Building a Vision: The Architecture of a New Dream Home, and how ICON makes it come true.

There is a very defined difference between a house and a home. One might argue that a house is turned into a home as soon as you take possession of the property and make it “your’s” by decorating, and giving it your specific personality. 

But, what happens when you want to build a “Dream Home”? I believe that even before the foundation is poured, or the first sketch line is drawn, this “Home” already exists in your mind, and this is a real challenge that is where the “Custom” title takes a huge relevance, and this is the reason why ICON takes this label to heart. 

Why the Right Builder Makes a Difference

There are many builders that stamp the “Custom” in their name, but only very few provide the type of options and involvement that ICON gives. 

Building a new home itself can be a challenge, but with ICON you get the assurance and peace of mind that only the more than 15 years of experience and knowledge can offer. So you know coming in that you are betting in a company that knows how to make your dream home a reality.

It All Starts With Your Vision

Many people begin with a vague idea of what they want their home to look like. If you need some brainstorming ideas to kickstart this exciting opportunity, here are some things to consider:

  • Your specific Needs: Building the house of your dreams is not only about what you want, but it also provides an exhilarating opportunity to accomodate any special needs for you and your family. Things to consider include: do you have children or plan to have children? What about pets? Are there or will there be elderly people living with you? Do you need a guest room for the beloved in-laws? One or two car garage? Do you need a multi-generational mini master suite for that boomerang child that keeps coming back, or for an aging family member?
  • Your Lifestyle: Think about the kinds of activities that take place in your home. If you plan on working from home, you’ll certainly need a reliable spot to do so. Do you have kids or pets that will need to spend time outdoors? Size of the yard? Do you have a lot of family barbeques that con be enhanced with a patio? Do you plan on having large dinner parties? Do you spend a lot of time in the living room with the famiily? Do you enjoy cooking out on weekends, or do you need a space set-up for a custom grill or smoker? How about a pool house or guest house? Oh! and an outside bathroom, and so forth…
  • Space and layout: Do you envision a one-story or a two-story home? What structural features would you like to see in your house? Where should the master bedroom go? Do you want an open interior layout or divided rooms?
  • Special features & details: This can go on for a while, but let’s look at some fo the biggest considerations. Colors? Fireplace? Carpet or flooring? What kind of materials? For the kitchen: How much counter space? Gas or electric stove/oven? Walk in pantry? For the bathroom: Standing shower, bathtub or combined? Vanities? Linen Closets?

Involving You In Every Step Of The Process

At ICON Custom Builder, we take pride in our process. Many years of experience have brought us where we are today in developing the most extensive, interactive and involved process that ensures our clients stay current with every step as their house goes up.

Here’s a glimpse into what you can expect:

  1.  Bring us your ideas or check out our plans. Many of our clients see different elements of an ICON Custom Builder and would prefer to mix and match along with some ideas of their own. 
  2. Speak with a designer. Ask the questions you need to reach your goals and receive feedback in the process. This includes inquiring about the features and layout options.
  3. It’s your home, you make it your own. This is probably the best and most important feature that sets ICON apart from the competition. You are hand on in the design of your dream home. At ICON  we serve as a guide for the customer, but it is you that decides all the options: color, tile, finishes. After all it is YOUR dream home.

Design. Build. Make Your Home an ICON!

Your dream is there for the taking and ICON Custom Builder is here to help you build it. Give us a call today and get the process started. Design, Build, GO!

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RESNET Energy smart builder

ICON Home Custom Builder is proud to be a RESNET Energy Smart Builder and is committed to increasing the energy performance of the custom homes we build..

Outside of a mortgage loan, the highest cost of homeownership is energy. That’s why smart homebuyers ask for a home’s HERS Index Score to determine its energy efficiency before buying. The HERS Index Score is like an MPG (miles-per-gallon) sticker for homes. After all, it makes sense to know the energy performance of a home before making the investment.

Visit Hersindex.com for more information.

Some answers that will help you in the process

With home energy costs skyrocketing, it only makes sense to find out how energy efficient a home really is. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that a home built to the 2004 International Energy Conservation Code uses 30% less energy than older homes. Many builders today are building homes that use 70% less energy than existing ones.

A home built to the 2004 International Energy Conservation Code is awarded a rating of 100 on the HERS Index. This is taken as the RESNET Reference Home. The lower a home rates, the more energy efficient it is. Therefore, a home with a rating of 70 on the HERS Index is 30% more efficient than the RESNET Reference Home. A rating of 130, however, is 30% less efficient than the RESNET Reference Home.

The RESNET HERS Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. The HERS or Home Energy Rating System was developed by RESNET and is the nationally recognized system for inspecting, testing and calculating a home’s energy performance. Certified RESNET Home Energy Raters conduct inspections to verify a home’s energy efficiency and recommend improvements that can be made to increase it.