Aberdeen Model Brand New Transitional Style New Home – Open House

Building a new home in Bethesda, McLean, Chevy Chase, Arlington,
Falls Church or N.W.D.C.?

Stop by our brand new transitional style new home the Aberdeen Model
in the Bethesda BY APPOINTMENT ONLY  
at 5905 Aberdeen Road (this home is sold) and get new home design
ideas, see 100s of new home plans, discuss new home financing options and
grab the latest list of prime building lots (many walking distance to a metro):

 

FOR PRIORITY SCHEDULING, CHOOSE A DATE AND TIME BELOW:

 

 

If you like transitional style new homes with a traditional center
hall floor plan layout then this is 
a must see new home for you.

We’ll be showing this home the next few weeks before the new homeowners
take possession.

Do You Want the Aberdeen New Home Plans?

Yes, Send Me The Aberdeen Model Home Plans

 

This home is located at 5905 Aberdeen Road in Bethesda BY APPOINTMENT
ONLY 

Schedule a tour by calling 301-370-6463 or emailing info@paramountconstruction.net
to set up a time during the week or on a weekend day. 

Here are a few of the features of this transitional style new home:
* Pella Windows – authentic divided lite
* 10 foot ceilings
* First Floor Bedroom/office
* Custom Built-ins
* Transitional finish design and trim features
* 5 Bedrooms
* 5 Full Bathrooms
* Cambry and Granite Countertops
* Ceiling filled master bath jacuzzi 
* Distressed p[re-finished 4 inch hardwood floors

* Outdoor covered porch
* Large in-law suite
* Third floor office/studio
* Pre-finished cedar siding

And lots more!

Call 301-370-6463 or email info@paramountconstruction.net
to set up a time during the week or on a weekend day 

FOR PRIORITY SCHEDULING, CHOOSE A DATE AND TIME BELOW:

 

 

 

Do You Want the Aberdeen New Home Plans?

Yes, Send Me The Aberdeen Model Home Plans

Aberdeen Model Brand New Transitional Style New Home – Open House Thru 2/28/17

Stop by our brand new transitional style new home the Aberdeen Model
in the Bethesda BY APPOINTMENT ONLY THRU 2/28/17
at 5905 Aberdeen Road (this home is sold):

FOR PRIORITY SCHEDULING, CHOOSE A DATE AND TIME BELOW:

 

 

If you like transitional style new homes with a traditional center
hall floor plan layout then this is 
a must see new home for you.

We’ll be showing this home the next few weeks before the new homeowners
take possession.

Do You Want the Aberdeen New Home Plans?

Yes, Send Me The Aberdeen Model Home Plans

 

This home is located at 5905 Aberdeen Road in Bethesda BY APPOINTMENT
ONLY THRU Sunday 2/28/17

Schedule a tour by calling 301-370-6463 or emailing info@paramountconstruction.net
to set up a time during the week or on a weekend day. 

Here are a few of the features of this transitional style new home:
* Pella Windows – authentic divided lite
* 10 foot ceilings
* First Floor Bedroom/office
* Custom Built-ins
* Transitional finish design and trim features
* 5 Bedrooms
* 5 Full Bathrooms
* Cambry and Granite Countertops
* Ceiling filled master bath jacuzzi 
* Distressed p[re-finished 4 inch hardwood floors

* Outdoor covered porch
* Large in-law suite
* Third floor office/studio
* Pre-finished cedar siding

And lots more!

Call 301-370-6463 or email info@paramountconstruction.net
to set up a time during the week or on a weekend day ending February 28.

FOR PRIORITY SCHEDULING, CHOOSE A DATE AND TIME BELOW:

 

 

 

Do You Want the Aberdeen New Home Plans?

Yes, Send Me The Aberdeen Model Home Plans

Battery Park Model Brand New Arts & Crafts New Home For Sale

BATTERY PARK ARTS AND CRAFTS NEW HOME
6233 CLEARWOOD ROAD BETHESDA – 11,575 SF LOT
WALK TO WALT WHITMAN HS. LOT IDEAL FOR POOL.
Priced from $1.66M – price depends on size and finishes.
Pr-construction pricing subject to change.

(The plan will be modified to fit optimally on this lot):


If you like Arts & Crafts style new homes with open floor plans then this is
a must see new home for you.

Learn more about this property by calling 301-370-6463 or
emailing info@paramountconstruction.net

 

Want the Battery Park Home Plans?

Yes, Send Me The Battery Park Arts & Crafts Home Plans

 

Aberdeen Model Brand New Transitional Style Fully Furnished New Home – Open House

Stop by our brand new transitional style new home the Aberdeen Model
in the Bethesda BY APPOINTMENT ONLY THRU  – Fully Furnished
at 5905 Aberdeen Road (this home is sold).

This is now fully furnished, down to the books and silverware.:

FOR PRIORITY SCHEDULING, CHOOSE A DATE AND TIME BELOW:

 

 

If you like transitional style new homes with a traditional center
hall floor plan layout then this is 
a must see new home for you.

We’ll be showing this home the next few weeks before the new homeowners
take possession.

Do You Want the Aberdeen New Home Plans?

Yes, Send Me The Aberdeen Model Home Plans

 

This home is located at 5905 Aberdeen Road in Bethesda BY APPOINTMENT
ONLY THRU Sunday 2/26/17

Schedule a tour by calling 301-370-6463 or emailing info@paramountconstruction.net
to set up a time during the week or on a weekend day. 

Here are a few of the features of this transitional style new home:
* Pella Windows – authentic divided lite
* 10 foot ceilings
* First Floor Bedroom/office
* Custom Built-ins
* Transitional finish design and trim features
* 5 Bedrooms
* 5 Full Bathrooms
* Cambry and Granite Countertops
* Ceiling filled master bath jacuzzi 
* Distressed p[re-finished 4 inch hardwood floors

* Outdoor covered porch
* Large in-law suite
* Third floor office/studio
* Pre-finished cedar siding

And lots more!

Call 301-370-6463 or email info@paramountconstruction.net
to set up a time during the week or on a weekend day ending Sunday February 26.

FOR PRIORITY SCHEDULING, CHOOSE A DATE AND TIME BELOW:

 

 

 

Do You Want the Aberdeen New Home Plans?

Yes, Send Me The Aberdeen Model Home Plans

East Model Brand New Traditional New Home – Open House Thru 12/20/16 – 7007 East Ave. Town of Chevy Chase

Stop by our brand new traditional style new home the East Model
in the Town of Chevy Chase BY APPOINTMENT ONLY THRU 12/20
at 7007 East Ave. (this home is sold):

If you like traditional style new homes with a traditional center
hall floor plan layout then this is 
a must see new home for you.

We’ll be showing this home the next few weeks before the new homeowners
take possession.

This home is located at 7007 East Ave. in the Town of Chevy Chase BY APPOINTMENT
ONLY THRU 12/20

If you can not make it today, you can tour this property by appointment until
December 20 by calling 301-370-6463 or emailing info@paramountconstruction.net
to set up a time during the week or on a weekend day. 

Here are a few of the features of this contemporary new home:
* Pella Windows
* 9 foot ceilings
* First Floor Bedroom/office
* Custom Built-ins
* Traditional finish design and trim features
* 5 Bedrooms
* 4 Full Bathrooms
* Granite Countertops
* Ceiling filled master bath jacuzzi 
And lots more!

Call 301-370-6463 or email info@paramountconstruction.net
to set up a time during the week or on a weekend day ending December 20.

Want the East Home Plans?

Yes, Send Me The East Model Home Plans

Battery Park Model Brand New Arts & Crafts New Home Open House Chevy Chase

OPEN HOUSE TOUR
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18 12 P.M. TO 4 P.M. and
SUNDAY  NOVEMBER 19 12 P.M. TO 4 P.M.
4814 De Russey Pkwy. Chevy Chase, Md. 20815

 

Stop by our brand new Arts and Crafts style home the Battery Park Model
in the Chevy Chase, Md. at 4814 De Russey Pkwy.:


If you like Arts & Crafts style new homes with open floor plans then this is
a must see new home for you.

This home is located in the Chevy Chase West at
4814 De Russey Parkway and you can tour

this property by calling 301-370-6463 or emailing info@paramountconstruction.net
to set up a time during the week or on a weekend day ending November 15.

Here are a few of the features of this contemporary new home:
* Pella Windows
* 9 foot ceilings
* First Floor office
* Custom Built-ins
* Modern clean design and trim features
* 4 Bedrooms
* 4 Full Bathrooms
* Cambria Countertops
* Epoch Deck
And lots more!

Call 301-370-6463 or email info@paramountconstruction.net 
to set up a time during the week or for questions 

Want the Battery Park Home Plans?

Yes, Send Me The Battery Park Arts & Crafts Home Plans

Here’s a map to 4814 De Russey Pkwy. Chevy Chase, Md.:
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Harwood Model Brand New Contemporary New Home Open House

Stop by our brand new contemporary home the Harwood Model
in the Town of Chevy Chase:

If you like contemporary style new homes with open floor plans then this is
a must see new home for you.

We’ll be showing this home the next few weeks before the new homeowners
take possession.

This home is located in the Town of Chevy Chase and you can tour
this property by calling 301-370-6463 or emailing info@paramountconstruction.net
to set up a time during the week or on a weekend day ending November 15.

Here are a few of the features of this contemporary new home:
* Pella Windows
* 10 foot ceilings
* First Floor Bedroom/office
* Custom Built-ins
* Modern clean design and trim features
* 4 Bedrooms
* 4 Full Bathrooms
* Cambria Countertops
* Floating Contemporary Bath Vanities
And lots more!

Call 301-370-6463 or email info@paramountconstruction.net
to set up a time during the week or on a weekend day ending November 15.

Want the Harwood Home Plans?

Yes, Send Me The Harwood Contemporary Home Plan

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Wyngate Bethesda Rolston Road

One of the largest building lots for sale in Wyngate section
of Bethesda.
5908 Rolston Road Bethesda

 

Here’s the main level floor plan:

 
 
Here’s the upper level floor plan:
 

 

 

 

Here’ the optional 3rd floor:

 

Here’s the finished basement:
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Here’s the site plan for this very large flat 8,800
square foot lot:

 

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The Rolston model we’re building on this lot (see Rolston plan above) is a version of our very popular Battery Park Model new home:


And here’s a video of our Brookview model new home which is also similar to the Rolston model shown above:

 

If you’d like to tour the lot or learn more call 
301-370-6463. Still time to customize, but you’ll 
need to hurry!

 

 

 

Town of Chevy Chase Building Lot For Sale

Town of Chevy Chase Building Lot For Sale 2 Blocks To Dining

Here are a few new home models which can be modified to fit on this
lot at 4315 Stanford St. in the Town of Chevy Chase. This lot can easily
accommodate a swimming pool and a two car garage.

The plans can be made larger or smaller and the
plans can be completely customized:

4315 Stanford Street Town of Chevy Chase new home for sale

 

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Here’s our Stanford new home plan, ideal for entertaining and lots of drama:

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All of these plans can be made larger or smaller, depending on your requirements and budget.
And with our in house architecture team, customizing your new home is fast and easy.

To learn more about this great building lot the Town of Chevy Chase or other lots
we have in the Town of Chevy Chase, Section 5 or Martins Addition

call 301-370-6463.

Wyngate Bethesda

Wyngate Bethesda Building Lot For Sale.
5908 Beech Ave. Bethesda
Just blocks to Wyngate ES & Bethesda MS!
7,100 sf lot with walk-out lower level

 

Here’s one of the new homes ideal for this excellent Bethesda
building lot. This is an Arts and Crafts style home. The price
has not been set on this plan yet:

 

 

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The Third floor above is optional and we’re happy to make this plan larger or smaller
and customizing is easy. If we have already submitted these plans for a building permit
customizing is still possible, but there may be additional costs to modify the plans. 

 

If you’d like to walk this lot and learn more about which new homes we can design and build
on this lot or any of our other Wyngate building lots call 301-370-6463.

Here’s a video of a version of this plan called the Madison.

 

Here’s smaller version of the Madison plan called the Marcey

5 Reasons to Use Concrete Foundation Walls in Your New Home

Kent Model New Home To Be Built at 7219 Marbury Ct. Bethesda From $1.59M

A version of this phenomenal home can be built on this lot.
The price will depend on the new home size and finishes.

And you have plenty of time to customize.
Take a video new home tour:

 

If you’d like to walk this lot at 7219 Marbury Ct. call 301-525-4884.
The schools are 
Whitman HS/Pyle MS/Bradley Hills ES.

And if you’d like to take a tour of the Kent Model Custom Home
in McLean c
all Rob at 301-370-6463 to arrange a tour.

Take a video tour of the Kent Model new home floor plan here.

 

Fixer-Upper McLean

$865,000 on 10,250+ square foot lot split level
* Langley HS

Call Lori at 301-525-4884 to arrange a tour

Fixer-Upper East Bethesda

$869,000 on 5,250+ square foot lot cape cod
* BCC HS
* Westland MS
* 5 Blocks to Bethesda Metro

Call Lori at 301-525-4884 to arrange a tour

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Helmsdale-2 Ranch Style new home

Fixer-Upper Kenwood Park Bethesda

$789,000 on 9,000+ square foot lot  split level
* Walt Whitman HS
* Pyle MS
* Bradley Hills ES
Call Lori at 301-525-4884 to arrange a tour

Rockville Luxmanor Building Lot For Sale

Luxmanor Building Lot For Sale Danville Dr. Rockville.
21,000 square foot flat lot in Luxmanor

 

Learn more about which new homes are ideal for this lot:

 

 

Here’s a cool contemporary new home. We can create a
version of this home to fit on this lot and we can easily
customize this new home 
to your exact requirements.
The home can be made larger or smaller.

 

 

Here’s our Moorland S model, also ideal for this wide lot
since this French Country style new home has a very wide
front elevation:

 

 

Here’s our very popular Arts and Crafts Battery Park
new home:

 

 

This is our Marbury new home plan. Again, another
ideal lot for Danville Drive because this plan is very
wide and this video shows a side-load garage which
is perfect for this lot:

 

New Home Coming to Brookdale in Chevy Chase

Priced From Just $1.89M For Lot & New Home To-Be-Built.
This is Pre-construction pricing promotion and will not last long!

Brookdale Chevy Chase Building Lot For Sale. Just 5 blocks to
Friendship Heights Metro! This is a rare 11,900 square foot
lot with walk-out lower level blocks to city living.

Here’s a concept new home plans we can build for you on this lot.
We have 100s of cool new home plans and we’re happy to create a
custom plan just for you and your exact requirements.

Paramount Construction has never designed or built
the same house twice!

We’ll design the ideal house for your requirements
sited to fit optimally on this phenomenal lot!

 

 

 

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If you like city living, check out this other property for sale in the
Town of Somerset at 5400 Trent Street

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If you like this property, we have another 7,700 sf lot just two blocks off of Wisconsin Ave. in the Town of Chevy Chase at 4315 Stanford Street
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If you’d like to learn more or discuss a custom home
plan just for you on this lot call 301-370-6463

And if you want a 1 acre lot in Bethesda in a very exclusive neighborhood,
check out 8808 Chalon Drive here.

 

Here are some more concepts for Murray:
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Kenwood Park Bethesda Building Lot For Sale

Bethesda Building Lot For Sale in Kenwood Park subdivision.
The address is 5700 Tanglewood Drive and is a corner lot.
9,300 sf flat lot close to Bethesda Apple Store and Bethesda Row.
Walk to Walt Whitman HS and Pyle MS. Bradley Hills ES. Price in video below
is pre-construction price only and is subject to change.
Pre-construction- price will be $1.8+M.
Post construction price $2M to $2.2M.
Summer 2017 Delivery. 


 

 

Here’s our Madison Model Arts and Crafts new home:


 

 

 

Here are plans we will be building on this
Kenwood Park building lot:

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Still time to customize, but hurry to keep the costs down

To learn more about this 9,300 square foot Bethesda
new home in the Whitman/Pyle/Bradley Hills
cluster call 301-370-6463 while there’s still time
to customize!

Tour Harwood Model In The Town of Chevy Chase

New Harwood Model Contemporary Hard-Hat Tour.
Town of Chevy Chase Contemporary new homes for sale.

Call for hard-hat tour – 301-370-6463


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Chevy Chase Building Lot For Sale

Chevy Chase Building Lot For Sale in  Martins Addition section.
The address is 3405 Turner Lane.

Here are a few models which can be modified to fit on this
lot. The plans can be made larger or smaller and the
plans can be completely customized:

 

 


 

 

Here’s a contemporary style new home. This can easily be
customized to your exact requirements:


 

 

Here’s a home with an elevator:

 

 

Here’s our very popular Halbert G contemporary new home plan:

 

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Here’s a new home plan with a first floor master suite or
first floor guest suite. This is an Arts & Crafts or a Bungalow
style new home:

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Here’s another plan using the same elevation above:

 

 

 

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Here’s another new home plan designed especially to fit on this Turner Lane lot, this is our Cummings model new home plan:
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All of these plans can be made larger or smaller, depending on your requirements and budget. And with our in house architecture team, customizing your new home is fast and easy.

To learn more about this great building lot near the Chevy Chase Local Park
or other building lots for sale in Section 5 or Martins Addition
call 301-370-6463.

Tour Battery Park Model In Bethesda

New Battery Park Model Arts & Crafts Hard-Hat Tour.
Bannockburn Coop new home

E. Bethesda New Home For Sale-Blocks To METRO!!!

Bethesda Building Lot For Sale. 4504 Fairfield Dr. Bethesda
Charming flat lot only a few blocks to Medical Center Metro,
Bethesda shopping and dining (including brand new Harris Teeter).

 

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Take a look at our Lucas model which is ideal for this building lot:

 

Here’s our Blackthorn model perfect for this building lot:

 

 

Check out this version of our Rolston model,  ideal if you’re
downsizing and want a smaller home 
with future
potential for a first floor master:

 


Here are more concept plans ideal for this lot:
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Bethesda Building Lot For Sale

Bethesda Building Lot For Sale. 6412 Dahlonega Rd. Bethesda

Bethesda Building Lot For Sale

Bethesda Building Lot For Sale. 7219 Marbury Ct. Kenwood Park section of Bethesda

McLean Building Lot For Sale

McLean Building Lot For Sale

Town of Somerset New Home For Sale

Take a look at this location. Close to two metros, Whole Foods,
dining and Mazza. And blocks to the highly acclaimed Somerset  
Elementary School:

 

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Greystone New Home Plan (scroll down below):

New home and 11,500 square foot lot from $2.2M
Here’s a video tour of the Trent Street property in Somerset
the Greystone plan was designed for:


 

Here’s our brand new Greystone home plan which was designed to
fit on this Somerset lot. This home plan can easily be modified
to your exact requirements and made larger or smaller.

 

 

Here’s our Falstone model home elevation:

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Here are some more new home concepts for this wide Town of Somerset lot:

 

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Call 301-370-6463 to learn more about this Town of Somerset New Home to-be-built on a very wide 11,500 square foot flat lot. 
The address is 5400 Trent Street and sits on a quiet culdesac. Plus, it’s
just blocks from the Friendship Heights Metro and the Somerset
pool.

The schools are BCC HS, Westland MS, Somerset ES

For a tour of the lot or to learn more call 301-370-6463.

If you like city living and are looking for other Bethesda or Chevy Chase
new homes walking distance to metros, shopping and dining, check these
new home building lots out:

Here’s another large building lot just 5 blocks to the Friendship Heights Metro in the
Brookdale section of Chevy Chase: 5200 Murray Road. This is an 11,900 square foot
tear-down lot for sale.

 

Check out this 7,700 square foot lot in the Town of Chevy Chase at
4315 Stanford Street Town of Chevy Chase
(just two blocks 
to Trader Joe’s)

Tour Sebago Model In Bethesda

New Sebago Model Mediterranean Hard-Hat Tour.
Monday thru Fridays Thru June 16 Call 301-370-6463

Tour Kent Model New Home In McLean

New Kent Model Mediterranean New Home Video Tour.


“Private” Lot Tours New Home To-Be-Built

Looking for a building lot, but you don’t see any in the multiple listing service
(MLS) that appeal to you?

We have over 20 “prime” tear-down building lots in Bethesda, McLean, Chevy Chase,
Arlington and N.W. Washington DC we have not released to the MLS.

To arrange tours of these lots Call 301-370-6463 today!

Click Here to view plan and cool construction progress video of our Glenriddle Model
Transitional style new home in Bethesda

 

Our Brookview Model Arts and Crafts new home is almost complete.
Take a look at this cool new home here:

Call to RSVP to tour this home any day from Tuesday February 23, 2016 thru
Sunday February 29. RSVP required email info@paramountconstruction.net
or call 301-370-6463

Lenhart Model Home

The Lenhart Model Home in the video below

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please call 301-370-6463 or send an email to info@paramountconstruction.net
to set up to visit this lot or any of our Bethesda, McLean, Chevy Chase, N.W.D.C. or Potomac lots

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Halbert G Model Contemporary Home Plan

Cool Contemporary new home plan which can be easily customized for your exact requirements and the size and shape of any lot:

Call 301-370-6463 to discuss building a version of this contemporary home on your
lot or one of ours in Bethesda, Arlington, McLean, Chevy Chase, N.W. D.C. or Potomac.

Transitional New Home Under Construction & For Sale In Bethesda

This Bethesda home is for sale from $1.59M. Call 301-370-6463 for access to building lots in McLean, Arlington, Chevy Chase and Bethesda.

Our Lenox Model Home under construction in Bethesda:

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Blackthorn Model Home Under Construction in Bethesda

Watch this video tour of our Blackthorn Model home under construction
in Bethesda:

We have 100s of home plans we’ve created and can easily create one just for you.
And, unlike most other builders, we’ve never designed the same home twice and have
never built the same home twice.

Here are some progress photos:

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Lenhart Model Home

The Lenhart Model Home in the video below
is under construction at 7209 Lenhart Road Chevy Chase

We can build the same home on a 14,600 sf lot
located at 7500 Glenriddle Bethesda priced from
$1.37M, including the 14,600 square foot lot:

please call 301-370-6463 or send an email to info@paramountconstruction.net
to set up to visit this lot or any of our Bethesda, McLean, Chevy Chase, N.W.D.C. or Potomac lots

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Nevis Model Home Plan on 7500 Glenriddle Road Bethesda

Here is the Nevis Model Home Plan on 7500 Glenriddle Road Bethesda:

 

Call 301-370-6463 to tour this lot

Here’s a video of a larger and more expensive version of 
the Nevis

Halbert Contemporary New Home on 4814 De Russey Pkwy. Chevy Chase

Here’s the Halbert Contemporary new home on the 4814 De Russey Parkway West Chevy Chase:

Call 301-370-6463 for a lot tour or a list of other excellent tear-down building lots
in West Chevy Chase, Section 5, Town of Chevy Chase, Town of Somerset, Edgemoor, Edgeless

New Homes Are Getting Smaller in Bethesda

Listen to new home owner in Bethesda explain why she likes her smaller new home

New Stone Home For Sale By Bethesda Builder

Bethesda builder announces new stone custom home for sale.
Take a look:

This new stone home features real stone on all exterior walls, real natural all slate
shingles with copper gutters and downspouts and copper snowguards.
The lower level and the upper level ceiling height are nine feet and the main
level ceiling height is ten feet. There are multiple treyed ceilings throught out
the home. The floors on the main level and the upper level are natural cherry wide
plank and long length flooring. And there is a master suite on the first
floor, complete with an office/library and a luxury master bath.

Nevis New Home Model in Bethesda

Take a video tour of our new Nevis Model new home:

For actual tours of this home or any of the other
homes we’ve designed and built call 301-370-6463.

We can build the Nevis Model new home on your lot or one of our building lots in
Bethesda, McLean, Chevy Chase, N.W. D.C., Arlington or Potomac

Here are a just a few building lots we can build a version of this home on:

1. Danville Road Rockville – Luxmanor – 21,000 sf lot
2. 8808 Chalon Drive Bethesda – Burning Tree – 1 acre flat lot
3. 5200 Murray Road Chevy Chase – Brookdale – 11,000 sf lot, 5 blocks
to Friendship Heights Metro

4. 8225 Custer Road Bethesada – Greenwhich Forest – SOLD
5. Kentucky Ave. Bethesda – East Bethesda – 4 blocks to Starbucks
and Bethesda shopping and dining
6. 7219 Marbury Ct. Bethesda – 12,200 sf 6 blocks to Walt Whitman,
30 minute walk to Bethesda Crab House SOLD
7. 5908 Beech Ave. Bethesda – 7,100 sf lot
8. Forest Hills N.W. D.C. – 13,000 sf flat lot near the Park
9. McLean Kent Gardens – 13,000 sf flat corner lot
10. Spring Valley N.W.D.C. – 8,000 sf lot
11. West Chevy Chase – 9,000 sf lot 5 blocks to Bethesda Metro
12. 5400 Trent Street Town of Somerset – 11,000 sf flat lot
13. Callander Lane Bethesda – 9,200 sf lot  – walk to Bannockburn ES and Merrimac Pool
14. Walhonding Rd. Bethesda – Glen Echo Heights – 16,000 sf lot
15. 4504 Fairfield Rd. Bethesda – 5,300 sf lot – walk to Harris Teeter, Bethesda Metro, Medical Center Metro
16. 6529 Elgin Lane Bethesda – Bannockburn 14,800 sf flat lot Whitman/Pyle/Bannockburn
17. 6233 Clearwood Rd. Bethesda – Kenwood Park Bethesda 11,300 sf lot – Whitman/Pyle
18. Wrightson Rd. McLean – 21,000 sf lot with walk-out lower level, ideal for swimming pool, side-load garage

This is a very small sample of our inventory. 

Call 301-370-6463 to learn how you can get early access to
the best lots in town…before your competition.

New Homes For Sale Glen Echo and Bannockburn in Bethesda

Watch this video of one of the 100’s of custom new home plans
we can build on a few tear-down Bethesda building lots we have
for sale:

We have a number of building lots we’re releasing in Bannockburn.

Here are two:

1. 6036 E. Halbert Road – 8,666 square feet – new home and lot starting at $1.36M
2. 7500 Glenriddle Road – 14,700 square feet – new home and lot starting at $1.39M

 

Stay tuned for the Glen Echo building lot.

It’s over 10,000 square feet. If you’d like to learn more about this lot,
email back to Lori@Magginhomes.com
and type in “yes, I’m interested in Glen Echo”.

 

These building lots are flat and can have walkout basements.
While the building lots are large enough for swimming pools,
you may want to join either pool club in the Bannockburn
neighborhood. One is Bannockburn Pool and the other is
Merrimac.

 

The school cluster is Walt Whitman HS/Pyle MS and
Bannockburn ES.

Glen Echo Park is several blocks away and it’s
easy to get to the Crescent Trail and downtown
Bethesda.

