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House Design Keeping Weather In Mind

Good house design takes climate into account

You’ve made the decision to build a new home – CONGRATULATIONS! Now comes the fun part – House Design! Building a home that will allow you to be comfortable in either cold or heat takes a little planning. When discussing the design elements of energy efficiency, keep a few things in mind to ensure maximum comfort and minimum bills (or at least as close to minimum as you can get).

Start by knowing the ins and outs of the weather in your area. House Design with weather in mind

We all know Michigan has a variable climate. It also varies dramatically from region to region. Someone building a home on the East side of the state will be experiencing different weather patterns than someone on the West side. You’ll see even broader swings if you’re building close to one of the “Great Lakes.” Prepare for harsh winters and hot summers by getting a general picture of the average rainfall, snowfall and temperature ranges for the region in which you intend to build.

Dig into the design from the ground up:

Your foundation can also experience damage from swings in weather patterns. If you intend to have a basement you’ll want to make sure it is properly poured. Winter is not the ideal time to get concrete work done. This can result in foundation weakness later if the temperature isn’t up to par when the foundation is poured. Your basement should also be well insulated. Consider “ICF” or insulated concrete forms when designing the basement. This will allow for a quality air and moisture barrier as well as reducing heat loss.

Landscaping should be properly graded. This means ensuring a slope extending out from a house foundation of about 6 inches for the first 10 feet (that’s about a 5% slope). The right landscape/grading slope means that water in all it’s forms will run AWAY from the foundation. This is not a lesson you want to learn from experience. Trust me when I tell you AWAY is IMPORTANT. Pay attention to the grade throughout the course of your home ownership. Should you find animals have burrowed down in the area close to your home, address the issue. Quickly.

And from the roof down

If snow is a major concern, consider a steeply pitched roof. The roof of your home is one of the most important factors in energy efficiency. It’s also one of the major contributors to the longevity of your home. If you develop roof leaks or other damage, the interior of your home will suffer – a lot. Snow can cause all kinds of trouble with a roof. It’s best just to ensure heavy snow loads never occur. A steeply pitched roof allows snow to slide off quickly. It also helps in preventing ice dams as there isn’t likely to be pooling and quick freezing of rain or snow melt.

If the region is prone to heavy rainfall, keep your roof line simple. It will help prevent water from backing up into your attic.

To get the most of out of your home, pay attention to window placement! Typically South facing windows are an excellent source for heat generation. In the winter months, you’ll appreciate the comfort of extra heat. In the summer, keeping the shades drawn during the day will combat a lot of the heat. Invest in thermally appropriate windows for your area. For the few North and East facing windows a home in Michigan should have, look for a window with a low U factor rating. The U factor is the rate at which a window is prone to heat loss.

Stand the test of time

The true test of a well built home is its durability. Make sure your home is designed and built by craftsmen, who understand your particular needs. Be sure to design you home to get the most benefit from the natural environment.

For more information on House Design with Watts Homes & Construction, visit our Home Building Process Page.
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2020 New Home Design Trends

2020 New Home Design Trends – Moving into a new decade!

In 2020 new home design trends seem to reflect a desire for calm. Back in December the Pantone Color Institute proclaimed good old, Classic Blue its color of the year! Color psychology has branded this color family – stable. Maybe you’ve watched too much recent news… Maybe it’s that the smart phone you just bought will be out of date in six months. Whether its politics or planned obsolescence we can all agree we’re living in pretty hectic times. Is it any wonder that the trends we’re looking at for the new year are “soothing?”

Without further ado your trends for 2020 and beyond:

2020 new home trends-bring nature insideA return to nature: Biophilic Design

Homes in the next few years will seek to bring comfort through the inspiration of nature.

  1.  When the world around us gets crazy, sometimes the most basic things give us peace. We will be embracing nature more and more in our homes. Color pallets will trend toward those found sitting on the shore. A walk in the woods could give your home a grounded natural feel too.
  2. It won’t just be colors taking their cues from nature. Textures and finishes will have a more realist feel to them as well. Wood beams, trim and moldings will become very popular in the next year and into the coming decade.
  3. We’ll see a drive to decorate with house plants. Plants add a lot of color as well as reminding us of spending time outside.
  4. Wall paper returns with – you guessed it – nature inspired motifs.
  5. Rustic feeling accessories like cane, raffia and grass cloths and rugs will be popular.
  6. Terrazzo tile flooring has moved to the forefront of design. It’s natural color and texture work well with biophilic design.
  7. Animal prints in fabrics for upholstery to throw pillows has made a strong return.
  8. Granite and marble appear to be on their way out. This is due to cost and maintenance. Their replacements tend to lean toward quartz or “fake marble and granite.” It feels natural without being too much work or expense.

