The “Not-So-Obvious” Benefits of Buying New

By Rick Quinn, Approved Professional Home Builder
President, Home Builders Association of Greenville
President, Quinn-Satterfield

 

Prospective home buyers have the choice of two types of houses on the market: resale or new.

Home buyers planning to buy a brand-new house or condominium often cite energy-efficiency, open layout, a warranty, and being able to select appliances, flooring, paint colors and other design elements as factors driving their choice.

But builders say that buyers can be drawn to a new house for reasons that aren’t as obvious. Below are a few more benefits of a brand-new home that you may not see in the sales brochure.

Building a Community Together

A brand-new community is one of the built-in benefits of many new homes. When families move in to a subdivision at the same time, often lasting bonds of friendship and neighborliness are formed right away. Nobody is the “new kid on the block,” and many home builders host community block parties in new developments to help owners meet and connect. Popular amenities like pools, walking trails and courts for tennis and basketball offer additional opportunities for interaction among neighbors of all ages. Often new communities are comprised of home owners in the same stage of life, such as young families or active retirees, so neighbors can get to know each other through carpools, PTA meetings, tennis matches or golf games.

Entertaining

Throwing a party in an older home can be a challenge because smaller, distinct rooms make it difficult to entertain guests in one large space. Builders are responding to today’s home buyer preferences with layouts featuring more open spaces and rooms that flow into each other more easily, like the popular great room. While you are in the kitchen preparing dinner, you can still interact with guests enjoying conversation in the family room without feeling closed off. The feeling of spaciousness in today’s new-home layouts often is enhanced the higher ceilings and additional windows that bringing in more light than you would find in an older home.

A Clean Slate

For some buyers, parking the car in a sparkling-clean garage or being the first to cook a dinner in a brand-new kitchen is part of the appeal of new construction. In addition, you won’t have to spend time stripping dated wallpaper or repainting to suit your own sense of style. You can create your own home décor from the get-go!

The advantages of being the first owner of a home extend to the outdoors. Instead of inheriting inconveniently or precariously placed trees, or having to tear up overgrown shrubs, you can design and plant the lawn and garden you want.

Outlets, Outlets Everywhere!

Homes built in the 1960’s and earlier were wired much differently than houses today. Builders had no way of anticipating the invention of high-definition televisions, DVRs and computers that we enjoy today — and the very different electrical requirements they would introduce. New homes can accommodate advanced technologies like structured wiring, security systems and sophisticated lighting plans, and can be tailored to meet the individual home owner’s needs.

Anyone who has ever lived in an older home also can attest to the fact that there are never enough outlets, inside or out! New-home builders plan for the increased number and type of electronics and appliances used by today’s families, so you can safely operate a wine cooler, Christmas lights or your computer.

For more information on the benefits of a new home, visit www.HBAofGreenville.com or www.NAHB.org.

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The Questions You Should Ask Your Approved Professional Remodeler

APB_logo_webStarting a remodeling project?  These are some of the questions to ask your Remodeler before you start construction:

  • Will your remodeler be allowed to place a company sign on your property?
  • What areas of your home will be off limits to workers?
  • Does your house have an alarm system? Will workers need a key or will someone always be there?
  • How will you ensure that your children and pets stay out of the work space?
  • How will trash removal be handled? Where will the remodeler locate the dumpster on your property?
  • Does the remodeler anticipate any interruptions of utilities during the project? If so, when and for how long? Will you need to vacate the house at any time?
  • What are your expectations regarding clean up? Will sweeping be sufficient for a daily cleaning, or will you need a more thorough cleaning in order to use the space?
  • What times will workers begin and end work at your home? Be sure to consider the neighbors as well as household members.
  • Where can workers park near the jobsite?
  • Will you allow workers to use your phone for local business calls?
  • Will bathroom facilities in your home be available to workers?
  • What is the remodeler’s policy on smoking on the jobsite?
  • What is the remodeler’s policy on the use of profanity? If you are especially sensitive to this issue, you should let your remodeler know.
  • Will you allow workers to play their radios at a reasonable volume? Are there any stations or programs that you do not want played?
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Living With Your Remodeling Project

APB_logo_webRemodeling your home is uniquely different from building a new home. With remodeling, your home becomes the worksite. You live side-by-side with the project from start to finish. Once construction begins, you will probably long for simple pleasures like a dust-free home or a fully functioning kitchen or bath. But the end result will be well worth these inconveniences.

