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Dunbar Builders is Building New Mid-Size Homes in Selwood Trace

Have you been looking for a new home but can’t seem to find one that you can truly call “your home?”

You know – that house has the perfect kitchen, but that has living room floors that aren’t your style…or that has windows that just aren’t what exactly you’re looking for?

Why settle for a place that is just halfway perfect when you can have a house that’s one hundred percent perfect? A house that is personalized to your every need…

At Selwood Trace, your dream home can become a reality with the help of Dunbar Builders.

Selwood Trace is a historically inspired community that Dunbar is revitalizing. It’s nested intimately near the Lake Murray Dam and only twenty minutes from downtown Columbia. Selwood Trace offers a short commute to Irmo, Lexington, and downtown Columbia. It’s close enough to the hustle of the busy city but far enough away to be immersed in a quiet, intimate historical community. And the location is just a bonus compared to what Selwood Trace really has to offer: completely customizable mid-sized homes.

Dunbar Builders is building new mid-size homes in Selwood Trace.

Dunbar Builders will be personalizing 2800 square foot houses for young professionals, retired couples, or anyone else who wants a custom home that is in an affordable price range. Some of the features of these houses include durable Hardiplank clapboard, metal roof accents, antique brick, porches, and charming gardenscapes.

Each house will be built around the owners’ preferences. Options include customizable floor plans, finishes, kitchen appliances, landscape designs, exteriors, windows, cabinets, closets, plumbing fixtures, and more.

So…Start putting together ideas for your dream house, and let Dunbar help you build it.

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What should you look for in a residential custom builder?

Choosing the right builder is one of the most critical decisions you will make in the home building process. You want the construction process to be a good experience. Read on for guiding principles of what to look for in a professional builder. Ultimately, you and your builder will build the home together!

  • Define your needs in the new home so the builder can evaluate them. Be clear with your expectations for the build. Buyers who provide organized lists, images, and details not only find the experience to run more smoothly, they set the builder up for more success as well.
  • Verify (where required) that the builder is licensed and carries insurance. This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised at the number of people who have hired a builder only to be completely taken advantage of and worse, who have experienced great financial loss.
  • Experience counts. You want a builder with experience – a builder who has built homes before yours.
  • Tour homes completed by the builder. This is a must and one of the most crucial steps! Look for signs of workmanship and quality of materials when you tour the builder’s homes. Call a past home buyer and set up an appointment to tour the home, and ask the homeowner if you may take photos while you’re there. Pay attention to the style of the home and the quality while you are in it. There is no substitute for this step!  Get out there and tour the builder’s homes – it’s fun!
  • Does this builder fit your design needs? Does the builder have experience in your design preferences? Ask the builder for a design portfolio so you can see if the majority of homes are traditional or modern. Usually builders have expertise in various types of architecture and styles, but if you want a traditional home, yet only see modern homes presented in the portfolio, ask the builder if he feels confident and capable of building a traditional home, and vice-versa.
  • Industry involvement. Is the builder a member of the local Home Builder’s Association (if there is one)? Is the builder current on industry trends?
  • Ask for references from past home buyers. Talk to them. Are they satisfied? Would they would recommend the builder to friends and family? Ask if they would build or buy another home from the builder.
  • A good builder has control over the project and good working relationship with the subcontractors and tradesmen. A successful builder employs the right people and right number of people. Look for a builder who maintains control and a strong relationship with his subcontractors and tradesmen. This way there is no confusion or blurred lines at the job site. When a builder has control over the project and workers who respect him, you can leave the day-to-day details of the project to him!
  • Good subcontractors. The quality of people who work for the builder is important. Do the subcontractors show interest in you and your needs?  Do they listen to you?  Do they provide appropriate answers to your questions? When they are uncertain of the answer do they offer to call the builder?  Can they reach the builder easily?  Do they have use and access to necessary materials to complete the project?
  • Clear and specific information during the bidding process. The building contract matters. You need to know what’s included and what’s not. A good contract sets out all the “what ifs”- like what if the work takes longer than agreed, what if there are changes along the way? The builder should demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly on expected timetables, and be very organized.

If you choose to work with Dunbar Builders, we think that you’ll be pleased with the choice you made. Contact us if you’d like to get the process started!

Selecting blinds for your home – real and faux wood blinds are both great choices!

