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Popular Kitchen Design Trends Of 2018

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Kitchen design is always evolving. From cabinet colors and countertop materials to lighting and plumbing fixtures, so many smaller details make up a complete kitchen. Houzz’s Gwendolyn Purdom gathered the opinions of professionals and homeowners to see what is currently trending in kitchen design. Check out the following below.

Trend No. 1: Colorful Cabinets
“Painted cabinets are having a bit of a moment,” says designer and decorator Nancy Harper of Washington, D.C.-based Studio Miel. Harper and other pros agreed that blues and greens are the go-to non-neutral colors of choice now, but Harper says she could see other bold hues — emeralds, darker shades — also take hold soon.

Trend No. 2: Marbled Quartz
Homeowners looking to make a more dramatic, organic statement with their kitchen countertops used to gravitate toward natural stones such as granite for the unique speckling and veins. But pros say more natural-looking quartz — an engineered product that contains mostly quartz mineral, as well as resins, pigments and polymers — is showing up in more kitchens.

Trend No. 3: Open Shelving
Open shelving can make a kitchen look taller and airier. As this look gets more popular, Luke Owen of Texas-based Owen Homes says his team has seen a corresponding spike in requests for hideaway places for smaller appliances, outlets and other clutter.

Trend No. 4: Still Shaker
The versatility of basic Shaker cabinets — defined by their flat center door panels and a generally clean raised-square frame — continues to make them a popular pick for kitchens. “Shaker-style cabinets are very popular because they can look a little bit traditional and they can look a little bit modern,” Harper says. “They have clean lines, so depending on the hardware that you choose and other elements in the kitchen, it can go either way.”

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After two decades in the home building industry, Steve Sagerson decided to create Legacy Classic Homes so he could pursue his own vision of what a true custom home building company could be. “I really wanted to focus on the creative and customer service aspects of the custom home building process. I’ve always loved helping buyers visualize their dream. By creating a low volume custom home building company I can focus on making the process of building a home exciting and fulfilling for my clients and give them the attention they deserve.  My clients deal directly with the owner of the company which I believe helps create a trust that is rarely possible when working with a sales person.”

Steve also believes that being a true custom home builder doesn’t have to mean he only builds expensive homes. Legacy Classic Homes can build custom homes starting from the low $300’s up to $1,000,000, and every client receives the same service regardless of price point.

Portfolio floor plans are available across a wide range of designs, styles and sizes, and custom plan design is available through our referred floor plan design firms.

Please feel free to contact us today with any questions at 817-903-1627

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Guide To Building Your Own Smart Home

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What does life imply? It’s a question that has bothered scientists since the beginning of time. Is it the existence of a certain intelligence or autonomy, a consciousness, or something more? Does it require the inclusion of an entity higher than is currently measurable by scientific systems, a soul? How else can we explain how a human being is alive and a sentient chess bot isn’t? How else do you justify humanity’s inborn right to lord over the machines?

Born in 1842, William James was a pioneering American philosopher and psychologist, one of the most innovative thinkers that the country has ever produced. Alongside some serious work in the realm of physiological psychology, exploring the connections between the body and the mind, he was also one of the leading champions in panpsychism, a theory that proposed a united consciousness, or psyche, that encompasses all elements, living and non-living. The idea was pretty far-fetched for the time, which is probably what led more recent philosophers and scientists to not allow it into mainstream philosophy. However, as more and more researchers face the hard question of consciousness, panpsychism seems to be hitting the roads once again.

As science and technology move headfast into the 21st century, we are well entering a point where the lines of consciousness are severely blurred. What distinguishes a living being from a non-living one? Is the right to life and liberty exclusive to living beings only? These are questions we may yet face as artificial intelligence ushers us into a vast new age of automation. What if your home was alive? What seemed like the premise of a sci-fi horror show in the 80s is now a trending reality. But how do you join in on this trend with the least hassle? Let’s find out.

Not everything about building your next smart home is going to be interesting, and you will have to get used to the grunt work as you skip from page to page trying to find yourself the best kind of infrastructure to support your new home. The root infrastructure required for the proper functioning of any smart home, just like the network of roads and freeways that connect your entire city, is the home network. The home network is the one giant mesh-like system that connects all the various smart appliances within your home, from intelligent toasters to smart refrigerators, and depending upon your requirements, you may even consider having more than one home network powering your smart home. There are a variety of home network technologies to choose from, wired and wireless and wired-and-wireless, each with its own set of benefits and shortcomings.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are probably the most commonly heard of technologies in smart home networking, though not always the most efficient. Wi-Fi networks have long been avoided by manufacturers of smart home appliances due to just how resource-intensive they are, while Bluetooth connections can only be used to transmit data across smaller areas. Other alternatives include the wireless ZigBee and Z-Wave, both of which are mesh networks that use radio waves to foster communication between the many appliances within a house. There’s also Insteon, a smart home technology that uses both radio waves and wired networks to ensure constant connectivity in a dual-mesh network where every smart appliance acts as a peer.

Next to your smart home network, you’ll need a smart home hub that acts as a central communication system between the different devices in your network and allows you to issue commands and get results. The smart hub serves as the brain of your home automation system, allowing you to connect the various devices within your network to a single control center. Of the many smart hubs available in the market, Samsung SmartThingsand Wink are the most popular ones, recommended for both popularity and the quality of service they provide.