Communication

Consistent and open communication between you and your remodeling contractor will enhance your understanding of the project, provide an opportunity to exchange ideas, and ultimately help to make the experience a positive one for everyone involved. To facilitate this process, you need to:

  • Determine who you and your remodeling contractor should contact for daily decisions or an after-hours emergency. For example, your contact may be the lead carpenter for the job, while the remodeler’s contact could be your spouse.
  • Designate a backup for each contact person to assure continuity in anyone’s absence.
  • Create a place in your house where the contact persons can leave messages for each other (a securely anchored notebook is a good idea since it is less likely to disappear).
  • Speak up. If you are uncertain about any aspect of the project, be sure to let the contact person know.

The Pre-Construction Meeting

One way to ensure the success of your project is to plan for and actively participate in a preconstruction meeting. This allows your remodeling contractor to clarify procedures and explain how the job will progress. It also offers both you and your remodeler an opportunity to prepare for those issues that may arise later. You should think of this meeting as a forum for all participants to define their expectations and agree on the anticipated outcome.

Preventing Remodeling Fever

The train-station atmosphere of a remodeling project can lead to remodeling fever. The main symptom of this temporary affliction is feeling a loss of control that results from disrupted routines and the impact on your personal space. The best way to prevent this fever is to prepare well, remember that “this too shall pass,” and focus on the progress being made. A few other suggestions from remodeling pros:

  • Prepare for inconvenience. A remodeling project can turn your home and — on some days — your life upside down. A kitchen remodel will, of course, affect meal planning. Set up a temporary cooking quarters by moving the refrigerator, toaster oven, and microwave to another room. Arrange a dishwashing station in your laundry room. If the weather is warm, fire up the grill and dine alfresco.
  • Designate a safe haven in your home where you can escape from the chaos and commotion.
  • Guard against dust. During a remodeling project, dust has the unfortunate tendency to appear everywhere from lampshades to plates stacked inside your kitchen cabinets. To keep out as much dust as possible: 1) Seal off doorways and stairs; 2) Turn off central air or heat when workers are sanding and stock up on extra filters so that you can change them often; 3) Have deliveries made though a designated entrance; 4) Use doormats and temporary floor coverings where appropriate; 5) Remove anything that might get damaged by the dust or at least cover it with plastic drop cloths that are taped shut.
  • Maintain a sense of humor, Remember that certain things are out of your control and it’s best to laugh rather than upset yourself about things like the weather or delayed delivery of materials.

Most importantly, hire a professional remodeler by selecting your remodeler from the Approved Professional Remodelers who are members of the Home Builders Association of Greenville.  For more information on choosing a professional remodeler and managing every phase of your remodeling project, be sure to visit www.HBAofGreenville.com or call 864-254-0133.

 

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Doing Business With An Approved HBA Member Is A Good Investment

By Rick Quinn, Approved Professional Builder, President, Home Builders Association of Greenville

The Home Builders Association of Greenville has implemented new standards of membership for builders and remodelers aimed at helping consumers select qualified home building and home improvement professionals, and to assure consumers that doing business with a member of the HBA of Greenville is a good investment.

The HBA of Greenville has represented members of the local residential construction community since 1960. Today, more than ever, we are focusing on both the needs of our members and the needs of area consumers. Our goal is for our association to be your trusted source for finding the finest builders, remodelers, and home improvement specialists in the Upstate region of South Carolina. We want consumers to feel confident that when they choose to do business with an HBA of Greenville member, they have chosen wisely.