Let’s face it – anyone who has invested in window coverings for their homes knows that it can be quite an investment. On top of that, there are so many options and varieties in material on the market that making a decision on what to install in your home can be overwhelming. The options go beyond real and faux wood blinds, and this article will help get you up to speed on all of the choices available.

Dunbar Builders uses blinds in many of the homes we build, so let’s start there. “Blinds” refers to a hard treatment constructed from slats which are most often adjusted by a manual pull cord, wand, or remote control. Yes, that’s right, blinds can now come with a remote control! What we love about blinds is that they are easily adjustable. If you desire light control or privacy, blinds stay tightly closed. If you want a clear, unobstructed view, blinds pull up and stack nicely at the top of the window. Even if you know blinds are the window coverings you want in your home, there are still several decisions to be made: the width of the slat, the color, and the material.

The size

Generally blinds come in one of three standard sizes: ½ inch, 1 inch, and 2 inches. Currently ½ inch slats are very popular because of the contemporary look they provide in a home, 2 inch slats are a timeless choice because of their old-world feel, and 1 inch is the middle compromise: not too narrow, not too wide. Does Dunbar Builders have a favorite size? Why yes we do, and it just so happens to be the classic option – 2 inch slats.

The color

Because window coverings are a hefty investment, we advise our homeowners to play it safe by selecting a neutral color. You can never go wrong by selecting a color which is close to the color of the window trim. Choosing a soft, neutral color maximizes the longevity of blinds, and is also very attractive to potential buyers.

The material

Wood blinds are a popular option; note that there are real wood blinds, and faux wood blinds. Whether real or faux, wood blinds bring texture and warmth to a room. So you’ve decided you want wood blinds in your home, but you can’t decide between real or faux? We can help!

Faux wood blinds actually have a couple advantages over real wood. First, faux wood can cost significantly less than real wood…so saving money is always a plus. Second, faux wood blinds stand up to moisture and humidity better than the real ones. This makes them an excellent choice for coastal homes, bathrooms, kitchens, and humid climates like the homes we build in the South. Do you have children constantly running through your home? If so, faux wood remains the better choice since they will not warp and are easy to clean! If you want white or painted wood blinds for your home, choose the faux ones. Trust us, no one will be notice the difference!

So why do some homeowners choose real wood? Real wood provides a natural, organic feel in rooms. Many homeowners prefer real wood because of its warmth, sophistication, and quality. Real wood blinds have texture and unique grain details because most are made from North American hardwoods. Yes, real wood costs more, and is more difficult to maintain (do not clean with any harsh chemicals), but there is no denying the patina that real wood develops over time, much like furniture. Another reason homeowners choose real wood blinds is because they provide strong construction, excellent insulation, and superior privacy. If you have wood trim or stained wood trim around your windows, real wood is a great choice because there are so many stains and colors available. We’ve had clients at Dunbar Builders who have even wanted to coordinate the blinds to the finish on some of their furniture pieces – real wood blinds make this the easier choice because of the colors and stains available on the market.

Whether real wood or faux, blinds remain the classic choice for window coverings. Take into consideration the information above, the room in your home where the blinds will go, and you will be very pleased with this timeless choice!

Contact Dunbar Builders to get started on your dream home.

Choosing the best white paint color for your home’s interior

How to choose the best white paint color for your home

White walls have never been in more demand. Because there are so many shades of white, best white paint color for your home’s interior can be overwhelming because the variations in white aren’t as obvious to the eye as other colors. White is a calm, delicate, classic, peaceful color on walls, which is why we see it all over design magazines and Pinterest.

The following tips will help you make the right selection:

  • Bring home lots of swatches: Make sure to bring home at least several swatches of white from the paint store. At some paint stores, like Sherwin Williams, larger swatches can be requested, which makes it easier to visualize the color once home. Tape these larger swatches to the wall in the room you are painting!
  • Know your undertone: Whites either have warm undertones or cool undertones. Knowing which undertone you are drawn to for your home will help you edit the swatches you select. Warmer whites have a creamier, more yellow base. Cooler whites have a blue-green base.
  • Paint a sample on the wall: Once you have narrowed your paint colors down (we suggest at least three), paint a 3X3 foot square on the walls in the room you are painting. It is very important to observe the color at different times of day and night since paint colors change depending on the light and the direction the room is facing.

Some of the best and most popular white paint colors

Warmer whites (creamier base, yellow undertones)

White Dove, Benjamin Moore

This white reads as soft, welcoming, and warm without looking beige. It is one of the most recommended and used white paint colors out there! There is nothing cold about this white.

