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Home Addition Ideas To Improve Your Home

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

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Sometimes, the home you buy just isn’t enough. Life changes, families grow, and suddenly the space in your home doesn’t quite cut it anymore. At Villa Custom Homes, we specialize in creating custom homes, but we also love to build the best home additions in New Mexico. If you’re in the market for a home addition but aren’t sure how to proceed, check out our handy home addition guide. 

Assessing Your Needs and Budget

Before you pull the trigger on a home addition, you should first assess your true needs. Are you actually in need of the extra space? Or could you get away with a little renovation or remodeling instead? A home addition project typically takes a long time and is a more expensive project than a renovation or remodel, so be sure to assess whether you actually need an entire addition. 

A home addition can range from $40,000 up to $200,000 or more, and there’s no guarantee the money will be recouped at the time of sale. Unlike other home projects, a home addition can’t be undone—explore all of your remodeling and renovation options before deciding on a home addition.

Considering Your Options 

If you’re set on a home addition, then it can be daunting considering all the options. The potential for creativity and personalization are endless, as you’re almost building another section of the house relatively free from constraints. There are several ways that additions can be made:

Single Room Addition

A single room addition is a common home renovation idea but typically isn’t thought of as a true home addition. Most home additions consist of multiple rooms, but a single room addition is still a great way to add space and value to your home. A mudroom, new entertainment space, or guest room are all common single-room additions. 

Basement/Attic Space

Adding to a basement or attic space is a great way to add space and style to your home without disrupting more central elements of your home. Create a new gym, workspace, or entertainment room with an expanded basement or attic. 

Sunroom 

While a sunroom can be a beautiful addition (especially in Las Cruces), it typically doesn’t recover as much value as other types of home additions. Nonetheless, a tasteful sunroom can add style and natural light to your home. 

Adding A Second Story

The most valuable and expansive home addition, on average, is adding a second story to a home. Adding a second story allows for the most creativity in design since the room layout and use can be determined based on exactly what you want. A second story addition is the most expensive and time-consuming addition project, though, so proper planning is crucial to a smooth experience. 

Of course, there are many more ways to complete a home addition, so plenty of research is needed before you settle on a design. Our experts can walk you through all the possible options for your home so you make the best decision. 

Trust Villa Custom Homes With Your Home Addition Project 

If you’re looking for expert designers and craftsmen for your home addition or simply have more questions, contact Villa Custom Homes today! Whether it’s a remodel, home addition, or brand new home, you can trust that we will get the job done right!

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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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