We believe that our new qualifications and standards of HBA membership will be embraced by the local homebuilding community, with local builders and remodelers wanting access to a brand that stands for builder ethics and integrity. Under the new guidelines, a builder or remodeler applying for membership in the HBA of Greenville must:

  • Be licensed by the State of South Carolina as a Residential Builder or General Contractor.
  • Be in business for one or more years.
  • Be free of unresolved judgments for one year.
  • Maintain General Liability insurance of at least $1 million.
  • Maintain Workers Compensation insurance consistent with state law.
  • Offer a minimum of a one-year warranty on each home built, on additions to homes, and on remodeled homes when mechanical systems are replaced.
  • Use a written contract in all business with consumers.
  • Keep the company’s HBA account current, including dues.

Companies that meet these standards for membership will be designated as an Approved Professional Builder or Approved Professional Remodeler, with criteria verified by the HBA of Grenville staff on an annual basis.

HBA of Greenville also will recognize members as an Approved Professional Green Builder or an Approved Professional Green Remodeler. In addition to maintaining the standards outlined above, Green professionals must hold and maintain one of the following credentials: Certified Green Professional; Master Certified Green Professional; LEED-H or LEED-AP; ENERGY-STAR approved; or EarthCraft approved.

Additionally, our association will recognize members that meet the qualifications as an Approved Professional Lead-Safe Remodeler. In addition to the membership standards, a company with the lead-safe designation must be Lead-Safe Certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In the future Approved Professional members of the HBA of Greenville also will participate in mandatory continuing education.

HBA of Greenville Approved Builders & Remodelers as of 04/08/13.

  • ACA/Freewood Contracting, Inc., Michael Freeman, GMB
  • Addison Homes, LLC, Todd Usher, GMB, CMB, Master CGP
  • Advanced Renovations LLC, Alan Boone
  • Bergeron Builders, Inc., Jason Bergeron
  • Carson Speer Builders, LLC, Stephen Carson
  • Dan Ryan Builders, Jonathan Giles
  • Dias Home Repair & Renovations, Inc., Jimmy Dias
  • Dillard-Jones Builders, LLC, Thomas Dillard, CGP
  • Dunn Custom Builders, Scott Warren
  • Fairview Builders, LLC, Stephen Hamblen, PhD
  • First Choice Custom Homes, Brad Thompson, CGP
  • Gabriel Builders, Inc., Gus F. Rubio, CGP, CMB
  • Galloway Custom Homes, LLC, Michael Galloway
  • H. Dillard Co., Inc., Hal J. Dillard
  • Hadrian Construction Company, Inc., Robert Markel, CGR, CGP
  • Harold Moore Builder, Inc., Wayne Harold Moore
  • Hollison Custom Homes, Scott Lynch
  • Hoover Custom Construction, Joe Hoover
  • Howard Construction of Greenville, Edward Howard
  • IBI Builders, John Montgomery
  • J. Francis Builders, LLC, Jim Francis
  • Keith Smith Builders, LLC, Keith Smith, CGP
  • Mobius Construction, LLC, Dave Smith
  • Mungo Homes Tom Carroll
  • Paul L. Johnson Interiors, LLC, Paul L. Johnson
  • Priceless Construction, Inc., Robert Price
  • Quinn Satterfield, Inc., Richard Quinn
  • Rosewood Communities, Mark Nyblom
  • SK Builders, Inc. , Timothy Kalliainen
  • Stageberg Builders, Inc., Dan Stageberg
  • Stoneledge Properties, LLC, Chris Bailey
  • West End Building Co., LLC, Evan Kistler
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Survey Reveals What Homebuyers Want in Their Next New Home

We all have seen a stunning hillside mansion and dreamed of what it would be like to raise our families there. And most of us have seen the amazing renovation makeovers on television shows that give the homeowners a sense of pride and accomplishment. April is New Homes Month and a great time to think about what you want in your next new home.

A recent study from the National Association of Homes Builders entitled ‘What Home Buyers Really Want’ shared the results of a survey of the preferences of thousands of homebuyers. On average, homebuyers are looking for a home that is 17 percent larger than the one they presently have, which equates to a median of 2,226 square feet. But likely as a result of the ongoing challenges of the economic downturn, that size is 13 percent smaller than the average size of homes started in 2012.

