyone.

What do you need to know when you’re preparing to build your own home? Here are the steps involved:

1. Select Your Land

Here is another decision you’ll need to make before your contractor breaks ground. Finding the perfect sector of property to build your dream home on is almost as important as the materials you choose or the floor plan you design. You should ask yourself a few questions here, including:

  • How much space do I want? Some people are content with a tiny suburban lot while others would prefer to have their neighbors at least a mile away.
  • What utilities do I need? Things like water and power will likely be easy to connect to, but other utilities, like the internet, might be more challenging in remote locations.
  • What are the drawbacks of this particular parcel of land? Is it prone to drought, fire or flood? Will you be snowed in for the entire winter? Just remember that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Will the land I want work for the home I’ve designed? This is something you’ll need to go over with your contractors. As an example, some areas of the property might need leveling or clearing before they’re ready for concrete workers to pour the foundation.

2. Start With a Blueprint

You wouldn’t try to assemble a piece of furniture without reading the instructions, and you shouldn’t try building a home without a blueprint to work from. Don’t go into this project with a vague idea of what you’re trying to create. You’ll have some assistance from the contractors you choose to work with but it’s always better to have more than just a vague idea of what you’re trying to create.

Work with a design team to create your dream home before you ever break ground. You’ll want an architect and structural engineer to help draft your blueprints. Compile photos of homes you love so that the architect can model yours after them. Let them know what your top priorities for your home are. Are you looking for privacy? Sustainable and eco-friendly materials? Smart home features? Tell your designer so that they can incorporate them into the design.

In addition, make sure the architect designs with the land, especially on sloped or hillside properties. Ask them to visit the property as well. This will help them avoid potential problems or awkward scenarios, like setting up windows that look right into the neighbors. By tailoring your design to the property,  the designer will ensure that your home is perfect for you.

There are a lot of factors to consider, from square footage and location to the acreage of the lot you want. A comprehensive plan will end up saving you a lot of money and heartache in the long run. Start with your blueprint before you make any big decisions.

3. Make Your Design Decisions

When you’re building a modern home, there are so many options available that it can be overwhelming. Do you want to build a home you’ll be comfortable in for a long time, or are you optimizing value so you can sell in the future? Do you want stone walls or a wood frame? Asphalt shingles or solar panels? Tile, linoleum, carpet or hardwood floors? Even this short list of decisions might leave your head spinning.

You’ll have to make most of these decisions before construction begins, simply because your contractor will need to know what supplies to source. Don’t be one of those clients who changes their mind every five minutes. This puts you at risk of breaking your contract, depending on the details, and you end up possibly annoying your builder. The last thing you want is to be on the bad side of the person who is building your home.

4. Know When to Step Back

People love the idea of getting their hands dirty and working on a big project like their future forever home. While you might find a contractor willing to let you do a little bit of grunt work, in most cases you’ll just be in the way on the worksite. Hang up your DIY belt and know when to take a step back.

You’ll have plenty of work to do once the construction is complete, from filling your new home up with furniture to slapping a fresh coat of paint in your favorite color on the newly hung drywall. Let the contractors do their job and don’t get underfoot!

5. Get the Necessary Permits

Before you break ground and start building your house, be sure you have all the necessary building permits. Even some small remodeling projects, like adding a carport or building a fence, require a permit from your local building office. Neglecting these permits could leave you on the wrong side of code enforcement.

In most cases, the contractors you choose will be responsible for obtaining all the necessary permits, but it’s always a good idea to double-check and ensure all their I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed.

6. Don’t Forget the Finishing Work

This is the step where you get to really turn your new house into a home. Add the finishing touches that will help the space meet your aesthetic and functional needs. This includes but isn’t limited to painting, adding furniture, landscaping the exterior and installing things like rugs and window dressings.

Make it your space, from the foundation all the way up to the peak of the roof and everything in between. You may want to employ some professionals, such as carpet installers, to make sure that everything is perfect. This is where you can put on your DIY belt and really go to town.

7. Get Those Final Inspections

You’ve got one last step before you can call your project complete, and that’s booking and passing your final inspections.

This isn’t something you’ll be able to do yourself. Instead, you’ll have to bring in a professional building inspector to ensure everything is up to code and ready for habitation. This is why you don’t want to cut corners during construction, whether you’re working on it yourself or hiring contractors to do the work for you. If you do, they’re just going to come back and bite you when you have to pay to have the half-finished project completed correctly by a professional.

Enjoy Your New Home!

Once you’ve gotten the all-clear from the building inspectors and you’re ready to move in, all that’s left to do is enjoy both your new home.

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Choosing a Style for Your New House

Monday, February 1st, 2021

new-construction-ABC-Los-AngelesWhen you decide to build your own home, you’ll face many exciting as well as intimidating challenges. Without a doubt, this is one of the biggest personal projects you can ever embark upon, and having the right general contractor in Woodland Hills, CA will take much of the weight off your shoulders. When you work with our team, we manage all the steps of new home construction, starting with the design phase and continuing through handling permits, ordering materials, arranging for construction, plumbing, electricity, etc. We don’t subcontract the work: everything is under one roof to make the process efficient and accurate so we can deliver the results you want.

But what results do you want? This is one of the most exciting parts of the process for you: finding the house style you want. One that fits your lifestyle and also matches the setting. Below are some of the more popular styles used in Southern California homes to get you started—and they certainly aren’t the limit!

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5 Mistakes to Watch for During New Home Construction

Monday, December 21st, 2020

blueprints-for-house-constructionWe recently addressed a big question a homeowner can face, which is whether to choose a full house renovation or a new home construction. It’s not an easy choice, but in this post we’re going to look at what happens if you’ve chosen to go with new home construction in Los Angeles, CA

The first step to take before anything else is to contact an experienced local building contractor. Advanced Builders & Contractors has a full team of architects, designers, and builders to handle your project from start to finish—we place all the work under a single roof so you won’t run into problems with various subcontractors and miscommunication. When you have professionals on board from the start, you’ll be able to dodge some of the major mistakes that can occur with planning new home construction. 

Below are five of these common errors we’ve known people to make.

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