It’s a great feeling to end up with a home that’s completely and totally you through building a custom home; but making some of the design choices can seem scary at first. Most people, when thinking of building a new home, aren’t quite sure where to begin. A tip we like to give our clients is to just startsimple. You don’t have to have your entire home planned at once. Take your time. Explore ideas. Browse through and save your favorite photos from magazines and websites like Houzz, so you can refer to them later. While you’re searching, take into account all of the different types and styles of homes you seem to gravitate towards. Do you like the cozy minimalist look, or prefer an eclectic contemporary style? Is a home theater a must have, or have you always dreamed of specific trim details? The biggest thing to remember is that you want your overall design to be cohesive and consistent. Having an overall aesthetic will make it much easier to stick to a style as your design process furthers, and making decisions between a few favorites is more of a breeze. Now that you have taken the time to think about styles, small details, and aesthetics, look it over again. Have you captured what is important to YOU? Can you picture yourself preparing a meal in your kitchen while your loved ones are gathered in the cozy living area?
The best part of building a custom home is that it will be uniquely yours. It’s something you can call your own and you have the final say on all of the design choices. In partnership with the Troxel Custom Homes design team and the benefit of many years building people’s dreams, Troxel Custom Homes will be your guide through the entire process. There are many vendors that are also part of the Troxel Tribe that will be by your side to help put together all of the little details along the way.
As we wrap up 2020, we want to take a moment to reflect on all that life has to offer amidst these crazy and challenging times.
The global pandemic, along with many other obstacles, has challenged us to tackle and look at life differently. Despite all of the negatives that happened this year, there were also many positives along the way. We are happy to welcome new families into ours with the homes that we have completed, and the projects we have started this year.
We are grateful for our employees and our clients. We have appreciated all of the patience as we had to find a few new ways to work to ensure everyone’s safety so we could get back to work. We are also thankful for our vendors and trade contractors that have all stepped up this year. The loyalty and persistence shown all year round, through the ups and downs, has been such a relief and helping hand in getting through this year.
We are looking forward to an exciting 2021, and being able to see and interact with everyone in our community once again.
Here in Michigan we have had a “stay at home order” since mid March, giving us lots of time to make a laundry list of things in our homes that need to be done, and things we want changed. Now that we have a list of wants and needs, what next?
Some things, like clearing out pantries, and tidying up the kids’ playroom are things we can tackle on our own. Turn on Marie Kondo, spark some joy, and declutter. Other things, like wanting to add another wing onto your existing home for family expansion, well… you may need some help with that.
Start with an outline. Browse through pictures, magazines, and websites like Houzz. Save pictures of homes, products, or details you really like so you can refer back to them later. Think about your lifestyle and different aspects of your home that will reflect that. In your renovation, are you looking for more room to entertain (when you can finally have friends over), or maybe a whole room dedicated to music for your talented children to practice and record in? These are all important pieces that can make your home uniquely yours. Now that you have an idea, (or a few) of what you want your home to look like and incorporate, we would love to hear from you.
At Troxel Custom Homes, we pride ourselves in our unique processes that include the homeowner every step of the way to make sure your home is just that: uniquely YOURS. On our website, you can download our New Home Starter Guide. It includes what we talked about above, and more to help you get started, and is a great place to keep all of your notes. We hope you are staying safe, and healthy, and we look forward to hearing from you!
Earth Day this year brings new meaning to our lives. As we all have been affected in significant ways by the pandemic covering all corners of the earth, we realize that HOME truly where the heart is. We are spending more time than ever in our homes as we seek shelter with those we love and hold most dear.
For Earth Day this year, we need to think all the more about how our homes affect our planet and how they affect our physical and mental health. I think we all realize that building energy-efficient homes that minimize our impact on our world is a good thing; it is something that we have been doing as a standard at Troxel Custom Homes for many years. But this year I think we are all starting to think about how healthy our HOME is for US! Our physical well being can be affected by heating and air-conditioning systems that ensure enough fresh air is being brought into the home – how is our air filtered and treated, what products are used and how might those affect air quality, and how is light treated (both natural and otherwise)? It’s also important to know how your home affects your mental health. Through the use of thoughtful design, careful product integration, and lifestyle consideration a home can become more than just shelter. It can actually become a refuge; a space that warmly embraces us, an environment that allows us to thrive, and a space that your family and friends recognize as special and uniquely yours. Your home can be the warm and embracing hug that we all wish we could experience more in these trying times.
If you are interested in exploring what that can look like either as a renovation to the home you have now, or a truly custom home built just for you, we are here to talk! The initial conversation where we listen to your dreams and introduce you to our process is free of charge!
Troxel Custom Homes welcomes Patrick Tubergen as their Project Manager.
A few words from Patrick: Lead by example. I’ve witnessed this first hand by many influential people in my life; my Dad, finely tuned craftsmen from the building industry, sitting in a hunting blind w/friends & now having a young child at home – I want to reflect & instill this in my son.
My wife, Courtney will attest that patience is one of my strongest attributes along with the desire to continue to learn. I started working in construction during high school cleaning up job sites/delivering miscellaneous tools/materials. I fell in love with it, from the everyday comradery to the sense of accomplishment at days’ end. I’ve had actual hands on framing, drywall hanging & painting experience to name a few. The time learning the different aspects of construction set my high standard.