The survey also shows that the layout of a home is more important than its location to most buyers. Living space and number of rooms was ranked the most influential characteristic by 65 percent of buyers, while only 33 percent ranked proximity to locations they need to go as tops. A sense of open space continues to be popular, with about three-quarters of homebuyers wanting a kitchen that is open to the family room. And, nearly two-thirds are looking for ceilings on the first floor that are nine feet tall or taller.

Some of the most wanted features in a home involve saving energy. Energy Star-rated appliances were rated as essential or desirable by 94 percent of respondents, and 91 percent wanted an Energy Star rating for the whole home. In fact, nine out of 10 buyers would rather buy a home with energy-efficient features and permanently lower utility bills than one without those features that costs two- to three-percent less

Convenient organization and storage is another homebuyer favorite. More than 80 percent of the respondents said they wanted walk-in pantries and pull-out shelves in the kitchen, a laundry room and storage in the garage.

Today’s homebuyers also want the latest technology. While only 15 percent of homeowners presently have a wireless home security system, 50 percent want one. Similar gaps in “have” versus “want” occur with security cameras, lighting control, wireless audio systems, and multi-zone HVACs.

The most unwanted home features include elevators, and having only a shower stall and no tub in the master bath. Unwanted locations cited were golf course communities, and high density or gated communities.

To learn about the latest features available in new homes in the Greenville area, or to find an Approved Professional Builder, contact the Home Builders Association of Greenville at (864) 254-0133 or visit our Member Directory.

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Beware Of Being Your Own Home Builder

In today’s do-it-yourself culture where how-to advice for just about anything can be found online or on reality TV, many people believe they can save a lot of money by building their own home. But your home is likely the single largest investment you will make in your lifetime, and not hiring a professional homebuilder could be a costly mistake for several reasons – financial, emotional and physical.

Obtaining financing is an important consideration. As a self-contractor, lenders have strict guidelines and limits on how much money they will give you. Lenders will require that you provide house plans, specifications and an itemized list of documented costs and bids beforehand.

Even if you feel that you have enough cash to do the job, it is wise to get a loan to cover material or labor cost increases, upgrades or material overruns. Many mortgage companies will not lend money to cover unanticipated costs on a home once construction has begun.

There is a huge amount of bookkeeping if you act as your own contractor. The IRS requires that you send subcontractors – brick masons, frame carpenters, electricians, plumbers – that you hired who earned over a certain amount a 1099 form at the end of the year. And, you will have to be on site to document delivery slips, check for inaccurate billing and track material returns in order to stay on budget.

Professional homebuilders are experts at the logistics and timing of building a home. It is an exact science to make sure permits are applied for and obtained, materials are ordered and delivered, subcontractors are hired, utility deposits are paid, and inspections are scheduled at exactly the right time. Even if you are very organized, it is a process where many things can go wrong and a delay could cost you thousands of dollars and a lot of stress.

Building your own home also can be a risky proposition from a legal standpoint. Homebuilders carry Builder’s Risk, General Liability and Worker’s Compensation insurance on their building projects. As a self-contractor, you will have to assume most, if not all, of the same liabilities. You may want to consult with an attorney regarding potential liability issues, and with an insurance agent concerning appropriate insurance coverage.

Homebuilders have staff to take care of all the details of building a home, and established relationships with other professionals to complete the job, which is why they can build a home in a relatively quick timeframe. To build an average 1,500 sq. ft. home, you need to be prepared to spend at least 35 hours per week for at least five or six months, and most people do not have jobs with that kind of flexibility. You also will need the time to determine and order materials, evaluate bids, and hire and schedule qualified, licensed, insured and/or certified subcontractors.

Finally, if you sell the home you have built, you may be responsible for any defects that are discovered afterwards. As the home’s builder, you or your estate will be responsible for claims brought by subsequent owners of the home.