A deeper need to connect:

A trend that has been slowly sneaking up on us begins to show in design this year. Staying home. Whether its because finances are tight or just because we just want to be able to hear each other speak, staying in or visiting friends is what we’re doing for entertainment. It’s an idea that’s seems to have some staying power too! New homes will continue to accent this idea with design. Creating spaces with socializing in mind…

  1. Patios and decks with plants and grills and eating areas. Features like these have always been popular. Going forward, they will become “Must Have’s”
  2. Open concept design continues to have a strong following.
  3. Home theater remains a widely requested feature.
  4. Cocktail/wet bar areas

 

Trends are great. At the end of the day, the only real trends you need to concern yourself with are the ones that make your house feel like home to you.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wishing You A Very Merry Christmas And Happy New Year

From Our Family To You and Yours!

We would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas  –  And a joyous and prosperous new year too!

At this time of year, it’s good to remind ourselves to smile. Life is too short to take oneself too seriously. We sincerely hope you will be able to spend time with family and friends this holiday season. We feel down right blessed to be able to gather around with loved ones and appreciate the joy of being together. Please enjoy our little video. We hope it will add to your holiday spirit!

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The 2020 Pantone Color of the Year!

The “It Color for 2020”

Behold the color – Classic Blue! The Pantone Color of the year for 2020!

Pantone Color of the Year 2020, Leatrice Eiseman Quote.

For more information on how Pantone selects the color of the year visit their website:

Pantone.com

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2559 Hunters Run, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

2559 Hunters Run, Kalamazoo, MI 49048 is just waiting for you!

Tired of mowing the lawn, shoveling the driveway and all that exterior home maintenance? It’s time to make the change to condo living. You can relax and enjoy your home and lifestyle without the hassles of exterior maintenance. This wonderful new design features 1184 finished square feet, a spacious master bedroom with private bath and walk in closet, a guest bedroom with walk in closet and a hall bath with tile floors and cultured marble counter top. The open design concept boasts cathedral ceilings and wood laminate flooring in the living room, dining room and kitchen.  The kitchen has plenty of storage and seating space with a nicely sized island, and a large pantry. The dishwasher and microwave are included. The main floor laundry is just off the kitchen. The dinette has a patio door leading to a 12×12 deck.This condo also features a 2 car attached garage with opener, full unfinished walkout lower level with rough plumbing for future bath and much more. It’s time to make the move to Hunters Creek today!

For more information on 2559 Hunters Run, Kalamazoo, MI 49048 or any of our other available properties visit our Available Homes page!

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It’s a Double Hosting Open House Event!

Hosting Open House Event In Hunters Creek and Cottage Pointe

It’s a double hosting open house weekend! Don’t miss your opportunity to live in luxury.

We will be hosting open house s in both communities November 17, 2019 from 1 to 4 PM.

See our open house calendar for full details!

Open Houses Calendar

Both of these condominium neighborhoods offer unique styling options:

 

Hunters Creek Condominiums are attached duplex condos. Many with walk-out lower levels available. This community offers a zero exterior maintenance lifestyle.

 

Cottage Pointe Condominiums are site condominiums. Site condominiums offer all the privacy of an individual house with the low maintenance of a condominium. They really are the best of both worlds!

 

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A Great Home Building Experience

 

We loved working with Elaine and Bob! Providing a great home building experience for amazing people like these two,

is such a privilege!

Home building experience

 

“This is our 3rd experience building a home and I must say the easiest and most pleasant experience. From the owners to the secretaries, to the contractors they work with, the Watts team is the best!! They exceeded our expectations and we are now in our new home and loving it! From the first day that we met Matt to the finishing touches, we have been impressed with his care and professionalism in addressing our needs and concerns. We would not hesitate to highly recommend Watts Homes & Construction!”

Bob and Elaine were so gracious with their Facebook review! We never take our clients for granted. It’s always a very proud moment for Watts Homes & Construction when the people with whom we’ve been so fortunate to work are happy with the end result. These two folks were an absolute pleasure to build for. They loved the design ideas and modification options that working with Watts Homes & Construction provided them and the Cottage Pointe Condominium neighborhood, as well as the location of Richland, MI.

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Condominium Community Spotlight!

Our Condominium Community Spotlight – On Hunters Creek!

 

“Hunters Creek” is proof that you really can “live the good life.”

Hunters Creek Condominiums in Kalamazoo, MI is a hidden gem!

This condominium community surrounds you in luxury before you even enter one of the condos. Watts Homes & Construction is known for setting the standard of excellence in new construction homes. This community is no exception!

As you make your way through the gently rolling, wooded hills of the award winning landscape, you’ll find ponds and fountains and even a tranquil stream that winds its’ way around the neighborhood. Residents love the clubhouse and community events. You can decide how much or how little you like to participate. The option is always there.

