Navigating a New Home Build – Permit Process

  |  October 06, 2021

Building a home requires obtaining a series of permits, or authorizations to perform specific types of construction work, usually from the local government. To begin a project, a builder typically needs a general building permit, which represents approval of the site plans and architectural plans by the county or municipality. As construction proceeds, the builder […]

Building Supply Chain Challenges

  |  September 22, 2021

COVID-19 supply chain challenges persist. Manufacturers are stressed to produce to capacity due to labor shortages and shutdowns to sanitize facilities. When goods are available, they may sit in warehouses and ports awaiting transport. Inventories have been depleted, both by increased building and enormous home improvement demand. Severe weather and massive fires have added to […]

Navigating a New Home Build – Part 3: Contracting a Builder

  |  September 02, 2021

Once you’ve chosen your builder, review their contract in depth and investigate before you sign it: Many builders’ contracts are non-negotiable, and you may not have much leeway to modify them. They tend to be lengthy, but you should read them and understand what you’re committing to. Make sure the contract clearly identifies allocations for […]

Outdoor Fireplace

Extend Your Outdoor Living Season

  |  August 21, 2021

With way too much indoor time over the past 18 months, many families enjoy outdoor entertaining, dining, and just relaxing in the cooling fall weather. Heating outdoor living spaces is a great way to enjoy them longer. There are many different options that fall in three basic categories: fireplaces, fire pits, and outdoor heaters. Masonry […]

Designing a New Portfolio Home

  |  August 04, 2021

For Gulick Group, developing a new portfolio home design usually starts with what Peter Gulick calls the “seed of an idea.” It’s something that inspires a creative impulse… it could be a feature of a piece of land, a vision for a community, a particular home style, or a combination of finishes. Our Park Grove […]

Navigating a New Home Build – Part 2: Financing

  |  July 28, 2021

Financing a new home differs from financing an existing home in several ways that can affect your planning. It’s important to find out how much financing you can qualify for before investing in any plans and drawings. Talk with your preferred lender for a realistic borrowing, and building, budget. There are two basic types of […]

Tile Tips

  |  July 14, 2021

There are more tile choices than ever, from bold patterned concrete to rainbows of porcelain and glass, or natural stone in myriad finishes, shapes, and sizes. Decorative impact is a major driver for many homeowners, of course, but there are other things to factor in when selecting your tile: function, installation, and safety/comfort. Below are […]

Stormwater Management

  |  July 02, 2021

When land is undisturbed, rain and snow melt and flow into waterways, are filtered by earth or absorbed by vegetation. Any time you add roads and buildings, which have impermeable surfaces, to an area of undeveloped land, it reduces natural absorption in the areas they are built and can increase the speed at which water […]

Navigating a New Home Build – Part 1

  |  June 15, 2021

Having a home built or buying in a new home community is very different from buying an existing home. To help buyers understand the process and what to expect along the way, beginning this month, we are starting a series of articles called “Navigating a New Home Build”. This month’s focus is on choosing where […]

Smart Prep for Smart Home Features

  |  May 25, 2021

Not long ago, Gulick Group offered home security systems as a standard feature. Today, with a plethora of smart security options, and burgeoning demand for smart technology throughout the home, a robust network is foundational to the way families live. That’s why we’ve made excellent network coverage our new standard feature. Today, families are using […]