These are just a few of the things to think about before building your own home. By hiring a professional homebuilder, you will receive quality workmanship, building code compliance and an outstanding level of knowledge. And if you a member of the Home Builders Association of Greenville, you also can be assured that your builder:

• Is licensed by the State of South Carolina as a Residential Builder or General Contractor.

• Has been in business for one or more years.

• Is free of unresolved judgments for one year.

• Maintains General Liability insurance of at least $1 million.

• Maintains Workers Compensation insurance consistent with state law.

• Offers a minimum of a one-year warranty on each home built, on additions to homes, and on remodeled homes when mechanical systems are replaced.

• Uses a written contract in all business transactions with consumers.

• Keeps the company’s HBA account current, including dues.

To find an Approved Professional Builder in the Greenville area, call the Home Builders Association of Greenville at (864) 254-0133 or visit our online Member Directory.

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Painting Is A Fast, Economical Springtime Update For Your Home

With Spring 2013 now officially here, many homeowners are thinking about updating, or at least refreshing, their homes. If you are ready for a new look but don’t have the budget for a big remodel, there is nothing faster or more economical to give your home a quick update than by painting your rooms a new color.

A fresh coat of paint can make a room look larger or cozier, accent features, hide flaws, or reflect your own personal style. Here are some tips to help make your painting project a success:

Choose a color and finish

Go to a paint or home improvement store and get swatches of colors to take home. Select several options, especially since the florescent lights in stores will make the colors look much different than they will in your home. See how you like the colors on different walls and in different lighting conditions such as early morning sun, midday and nighttime lamplight to make certain you select something you are happy with.

Another option is to paint a few colors on your walls. Many companies offer sample sizes in either a selection of popular colors, or in any color they offer. These samples cost much less than a full gallon and give you the opportunity to try them out on the wall before spending a lot of money.

Choose a finish that depends upon how the room or surface will be used. A flat or matte finish helps conceal flaws and absorbs light in well-lit rooms. Satin or eggshell finishes are a good choice for high-traffic areas such as foyers, family rooms, kitchens and bathrooms because they clean more easily than flat or matte paint. Baseboards, molding and railings look best in a semi-gloss finish, which is a shiny finish that is the easiest to clean and provides a contrast to the walls.

Many paint companies also now offer “all-in-one” paints that already contain primer. These enable you to paint over a darker paint color or area that has been repaired with patching compound without having to apply a coat of primer before the paint.

Prepare the room

Give yourself adequate space to maneuver while you paint and protect your furniture and belongings. Move as much of the room’s contents as possible either out of the room or away from the walls. Cover whatever is going to stay and the floor, especially where it meets the walls, with old sheets or plastic tarps.

Next, remove the switch plates and electrical outlet covers. This is much easier than trying to cover them with painters tape. It certainly looks better, and is safer, than painting over them. Don’t forget to repair nail holes, dents or chipped spots with a patching compound.

If you have any doubt about your ability to paint a perfectly straight line, or you don’t have a very steady hand, use painters tape to protect features that you do not wanted pointed. This can include baseboards, window and door trim, and where the wall meets the ceiling or crown molding. Make sure the tape adheres properly by running a finger or mixing stick along the tape.

Clean the walls with a mild detergent solution or wipe them with a damp lint-free cloth to remove cobwebs and dust that will cause blemishes in your paint. Vacuum or dust the room to make sure dust or animal hair does not get in your paint and on your walls.

Finally, get out your brushes, rollers, paint trays and other supplies, and you’re ready to make the big change. For more information on home remodeling, repair and a maintenance, or to find a professional contractor in the Greenville area, call the Home Builders Association of Greenville at (864) 254-0133 or see our Member Directory.

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Southern Traditions Window Fashions To Be Featured At All American Cottage At Verdae

Southern Traditions Window Fashions of Greenville SC has been named a preferred vendor partner for the All American Cottage, a 2,400-square-foot classic style home that will be open for public tours from May 2-19 at Ruskin Square in Hollingsworth Park at Verdae.

