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Design Your Home from the Inside Out

August 25, 2018

A home’s appearance, exterior style, and curb appeal are extremely important – so it may seem logical to design the exterior first as you plan your custom or semi-custom home… but that approach can constrain your floorplan and the function of your home, may result in a disconnect between interior and exterior style, and is […]

A custom Pool, with spa, outdoor living space, and Lanai on a Gulick | One home in Great Falls. ©Hoachlander Davis Photography

Taking the Plunge: Tips for Pool Planning

July 25, 2018

When you choose the best options for your home and family, a pool can be an investment that delivers years of enjoyment and helps you get the best use of the outdoor space on your homesite. Decision 1: Now or Later Many homebuyers view a pool as a “phase two” amenity. That’s an option for […]

A beautiful quartz countertop on a walk-behind wet bar at Summer Creek.

Quartz Countertops

July 15, 2018

Quartz is rapidly outpacing granite, marble, and other natural stone as the high-end countertop of choice for baths and kitchens. Quartz is engineered from a blend of ground quartz, polyester resin, pigments and other decorative elements (like recycled glass or metallic flakes). It beautifully mimics natural stone for traditional decor, but is available in a […]

A marketing blueprint for Gulick | One.

Understanding “Custom” Homes

June 28, 2018

The definition of “custom” depends partly on point of view. In the purest terms, a custom home is one-of-a-kind, designed for a specific client and a specific location. The buyer works with a builder and an architect to specify every element of design. Some people think of non-custom homes as cookie-cutter, or offering very limited […]

This is a rendering of a custom lot layout done for a homesite in the Reserve in McLean.

5 Tips for Selecting the Right Homesite for Your New Home

May 16, 2018

What Goes into a Site Study? 1 Physical exploration of the site, including land survey, soil studies, topography, grade/slope drainage, etc. 2 Verification of utilities availability, and/or ability to support a septic system and well. 3 Research into any zoning, land use, or environmental restrictions (such as presence of protected species or habitats) and whether […]