While smart hubs like Samsung SmartThings and Insteon Hub Pro each come with their own smartphone applications to help transmit commands across your entire smart home, you may want to spice things up a little by adding some artificial intelligence into the mix. The best way to do this is to use products like Google Home and Amazon Echo, both of which are voice-activated speakers that come power-packed with their own virtual assistants, allowing you to take advantage of their machine learning techniques in controlling your smart home.

Now that you have set up your framework, it is time to go shopping for your favorite smart home appliances to breathe life into your house. From must-haves like thermostat regulators and smart televisions to the more unusual options like intelligent egg trays and Wi-Fi enabled juicers, there is a whole arsenal of scary and beautiful appliances that you can connect to your smart home. While you can take a look at this article for a walkthrough on the best appliances for your home, a security system, a thermostat and a lighting network seem pretty basic for any home. The Nest Learning Thermostat, combined with the Philips Hue Lighting System and a Vivint Smart Home Security Solution will do the job just fine. Next, consider connecting vital work and entertainment devices such as your desktop, laptop, speakers and television set on to your network before looking elsewhere. And of course, don’t forget to download the smartphone app for your preferred smart hub or home kit to go along.

Building yourself a sentient house is no easy task. It requires hours of studying and a whole lot of technical jargon. But if you are patient enough, the effort feels totally worth it as you watch your lifeless home usher into being as a fully-automated, sentient being.

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After two decades in the home building industry, Steve Sagerson decided to create Legacy Classic Homes so he could pursue his own vision of what a true custom home building company could be. “I really wanted to focus on the creative and customer service aspects of the custom home building process. I’ve always loved helping buyers visualize their dream. By creating a low volume custom home building company I can focus on making the process of building a home exciting and fulfilling for my clients and give them the attention they deserve.  My clients deal directly with the owner of the company which I believe helps create a trust that is rarely possible when working with a sales person.”

Steve also believes that being a true custom home builder doesn’t have to mean he only builds expensive homes. Legacy Classic Homes can build custom homes starting from the low $300’s up to $1,000,000, and every client receives the same service regardless of price point.

Portfolio floor plans are available across a wide range of designs, styles and sizes, and custom plan design is available through our referred floor plan design firms.

Please feel free to contact us today with any questions at 817-903-1627

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Showers vs Tubs The Bathroom Design Debate

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Bathrooms and kitchens sell homes, says West Palm Beach, Fla.-based interior designer Gil Walsh, and the design choices made in them can make or break a home sale. From a sales standpoint, they’re arguably the two most important rooms of the home.

Kitchen requirements tend to be clear-cut — homeowners need a stove, counter, sink, and cabinets — and its location at the heart of the home opens up a range of design possibilities. When it comes to bathroom design, however, homeowners, builders, and designers are often faced with a tough choice — shower or tub? Both master and secondary baths come with spatial limitations, and it sometimes comes down to one or the other.

BUILDER talked to builders and designers on both sides of the aisle to see if showers or tubs are more in demand these days. Here’s what they had to say on the great bathroom debate:

Team Bathtub
Tony Crasi of The Crasi Company, based in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, built his home with a state-of-the-art whirlpool tub in the master bath. “I used it maybe five times in 12 years,” he confesses. Crasi cautions his customers that they may not end up using their luxury bathtubs either, but that isn’t slowing their requests for whirlpools, garden tubs, and more.

Homeowners are busier than ever and for some clients, stress levels are through the roof, he explains. At the end of the day, they want “somewhere to soak, somewhere to relax, somewhere to go hang out and hide.” Whether people actually have the time to use their tub doesn’t seem to be affecting the trend, according to Crasi, and might be entirely irrelevant, says Marc Thee of Winter Park, Fla.-based Marc-Michaels Interior Design.

“People are living younger than they used to,” Thee explains, “so whether or not they’ll use it, a beautiful vessel tub or soaking tub is sexy. It makes people feel sexy, and it showcases either a peek-a-boo or full visual from the bedroom. It reads this fantasy, wonderful, intimate moment that people enjoy whether they ever get in it or not.”

While some people love the experience of unwinding with a nice, warm bath, other designers agreed with Thee that most people who opt for a tub are more interested in its contribution to the overall look of the room. Bathtubs, especially freestanding tubs, can serve as a “sculptural centerpiece to the bathroom,” Walsh explains, and lately, they “are really being given an opportunity to stand out in the form of art.”

The Roman bathtub lined by columns and candles is long gone — and good riddance, says Thee. It’s been replaced by freestanding vessel tubs in elegant spoon or sugar bowl molds that not only conform to the bather, but contribute a refined, even architectural, look.

Team Shower
Can a shower offer the same level of luxury as a beautiful bathtub? Leigh Spicher of Roswell, Ga.-based Ashton Woods thinks so. “We’re not totally abandoning the luxury that comes with what once was the tub with the candles and everything,” she jokes, because showers are larger and more spa-like than ever, with rainheads, body sprays, benches, and more. “People are still wanting personal luxury in their bath, but now it’s not necessarily in the form of a tub.”

