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NOVEMBER HOME BUILDER SPOTLIGHT: BEN FREDRICK
Meet our October Builder of the Month, Ben Fredrick of Wausau Homes Marshfield. With over 20 years in the construction industry and their award winning realtor background, this power couple is incredibly talented. Keep reading to get to know Ben and Ashley on a more personal level with our Q&A.
PRO TIPS FOR BUILDING A HOME TO WITHSTAND HARSH WINTER WEATHER
Winter can be hard on homes. Whether you experience heavy snowfall or sub-zero temperatures and a few flurries, it’s important to protect your home from the effects of the winter season. Here are some pro building tips for homebuyers looking to design a home that’s built to withstand the harsh winter weather.
DETERMINING THE BEST FLOORING OPTION FOR YOUR HOME
A custom home should be filled with personalized features and quality materials. If you’re considering working with a local Wausau Homes’ Builder to design a new home for you and your family, use this helpful guide to determine the most popular flooring choices for each area of your new home.
VENDOR SPOTLIGHT - WINDSOR WINDOWS
Meet our October Vendor Spotlight, Windsor Windows! They have come a long way since Windsor built their first window in 1946.
WHAT TO SPLURGE ON WHEN BUILDING A CUSTOM HOME
Building a custom home is an excellent opportunity for homeowners to decide the details of every inch of their properties. Budget constraints can make it impossible for you to get everything you want. Even so, you can prioritize the areas worth saving on versus the areas you should splurge on. An experienced Wausau Homes builder can review your budget and compare it to your preferences. He or she can then advise you on where you can save money to make room for your must-haves.
OCTOBER HOME BUILDER SPOTLIGHT: DAVE MEURER
Meet our October Builder of the Month, Dave Meurer and Kyle McClanahan of Wausau Homes Rochelle. Dave and Kyle have many years experience in the home building industry. Keep reading to get to know Dave and Kyle on a more personal level with our Q&A.
WHY WE USE BALLPARK PRICING VS. SQUARE FOOT PRICING
One of the most important questions when planning a custom home is the price. This can be a major source of stress if you don’t have accurate custom home pricing before the project begins, so work with Wausau Homes to discover how you can find out an accurate price on a stunning home in your area. The two most common ways to price a custom home are ballpark and square foot pricing. Ballpark pricing gives you a range of possible prices that can be refined as you make specific decisions on the types of exterior and interior material selections you want. Explore the pros and cons of both methods to see why our builders prefer ballpark pricing.
10 IMPORTANT HOA GUIDELINES TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING A LOT OR BUILDING
When looking for eligible locations to build your beautiful custom home, you may have encountered a home owner association or two. Some people praise these organizations for the amenities they provide and for maintaining a certain standard within the communities they serve. Others share conflicting stories of HOAs overstepping boundaries. The truth is that both of these experiences are correct. How is that possible? Like any organization, HOAs differ based on the people behind them. Because of this, when buying a lot that falls within an HOA’s limit, do your research before purchasing. The good news is that when a good association manages your neighborhood, you can count on great amenities and protection of your property value. Use these guidelines to determine if the pros are worth the cons.
VENDOR SPOTLIGHT - PROGRESS LIGHTING
Meet our September Vendor Progress Lighting. Design inspiration, quality products, and innovative technology have been at the heart of Progress Lighting's success since 1906.
SEPTEMBER HOME BUILDER SPOTLIGHT: SCOTT DUFFY
Meet our September Builder of the Month, Scott Duffy of Wausau Homes Cedar Rapids. Scott is a premier home builder that offers guidance on everything from creating a custom home plan to selecting the interior and exterior features that will make your home unique. Scott is a local home builder with years of experience in multiple aspects of the home building process. Keep reading to get to know Scott on a more personal level with our Q&A.
BUILDING VS. BUYING: WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
When you find yourself in the market for a new house, one of the first choices you need to make is whether to buy an existing house or build new. There are pros and cons to both, and ultimately, your decision will be decided largely by your family’s circumstances and your budget. But even when you have a neat pro and con list written out, building a custom home versus buying an existing home can be a tough decision. We’re here to help! Keep reading for details that will help you make a decision you feel good about.
GUIDE TO BUYING A VACANT LOT
For many people, the vision of building a custom home is very romantic. You can probably imagine yourself decorating a space you designed specifically for yourself and your family—adding little personal touches here and there, welcoming friends and family for warm, intimate dinners and outdoor parties. And all of that is well within your reach, but there are a few important steps to tackle. First, you have to find the perfect piece of property. Unless you have a specific neighborhood or housing development already in mind, buying a vacant lot to build a house on can be easier said than done. But we’re experts at everything custom home here at Wausau Homes, so we have some useful tips to make the process of finding your perfect lot easier and more fun. Check out our tried-and-true tips!
3 BENEFITS OF SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY
Smart home technology is all about the automation and management of your daily life. Many tasks that once required human interaction have been made easier thanks to new automated technology. Perhaps the most important benefit to home automation is that it lets you customize your home to fit your family’s unique needs and lifestyle.
HOW TO SECURE FINANCING FOR YOUR NEW HOME
It’s one thing to decide you’re ready to purchase a new home—paying for that new home is an entirely different animal. And if you’re building a house instead of purchasing an existing home, there’s a whole world of options available to you. If you’re already feeling a little overwhelmed, take a deep breath! At Wausau Homes, we live and breathe new-home financing and we are here to help! Keep reading to learn more!
AUGUST HOME BUILDER SPOTLIGHT: SEAN VOGLER & JOHNA GARDNER
Meet our August Builders of the Month, Sean Vogler & Johna Gardner of Wausau Homes Moline. Sean and Johna understand that homebuilding is a complex process and everyone’s needs are different. Sean and Johna's team don’t build one-size-fits-all homes—their first priority is working with you to create the perfect design that fits your family. Whether you need a place to raise your children, a weekend getaway, or flexible space for an office, or visiting grandparents, there is a perfect design for you. Keep reading to get to know Johna on a more personal level with our Q&A.