Dover White, Sherwin Williams

This is one of the most popular whites right now! This also reads as a creamy white and has a yellow undertone. Its popularity is largely due to the fact that though white, it is not cold. This is a good white for a family room!

Snowbound, Sherwin Williams

Another top choice in the warm whites category. This is a creamy white paint which allows darker colors to pop. It looks beautiful on walls when juxtaposed with dark stained hardwood floors!

Simply White, Benjamin Moore

This is a top seller because it is clean and bright without being too harsh. It can be used everywhere from kitchen cabinetry, to kitchen walls, to family rooms. This white is a great choice for homes with open concept plan (especially homes with great rooms) because it is warm and soft, yet clean. Simply White is a very versatile white that looks great in any space.

Cooler whites (green and blue undertones)

Decorator’s White, Benjamin Moore

When you need a very bright white, this is it! It is probably the paint color closest to a true white. Most people use Decorator’s White on doors, trim, and moulding because of its brightness. It also makes the wall color pop.

Pure White, Sherwin Williams

This will be one of the top white paint colors this year! Pure White is a cooler white with blue undertones. It is a clean and bright white and is a stunning hue on kitchen cabinetry and trim! It provides a clean looking backdrop for cooking, and a room where we spend much time.

Chantilly Lace, Benjamin Moore

We love Chantillly Lace! It’s hard to achieve a beautiful, crisp white that’s not too bright, but this paint does just that. Another white that is beautiful on cabinetry and perfect for kitchens!

Dunbar Builders will work with you to select the best white paint color for your home

At Dunbar Builders, we work with our customers to allow them to customize their homes just how they want them. When it comes to choosing paint, we will work with you to get just the color you need. Contact us to learn more and get started with building your dream home!

Trends in Countertops: Quartz

At Dunbar Builders, we are discovering that quartz countertops are becoming increasingly popular for use in kitchens and bathrooms, and are giving the ever-reigning king of kitchen countertops, granite, a run for its money. Dunbar Builders has used quartz in many of our homes, especially in the kitchens we build. Read on to find out more about this trend in countertops...

About quartz countertops

Quartz countertops are made from crushed quartz, which is an extremely durable substance. Pigments are then added for coloration, and resin is used to bind it all together. Quartz now comes in a wider range of colors than granite does, comes pre-sealed so it does not require any resealing (granite needs re-sealing once a year), and is not a high maintenance material.

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If you are seeking a marble alternative, quartz is an excellent choice

Quartz provides a classic, elegant, upscale look. Quartz is a huge trend for countertops now because of its durability and wide range of color options. Many people want the elegant and classic look of marble with low-maintenance convenience. Quartz is a nice alternative to marble because it is less porous and more durable. Quartz engineers have been able to recreate the look of marble - from the ever popular Carrera marble (white finish with grey veining) to much darker colors like black marble with white or gold veining. If you are seeking a marble alternative, quartz is an excellent choice! Like the natural stone marble, quartz offers a range of veining from barely there, to delicate, to heavier, chunkier veining throughout the slab.

Quartz for the contemporary home

As trends in home design continue to move toward a more modern, streamlined look, quartz remains in high demand. Not only does quartz provide an excellent alternative to marble for those people who want a timeless, classic look, quartz also provides a contemporary alternative. These contemporary options range from fire engine red to browns and creams. Some options have small bits of recycled glass in them and metallic flecks which are added to the mix during manufacturing and make quartz quite the eye catcher!

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Endless options in quartz countertops

As time has passed, quartz has evolved, and today, the former complaint that quartz lacked as many variations as natural stone had has been laid to rest. Engineers have now created quartz with veining, flecks, recycled glass, and swirls. There are so many options now! Another welcomed addition is more choices in the finish of your countertops. Where a honed finish was previously not an option with quartz, it now is. If you prefer the glossy finish like granite, that is available too.

Now you see why quartz is one of the top contenders in countertops at Dunbar Builders, and why it offers a tempting alternative to natural stone countertops.

Latest Trends in Kitchen and Bathroom Tile

When you're building a new home, it helps to know the latest trends in kitchen and bathroom tile. Some people prefer a timeless look, while others prefer a more modern feel. Tile can be composed of various materials, and the room in which you are using the tile will often determine the kind of tile you select. When you work with Dunbar Builders, you'll be able to select tile that fits your preferences.