There are literally, 100s of new home plans we can build
and we have a number of contemporary new home plans
in addition to many Arts and Crafts home plans.

Here’s a Arts and Crafts new home we’ll b building on
another building lot at 5905 Aberdeen Road:

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1328 Mayflower Drive McLean New Home For Sale

Take a Look a this new home to be built for sale in Mclean:

This custom luxury new home will be sited on a phenomenal corner lot
in McLeans’ Broyhill neighborhood.

The new home will be in the McLean High School cluster and will start around $1.4M.
To learn more about this McLean building lot and other McLean new homes for
sale call 301-370-6463.

Here is another new custom home we designed and built
on Dulany Drive in McLean.

Click here to see this new home in McLean

Fall Creek New Home For Sale McLean, Virginia

Fall Creek new custom home for sale has first floor master suite:

This can be built on some of our building lots for sale in McLean Virignia
Call 301-370-6463 to learn more

Check out other McLean new homes for sale here.
Check out other first floor master suite new home plans.

Halbert Contemporary New Home In Washington DC Under Construction

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Greentree Model Home For Sale

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Chevy Chase West New Home To-Be-Built Starting at $1.49M

Here are two homes we can build on this excellent 6,500 square foot
Chevy Chase lot, we can also easily create a custom new home plan
suited to your exact requirements:

1. Contemporary style new home on this lot
the garage as shown below would need to change for this
particular lot:

Click Here To Be Contacted With Details of This Rare Chevy Chase West Property…Hurry On This One!

2. Arts and Crafts style new home on this lot:

This building lot is large enough to expand the home size to have a 3,500 square foot home above the basement level

This conveniently located lot for sale in the highly desirable Chevy Chase West neighborhood has not been released to the general public yet. If you’d like to learn how you can gain access early and save over $65,000 in real estate fees call me at 301-525-4884 or click on the orange box

This new home and lot start at $1.49M. 

Here are some highlights:
* 6,500 square foot flat lot
* blocks to the Bethesda Metro and Friendship Heights Metro
* blocks to downtown Bethesda shopping and dining
* blocks to Friendship Heights shopping and dining
* Somerset ES, Westland MS, BCC
* Home plan can easily be customized to your exact requirements

Click Here To Be Contacted With Details of This Rare Chevy Chase West Property…Hurry On This One!

For early access to many other building lots more in early development stages Call 301-370-6463 to learn more
or email info@paramountconstruction.net

Here’s a Partial List of Other properties available:

*7500 Glenriddle Rd. Bannockburn Estates New Home 14Ksf lot $1.48M
*8001 Newdale Rd. East Bethesda New Home 6,600sf lot $1.67M
*5908 Rolston Rd. Bethesda Wyngate New Home 8,700sf lot $1.38M
*5905 Aberdeen Rd. Bethesda New Home 14Ksf lot $1.69M
*S. Arlington 15Ksf lot New Home $1.07M
*6306 E. Halbert Rd. Bethesda Bannockburn Coop New Home 8,666sf lot $1.38M
*McLean several building lots over 20K square feet in early engineering phase new homes starting at $1.7M
Call 301-525-4884 for information or early access to our full list of properties

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Nevis New Home Model in Bethesda

Take a video tour of our new Nevis Model Here:

Get Access to Properties For Sale Before Anyone Else!
For actual tours of this home or any of the other homes we’ve designed and built call 301-370-6463.

Also, check out these great new home properties for sale (some not in MRIS/MLS yet):
*McLean 22,000 sf lot with new home starting at $1.89M – McLean HS
*8001 Newdale Road East Bethesda 5 blocks to Bethesda Metro, dining and shopping $1.67M – BCC HS
*6306 E. Halbert Road Bannockburn Bethesda 8,667 sf lot new home starting at $1.38M – Whitman HS/Pyle MS/Bannockburn ES
*Bethesda Greenwich Woods 9,200 sf lot starting at $1.8M – Whitman/Pyle MS
*Bethesda 10,000 sf lot on culdesac with new home starting at $1.46M – Whitman HS/Pyle MS
*Bethesda East Bethesda 5,000 sf lot near Bethesda Metro with new home starting at $1.48M – BCC HS
*Bethesda 11,000 sf lot near Friendship Hts. Metro with new home starting at $1.75M – BCC HS
*5908 Rolston Road Bethesda Wyngate 8,800 sf lot new home starting at $1.37M = Walter Johnson HS
*N. Arlington 8,800 sf lot near EFC Metro with new home starting at $1.26M – Yorktown HS
*Bethesda Bannockburn Estates 14,600 sf corner lot with new home starting at $1.47M – Whitman HS/Pyle MS/Bannockburn ES
*Bethesda Wyngate 8,800 sf lot with new home starting at $1.39M – Walter Johnson HS
*5905 Aberdeen Road Bethesda 14,600 sf lot new home starting at $1.89M – Whitman HS/Pyle MS/Bradley Hills ES
*7500 Glenriddle Road Bethesda Bannockburn Estates 14,600 sf lot new home starting at $1.46M – Whitman HS/Pyle MS//Bannockburn ES
Get Access to Properties For Sale Before Anyone Else!
THIS IS ONLY A PARTIAL LIST. FOR COMPLETE LIST AND EARLY ACCESS CALL 301-370-6463
OR EMAIL ROB@PARAMOUNTCONSTRUCTION.NET

Get Access to Properties For Sale Before The Property Goes in MRIS/MLS

Dalton Model New Home Plan

Here’s a great new home plan for narrow lots. This new home was just completed in
the Brookdale section of Chevy Chase:

If you’re looking for new homes in Bethesda, we have a few phenomenal building lots which have not been publicly released yet,
here is just a partial list:

*6,000 sf lot Whitman/Pyle school district lot price $620,000
*7,500 sf lot Walter Johnson/Wyngate school district lot price $585,000
*11,000 sf lot City of Falls Church lot price $799K
*10,000 sf lot Greenwich Forest Whitman/Pyle school district lot price $1M
*11,000 sf lot Greenwich Forest Whitman/Pyle school district lot price $1M
*11,000 sf lot Chevy Chase Manor BCC HS district lot price $800K
*10,000 sf lot N. Arlington Yorktown HS district lot price $750K
*12,000 sf lot McLean HS district lot price $685K

Lots more in early development stages. Call 301-370-6463 to learn more
or email info@paramountconstruction.net

Nevis Model New Home Tour

Here’s another very cool new home. For those of you with traditional tastes
on the exterior, but contemporary low key elegance on the interior, you’ll
love this new home plan. It features dyed wood floors, 10 and 12 foot
treyed ceilings, laminate cabinetry and much more. Take a look:

Wyngate Section in Bethesda New Home (Existing Home To Be Removed) $1.28M

FAST MOVER- PRIVATE SALE NOT IN MLS

7,000 SQUARE FOOT LOT IN WYNGATE NEIGHBORHOOD IN BETHESDA AND A MODIFIED VERSION OF THE
NEW HOME ABOVE FOR $1.28M. CALL 301-370-6463 OR EMAIL INFO@PARAMOUNTCONSTRUCTION.NET
TODAY!

EXISTING HOME TO BE REMOVED. DELIVERY APPROXIMATELY 1 YEAR. PLANS ARE EASILY MODIFIED
TO YOUR EXACT REQUIREMENTS.

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Get access to “private sales” on your next building lot, new home or existing home purchase
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RSVP Below For Private Tour of Devonshire New Home Model in Bethesda

Please RSVP for your private tour. Just fill in on the form below any day from Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 pm.
February 18 to February 21 and February 24 to February 28. The address is 6509 Landon Lane Bethesda.Allow 30 minutes for your tour.

STOP BY February 23:
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23 1 P.M. TO 4 P.M. AT 5710 25th St. N. Arlington, VA. NEW HOME TO BE BUILT + 10KSF FLAT LOT $$1.47M

Get early jump on the competition, here’s just a few new homes we’re planning now for 2014. Prices include new home + lot:

1. 6918 Churchill McLean starting at $1,373,330 approx. 13Ksf lot
2. 1928 Cherri Drive Falls Church starting at $932,342 approx. 10ksf lot
3. 3601 N. Nelson St. Arlington starting at $1,598,403 approx. 13Ksf lot
4. 4132 21st Road Arlington starting at $1,072,566 approx. 4300sf lot
5. 5710 25th Street Arlington starting at $1,478,019 approx. 10ksf lot
6. 9714 De Paul Bethesda starting at $1,199,941 approx. 9ksf lot
7. 5814 Greentree Rd. Bethesda starting at $1,199,941 approx. 7Ksf lot
8. 5200 Lawn Way Chevy Chase (Kenwood) starting at $2.5M approx. 17Ksf lot
9. 3307 Turner Ln. Chevy Chase starting at $1.32M approx. 9Ksf lot

10. 4923 Essex Ave. Town of Somerset approx. 13Ksf lot – SOLD

Cool Mediterranean-Contemporary New Home 90% Complete

Take a look for your self:

Private tour this home call 301-370-6463 or email info@ParamountConstruction.net
Get early jump on the competition, here are just few new homes we’re planning now (none listed in MRIS yet) for 2014 starts:
*Bethesda Whitman/Pyle/Bradley Hills 11Ksf flat lot starting at $1.6M
*Bethesda Whitman/Pyle/Bradley Hills 8Ksf flat lot starting at $1.4M
*Falls Church 1 mile West Falls Church Metro 10Ksf flat lot starting at $940K
*N. Arlington Cherrydale starting at $1.1M
*Bethesda Whitman/Pyle/Bradley Hills 7500sf lot starting at $1.2M
*Bethesda WJ 9,600sf lot starting at $1.19M
*N. Arlington 10Ksf lot Yorktown HS starting at $1.45M
*N. Arlington 13Ksf lot Yorktown HS starting at $1.6M
*Chevy Chase BCC HS 9500sf lot starting at $1.3M
*McLean Langley HS 13Ksf lot starting at $1.24M
*McLean McLean HS 9400 sf lot starting at $1.1M

call 301-370-6463 for access to these and lots more new homes and tear down building lots before the competition sees these first.

New Home On Marlyn

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Video Tour of Newport Arts and Crafts New Home (This Model Has 1st Floor In-Law Suite Option)

This is an ideal plan for in-town building lots.
Take a video tour here:

Hurry, be the first to see these building lots and new homes available now in the following areas:

1. Green Acres Bethesda – starting at $1.29M
2. Kenwood Park Bethesda- starting at $1.39M
3. Bradley Hills Bethesda- starting at $1.37M
4. Section Five Chevy Chase- starting at $1.79M
5. Falconhurst Potomac – starting at $3.89M
6. Chesterbrook McLean – starting at $1.39M
7. Wyngate Bethesda – starting at $1.189M

To find out how to access these lots go here and enter your name on the form and hit send
and we’ll contact you or call 301-370-6463 or email info@paramountconstruction.net

Video Tour of Our Woodmont New Home Model – Winner Multiple Best New Home of The Year Awards

Take a video tour of this award winning new home

Stop by tomorrow to walk tear-down lot for sale at 6214 Verne Street Bethesda. Open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Ideal building lots for building your dream home in Whitman/Pyle. We have hundreds of exciting new home plans
to choose from for this lot.

Berkley New Home – In-Law Suite First Floor – Home Tour This week Only


Berkley new home – winner of multiple New Home of the Year Awards!
Private tours this week only. call 301-370-6463.

This home is not for sale and is sold. We have many other new homes
currently under construction.

View Video To See How A Mediterranean Style New Home is Made

See How A Mediterranean Style New Home Is Made, Watch Below (Click Lower Right Tool Bar Button For Full Screen Viewing):

CLICK BELOW TO VIEW HOME PLANS FOR OPEN HOUSE ON FEBRUARY 17
Open House Tomorrow 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 4752 33rd Street North, Arlington, VA 22207
New Homes Start AT $1.19M – Yorktown School Cluster, 11Ksf Lot

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6409 Landon Lane Plat for New Home in Bethesda

Here is one of many new home footprints we’ve sited for this excellent flat
building lot in the Whitman/Pyle/Burning Tree school district:

6014 Walton Road New Home – SOLD NO LONGER AVAILABLE

SOLD – PLEASE CALL 301-370-6463 FOR OTHER NEW HOMES IN BETHESDA, MCLEAN, CHEVY CHASE, ARLINGTON UNDER $1M.
WE HAVE BUILDING LOTS, TEAR DOWNS AND NEW HOMES FOR SALE. CALL TO GET ON OUR EARLY BIRD LIST FOR
NEW HOMES FOR SALE

Bethesda New Home 6409 Landon Lane Available

Price In Video Has Been Changed To $1,229,317


New home to be built in Bethesda. Blocks to Walt Whitman HS, Pyle MS, 1 mile to Bethesda Metro, Bethesda shopping, Bethesda
dining.

Town of Somerset Addition to Home For Sale

Here are a few home addition options for 4712 Cumberland in the Town of Somerset

Builtin Cabinets For a New Home

Custom Builtin cabinetry for a new home can be designed and built
by the same manufacturer as the kitchen cabinet manufacturer, in this case,
these are Woodmode Cabinets and this is the Brookhaven line with a granite top:


Photos above show the two sides:
1) left photo is the view from the family room looking into the dining room and the
2) right photo is the view from dining room looking into the family room
The paint finish is applied at the factory

And the photo below shows another type of cabinet builtin that is made by a local mill shop and is
either painted on site or painted at the mill shop:

Video Tour Of New Home Under Construction In Bethesda – Berkley Model New Home

Take a video tour of our Berkley Model New Home:

Award Winning Woodmont 32 Built in McLean

Take a video tour of this award winning new home

This new home was built in McLean Virginia.
Looking for teardown lots in Bethesda, McLean, Chevy Chase, Arlington to build your dream home on, but don’t see anything on the internet real estate services you like? We have the largest list of “private teardowns” you’ll never see anywhere else. Email info@ParamountConstruction.net or call 301-370-6463 to see how you can access these properties

We have a large list of prime building lots in McLean, Arlington, Falls Church, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac and Washington DC.
To find out how you can access our inventory or discuss our custom design home process call 301-370-6463.

If you like the home above, check out our Trent Model

 

Award Winning New Home Berkley 24 Built in Bethesda

Take a video tour of this award winning new home

This new home was built in Bethesda Maryland.
Looking for teardown lots in Bethesda, McLean, Chevy Chase, Arlington to build your dream home on, but don’t see anything on the internet real estate services you like? We have the largest list of “private teardowns” you’ll never see anywhere else. Email info@ParamountConstruction.net or call 301-370-6463 to see how you can access these properties

U.S. Housing Industry Scores A Win As House & Senate Vote To Increase Home Mortgage Limits to $729,750

This should help buyers of homes in our Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia suburbs:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-18/u-s-congress-votes-to-raise-top-limit-for-government-insured-mortgages.html

Housing Industry Wins Higher FHA Mortgage Limits
By Phil Mattingly – Nov 18, 2011

The U.S. housing industry has scored a victory with House and Senate votes to raise the size of mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration to $729,750.

The measure split Republicans, many of whom supported retaining the lower limit of $625,500. As a result, efforts to restore the higher limit fell short until the Senate attached an increase to a package of spending bills that were passed yesterday by both the House and Senate.

The higher FHA limit is expected to become law after the president signs the spending measures, which he must do by the end of today to avoid a government shutdown.

“Restoring the higher loan limits for the FHA will provide homeowners and homebuyers with safe and affordable financing, while providing a much-needed boost to housing markets all around the country,” James W. Tobin, chief lobbyist for the National Association of Home Builders, wrote in a Nov. 16 letter to Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican.

Lawmakers who backed higher limits said withdrawing federal support could further undermine a housing market still struggling to recover from the 2008 credit crisis.

The final compromise, which dropped a similar increase to loans backed by mortgage firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, represents a mixed victory for the housing industry.

While the increase to $729,750 is expected to spur some additional homebuying, it’s not clear by how much. FHA loans make up a smaller share of the market than those purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

5.3 Million Homes

Still, the measure was fully embraced by trade groups for homebuilders and realtors. The National Association of Homebuilders has estimated that 5.3 million homes lost their eligibility for conforming loans when the higher limits expired on Oct. 1. Nearly 670 counties saw their loan limits decline, according to the National Association of Realtors.

On the other side were a number of interest groups that push for free-market policies and against government support to the housing market. Those groups, which include the Club for Growth and Heritage Action for America, play a large role in the House Republican conference and can influence campaign funding for the next election.

Republicans backed by the groups thought efforts to increase the loan limits had been defeated earlier this year, particularly when the White House announced support for allowing them to go back down to pre-crisis levels.

‘Completely Bizarre’

“This is completely bizarre that the Congress would be to the left of this president on housing finance,” Representative Patrick McHenry, a North Carolina Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, said in an interview.

House Republicans who opposed the provision seized on the FHA’s annual actuarial report released earlier this week, which said the agency has a 50 percent chance of needing to seek taxpayer aid to bolster its insurance fund.

The FHA, which provides liquidity by protecting lenders against borrower defaults, has increased its share of the mortgage market in the wake of the credit crisis. The agency, created in 1934 during the Great Depression, now guarantees a third of U.S. mortgages, according to the report.

The House-passed legislation, approved in a 298-121 vote, was opposed by 101 members of the House’s Republican majority, some of whom said they opposed the measure primarily because of the loan-limit increase.

Representative John Campbell, a California Republican who pushed for the increase, called the compromise on the provision “just a bad deal.” Campbell said he would have preferred that lawmakers boost the limit for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over raising the FHA limit.

‘Short-Term Fix’

“I’m glad something got done, but because they got it backwards, this will be a much more short-term fix than I would have hoped,” Campbell said in an interview.

The Senate followed the House’s lead a few hours later, voting 70-30 to clear the measure for Obama’s signature. The provision was once again cited by several Republicans as a reason for their opposition.

“Raising the loan limits at FHA only, an unprecedented move, will simply drive more business into Ginnie Mae securities and put the FHA at even greater risk of losses to taxpayers,” Senator Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, said yesterday. “If we cannot even take this simple step, we risk crowding out the private sector for years to come.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Phil Mattingly in Washington at pmattingly@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Lawrence Roberts at lroberts13@bloomberg.net
®2011 BLOOMBERG L.P. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

6000 Maiden Lane New Home

New home to be built in Bethesda:

New Home Plans For 6000 Maiden Lane Starting At $1.24M For New Home And Lot – SOLD NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Open House This Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Open House This Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Cumberland 37 on 6000 Maiden Lane New Home For Sale In Bethesda

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4712 Cumberland Gorgeous Property For Sale in Historic District of Town Of Somerset on 33Ksf Lot With Breathtaking Views

Property For SAle in Town Of Somerset

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Woodhaven Manor For Sale In Heart of Bethesda

Property For SAle on 20ksf lot in Bethesda Md
Bethesda property for sale in Whitman HS
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$910K For Home For Sale in Bannockburn Neighborhood of Bethesda on 20Ksf Lot – Or Choose From 4 New Homes From $1.55M

Existing home for sale in Bannockburn
section of Bethesda for $910K.
Huge 20ksf lot!
Or choose from 4 great new homes.

Five Minutes to Bethesda dining, shopping and metro.
Bannockburn ES, Pyle MS, Whitman HS.

Call 301-370-6463 or email me at info@ParamountConstruction.net
Or enter your contact information here to have a private tour of the site:

$1.07M For Home For Sale in Edgemoor – Or Choose From 4 New Homes From $1.67M

Existing home for sale in Edgemoor $1.07M.
Or choose from 4 great new homes.

Walk to Bethesda dining, shopping and metro.
Membership in Edgemoor Swim and Tennis
club.

Call 301-370-6463 or email me at info@ParamountConstruction.net
Or enter your contact information here to have a private tour of the site:

Take Your Pick…Choose From 4 Great New Home Plans On One Great 1 Acre Lot! Prime Bethesda 20817 Walt Whitman, Pyle MS

So, you can buy the existing home home on a gorgeous 40,000sf+ lot for $1.7M
or we’ll tear it down and you choose one of these new homes, or choose a home
plan from our Paramount Portfolio of over 100 new homes or we’ll customize
one JUST for you.

Call 301-370-6463 or email me at info@ParamountConstruction.net
Or enter your contact information here to have a private tour of the site:

New Home Plans For Wide Deep Building Lot in Bethesda

Here are two excellent and affordable new home plans
for wide and deep building lots.

These new home plans were both designed for a particular building
lot in Bethesda Maryland:

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Perfect Home Plan for Wide and Deep Bethesda Lot


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Edgemoor Home For Sale: #1 Source For Homes For Sale in Edgemoor

Edgemoor community in Bethesda Maryland is one of the
most sought after neighborhoods in Montgomery County.

Edgemoor is known for it’s cozy neighborhood feel,
it’s walking distance to Bethesda shopping and dining
and it’s private club available to residents
of Edgemoor.

Finding a home for sale in Edgemoor can be challenging’
unless you know someone or have some special resources
for finding homes for sale in Edgemoor before the property
comes on the market.

We’ve found a great website that seems to have the inside
track on desirable homes for sale in Edgemoor before
the rest of the world knows. Check this out.
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Here is a floorplan we created for a home for sale
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Home For Sale in Edgemoor Bethesda

Edgemoor Home For Sale in Bethesda Floorplan

Bethesda Home Addition To Home on Honesty Way

Here is a proposed floor plan for a home addition and
renovation to a home in Bethesda:

Additoin ot a home in Bethesda

Bethesda Home Addition and Renovation

New Home For Sale In Chevy Chase Maryland

Home For Sale Chevy Chase

New Home For Sale Chevy Chase - Optional 3rd Level


New Home For Sale Chevy Chase

Uppler Levl of Chevy Chase New Home


New Home For Sale Chevy Chase Maryland

Main Level New Chevy Chase Home For Sale


Town Of Somerset Home For Sale

Lower Level Chevy Chase Home For Sale

Bannockburn Home Addition of Screen Porch

Bannockburn Home in Bethesda Screen Porch Addition:

Proposed Screen Porch Addition In Bethesda

Renovation to Home In Bethesda

Renovation to Bethesda Home:


New Home for Sale in Town of Somerset – 33Ksf+ Lot & 6200 SF to 11000 SF Finished Space

New Home For Sale Town Of Somerset

Town Of Somerset New Home For Sale


Town of Someret New Home For SAle

Main Level of New Home For Sale Somerset


Chevy Chase Maryland Town of Somerset Home For Sale

Upper Level Town Of Somerset New Home For Sale


New Home For Sale Chevy Chase Town Of Somerset

Lower Level Home For Sale in Town of Somerset


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This new home will have 6200 square
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Town of Somerset
Real estate brokers are welcome.

Town of Somerset New Home For Sale
Enjoy great schools, pool and tennis courts.
Walk to Friendship Heights Metro.


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Battery Park New Home To Be Built in Chevy Chase With 6200 SF Finished Space

New Home For Sale Town Of Somerset

Town Of Somerset New Home For Sale


Town of Someret New Home For SAle

Main Level of New Home For Sale Somerset


Chevy Chase Maryland Town of Somerset Home For Sale

Upper Level Town Of Somerset New Home For Sale


New Home For Sale Chevy Chase Town Of Somerset

Lower Level Home For Sale in Town of Somerset


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New home to be built on very large lot in
Chevy Chase
This new home will have 6200 square
feet of finished space.

This is a exclusive private sale.
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Barra Drive Remodeling in Bannockburn

Take A look At the Home Taking Shape:

Home Addition in Bannockburn

Updated Fron Elevation


Bethesda home addition framing

Bethesda home addition framing


Large Opne 2 Story Foyer in Bethesda Home Addition
Addition to home in Bethesda

New Front Elevation in Bethesda

New Home for Sale in Town of Somerset – 14Ksf+ Lot & 6200 SF Finished Space

New Home For Sale Town Of Somerset

Town Of Somerset New Home For Sale


Town of Someret New Home For SAle

Main Level of New Home For Sale Somerset


Chevy Chase Maryland Town of Somerset Home For Sale

Upper Level Town Of Somerset New Home For Sale


New Home For Sale Chevy Chase Town Of Somerset

Lower Level Home For Sale in Town of Somerset


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New home to be built on 14,000sf+ building lot in
the Town of Somerset.
This new home will have 6200 square
feet of finished space.

$3.4M for land and new home to be built
14K sf+ lot
Town of Somerset
6200sf above finished space
Real estate brokers are welcome.

Town of Somerset New Home For Sale
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Walk to Friendship Heights Metro.

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Home for Sale in Town of Somerset – 10KSF Lot & 3300SF Finished Area + Basement

Hurry on this one before it’s gone!

$1.4M
10K sf lot
Town of Somerset
3300sf above basement finished

Home ready to move into “as-is”.
Recently remodeled home for sale in the Town of Somerset
Enjoy great schools, pool and tennis courts.
Walk to Friendship Heights Metro.

This is a exclusive private sale.
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Also, visit ChevyChaseHomeForSale.com

7605 Honesty Way Bethesda Home For Sale Home Addition

Here are several versions of home additions and renovation
options that we have shown to prospective home purchasers
for 7605 Honesty Way Bethesda Home for sale:

Front Home Remodeling Elevation Bethesda Home For Sale

Front Elevation Bethesda Home For Sale at 7605 Honesty WAy


New Home Plan for 7605 Honesty Way Bethesda Home Home For Sale

Take a look at this footprint for our Morgan 32 new home
plan set on this 10,600 sf building lot:

New Home For SAle at 7605 Honesty Way Bethesda

New Site Plan for new home at 7605 Honesty Way Bethesda

Go Here to see the Morgan front elevation (this link shows the Morgan 40 floor plan)
This new home for sale can be built with modular and prefab and panelized construction
methods.

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on the Bethesda home for sale or any other new homes or building lots in
Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Arlington, Falls Church or McLean for sale.

Somerset Home For Sale

Large lot and excellent home
4 bedrooms
4 full bathrooms
finished basement
BCC high School
Walk to Friendship Heights Metro
Walk to downtown Bethesda
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Home Addition and Renovation to Home in Chevy Chase

Here is a architectural rendering of a proposed two story addition and renovation floor plan to
a home in Chevy Chase Maryland:

Floor plan of 1st floor renovation and home addition Chevy Chase Md

1st Floor home plan for addition to Chevy Chase Home



Proposed 2nd floor home plan for addition to home in Chevy Chase Md.

Proposed 2nd floor floorplan to home in Chevy Chase Md.

Reduced Size Home Addition in Bethesdahhevy chase

Here is a reduced version of a home addition to a home in Bethesda:

Bethesda Maryland Addition To a Home

Bethesda Home Addition



2nd Floor Floor Plan Bethesda Maryland Home Addition

2nd Floor Floorplan home addition

2 Story Addition to Home In Bethesda Floor Plans

Here is what we have so far on your addition. Kevin has not worked in
the homework area yet, but this will give you a real good idea of what
we can design and build going over to the side.

