New Home Buying Resources

The Lowdown On The 5 Most Popular Kitchen Flooring Materials

By Sam Ferris, Houzz

Not all kitchen floors are created equal. As much as we’d like every floor to have exceptional durability, a low price tag, superior longevity and sky-high resale value, it just isn’t realistic. If you’re planning to revamp your kitchen floors, knowing the strengths and weaknesses of hardwood, tile, travertine, laminate, and vinyl is paramount. We weigh the pros and cons of these five common flooring types to help you select the right option for your lifestyle.

1. Hardwood

Cost: High

The appeal of a rich cherry or smooth maple never fades. There’s also much to love about hickory, mesquite, oak and walnut. When it comes to flooring, they’re often at the top of the pecking order. Buyers can choose between solid hardwood or engineered hardwood, which is constructed with several layers of wood called plies.

Pros: Just about everyone wants hardwood...

Your Complete Guide to Tile Terminology

By Janet Dunn, Houzz

Don’t know your terra cotta from your travertine, your bullnose from your bicottura? All trades have their jargon — a language that professionals understand but that can bewilder consumers — and the tile industry is no exception. Although buying tile doesn’t require a degree in...

Why Post and Beam Construction is the Simplest Solution

By Bud Dietrich AIA, Houzz

Simple and transparent while being an elegant expression of craft, post and beam construction has a lot to offer. It's one of my favorite building methods.

First, post and beam construction is just so simple. We just can't get any more direct than having vertical posts that...

Expert Advice on the Ins and Outs of Construction Timelines

By Jeffrey Veffer B. Arch MBA, Houzz

One of the first questions we get when talking to clients about a new custom home or remodel is, “How much will it cost?” This is usually quickly followed by the second question, “How long will it take?” The answer to both is, “It...

Consider These 4 Important Things Before Construction

So you and your designer have settled on a plan for your remodel or your custom new-build home. You can already envision gathering with family and friends to cook delicious meals in your new chef’s kitchen. Or even feel the warmth of your new steam shower. But before...