There are many different options which are trending for tile from natural stone (marble, granite, slate) to manufactured tiles (ceramic, porcelain). For floor tiles, porcelain, marble, pebbles and stones, and slate are used most often. Marble, ceramic, and porcelain tile continue to reign as the go-to choice for backsplashes in kitchens and bathrooms, and for shower walls.

Natural Stone Tiles

Since the look of natural materials is coming back, tiles made of natural stones like marble and slate are trending. Marble is what comes to mind when we want a timeless and classic look. Marble is a rock that can have delicate veining or rich veining and is available in a variety of colors. A current trend we are seeing is large marble slabs as backsplashes in kitchens. Some people like this seamless look rather than rows of tiles. Carrera Marble continues to trend as the most sought after choice in marble for tiles used in both bathrooms and kitchens. People are drawn to its pure, white color, grey veining, clean look, and timelessness. Time has proven it is difficult to beat the beautiful aesthetic that marble provides.

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Slate is an extremely dense and durable rock which can be used in tiling. Slate is available in darker, earthy tones such as rust, dark blues and greens. Slate has a natural finish, and many love it it for its texture. Slate is an excellent choice for high-traffic areas (think kitchen floors, mudrooms, the outdoors). A current trend is slate tiles used for flooring in mudrooms, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. We will see more natural elements and materials such as slate begin to trend. Trending also is more uniformity in color than slate provides, so many people choose porcelain tile in their bathrooms and kitchens manufactured to look like slate so the color is consistent throughout the tile.

Subway Tile

Subway tile has been a staple of both kitchen and bath design for decades. Subway tile can be glazed or unglazed. Glazed subway tiles are available in matte, semi-gloss, and high-gloss finishes. Not only are glazed subway tiles clean and beautiful, they provide stain-resistance, scratch-resistance, and repel water - all reasons they continue to trend.

Michelle Gabbard of The Tile Center says “subway tile never goes out of style. Now there are many updated types of subway tile in different sizes and finishes. These tiles can be bevelled or crackled. Subway tile is timeless and basketweave tile is very popular.”

Subway tile was first used on the walls of a New York subway station built in 1904, hence the name subway tile. Subway tile continues to ride the wave of enormous popularity largely due to the the clean-lined look and rectangular shape it provides. A current trend is the preference for larger sized subway tiles over the traditional 3X6” size. Larger 12X24” subway tiles are currently being used in bathrooms and kitchens all over the world. People like the look of planks these large sized tiles give.

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Big Tiles

Not only are subway tiles getting bigger, big tiles in general will make a huge comeback and begin a new trend, so don’t just focus on small tiles. Examples of tile shapes trending in larger sizes are hexagon, subway, square, and mosaic. The appeal of big tiles is not only the scale, but fewer grout lines which means less interruption of the tile selected.

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Metallic Tiles

Metallic tiles are sleek, modern, and create a sophisticated look for walls. Metallic tiles are available in glass, stone, and metal. They are made to look like metals such as silver, gold, and copper. Since richer paint colors are trending, metallic tiles have become another popular choice, as they are available in dark, rich colors. Metallic tiles are trending not only because they add contemporary flair to rooms, but they look like a work of art on walls and floors. Because metallic tiles reflect light, people are drawn to their shiny finish and the character they add to a room.

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Wood Tile

Tile made to look like wood is trending because of its warmth and durability, perfect qualities for kitchens and bathrooms. These tiles can be laid in various patterns, the most popular pattern is laying them like planks in order to mimic hardwood floors. They are available in many different colors and tones - from deep, rich wood tones, to much lighter tones like ash and pale oak. You can choose the amount of graining in wood tile you prefer, from lighter to heavier graining. Because wood tile resembles real wood and provides the warmth of wood with the durability of porcelain, we will see it continue to trend.

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If you would like to build a home in the Midlands of South Carolina that is custom to your preferences, contact Dunbar Builders. We'll work with you to find just the right tile for your kitchen and bathrooms!

Add character to your porch with a joggling board!

Joggling boards are unique pieces of furniture that date back to the 19th century. While no one is completely certain how the joggling board was invented, one legend has it that the first board was built in the Midlands of South Carolina at Acton Plantation.1 If you are from the Lowcountry of South Carolina, you’ve probably seen a joggling board, or maybe even sat on one. These outdoor living furniture pieces are most known to sit on the porches of southern homes and restaurants. Having one on your porch will add flavor and character to your outdoor living space.

Dunbar Builders owner, Pat Dunbar, enjoys woodworking as a hobby. He’s built many joggling boards for family and friends over the years.