The front elevation depicts replacing the siding and may be more
ambitious than you want to pursue, but we can discuss this.

Elevation of front of house addition

Front new home addition elevation



Floor Plan to 2nd Floor Home Addition in Bethesda Maryland

2nd Floor Floor Plan Bethesda Home Addition



Home Addition in Bethesda Maryland 1st Floor Floor Plan

1st Floor Floor Plan Bethesda Home Addition



Home Addition in Bethesda Maryland Site Plan

Site Plan For Bethesda Home Addition

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Home Building Resources

Here are some of our favorite resources for new home building:

Division 1 – Structural Engineers

Hacopian Enterprises, Inc
Sam Hacopian
301 983-4931

Division 1 – Land Surveyor

Land Engineering, plc
Lloyd A. Ntuk
703-507-6586

Division 2- Landscape Subcontractor

Clearwater Landscape & Nursery
Doug Goetze
301-607-4480
www.clearwaterlandscape.com

Division 3 – Concrete Subcontractor

JSC Concrete Construction, Inc.
John Cerqueria
703-365-0902

Poolesville Concrete Company Inc.
Arlindo
301-926-1515

Village Concrete
Harjit Chawla
703-365-8544

Division 4- Flagstone & Brick Supplier

Potomac Valley Brick and Supply Co.
Roland King
301 309-9600
www.pvbrick.com

Division 4 – Flagstone & Brick Subcontractor

Pereira Construction, LLC
John Pereira
301-924-0652

J. Sanchez Masonry, Inc.
Amilcar Sanchez
240 899-9443
www.jsanchezmasonry.com

Division 5 – Ornamental Railing Subcontractor

Beltway Iron Company, Inc.
Rob Herr
410-414-8200

Reliable Rails, Inc.
Lawrence Giles
703-257-1321
www.reliablerails.com

Division 6 – Lumber Supplier

Barrons Lumber
Valerie Mercier
301 948-6600
www.barronslumber.com

Division 6 – Lumber, Cornice & Trim Subcontractor

TW Perry
Tim Giles
301-670-6215
www.twperry.com

Homestead Building Systems, Inc.
Matt Danner
301-371-3545
www.homesteadbuildingsystems.com

Construction Services and Supply
Todd Wood; John Steinbruck
410-443-4506

Division 6 – Granite and Corian Supplier

Designer Surfaces Unlimited, Inc.
Jeannie Russell
301-682-3280
www.designersurfacesinc.com

E & C Marble & Granite, Inc.
Evelyn Carter
301.610.2010
www.eandcmarbleandgranite.com

Division 7 – Roofing Supplier

The Roof Center
Mike Tansey
301 948-6066
www.roofcenter.com

Division 7 – Roofing Subcontractor

Topper Construction
Dave Rentschler
301-874-0220
www.topperconstruction.com

SBL Enterprise, Inc.
Rose Ferraro
410-608-7725

Division 7 – Siding Subcontractor

Washington Building Contractors, Inc.
David Lee
703-961-9770

Topper Construction
Dave Rentschler
301-874-0220

Division 7 – Insulation Subcontractor

Devere Insulation
Michelle Griffit
410-360-6900
www.devereinsulation.com

G & B Insulation Company
Greg Fulcher
301-934-4824
www.gb-insulation.com

Division 8 – Exterior Doors & Windows Supplier

Builders Window & Door
Al Landaman
301-831-8241
www.builderswindowanddoor.com

Division 8 – Garage Doors

Fred C. Johnson Company, Inc.
Bob Swigert
410-799-2126
www.garagedoorsmaryland.net

Division 9 – Painting Subcontractor

Angel’s Painting
Jose Moreno
240-421-3534

V.R. Painting, Inc.
Remus Vlad
540-286-0699

Division 9 – Drywall Subcontractor
Total Drywall
Jimmy Kraft
240-793-5959

Division 9 – Ceramic Tile & Hardwood Flooring Supplier & Subcontractor

Builders Floor Service, Inc.
Greg Stone
703-569-6000 x605

Division 9 – Ceramic Tile Supplier

Mosaic Tile Company
Michael Lowden
571-220-9692
www.mosaictileco.com

Division 9 – Carpet Subcontractor
Atlas Flooring
Bill Skowron
301-948-9144

Division 10 – Shower Door Subcontractor

The Shower Door King
Al Burch
301-874-0156
www.showerdoorking.com

Glass and More, Inc.
Spencer Spencer
301-330-5724

Division 10 – Mirrors Subcontractor

B & K Distributors, Inc.
Keith Harrington
301-498-0320

Division 10 – Door Hardware Subcontractor

B & K Distributors, Inc.
Keith Harrington
301-498-0320

Taylor Security & Lock Company, Inc.
Adam Bernick
301-948-7670

Division 10 – Fireplace Subcontractor

Fireplace Solutions
Kurt Bromwell
703-961-0212
www.fireplacesolutions.com

Division 11 – Appliances Supplier

Appliance Builders Wholesalers
Lori Horwitz
301-920-9680
www.abwappliances.com

Division 15 – Plumbing Fixtures

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc
Ashli Holmes
301 424-1393
www.ferguson.com

WaterWorks
Paul Murray
202-333-7180
www.waterworks.com

Union Hardware, Inc.
Alex Abarca
301-654-7810
www.unionhardware.com

Division 15 – Plumbing Subcontractor

PC Godaire, Inc.
Tim Godaire
301-428-7959

Robert A. Tull, Inc.
Tony Tull
301 948 2490

All Around Plumbing, Inc.
Brenden Madden
301-829-6745

Division 15 – HVAC Subcontractor

WH Metcalfe & Sons, Inc.
John Burke
301-371-0254

SCW, Inc.
Tom Le
301-856-4000

Jama Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Jose Mendez
703-307-6935
www.jamaheatingandcooling.com

Division 15 – Fire Protection Subcontractor

Fire Tech
Dee Jayasuriya
240-750-0487

Division 16 – Electrical Fixtures

Dominion Electric Supply Company, Inc.
Oscar Moreno
301 470-2121
www.dominionelectric.com

Rexel (formerly Branch Electric)
Mike Case
301-762-8100
www.rexelusa.com

Division 16 – Electrical Subcontractor

Lapole Electric, Inc.
Gary Lapole
301-748-3435

Hawkins Electric Service, Inc.
Tom Mailin
(301)927-0900
www.hawkinselectric.com

Contact offices

Montgomery County- City Of Rockville
Planning and Zoning Division
Department of Community Planning and Development Services
240-314-8200
www.Rockvillemd.gov

Montgomery County – City Of Rockville
Department of Transportation
Ronald Vaughn
301-495-4517
www.Rockvillemd.gov

Montgomery County – City Of Rockville
Department of Park & Planning
Steve Smith
301-495-4522
www.Rockvillemd.gov

County Of Fairfax, VA
Department of Planning & Zoning
Lisa Feibelman
703-324-1290

County Of Fairfax, VA
Community Development & Planning
David Hudson, Director
Phone: 703.385.7820

County Of Fairfax, VA
Parks & Recreation
Micheal McCarty
Phone: 703.385.7858

City of Falls Church, VA
Departmen of Development Services – Zoning Division
John Boyle, Zoning Administrator
703-248-5126
www.Fallschurchva.gov

City of Falls Church, VA
Departmen of Planning
Debra Gee
703-248-5225
www.Fallschurchva.gov

City of Falls Church, VA
Departmen of Transportation
Wendy Sanford
703-248-5040
www.Fallschurchva.gov

City of Falls Church, VA
Departmen of Parks & Recreation
Lisa Reed
703-248-5077
www.Fallschurchva.gov

Lenders
Sandy Spring Bank
Jeff Nelson 301-706-4660
Construction Loans

Suntrust Bank
301-718-9250

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McLEan Virginia New Home Winner Of Best New Home of The Year Award – Take A Video Tour

Who Says Contemporary Style Homes Aren’t Popular in D.C.? Not Us – We’re Building A Contemporary Model Home In The Middle Of Downtown McLean!

I don’t know if it’s the transplants from the west coast or that
DC really is just less conservative when it comes to home styles
than everyone seems to think.

But, over the last few years, we’ve had more and more
clients requesting contemporary and even modern design (modern
tends to have more of the raw building materials exposed – steel
girders, concrete floors).

Here’s the concept elevation of the new contemporary model home:

New Contemporary Style Home To Be Built In McLEan Virginia

New Contemporary Style Smaller Size Home

In fact, we think there is enough demand for contemporary style
homes that we’re designing a contemporary style home to be built
as a model home in downtown McLean this spring.

We’re dealing with some difficult zoning and setback issues in
Fairfax County now, but hope to push forward for a late spring
ground breaking.

We’re also noticing a trend toward smaller homes the last few years.
Some call it “right-sizing”, one writer actually refers to this trend
as ‘Smallville” homes.

So our contemporary new home model will be on the
smaller side of the home-size-scale. I’ll also have future
posts showing off our Kenwood-15 new semi-custom
home that we’re launching now in the City of Falls Church.
You’ll see The Kenwood in our smaller home series coming out soon.
This new home will be 100% luxury living on the first floor (2nd floor optional
and preliminary pricing coming in around $200K, but we’re still costing
it out).

Here’s the concept floor plans for our Cedar Model.
Please let me know what you think. We’d love your feedback,
so all comments are appreciated. This home
will is slated to be constructed as a modular
home.

Contemporary New Home McLean Virginia Paramount Construction

New Model Home Floor Plan McLean Va. - Small New Home Series Semi-Custom Homes Coming Spring



Paramount Construction New Home Centemporary Model Home

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McLean Homeowner Explains Her Custom Home Building Process

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in McLean:

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Could It Be Perfect Timing for Purchasing A Home & What Home Buying Options Do You Have

With owning a home affordability getting better and home mortgage rates still near historic lows, the timing could be perfect for buying a new home. And in this relatively flat market or marginally up (at least inside the Washington DC beltway – Bethesda, Chevy Chase, McLean, Arlington, Falls Church – specifically) market, there are many options to consider. But before you start contemplating about the home style and number of bedrooms, here’s a real quick overview of some segments of the Maryland, Virginia Washington DC housing market.

1. “Resale” homes probably represent the biggest percentage of the market. Built years, or even decades ago, these homes were designed and built to reflect the requirements and the tastes of previous owners. They may be outfitted with outdated fixtures and technologies, and have poor construction. Buyers of these homes often fall in love with them for their character, their location or their “good-enough” fit with their needs, and accept the necessity of investing additional time and resources in remodeling and rebuilding.

2. “Spec” homes are built based on the speculation that a buyer can be found during or shortly after construction. These new homes may be designed with up-to-date floor plans and features to fit current preferences. When acquired before completion, a buyer may be able to select some finishing touches. But this type of home construction may also be designed to minimize cost and get the largest proceeds for the home builder, potentially leaving homeowners with less than the best materials and designs that are not as contemporary.

3.“Custom” homes are built according to the buyer’s specifications, usually on land they already own. While this type of new home construction embodies only ten percent of the market, it gives the homeowner the most control. Working with an “on your lot” custom home builder, the buyer determines all facets of home construction—from site selection to the home’s style, size and floor plan, types of windows and doors, flooring and siding, and all the details—cabinets, lighting fixtures, drawer pulls, paint colors, etc.
While “on your lot” home builders are sometimes thought of as large home builders, they can also accommodate today’s trend towards “right-sizing”. These days a custom home builder may work on smaller homes starting around 1500 square feet. Benefits include keeping material and labor costs to a minimum (potentially in the low $250,000 range), and customizable floor plans.
In keeping with price sensitive and “green” lifestyles, another benefit of working closely with a new custom home builder is the opportunity to incorporate the latest energy- and resource-efficient products and trends. Per the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), “Today’s homes are built twice as energy efficient as new homes a generation ago, making them more affordable (” The latest in energy-efficient materials¹ include windows with low-emittance (low-E) glass coatings, upgraded insulation, high efficiency HVAC systems, geo-thermal HVAC systems (check this new home in Falls Church with Geo Thermal ) house wraps and tight construction.
Federal tax credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency² may also be available for new home construction, covering 30% of the cost of materials and labor for systems such as geothermal heat pumps, solar water heaters, solar panels and residential fuel cells. Note that in order to qualify, these systems must be placed in service before the end of 2016.An added bonus for those considering purchases of custom homes—”Current costs (hbrnetwork.com/building-materials/construction-costs-profits-both-down-from-peak-levels.aspx) of building a new home are relatively low,”—according to Jason Dickens, president of the Athens Area Homebuilders Association. 2009 lumber and other material prices have dropped considerably when compared to 2005. “Right now is a very good time to build a house.”
Also, if you’d like to delve into modular home design and construction or prefabricated home building techniques, let us know. We have a new home line of semi-custom homes coming out in 2011.
So, while the acquisition of an existing “resale” or “spec” home will more than likely involve trade-offs, a custom home is a good option that offers real value in function, design and satisfaction—and the fulfillment of owning the home of your dreams.

Bethesda Addition, Rockville Addition and Arlington New Home Nominated For Prestigious Montgomery County Design and Building Award

We’re really proud of the fact that three of our design and build
projects have been nominated for the prestigious
Montgomery County Builders Association Home of the Year Awards.
These nominations are based on design quality and building
craftsmanship and execution of architectural details.

The first project that is nominated is a one story addition to a home on Arrowood
Road in Bethesda. The home backs to the Burning Tree Country Club Golf Course.
You can see a photo below of the kitchen. To see really nice cabinet photos click here

Award Nominated Bethesda Home Addition

Country Casual Bethesda Home Addition Nominated For MCBA Award

Another project nominated is a large addition and whole house renovation of a
log home originally constructed in the 1920s.

Kinda strange, but this home is also on a golf course – Manor Country Club
Golf Course. The views are outstanding and after our addition and renovation
project the owners are now able to enjoy views from about every room in the
home – Imagine views of the beautiful pond at the 11th hole, gently rolling
hills and nothing but green as your cooking dinner and entertaining your
guests gazing through a 20 foot tall wall-o-glass in the kitchen-family
room. It’s really quite a view! Take a look at the second photo below.
Click here for more pictures of this amazing addition.

Many of you came to visit us at this home in October when we had
an open house event and gave tours. We had over 200 people at the
open house and we’re planning another event sometime in the spring
since we promised we’d show the home again to about 20 people
that missed the tour of this really unique and interesting project.

Rockville Maryland Home Addition Award Nominated Project

Rockville Home Addition With Killer Golf Course Views

And the last project nominated (not on a golf course)
is a new custom designed Arts and Crafts home in
North Arlington. Here are more photos of this home

This is another project that lots of you stopped by to visit
when we had a two day open house event a few months ago.
Are you beginning to see that not only do the homeowners
enjoy their homes, but I think I get as much fun out of showing them
off as the owners do?

So much fun in fact that (as you may have heard) we’re
building a few model homes around town and should be
breaking ground in the coming weeks on a few (more on that later).

Stay tuned for more breathtaking photos of these award nominated
projects.

And for any of you that missed our open houses and have called asking
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Arlington Arts and Crafts Custom Home Nominated For Award

New Home For Sale With First Floor Master Suite – N. Arlington Dining & Shopping Nearby

Want to be a quick 5 blocks from Safeway and Arlington neighborhood shopping?

Then you’ll need to hurry because this will not last long!

You can be in this new home (home to be built) for $1.1M:

New Home Coming to Arlington For Sale

New Home Plan For Sale on Lot in Downtown Arlington



Home for sale in Arlington

Floor Plan of New Home With First Floor Master Suite in Arlington

This home will have optional solar panels on the roof and optional
geo-thermal heating and cooling system. The ceiling height will be 9 foot
and the floor will be 3 inch oak finished on site. Woodmode cabinets
and built-ins are included in the kitchen and the bathrooms.

This new property for sale in Arlington Virginia is in the Yorktown High School district.
Call 301-370-6463.

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Video of award winning new custom home in McLean Virginia, large remodel and home addition
project in Bethesda and New Home of The Year winner in Falls Church Virginia.

Charming Bethesda Home Built in The 1960s Ready for a Facelift

New Home Addition and Renovation in Bethesda

Bethesda home built in 1960s will look like new

Bannockburn home before PAramount Construction Addition

Existing home built in the 1960s

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New Ranch Home Plan Prototype For Semi-Custom Home Coming In Spring 2011

We’re launching a new semi-custom line of homes this spring.
This new line of homes will include a foundation of eight
award winning new homes previously built.

We’ll be adding several new home plan styles to our foundation of eight,
that our market research has indicated, the Washington DC market is
demanding.

The new home designs coming out in the spring
will be the result of focus group studies and
interviews with our clients and home building prospects
we have been conducting the last several months
and are ongoing over the next few months.

To give you a hint of what our
research has shown (it’s not
what you think), here is a peak of one of the new home
plans Kevin, our architect, is creating:

Ranch Style New Home Floor Plan

Here is one of many new home plans we are designing now for our new Semi-Custom home line coming out in the Spring 2011

We’ve had a large demand for first floor master suite homes and homes
with just one floor. So we are in the process of designing several home
plan prototypes.

If you’d like to be included in any of our studies (and possibly our model home
program). Send an email to info@paramountconstruction.net.

I’d appreciate it if you let me know below what you like or don’t like about this
floor plan. And if you have any suggestions that you’d like to see added.
Also, do you have any suggestions on new home plans that you’d like to
see in the future, please comment below.

Support World Habitat Day by Visiting Sponsors At Rockville Town Square on October 2

Hey folks!

We are very excited to begin a relationship with our
local Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, MD,
Inc. and Habitat ReStore in Gaithersburg.

The best way to kick off this relationship is to show your support for World
Habitat Day and join Habitat for Humanity at Ten Thousand
Villages in the Row at Rockville Town Square, this Saturday,
October 2 from 5pm – 9pm. There will be a table with information
about how to advocate for affordable housing in our community,
volunteer opportunities and how to donate your new and gently
used furniture, antiques, appliances and building supplies to Habitat
ReStore. A portion of all purchases made from Ten Thousand Village
(a nonprofit fair trade store), that evening will be donated to Habitat for
Humanity of Montgomery County.

Everyone’s gotta eat!
Stop by Buffalo Wild Wings with your receipt from
Ten Thousand Villages or a flyer from Habitat’s table that evening and
they will also donate a portion of your
purchase to Habitat.

What is World Habitat Day?

The United Nations has designated the first Monday in October as
annual World Habitat Day. World Habitat Day 2010 will be held on October 4.

The purpose
World Habitat Day’s purpose is to call attention to the current global
state of the human habitat and push toward adequate housing for all.
We hope that by raising awareness and advocating for universal decent
housing we can dismantle and alter the systems that reinforce and
entrench poverty housing. In doing so, we can make an affordable,
decent place to live a reality for all. World Habitat Day is a day for
grassroots action and a day for people to be united in their efforts
to eradicate poverty housing.

World Habitat Day First Monday in October

October 4 Is World Habitat Day

About Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County

HFH-MC is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Since
1982, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County has been partnering
with the community and low-income families living in substandard
conditions, to build simple, decent, affordable housing. To date, HFH-MC
has built or rehabilitated more than 56 homes for local families and has
more homes in progress. HFH-MC supports the notion that good, stable
housing matters for neighborhoods. Better quality of living leads to stronger
citizens and families. Habitat for Humanity is about changing lives, one
home at a time. Visit the website at www.habitat-mc.org

About Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Habitat ReStore is nonprofit retail outlet specializing in the resale of new
and gently used furniture, antiques, appliances and building materials to
the general public. All materials are donated by local retail businesses,
building contractors, suppliers and individuals, and are made available
for sale to the public at deep discounts. All donations are tax deductible,
and proceeds go back to our local Habitat for Humanity Affiliate to build
houses for low‐income families in our community. By taking in donations,
ReStore diverts tons of materials for our local landfills. Visit the website at:
www.restoremoco.org.

Habitat For Humanity Retail Store in Gaithersburg Maryland

ReStore - Habitat For Humanity - Montgomery County, Maryland

Ten Thousand Villages Address and Website:

The Row at Rockville Town Square
107 Gibbs Street, Unit D
Rockville, MD 20851

http://www.tenthousandvillages.com

Buffalo Wild Wings Address and Website: (remember you have to have
your receipt from Ten Thousand Villages or a flyer from Habitat’s table!)

33-C Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850-0315

http://www.buffalowildwings.com

The Landon Home Plan: Ideal For Those Who Love Colonial Home Architecture

New Colonial style home plan: The Landon:

The Landon - A Colonial Style new home plan

The Landon - Colonial Style New Home Plan

This home is proposed for a building lot in Potomac Maryland.

Kitchen Cabinets Installed in Addition to Home in Bethesda

Bethesda Maryland home addition with kitchen cabinets installed

High end home addition with kitchen cabinets installed



bethesda home addition kitchen cabinets

New kitchen cabinets

Arrowwood Bethesda Home Addition – Who Says Brick Can’t Be Matched?

Matching brick on a home renovation or an addition to a home
is always one of the questions we get asked by homeowners.

And rightfully so. After all, one of the tell-tale signs of a crudely
built addition to a house is matching old materials with new
materials.

Here is a home in Bethesda which the new brick on the rear kitchen
addition matched the over 15 year old original brick almost
perfectly (of course it always helps if the brick is still being
manufactured).

Addition to Bethesda home

Who says brick can't be matched?

Matching Brick in a Home Addition Can Be Done Successfully

Can you tell the difference in the brick? Which is new and which is old?

Bethesda Charmer Built in the 1960s Ready for a Facelift

New Home Addition and Renovation in Bethesda

Bethesda home built in 1960s will look like new

Bannockburn home before PAramount Construction Addition

Existing home built in the 1960s

Homeowners Love Our Work – New Home in Washington DC

Watch Sonja explain why she loves her new home:

Take a look here at her home

Another Happy New Home Owner Talks About Design And Home Building Experience

Arlington New Home Open House This Weekend

Join us this weekend and take a tour of our new home model
The Brookhaven.

This new home in Arlington was designed by our “genius” staff
architect Kevin Davis.

Come and see these cool new home features:

  • Hardwood Floors 1st & 2nd Floor
  • Wood-Mode Brookhaven Cabinets & Built-ins
  • Stone 2-sided wood-burning fireplace
  • Fully finished basement with wet-bar
New Custom Designed and Built by Architect & Home Builder Paramount Construction

Come to an new home open house and tour our Brookhaven Model new home in Arlington Virignia this weekend

6317 23rd Street A. Arlington, Va. 22207 – $1.5 Million

arlington homes for sale, mclean homes for sale, falls church homes for sale

An oversized front porch sets the tone for this inviting home. From the foyer your drawn past the dining room and into the spacious great room. A double sided fireplace turns a kitchen and nook into a warm a comfortable place to dine. The mudroom is conveniently located between the garage and the kitchen and includes a door to the rear yard. Upstairs the four bedrooms are complimented with three bathrooms. The master bedroom located on the rear of the house is showered with daylight from a wall of windows.

For other new homes and new home building lots for sale checkout homes at www.MagginHomes.com

New Bethesda Home To Be Built on 9000 SF Lot in Whitman Area for Under $1.1M (Land & New Home)

Hurry – this new home for sale to be built is NOT listed in the MRIS…yet.
That means the Bethesda building lot price is about 6% (Realtor commissions)
lower than if the property ends up for sale in the MRIS.
Get in Early on this combination of a great home and great building lot for sale
in prime Bethesda!

The lot is in the Walt Whitman HS area and is in a neighborhood
near Whittier Blvd. The new Bethesda home for sale is our Marcey Home
Plan modeled after our award Winning Madison New Home Plan, but a bit smaller.

Here it is:

New Home on Great Building Lot in Bethesda

Great New Home Plan on 8000sf + Building Lot in Whitman School area


PAramount Construction announces new home in Bethesda for sale

New home for sale in Bethesda by Paramount Construction - 1st Floor Plan


Paramount Construction - The Marcey Floor Plan 2nd Floor

2nd Floor of The Marcey Home Plan



Call Now – 301-370-6463 and we’ll “walk you thru” The Marcey plan and give you a tour of the lot.


ANOTHER NEW HOME FOR SALE IN BETHESDA PRICED COMMISSION FREE – YOU SAVE!!!

Please let us know below on what you like and don’t like about
the floor plan. All comments are appreciated.

Prices Dropped By $100K Each on 2 Bethesda Building Lots For Sale

New Home in Bethesda Under Construction

Home Under Construction We Are Building in Bethesda Directly Across from the Building Lots For Sale



These two building lots in Bethesda – one 21,571 sf & the other 10,178 sf – have been
reduced in price by $100K each.

The property is in the Walt Whitman/Pyle school cluster. They are on a very quiet, pretty
street. These are priced to sell fast.

We are building a $2M new home (see photo) right now across the street from these lots.
The tear-down lot we are building on cost around $650K. I haven’t done and hard
real estate market research, but at prices of $549K and $449K they appear to be priced
to sell fast.

If you are interested let me know by calling me at 301-370-6463 or email me at
info@ParamountConstruction.net asap! These will not last long!

2 Bethesda Building Lots Prices Drop $100K EAch – Priced To Sell FAST

These two building lots in Bethesda – one 21,571 sf & the other 10,178 sf – have been
reduced in price by $100K each.

The property is in the Walt Whitman/Pyle school cluster. They are on a very quiet, pretty
street. These are priced to sell fast.

We are building a $2M new home (see photo) right now across the street from these lots.
The tear-down lot we are building on cost around $650K. I haven’t done and hard
real estate market research, but at prices of $549K and $449K they appear to be priced
to sell fast.

If you are interested let me know by calling me at 301-370-6463 asap!

New Mediterranean Style Home Plan From Our Paramount Portfolio of Homes

Here is a brand new red hot home plan we just created.

We’ll be building a 4600sf version of this custom home in Rockville
starting in the fall 2010.

This new home features:

  • 3200 finished square feet
  • high end finish package
  • stucco exterior
  • 5 bathrooms (optional 6th bathroom)
  • optional elevator
  • 10 foot ceiling heights
  • Mediterranean styling inside and out
  • Wood-Mode cabinets
  • additional service sink in kitchen
  • additional dishwasher for easy entertaining

Paramount Construction creates a new home plan

A New Mediterranean Style new Home Plan called the Parkedge 32 will be built in Rockville in the Fall of 2010

Call Now While Early Mover Special Pricing Is in Effect!
301-370-6463

New Model Home Video Underway in Bethesda

New Bethesda Home from our Paramount Portfolio of Homes Collection.
Take a video tour of this new home. We can build this same home on your lot
or one of our building lots.

We can also modify this home plan and customize it to your needs.

Home Builder in Maryland Is Nominated for 2 More Design Awards

Paramount Construction, a Maryland home builder, was nominated for
two home design and building awards. These awards are given by the
Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association.

Paramounts’ projects are a new custom home in McLean Virginia, the
Dulany Model and a huge and complex home addition and renovation
to a 1920 log home in Rockville, Maryland.

