If you're planning a custom home or whole-house remodel, you'll need to hire an architect or a certified professional building designer. What's the difference? Which is better? In this blog post, we look at their qualifications and discuss some ways you can choose the right professional for your project.Read More
If you want to build a custom home, you'll need architectural plans. Does it make sense to invest in do-it-yourself software and draw your own plans? What about buying stock plans from the web -- is that a good thing to do? This post explores the pros and cons.Read More
Great. You've found a lot and know what you want in the way of a new custom home. It should be about time to pour that slab, right?
Whoa. Slow down. We have a long way to go before we start thinking about a foundation.
Let's take a moment to talk about your relationship with your designer/architect.Read More
Now that you have settled on a piece of land to build on, who do you call next? An architect? Designer? Builder? Banker? Therapist? Yes, to all of the above and in that order. The important thing is you need to put your team together early in the process. Since the architect/designer is responsible for the look of your home and the builder has to construct it, wouldn't you want them working together as soon as possible for the best outcome. Also, very important to get a banker involved early to find out what you can really afford. I know at this time you don't know what it will cost, but you need to know what you are willing to spend. The therapist could come in handy after you have suffered sticker shock.Read More
Ok, let's start from the top. I hear this phrase a lot when our band is practicing. We all know it means start from the beginning of the song.
I hear this phrase in a different way when a prospective homeowner calls and wants to talk about installing solar panels. We hear it from clients who start by describing their dream home when they haven't even found a lot yet.
Well, I'm a bass player. I like to start with the bottom.
As a builder, I like to start with the foundation.Read More
2017 was a helllova year. So let's move on, shall we? No resolutions, no predictions, no pronouncements.
There's a lot going on in the housing industry, from the internet of things, new building materials, design ideas, to CodeNext. How much of this effects you? Depends on where you are in the housing cycle.Read More
We recently attended a Custom Builders Council of the Austin Home Builders Association meeting. The guest speaker was Rusty Shelton talking about his book "Mastering the New Media Landscape." One of the things that he impressed upon us was that if you are not presenting an active website, people may think you are out of business.Read More
Are you thinking about building a home? Buying a home? Renovating your existing home?
You owe it to yourself to stop and think ahead. What if this were your last home? How would you live in it as you age? Could you navigate the shower?
As a certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, I appreciate the point of view of financial columnist Liz Weston and her concerns for everyone. And so, I wanted to share her article with you: How to buy the last house you'll ever buy
My mom provided the motivation to seek my Aging-in-Place certification from the National Association of Home Builders. Here's a post from our Solluna blog archive that explains: Universal design
What does it mean to build affordable homes in Austin?
- Does that mean it costs less to build?
- Does it mean building homes for an income-sensitive population?
- What about the investor who wants to offer affordable rents, but also wants appreciation gains on their property?
- What about the Austin homeowner who needs the long-term rental income an “accessory dwelling unit” can provide?
Lots of questions and not always lots of answers.
I want to share this article I read in the Austin American-Statesman: A home away from home may aid city affordability.
For years, Solluna has tried to balance building homes that are market competitive to own but also affordable to operate. In upcoming blogs, we will talk more about these challenges.Read More
Once again this year the Solluna team was met with a constant stream of enthusiastic tour-goers visiting our Rosedale Rebuild home during the 19th annual Austin Cool House Tour held on Sunday, June 7. This home also earned 5 stars from the Austin Energy Green Building Program. As always, we had a blast meeting folks on the tour, answering questions, and showing them around. Here are just a few of the questions we answered most often.Read More