What exactly is a joggling board?

A joggling board, also known as a jostling board, is a long pliable board that is supported on both ends with wooden stands and is traditionally made using southern yellow pine. The board itself is springy, allowing for those sitting on the board to easily bounce up and down as well as rock back and forth. The board is typically between 10 and 16 feet long and is wide enough for sitting.

How can you use a joggling board?

Joggling boards are nothing short of unique with several uses, including:

Exercise

The first joggling board ever creating was created for exercise purposes, providing movement options to someone who couldn’t manage much due to a certain illness.

Courting

The joggling board was thought of as a favorite place for sweethearts. The man would sit on one end and the woman on the other, as the joggling board was gently bounced, the two would gradually be brought together, eventually meeting in the middle.

Rocking Babies

Joggling boards were known to be used to rock babies. The movement of the board would gently bounce and sooth babies to sleep.

Entertainment

Today, joggling boards provide smaller porches and patios seating for multiple visitors. They take up less space and are great alternatives for porch swings or rocking chairs.

Joggling boards are a symbol of southern lifestyle

While joggling boards were known to have several different uses during their main popularity many, many years ago, they are still seen as a symbol of southern lifestyle today. Joggling boards, while rare, can still be found on southern porches and patios, especially in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

1 – http://www.jogglingboard.com/index.html

Foam Insulation – Facts and Advantages

Choose Foam Insulation for the Numerous Long-Term Benefits

foaminsulationWhen it comes time for you to make a decision on your home’s insulation, there are several options available. Choosing foam insulation will provide many long-term benefits.

Your heating and cooling is more than half the energy you use in your home, making it the largest energy expense you have as a homeowner (see http://energy.gov/public-services/homes/heating-cooling). So…it’s important to make the cost-effective decision when it comes to your home’s insulation.

The majority of your home’s energy can be lost due to air infiltration from gaps, holes, and air leaks that can all be prevented. Foam insulation can serve as an air sealant, sealing the holes and gaps, ultimately saving you money by preventing your heating and cooling from escaping your home.

A better sealed home has a great impact on your utility bills and energy consumption.

What is Foam Insulation?

Foam insulation is plastic foam that provides continuous insulation and air sealing barriers on your walls, around your roof, around corners, and even on curved surfaces. The foam can be sprayed or poured and is created by mixing and reacting liquid components. The foam provides moisture and vapor barriers while sealing gaps that cannot be sealed by other traditional insulations. Foam insulation can differ in how it is applied and in the type that is used.

Primary Types of Foam Insulation

Different types of foam insulation can be used for different purposes, each offering its own benefits that are appropriate for different types of buildings, projects and climates. The types of foam insulation include:

  • High Density – exterior and roofing
  • Medium Density – continuous insulation of interior and unvented attics
  • Low Density – interior and unvented attics

Benefits of Foam Insulation

  • Significant heating and cooling savings
  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Added resale value to your home
  • A healthier home
  • Reduced amount of allergens, pollutants and moisture entering your home
  • Reduced chance of mold growth
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Added structural integrity to your home

There are both immediate and long-term benefits provided when deciding to use foam insulation in your home. The benefits truly are endless, and your initial investment will quickly offer payback as you will significantly save every month on your energy bills.

Dunbar Builders strongly recommends using foam insulation.

Why Paint Your Porch Ceiling Blue?

Liven up your front porch with a little paint that includes a lot of history!

Haint BlueWhat was once known as just an old southern tradition – painting your porch ceiling blue – spans further than just the south and is still a living tradition today. With several theories as to where the blue ceilings started and why they are painted blue, it is a design element of homes that has spanned centuries. So why paint your porch ceiling blue?

Regional Reasoning

Blue porch ceilings are popular in the northwest because of the Aurora Colony, which yielded aurora blue ceilings, and gained popularity in the 1850s.

Other historical cities throughout the northeast, from Boston to Philadelphia, also donned blue porch ceilings where Victorian and Colonial homes were prevalent. The color sky blue became popular with the Victorians, as they preferred the warm colors of nature throughout their homes. A blue porch ceiling reminded them of the actual sky. Victorian and colonial homes in the area still carry on the tradition of blue porch ceilings.

Insect Repellant

Some believe that the blue porch ceilings repel insects and bugs. When porch ceilings were first painted blue, the paint was mixed with lye, which was a known insect repellent. Therefore, the porches tended to repel insects because of the paint composition. The paint needed to be refreshed every couple of years, providing a continued presence of lye for insect repelling and bug free porch sitting.