Here are photos of the Dulany Model new home and here are photos
of the 1920 log cabin.

Paramount Construction is a Maryland home builder and architect.

Gorgeous Lot with 1950’s Rambler or We’ll Build a New Home For Sale On 33K SF Wooded Lot in Bannockburn Neighborhood of Bethesda

Minutes from the Bethesda home for sale is the best shopping & dining Bethesda has to offer

Minutes from the Bethesda home for sale is the best shopping & dining Bethesda has to offer

This private wooded Bethesda home building lot is available
for sale on April 21.
The home for sale is located in Bethesda Maryland (home to be built). You’ll fall in love
with the walkable neighborhood. The streets are lined with trees and
lots of families and children live in the cluster.
The building lot and the existing home couldn’t be better located. It is in the very heart
of Bethesda. Here is one of the potential homes which could be built for sale
on the building site.
The Bethesda home for sale is located across the street
from Walt Whitman High School and down the road from Pyle Middle
School. Kenwood Country Club is a mile or so down River Road.
And a shopping strip center further down River Road hosts a
Whole Foods Grocery.

You’ll have three metro subway stations that you could easily drive to.
The first metro station is the Bethesda Metro at Wisconsin Ave.
This station is about 2 miles away. The second metro station
is the Friendship Heights Metro. This metro station is also about 2 miles
from this Bethesda home for sale. And the third metro station
is in Chevy Chase, the Tenley-town metro. Here is a video of the
existing Bethesda home for sale which would be torn down and a video
of the gorgeous wooded lot which is 33,000 sf — truly a rare find
in Bethesda.

Since the house for sale is located in downtown Bethesda, it
goes without saying that you could drive just a few minutes
to all the fine dining and shopping downtown Bethesda has
to offer. The Crescent Trail is a few minute bike ride away
and you can bike or walk to the Bethesda central
business district. You can also bike or walk to the canal and the
Potomac River near Glen Echo. Here is another home plan that
we could build on this Bethesda home for sale building lot
.

Once you get to downtown Bethesda you could just browse and hang out
reading books at the Barnes and Noble. Or if you’d like to take in a movie
there is a cinema right off of Bethesda Ave. And for those that love
computers and technology, the Bethesda Apple has all the new Apple iPads,
Apple iPhones or Apple MacBooks.

After you’ve caught a bite of food to eat at any one of
the outstanding restaurants Bethesda has to offer, you might just
get right back on your roller blades or bicycle and continue down the Crescent
Trail until you pedal into the Kennedy Center.

Check out the home for sale (to be built) in Bethesda Maryland here.

And if you need a Bethesda rental home to stay in during the time
your new home is being built you can choose one of these rental
homes in Bethesda.

New Custom Home Plan In McLean Reflects Owners Vision

This custom home was designed to fit naturally into the 3 acre wooded building site in McLean, Virginia. Our

goal was to meld the home into the natural wooded setting and to capture the phenomenal views on all sides of the property.

The home was designed so the owner could live and entertain on the first floor and have bedrooms for her

grand children on the 2nd floor. So we created a casual, yet elegant, open floor plan on the first floor.

We designed built-ins with an open feel to divide the dining room from the family room. And the

built-ins around the fireplace we were able to provide focal points and at the same time create and warm

and cozy feeling.

Rooms were laid and organized with the objective of maximizing the wooded views from every room.

This first floor is ideal for entertaining and convenient for the owner to retire to her bedroom suite off

the entry foyer.

The owner also wanted to have a special space just for her grandkids where they could play yet provide

privacy for her. So we created a second floor “kids-family room”. This space could be converted to a

fourth bedroom in the future.

We designed a custom marble curved sink in the powder room. The idea was

To create a unique touch that would set the room off and give it an elegant feel.

Woodmode cabinets in the this new home in McLean add special focal point

Woodmode cabinets in the this new home in McLean add special focal point

McLean new home has 8 foot exterior doors

McLean new home has 8 foot exterior doors




The homeowner was very involved in all of the decisions and materials selections.
Her sophisticated tastes and style are reflected through out the home. Here is n example of
this custom designed sink in the powder room.

Powder room with custom designed sink with marble top

Powder room with custom designed sink with marble top

Here are some of the Features and materials used in this new McLean custom home:

Transitional Style Architecture
Nichiha Sierra Premium Shake Panels
WoodMode cabinets
5 inch clear Maple custom stain color with tung oil finish
ergonomically designed vanity in powder room
Trey ceilings master bedroom, foyer dining room
Custom architectural millwork
10 foot ceilings
2×6 panelized framing
Zip wall system
Second Floor family room/Kids Lounge
Master suite on first floor
Expansive 360-degree views
PVC cornice

New Home for Sale in Bethesda in Walt Whitman HS Cluster on 33,000sf Wooded Lot

Looking for a great new home in Bethesda? We have a new home on a 33,000sf wooded lot in Bannockburn.
The home will be built soon and can still be customized. Take a look at the Bethesda building lot
and the new home features.

Rockville Log Home Wins Home Builders Renovation Design And Quality Award

Family room kitchen home addition blends with the 1920s Rockville Log Home

Family room kitchen home addition blends with the 1920s Rockville Log Home

Kitchen family room addition interior view looking out to the 10th hole of Manor Country Club

Kitchen family room addition interior view looking out to the 10th hole of Manor Country Club

New Kitchen with high ceilings and original back wall of log home

New Kitchen with high ceilings and original back wall of log home

Prime views of Manor Country Club Golf Course

Prime views of Manor Country Club Golf Course

We’re almost complete with out addition and renovation of a 1920s log home.
See more project photos of this major home addition and renovation here

The home is located
on the 10th hole of Manor Country Club in Rockville, Maryland.

This Whole House Renovation project was very challenging from a design perspective as well as a
construction perspective.

I first met our future clients at an open house they attended at another award winning project of
ours in Rockville. During our first conversation, the owners described how they had a very unique
home. They told us that house was a log house originally built in the 1920s with additions added
on over the years. And adding to the unique nature of the project, the home was located on the
10th hole of Manor Country Club in Rockville.

They went on to tell us about there long journey to find an architect that was up to the challenge
of creating a design that would blend with the existing 1920s log home architecture. And the
risk was high since the project would be highly visibly to every one that played on the golf course.
So their challenge was finding someone that could create a design that they’d be proud of and that so many
others would see while they were playing the golf course.

Not only were the owners a bit worn out trying to find an architect, but they also needed a builder
capable of handling the engineering required to modify a log home with huge timber walls and roofs.

Luckily, the project that they met me on was equally challenging, and they were impressed enough with
our work that they retained us to help them solve their design and construction problem.

So our primary design goal was to blend their new addition design into the existing architecture of the
1920s log house. And along the way, we wanted to create as many walls of glass to capture the breathtaking
views of the “back nine” at Manor Country Club as we could.

So we added a two story master suite and bedroom above as a wing on the left side of the house
and a one story family room and kitchen addition on the rear. The master suite addition also had a
new screen porch attached to it and the family room – kitchen addition had a new
single car garage built underneath. We also designed a beautiful stone patio with a bar-b-que grill
and a decorative water fountain outside of the family room – kitchen addition.

To capture the absolutely phenomenal views of the golf course we had to create some new, larger
openings in some existing log walls. We also designed a 20 foot tall bank of glass in the kitchen- family
room addition to create dramatic views of the golf course.

One of the challenges for us was finding a craftsmen that had experience patching log walls and
filling the joints between each log so it looked perfect. Since we removed so many huge bearing
interior log walls and inserted steel beams to hold up the structure, finding the right person
was critical to making the job look great. Luckily, we didn’t have to search too far because the
owners had been using an old craftsmen for years on their house. So he was happy to help us
out and I think he enjoyed the challenge dealing with more than the maintenance work he had been
doing in the past at the home.

We many structural challenges working with the log home that we had to overcome. And the design
we created creatively compliments the old style log house while bringing in a sense of modern architecture.

See more project photos of this major home addition and renovation here

Features:

Traditional style architecture
Carderock stone
Woodmode cabinets
5 inch clear cherry wood floors custom stain color
Custom architectural millwork
Master suite on first floor
Expansive 360-degree views
Hardiplank vertical siding with battens
Pella Windows

New Construction Homes in McLean Virginia – Another Award Winner

Here is a wonderful custom designed new home on 3 acres in McLean. The home design
was created to capture the tremendous views on every side of the home.

The master suite is on the first floor. The ceilings are 10 feet on the main level.
Five inch clear maple floors with custom wood floor stain are one of the many
custom features which set this home apart.

The powder room has a custom designed marble sink. The homeowner was deeply
involved in the entire design process and her refined tastes and sensibilities
are reflected in this custom home.

The structure was designed and engineered using panelized wood framing
techniques. The framing package was fabricated and the panels were assembled
in an indoor facility and then shipped out to the site and erected.

There are lots of custom WoodMode builtins which provide function and design
elements which add to the custom feel of the home.

Must Hear Interview – New Home Building Essentials: Saving Big Money Designing & Building Your New Home

Listen to home design and building tips that will save you money and headache if you are designing and building a new home:

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New Falls Church New Home With First Floor Master Suite

Here is the front elevation of a new home plan that we are building in Falls Church Virginia.
This new home will have a first floor master suite.We are incorporating green building designs and green building materials.

Falls Church  New Home

Falls Church New Home

Birkhaven New Home Plan

Here is the Birkhaven Elevation

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Paramount Construction creates another new home plan

Paramount Construction creates another new home plan

Washington Not So Conservative Afterall…New Contemporary Home Plan (and it's affordable)

Hot off the presses (ignore the incorrect 2007 Copyright date)!
You asked and we delivered!

Paramount Construction creates another new home plan for you

Paramount Construction creates another new home plan for you


Washington DC is not as conservative as some people think.
We have seen a fairly large demand for contemporary or
modern style home plans. This is one we designed that has
3 levels and 4 bedrooms.

Call it a contemporary home plan, a modern new home plan
or some might call it Bauhaus architecture. Call it what you
like. We are seeing more and more demand for the non-traditional
new home plans. And we are responding to that need.

Kevin, our staff genius architect, has created over 90 new home
plans that fit perfectly into the Bethesda, Chevy Chase, McLean,
Falls Church, Potomac, Arlington neighborhoods.

These are no McMansions. You’ll love the new home plans
with the scale and massing that fit right in (your neighbors will
love it too).

This new home floor plan has been value engineered to be built very affordably
yet still give that ZING-head-turning curb knollwood-elevationappeal and
a great open floor plan. Plenty of windows in the rear
to capture all the views.
We can design this with 9 or 10 foot ceiling heights. And since
we have an in-house “World-Class” architect, customizing the
floor plan for your unique tastes and style is easy and smooth.
We can also customize the home plan for whatever topography and shape
home building lot you would like to build this on.

More good news – this new home can be built as a modular, prefab
or with panelized construction methods – Saving time and resources.
You can’t even tell these are modular homes and prefab new homes.
If you would like to see the floor plans call me at 301-370-6463 or email me at
info@paramountconstruction.net.

Here are the floor plans for this Bauhaus influenced new home plan:

Contemporary new home floor plan for Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Arlington, Mclean

Contemporary new home floor plan for Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Arlington, Mclean

Close Up Of Award Winning New Home Finish Details

This new home in McLean Virginia won Best New Home of The Year.
You’ll see that the design details are sharp, clean and crisp.
Take a look now:

Want to Know A Secret For Saving $3,145 on Your Next Home Renovation or Addition?

The closer you make the home renovation project to a new home the lower the price

The closer you make the home renovation project to a new home the lower the price

On your next large scale home remodeling project or major home
addition, follow these tips to save lots of time and money.

On a large remodeling or renovation job, the key is making existing
conditions of the work area as close to a new home as possible.

So if the home is empty; no animals, no kids, no people and no furniture,
in other words, as close to the condition the builder would face when
building a brand new home, the vendors and subcontractors will price
the job with lower prices.

This is because the hassle factor has been
reduced.

The vendors and subcontractors don’t have to work around the furniture and worry about
ruining it, they don’t have to worry about keeping dogs and cats in the
house when the workmen go in and out of the doors. They don’t have
to worry so much about safety of the little kids, they don’t have to make
sure the utitlities are on at the end of each day – the water, the electricity ,
the heating and cooling.

So when we can get this type of condition, we explain
to the vendor that they will be able to work faster and have fewer interruptions.

Plus the construction workers are always trying to be friendly to the homeowners and visa versa,
the homeowners want to be friendly to the workers. So what happens is that “hello”
in the morning can turn into a 30 minute chat about what the worker thought about
the Washington Redskins or Obamas State of the Union or about the pipe burst
at the Shady Grove Red Line Metro Station. And the cumulative impact is that the job
ends up taking longer.

Now you might say what about the cost of moving out and fining a place to stay?

Well you can rent a pod for I think $80 per month. Also, through good planning the
home builder may be able to set aside certain areas in your home that are not being worked on
and block those areas off by building temporary protective walls to move some furniture
and store it during the duration of the job.

Also, we have temporary homes that we put our clients in that we rent back to the
client for $1500 or so per month. These homes are in Bethesda, Chevy Chase,
McLean and Arlington (call and reserve these way ahead of time).

We have seen jobs that we estimated 10 months to complete but
where the client moved out and we saved 4 months of time.

So when you net out the 4 months of interest savings on a construction loan and the lower unit
prices from the vendors, against the cost of moving out, we’ve actually seen savings
of $3000 or more.

Plus lots of these homes that are being renovated were built prior to 1978 and have lead paint.
So if you have little kids you really don’t want them exposed to the dust particles and it’s
just a lot more pleasant not living on a “construction site” for 5 months.

I always joke and tell our clients that they’ll live longer if they don’t live on site!

So when you think about that, this tip is really priceless!

Thinking of selling our home? Call 301-370-6463 – – We Buy Homes.

We are now reserving construction starts slots for summer and fall 2010.
Don’t miss out on these low interest rates. Email me at rob@paramountconstruction.net
to get on our schedule.

Falls Church Home Owner Building Custom Home

Watch Why Patrick Chose us to design and build his custom home:

Maryland, Virginia & DC Homeowners: Check Out EPA's New Website For Green Homes & Slash Your Energy Costs

This is an article from Robyn Griggs Lawrence of Home Living Magazine

Looking to spend less heating your home this winter? You’re not alone. Now the Environmental Protection Agency’s
new Green Homes website can help. Whether you rent or own your home, Green Homes offers tips on reducing
energy consumption, waste generation and water usage while improving indoor air quality.
Check Out EPA Site Here

Falls Church Virginia New Home Client Loves Paramount

Listen and Watch this homeowner who has hired Paramount to design and build their new custom home in the City of Falls Church. We first met the owners at an new home open house we held about two years ago. We had just completed a new home on Oak Street in Falls Church and they stopped by.

Well a quick 2 years later and we are ready to break ground on their new home. This custom home will be constructed using the latest in panelized homebuilding techniques.

The new home is a courtyard new custom home in Falls Church Virginia.

Listen to what the Falls Church Virginia homeowners have to say about Paramount Construction and their staff of award winning architects and builders. They actually think that rob is “dreamy”. Have you ever hired a builder because they were “dreamy”?

AIA Reports That Residential Architecture Revenues Show Signs of Improvement

Business conditions stayed weak through 2009’s 3rd quarter for housing design architects, yet specific segments at the market’s lower end look ready for a 2010 recovery, according to fresh numbers from the AIA.

Since the billings for architects are usually a good prediction of future activity in construction, this could be good news for homebuilders.

Design work for affordable homes for first-time buyers jumped from -64 percent in the third quarter of 2008 to -2 percent in a year over year comparison, according to architects responding to the latest AIA Quarterly Design Trends survey. (Percentages indicate the number of respondents reporting sector ‚improving‚ minus the number reporting ‚ aweakening.‚)

The feeling towards the move-up market had an improved gain that traveled from -57 percent down to -29 percent within the same time frame.

Each market segment has been boosted through decreasing home costs and good mortgage rates. AIA cheif economist Kermit Baker noted the kick-start the affordable market received from such aid as the federal tax credit for those purchasing a home for the first time.

The third quarter of 2009 showed strong gains in remodeling activity, with 27 percent of architects reporting an increased demand for both renovations and additions, up from 13 percent in the year prior. Kitchen as well as bathroom remodeling jobs increased by a very large percentage, from approximately eight percent during 2008 to approximately twenty six percent during 2009, an increase of more than three times the percent for one year.

Additional market segments have not been as fortunate. The townhouse/condo market remained stagnant, with a score of -43 percent in 2009 vs. -49 percent in 2009. Interest in custom/luxury homes and second vacation homes remained extremely low, at -48 percent and -70 percent, respectively.

Through the third quarter of 2009, the AIA‚Äôs residential billings index rose sharply from a score of 20 in the fourth quarter of 2008 to 38 in the second quarter of 2009, but then remained flat at 38 overall. Individual scores not above 50 are indicative of negative activity, however “less bad” categories are those that show scores that are ten or above.

Moving from a score of 35 in the first quarter of 2009 to 47 in the second quarter, new project inquiries at architecture firms remained similarly meager last year, but inched closer to the halfway mark.

Geographically speaking, reports from architects suggest that recovery will be concentrated most heavily in urbanized areas. Some 69 of respondents in the latest survey indicated a rise in demand for infill development, up from 63 percent in 2008.

The source of this article is Builder Online.

New Custom Home in Arlington Virginia Under Roof

Here is a new custom home in Arlington Virginia that we designed and are building.
This home will have WoodMode kitchen and bath cabinets and builtins, stone fireplace,
stone veneer, panelized construction, zip walls.

Why Settle for a "Cookie -Cutter" New Home Plan? Get a New McLean Custom Home That Reflects You

Do Want A Custom Home That Reflects Your Lifestyle? Not Some Cookie-Cutter House
Plan You Can Find In A Magazine, But A Design That Truly Reflects Your Lifestyle? Check
Us Out – World Class Architecture Designed For You. This home has 9 foot ceilings, wood
floors, luxxury bath great yard – 13ksf Award Winning Architect and Builder Paramount Construction
Homes Starting at $425,000 on your lot – call 301-370-6463
s 9 foot ceilings, wood floor granite tops great design Several new homes under construction
– call 301-370-6463 for home tours go here for our homes for sale
Or if you already have a lot and you need an award winning architect to create a set of custom home
plans click here

Question: I Know You Design & Build Award Winning Homes. What About Large Additions & Major Renovations?

Check out our answer here:

Announcing The Winner of the Mino Flip Video Camera Giveaway – and the winner is….

Wheeeew…it’s over – – we had over 200 guests visit our Bethesda Open House yesterday!

I want to thank everyone for attending and I hope you liked what you saw.

First, I want to announce the winner of the Flip Mino Camera Drawing – the winner is…

…Mary H. (we’ll be contacting you today and sending out the
camera) – Congratulations!

Second, I apologize for not being able to meet with everyone individually and answer your
questions.

So I wanted to give you a quick FAQ below to answer some of the
most common questions and least technical (which I’ll answer in future emails – like,
does the $6500 tax credit apply to building a new home, can you really get tens of thousands
of dollars in tax credits with a tear-down and how do you obtain a “Green” LEED rated home?).

Here you go:

Q: Did we create the architectural design and perform the construction of the new home on Berkley Street?
A: Yes. We are architects and builders. Kevin is our on-staff, full-time architect.

Q: Is the home for sale or did we build it for an owner?
A: The home is not for sale, the home was built for the owner.

Q: Was the home design from our Paramount Portfolio Plan Book or was it custom designed?
A: When the owners were checking our references, they visited and met the owners of
our Belmont Model and fell in love with that home. However, given the owners unique needs
and wants and given the unique characteristics of the lot on Berkley, we created a custom design for
the owners.

Q: Do we charge a premium for creating a custom design vs building a home plan from our Paramount Portfolio
of over 80 New Home Plans?
A: Currently, we do not charge anything additional to create a custom home design.

Q: Was there an existing home on the property that was torn down?
A: Yes (we had many questions about the potential tax benefits of tens of thousands of dollars associated with the
tear-down, and a subsequent email will detail the benefits and how that works)

Q: What was the price of the Berkley home and what was included? What was not included?
A: Price was in the $600K +/- range and was all inclusive – demolition of existing home, excavation, permitting,
blueprints, engineering, surveying, utilities, custom selections, etc.

Q: Do you take on home additions and home renovations, as well as new homes?
A: Yes. Currently we have six projects of that type in process.

Q: Do you take on small remodeling projects – $50k to $200K?
A. No, but given the demand, we are considering accepting a few projects on a very limited basis.

Q: I want to build a new home but I don’t have land. Do you have land or lots? Can you help?
A: Yes, we have about 10 lots in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Mclean and N. Arlington.

I hope this helped.

I’ll be sending out another FAQ in the next few days on some of the more technical issues brought up
and we’re working on a video series that will answer many questions at an even deeper level, which will
come out in the next few weeks.

Again, Kevin and I really appreciate your interest in what we do and please feel free to email me at
rob@paramountconstruction.net or Kevin at kdavis@paramountconstruction.net or call me at 301-370-6463
with any questions you have.

Bethesda Maryland HomeOwner Explains Her Process For Selecting an Architect and Builder

Happy custom home building client in Bethesda Maryland describes her process for selecting an architect and builder to design and build her custom home.

Lots of homeowners are trying to decide of adding on to their home is better than tearing the house down and building a new home. But where do you start? Who do you turn to?

Yingjie was faced with this dilemma. So listen and watch Yingjies story.

Yingjie first met with an architect. But the architect wasn’t much help. He was not able to tell her if adding on to the existing home or knocking down and building new was the best way to go.
Next, she met with a builder. But the builders home plans were unimaginative and looked like “one of those” homes that
so many builders put up – B-O-R-I-N-G!!!
Then, her life magically changed when she received a message one day from Paramount Construction.

Listen and watch Part 1 of her story here:

Here is Part 2 of Yingjies story and about her new Bethesda custom home building experience and how she went through the process of of selecting an architect and builder and what some of her concerns were:

Read the full interview here:

Part 1
A Life-Changing Story Yingjie Shu, of Bethesda, Tells How Life Has Changed Since Rob & Kevin Designed & Built Her Custom Home (Winner of the Gold Award)

Hint: Yingjie has Become Self-actualized due to her New Custom Home Which Reflects Her True Essence….
Ok, Maybe That’s a Bit Lofty, but She Sure is HAPPY

(R = Rob)
(Y = Yingjie)

R: What is your name?
Y: Yingjie

R: What is your name?
Y: Yingjie

R: Where do you work?
Y: U.S. News and World Report. (laughter). I really don’t know how to get started. Like you said, it took us years on debating, wrestling whether to expand our house, or tear down our house, we do love our old little house.

R: So, you….what’s your process?
Y: At first, we hired an architect, the architect came here and talked to us about one hour. I thought before the guys came here that he should have ideas and at the end he would give us some ideas whether to build a new home or expand our house. So, after I talked to this architect, I still don’t have any idea.

R: Because you are just not sure whether you should knock it down or add on?
Y: Yes, after we talked to him, we still have no idea. Looks like we have to pay him in order to have some ideas. At that point because we don’t know that architect, we are not willing to do that. So, we gave up that idea and started to look at other builders. There’s one builder that came over, you know, his plans, whatever, then he showed us, took us to of the some houses that he built and when I looked at that house, I’m not impressed, you know, they all looked like one of those houses up there. There is no character, you know. So, we let it go, you know and then suddenly, we received Paramount’s Open House Invitation in Falls Church, so you know, it was like winter time. So I said, hey, let’s go, let’s just check out. So, we went there. So, when we were driving close to the house, I said to Bill, ‘That’s it!” Co’z the house looks so charming from outside and then we went inside and our hat just brimming. I just said “Hey, Bill, that’s it”. We love the floor, we love the fixtures, we love the design especially the master bedroom, you know. So, at that point, I said “Hey Bill …….

R: Did you talked to Kevin or Rob there?
Y: Yeah, we talked to Kevin and Rob and have some ideas. I guessed Kevin asked us, you know, what we want, what we liked at the house, whatever. So, then you came over to our house with a sketch, what our house should look like. And we discussed whether we should, you know, renovate or tear down the house. You did some analysis and you said, “Tear down, get a new one”. So that’s what we did. And then you gave us some reference to another house in DC and I went there and when I saw the house, I said, “Oh, my gosh, I love this house”. So, I said, you know, we will stay with Paramount. Build a house that has us, that has the character, has the charm, something really referencing us instead of just one of those out there. And we’re very happy.

R: Now that you’ve lived in here for…., how long have you lived here?
Y: About how many…three, four months.

R: How’s your life now compared to the old house?
Y: I think it’s beyond what I can say, it’s beyond. I am extremely happy, you know. I think the house is not huge but it’s the perfect size for us and the space is really well-designed, well-used, you know. Pretty much we can use every room, you know, we have in the house. We just love everything in the house. We love the windows, we love the kitchen cabinets, we love the lights, we love the wall, the shape, you know. We love the basement, we love the loft, oh, we love the floor. We just love it, we love everything.

R: How was the design process from the beginning? When we first met you, how was the process?
Y: I think the process was really really easy. I think Kevin did a good job to get us through what we need to do. So, a lot of things we have no idea, you know, the color, the design, all that kind of things. He really get us to, you know, what will fit, you know, meet our need, meet our budget, you know, fit our style and everything came out well.

R: How about during the actual building, during the actual construction period, how was that?
Y: It’s great, really. I think everybody is really really professional. I think the neighbors love it too, you know. The impact on the neighborhood is very minimum. And whenever we come here, we always see progress, you know,”how’s the house by the way?”. We come here everyday, we passed by, you know. So, everyday, there is some progress, you know, and we’re really happy.

R: And where there meetings on a regular basis during the construction period?
Y: Yeah, yeah, we had weekly meetings.

R: You had that? How was that? Did they keep you informed?
Y: Yeah, they kept us informed, really helpful. What hasn’t been done and what’s, you know, going to be done. I think that’s really really good.

R: What do you think of the quality of the work?
Y: Oh, great. Oh, by the way, there was once… Because I don’t know much about building, that kind of thing. So, there was once I took a guy at work. He is like our facility manager, he came here. So, I showed him, at that time we were doing the outer trimming, you know. So, he said, “This is definitely a Bethesda house, not a Rockville house”.

R: What did he mean?
Y: Quality. He said its top quality stuff. He said, “Yingjie, just relax, everything’s gonna be alright for you”. So, that made me…from a colleague, somebody I can trust, somebody who knows about facility. So, that’s really comforting.

R: Where there any unpleasant surprises or changes that came up here during the construction?
Y: None that I am aware of. No.

R: How about the timeframe. How fast did it go, the construction? Did they deliver on time?
Y: I think what’s really beyond our expectation, you know, I think it’s longer to get a permit than build the house, you know. But I guess the permit is just America’s deal.

