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A Guide to Choosing the Right Custom Home Builder For You 

Posted by on Apr 14, 2020 in Home Builder, Las Cruces | 0 comments

If you’re reading this in April of 2020, your life is probably somewhat different than it was two months ago. The world is going through changes thanks to an unprecedented virus that has gripped the world. And yet, the world keeps turning and here at Villa Custom Homes, we’re doing our best to stay on course and continue building beautiful homes for our clients. So we thought we might put together a short guide on some things to keep in mind when looking for your custom home builder. 

Consider the Role of the Custom Home Builder 

First of all, you’ll likely be having quite a few conversations and meetings with your custom home builder, so it’s good to understand what our role is and how you can make the most of your experience. Building a home is a large investment and one that you should not exactly take lightly. You’ll likely be working with a custom home builder anywhere from 6 to 12 months, depending on several factors. For this reason, clear communication and trust are key elements. 

So what is our role?

  • A custom home builder will talk to the customer and figure out their vision, their doubts, their budget, and even some of the questions they may have regarding the building process itself, how we work, materials we use, etc. A big part of any builder’s role is to make sure that you understand the process and how things will progress. Transparency is key.  
  • A custom home builder will also handle any contracting and subcontracting. Most builders have contractors or workers they know and trust to do their work for them. As a customer, make sure to ask your builder about this. Find out who they work with and how they work with the subcontractors.  
  • Builders will also aid in the design and development of the home. Some builders have in-house designers that help clients improve on or alter any design changes they may need. Special requests—in terms of architectural designs, materials, etc—are also discussed.  
  • The custom home builder and/or designer will take care of obtaining the necessary permits for building. The builder also acts as a go-between for the inspectors, governing jurisdictions, and the design team if necessary.  
  • Most custom home builders will ensure that all materials are high quality, are checked, and are what the client requested if applied.  
  • The builder will oversee and manage all aspects of the home building, as well as monitor the cost of the project. This includes ensuring all permits are approved and current all while keeping you up to date with any changes.  
  • The builder and their designer will also take care of final inspections, ensuring there are no building deficiencies. 

What to Look For In a Builder

There are plenty of builders out there but it’s important for you to find the one that will best fit your needs. There are a couple of things to look for in a builder, including:

  • Their past work
    • Most builders will have a repertoire of work they have completed in the past. A simple internet search can help you in getting to know a builder and the style of homes or kind of building they do. Many times, builders will have specialties or signature characteristics that characterize their homes. Here at Villa Custom Homes, for example, we do a lot of rammed earth homes and Southwestern style architecture. 
    • Also, check past work of similar scope or style. If you want to get more specific, take a look at projects that might be of similar size and scope. If you’re looking for a bigger home build, you want to make sure you have hired a builder that can take on a large-scale project, has the right contractors and is able to design a beautiful large-scale home.  
  • Communication
    • As mentioned above, you will be working with your builder anywhere from 6 to 8 months, so it’s important for you to work with someone you can communicate with. Take some time to ensure your builder is able to communicate all the necessary information and process as well.  
  • Their building process
    • When it comes to engaging in a custom home building project, you want to make sure you understand the process and how the builder works. Ask about their particular process, their time frame, etc. Knowing how the builder works from the beginning and understanding their workflow will put you at ease throughout the process.  
  • Talk to past customers
    • In today’s world of interconnectedness, it is not difficult to find people that have used a business or reviewed a business. If possible, try to talk to people that have worked with a builder in the past. Get their insight. Ask them questions about their satisfaction level. This might provide you some good additional research. 

The Villa Custom Home Promise

Here at Villa Custom Homes, we not only specialize in Southwestern style homes but we also do a lot of home renovations and additions. Our unique skill sets allow us to build both conventionally with wood frame and also many alternative construction methods like Adobe, ICF, and of course, Rammed Earth. This has made us incredibly versatile over the years in our ability to adapt and accommodate the client and their needs and vision. 

When it comes to budgeting, we are one hundred percent transparent as to what you are paying for, the cost of materials, cost of subcontractors, and more. You don’t have to worry about surprise fees or hidden fees. 

Finally, our rammed earth homes are not only a specialty in the Southwest but they take a considerable amount of experience and understanding to build correctly. Part of our name and legacy lies in the fact that we understand how to build long-lasting homes made of Earth’s most naturally abundant material. We also utilize many authentic building materials and features such as wooden posts, vigas, latillas, corbels, cantera stone, and many more. Ready to take the first step towards building your dream home? Then give Judd, at Villa Custom Homes a call, today!