Others believe that the insects are fooled by the color of the porch ceiling. The bugs won’t nest in the porch ceilings if they are blue because the insects believe the porch ceiling is actually the sky.

Haint Blue

Blue porch ceilings have been popular in the south for centuries. The soft blue-green colored ceiling was something that began years ago, but is still seen in many homes throughout the south today, specifically on South Carolina homes. Homeowners carry on the tradition as it was something that their great grandmothers, grandmothers and mothers did, and southern homes want to stick to their southern roots.

Many suggest that “haint blue” ceilings were developed from a fear of haints, or restless spirits of the dead that have not moved on from the physical world. The blue ceiling is intended to protect the homeowners from the evil of the haints.

Whatever the Reason…

Many people today choose to paint their porch ceilings blue simply because they prefer the look and feel it provides their home. A calming blue-green color creates a relaxing atmosphere for anyone enjoying quality time on the porch with friends and family.

Choosing the Shade

If you choose to paint your porch ceiling blue, whether that decision is based on history or a preference in design, select the shade of blue that best fits you and your home. While traditionally a lighter blue-green is what is used, there is no right or wrong way to implement a blue ceiling on your porch!

If you’re looking for a list of light blue options, click here to see a list of 50 shades of “haint blue”:

http://trippalukastyle.com/southern-style-haint-blue-porch-ceilings-new-orleans-northshore

Some Examples

We’ve created this board on Pinterest of some “haint blue” ceilings that we’ve collected to help inspire you –

https://www.pinterest.com/dunbarbuilders/haint-blue-ceilings

Good luck if you decide to go “haint blue”!

Why Now is the Time to Build a New Home

One of the biggest decisions and purchases you’ll make in your lifetime is buying a house. And you aren’t just buying a house, you’re buying a home. If you’re like most people, you want your home to have exactly what you need and want. There’s not a better way to get exactly what you want than to work with a trusted builder to customize your home to your specific needs and preferences. In general, building a home is a commitment and a process, but can be extremely rewarding. Now is the time to build a new home, and below are a few reasons why…

1. Interest Rates are Low

For the last few years, interest rates have been lower than any other time in history, and they still remain relatively low. To get a visual on the history of how interest rates have fluctuated since 1871, see the graph below –

Interest Rates since 1871 Click to see source

As you can see, rates are historically low. This being said, many believe that interest rates will continue to rise. See the chart below for one prediction of interest rates in 2017:

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So…even though interest rates are lower now, they are constantly fluctuating and are predicted to rise in 2017. The difference in just a single percentage point in a loan interest rate can cost you or save you more than $40,000 over the lifespan of your loan. A higher interest rate will leave you with much less of a home building budget because higher interest rates will increase your monthly payments. For example, for a 30-year mortgage, a $200,000 loan with a 4% interest rate has a $955 monthly payment, while an 8% interest rate has a $1,468 monthly payment. That price difference could greatly affect your end budget and the home you are able to build.

You can sign up here to receive regular interest rate updates so that you can pick just the right time to apply for your home loan.

2. Material Prices are on the Rise

A large expense when building a home comes from the materials you need – wood, bricks, paints, electric filling, flooring, etc. The price of materials can greatly impact your overall budget for building. Material prices have been steadily increasing, and they are only going to continue to rise.

3. Energy Efficiencies

Several years ago, building an energy efficient, “green” home was more expensive and required working with home builders who specialized in green home building. Now, energy efficient options are more accessible and affordable to all home builders. Examples of these options include improved heating and cooling systems, better insulation techniques, energy efficient windows, more sophisticated hot water systems, etc. All of these energy-saving options can ultimately save you money in the long run.

As an ENERGY STAR builder, Dunbar Builders can help you make energy efficient choices when building your new home. No more overpriced energy bills!

4. Health Considerations

A new construction home will be free of asbestos, lead and formaldehyde emissions, unlike older homes that can be purchased, and will improve the overall health conditions of the home and once again, save you money in the long run.

5. Safety Conditions

When building a home, you can hard wire your smoke detectors and alarm systems with battery powered back ups that will provide improved safety.

In Short…

There’s never been a better time to build a home. Interest rates for new home loans are still low, material prices are on the rise, it’s become easier to build an energy efficient home, and new homes increasingly offer health and safety benefits.

Click here to get started with the home building process!