R: How about the after construction service or issues that came up?
Y: Oh, it’s great! Actually the part I was really impressed… couple of times, you know, Mike showed up to see and say, “Ms. Shu you need to do this”. “Oh, my gosh, Mike I completely forgot about it”, you know. It’s really really good, follow-up.

R: Has ______Zuckerman said anything about the house?
Y: No. But I did talk to his nephews. (laughter)
R: And are they gonna come over?
Y: I told them. I said, “ I have an open invitation, come over”.
R: How about the Obama children. Have they been over to play with Ray yet?
Y: Not yet. (laughter) They’re too young for Ray.
R: I thought Ray likes older women.
Y: But they are younger. (laughter)
R: They are younger? I thought they are older than him.
Y: They are ten (10) and seven (7).
R: Could Ray bay-sit, at least? (laughter)
Y: Maybe.
R: So well, when friends have their Christmas party here, will the Obama’s be here?
Y: (laughter) I have to ask him. We’ll love to have them here.

R: Ken what am I missing? (video taping about to end)

Click here to see photos of this award winning new home

Part 2
A Life-Changing Story
Yingjie Shu, of Bethesda, Tells How Life Has Changed Since Rob & Kevin Designed & Built Her Custom Home (Winner of the Gold Award)

Hint: Yingjie has Become Self-actualized due to her New Custom Home Which Reflects Her True Essence….
Ok, Maybe That’s a Bit Lofty, but She Sure is HAPPY

R: You’re really on trying to decide if you should knock it down or build new, you’ve interviewed the architect, you’ve interviewed the builder.
What kept you up at night? Was there any… like.. what went through your mind, if there was any fear, what was it? Before, pre making any decision?
Y: I think it’s still we’re making big chance, you know. There’s a lot of money gonna be involved. We don’t’ know anything about building and even though we went to your Open House, we got some references, but still there’s risk out there, you know. So, there were period of times at the beginning, I said, “Oh, my gosh, did we make the right decision?” you know. How about the house, is it gonna come together, how about wasting all the money, co’z we hear all the stories, you know.

R: Stories like what? What’s the worst story that you’ve heard?
Y: Like for example, I have a friend. Her sister is building the house, then suddenly, I think they poured the concrete in and there were cracks, you know. So, they have to stop the work, hire another contractor to pour the concrete and do that whole thing again, then re-fill it again. And eventually, they went to a, they had to go to the court, you know, that kind of things, throw the money down the drain, you know. That’s just really horrible, you know. I think, that house, their house, my friend’s sister started early in that house but then, you know, when they’re getting close to finish everything, they were still gonna finish the trimming. So, you hear a story like that or something, you know, people stopping the work for whatever reason, you know, the builder would go bankrupt, you know, whatever. And then the job is hanging there, never finished. So, you hear those kinds of stories. Or another thing is just, you know, you have a fixed price and then they keep raising the price and then saying, “We need to do this, we need to do that”, and all kinds of problems and then the price just went up, you know, dramatically and that’s kind of a nightmare too for us.

R: How did you get the comfort level that Paramount wouldn’t do that or wouldn’t go and have cracked foundations or wouldn’t have a price that they kept going up or wouldn’t build a complete job on time?
Y: Well, I think when everything goes on schedule

R: But how did you make that decision with Paramount?
Y: At the beginning….?
R: Yeah, because how did you determine that the price was fair, that Paramount could perform?
Y: Well, um, well the price of course we checked with some other builders, you know, we checked with a friend. So, we have some rough idea how much it’s gonna cost, so the price, you know, Paramount presented to us, like it fit in our budget, we can do what. And in terms of, you know, assurance of the work, we talked to the references and all the references we talked to were happy with the work, you know. So, we just feel like, you know, we checked, we checked with all the references, we checked like 4 or 5 references and every single one praise Paramount. So, we feel like, you know, we just have to take a chance. And also, we saw the Open House in Falls Church in 23rd St, we saw the quality of the house and I said, “Hey, we cannot go wrong”. So, we did take our chance but the risk is worth it and yeah, everything is just worth it.

R: Last question. (laughter)
Were there things that kept you up at night during construction?
Y: No. No.

Major Home Addition to 1920s Log Home on 11th Hole of Manor Country Club Golf Course in Rockville

Friends and clients always ask me if we’re working on any interesting projects
and I always say that all of our projects are unique and one of a kind.

But we haven’t had a project like this one for many years!

Take a Look at the original home here:

We met the owners, Dr. and Mrs. Mennitt, of this Rockville log home over a year ago at an open
house we held in Rockville.

The owners had a very unique property right off the 11th hole of Manor Country Club in
Rockville Maryland.

Not many homes are located off the 11th hole of Manor Country Club…but what
made the property a real “one-of-a-kind” is the fact that it is a log home built
in the 1920s.

We started creating a design in the spring 2009 and finally started construction of a two major additions
and a complete renovation of the home in September 2009.

One primary addition is a kitchen-breakfast room-terrace addition off the rear of the home.
The other major expansion is the two story addition on the side and rear of the home.
The master suite and screen porch is on the lower level and the upper level has another
large bedroom.

Click Here to See The Work In Progress

The owners presented us with a number of goals for the project but
one primary objective was to capture as many views of the golf course vista we could.
These views are gorgeous – Check ’em out here.

As the project moves on we’ll report back to you with progress photos and
interviews.

View of Kitchen-Breakfast Room-Terrace addition

Original Log Home Bedroom + Foundation of new addition

Original Log Home Bedroom + Foundation of new addition

McLean Custom Home Nearing Completion

Another Custom Home in McLean Virginia is almost completed.

Another real new custom home beauty designed and built by our award winning team

McLean Custom Home Designed & Built by PAramount Construction

McLean Custom Home Designed & Built by PAramount Construction

Another Bethesda Home Owner Tells Why He Chose Paramount

This homeowner in Bethesda tells you why he chose Paramount to design and build their home


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Here’s Kevins at work creating architectural renderings and some
architectural interior design details of custom built-ins and
fireplaces mantle and hearths.

Gold Award First Place Maryland New Custom Home

Gold Award First Place Maryland New Custom Home

Read The Reasons why Bill chose Paramount Construction to
design and build his custom home
:

BILL: My name is Bill Adams.
I work at the Urban Institute.

INTERVIEWER: And before how did you make
the decision to go through the design and build process? What
was your process?

BILL: Well I think you know we were thinking
about do we need an architect first, do we, and we did. We talked to a couple of
architects, had them come out to our previous home and we were struggling
at the beginning with do we expand the house
that we have or do we tear it down and build a new one. And so we were looking
for a little guidance there. The first, or
actually more than one, a couple of architects we talked
to they didn’t give us that on the initial visit. And it was
going to
require us, you know investing some money. We didn’t feel
comfortable with that. So we kind of just you know, some time
went by, we went to a couple of open houses. And then one
time we went to an open house for Paramount Construction.
Paramount Construction was building a house in Falls Church.
And we were really impressed by the house. Very you know,
well make house, very good quality, well designed. And immediately we both felt that wow, these are really top-notch builders.
And we thought right then and there you know, this company is going to build our house for us.

And when we met with the Paramount professionals, they came out to our old house and we were, as I said we were unsure about
whether we should expand our old house or tear it down. And they went through a couple of different scenarios but in the end,
we trusted them and they had the recommendation of tearing down the old house and building a new house. And we felt very
comfortable after that conversation with them that we were doing the right thing.

INTERVIEWER: How did the whole process go? The design process with Paramount.

BILL: The process went great, very smooth. We would meet on a weekly basis with Paramount staff, with the architect and others.
And it was, it was very well planned out and we had at various times make decisions about certain features and we weren’t always
sure about what we wanted. And so we were presented several alternatives and you know after talking a little bit with the architect,
we were able to make decisions very quickly. And in many cases he was, the architect was recommending things that we hadn’t thought
of and suddenly a light bulb went off and said yeah, that’s what we want.

So it was, in that sense it was, it was a pretty easy process.

INTERVIEWER: And how about the quality of the workmanship?

BILL: The workmanship is superb. Just looking around the house, I mean the features are excellent, very detailed features. Very, you can
tell just looking at it, it’s very high quality work. And we’re just extremely happy with the way it came out.

INTERVIEWER: And you looked at like standard builder plans as part of your research.

BILL: We did. We looked at some model homes. We talked to a builder, another builder and we went to see one of the homes that he had
built. And it was, it was okay. It was nice but it just, it didn’t have that spark. Okay, it was basically a big box and had some nice features
inside. But what appealed to us about Paramount was the customized nature and the different features we could introduce into the home
to make it unique and to make it our own. And so you know, we did compare with other builders but I think none of those other builders
had what we wanted. But right away with Paramount, we knew okay, this is a company that I can handle customized designs, can handle
special features, and build it all into a home that we’d be happy with.

INTERVIEWER: Do you feel you paid any premium for that?

BILL: No, I mean I think we, it was really included in the baseline price, which we very much appreciated. Just the fact that we could have
an architect available to us at no cost, it was included in the whole package, we thought was tremendous.

FEMALE: Yeah, especially after we changed the plans.

BILL: Right, that’s true. Several times we had to make adjustments to the plan because of various issues that came up, in some cases out
of our control because the county had certain requirements about the footprint, the building space. And that’s one thing that impressed
us is that Kevin, the architect for Paramount, was able to really come up with some excellent alternative designs that met our needs.

INTERVIEWER: Were there any additional design fees with all these changes?

BILL: There were none. There were none. So we really appreciated that aspect of the whole project.

Survey Results: Buyers Want Energy Efficient Homes – How MuchAre You Willing To Pay??

Homebuyers want the benefits of more energy efficient new houses, but, are they willing to pay for these features?

Well, according to a recently conducted member survey of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) – Homeowners are not willing to pay that much for these features.

Only 57% of buyers were willing to pay more for “green
features” – 2% more, at most!

This is just more evidence that cost/benefit is a key factor in most buyers decision to GO GREEN.

Features that improve water efficiency were preferred more by home buyers in the west, while interest in using recycled materials is relatively higher in the Northeast, and rather low in the South.

Although only 11% of builders nationwide reported clients requesting environmentally friendly features, energy efficiency is still the primary motivation in the green building movement.
The NAHB said “In all, survey findings indicate that, as Congress continues to debate how to encourage more energy-efficient construction via new legislation, it must keep affordabilty in mind and look for ways to incentivize changes, not only to newly built homes but to the overall housing stock.”

Let me know how how important energy efficient and green features are in your new home plans. Send me an email at rob@paramountconstruction.net.

Also, you can send your questions to: MondayMorningQuestions@nahb.com.

Prices Of New Home Materials & Labor Are Low & Labor Quality Is High – It's A Great Time To Build A New Custom Home

Across the board (with the exeption of of a few vendors like appliances ) our vendors are reporting that their labor and material costs are relatively low. The pricing we have been getting for direct costs of new custom homes & large additions to homes in the Washington DC area have remained low for a few years now. However, we are noticing vendors getting slightly busier than they’ve been in the last year or two.

Here’s one of our excellent vendors, Glen Embry, of Metcalf HVAC, explaining what he thinks of the current market:

On Staff "World Class" New Home Architect Has Created Over 60 New Custom Home Plans

Our award winning staff architect has created over 60 new home plans in our Paramount Portfolio of New Homes that fit seamlessly into our Maryland, Northern Virginia & Washington DC area neighborhoods. You can choose from one of these new home plans, modify one of these new home plans or we’ll create a new custom home plan just for you. We’ll present an architectural rendering of the front of your new custom home and concept home floorplan.
Check out just a few new home plans here

Material Savings

You save when we pass our wholesale new home building material selection cost savings on to you. We are Wood-Mode Kitchen & Bath Cabinet Dealers. This means lower new home costs to you (plus a smoother new home design process)

No Hidden Costs!

Sometimes a building contractor may forget to include some construction costs in the initial stages of your new home design- this can be an unpleasant surprise once a custom home or major home addition project gets underway. With our proprietary approach, our staff architect & new home construction professionals work as a team from the start, this results in minimizing any unforeseen costs.

On-site Intial Consultation

When you build with Paramount Construction you may choose a new home from our Paramount Portfolio of Homes or we’ll custom design a new custom home just for you.  We also design & build large additions to homes & home renovation projects.

Save on Design Fees When Building with Paramount Construction

We are Architects & Builders. We design & build luxury new homes in the Metro Washington D.C. area. Working with our staff new home architect from the beginning of your new custom home project, our estimating department gives you accurate, fixed cost prices & you don’t have to spend thousands of additional dollars in architectural design fees.

Custom Home In Bethesda For Sale — Walt Whitman HS — Move In Now!

5500 Finished Square Feet In This New Custom Home For Sale In Bethesda – 13,000 Square Foot Gorgeous Lot In Bethesda With a Walk-Out Basement. All This Designed By Award Winning Architect & Builder — Paramount Construction.

Check This Home Out Here

This Neighbor Tries For A Free New Custom Home (And Just May Get One)

This neighbor loves the new home we built and designed.
You can see the new home here.
Check it out how “The Neighbor” positions for a free custom home in Bethesda:

Owner Loves His New Home – Even MNCBIA Judges Love The Home

Paramount Construction nominated for another MNCBIA Custom builder award.
Here’s a look at the inside and an interview of the homeowner.
The judges from MNCBIA loved the home too. They almost wouldn’t
leave. Click Here & take a look at this home we designed and built.
This is a great example of why owners come to us for design
and construction. Anyone can design a “plain-old-box” of a house.
Lots of builder around town basically design and sell the exact same plan.
You can actually get the plan at your local Giant or Safeway while you’re
standing in the checkout line.
We’ve discovered that the Washington D.C. area has many owners
with more discerning tastes and sense of design. Our plans are
designed differently.

These are not “cookie cutter” homes. Take a look here

Yet, as great as the design is, our pricing very reasonable.
When we present a home price the price is all inclusive.
Many other builders start at $85 per square foot over the phone.
The problem is that by the time they add permits, excavation, engineering,
dumpsters, driveways, upgrade the vinyl floor to wood, upgrade the vinyl
siding to hardiplank their over $200 per square foot. Plus it takes these guys
months of your time until you finally extract all the information out of ’em.

Let me know what you’ve found in the market place as you talk with
building companies out there. I’d like to hear from you.

Paramount Construction Genius Architect Takes Another New Home Plan To Completion

Check out Kevin taking another concept in his mind to a completed new custom home
that was just nominated for another (2nd of 3) MNCBIA Custom Builder Awards.
This new home in Bethesda was completed in around 5 months. The happy
homeowners should be moving in any day now. If you would like a tour of any of
our homes call 301-370-6463 and ask for Kevin or Rob.
Check this video out:

Home Plan Design Meetings –Smooth, Easy And Fun

Ever meet a stuffy architect? Think they’re easy to work with?
Think the home design process would be fun with one of those “big-name” architects?

Life is too short.

Our home design process is smooth, easy & fun.
No limits on how much design for your home.
No limits on how much time on your design.
Every design detail explored.
No ego on our side. We just want create the best
design for your home.

Watch one of our home design meetings here:

Take a look at the award winning finished product:

Log Home Addition Award Winning Project Architectural Details

Award Winning Architectural Details Log Home Addition Renovation

Architectural Design Details Log Home In Rockville Maryland

Interior Design Architectural Detailing Goes Into Our Projects

Click here to look at more project photos of this award winning log home renovation addition here.

Here's An Insight on Why New Home Prices Are Low & Home Quality High

Another reason it’s a great time to build your custom home —
home prices are low and work quality is high. Here is an electrical
contractor who works in the Montgomery County Maryland,
Fairfax County Virginia, N.W. Washington D.C. area and works
on new homes for area home builders:

Paramount Construction "The Madison" Home Winner of MNCBIA Award Best Home Of The Year

Paramount Constructions’ “Madison” Home is winner of Maryland National Capital Building
Industry Association Award. The category is
Best Traditional Home Award

The Madison House Plan by Paramount Construction Kitchen

The Madison House Plan by Paramount Construction Kitchen

Design Considerations

The owners’ intent was to build a new home for sale.

Our design goal was to create a marketable house plan
at a cost the owner could earn a profit.

We discovered that the lot was comprised of two
separate lots. The largest lot was large enough to
build a home on it. However, if we combined the lots
we could build a wider home with an elevation that
had more street presence.

After research and discussions with the county, we
concluded that the time and cost of combining the
lots was greater than the benefit, especially in a slow
market. So we designed a narrower home than we
could have designed had we opted to go through
the subdivision process.

The lot sloped front to back. The grade of the
lot made a walk-out basement plan a natural fit.

The lot is close to downtown Bethesda and the
homes throughout the neighborhood are Traditional
style homes. So we designed a Traditional style home
with cottage and shake accents on the exterior to
blend into the surrounding neighborhood.

We concluded from our market research and
understanding of our target buyer, that an
open floor plan
would be appealing.

Another major design consideration was
creating cost effective finished space to meet
the lenders’ appraisal requirements. Finishing
the basement and the third level achieved this.

Market research also drove us to place the
laundry room on the second floor.
This is a convenience the majority of the
target market prefers.

The best view of yard was the back of the
lot, so we placed the family room and kitchen
as well as the master suite on the back of the
home. All views from these rooms face out
to the rear yard. The results is a very bright
and open feeling.

Our goal was to make the home feel as spacious
and room
y as possible, especially considering
that it was a relatively narrow floor plan due
to the self imposed lot constraint. To achieve
this effect we widened hallways, we created a
open loft area at the second floor landing area
and we designed the dining room and living
room to be open to one another, with minimal
wall area.
Construction Details

We wanted a low maintenance exterior
so we specified Hardiplank siding and pvc
cornice. The siding was horizontal clapboard
siding with shake style Hardiplank accents at
the gables to add interest.

The finished third level was constructed
using room trusses. This saved money
compared to stick framing this area.

We gave the owner lots of free upgrades
because we wanted the home to show well
to our future prospects (and she is a nice lady).
One of the nice construction details we added
was the stone in the front of the exterior of
the home. We placed flagstone on the walkway
and laid a stone water table to accent the front
elevation. The wood floors were upgraded to
three inch oak from 2 ¼” oak.

Montgomery County required installation of
three drywells in the rear yard to contain water
runoff from the home. We used terne standing
seam metal roof on the front elevation to the
Traditional design character.
Specific Ways the house satisfied the client

The new home has a wonderful, bright, open floor plan.
It is a great plan for a family with a wonderful rear yard,
a walk-out basement with a ton of natural light,
generous room sizes and very close to all of the restaurants
and shopping downtown Bethesda has to offer.

The clients primary objective was to have house
that fit into the neighborhood and was a good value.
And a home that is marketable. The house was built
affordably and we incorporated design elements into
the home that didn’t cost a premium to build but
result in value. The is very pleased with the design
and the size of house we delivered.
Unusual problems encountered and overcome

Originally, the owner purchased the home thinking
she would remodel the 70 +/- year old structure
that was originally on the lot. We actually drew
a full set of plans for a major addition and had
obtained a building permit for the addition.

We quickly performed a “new home” zoning
analysis and created a new home plan that
worked within the setbacks on the one parcel
(so we could avoid the cost and time of a lot
combination thru Park and Planning). We then
pushed through permitting and obtained a
permit for a new home. All of this took only
a few months more time.

List of major manufacturers

Pella
WoodMode cabinets
Kohler Plumbing fixtures
Hardiplank
Certainteed shingles
Kitchen Aid appliances
Carrier heating and cooling
Hinkley light fixtures

Paramount Construction Improves Neighbors Home Values

Here is a neighbor living next store to one of our new homes going up in Bethesda:

Bethesda New Home Nominated For Award


Here is one of three of our projects that have been nominated for Design and Quality Awards from the Maryland National Capital Building Industry Associations’ 2009 Custom Builder Awards.

This is a brand new Traditional Home in downtown Bethesda.

Designing Your Kitchen in Your Custom Home or Major Addition is Easy

Choosing and designing your kitchen for your new home or major addition is simple, easy and fun…with WoodMode cabinets and Paramount Construction.

See what you think:

Even the Neighbors Love Paramount Construction When Building A Custom Home in Bethesda Maryland

Even the neighbors love us:

World-Class Architect Gives His Insights in Designing Custom Homes

Here’s Paramounts World-Class architect, on-site, live and off the cuff:

New Custom Home in Mclean – Owner Tells Why She Chose Paramount Construction

Here is a client explaining why she chose Paramount to design and build her new home.

We just started excavation on her new custom home in Mclean, Virginia last week

Washington DC is the 6th Healthiest Housing Market in the Nation

According to BuilderOnline.com, Washington D.C. made the top ten healthiest housing markets for 2009. Washington D.C. actually ranked number 6.

Here is what was written about the Washington DC housing market:

Washington D.C. showed signs last summer that it might be emerging from the downturn, then it turned south again. Even so, the area produces a ton of jobs—an estimated 35,000 in the last year—that fuel a vibrant housing market, the 11th largest in the country. Many of the jobs stem from contracts with the federal government. Washington D.C. remains a relatively unaffordable place to live, with a median home price of $332,700 in the third quarter of last year.

One prime reason the of the ranking is that the population in Washington DC area has grown around one percent each year for the past five years.

The home building patterns have changed as well. Many families moving to the area are demanding to be inside or immediately outside the capital beltway because the traffic is one in the nation’s worst. I live inside the beltway and I can get any where I need to go — from Washington D.C.  and the Virginia and the Maryland suburbs in 20 to 30 minutes. And if I travel during off-rush house times, it may be 10 to 15 minutes.

We are even working with new home building clients that are moving down to inside the beltway from Gaithersburg, Md.,  Culpepper, Va.,  and Frederick, Md.

The BuilderOnline section is courtesy of: Hanley Wood Market Intelligence.

Case is Wrong!! – Washington Post Article About Home Values and Home Remodeling

Anyone read the article in the Washington Post about Case Design Build?
I think they are wrong about the housing market in the DC area.

May I suggest an article idea?

We are home builders and architects and we have more business than we have had in two years.

There are many owners that realize that rates are low and construction costs are flat, and that real estate is a long term investment, not something that bounces daily like the stock market.

We are selectively pursuing many home building opportunities in this market place. This is a great time to be building as a builder because we are taking advantage of the cost of construction to maintain our profit margins and pass on the greatest value to clients since the late 1980’s and the early 1990’s (the last recession). This is a great time to build homes.

Washington DC real estate and home real estate in particular, is the best real estate on earth.

Tell me what you think?

Housing Stimulus Good For Home Builders – Is it Good For America?

New Home builders, big and small, would be among the winners if the $838 billion stimulus measure the U.S. Senate passes today.

The Senate bill seems to be more generous to home builders than the House was in the $819 billion measure it passed last month.

President Barack Obama, who spoke to the nation last night, has said he wants stimulus legislation signed by this weekend. President Obama is counting on the plan to help revive the economy. The economy has lost 3.6 million jobs since December 2007. This has caused the unemployment rate to soar to the highest level since 1992.

To quote a Bloomberg wire: “In a bill this big, there are countless private-sector winners and losers,” Rogan Kersh, associate dean of New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service was quoted as saying.

The Senate cleared the stimulus proposal yesterday by a vote of 61 to 36. There were three Republicans siding with Democrats.

It’s quite possible that U.S. home builders could see sales increase if consumers tap into the planned tax credit of $15,000, or 10 percent of the purchase price, whichever is less, under the Senate legislation.

Morningstar analyst, Eric Landry said “If someone’s going to give you $15,000 in free money it has to be stimulative”.

The proposed new tax credit does not have to be repaid. And it appears that all home buyers are eligible for the home purchase tax credit. This proposed home tax credit would replace the $7,500 tax credit for first-time home buyers that was passed sometime last year. In addition to the amount of the proposed home purchase tax credit, another difference is that the $7,500 home tax credit had to be repaid over 15 years.

Jerry Howard, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Home Builders stated, “We’re pretty happy with the way the Senate bill is shaping up. We think it will entice a lot of those people sitting on the sidelines into the marketplace.”

As a home builder building new homes in the Washington D.C. area, I feel lucky because our area inside the Washington D.C. beltway is relatively strong. Values have held up and business is steady. So I can see real benefits to home builders, subcontractors and home building and remodeling vendors.

We also work with a large number of families and individuals that are just starting out and are looking for their first home to purchase. So it will be a huge benefit to individuals and families like that. But I’m not sure it is the best thing in the long run for our economy.

What do you think? Let me know your thoughts and comments.

Home Buyer Tax Credit Proposed in Senate Stimulus Amendment

This is some great news if it passes and is from a newsletter we subscribe to call

Builder Business Update:

Senate Adds $15,000 Home Buyer Tax Credit to Stimulus
Amendment to Senate version of stimulus bill provides the credit to all home buyers and doesn’t require repayment.
By Pat Curry

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve a home buyer tax credit of $15,000 or up to 10 percent of the purchase price in its version of the stimulus bill. This proposed credit would be available to all home buyers and would not have to be repaid as long as a buyer lives in the house for at least two years. The amendment to the Senate’s economic stimulus package, co-sponsored by Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), offers the credit on purchases from one year of the date of enactment and could be applied to the home buyer’s 2008 taxes.

Isakson, who spent more than 30 years in the real estate business, proposed the tax credit because he’d seen it used effectively to jump-start housing in the 1970s.

“It is rare that we have a road map to success in times of difficulty, but this country has once before realized a housing crisis every bit as bad as the one we have today and economic troubles every bit as dangerous,” Isakson said in a prepared statement Wednesday evening. “We have a pervasive housing problem, and we have a historical precedent that works. I am proud this Senate has joined together, learned from history, and repeated a method that worked by adopting this amendment.”

Dwight Jaffee, a professor of finance and real estate at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, called the 1973-1975 recession the “classic example” of how a direct stimulus to housing demand impacted economic recovery. “Housing led us into this recession, and we really need a stimulus for it to lead us out,” Jaffee said in a statement released by the Fix Housing First coalition, a group of home builders, manufacturers, and others advocating for several housing-related measures, including the tax credit.

According to Jerry Howard, the NAHB’s CEO, the amendment’s provision to offer the tax credit for a year from the date of enactment “reflects Sen. Isakson’s in-depth understanding of housing. It gives the people who market housing a chance to ramp this up and put it in its proper perspective in the field.” Depending on the enactment date, it could make the tax credit available well into 2010. (In previous versions, the tax credit was only availble through Dec. 31, 2009.)

Howard also said Thursday that the NAHB’s staff is working closely with the Senate offices of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), John Ensign (R-Nev.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on additional amendments that the Fix Housing First Coalition considers crucial to solving the housing crisis. Those include low-interest mortgages for home buyers and additional measures to stem foreclosures.

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association also issued a statement this morning applauding the adoption of the amendment and thanking the senators for their leadership. “We believe, if adopted in the final stimulus package, the tax credit could go a long way toward reviving the housing economy by encouraging more home purchases, creating new jobs, and restoring consumer confidence in the housing market,” said NLBMDA President and CEO Michael O’Brien.