The consensus among Ashton Woods’ design studio managers is that tubs are overwhelmingly being replaced by large showers in the master, she explains. “I myself had a bit of a visceral reaction to that — No, don’t take the tub!” But even the avidly pro-bathtub designers admit that for some spaces, showers just make more sense.

On top of this, there’s a growing number of buyers with a “less is more” mentality, according to Lauren Jordan of Gaithersburg, Md.-based Builders Design. “Millennials and Gen Xers are into functionality,” she explains, and if they’re not going to use the tub frequently, they’re going to eliminate it altogether. “In a lot of condominiums we do for single people or people without kids, they’re willing to sacrifice the tub,” says Christopher Grubb from Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Arch-Interiors Design Group. “It’s just not their lifestyle.”

The speed and convenience of showers is tough to beat, Amy Miller from Greenwood Village, Colo.-based Lita Dirks & Co. adds. “These days, people just don’t have time to wait for the tub to fill up and then spend the time to sit and soak for 20 minutes.” The tub is phasing out just like the formal living room did, she says, when homeowners realized they could make better use of the space.

“The shower is winning,” Janet Hobbs of Bee Cave, Texas-based Hobbs’ Ink Custom Home Design declares. “I think it would be safe to say that maybe 80 percent of my clients want the shower and they’re just putting the tub in because they think they have to.” And sometimes they do have to, as a few designers on Team Shower admit. Having a tub somewhere in the home, often in the secondary bathroom, is often a priority for homeowners with young children and pets.

A Happy Medium
Is the great bathroom debate necessarily a polarized one? Many designers are offering a happy medium, which Thee calls a “wet environment” — a tub within a shower that seems to meet the needs of most home buyers.

Jordan loves the “progressive” nature of the shower-tub combination because it meets the needs of older millennials like herself, who enjoy the practicality of a shower but are also starting families. Bathtime is playtime for young kids, says Thee, especially in a space that can contain epic handheld-showerhead water fights. At the same time, these environments are almost always zero-threshold, eliminating the traditional shower curb and accessibility challenges along with it.

The curbless look is appealing to all age ranges, Grubb adds. “For the older person who is [downsizing] and moving from the suburbs to the city, there’s an attraction to how sexy it is, because if they were in a home a long time, it would have had the old-school dam. For millennials, it feels more hip and it doesn’t necessarily feel like the house they grew up in.”

What Comes Next?
Trends are known to come in cycles, but American households are heading into new terrain, moving away from the traditional family household structure. Curbed showers don’t meet the needs of a rapidly growing boomer population, and tubs don’t offer the functionality that many Gen Xers and millennials prefer. While a curbless combination is an innovative solution that can meet Team Bathtub and Team Shower halfway, bathroom design must continue to evolve to offer every homeowner, of any age, the type of luxury they’re after.

Miller and Walsh think that accessibility and ADA compliance will drive the trends going forward. Thee would love to see a walk-in tub that’s a little more attractive than those on the market today, so that bath-loving boomers don’t have to compromise on style. And several designers are keeping their eyes peeled for bathroom designs that are more health- and eco-conscious, perhaps including an exercise area, aromatherapy, and more resourceful shower fixtures. Home buyers will have to wait and see what comes next.

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After two decades in the home building industry, Steve Sagerson decided to create Legacy Classic Homes so he could pursue his own vision of what a true custom home building company could be. “I really wanted to focus on the creative and customer service aspects of the custom home building process. I’ve always loved helping buyers visualize their dream. By creating a low volume custom home building company I can focus on making the process of building a home exciting and fulfilling for my clients and give them the attention they deserve.  My clients deal directly with the owner of the company which I believe helps create a trust that is rarely possible when working with a sales person.”

Steve also believes that being a true custom home builder doesn’t have to mean he only builds expensive homes. Legacy Classic Homes can build custom homes starting from the low $300’s up to $1,000,000, and every client receives the same service regardless of price point.

Portfolio floor plans are available across a wide range of designs, styles and sizes, and custom plan design is available through our referred floor plan design firms.

Please feel free to contact us today with any questions at 817-903-1627

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Builders Remain Confident In New Home Construction

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Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes edged down one point to a level of 70 in March from a downwardly revised February reading on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) but remains in strong territory.

“Builders’ optimism continues to be fueled by growing consumer demand for housing and confidence in the market,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, a custom home builder from LaPlace, La. “However, builders are reporting challenges in finding buildable lots, which could limit their ability to meet this demand.”

“A strong labor market, rising incomes and a growing economy are boosting demand for homeownership even as interest rates rise,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “With these economic fundamentals in place, the single-family sector should continue to make gains at a gradual pace in the months ahead.”

Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates
that more builders view conditions as good than poor.

The HMI component gauging current sales conditions held steady at 77, the chart measuring sales expectations in the next six months dropped two points to 78, and the index gauging buyer traffic fell three points to 51.

Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the Northeast rose one point to 57, the South decreased one point to 73, the West fell two points to 79, and the Midwest dropped four points to 68.

Editor’s Note: The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index is strictly the product of NAHB Economics, and is not seen or influenced by any outside party prior to being released to the public. HMI tables can be found at nahb.org/hmi. More information on housing statistics is also available at housingeconomics.com.