 

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The Modern Earthy Elements For Your 21st Century Custom Home

Posted by on Feb 17, 2020 in Home Builder, Las Cruces | 0 comments

a beautiful Villa Custom Home made from rammed earthHomebuilding and decor will always carry elements of past and present. Designers and architects look at the trends of the past and use them to create new patterns and trends while evoking fashions of times past. Villa Custom Homes specializes in custom design and building unique visions. Yet, there are often beloved features that homeowners seek during a specific period of time. The 21st century home trends seem to be defined by a tribute to past, open spaces, natural elements, earthy and minimalist styles. We thought we’d take a look at some of these more closely. 

The Pre-War Home and Changing Trends 

If you look at homes that were built before the 1950s, you’ll likely recognize certain features that have since then been somewhat abandoned, or at least modified. Homes built between 1890 and 1940 are referred to as pre-war homes and many displayed elements of colonial New England style. While charming in their own way, these homes now possess some characteristics that the modern family might deem a little antiquated. Common features of the pre-war home include:

  • Closed floor plans: Pre-war homes were known to have cozy kitchens that often had a doorway that led into the living room or the dining room. 
  • Hardwood floors: These floors were especially popular during the pre-war era and continue to be a favorite today.
  • Fireplaces: Another feature often found in prewar homes included the fireplace, as this was largely before central heating. Families had fireplaces as a necessity. 
  • Compact two-story layouts. Many pre-war homes were a two-story home that had a very compact design with long hallways and individual rooms, not many open spaces. 

The Road to Minimalism and Modern Earthy Styles

The homes of the Southwest have always had their defining features. Most people would recognize them if they saw them, even if they are not from the area. In Las Cruces, New Mexico, we see a great allegiance to the traditional adobe and stucco homes. Here at Villa Custom Homes, we specialize in building rammed earth homes, as they are actually far more long-lasting than traditional adobe. From afar, the style is often confused and used interchangeably. 

The 21st century has seen a recurrence of certain design patterns in homebuilding. These include:

  • Open floor layout: Since the post-war home building, people have preferred a more open floor layout. This means that there are far more shared spaces in the home and rooms “spill into” each other, creating a far more welcoming and inviting open space. 
  • Big elegant windows: One design request we see a lot includes larger windows that allow for natural lighting and plenty of sunshine. 
  • Neutral and earthy: A modern aesthetic in any home will most likely include far more neutral colors and effects. The 2000s have so far been dominated by the idea of keeping things neutral and evoking the earth element in the home. 
  • Energy efficiency: It wouldn’t be the 21st century if it didn’t have the phrase “energy efficient” in there somewhere. Today’s homes are concerned with energy efficiency and conserving energy as much as possible. 
  • Rustic features with a contemporary touch. Many homeowners have fallen in love with the concept of evoking rustic or vintage features in a way that is new and refreshing. 

The Prominence of Simplicity and Functionality 

There is a movement in 21st-century homes to make things simple and yet increase functionality. It is a delicate balance, however, because simple does not mean sterile and empty. In many ways, a good modern design incorporates elements from the past, uses them sparingly and has minimal decoration to highlight spaces, lighting fixtures, and subtle shine through. A good designer finds this balance between beauty and functionality. 

How We Create Modern 21st Century Classics 

A modern classic might seem like an oxymoron, but a Villa Custom Home so often has a fusion of what is known as the classic Southwestern Style with the spark and sleek design of modern features. The Villa Custom Homes motto is to build the client’s vision. Yet, our approach to home building is very much one of the 21st century as we adopt the design and architectural elements of the traditional Southwest style and modify it to be simple and functional for the modern family. 

Pueblo-style homes built out of rammed earth or adobe are a great way to combat the region’s climate. Prominent features that make our homes stand out include:

Rammed earth. Villa Custom Homes is the only experienced and specialized rammed earth builder in town. A home constructed out of rammed earth will always offer the utmost performance in terms of longevity, energy efficiency, and comfort. 

Wooden Features. The beautiful wood material can be used as decorative or structural elements. These might include such desired features such as posts, corbels, and vigas. Using a combination of modern light fixtures and wooden beams in the ceilings—also known as vigas— is a sought after design in our homes. 

Other common features of the Southwest style include:

  • Thick, round-edged walls
  • Earthy materials 
  • Natural colors for the interior and exterior
  • Wooden roof beams 
  • Flat or gently sloping roofs
  • Brick, flagstone, or wood floors
  • Cantera stone features

Build Into the Future With Villa Custom Homes

Your home is a statement of past and present. Villa Custom Homes works closely with our clients to ensure that we are fulfilling their vision and constructing a home that will become a modern classic. Our homes are inspired by a beauty from past and present, as well as earthy materials, all to create a home of optimal comfort and performance. 