The Fix Housing First coalition, which includes the NAHB and NLBMDA, continues to advocate for additional housing stimulus measures, including an amendment that would provide discounted 30-year fixed-rate mortgage financing for eligible home buyers.

In appearances on television news shows, several senators this week expressed support for such an amendment. “We have a 4% mortgage proposal where creditworthy home buyers could buy down their mortgages or save them on the average $5,600 a year,” Sen. McConnell said on Sunday on “Face the Nation.”

One disappointment for home builders in the bill is that this amendment does not include the ability to monetize the credit at closing, a feature in an earlier bill Isakson filed in mid-January. “Emails were flying back and forth this morning, asking ‘Can it be used for closing?’” says Michelle Smallwood, vice president of sales for Melbourne, Fla.-based Holiday Builders.

Pat Curry is senior editor, sales and marketing, at BUILDER magazine.Senate Adds $15,000 Home Buyer Tax Credit to Stimulus
Amendment to Senate version of stimulus bill provides the credit to all home buyers and doesn’t require repayment.

By:
Pat Curry

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve a home buyer tax credit of $15,000 or up to 10 percent of the purchase price in its version of the stimulus bill. This proposed credit would be available to all home buyers and would not have to be repaid as long as a buyer lives in the house for at least two years. The amendment to the Senate’s economic stimulus package, co-sponsored by Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), offers the credit on purchases from one year of the date of enactment and could be applied to the home buyer’s 2008 taxes.

Isakson, who spent more than 30 years in the real estate business, proposed the tax credit because he’d seen it used effectively to jump-start housing in the 1970s.

“It is rare that we have a road map to success in times of difficulty, but this country has once before realized a housing crisis every bit as bad as the one we have today and economic troubles every bit as dangerous,” Isakson said in a prepared statement Wednesday evening. “We have a pervasive housing problem, and we have a historical precedent that works. I am proud this Senate has joined together, learned from history, and repeated a method that worked by adopting this amendment.”

Dwight Jaffee, a professor of finance and real estate at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, called the 1973-1975 recession the “classic example” of how a direct stimulus to housing demand impacted economic recovery. “Housing led us into this recession, and we really need a stimulus for it to lead us out,” Jaffee said in a statement released by the Fix Housing First coalition, a group of home builders, manufacturers, and others advocating for several housing-related measures, including the tax credit.

According to Jerry Howard, the NAHB’s CEO, the amendment’s provision to offer the tax credit for a year from the date of enactment “reflects Sen. Isakson’s in-depth understanding of housing. It gives the people who market housing a chance to ramp this up and put it in its proper perspective in the field.” Depending on the enactment date, it could make the tax credit available well into 2010. (In previous versions, the tax credit was only availble through Dec. 31, 2009.)

Howard also said Thursday that the NAHB’s staff is working closely with the Senate offices of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), John Ensign (R-Nev.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on additional amendments that the Fix Housing First Coalition considers crucial to solving the housing crisis. Those include low-interest mortgages for home buyers and additional measures to stem foreclosures.

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association also issued a statement this morning applauding the adoption of the amendment and thanking the senators for their leadership. “We believe, if adopted in the final stimulus package, the tax credit could go a long way toward reviving the housing economy by encouraging more home purchases, creating new jobs, and restoring consumer confidence in the housing market,” said NLBMDA President and CEO Michael O’Brien.

The Fix Housing First coalition, which includes the NAHB and NLBMDA, continues to advocate for additional housing stimulus measures, including an amendment that would provide discounted 30-year fixed-rate mortgage financing for eligible home buyers.

In appearances on television news shows, several senators this week expressed support for such an amendment. “We have a 4% mortgage proposal where creditworthy home buyers could buy down their mortgages or save them on the average $5,600 a year,” Sen. McConnell said on Sunday on “Face the Nation.”

One disappointment for home builders in the bill is that this amendment does not include the ability to monetize the credit at closing, a feature in an earlier bill Isakson filed in mid-January. “Emails were flying back and forth this morning, asking ‘Can it be used for closing?’” says Michelle Smallwood, vice president of sales for Melbourne, Fla.-based Holiday Builders.

Pat Curry is senior editor, sales and marketing, at BUILDER magazine.

Question:
Do you think this is a good idea as a taxpayer?
If you are in the market to purchase a home, will this impact your decision to buy a home?

Home Remodeling Tax Credits Available

As of January 1, 2009, the federal government is making available up to $500 in federal tax credits for homeowners making improvements to replacement windows. insulation, non-solar water heaters, and certain high efficiency heating and cooling equipment. For more details and forms needed go to http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_tax_credits.

New Home Sales Increase in December

The Wall Street Journal reported in yesterdays paper that home sale sin the U.S. had their biggest monthly increase, a 6.5% rise, in almost seven years.

Economists still warned that the spring buying season will probably be slow due to growing economic problems, like all of the layoffs reported recently.

However, the Washington D.C. area seems to be holding up fairly well. Especially in areas that we focus on, around and inside the Beltway.

One driver I think is the relatively low unemployment rate in the DC area – 4%.

We have seen a lot of activity the last few months. Rates are low and construction costs have remained fairly stable. Rates seem to be around 5%. I’ve had a few of my rates actually drop below 5% (one of my rates, an arm is at 3.875%).

In my view, real estate is a long term investment. So when you think about it, this is an opportune time to be buying, if you are thinking long term.

The supply of homes for sale is also a driver of housing prices. Washington D.C. months of supply has dropped to 5.8 months of supply. Compared that with 29.5 months of supply in Miami and this market sure feels pretty good.

But real estate values really due vary and fluctuate differently within each neighborhood. We are finding Bethesda and Chevy Chase are doing much better than Gaithersburg and Germantown, for instance.

If you are thinking of selling your home and it’s inside the beltway give me a call or send me an email at rob@ParamountConstruction.net

Tell me what you think of this market

Montgomery County Building Permit Notice Bill 15-08 For New Homes & Home Additions

This is from Raquel D. Montenegro, Associate Director, Legislative Affairs of MNC Building Industry Association:
The Montgomery County Council did not vote on the Building Permit Notice Bill today; the Action Item was taken off the agenda, following the announcement that Mr. Praisner, the 5th vote to support the legislation, would not be attending today‘s session since he is recovering from surgery.
The Council is scheduled to vote on the Building Permit Notice Bill 15-08 on Tuesday, January 27, after 2:00
Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg, one of the Bill’s co-sponsors, has asked staff to report on the notice process in the Towne of Chevy Chase.
Since the Towne enacted its notice requirement two years ago, 45 property owners have been required to provide notice/meet neighbors; if you have gone thru the process, the Councilmembers are interested in hearing comments.
Comments can be sent by email to:

Insider Secrets To Successfully Finding, Financing, Designing & Building Your Custom Home

Here’s another of my “insider” strategy tips and secrets, that a head-shakingly few other “professionals” are even remotely aware of, for:

  • Finding your perfect “build-able” lot
  • Financing your new home or home addition
  • Designing your new home or home addition
  • Building your new home or home addition

So here’s my “insider” strategy for today:

One of the secrets to having a successful- on time…on budget…great design You love…high quality
workmanship…smooth and hassle free process – and fun home building experience,is putting together the right team of professional “partners” to guide you through the process.

Not many people even know this (I’ve been doing this for 20+ years and only a few savvy real estate developer/investor “types” have a clue), but the right team can make it “real estate heaven”, a process so smooth that you’ll be looking for another transaction to do as soon as you finish this one…

And the wrong team can turn the whole project into a nightmarish mistake that could be excruciatingly painful and and an ordeal that you’ll want to wipe from your mind immediately.

And since the process really starts way before the first shovel ever pierces the earth, I view the partner checklist in terms of Phases.

Phase 1 partners are needed to determine project feasibility:

  • Is the project a go or no go?
  • Can you afford it?
  • If you can, is this how you want to spend your money?
  • Does the piece of land work for your needs?
  • Is the land build-able?
  • Are there subdivision, zoning orsetback issues?
  • Will the home plan work for you?

Many of the Phase 1 partners need to stay involved in Phase 2… through out the life of the project.

Like a lot of partnerships, many of these relationships are inter-dependent; decisions and input from one partner are needed for another partner to complete their portion of work.

Phase 2 Partners are brought in only after the go/no-go litmus test is passed. Why spend money if you don’t have to?

And here’s a bonus for you, this is the actual checklist that we use on our projects…

Phase 1 Partners:

  • CPA/Tax Advisor
  • Real estate agent
  • Bank Loan officer
  • Property owner or landowner (if you are purchasing from owner)
  • Architect and Builder
  • Planning department
  • Design review committee
  • Building department

Key Point: You do not have to retain the entire team at the
beginning of the process… And YOU DON’T WANT TO. Only bring
in the partners that are appropriate for that section of
the job.

Phase 2 Partners:

  • Land Surveyor
  • Soils engineer
  • Well/septic engineer
  • Appraiser
  • Attorney
  • Insurance agent
  • Material suppliers
  • Structural engineer
  • Arborist
  • Subcontractors
  • Laborers
  • Building inspectors
  • Disbursement agents
  • Bank inspectors
  • Landscaper
  • Mover
  • Interior Designer

In my next “insider” strategy tip email I’ll explain the partner
roles in more detail.

I think you’ll be astonished at some simple-fix-steps, that if
assigned early on to some of the partners, could result in
huge economic windfalls or could give you a quick signal that
your project may not make sense in its initial form and you
need to re-purpose the plan.

Please keep the comments and critiques coming and let me know
what’s on your mind. And I’d appreciate if you could tell me:

  • What would you love to see during the home building process that would make your life easier?
  • What frustrates you the most aboutthe home design and building process ?

If you want more “insider” secrets to make a yo9ur new home a profitable investment sign up here for our special series

This Wall System Has a Built-in Water Resistant Barrier

Exterior walls have water resistant barrier

Exterior walls have water resistant barrier

This home has ZIP System® wall sheathing. This is a built-in, water-resistive barrier that eliminates the need for housewrap. We install the sheathing and tape the seams, and this becomes an all-in-one structural wall system and a water resistive barrier.

This wall system combines the stability and strength of a high-performing panel with the extra weatherability provided by the product’s water-resistive barrier.

We’ve found this to be a good system. One plus is that unlike housewrap, wind will not blow off the barrier during the construction process.

The manufacturer states that the panels “eliminate the risk of trapped water between housewrap and sheathing”. And the “built-in barrier controls drafts, which promotes energy efficiency and the barriers are specially engineered to allow the ZIP System walls to breathe”.

New Home is Under Roof in Maryland – We're Ahead of Schedule for a Spring Occupancy

Framing Stage of Construciton

Framing Stage of Construciton

We’re working hard with double crew sizes to keep the house ahead of schedule. We’ll have weekly meetings with the owners on the work site to answer any questions and keep the owners fully informed of progress and information.

Our staff architect is part of these meetings, along with our project manager. This team approach is the best way to execute the original concept architectural design and minimize any surprises. Owners feel comfortable knowing all efforts are focused on building a high quality home, on time and on budget.

New Transitional Style Custom Home Under Construction in Bethesda Maryland

This new home is in the framing stage of construction

This new home is in the framing stage of construction


Another New Home is under way in Maryland.

This transitional style home will be ready for occupancy in the spring 2009. The home features Pella insulated windows with a dark brown finish. The front elevation will be made up of stone veneer and Hardi-plank cement siding. The rear yard will have a private flagstone patio set in concrete. There will be a special loft space accessible from the second floor hall.

Bethesda Custom Home For Sale

Arts & Crafts New Maryland Home

Arts & Crafts Bethesda Maryland Home For Sale

This new home will be ready for occupancy in spring 2009. It features Wood-Mode kitchen and bathroom cabinets. It has 9 foot ceilings in finished basement, main level and second floor. There is also a finished third floor level.

New Home For Sale in Downtown Bethesda. Walk to Bethesda restaurants & shopping.
Walt Whitman High School. Close to Bethesda Metro Station.

Washington DC Real Estate Market is The Best Real Estate Market in The World!!

I came across a very interesting Reuters story this month.

In 2009,  the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE), a group of savvy real estate investors, plan to increase lending in U.S. real estate by 58%.

More amazing is that they plan on increasing equity investments in U.S. real estate by a whopping 73%!! That’s a huge number.

And are you ready for this? The premier market the group is targeting is … Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is the BEST market in the world, according to this group.

This is consistent with what I see and experience in the Washington D.C. real estate market.

We have gotten a flood of new home starts in the last few weeks. I think the low rates don’t hurt (So please let me know if you are interested in selling your property).

Two other pieces that in my opinion have had an impact in the last month or so, atleast locally.

First, it sure seems (I’ve not done any analysis, just intuition, and anecdotal evidence from the flood of phone calls we have gotten) that the low rates have made starter home mortgage payments closer to the price of rental homes. And secondly, Montgomery County Maryland has alot of proposed legislation (as usual) that is making home building more restrictive and more costly to obtain permitting. There is a sping deadline for a vote on some of these laws. Give me a call or send an email if you want Park and Planning text of the proposals.

Sure seems to be pretty active new home real estate market from our client base.

Let me know what you think and see out there in the real estate world.

Bethesda New Custom Home – Foundation in Beats the Weather

Panels are up and concrete is formed in time to beat the weather

Panels are up and concrete is formed in time to beat the weather

31 Rules of Kitchen Design – Free Report

Here is the Free 31-rules-of-kitchen-design

HGTV Filmed Three Projects – Two New Custom Homes in Bethesda & A Large Bethesda Home Addition Project

This past Thursday was a whirlwind day for us. HGTV ended up filming three of our projects under construction. Originally they were going to film just two, but we mentioned that in addition to two new custom homes under construction n Bethesda, we had another large home addition starting up right around the corner.

The footage will probably be used at the Builders Show in Las Vegas this week. We’ll let you know if and when it is used for HGTV shows on cable.

Their coming back Monday to finish up filming…so I’ll keep you posted.

My view of the world – the custom home building process in a nutshell

With so many details to think about, where do you start the
custom home process?  While it’s easy to get overwhelmed, we
like to simplify the custom home process by starting out
just looking at only two things.

What are these two things?
I can’t tell you because that would give away our
competitive advantage.

All right. You twisted my arm. Here they are:

Our process starts with two things:  1) you and 2) your lot.
That’s it. Pretty simple.

So I like to start things off playing Columbo.  When we meet
I’ll ask you questions that fall into just a four
categories. Here’s a small sample of our routine:

A.    $MONEY$ category

–    How important is resale to you?
–    Is return on investment your number one motivation
or is it a lower priority and you just want to
make sure you don’t do anything someone else would
think odd when you sell?
–    How are you going to finance your new home?
–    If you are going to use a lender, is a construction
loan, new first mortgage or new second mortgage best for
you? Can you use collateral of other assets to improve
your options?
–    How much cash do you have to put into your new home?

–    How much cash do you want to put in to the new home?

–    Have you spoken with a lender (we prefer you use ours I’ll

explain some advantages in future post)?
–    What tax bracket are you in? There could be some tax benefits

related to the project that may apply to your situation.

B.    Lifestyle category:

–    How long do you think you want to live in your new
home? This usually factors in to energy efficiency
and “green” options and calculating the pay-back period.
–    Are you there for 5 years and then on to the vineyards
of Oregon or is this your last home and you want us
to design a master suite on the first floor or an
elevator to get to the 2nd floor?
–    When do you want to see the home started by? This
can be a big factor when jurisdictions like Arlington,
D.C. and Montgomery County are constantly changing
zoning and building codes. Montgomery County just
passed a law that takes effect in four months
decreasing height and density in many neighborhoods
& sprinklers will be required in all dwellings in
two years (I’ll verify the exact date).
–    When do you want to move in to the home?  – “by Christmas”
is always a lofty goal and as long as you don’t
mind me asking “which one?” (I couldn’t resist)
we’ll always hit it.
–    Where will you live during the construction
(we have sources for short term rentals, but ask
me early since they go fast)?
–    Do you plan on in-laws or relatives coming back
for any period of time? What bathroom will they
use? What kitchen will they use? We just finished
a home in Silver Spring with three kitchens – one
for the kids with 5 kids of their own, one for the
parents and one for Aunt Lee, who visits during
the summers.

C.    Your Future Home (and little bit about your
current home) category

–    What are the features and amenities that you must
have, or the project just isn’t worth doing?
–    What are the features and amenities that would
be nice to have?
–    What style home do you love?
–    What style home do you hate?
–    What bothers you about your current home?
–    What do you love about your current home?
– How important are energy efficient features?
–    How important are green features?
–    Do you like open plans with a ton of natural
light and views from front to back or would you
prefer something more intimate and cozy?
–    What ceiling heights do you want? How do you feel
about two story spaces?
–    Do you want a basement? If so do you want it
finished?

D.    And Last but not least – Your Lot category – this
is always a biggie, so big I’m adding these extra
few sentences before I get to the.

It always surprises and shocks me, like a slurp
of Red Bull, when people don’t call us prior to
buying a lot (I bet you can tell, it especially
upsets me).

There could be so many restrictions on lots, for
instance: easements, setbacks, alleys, lot coverage,
height, etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., which you
would never know just by looking at a piece of dirt
with your eyes.

We just completed two subdivisions, on two separate
projects, that probably added six (unexpected)
months to each project. And added thousands of
dollars in engineering and permitting fees.
In each case the owners were not aware of the
restrictions until we performed our zoning analysis.
And in each case they had owned the lots for many years.

So checking the “buildability” of your lot is one
of the very first steps we take.
IF YOU’RE PURCHASING A LOT, please call me before
you pull that trigger!

Here are some things we look at (this is so
critical I’m tossing out the regular bullets):

  • Zoning category
  • Public utility easements
  • Building restriction lines
  • Established front yard building line
  • Setbacks on all sides of the property
  • Floor area ratio
  • Year the lot was recorded
  • Is the lot a conforming or non-conforming
  • Specimen tree issues
  • Tree Save issues
  • Water Run-off
  • Wetlands

Due to the complexity of some of these issues,
complete research and answers may be a few steps
into our process. And to paraphrase a soon to be
ex-senator, this stuff is way beyond my pay grade,
so, Kevin, our excellent and unflappable architect,
handles most of this.

Well that’s a brief primer on how we start the custom
home process.  It all starts with you and your lot,
as it should be.

Next time I’ll give you an idea of what we do once
we get your answers. But it’s 12:08 a.m. and I need
to take out the garbage so I can earn my keep.

Please keep the comments and critiques coming
and let me know what’s on your mind. And I’d appreciate
if you could tell me:

  • What would you love to see during the home building process that would make your life easier?
  • What frustrates you the most about the home design and building process?

The Truth About Green Building

Building Green is something that we incorporate into our designs

Here's Another New Home Underway in Bethesda

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There is a alot of new home activity inside the beltway of Washington DC. The values of residential real estate in a variety of zip codes in Montgomery County Maryland have maintained value. In fact, there are several zip codes that have probably increased in value. We find that mortgage interest rates are relatively low combined with excellent prices on the direct costs which go into new custom home projects, make this an ideal time to be acquring and building.

Real estate should be looked at as a long term investment. We do not try to purchase real estate and “flip” houses. We believe real estate is a long term investment. Our financial models hold the assets for a minimum of five to seven years.

With this approach, we think real estate in the Washington DC area is an excellent long term asset. An asset which you can create real long term wealth.

Why Not Build Your home Indoors?

BuildingGreen Names Top 10 Green Products For 2008

Products made from natural, rapidly renewable, or agricultural waste materials dominate annual list.

BuildingGreen, the publisher of the highly regarded GreenSpec Directory & Environmental Building News newsletter, posted their seventh annual list top 10 green building products for 2008.

BuildingGreen’s Top 10 for 2008

Of the products on this year’s list, half have been deemed green because they are made from natural or rapidly renewable materials or agricultural waste. Such products, the Brattleboro, Vt.-based group says, require significantly less energy to manufacture.

“Our selections of the Top 10 Green Building Products represent a wide range of product types in many different application areas,” says BuildingGreen president Alex Wilson.

This Top 10 Green Products list has become an annual ritual in which the Vermont publisher picks the most exciting products added to its GreenSpec Directory in the past year.

An appearance on BuildingGreen’s list is seen by many in the industry as a significant event, as the company’s endorsement signals that a product is legitimately sustainable. “New products seem to be appearing all the time, making it a challenge for our staff to keep up,” Wilson says.

This year’s list includes the very first Forest Stewardship Council-certified and formaldehyde-free bamboo flooring, doors made with wheat-straw particleboard, a transparent finish produced from a byproduct of cheese making, and a compressed-earth masonry block. Three of the remaining products save energy, including a low-cost, solar water-heating system; a combination heating, water heating, and heat-recovery ventilation system; and a system for monitoring real-time energy (and water) use in buildings.

Last year’s list included LED downlights from LED Light Fixtures, Alpen fiberglass windows from Alpen Energy Group, Cube3 Ultra urinal from Caroma, and Bosch Evolution 800 Series dishwasher.

Another New Home Starts in Downtown Bethesda

What Slowdown? Why are there new homes still going up on just about every street in Bethesda, Mclean, N. Arlington, Chevy Chase, etc.?

Let us know your opinion………

Another Paramount New Home under construction in downtown Bethesda

Another Paramount New Home under construction in downtown Bethesda

Energy Star Tax Breaks for Building Green

Elizabeth Razzi, a writer for the Washington Post Real Estate section, wrote on October 19, 2008:

“There will be some attractive federal tax credits …. you can research them at www.Energystar.gov  ”

Here is a partial list from her article:

  1. for qualifying exterior doors, storm doors, metal roofs, insulation the tax credit will be 10% of the cost, up to a $500 credit
  2. Windows, skylights, storm windows will qualify for 10% of the cost, with a credit capped at $200
  3. Central AC and heat pumps will qualify for $300 credits
  4. Top efficiency furnaces or boilers that go beyond the government’s Energy Star standard will qualify for a $150 tax credit. Some super efficient tankless or electric heat pump water heaters will qualify for a $300 credit
  5. for solar water heaters (except those used for swimming pools) homeowners can get a tax credit covering 30% of the cost, up to $2000

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Why Home Renovation Financing?

Renovation financing gives you:

* More money to work with. The amount you can borrow is based on the expected increased value of your home, after improvements are made.
* Less Strain on Your Budget. You can pay for your renovation gradually and affordably, over the loan term of your mortgage.
* Less to Pay at Tax Time. Unlike other credit options, the interest you pay on funds used for a renovation may be tax deductible.
* Less Hassle. You’ll have one loan to apply for, one set of fees, one closing to attend, and one monthly payment to make.

Is Renovation Financing for You?
It is, if you have any plans for minor or major renovations to your home in the next six to 24 months. If you’re buying a house today and considering some home improvements next year, you may find it’s cheaper and easier to have the renovations done now with your financing for the purchase and the renovation all handled in one transaction.
All Kinds of Needs Covered
You should be able to finance any kind of improvement or repair to eligible properties.

Panelized Custom Homes are Similar to PreFab Homes & Share Many of the Benefits

Prefabricated homes are a relatively new concept in architecture and building. In fact one reason why prefabricated homes are currently not as popular as they should be is because there just isn’t alot of information out there.

A Panelized home is similar to a prefab home, but as its name implies, is built of panels, or sections of walls. The panelized sections fit together much like pieces of a puzzle.

A prefabricated home is a house that is built off site, and is assembled on site. A Penalized home is built the same way – off site. The panel sections and components that we use are built in a very large warehouse. The equipment in the plant is very high tech. The lumber is actually cut using laser guided equipment. So the lumber cuts are very clean and precise.

Another interesting feature of panelized construction is that design flexibility is just as great as stick framing. If our architect can draw it we can build it with panels. Prefabricated homes are almost as flexible design-wise as panelized construction.
In addition, panlized and  prefabricated homes are usually composed of environmental friendly materials, and compared to ordinary stick built homes, the amount of wood used is considerably less. And therefore, there is less waste.

And since the panels are essentially built in an indoor plant, weather does not adversely impact the lumber as much as it would if the home were stick built on the site. With stick built homes the piles of lumber sit out on site in the weather. Many times the lumber can become more warped and twisted when rain and moisture make contact with the wood.

Preapproval Bank Process for Financing a New Custom Home

No doubt about it, this is a tricky environment for funding a new custom home or major renovation project.

One way to get ahead of the curve is to get a preapproval from a lender. A Preapproval is your lender’s written commitment to finance your home purchase up to a specific amount. Getting preapproved is a smart move for serious homebuyers in this volatile credit environment and it shows sellers that you come to the negotiating table ready to complete the transaction.
Preapproval vs. prequalification
A preapproval indicates that a lender has taken a detailed look into your financial background and has committed to lend you a certain amount of money, pending specific property details. Because preapproval includes a credit check, it’s more powerful than a prequalification letter, which generally only estimates what you can borrow based on information you’ve provided.

What are the advantages of being preapproved?
Preapproval offers a number of advantages over waiting to apply for a mortgage until after you’ve found a home. It lets you:

* Shop for a home with the confidence of knowing exactly how much you can borrow.
* Take advantage of the preference many home sellers have for preapproved buyers.
* Find out about possible qualification problems early in the homebuying process.
* Avoid the hectic rush to find the right mortgage loan at the same time that you’ve found a house.

Who can benefit the most from preapproval?
Preapproval is a great advantage for anyone buying a home in todays environment. A year ago it was especially useful for buyers looking for their first home and those who are self-employed or work on commission. But today, even those buyers that on the surface may seem to be credit worthy – high incomes and great credit scores, may be surprised what lenders are requiring as credit is becoming scarcer.

* First-time homebuyers. Without a record of previous mortgage payments, sellers may see first-time homebuyers as less likely to obtain financing than a similar buyer who’s already demonstrated the ability to meet a monthly mortgage payment. A preapproval helps even the field by showing the seller that a lender has already run the numbers and is willing to proceed with the transaction.
* Self-employed buyers or commissioned employees. Because their incomes may fluctuate more dramatically, self-employed and commissioned buyers often lack the financial documentation of salaried employees, which can send up a red flag to some sellers. Showing that a lender has already considered these factors will help mitigate this risk.

How does the process work?
Before you begin shopping for a home, submit your financial information to us. We’ll review your loan application and then, if you meet the qualification requirements, we’ll provide you with a written preapproval for a certain mortgage amount, down payment, and interest rate, subject to the terms of the commitment letter. The loan commitment letter can be finalized after information about the property, including an appraisal, is submitted.

Getting Ready To Buy a New Home Or Build A New Home While the Credit Market Bounces Along

Thinking of Building or Buying A New Custom Home but not sure what to do in this volatile market? Are you on the sidelines waiting to buy a new home? Why not use this time to get ready.  Here are things that you should be doing now to position yourself:

Financial preparation is the first–and perhaps the most important–step in the homebuying process. Get ready for your purchase by taking a careful look at your savings, credit, income, and debt.
Down-payment options
Buying a home doesn’t necessarily mean having to make a large down payment. We provide a variety of loan programs that can help you buy a home using little or no cash.

