Are you planning to have your custom home built from scratch rather than buying it from a real estate listing?
One of the things you need to decide on is whether to choose between custom builders and production builders. If you’re one of those people who want to put their stamp and creativity in every inch of a structure, you’re likely to go for a custom build. But is a custom home the best option for you?
Questions to Ask Yourself to Make a Better Decision
Does the responsibility of home ownership scare you?
If you have no problems facing the responsibility head on, then you won’t have problems dealing with the many challenges that come with custom building a house. Because it is built from scratch rather than based on stock floor plans, expect some challenges that even the most skilled and experienced builders may not have encountered.
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Want to make your home or business establishment look cavernous rather than crammed? An open beam ceiling provides the perfect solution.
But because your ceiling is fully exposed, you have to ensure it is built with design and form in mind and not just function. No need to subject yourself and your guests to an appalling view overhead.
What is an open beam ceiling?
This is a great alternative to conventional flat ceilings that involves pulling down ceiling drywall so the joists above are left fully exposed. It brings to mind buildings of the past, particularly rustic and country-style kitchens that have open ceilings.
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When it comes to getting their dream home, people usually think about buying a new property. There’s definitely nothing wrong with doing this but, if you feel the same way, you have to realize that purchasing a new house isn’t the only solution out there. This comes from the fact that you can make your property dreams come true by building a house from scratch or even remodeling the home you currently have. These do require much more time and effort than buying an existing house. However, home design lets you enjoy several financial and personal benefits.
Building Your Dream Home
With regard to my dream home, I built this custom contemporary home for my family located in Vista. This design was perfect for our family as it was designed and built by Richardson Design and Build and was the right design in order to capture the westerly views of the sunset from the upstairs balcony as well as the 22% slope of the lot.
One of the biggest benefits of building your dream house is that Continue reading Getting the Home of Your Dreams through Building or Remodeling
What’s great about building a custom home in San Diego is that the design and structure can be uniquely your own. Unless, of course, if you’re restricted by zoning and building requirements, or that you can’t build a house that sticks out like a sore thumb in the neighborhood. But if you have free reign, home building can be satisfying and rewarding.
Steps Involved in Custom Home Building
It’s important that your designer and builder get a good look at Continue reading Custom Home Building in 5 Steps
This is a recent picture of the Cardiff House that we built. This house overlooks the Pacific Ocean and has a lounge area on the roof for maximum ocean views. This home was a built as an investment opportunity that resulted in tearing down an existing 1930’s Continue reading Custom Cardiff House
Over the years Phil Richardson has been involved with constructing many specialty structures. This page shows a variety of different types of cabanas and other structures. Some structures that are not shown have been spa houses with indoor spas, interior steam rooms with stone mosaic and marble arches as well as customized underground dual lane Continue reading Custom Specialty Structures
This particular art studio was the last edition of a pre-existing estate located in Rancho Santa Fe, Ca. The art studio was designed to reflect the much larger estate as a whole. Since the structure was to be placed on the upper most point of the property, the challenge of the design was to take advantage of the encompassing vistas of the valley below. This was accomplished by placing the structure close to the edge of the pad with the most view as well as incorporating large solid wood windows to bring in a large amount of natural light as possible. Continue reading Art Studios
Here are two examples of parking and garage structures that have been built by Mr. Richardson. This particular client was looking for a separate garage for his two cars as well as a separate garage for his motor-coach. The design of the two structures needed to incorporate the same design and style as his house and adhere to the standards of the Rancho Sante Fe Covenant. The final design and build needed to reflect a structure that appeared less like a garage and more like a detached guest home. Both elements were accomplished with the final build. Continue reading Unique Garage Structures
Mr. Richardson has been involved with the design and construction of many types of closed and open cabanas. The pictures presented are of some of the nicer custom cabanas constructed.
This particular client was looking to to have his vast amount of orange trees cut down and in its place have a tennis court, 2 cabanas, maids quarters, horse pavilion and various hardscape and landscaping.
These photos show the necessary steps taken for the pre-construction and necessary grading. During the pre-construction phase, it was determined that canary date palms were needed to be planted before any work was to begin on the structures, thus a mega crane was needed to do that job considering that these trees weigh several thousands of pounds. Continue reading Custom Cabana Project