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Kitchen Remodeling: Welcome the New Year with a Brand New Kitchen!

Posted by on Dec 19, 2019 in Kitchen Remodeling, Las Cruces | 0 comments

kitchen remodelingThe holiday season tends to feel somewhat cramped. Perhaps you have family spending a few weeks in your home, or maybe you’re simply wearing more layers to keep warm. This is also the time of the year where you spend a bit more time in the kitchen. Whether you’re cooking a Christmas feast or simply making breakfast for your hungry family, your kitchen needs to be able to take whatever life throws at it. If it’s too cramped for your liking, or if it simply doesn’t appeal to your needs and wants, then it’s time to consider remodeling your kitchen! 

When it comes to choosing the right team for your remodeling project, it’s necessary to choose a name that’s reputable. Villa Custom Homes has been building beautiful rammed earth homes in Las Cruces, New Mexico for years. Inside every home we’ve built, there is a beautifully designed kitchen that entices the senses and inspires homeowners and guests alike. If you’d like to breathe some fresh air into your current home, then consider Villa Custom Homes for kitchen remodeling!

Upgrading Your Kitchen’s Layout

The first thing that you might want to change about your kitchen is the layout itself. Kitchen layouts can make or break the overall functionality of the space. Perhaps you purchased your home years ago when your family was comprised of only you and your spouse, but now you have three kids and another one on the way. Or maybe you simply want a larger kitchen for no other reason than it’s something you’ve wanted for a while. No matter the reasoning, we can help. 

So, when it comes to upgrading your kitchen’s layout, our team will be able to draft up a plan that will make for a more open space where you can work comfortably, without bumping into corners or running out of counter space. Maybe you’ve been planning on upgrading your kitchen appliances. You want to go all out but the space in your kitchen won’t allow for the particular fridge you want, or you want a larger microwave but there simply isn’t anywhere to put it. Instead of having to settle for appliances that don’t meet your standards, you can let Villa Custom Homes design and remodel your kitchen in such a way that these appliances will fit like a glove in their respective places. This is also your chance to upgrade to energy-saving appliances.

When it comes to kitchen remodeling, the sky is the limit. We can add kitchen islands or breakfast nooks, as well as beautiful backsplashes for the stove. If you’ve always wanted to have a larger sink with a commercial pull down sink faucet, then we can make that a reality. Your new kitchen should be as functional as it is beautiful. If it’s only one or the other (or neither!), then we need to get to work.

Adding More Storage Space

Be it countertop space or storage space within the cabinets, it seems as if there’s never enough of it in the kitchen. When you remodel your kitchen with Villa Custom Homes, you’ll never have to worry about cramming Tupperware in your cabinets. We can design cabinets for anything and everything. Want a cabinet for your trash can? We’re on it. What about one for a food processor? We can do that. This is your chance to brainstorm and come up with ideas for functionality in your kitchen. If you’re unsure about what you need in terms of storage space, you can get inspiration from interior design magazines, websites, or YouTube videos. There’s inspiration everywhere, all you need to do is look!

Add More Light to Your Kitchen

When it comes to kitchen remodeling, you need to think outside the box. We can add a skylight so you’ll be able to use natural light while you work in the kitchen during the day. This seemingly small change can both improve your kitchen’s functionality as well as its energy usage. If this is something you’d like more of an emphasis on, then we can go over all of our most energy-efficient options. 

Let Villa Custom Homes Remodel Your Kitchen

Let 2020 be the year you upgrade your kitchen. Contact Villa Custom Homes today to learn more about our kitchen remodeling services. Before long, you’ll have a more functional, more energy-efficient kitchen!

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The Wonders of a Bathroom Remodel and How It Will Enhance Your Life

Posted by on Aug 30, 2019 in Home Builder, Las Cruces | 0 comments

a newly remodeled bathroom with bright lights and oak cabinetsAny designer or architect will tell you that the space you occupy has a great impact on your daily life. A room you love or a house that speaks to you is likely to improve your mood, state of mind, and even your productivity. Being a custom home builder, we know all about how a particular design speaks to the individual.  And part of the fun of being a homeowner is the ability to alter the space you live in as your lifestyle, tastes, or family changes.

A bathroom remodel is one of the most sought after remodeling projects for any homeowner. One of the big reasons often cited is the boost in home value after a bathroom remodel, but many homeowners embark on this adventure because they seek to enhance the space they inhabit. Villa Custom Homes has been remodeling bathrooms for many years. Throughout our time, we’ve worked with many designs, styles, and materials. Every project is different, however, since every project speaks to a different vision. So, for today, we’d like to take a look at some bathroom remodeling tips and common remodel choices popular in the Southwest. 