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After two decades in the home building industry, Steve Sagerson decided to create Legacy Classic Homes so he could pursue his own vision of what a true custom home building company could be. “I really wanted to focus on the creative and customer service aspects of the custom home building process. I’ve always loved helping buyers visualize their dream. By creating a low volume custom home building company I can focus on making the process of building a home exciting and fulfilling for my clients and give them the attention they deserve.  My clients deal directly with the owner of the company which I believe helps create a trust that is rarely possible when working with a sales person.”

Steve also believes that being a true custom home builder doesn’t have to mean he only builds expensive homes. Legacy Classic Homes can build custom homes starting from the low $300’s up to $1,000,000, and every client receives the same service regardless of price point.

Portfolio floor plans are available across a wide range of designs, styles and sizes, and custom plan design is available through our referred floor plan design firms.

Please feel free to contact us today with any questions at 817-903-1627

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New Homes Floor Plan Trends

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Many of the hottest trends in home design are relatively new to America’s housing stock. Pat Setter of the San Diego Union-Tribune has defined four of these features:

  • Open living spaces. According to a NAHB survey published last year, builders say that their kitchen/living room layouts are partially or completely open in 84% of their homes, and main living spaces are open in 54% of homes. According to Setter, today’s buyers seek “bright, inviting spaces for entertaining.”
  • Outdoor rooms. Demand for outdoor living space has grown by 70% since 2013, according to an AIA study. Environmental management technology and sliding window and door systems have allowed for outdoor spaces that are functional practically year-round across all price points and climates.
  • Multigenerational living. One in five Americans live in multi-gen households, according to a Pew Research Center before, and the demand for ground-floor master suites and universal-design features is rising.
  • Customization. According to author Mike Moore, 53% of home shoppers prefer new homes to resale homes. Today’s buyers want to be more involved in the building process, and to choose design features ahead of time.

It’s tricky to forecast what’s on the horizon for home layouts. While trends come and go with the seasons in fashion and other areas of design, a home is more permanent, which means floor plans are a little slower to reflect changes in style and function. Designers and architects must strike a balance between creating versions of tried-and-true plans and pushing the envelope with a design that might not immediately resonate with consumers.

Albeit slowly, design tweaks to better meet buyers’ needs do eventually take hold of the plans market. Formal dining rooms have become less popular in new homes over the past decade, while home offices are still sought after as telecommuting continues to flourish (2.9% of the total U.S. workforce work from home at least half of the time, a 115% increase since 2005, according to FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics).

Sometimes trends emerge in response to economic realities. Land scarcity can make smaller footprints more desirable in many markets, and the changing makeup of families has made flexible layouts more relevant than ever. Plans increasingly are geared toward multigenerational households, offering main-level bedroom suites or in-law units that provide privacy to relatives.

The overall movement toward informality and relaxed living reveals itself in the ubiquitous open plan—a longtime trend that doesn’t seem to be waning—but also in exterior home design as well. Ornate styles such as European (a broad category that typically involves a lot of stone arches and stucco) and New American (aka McMansion) have largely fallen out of favor, and rugged-yet-elegant Craftsman designs continue to be top sellers. The streamlined modern farmhouse style is stealing some of the spotlight, however, as it has become the plan du jour.

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After two decades in the home building industry, Steve Sagerson decided to create Legacy Classic Homes so he could pursue his own vision of what a true custom home building company could be. “I really wanted to focus on the creative and customer service aspects of the custom home building process. I’ve always loved helping buyers visualize their dream. By creating a low volume custom home building company I can focus on making the process of building a home exciting and fulfilling for my clients and give them the attention they deserve.  My clients deal directly with the owner of the company which I believe helps create a trust that is rarely possible when working with a sales person.”

Steve also believes that being a true custom home builder doesn’t have to mean he only builds expensive homes. Legacy Classic Homes can build custom homes starting from the low $300’s up to $1,000,000, and every client receives the same service regardless of price point.

Portfolio floor plans are available across a wide range of designs, styles and sizes, and custom plan design is available through our referred floor plan design firms.

Please feel free to contact us today with any questions at 817-903-1627

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New Year & New Homes Fort Worth Forecast

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According to Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics, prospects are good for the U.S. economy in 2018. Economic expansion celebrated its eighth year in November, making it the third longest in American history. Zandi expects this expansion could become the longest in history, possibly surpassing the tech-driven boom of the 1990s, which lasted 10 years.

Economists from many facets of the industry, including Metrostudy, the NAHB, and the National Association of Realtors (NAR), all project positive economic growth in 2018, with one caveat. This also includes an increase in new home sales in Fort Worth, TX. The significant wild card for the economic outlook in the next two to three years surrounds the fiscal policy decisions of the Trump administration, including the tax bill, which was expected to be signed into law at the end of December. The legislation could reduce ownership benefits, which would lead to fewer sales, lower prices, and dropping home values. However, despite the uncertainty from the nation’s capital, most indicators point to a good year for U.S. builders.

Housing Starts
Despite labor concerns, 2018 start projections from multiple economists are still in a healthy range. The NAHB forecasts a 7.9% increase in single-family starts during 2018, and projects that single-family starts will reach 996,000 in 2019, representing 74% of their “normal” baseline (1,343,000 starts), calculated and justified by population growth and the need to replace older homes. Moody’s forecasts that starts will reach 1.8 million next year, which would be a 6.4% increase from its 2017 projection, and NAR predicts a 7% increase.