Sponsored by Southern Living and This Old House, the All American Cottage is being built by The Cottage Group LLC/A Dillard-Jones Co., with 97 percent of materials used in the construction of the home Made in the USA.

Southern Traditions Window Fashions is providing all of the exterior and interior window treatments at the All American Cottage, according to Matt Cobb, co-owner of Southern Traditions Window Fashions. The home’s board-and-batten style shutters featuring authentic strap hinges are being custom made in Fountain Inn, SC. Custom-made Bahamas-style shutters that will be installed on the side of the home also are being manufactured in Fountain Inn.

The interior of the home will feature drapes, Roman shades and custom-made shower curtains – all manufactured in U.S. mills, according to Southern Traditions’ Richard Bernath, who is working in conjunction with Sandy Hankins of SH Designs on the cottage’s interior design. “This is an exciting tour home to be involved with because of the American-made theme,” Bernath said.

Southern Traditions Window Fashions offers a wide selection of blinds, shades, plantation shutters, exterior shutters, custom drapery and valances for residential and commercial clients. The company is an authorized dealer for Hunter Douglas, Graber, Kirsch, Norman, Comfortex, Lutron and Insolroll, and is part of Exciting Windows!, a national network of window fashions companies.

For more information, call (864) 286-0044 or visit Shutters4U.com.

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Doing Business With An Approved HBA Member Is A Good Investment

The Home Builders Association of Greenville has implemented new standards of membership for builders and remodelers aimed at helping consumers select qualified home building and home improvement professionals, and to assure consumers that doing business with a member of the HBA of Greenville is a good investment.

The HBA of Greenville has represented members of the local residential construction community since 1960. Today, more than ever, we are focusing on both the needs of our members and the needs of area consumers.  Our goal is for our association to be your trusted source for finding the finest builders, remodelers, and home improvement specialists in the Upstate region of South Carolina. We want consumers to feel confident that when they choose to do business with an HBA of Greenville member, they have chosen wisely.

We believe that our new qualifications and standards of HBA membership will be embraced by the local homebuilding community, with local builders and remodelers wanting access to a brand that stands for builder ethics and integrity. Under the new guidelines, a builder or remodeler applying for membership in the HBA of Greenville must:

• Be licensed by the State of South Carolina as a Residential Builder or General Contractor.

• Be in business for one or more years.

• Be free of unresolved judgments for one year.

• Maintain General Liability insurance of at least $1 million.

• Maintain Workers Compensation insurance consistent with state law.

• Offer a minimum of a one-year warranty on each home built, on additions to homes, and on remodeled homes when mechanical systems are replaced.

• Use a written contract in all business with consumers.

• Keep the company’s HBA account current, including dues.

Companies that meet these standards for membership will be designated as an Approved Professional Builder or Approved Professional Remodeler, with criteria verified by the HBA of Grenville staff on an annual basis.

HBA of Greenville also will recognize members as an Approved Professional Green Builder or an Approved Professional Green Remodeler. In addition to maintaining the standards outlined above, Green professionals must hold and maintain one of the following credentials: Certified Green Professional; Master Certified Green Professional; LEED-H or LEED-AP; ENERGY-STAR approved; or EarthCraft approved.

Additionally, our association will recognize members that meet the qualifications as an Approved Professional Lead-Safe Remodeler. In addition to the membership standards, a company with the lead-safe designation must be Lead-Safe Certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In the future Approved Professional members of the HBA of Greenville also will participate in mandatory continuing education.

