Building Products

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Choosing to buy new construction has a lot of perks. You’ll be the first owner of the home. You get to choose the builder, the floor plan, and the finishes. The architecture and design can reflect your style and preferences and facilitate the way you live in your home. You can also choose materials, appliances, and other considerations that are better for the environment, more energy efficient (and cost effective), and healthier for you and your family. 

There’s a lot more awareness about building materials that are toxic or even carcinogenic then there once was. Even homes that were built before we knew the dangers of lead, asbestos, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), for example, are safer now due to new building codes and abatement and

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Fence

If you’re considering new construction and you’d like a portion of your property fenced, what do you do? Well, the first step is to talk with the home builder. Are fences allowed by them and/or the HOA (Homeowner’s Association)? If so, will the builder include a fence for a price, or do you need to hire a separate contractor to build your fence? If the builder will oblige you by building a fence and incorporating it into the landscaping and quote a price for the fence that works with your budget—great! If not, you’re going to need to hire someone to build your fence. 

Make sure you understand any restrictions, regulations, and requirements for your fence as determined by the HOA or city. Also, consider the purpose of your fence and select a fence

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You have decided on your builder, location and floor plan and now you are starting to make your selections. When it comes to lighting there are endless choices, but there is a lot to consider especially if you are trying to stay within a budget.

When making your selections, your builder will inform you as to an amount that is included in your home pricing for a lighting allowance. It may seem like a generous amount, but it will be depleted pretty quickly. Exceeding that allowance will increase the final price of your home. You will need to choose fixtures for both indoors and out. 

Do you have a decorating style you have chosen for your home? This is a good place to start. Whether it is modern, traditional or industrial just to name a few, there are

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I often get asked the question, "What brand of windows are these." As consumers we are trained to recognize brand names.  When it comes to windows a better question would be, "What brand and model of vinyl windows are these."  This is an important question because manufacturers often have different levels of windows that they offer.  For example, Anderson has a 400 series that is a higher end window.  They also offer a 100 series and a Silver Line series that are generally considered commercial or builder grade windows.  So when looking at a new home, ask what make and model of windows they offer, write it down and then try the windows. Are they installed properly?  Do they open and close easily?  If the weather is real hot or cold outside, put your hand

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Well, for starters, you should know that all builders aren't created equal, and they can't all customize their designs to your specifications. There are three different types of builders (which Nathan can tell you about in the video below) -- but which one is right for you?

Find out at our free New Construction Buyers' Seminar on Wednesday, June 22 from 6 - 8pm.

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It’s a parade!  Everyone loves a parade!

The beautiful thing about a parade is that there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Some spectators may enjoy the elaborate floats adorned in a thousand pounds of paper mache, others the marching bands, the classic cars with waving pageant queens, the prize horses, or the clowns that clean up after them. 

We’re just over half way through this year’s Builder’s Association of the Twin Cities’ Parade of Homes tour where 459 model homes have been constructed throughout the metro area.  And just like a small-town parade, there truly is something for everyone.  Homes ranging in price from $179,900 to $2.3 million dollars and spanning from Zimmerman to River Falls all await the discerning eye of home shoppers and

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For me, working in the world of new construction homes began as a part-time laborer for a framing contractor to pay may way through college.  I took this education and began selling new homes with a large, national builder, acting as the face of the company and managing the customer’s building experience from beginning to end.  After several years of this I transitioned to selling for a smaller, luxury custom builder and also started representing new home buyers in purchases from builders across the metro — and that’s when the real fun started.

I already had great in-the-field experience from working in model homes, and I now had expertise in locating the right home in the right neighborhood for my buyers. I can navigate option lists and guide my

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