    Hunters Creek Condominium Community - View from a deck    Hunters Creek Condominium Community - Clubhouse

The Hunters Creek Condominium Community features a variety of condominium designs. All of this and ZERO exterior maintenance! There are no lawns to mow, leaves to rake or… SNOW TO SHOVEL! You’ll be amazed at how much living you can accomplish when you never need to worry about taking care of the yard!

Hunters Creek Condominiums - Kalamazoo, MI exterior styles    Hunters Creek Condominiums - Kalamazoo, MI exterior styles -1    Hunters Creek Condominiums - Kalamazoo, MI exterior styles-3

Each floor plan can be customized. From colors, finishes and fixtures; your condo will reflect your style. Every one of these luxury homes is a testament Watts Homes & Construction’s commitment to excellence.

Hunters Creek Condominium Community - lower level wet bar    Hunters Creek Condominium Community - custom master bath    Hunters Creek Condominium community - luxury office

Hunters Creek Condominiums is nearing completion. There are only a few new construction condominiums left to be built in this community. Do not miss your chance to surround yourself in luxury. You’ll love living in Hunters Creek Condominiums!

See our Communities Page for more information on purchasing the condominium of your dreams in Hunters Creek! Or take a moment to check out the Watts Homes & Construction FaceBook page, you’ll find lots of photos there too! And of course, you can always call Watts Homes & Construction at 269-345-3859 with any questions you have. We will be happy to help!

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It’s a New Construction Condo Event

New Construction Condos!

We’re hosting a new construction condo event this weekend! Come out to our open houses at this week’s featured neighborhoods! Cottage Pointe Condominiums and Hunters Creek Condominiums! As with all of our neighborhoods we have taken our homeowners safety and comfort and made them our first priority. Each of these neighborhoods feature homes with adaptable floor plans. They showcase great landscaping and superior care of the common areas.

Hunters Creek Condominiums features duplex designed, attached condominiums. The interiors are constructed with high-end amenities and options. We begin and end with your comfort and luxury in mind. Zero maintenance means you won’t ever have to concern yourself with yard work! You can opt to buy one of our existing condos or design one from the ground up. You’ll want to hurry though. This community is nearing completion! There are only a few sites left upon which to build a new condo.

Our Cottage Pointe Condominiums feature site condominiums. These are free standing homes within a condominium association. There are no adjoining walls between you and your neighbor. This provides homeowners in Cottage Pointe Condominiums a tremendous amount of privacy. The low exterior maintenance lifestyle means you won’t need to worry about yard work. You’re freed up to really enjoy your life. Imagine spending the time you would normally be mowing the lawn… golfing.

Whether you’re interested in Hunters Creek or Cottage Pointe, visit our New Construction Condo Event this weekend! A builder’s representative will be onsite in each of these communities. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions or request a tour of any of our available condos. We will be happy to help you. Visit our Open House page for specific details on times and locations! We look forward to seeing you!

 

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6 Reasons To Build A New House

luxury custom built kitchen6 Reasons to build a new house

There could be countless, personal reasons you’d choose to build a new house over purchasing an existing “used home.” Here are 6 of the top reasons our clients have told us:

Reason 1

You choose EVERYTHING! From design to paint colors, to flooring and fixtures. A new/custom home is designed around YOU!

Reason 2

You choose a location where the views suit you. Whether you’re building a new house in one of our neighborhoods, or on land you already own you’re can select the view that’s right for you! Imagine waking up to a beautiful wooded scene. Maybe your dream includes lakefront property. It’s up to you!

Reason 3

Working with a designer/architect ensures you’ll get the most from both the land and the house design.You can let the architect help you find the best features of your new home site. Maybe there’s a natural slope to the land and you’d like to have a walk out lower level.

Reason 4

Building a new home means it will be built with the most up to date and efficient products. We’ll use the most energy efficient building techniques,  insulation and appliances as well as “smart home” options! Your home will save you money on heating and cooling costs! It will also be a very comfortable interior environment all year long.

Reason 5

Another reason s to build a new/custom house –  you won’t have to worry about repairs! A new house has NEW – EVERYTHING! Repairs to an existing “used house” typically are required for three reasons. A. The home is old enough that things are just wearing out. B. The house is old enough the systems are no longer up to code C. The previous home owner didn’t take very good care of the house and it’s beginning to show.

Reason 6

Building a custom home means you can have it be just as private or open as you desire. Are you the kind of homeowner who loves chatting with your neighbors? Does the idea of quiet seclusion appeal to you? When you’re building a new/custom house, you make the call!

Would you or someone you know like to build a custom home? Give Watts Homes & construction a call at 269-345-3859 today. We’ll be happy to help!

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