Mark Boud, senior vice president and chief economist of Metrostudy, expects new-home construction starts to make continued gains over the next three years, peaking at approximately 1.5 million housing starts in 2020. Boud projects that permits, housing supply, and housing demand will peak in 2020 as well, however, demand is expected to continue to outpace supply until 2023, even after demand has reached its peak.

Job Creation
The rate of job creation in 2018 isn’t expected to match that of 2017, but that’s a result of the U.S. economy reaching full employment. There are a record number of open job positions currently—over 6 million—which is positive given that it’s harder to fill open jobs when the workforce is nearly full. The bad news for builders in this case, however, is that a large share of those open positions are in the construction industry, and labor shortages will continue to be an impediment for housing in 2018. Job growth is about double the pace of labor growth, and the odds are good that unemployment may fall below 4% by November 2018 for the first time since the late 1990s.

Wage Growth
Wage growth is slowly accelerating, and Zandi expects this to continue in 2018. “Wage growth is key to consumer expansion, and I expect housing to lead the way,” Zandi said in the NAHB’s Midyear Construction Forecast. “There’s clearly been a dearth for the [entry-level, lower price point] segment of the housing market due to constraints like [labor shortages], but I expect more single-family homes [in that segment] will be built in the next two to three years, which will provide a lot of juice for economic growth.”

Home Prices
Due to inventory constraints in many markets, rising prices were a challenge for prospective buyers of new and existing homes throughout 2017, and the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index reported home price gains at an annual rate of 5.9%. Price growth is expected to ease slightly in 2018, but will continue to be an issue for buyers in lower price brackets, as supply of new and existing entry-level homes remains low.

The NAR expects inventory will increase in 2018, and that home prices will appreciate at a markedly slower rate of 3.2%—but that applies only to higher priced homes. First-time buyers will still largely be left out of the equation, as the NAR doesn’t anticipate inventory of homes suited for first-time buyers to open up significantly until 2019.

Mortgage Rates
While inflationary pressures and the Fed’s decision to reduce its balance sheet will result in higher interest rates this year—NAHB projects the interest rate for 30-year fixed rate mortgages will reach around 5% by the end of 2018—demand should remain healthy.

Danielle Hale, managing director of housing research at NAR, posits that new and existing home demand during 2017—despite significant price growth—wasn’t impacted due to low mortgage rates. Hale contends that alongside easing price appreciation, higher mortgage rates should not make affordability a major challenge, as long as rates—and wage growth—rise gradually over time.

Housing Affordability
The shortage of affordable single-family homes, new and existing, was a fixture of 2017. Household formation has returned to levels roughly in line with historical averages, but many potential buyers still can’t enter the market due to sky-high prices, and construction starts (especially for single-family homes) have been insufficient to quell demand.

NAHB chief economist Robert Dietz notes that the primary constraint for buyers (especially younger buyers) is qualifying for a mortgage and accumulating the money for a down payment. Need for single-family housing inventory that millennials can afford is becoming more immediate, as the largest portion of that generation will turn 30 in 2020.

Continuing Challenges
According to Dietz, residential construction in 2018 will face three supply-side bottlenecks: labor, land, and lending. Labor continues to be the biggest issue because not only is the construction workforce smaller than it was prior to the recession, but there are also more open, unfilled jobs as a total share of that workforce.

Additionally, overall worker productivity for the entire economy has increased 30% since 1993, in contrast to worker productivity in the construction sector, which rose roughly 3% during the same period. The average construction worker is 41 years old, and as those workers decide to leave labor-intensive positions, the industry will be faced with a major generational challenge to attract younger workers.

“I think this represents a real business opportunity in the residential construction industry to find ways to substitute capital for increasingly scarce labor,” Dietz says. “We need to find ways of increasing productivity, maybe that means more factory-built components, more panel, [or] more modular construction, which only makes up 3% of single-family construction. We’re going to have to get more productivity out of our workforce, because the worker shortage really doesn’t look like it’s going to change much over the next few years.”

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After two decades in the home building industry, Steve Sagerson decided to create Legacy Classic Homes so he could pursue his own vision of what a true custom home building company could be. “I really wanted to focus on the creative and customer service aspects of the custom home building process. I’ve always loved helping buyers visualize their dream. By creating a low volume custom home building company I can focus on making the process of building a home exciting and fulfilling for my clients and give them the attention they deserve.  My clients deal directly with the owner of the company which I believe helps create a trust that is rarely possible when working with a sales person.”

Steve also believes that being a true custom home builder doesn’t have to mean he only builds expensive homes. Legacy Classic Homes can build custom homes starting from the low $300’s up to $1,000,000, and every client receives the same service regardless of price point.

Portfolio floor plans are available across a wide range of designs, styles and sizes, and custom plan design is available through our referred floor plan design firms.

Please feel free to contact us today with any questions at 817-903-1627

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Things Pet Owners Consider When Buying A Home

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Elena Ruiz and her partner, Shawna Kerns, place such a high priority on their desire to rescue animals, they switched neighborhoods to find a place with a yard.