HBA of Greenville Approved Builders & Remodelers as of 3/11/13 are:

ACA/Freewood Contracting, Inc., Michael Freeman, GMB

Addison Homes, LLC, Todd Usher, GMB, CMB, Master CGP

Advanced Renovations LLC, Alan Boone

Bergeron Builders, Inc., Jason Bergeron

Carson Speer Builders, LLC, Stephen Carson

Dan Ryan Builders, Jonathan Giles

Dias Home Repair & Renovations, Inc., Jimmy Dias

Dillard-Jones Builders, LLC, Thomas Dillard, CGP

Dunn Custom Builders, Scott Warren

Fairview Builders, LLC, Stephen Hamblen, PhD

H. Dillard Co., Inc., Hal J. Dillard

Hadrian Construction Company, Inc., Robert Markel, CGR, CGP

Harold Moore Builder, Inc., Wayne Harold Moore

Hollison Custom Homes, Scott Lynch

Hoover Custom Construction, Joe Hoover

Howard Construction of Greenville, Edward Howard

J. Francis Builders, LLC, Jim Francis

Keith Smith Builders, LLC, Keith Smith, CGP

Mungo Homes Tom Carroll

Paul L. Johnson Interiors, LLC, Paul L. Johnson

Priceless Construction, Inc., Robert Price

Quinn Satterfield, Inc., Richard Quinn

Rosewood Communities, Mark Nyblom

SK Builders, Inc. , Timothy Kalliainen

Stageberg Builders, Inc., Dan Stageberg

Stoneledge Properties, LLC, Chris Bailey

The Cottage Group LLC/A Dillard-Jones Co., Thomas Dillard, CGP

West End Building Co., LLC, Evan Kistler

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The Cottage Group’s All American Cottage Under Construction At Verdae

TCG_All_American_CottageGREENVILLE, SC – The Cottage Group LLC/A Dillard-Jones Co. is building the All American Cottage, a 2,400-square-foot classic style home that will open for public tours May 2-19 at Ruskin Square in Hollingsworth Park at Verdae.

Approximately 97% of the products used in the construction of the All American Cottage are made in the United States. Interior finishes include many American-made products such as Wellborn Cabinets, a project sponsor. The home will be featured in the July issues of Southern Living and This Old House, and on magazine websites.

“As a former manufacturing guy, I’ve seen first hand the results of taking a raw material to a finished product that is sold in the open market. Manufacturing means jobs, and a lot of them. After almost a decade in the custom home building business, I have seen a decline in U.S. construction jobs – a lot of it due to the use of materials and products made somewhere other than the United States,” said Tom Dillard, president of The Cottage Group LLC. “When I saw the news coverage on Montana homebuilder Anders Lewendal and his commitment to build a home with materials made in the USA, I was inspired to try it myself, especially after reading that the use of just 5% of USA-made materials in the construction of a new home means 220,000 jobs. The Cottage Group, LLC is excited to partner with Southern Living and This Old House to build the All American Cottage – a project that we hope will inspire a Made In The USA movement among homeowners and home builders.”

Presented by Hollingsworth Park at Verdae and sponsored by Southern Living and This Old House, the All American Cottage will feature ample outdoor living space including a sitting porch on the front, with a screened porch and second sitting porch on the rear of the home. The three-bedroom cottage plan by DM Designs features a master suite on the main level, with two upper level bedrooms separated by a loft overlooking lower level living space.

The All American Cottage will be open to the public Thursdays through Sundays May 2 ? 19. Tour hours are: Thursdays, 1-6 p.m.; Fridays 1-6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. ? 7 p.m., and Sundays 1-6 p.m. There is no admission, however donations of items or cash contributions will be accepted to benefit the Child Life Program of The Children’s Hospital of Greenville Hospital System.

A sister company of Dillard-Jones Builders LLC and a member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program, The Cottage Group LLC offers a growing collection of house plans including the company’s own Cottage Group portfolio along with some of the most popular Southern Living house plans ranging from 2,000 to 3,500 square feet. Many of the company’s plans will be for sale from the Southern Living House Plans website.

The Cottage Group is dedicated to building smaller footprint homes that are defined by thoughtful design and attention to detail. Homes feature quality craftsmanship and materials primarily found in larger homes such as brick, stone and Hardie exteriors, and inside features such as granite countertops and stainless appliances. Floor plans are flexible, giving buyers the opportunity to have a unique home that reflects where they live and the way they live.

For more information, call (864) 640-0111 or visit www.thecottagegroupllc.com.

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