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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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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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