The couple had two cats and a dog when they began house hunting from their apartment in the H Street corridor area of Northeast Washington. Now that they have settled into their Marshall Heights home in Southeast, they’ve added a rescue puppy to their menagerie.

“Our animals determined which neighborhoods we looked at,” Kerns says. “We were able to find a place with a fenced front yard and a fenced back yard by looking at Marshall Heights.”

Ruiz says that they had wanted to stay near H Street but that their budget limited them to a condo in that area.

“We sacrificed location and walkability, but we love that we are getting to know all our neighbors and have space for our animals,” she says.

Millennials, in particular, are often motivated by their dogs when house hunting, according to a recent survey of that generation of home buyers conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf SunTrust Mortgage.

The survey found that the desire for a better space or a yard for a dog influenced their decision to buy their first home. Dogs were among the top three motivators — cited by 33 percent of buyers, compared with 25 percent who mentioned marriage and 19 percent who mentioned the birth of a child.

Robin Waugh, a real estate agent with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in Washington, says dogs are almost like children to their owners and need space to play, room for their toys, and a place to interact with other dogs and people.

Elizabeth and Patrick Carberry recently bought a rowhouse near 14th Street NW, primarily to accommodate their two dogs, Scruffy and Cody.

“I’ve lived with these dogs for the past eight years in the city in apartments and then in a condo, but one of my dogs is 15 now, and it’s harder for her to climb stairs,” she says. “It’s much easier to be in a house where I can open the door and let her out. I think it’s important that people with pets think about their long-term needs. Just like people, dogs grow and get older, and their needs change.”

About 68 percent of American households have pets, 60 percent of which are dogs, according to the American Pet Products Association’s 2017-2018 National Pet Owners survey. There are nearly 90 million pet dogs in the United States.

Home buyers and sellers with dogs, whether they are looking for an urban condo or a suburban house with a yard, often place a high priority on their pets’ happiness. Some communities have become more pet-friendly than they had been by developing dog parks where canines can run free. Condominiums and apartments are also catering to the needs of pet owners.

“I grew up in condos in D.C. and Maryland, and they were never pet-friendly, but now it’s almost inconceivable for a condo to not be pet-friendly,” says Valerie Grange, a sales manager with McWilliams Ballard condo resale division in Washington. “People consider their pets family members, which means they’re willing to do more for them.”

Even though a condo says it’s pet-friendly, says Lindsay Dreyer, broker-owner of City Chic Real Estate in Washington, it’s best to check the fine print, because there could be restrictions on the size of your pet, the breed and the number of pets allowed.

Lisa Groover, a real estate agent with McEnearney Associates in Old Town Alexandria, specializes in working with dog owners.

“A lot of people don’t realize that various jurisdictions have regulations about the number of dogs you can own or how much space you need to have,” Groover says. “On top of that, homeowner associations and condo associations often have rules, too.”

Although every jurisdiction requires dogs to be licensed and vaccinated, some areas have noise ordinances, and others restrict the number of dogs you can have depending on the size of your property. In Prince George’s County, it’s illegal to own a pit bull unless it was born before February 3, 1997.

“In the city of Alexandria and some other cities, you are limited to a maximum of three dogs,” Groover says. “In Fairfax County, there’s a rule that if you have three or four dogs, you need to have a property with at least 12,500 square feet. That number goes up if you have more dogs.”

Groover worked with a buyer who had seven beagles and was living in a townhouse. He needed a property with at least 25,000 square feet.

In Montgomery County, dog owners face a penalty of $100 if their dog barks loudly and persistently. In Fairfax County, a noise ordinance prohibits barking and howling completely between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. and prohibits howling and barking for more than five minutes during the day.

“Neighbors can call the police if your dog makes noise, so if you’re concerned about this, it’s best to pick a dog-friendly neighborhood,” Groover says.

range says dog-friendly condos are a good idea, too — your neighbors are likely to be more forgiving of an occasional incident of barking.

Buying a home with a dog

If you’re looking for a single-family house, your focus is most likely to be on finding a place with a fenced yard.

“Don’t assume you can add a fence,” Groover says. “You may need to get the approval of an architectural review board and get permits. It’s important to get that information before you sign a contract.”

Even an electric fence might require approval by a homeowners association, Dreyer says.

Most homeowner associations and condo associations, even if they are pet-friendly, have pet regulations.

“It’s essential to get that information or to ask your agent to get that information for you ahead of time,” Groover says. “You do have three days to review the condo or HOA documents and can get out of the contract if you find a rule that won’t work for you, but it’s better to know about it before you get that far into the contract.”

Sometimes you’ll need to pay a special fee for having a pet or need to make a special request for your pet to be approved. That, too, is something it’s best to know about before you make an offer on a home.

“Some condos have rules about how much of your floor must be covered with carpeting, but a lot of people prefer hardwood,” Dreyer says. “You can end up in a dispute with your neighbors if your dog’s nails make noise on the hardwood, and you could be forced to cover your floors.”

Dreyer says some condos have quiet hours, so you could have to pay a fine if your dog barks.

“If your dog is afraid of elevators or kids or other dogs, you might be better off looking for a first-floor unit with a patio or for a house,” Groover says. “But if your dog barks every time someone walks by, you might be better off with an area that can be fenced off and separated from nearby foot traffic.”