If you have a down payment goal in mind that you need to save for, you’ll reach it more quickly if you stick to these simple rules:

* Pay yourself first. When you pay your monthly bills, the first check you write should be to your savings or investment account.
* Avoid unnecessary purchases. The less you spend on things that you don’t really need, the sooner you’ll become a homeowner.
* Set realistic goals. Take an objective look at your monthly income and expenses, and decide how much you can really put aside. It defeats the purpose of saving for a home if you fall behind on your other obligations.

Your credit
Responsible credit use is an important part of the mortgage equation, and your lender will take your credit history into account when deciding whether to approve you for a mortgage. If you have a strong credit record, do your best to maintain it until you buy your home. If you’ve had credit problems in the past, the time to reverse that trend is now. Follow these steps to put yourself in the best possible credit standing:

* Check your credit report. Report incorrect or outdated entries on your credit report. Each year, you can get one free credit report from each of the three credit agencies through www.annualcreditreport.com.
* Contact creditors if you have a problem. Many creditors are willing to work with clients to help relieve difficult financial situations. It’s always better to seek help than to let a problem go unchecked.

Income and debt
To determine how much you may be eligible to borrow, we’ll generally compare your income to your outstanding debt. Guidelines vary, depending on your loan program, your credit history, and other compensating factors. It’s best to avoid taking on new debt in the months leading up to your purchase.

But even if your debt expenses are high, you may still be able to get a mortgage. Our financing programs help make homeownership affordable for people from a variety of financial backgrou

New Home Mortgages Don't Have to Be So Complicated! Read This for some "Mortgage Clarity"

Mortgages can and the costs associated with mortgages can make your head spin! Here’s a real basic primer on mortgages that hopefully adds a little clarity.

Although each individual new home financing package has its own variety of features, the concept of a mortgage is really quite simple: a mortgage is a loan made to help you finance a home. Your lender advances you a certain amount of money, which you repay over a specified period.
Interest Rates, points, and loan fees
The total cost of your mortgage is determined by a number of different factors, most notably the interest rate, discount points, and loan fees.

* Interest rate refers to the percentage of your outstanding loan balance that you pay the lender each month as part of the cost of borrowing money. Your interest rate will be based on the current overall rate environment, as well as your financial profile and the specific features of your loan.
* Discount points allow you to “buy down” your interest rate at closing. One point equals 1% of your loan amount, and the more points you pay, the lower your interest rate will be, and the less you will have to pay each month. If you wanted to lower your closing expenses, you could also accept a slightly higher rate and pay no points.
* Loan fees are up-front charges to cover the cost of originating, processing, and closing your loan, among other things. An origination point is a loan fee that equals 1% of your loan amount.

When considering loan pricing, keep in mind that interest rates, points and fees should be considered together. The interest rate alone only tells part of the story. The expenses that contribute to the cost of your loan can be expressed as the annual percentage rate (APR).

The interest rate only tells
part of the story

Your monthly mortgage payment
Mortgage payments can generally be divided into four parts: principal, interest, taxes, and insurance. These are often referred to with the acronym PITI.

* Principal refers to the amount of money you borrow to buy a home, and to the outstanding loan balance at any point during the mortgage term.
* Interest is the cost of borrowing money. As noted above, the amount of interest you pay each month is determined by your interest rate.
* Taxes assessed by your local government will likely be collected by your lender as part of your monthly payments, and then paid annually or semi-annually on your behalf. This process is known as an escrow.
* Insurance, like property taxes, is normally collected by the lender in an escrow account. Insurance offers financial protection, and has two major components:
o Homeowner’s insurance, also called hazard insurance, protects you against damage to your property caused by fire, wind, or other hazards.
o Mortgage insurance protects your lender in the event that you fail to repay your mortgage. Whether you must pay mortgage insurance usually depends on the loan program and the size of your down payment.

Financing Checklist for New Custom Home

Here’s the kind of information you should have at hand when you apply for your construction loan. This is a general list:
Salaried Borrowers

* Pay stubs for the most recent 30-day period (including a year-to-date summary) for each of the borrowers on the loan
* Most recent W-2 statements for all borrowers
* Relocation letter on company letterhead, if applicable

Self-Employed Borrowers

* Complete signed tax returns for the last two years, including schedules and statements. If incorporated, personal and corporate returns should be provided
* A copy of an extension to file, if applicable
* Year-to-date profit and loss statement, if beyond June 30th

Deposit Verification

* All pages of checking and savings account statements from the most recent 30-day period
* All pages of asset account statements, including money market funds, mutual funds, stock accounts, IRAs, CDs, etc., from the most recent 30-day period. Please note that Internet screen prints are generally not acceptable
* Gift letter, if applicable
* Evidence of the sale of your previous home, if applicable
* Verification of large deposits

Miscellaneous Borrower Documents

* Any divorce decrees, child support agreements, or separate maintenance agreements if alimony or child support is either paid by any borrower on the loan or received by any borrower on the loan and is used as income
* Written explanations for any credit issues that appear on your credit report
* Copies of any leases and two years of federal tax returns on any rental properties you own

Construction and Builder Documents

* Construction plans and specifications
* Fully executed Purchase/Construction contract accounting for all work. This may involve separate bids and/or contracts if work is not included in the contract
* HUD1 Settlement Statement from the purchase of the land, if the purchase occurred within the past 12 months.
* Name, phone number and address of the builder
* Name and phone number of your preferred settlement agent (i.e., title company, attorney, escrow agent, etc.)
* Course of Construction insurance
* Certification for any private well or septic system
* Foundation survey (In most states, this can be handled by your title company).  Its cost is usually not covered in your closing costs.
* Verification of deposits to your builder and/or land seller, such as cancelled checks or a copy of a certified check

Ordering the Appraisal
The Lender will order a full appraisal of the proposed property based on the final plans and building specifications.

All conditions (such as debt reduction or additional documentation) for your permanent loan must be satisfied prior to the close of construction.
Usually your permanent loan commitment is valid for 12 months from the date your construction loan closed. If this loan commitment expires before your permanent loan closes, you will be required to update your application, which will require new documentation. Any change to your credit profile may negatively impact your ability to get a permanent loan.

7 Steps to Finance the Construction of Your New Home

Generally, there are seven steps for financing the construction of a new home using most construction/perm loan programs.
1. Initial Stage – Prequalify with one of our lenders
You’ve looked at some of our house plans on-line but have not had the first consultation meeting with our design team. Even though you don’t have much finalized, now is great time to start to get your financing in place. We’ll put you in touch with one of the lenders that we work with at this initial stage. This is the time to pre-qualify with our lender.
2. Application
While we are designing your home the plans are starting to solidify. And since we are designing and pricing in-house this happens very early in our process. The benefit to you is you’ll know the amount of money you’ll need early on. This allows you to start the formal loan application early on.
3. Approvals
Our lender will work with you to get your permanent loan approved. We’ll also get the final plans and specs so that the lender can order an appraisal.
After the lender has the appraisal and a fully executed purchase contract, they’ll submit the entire package for construction loan approval.
4. Construction Closing
After the lender has all the necessary approvals, they’ll close on the loan that will finance the construction of your home. A settlement agent will give you specific instructions about the amount you’ll need to bring to closing, and in what form. As soon as you close on the construction loan, we may begin building.

5. Draw Process
During construction, the lender will send out a construction inspector to inspect our work and to approve our requested draws from the construction fund for work that has been completed.

6. Completion of Construction
A final inspection will determine that the construction on your home is complete.  We’ll get a Certificate of Occupancy (or its equivalent) from your local authorities.
Then our lender will also work with you to ensure that you’re ready to transition into your permanent loan product. They’ll schedule a modification of the construction loan to the permanent mortgage.
7. Move In!

Choosing the Right Home Builder

There are several benefits to purchasing a pre-construction home. Brand-new homes do not come with repair costs since nothing in the home has ever been used and the structure has not been subject to the elements.

When you have a new home built, you have the opportunity to choose the look and feel of your home, and personalize it to suit your tastes. Some home builders, especially in hurricane prone areas like Florida, are now building homes above hurricane code with extensive safety measures to protect the homeowner in the face of severe weather.

But not all home builders specialize in high quality homes, or offer buyers the chance to personalize their home. That is why choosing the correct home builder is such an integral part of a positive home buying experience.

A tale of two builders: tract homes vs. custom homes

There are two very different types of home builders offering their services today. The first, and often cheapest, option is a tract home builder. These builders offer newly constructed homes at the lowest prices, and can be an affordable option for the buyer on a tight budget. Tract homes are not necessarily bad homes, but the materials used to build them are often of much lower quality than materials used by custom home builders.

Tract home builders can offer lower prices because they purchase materials in mass quantity. Because of this mass purchasing policy, they are not able to offer buyers decor options or choices in color scheme, flooring, etc. Tract homes are often referred to as “cookie-cutter” homes because they all look exactly the same. Tract homes are very seldom built above code, and do not usually include options such as safety glass, additional roof truss straps, or solid, poured concrete construction.

You get what you pay for

Custom homes often come with a higher price tag, but you can definitely see where the extra money goes. High-quality materials, custom decor options, and additional safety measures are just a few of the additional features custom home builders offer. Homes built by custom builders are usually much more luxurious in scale, and often include vaulted ceilings and bright, airy floor plan choices. Top of the line paint, appliances, flooring and fixtures may also be offered.

But there are also different levels of custom home builders, especially when it comes to hurricane safety. In states where hurricanes are a fact of life during the summer months, choosing a high-quality home builder is especially important.

Above code construction

One state where additional hurricane protection is especially important is Florida. In 2004, Florida suffered a series of direct hurricane strikes to both coasts. Even inland areas were not immune to the powerful storms, and homes throughout Florida suffered severe damage. Florida was also subject to extensive building code reform after the devastation Hurricane Andrew left behind in 1992.

Despite extensive reform in South Florida, only a handful of additional Florida counties have adopted the strict standards that are currently in place in Dade county (areas of which were devastated by Hurricane Andrew). In fact, the current building code in most counties only requires that new homes be built to withstand a Category 2 hurricane.

That is why a handful of builders in Florida have begun giving their customers an added level of protection. Above code construction is a term used by these builders to convey that their home construction standards exceed what is required by Florida building code. Some of these homes are built to withstand winds in excess of 140 mph, and offer superior protection for homeowners.

It’s all in the details

After deciding which type of home you are looking to have built (tract or custom, standard or above-code), there are a few more criteria you can use to narrow down your list of choices. First, select your top three neighborhood choices and thoroughly explore the housing market in each of these areas. Make a list of builders who have lots available in your target areas.

Personally visit each builder on your list, as you can get a good feel for the company by visiting their sales offices. Take note of your experience with each company. Is their office staff friendly and helpful? Do they have model homes to show? Do they offer a home warranty? What about builder financing? Do they thoroughly review the floor plans, custom features, and available decor options? Trust your instincts and go with the home builder you are most comfortable working with, and who you feel shares your vision of the ideal home.

Top Five Money Savings Tips for New Home Construction

Considering how fragile the economy is right now and how timid banks are to loan money for new homes I thought I’d share my experience with saving money on new home construction. It wasn’t that long ago when getting loans was really easy and building large homes was the trend. Today banks are less likely to fun new construction because of the premium costs associated with new construction.

In most real estate markets today you can purchase an existing home for quite a bit less money than a comparable new home. Because of this banks are much more likely to focus their loans on very good customers with plenty of equity (skin in the game!) and homes that will hold their value in this turbulent real estate market.

Having said that if you’re really set on building a new home there are ways you can keep the budget down and the banks more likely to fund your project. Here are my top five ways of saving money on new home construction.

1. Square footage is the name of the game. No matter how you slice it every square foot you add to the footprint of your new home is going to cost money. It affects every aspect of the construction from the foundation all the way to the finish coat of paint. I tell customers to start off with a floor plan that has everything they want and all the room they want. Then you need to take the time to analyze each and every room and see if you can make them smaller and keep the functionality. If you take a simple 30 foot wide home and remove 2 feet of length you can save 60 square feet. 60 sq. ft multiplied times an average cost of over $150 equals $9000. Now you might be saying $9000 is nothing….but I say that will pay for over half of your flooring. So if you want to be serious about keeping costs down then always keep the square footage to a minimum.

2. Choose a home that is 2 stories if at all possible. This concept is pretty simple yet some people never realize how effective it can be. Let’s compare two homes; home A is a 2000 sq. ft. ranch style single level home, home B is a 2000 sq. ft. colonial two story home. Both homes have 2000 sq. ft. so you might say they would cost the same. I would argue the opposite and heres why. House A has a foundation that is twice the size as House B. House A has a roof twice the size of House B. This simple example can easily save you $10,000 to $20,000 yet you end up with the same livable space.

3. Instead of having an attached garage you can save a large sum of money if your house lot topography will allow for a drive under garage. In this scenario you use a portion of your basement for your garage and you can easily save $15,000 to $25,000. Now this option won’t work well for level lots or areas of the country that build home on flat slabs but it’s still a great money savings idea.

4. Ask your builder if there are any simple, safe construction tasks that you could do to reduce the costs. Many customers end up doing their own painting, cleaning or even final landscaping. These tasks could save you anywhere from a few thousand dollars up to tens of thousands of dollars.

5. Another recent option is to consider using certain Energy Star appliances, furnaces and air conditioning units. By using some of these products you may qualify for substantial government tax credits that can help offset some of your construction costs. My only word of caution on this item is that some banks are still trying to figure out new technologies like geothermal heat or solar panels. So they may be less interested in funding these types of products.

There you have it my top five money saving ideas for new home construction.

Home Building – Bathroom – Bathroom Countertops

Clients always ask us about what their choices are when it comes to countertop materials. Well, when it comes to bathroom countertops there’s no limit to how creative you can be, because most countertops are custom-designed for each installation. There are hundreds of colors, patterns, and materials to choose from, but not all of them work well in the bathroom where water and condensation are a constant concern. Your best choices are marble, granite, ceramic or porcelain tiles, solid surface materials and cultured marble.

Cultured Marble is the most common and least expensive countertop material, by a considerable margin and is available in many colors. A nice feature with cultured marble tops is that the top and the sink bowl are one piece. This is called a top with an integral bowl.

Ceramic & Porcelain Tile are very versatile materials that you can use on your countertop to create a specific style or look. Contemporary, retro, traditional, rustic, country, and everything in-between is possible when working with ceramic tile. The only drawback to using tile is the grout lines, because nobody wants to invest the time and energy necessary to keep grout clean, especially in the bathroom. And don’t be fooled – tile grout requires regular maintenance and lots of elbow grease. On the flip side, the tile itself is easy to clean. Cost is between $50 to $80 per linear foot, installed. Plain-colored tiles cost from $2 to $40 per tile with hand-painted tiles running from $5 to $75.

Corian and Solid Surfacing is made of either a pure acrylic product or a polyester-acrylic mix. The most widely available and widely known 100 percent synthetic countertop material is Corian by Dupont, but other manufacturers including Wilsonart, Formica and Avenite also make it in a wide range of colors and textures. Some of the materials are solid colors, but most have flecks that give it a textured look that resembles real stone (that will run the cost up). Cost is between $75 to $150 a linear foot, installed.

Granite slabs are the most expensive of all countertop surfaces, but this is one product that holds its weight. The expense of granite will vary greatly, depending on the type, quality and availability of granite that you select, as well as the finished edge that you choose. If you just can’t resist the look of granite and your purse is stretched, try going for granite tiles. Cost is between $75 to $200 a linear foot, installed.

Composite Stone is the hot new surface when it comes to tops and a big rival to granite. It is a stone-synthetic composite made of about 90 percent quartz particles and 10 percent acrylic or epoxy binder. Some of the composites look like natural stone, but not one that you could identify. Others are so close to real granite that you’re left wondering if it’s real or not? Since the composites are man-made materials, they do not have the unexpected variation of granite or marble and they do not need to be sealed. The four major choices – Silestone, Okite, CaesarStone and DuPont’s Zodiaq – all use the same process. The only differences between them for the end users are the colors and textures offered. Taken together, the four companies offer more than 130 countertop choices. Cost is between $110 to $250 a linear foot, installed.


"Whole Building" Approach to Sustainable Design

The first sustainable solar community development in South Africa was one of 15 projects worldwide selected for presentation at the UN Global Warming Conference in Kyoto, Japan. It was chosen as an example of how developing nations can grow and prosper while minimizing emissions of greenhouse gases, and is known as a “no regrets” project because it created sustainable economic growth and stable, healthy communities while costing no more to implement than a conventional development.

The Solar Village development addresses the physical as well as the social and economic needs of the people. The community plan employed a participatory design process where future residents took an active role in community design. The plan incorporates cluster housing, shared garden space, footpaths and parks, and a town center. The town center accommodates the central business district, churches, schools, and public buildings, as well as a community soccer field. The town center is within easy walking distance of all 200 homes in the development. The homes are naturally heated and cooled and maintain comfort and good indoor air quality year round with no mechanical systems of any kind. All waste is composted, and gray water is used for irrigation.

Rather than using outside contractors, future residents were trained and hired to build the homes using housing subsidy money from the South African Government. This provided a relatively large infusion of cash that served to jump-start the local economy. To date, over 200 homes have been built in Kimberly and Cape Town, and a new Solar Village is being started in Ugie. Projects such as these provide economic opportunity and a large degree of self-reliance through the use of solar and natural energy flows and sustainable community design.

* Homes are comfortable year round with no mechanical systems or energy costs
* Homes are healthy and safe
* Homes are clustered in groups of six to share gardens, compost, and gray water
* Household sewage is composted on site and used in the gardens
* Gray water is filtered on site and used to irrigate the gardens
* The Town Center is within easy walking distance of all the homes
* The Town Center has: A village green and soccer field, a common village house for multipurpose activities, churches, schools, and shops and markets surrounding the village green

The homes are clustered in groups of six around a cul-de-sac. The six-home cluster facilitates the natural organization of a community unit and was a result of extensive discussions with community representatives. Each cluster shares a common garden area. The homes face the street and have good solar orientation toward the north (Southern Hemisphere).

The cul-de-sac street layout:

* Encourages community organization in natural, manageable groups
* Reduces the total road area when compared to a grid pattern
* Lowers cost
* Results in less disturbed land

At the center of the Solar Village is the village square. The village square is a large grassy area the size of a soccer field which serves as a gathering place for the whole village. To the south of the village square is the community center: a large, open building that can be used for meetings, events, entertainment, worship, training workshops, and community office space. On the other side of the green is space for one or more churches or places of worship. The concept of the village square is to create a focal point that helps give the village an identity. Creating and maintaining a strong sense of community is vital to the success of the village and the prosperity of the people.

The homes themselves are designed to replace the tin and mud shacks in which more than half of the people currently live. Since the majority of people in this community are unemployed and could not qualify for a mortgage, the basic home costs no more than the subsidy. The home is 570 square feet and contains two bedrooms, a kitchen, bath, and living room. The direct gain passive solar heating system provides 100% of the heating. Shading, coupled with good ventilation and thermal mass, keeps the home cool in the hot summer months. Cooking is done in a solar oven built into the north-facing wall. Passive solar heating and the solar oven helps reduce the need for traditional kerosene heaters and cook stoves, which emit dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Optional passive solar water heating and PV systems are also available.

The insulation, mass, and solar window area were optimized using Energy-10 Version 1.2 energy analysis software, an 8760 hourly simulation program. Since hourly weather data is not currently available for South Africa, ASHRAE design data (maximum and minimum temperature and RH) were used for the location and compared to U.S. cities with the same latitude (north latitude) and the same design conditions. The closest match to Cape Town was San Francisco, CA. As a result, the winter and summer months on the plots are reversed for South Africa. The base house was run changing one building element per run. Changes were made exploring variations in wall insulation, roof insulation, thermal mass, and window size and type. The objective was to achieve comfortable indoor conditions (minimum 60° F [16° C] in winter and maximum 80° F [27° C] in summer) without a mechanical system and at the lowest first cost.

The resulting design is as follows:

* Walls are brick outside, 3-inch EPS foam and brick inside
* Roof is a structural panel of corrugated aluminum, 3-inch (72mm) EPS foam, 0.5-inch (13mm) OSB and 0.5-inch (13mm) gypsum board Slab on grade
* 542-foot (5812m) single-glazed north window
* 16-inch (406mm) north roof overhang

Additional features include:

* Local materials used in construction insofar as practicable. Candidate materials include soil cement blocks and bricks made on site and rammed earth.
* Well-ventilated for indoor air quality
* Passive solar heating. All homes are oriented to the north and have large windows on the north side. The homes remain warm all winter with no supplemental heat.
* Natural cooling. Homes are well shaded in the summer with a combination of overhangs, arbors, trees, and other shade devices. Most of the lots around the houses are shaded in the summer to create cool islands around the homes. All rooms have flow-through ventilation to capture the summer breezes, so the homes remain comfortable all summer.
* The house plan is easily expandable to adapt to growing family needs.

Optional features include:

* Solar water heating
* Through-the-wall solar cookers
* Waterless composting toilets and urinals

As the primary source of food, the gardens in the Solar Village play a very important role in the self-reliance and prosperity of the community. Because six families can agree and work more cooperatively than 600, the cluster concept divides the community gardens into groups of six homes that share one community garden. The cluster groups can then agree on shared crops, livestock, and composting.

Composting is an important component, not only of the productivity of the garden but also for the waste management system. Waterless composting toilets turn human waste into compost that returns to the soil to enrich the growing crops. The compost from the composting toilets can not be used directly on food crops, so it must first go through the outdoor compost pile. By recycling all organic waste through composting, the villagers will build very rich and productive gardens. As the yields increase, many villagers may start growing commercial crops to generate income. This system also dramatically reduces the per-household potable water requirements. Replacing the flush toilet with waterless composting toilets eliminates the need to use potable water to water the gardens. Thus, the central water purification plant size and associated costs are dramatically reduced.

Over 200 homes have now been through a full winter and summer cycle. The indoor comfort was as predicted, although a few houses that were not sited properly showed some overheating in the summer. This pointed out to the builder the importance of orientation. The Kutlanong community in Kimberly was developed as a sustainable community and has considerably improved the quality of life for its residents.

One of the most sustainable aspects of the project has been economic development. In most other subsidy projects, a builder/developer from outside the community comes in and builds the homes. By hiring members of the community and training them to build the houses, $3,100 per house went directly into the community. This represents an overall infusion of approximately $625,000, which in time could result in $1,875,000 in total economic activity for the community. The traditional approach would have resulted in zero economic benefit for the community. We have also eliminated most heating and cooking costs and created a much healthier indoor environment. The effect on the residents is obvious. They are healthier, they are gaining weight, crime is low, and local businesses are strong. This project demonstrates how solar energy and sustainable community development can not only improve the quality of life for people in developing countries but also for needy people worldwide.

By John Spears

Effects of Finishing Touches on the Schedule of a New Custom Home

Regardless of a home’s size or style, all construction follows a consistent pattern and pace. Excavation and foundation work will be followed by the framing phase, which will be followed by rough mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work. As soon as those stages are complete, insulation will be installed. These steps follow each other quickly and are easy to see. The progress is exciting!

But when our focus shifts to the interior finishes of your new home, the pace seems to slow down and daily progress is more difficult to follow. To the homeowner, it might seem that we are losing focus or paying less attention to the project. In fact, the opposite is true. The apparent pace of work has slowed because finishing work is much more detailed than the previous stages. We much be more focused and pay more attention to the finishing details.

For example, cutting, building, and fastening the pieces of a complex crown molding profile along the ceiling-wall joint of an upscale kitchen requires several hours of painstaking work by a skilled finish carpenter. Likewise, finishing newly built walls to a smooth, uniform surface is a process that takes multiple cycles of application, drying, sanding, and cleaning to accomplish properly.

There also are more products to install. The number of cabinets, faucets, light fixtures, door handles, and outlet and switch covers in a modern new house continues to increase as homes become larger and more luxurious. To get some sense of that task, count the number of outlets and switch covers in your kitchen and family room alone (or in the whole house, if you’re more ambitious), each of which must be installed by hand before you can move in.

Finally, finish work signals the last stage of the building process. Both we and our homeowners are anxious to finish the job after several weeks of anticipation and hard work, not counting the time spent planning before construction began. It is hard for homeowners to remain patient when the work appears to be moving slowly.

By the very nature of its exacting, hand-applied work, the finishing phase of homebuilding is necessarily slow. That does not mean that the work is being neglected! During this final part of your home construction, remember that we remain focused on the highest quality installation and application of your home’s interior finishes.

Home Additions: What you should know

By building an addition, you can make your home more livable, while increasing its value. It also allows you to stay in a home and neighborhood you like without incurring the expenses and inconvenience of moving. But before you start, there are many things you should know.

Find out about building restrictions

While you are still in the thinking stage for your home addition, find out from city hall if there are any local zoning ordinances that could affect your project, such as lot setbacks (i.e. the minimum distance required from the adjacent property lines or public right of way to the outermost portion of the structure) and height restrictions.

Additions come in all shapes and sizes

Home additions are becoming increasingly popular across the U.S. to accommodate aging parents (and, unfortunately, in-laws), or even as rental units to generate a monthly income. These additions can include a bedroom, bathroom, sitting room and a private entrance, although the most popular home additions involve adding an extra room onto an exterior wall. Sun rooms, garages and extra bedrooms are common additions, as well as living rooms, dining rooms and home offices.

You may want to consider building up instead of losing lawn and garden space, or building a two-story addition that will accommodate an office or bedroom on top of the garage to maximize space. Other additions, such as carports, porches and decks often require less disruption of your home, yet will still increase its functionality and value.

If you’re adding indoor space, make sure a heating and air conditioning (HVAC) professional is brought in to assess the increased demand on the present system.

Continuity works best

Something to think about with a home addition (and something we specialize in) is consistency – within your own home and with the neighborhood. First, you want your addition to “fit in” with the rest of the house, both inside and out. That is, you don’t want the addition to look like an “add-on,” either structurally or in terms of decor. Similarly, a huge addition to a house in a modest neighborhood will surely give you more space, but when it comes time to sell you may not get the return on your investment you were hoping for, as those who can afford a bigger house will likely look in a more expensive neighborhood.

Consider the costs

When planning your addition, remember that the less impact there is on your present structure, the more cost-effective the addition will be. For example, moving plumbing walls, radically altering the floor plan and making changes to the roof line will all increase your costs significantly.

Assess impact for heating and air conditioning

We will bring in subcontractors for specialized jobs, like electrical and plumbing. If you’re adding indoor space, we’ll make sure that a heating and air conditioning (HVAC) professional is brought in to assess the increased demand that the addition will place on the present system.