From Glass to Sliding Door to Bathtub 

Depending on your particular tastes and the current setup you have right now, changing the state of your shower is one of the main transformations that people look for when remodeling their bathroom. Today, deluxe showers and body sprays, water jets, and showerheads are some of the sought after features of a modern bathroom. The classic built-in tubs are falling out of favor for many homeowners looking to spice up their design, although they are still used.  The choices and styles here are endless. Installing full glass doors add elegance and style and seem to make space look bigger and more inviting.

A classic bathtub can look great in certain spaces and with certain remodels. Whether it is a built-in bathtub or a stand-alone tub with a more contemporary design, this is one-way homeowners can change the feel of their bathroom. Another option is doing a combination of a stand-alone bathtub and a shower in a combined wet room.

Floating Vanities & Other Creative Sink Options 

A little creativity and style can go a long way when it comes to bathroom vanities. Today, it’s almost its own craft. Coming up with unique bathroom vanity options and ideas provides home designers and architects a lot of fun possibilities. People can alter anything from a long living room buffet or desk, add a stylish sink, and voila, you have an attractive sink vanity with a unique look, functionality, and befitting of the space and style you’re looking for. 

Popular Materials for Traditional Countertops 

One thing that never goes out of style, however, are materials that have been used for countertops for many years. Some of these include laminate, ceramic/porcelain tile, solid-surface, and more. 

  • Laminate materials have evolved and can look great when applied correctly and used with good design. 
  • Ceramic/porcelain tile is used in traditional decor but can be used in contemporary and more trendy styles
  • Solid-surface is a blend of acrylic and polyester. These can be formulated to resemble stone and can be versatile in shape. 

Looking for Bathroom Remodel Ideas? Call Villa Custom Homes

In addition to building beautiful rammed earth homes throughout Southern New Mexico, we also specialize in remodeling both bathroom and kitchen. As a custom home builder, we love working with people’s visions and ideas and looking for the best option for their taste, space, and budget. We are here to help you figure it out! Give Villa Custom Homes a call today and let’s get started. 

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Finding the Right Home Builder for Your Dream Rammed Earth Home

Posted by on Jul 23, 2019 in Las Cruces, Rammed Earth | 0 comments

a rammed earth home in the desertIf you’ve ever driven close to the Organ Mountains, you’ve more than likely noticed the many beautiful adobe homes that populate that area. With their distinct beige colors and classic “New Mexican” designs, these homes are some of the most sought after in Las Cruces.

When it comes to building your dream adobe home, it’s necessary to team up with a home builder who knows exactly what it takes to create a house that’s both functional and beautiful. This is where Villa Custom Homes comes into play. Since we specialize in rammed earth, you can rest easy knowing we’ll bring your dream to fruition. 

Rammed Earth is the Way to Go

When you see an “adobe” home, you may actually be looking at a rammed earth home. That is because adobe homes are time-consuming builds since the adobe bricks themselves need to cure in the sun until they harden. The technique of building true adobe homes is an antique method that hasn’t changed much in decades. 

Rammed earth construction, similarly enough, hasn’t changed in decades and centuries. This construction process simulates the natural process of sedimentary rock creation. Rammed earth walls, for instance, are extremely thick (from 18 to 24 inches) and can stand the test of time. These homes yield the same outward appearance as adobe homes while providing a plethora of benefits.

The Beauty of Natural Materials

Rammed earth homes are designed and built to stand the test of time. These homes are also perfect for the desert environment. Rammed earth walls contain thermal mass, meaning they maintain cool indoor temperatures during the hot summer days, and warm up at night as it gets colder outside. The science behind this particular effect is a top reason why so many prospective homeowners in the Southwest choose rammed earth homes over traditionally-built homes. 

These homes are incredibly energy efficient, beautiful, timeless, pest-resistant, fireproof, and so much more! You’ll be able to stay cool indoors while saving on energy usage. Rammed earth homes naturally reduce noise due to the thickness of their walls, so you’ll never have to worry about loud neighbors or leaf blowers. 

Why a Reliable Home Builder Matters

The rammed earth building process requires skill and experience so it’s necessary to choose a home builder with the expertise necessary to make your dreams come true. Villa Custom Homes has been your trusted source for decades, and we see no sign of stopping any time soon. When you choose us as your home builder, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your vision will come to fruition exactly how you pictured it in your mind. 

Give us a call today to learn more about what we have to offer!

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