Dreyer says that lower-level units in condos, although not always the most desirable for buyers, are often popular with dog owners who like having a private patio and not having their dogs climb stairs.

“Some condos are starting to follow the trend of rentals and market amenities, such as dog washing stations and dog-friendly courtyards, to entice buyers,” Grange says.

Moving with a dog requires some extra attention to your pet’s needs.

Living in an Airstream travel trailer seemed like a fun solution when Julie Ackerman Montross, her husband, Jeff Montross, and their English bulldog Winston needed temporary housing while waiting for renovations to be completed on their newly purchased house in Old Town Alexandria.

“Now that we’re in week five, it’s not so much fun,” Julie Montross says. “But it will be worth it when we move in, because we’re excited to be in a pet-friendly neighborhood where we can bring Winston to restaurant patios. Our new place has a nice fenced yard, too.”

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After two decades in the home building industry, Steve Sagerson decided to create Legacy Classic Homes so he could pursue his own vision of what a true custom home building company could be. “I really wanted to focus on the creative and customer service aspects of the custom home building process. I’ve always loved helping buyers visualize their dream. By creating a low volume custom home building company I can focus on making the process of building a home exciting and fulfilling for my clients and give them the attention they deserve.  My clients deal directly with the owner of the company which I believe helps create a trust that is rarely possible when working with a sales person.”

Steve also believes that being a true custom home builder doesn’t have to mean he only builds expensive homes. Legacy Classic Homes can build custom homes starting from the low $300’s up to $1,000,000, and every client receives the same service regardless of price point.

Portfolio floor plans are available across a wide range of designs, styles and sizes, and custom plan design is available through our referred floor plan design firms.

Please feel free to contact us today with any questions at 817-903-1627

Dallas Area Home Prices Rise 7 Percent

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Dallas Area Home Prices Rise 7 Percent in Latest Case-Shiller Report

Dallas-area home price gains held steady in September, rising 7.1 percent from a year ago.

The Dallas price increase was higher than the nationwide 6.2 percent year-over-year home price rise in the closely-watched Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price index.

While still strong, Dallas’ percentage home price gains are smaller than earlier this year and in 2016. U.S. home prices rose at the fastest rate since 2014, according to Case-Shiller.

“Home prices continued to rise across the country,” S&P’s David M. Blitzer said in the report. “Home prices were higher in all 20 cities tracked by these indices compared to a year earlier; 16 cities saw annual price increases accelerate from last month.”

The largest price increases were in Seattle (12.9 percent), Las Vegas (9 percent) and San Diego (8.2 percent).

“Most economic indicators suggest that home prices can see further gains,” Blitzer said. “One dark cloud for housing is affordability; rising prices mean that some people will be squeezed out of the market.”

Dallas-area home prices are at record levels. Home prices in North Texas are now more than 40 percent higher than they were a decade ago before the recession.

Tight home supplies are driving prices higher in many markets.

“Demand is coming first and foremost from buyers in the entry-level and mid-market segments, but available inventory is largely concentrated at the high end, causing the nation’s most affordable homes to grow in value at more than twice the pace of homes at the top of the market,” said Zillow chief economist Svenja Gudell. “Income growth has been decent lately, but it has not kept pace with rising housing costs, giving renters in particular the feeling of trying to hit a moving target as they attempt to save a down payment for the jump into homeownership.”

 

Article originally featured on Dallas News

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After two decades in the home building industry, Steve Sagerson decided to create Legacy Classic Homes so he could pursue his own vision of what a true custom home building company could be. “I really wanted to focus on the creative and customer service aspects of the custom home building process. I’ve always loved helping buyers visualize their dream. By creating a low volume custom home building company I can focus on making the process of building a home exciting and fulfilling for my clients and give them the attention they deserve.  My clients deal directly with the owner of the company which I believe helps create a trust that is rarely possible when working with a sales person.”

Steve also believes that being a true custom home builder doesn’t have to mean he only builds expensive homes. Legacy Classic Homes can build custom homes starting from the low $300’s up to $1,000,000, and every client receives the same service regardless of price point.

Portfolio floor plans are available across a wide range of designs, styles and sizes, and custom plan design is available through our referred floor plan design firms.

Please feel free to contact us today with any questions at 817-903-1627

Las Brisas Featuring 2 Acre Lots To Open In Decatur January 2018

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Las Brisas Featuring 2 Acre Lots To Open In Decatur In January 2018

Featuring 2 acre homesites with home prices starting from the low $400’s, Las Brisas in Decatur is sure to be a popular choice for the buyer who wants a true custom home on a large lot in a quiet location away from the hustle and bustle of the crowed suburbs. Legacy Classic Homes will be just one of three approved builders in this new community and our first homes will be starting in January 2018. Ready to move in homes will be available by early the summer and we will have several premium lots available for those who want to build their dream custom home.

Las Brisas features gorgeous 2 acre lots with large oak trees in a quiet location just a couple miles west of downtown Decatur. The property is deed restricted to allow for the highest home values possible, while offering homeowners the advantages of no water bills and no city property taxes. The lack of a water bill and city property tax bill amounts to several thousand dollars a year in savings for the average homeowner. Nestled in a quiet part of the Wise county, Las Brisas is just minutes from highway 380 and 287 with quick access to Fort Worth and DFW Airport. A perfect location for those who want a custom home with land but still have to commute to work.