20 Considerations that help a project run smoothly

In building and renovation, few rules hold true all the time. However, a number of useful notions lead to predictable outcomes most of the time. Unfortunately, many of these notions are forgotten when we concentrate on making ideal decisions throughout the course of the work. We lose sight of how each decision relates to the bigger project picture.

The following is a list of some commonsense ideas that almost always have a positive impact on a construction endeavor.

Maintain the Right Attitude

  • Building anything is an act of joy and optimism. It’s also a learning experience. Anxiety is a normal part of that experience, but anxiety must not control the outcome of the work.
  • The only adversarial relationship that is productive on a building project is the one that everyone should have with the artistic, technical, and financial challenges that the work itself presents.
  • Excellent people make mistakes. Expect that they will continue to do so.
  • Building a house is not an industrial process. It is hand labor, at a site, involving dozens of components that have to work and fit together as well as possible. Expectations for the quality of the work should reflect these characteristics.
Choosing an architect and builder

  • When selecting a professional with whom to work, the first criterion should be character; the second, competence; the third, dedication.
  • Clients are in the difficult business position of dealing with people who know more about design and construction than they do. In this vulnerable situation, the best strategy is to choose professionals of unquestionable integrity.
  • To secure the greatest benefit from the knowledge that consultants and builders posses, allow them to do their work in the manner that their training and experience have shown will be most effective.
  • Clients who receive the best service are those from whom trust is ample, enthusiasm is overt, information is complete, and payment is prompt.

About Project Costs

  • Accurate cost estimates are based on facts; inaccurate estimates are usually the result of guessing. Financial risk in building is reduced by developing as much specific design information as possible before construction begins.
  • The complexity of both design and construction work is often underestimated.
  • Many people believe that they know a good deal about architectural design. What they do not realize is how much more they need to know to do design well, with distinction, refinement, and grace.
  • Architects have the patience to plan. Builders have the savvy to improvise. Improvisation, however, is not a substitute for planning. The purpose of planning is to achieve predictable results. The purpose of improvising is to maintain work progress.
  • For construction to be done efficiently, most design decisions need to be made in advance of building. If made during construction, these decisions can interrupt the work flow and increase its cost. Late design decisions are also more difficult to incorporate into the rest of the design.
  • A construction project involves people with wide variations in skill, experience, intelligence, and desire. Effective project management optimizes the conditions that allow people to perform at their best.
  • Frequent, candid communication is vital to minimize construction problems.
  • Good people care. The end result usually shows why.

Green Building: Windows, Doors, and Skylights

Energy efficiency plays a central role in building any new home. Building a “green” home, however, requires energy efficiency and much more. “Green building” means taking a comprehensive approach to energy and resource efficiencies from design through construction and operation of the house. Certain components of a home’s construction contribute greatly to the success of such an approach.

Windows, doors, and skylights, in particular, have a critical impact on a home’s ability to conserve energy, reduce moisture intrusion, and keep utility costs low. Like the vent pipes in a roof, they are penetrations in the home’s structural envelope, only much larger and more widely distributed.

The average new house, in fact, has more than 20 windows and doors, each a potential avenue for outside air and water. In the past, windows and doors were not much better than open holes in the wall. They were designed to bring usable daylight into the home, provide views to the outside, and allow passive (or non-mechanical) ventilation in warm and humid climates. In order to keep their homes reasonably comfortable in cold seasons, our ancestors kept windows and doors to a minimum.

Fortunately, today’s windows and doors are designed to enhance a home’s energy performance. Through still relied upon for passive ventilation and views, windows and glass doors are now insulated in both their frame and glass design. High tech window construction and specially treated glass can reduce glare, unwanted solar heat gain and damaging ultraviolet radiation, which can fade rugs and upholstery. Windows and skylights can also be designed to increase passive (free!) solar heating, reducing the amount of costly energy needed by the furnace.

Energy-conscious home owners can now choose among a variety of options in order to precisely match windows and doors to the seasonal climate conditions of their home’s location. To optimize the seasonal climate conditions of their home’s location. To optimize the overall thermal performance of the house, windows and doors can also be selected according to which side of the house they will be installed. For example, south and west-facing windows can let in more solar energy than north and east-facing windows.

In addition to enhanced glazing options, new wood-based window and door frame materials are engineered to resist warping, thus minimizing the small gaps between the window or door and the wall that may develop over time. In better quality vinyl window and glass door frames, the hollow cavities are increasingly insulated to boost their effectiveness.

As professional builders concerned about the performance of your new home, we take care to select the best windows and doors for your new home. We also take care to find knowledgeable suppliers and trained subcontractors to ensure not only high quality products but also proper installation that will maintain the design performance values of the window and door products used.

Windows, doors, and skylights play an important role in any home’s appearance and overall performance. In a green-built home, they are critical elements in a range of integrated design and construction approaches that help reduce a home’s energy use and operating costs while increasing indoor comfort and air quality.

Remodel or Rebuild?

  1. Does building an addition to a house cost the same, per square foot, as building a new house?
    No. On a square foot basis, adding on usually costs considerably more.
    There are several reasons for this.

    • Adding on involves demolition, removal, and disposal of existing materials.
    • Existing spaces must be secured and protected from construction and from the elements.
    • A remodel may include a greater proportion of high-cost space (such as kitchens, bathrooms, and rooms with fireplaces or windows) than would a new house
    • While the overall scope of a remodeling project is smaller, the details may not be any fewer. Utilities must be both disconnected and reconnected. Permits still must be obtained. The same materials must be ordered and delivered, only in smaller quantities. The same subcontractors may visit the site the same number of times, only to perform fewer tasks per visit.
    • In new construction, everything is new. The only surprises on a new home site are under the ground. In a remodel, the builder never knows what he will discover when he dismantles an existing structure. There may be rotten wood, something built not-to-code, faulty wiring, plumbing or heating. Repairing these add to the cost.
  2. Is it better to remodel an old house or build a brand new one in a different location?
    There are pros and cons to each, and much depends on your individual situation.
    Some things to take into consideration are:

    • If you want to remain in your current location, or if you want to move to a neighborhood where there are no vacant lots for sale, it may be better to remodel, even if that requires tearing down an old house.
    • If the existing house has wiring, heating, plumbing systems or a foundation in poor condition, or if there is extensive dry rot, pest, water, or other damage, the house may not be worth remodeling.
    • If the existing structure is not big enough and there is not enough room on the lot to expand, remodeling may not be feasible.

    What are the difference in cost? Remodeling may or may not be cheaper overall than building new, depending on the situation.

  3. How can I decide whether to remodel an old house or tear it down and build new on the same lot?
    Compare the costs.
    For a remodel, the first phase of the project will be to remove all unwanted material, so that everything you have left will be part of the final house. This may involve removing just a few interior walls and stripping some old flooring, or it may involve removing everything but the bare bones of the frame and foundation. There could be so little debris that could haul it to the dump yourself, or so much that your need to rent a whole series of thirty-yard containers.
    For the tear-down alternative, compare the cost of demolishing the whole house and then building newly as much as is necessary to get to the same stage of construction as above.

Who Should Build a Custom Home?

Should you?

To buy all the parts that make up your automobile, you might have to spend upwards of four times the cost. And then you would still have to put them all together! Custom building a house is not quite as bad as that, but it still costs more than a ready-made builder’s product. So why build a custom home?

If you answer “Yes” to any of the following questions, you are a good candidate for considering a custom home.

  • Have you looked for a ready-made home, but have been unable to find one which fulfills your desires and preferences, your family’s needs, and/or your aesthetic sense?
  • Do you have very particular and specific desires about what you want in a home? When you look at existing homes, do you seem to want to change everything about them?
  • Do you have unusual requirements for a home, such as special-purpose rooms, a particular layout, built in major fixtures or systems, accessibility, an accessory dwelling, or out-buildings?
  • Would you like to make use of alternative energy sources, ecologically sound or non-toxic building materials, or any other fixtures, methods, or materials which are not generally found in ready-made homes?
  • Have you been unable to find a home which works for you in the right location or neighborhood?
  • Do you wish for a home with particular views, water frontage, zoning, or type of trees or vegetation, and have been unable to find an existing home that has them?
  • Are you in love with a particular piece of vacant land?
  • Are you already the owner of a particular piece of vacant land?
  • Do you own, or are thinking of buying, a divisible lot, with an existing home on one part? If so, you might build a custom home on the vacant part, and the sell the existing home.
  • Do you own, or are thinking of buying, a lot in a good neighborhood with an existing home in such disrepair that it should be torn down?
  • Do you own, or are thinking of buying, a piece of land with a mobile home? If so, you might build a custom home while still living in the mobile, and then sell the mobile.
  • Do you want to make sure that your new home is structurally sound and has been built under newer building code requirements, such as those which afford precautions for earthquakes, slides, floods, fire, or hurricanes?

There are many more questions to ask yourself, those are just some of the reasons why you would build a custom home.

Bottom line – If you’re looking at existing homes and you can’t find that perfect dream home – it’s time to think about a custom home.

Have it Your Way!

No two homes are the same, and every client is unique.

Our missing is to build a home for each of our clients that fits each family’s wants and needs. We work with our on-staff architect to carefully consider a client’s specific needs; the number of people in the household, the gender and age of every family member, and even their particular preferences and interests. We try to capture the essence of how you live now and make an educated guess about how you’ll live in your new house for years to come.

This “lifestyle profile” approach helps determine everything about your new house, from the simplest and most obvious, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, to less common features such as personal and public entertainment areas, specialized storage space, and even the home’s physical location and architectural style. We’re dedicated to determining the specifics of your new home.

Before we meet with prospective clients, we encourage them to spend some time thinking about their current lifestyle, paying particular attention to how it might change in the future.

Plan with an eye to the future: In addition to a simple count (Don’t forget the pets!) of those living under your roof, consider how each person in the family uses the house now and is likely to use it in the near future.

  • A couple without children, for instance, might consider at least two secondary bedrooms (in addition to the master suite) that can serve as a home office, guest room, or a hobby space – or eventually, children’s bedrooms.
  • A young family might look for a home in which the secondary bedrooms are located on the opposite side of the house or on a different level. This plan will not only accommodate aging kids but can also serve different uses, such as a guest or game room, once the children leave the nest.
  • If regular visitors are a part of your lifestyle, you might consider a separate suite above the garage that could double as a hobby space or home office.

Mobility and Special Needs: Regardless of your age or current physical condition, remember that a temporary or chronic impairment might limit your ability to get around your house in the future. If bedrooms are on the second floor, even a pulled muscle can keep you from climbing stairs. A main-level “flex” space (especially one with semi-private access to a bathroom offers a comfortable alternative to a couch or cot in times of a temporary disability. This setup easily converts to a permanent bedroom on the lower level when stairs are best left to younger members of the household. Floor coverings, cabinet and counter heights, and appliance locations can be tastefully altered to make them easy to navigate regardless of your physical state. Consider, too, ease of access to and around the house from the outside. You might consider at-grade entrances and solid, hard surfaces such as continuous walkways instead of paving stones.

Interests outside the home: In addition to in-home needs and desires, consider outdoor activities as part of your lifestyle profile. If you prefer to take walks, run, or bike ride, ready access to a community bike or walking path might help target your choice of locations within a neighborhood. The opportunity to garden or do yard work may also be a determining factor in your search for a new home, while those who disdain mowing the lawn or repainting the house will be drawn to low maintenance materials and yard areas. Proximity to an amenity-rich community center might be a deal-maker for a young family, but less so to a time-strapped, travel-heavy professional couple.

As a builder dedicated to making housing dreams a reality, we are committed to providing homes that are best suited to the people who buy and live in them. Armed with a solid understanding of our clients’ particular wants and needs, we can pinpoint the right house and features for each one, delivering homes that suit their circumstances now and in the future.

Why Custom Design?

If you are planning to have a home custom built, you may be wondering if you should find a stock plan that you like well enough and have it built as drawn. Of course you would still specify the colors, fixtures, and materials. This can be done, and it would create for you a home that is custom built, but not custom designed. What reasons might you have for also having your home custom designed?

The design of a home begins with the approximate size, location, and layout of the spaces for living, cooking, sleeping, playing, entertaining, conversing, relaxing, studying, working, washing, and so forth. How these spaces are placed will affect how you and your family live every day.

  • Planning a short route from your car to your kitchen may save you more time and energy than an easy-clean bathroom counter surface.
  • Each square foot of a house adds to its cost, so you should be the one to decide whether to put that square foot into the bedroom or the living room.
  • If you are hunting for a stock plan for a narrow lot with a room-sized pantry and a sauna, but with only one bedroom and one bath, you may have a very long and futile hunt.

Next comes the design and placement of windows and doors, according to the way you will use the rooms.

  • Windows that have been placed to take advantage of your views might have a great effect on your family’s morale.
  • You may need doorways and hallways wide enough for a wheelchair, either now or at some point in the future.
  • You may want different kinds of doors. Swinging, bifold, bypass, French, atrium, or pocket doors each have their own spatial and structural requirements. They are not necessarily interchangeable.
  • You may want to make sure that upper-story window sills are high enough to protect children from falling.

Also, there are aesthetic considerations. If you grow tired of decorating schemes, wall treatments, fixtures or cabinets – you can change them. But, short of major remodeling, the design and overall shape of your home (both exterior and interior) is permanent. If you love the way your home looks and feels, you’re likely to feel happier when you come home.

Finally, there are the practical aspects of the home site. Many lots have characteristics which make it difficult to use a stock plan.

  • If your land has a severe slope right where you’d like the house to be placed for the best views, custom design is essential. The home must be fit carefully to the land.
  • Other examples are water frontage, easements, oddly-shaped lots, and areas with slide, flood, erosion, fire, wind, or earthquake risks.
  • For some sites, you will need engineering work done to satisfy the building department or to ensure the durability of the house. The plan needs to take the engineering requirements into consideration, without sacrificing livability.

What if you want some changes made to a stock plan? You may want more of your own personal touches. Or you may have special needs which will require you to commission extensive redesign and redrafting. You may want to make the house accessible, enlarge the garage, whirlpool bath, separate shower, or powder room. These kinds of changes require walls to be moved, layouts to be changed, and structural support systems to be redesigned. It might make more sense to start from scratch and end up with the home you really want.

The Key to Building Success…Communicate!

If there’s one thing you can do to help ensure a successful and satisfying homebuilding experience, it is to maintain regular and productive communication with your builder and his staff. Effective communication is key to reducing concerns and stress during the building process. Keep the lines of communication open at all times.

As you engage in the home buying process, gain a sense of how comfortable you are with each builder’s communication style during the sales process. These early communications often reflect how your builder will communicate to you during construction and after closing. In addition to imparting the sales message, builders who are effective communicators will encourage your input and provide satisfactory answers to questions you pose. Effective follow-up efforts that provide real information also help to establish a solid foundation for communication through the process.

As you reach a purchasing decision, make sure you are comfortable with how you and your builder will discuss the project and its progress. Many builders encourage periodic walk-throughs of the house at critical stages, such as during structural framing, electrical and plumbing rough-in, and once the interior walls have been drywalled. Find out about opportunities to conduct informal meetings or use other communication efforts (such as phone calls or e-mails), and ask how quickly you can expect a response from your builder when you have a concern.

You should also expect and talk through a detailed scope of work with your builder, which outlines the construction process along a time line or schedule. Use the scope of work as a guide that elicits questions about the construction of your new home to gain a better understanding of the process. The scope and schedule will also establish deadlines for key decisions you must make on time, such as selecting lighting, plumbing fixtures, and flooring materials.

An essential part of the owner-builder communication process is the “change order”, which is the procedure established by a builder for making changes after construction begins. Few projects are completed without some changes. You should be familiar with this process before the first dirt is moved. You should learn, too, the details of your builder’s warranty and service program.

Savvy and successful builders have a plan in place for communicating effectively with their home buyers throughout the sales, construction, and warranty service process. Respect that process, while taking appropriate opportunities to express your needs and suggest slight changes within it to better suit your situation, preferences, and comfort level. Once you’ve settled on a communication plan, stick with it! It is a key to a ‘safe and sane’ building process and providing you the home of your dreams.

Standard Features in a Custom Home?

When people look at homes to build or buy, the two biggest issues are usually cost per square foot and features or upgrades. Usually, these concepts don’t work well in the true custom building environment. When building a custom home, the client is more in control of the costs. Instead of just taking a preset price for a standardized model, everything is tailored specifically to the client. If the phrases “standard features” and “custom home” seem contradictory, it’s because they are. The “standard features” are set by the customer!

A true custom home is customized from the ground up. The floor plan should be designed specifically to take advantage of your lot’s unique views, orientation, and topography. But most importantly, the builder/designer team needs to understand how the client is going to live, and tailor the design for that lifestyle. A variety of elements, including fixtures, finishes, appliances, and type of heating and cooking are all choices that affect price, design, and style.

Many home builders use standardized floor plans with some variations. They offer options and upgrades, but this is not a true custom home. Many times, by the time a customer adds all the features they want, the cost ends up being more than going to a custom home builder in the first place.

Sometimes, people will first have their plans drawn by a home designer, and then seek out bids. Care must be taken that all builders are bidding the same amenities and construction methods. Even if the plans have a great amount of detail, there can be significant variations in what is included. Too many bids can be very confusing.

The best recommendation is to use a design/build firm where the architect that draws the plans works hand in hand with the builder. That way everyone is on the same page, and no surprises pop-up during construction that can increase your costs significantly simply because something wasn’t clear enough on the plans to begin with.

One of the biggest benefits of a true custom homebuilder is the level of attention clients will receive. No matter how much money someone is spending, it should always be clear who the customers contact is with the homebuilding company, and who is responsible to make sure all the concerns are addressed. Most unsatisfied customers can be traced back to a problem in this area. By choosing the right builder, a custom home can be one of the most rewarding purchases of a lifetime.

Home Equity Loans: Avoiding Fraudulent Practices

There are many scam artists eager to prey on unsuspecting borrowers. Don’t be one of them.

You can avoid the devastating effects of fraudulent lending practices by following the basic guidelines offered by the Federal Trade Commission:

DO NOT

  • Enter into a home equity loan if you have insufficient income to support it.
  • Sign any papers you haven’t read or any documents that have vacant spaces that are to be filled in after you sign them.
  • Allow anyone to pressure you into endorsing any document you don’t understand.
  • Agree to a loan that contains unwarranted credit insurance or other charges you don’t want.
  • Allow the promise of extra cash or lower payments cloud your good judgment about whether or not a loan is really worthwhile.
  • Deed your property to anyone. Consult an attorney or someone else you trust before considering this risky action.

DO

  • Request specific information if credit insurance is a mandatory condition of your loan. If credit insurance is not required and you don’t want it, and if there has been a fee added to the loan, ask that the charge be removed from the loan text. If you do want some sort credit insurance, take the time to shop around for the best rates and terms.
  • Maintain careful records of what you’ve paid, incorporating billing statements and canceled checks. Question any charge you suspect is inaccurate.
  • Check contractor’s references before you start work on your home.
  • Read and review all items carefully. In the case that you need any terms or conditions explained, talk to someone you can trust first. Weigh and consider all the costs of financing before you agree to a loan.

High Value Home Additions

When my friend bought her home 15 years ago, instead of choosing the largest of three bedrooms for the master bedroom, she picked the smallest. Despite its diminutive size, it had a corner fireplace, a small bathroom, and was a few steps from their 3-year-old son’s room.

But now that little guy has become a big guy. And though they love to hear his rock group practicing in the evenings, they’re beginning to yearn for a private retreat–a quiet master suite where they can relax, read, or luxuriate in a hot bath away from the household hustle-bustle.

And they’re not alone. Nearly every new house that pops up is built with an elegant master suite. Clearly, the builders know what the buyers want, and a beautiful master suite is usually near the top of the list.

But here’s her dilemma: If she adds-on a new master suite, will she get a return on her investment if she sells the house someday? This is an important question, one worth asking before launching into any remodel, particularly if the work is being done with a higher selling price in mind.

Real estate professionals and trade publishers offer up statistics each year that help in sorting out answers. One of my favorites is a “Cost vs. Value” study published each year by Remodeling magazine, a trade publication targeted primarily toward professional remodeling contractors. This study compiles and analyzes data gathered from real estate agents throughout the country to determine both national and regional average returns on investment for various home improvements.

In hot real estate markets filled with aging houses, returns-on-investment are higher than returns in slower areas-and they generally exceed the costs of improvements. Hot markets include Honolulu, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Minneapolis, Boston, DC, Birmingham, and Garden City.

Certain kinds of additions do much better in particular places. Building a deck in San Diego is a solid bet. Adding a second floor in Washington, DC offer returns around 91 percent. Then again, almost any major improvement in Garden City returns more than 125 percent of the cost.

But which improvements return more than others? Minor kitchen remodels are always a standout, but the national average for cost recouped is only 88 percent. In other words, in higher-end real estate areas, if you revamp cabinets, change-out appliances, and recover your floors, you’re likely to get your money back–and then some. But in slow-moving areas, you won’t. Bath remodels and major kitchen remodels are a close second.

Improvements such as adding a home office or replacing windows or siding are chancier. Your results will depend heavily upon where you live. The average cost recouped in Cleveland for replacing windows is under 30 percent whereas its closer to 110 percent in New Haven.

Of course, certain improvements give a house more curb appeal or help it to sell more quickly. Replacing shoddy siding on a house in DC or Chicago, for example, will not only boost the price by more than 120 percent of the job’s cost, but will make the house look more appealing to more buyers.

Then again, if you intend to live in your home for years, short-term return-on-investment figures don’t really matter. The longer you stay in your home, the longer you enjoy a higher quality of life because of the improvements you make. And you can’t put a price on that.

New Home Bidding

Under a new house warranty, the builder is obliged to repair items when contacted (usually in writing) by the homeowner.

Ask about the new house warranty before buying–and be sure to get a signed warranty document.

In addition, be sure you receive a package with product warranties at settlement– the roof, appliances, and so forth– that are offered by the various manufacturers of your home’s materials.

If something goes wrong with these parts of your home, you must contact the manufacturer–not the builder.

Some builders offer an extended new-house warranty, called an “insured warranty.” This generally covers any systems– plumbing and electrical, for example– for a 2-year period.

It may also warranty the structure for up to 10 years. Insured warranties are actually issued by an insurance company; your home is covered even if the builder goes out of business.

What's Wrong with Competive Bidding?

Competitive bids are just that! If I shave labor or materials to get your job, is that the house you really want? There are hundreds of ways to lower the price of building, which often lower the quality and workmanship also. The best drawings and specifications don’t protect you from poor trade practices.

–The Well Built House, Page 23

The quote from The Well Built House sums it up well. There are plenty of ways to cut corners to create a lower price. Competitive bidding just rewards the lowest price, it offers absolutely no advantage to good workmanship and actually encourages cost overruns and completion delays.

In one survey of satisfied owners of completed projects, the most important personal attributes of a good contractor were:

  1. Honesty and Integrity
  2. On-time Performance
  3. Good Organization
  4. Good Scheduling
  5. Good Subcontractors
  6. Good Communication Skills
  7. The Ability to Empathize
  8. Long-term Relationship Oriented

Cheap price isn’t even listed! In the same survey of satisfied homeowners, here are the attributes listed as being present in good construction companies in order of importance:

  1. Quality Construction
  2. Clear Builder Specifications
  3. Good Company Organization
  4. Ability to provide price checks
  5. Ability to provide value engineering
  6. Company Responsiveness
  7. On-time Performance
  8. Fair Price

Price was only the eighth most important attribute customers considered important in a contracting firm, and even then, the word used was “fair” price, not “lowest” price.

Do you really want a contractor always trying to figure out the cheapest way of doing everything for the place where your family will be sleeping the week you are out of town? We prefer to do things the best way. “Best” means, in our opinion, the most effective combination of price to performance, getting the most “bang for your buck.”

A competitive bid does not let you see how a contractor works. Referrals do. A competitive bid does not demonstrate how Paramount Construction, as an experienced contracting company, can guide you through the process from beginning to end. We don’t feel that an estimate, driven by price, will give you what you really need.

We have one request: Select your contractor based on reputation not price!

Be Prepared for Winter Storms

Winter weather can bring ice storms that may cause power outages as trees and branches fall on power lines.  Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to be prepared for such events:

  1. Assemble a “storm kit.”  Include a battery-operated radio or television, flashlight, a first-aid kit, battery-powered or windup clock, extra batteries, an insulated cooler, and a list of important and emergency phone numbers.
  2. Cover windows with drapes or blankets to minimize heat loss at night.  During the day, open blinds to let the sun warm the space.
  3. Dress in loose layers.
  4. Using candles for light may sound like a good idea, but be cautious that you never leave them unattended.
  5. Keep at least a 3-day supply of nonperishable foods and bottled water, and have a hand-operated can opener available.
  6. Check for medical supplies, prescription drugs, and any special health items, such as contact lens supplies or infant supplies.
  7. Use portable generators in a well-ventilated area.  Never run it inside your garage since the carbon monoxide fumes can be deadly.

If you do lose power, remember to call your power company.  Homeowners on medical support equipment should identify a location with emergency power capabilities and plan to go there in the event of a pro-longed outage.

Finishing Touches

Regardless of a home’s size or style, all construction follows a consistent pattern and pace.  Excavation and foundation work will be followed by the framing phase, which will be followed by rough mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work.  As soon as those stages are complete, insulation will be installed.  These steps follow each other quickly and are easy to see.  The progress is exciting!

But when our focus shifts to the interior finishes of your new home, the pace seems to slow down and daily progress is more difficult to follow.  To the homeowner, it might seem that we are losing focus or paying less attention to the project.  In fact, the opposite is true.  The apparent pace of work has slowed because finishing work is much more detailed than the previous stages.  We much be more focused and pay more attention to the finishing details.

For example, cutting, building, and fastening the pieces of a complex crown molding profile along the ceiling-wall joint of an upscale kitchen requires several hours of painstaking work by a skilled finish carpenter.  Likewise, finishing newly built walls to a smooth, uniform surface is a process that takes multiple cycles of application, drying, sanding, and cleaning to accomplish properly.

There also are more products to install.  The number of cabinets, faucets, light fixtures, door handles, and outlet and switch covers in a modern new house continues to increase as homes become larger and more luxurious.  To get some sense of that task, count the number of outlets and switch covers in your kitchen and family room alone (or in the whole house, if you’re more ambitious), each of which must be installed by hand before you can move in.

Finally, finish work signals the last stage of the building process. Both we and our homeowners are anxious to finish the job after several weeks of anticipation and hard work, not counting the time spent planning before construction began.  It is hard for homeowners to remain patient when the work appears to be moving slowly.

By the very nature of its exacting, hand-applied work, the finishing phase of homebuilding is necessarily slow.  That does not mean that the work is being neglected!  During this final part of your home construction, remember that we remain focused on the highest quality installation and application of your home’s interior finishes.