Las Brisas promises to provide country living at its finest. Contact us today for more info on this upcoming community.

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After two decades in the home building industry, Steve Sagerson decided to create Legacy Classic Homes so he could pursue his own vision of what a true custom home building company could be. “I really wanted to focus on the creative and customer service aspects of the custom home building process. I’ve always loved helping buyers visualize their dream. By creating a low volume custom home building company I can focus on making the process of building a home exciting and fulfilling for my clients and give them the attention they deserve.  My clients deal directly with the owner of the company which I believe helps create a trust that is rarely possible when working with a sales person.”

Steve also believes that being a true custom home builder doesn’t have to mean he only builds expensive homes. Legacy Classic Homes can build custom homes starting from the low $300’s up to $1,000,000, and every client receives the same service regardless of price point.

Portfolio floor plans are available across a wide range of designs, styles and sizes, and custom plan design is available through our referred floor plan design firms.

Please feel free to contact us today with any questions at 817-903-1627

Latest Design, Decorating & Tech Trends as Seen from a Builder’s Perspective

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Latest Design, Decorating & Tech Trends as Seen from a Builder’s Perspective

Like many people, I enjoy browsing the web looking at pictures and walking other builder’s model homes to see what the latest trends in floor plan design, amenities and decorating are. While manufacturers of products and interior decorators often help push the changes in trends, as the owner of a home building company I am always interested in the trends from my own clients. I have listed the top five trends I see in our custom home builds. Maybe it will give you some ideas for your next new home build, remodel or decorating project!

Sincerely,

Steve Sagerson

 

  1. Indoor / Outdoor living – It is fair to say that large outdoor living spaces have been growing in popularity for a few years, but a fairly new trend I’ve seen recently is the option to combine both the indoor and outdoor living areas into one seamless space. This is accomplished by using large sliding or folding doors on the common wall between the interior living room and the back patio. I think this design really add a new dimension to the outdoor living concept. Having large windows to gaze out onto the back patio was always nice, and you still get that with the doors closed, but now homeowners can take things to the next level and literally remove the wall that used to stand between the interior living room by just opening the doors. There are even doors that will disappear into the wall or work on ninety degree corners! Combined with an open concept kitchen/great room, this setup creates the ultimate fusion of an indoor/outdoor space for those who like to entertain.

Another up and coming trend to outdoor living is motorized shades for the patio. This feature is a hidden from view, but with the push of a button shade screens can be lowered to keep the critters out and fun in. Best of all, they can be retro-fitted to almost any patio at a later time.

  1. Freestanding tubs – I built homes for years without having a client ask for a freestanding tub, now I am asked about doing a claw foot or freestanding tub on every other project. While some clients seem to like the nostalgic look of a classic claw foot tub, many just like the freestanding look in a more transitional style. Whatever your taste, there is a style of freestanding tub and hardware that is sure to appeal to anyone building a new home. And while these tubs do end up costing a bit more than a drop in tub by the time the plumbing hardware is factored in, there are definitely tubs in this category that fall into reasonably affordable price points.

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  1. Encapsulated Spray Foam House InsulationSpray foam insulation has been around for years, but it used to be an upgrade usually reserved for very expensive homes. While spray foam insulation does still add additional cost to a project, the use of spray foam to encapsulate the entire envelope of a house including the attic has made this a popular upgrade that more clients are willing to pay for on lower priced custom homes. Even with some added up front cost, spray foam has a very good return on investment given our ever increases cost per kilowatt of electricity, and comes with the added benefit of a totally clean attic that is always at a comfortable temperature. No more pulling down the attic stairs and having loose insulation falling into your face or sticking to your shoes. Fully encapsulated foam houses will transform not only your energy bills, but also your perception of what an attic can look like.
  1. No More Formal Dining Rooms – Yes, open concept kitchens have certainly become popular over the last few years, but another plan design trend I see more and more in my client’s custom floor plans is the lack of a formal dining room. Many of my clients have owned several homes prior to building with Legacy Classic Homes, and they comment about how they rarely used their formal dining rooms in their old houses so they do not want one in their new home. These clients have chosen to design a much larger breakfast nook area that can accommodate a large dining table and to use this space as their only dining area. This allows them to take the couple hundred square feet of living space that would be used for the formal dining room and use it in other sections of the home.
  1. Interior Design isn’t a One Size Fits All Trend – If you walk most builder’s model homes located in urban or suburban areas of Dallas/Fort Worth, you will see that decorating trends have turned away from darker stain finishes and hardware, to light colors and somewhat contemporary looks often called “transitional”. This includes light colored painted cabinets and stainless door, cabinet and plumbing hardware. Also gone are the more ornate raised panel cabinet doors and trim and in their place are shaker and slab style cabinet doors and flat trim.

On the flip side, many of my clients building in the communities farther out from the suburbs lots still prefer the more traditional look of darker stain cabinets, raised panel doors, bronze hardware and profile trim. My takeaway that much like fashion trends in clothing, decorating trends in housing will not be embraced by everyone. I try to remember that when determining what type of decorating our inventory homes will have in the different communities Legacy Classic Homes builds in.

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