Going Green Makes Cents

meadowGoing green doesn’t mean lots of green spending.  There are simple and effective ways to be environmentally smart without spending a fortune and you’ll see a big return on your investment!

New homes are by nature more energy-efficient than older homes but to boost your green-ness, start with the little things.  We recommend starting with your light bulbs.

Swap incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL)  This can be a 10 minute task depending on how many family members you can recruit to help out!  CFL bulbs are an easy way to conserve energy and save money over the long-term.  While CFL bulbs initially cost more than regular incandescent bulbs, they only use 25% of the energy a regular incandescent bulb uses to deliver the same amount of light.  That’s an energy-saving of 75%!  Plus, CPF bulbs can last 10 times longer and emit less heat.  When you see lower electric bills, be inspired to make other energy-efficient changes!

Low-Flow Shower Heads  have really evolved over the last 5 years.  The older versions cut down on water flow but also reduced water pressure, which meant rinsing shampoo took a lot longer than normal.  Now, you can save water while showering with plenty of water pressure!  Low-flow shower heads can cut down water used for bathing by 50 – 70%!  You’ll save on your water bill and conserve natural resources.  These new version shower heads are easy to install, available at local home improvement stores and start under $20.  Look for WaterSense Certified products.

Programmable Thermostat can return more to your home than you might realize.  If you don’t already have one, installation is relatively easy, economical and immediately beneficial.  These thermostats can be set and adjusted to your schedule, cutting out wasted energy and lowering your utility bill.  They help homeowners save lots of money every year and can help lessen the amount of greenhouse gas emitted into the atmosphere by cutting down on HVAC usage.

Properly Sealed Homes (like a new Lockridge home) can save you a fortune.  Older homes develop gaps and cracks over time near windows or doors that need to be sealed to keep warm or cooled air inside.  Sealing these spaces from both the interior and exterior with caulk or foam filler can quickly make a difference in your heating or cooling bill.

These are some small and relatively easy things you can do to save money and the environment, and a new Lockridge home is more energy-efficient by design.

Want to know more, or have questions about building a new Lockridge home?  You can Ask Helen our online liaison, contact your local Model Home or like us on Facebook

Lockridge is an on-your-own-land new home builder in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. (see all our Model Home Centers). We offer a full service website that allows you to choose floor plans, get complete price quotes, get prequalified for a mortgage, and more. For more information visit our website or email us.

 

 

New Dreams, New Ideas, Your New Lockridge Home

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More and more customers are discovering how affordable building a new home can be! At all Lockridge Home Locations our team members are working with customers to select floor plans, choose interior and exterior details, and create their perfect home.

While our Model Homes are open so you can see all the possibilities for your own new home, Lockridge also gives you the tools to find your floor plan, pick your options and fit it all into your budget – at your convenience!  Our website and your personal Lockridge Account is open 24 hours a day so you never have to wait to find, price, and customize your new home.

This summer visit a model home:

  • Tour a complete new Lockridge home
  • Touch and feel our quality stick-built construction
  • Talk to our experts about building your own new Lockridge home

We’ll also host Open House events this summer.  That means more chances for you to ask questions, meet the team, and experience everything you might have in your new home.

Want to know more, or have questions about building a new Lockridge home?  You can Ask Helen our online liaison, contact your local Model Home or like us on Facebook

Lockridge is an on-your-own-land new home builder in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. (see all our Model Home Centers). We offer a full service website that allows you to choose floor plans, get complete price quotes, get prequalified for a mortgage, and more. For more information visit our website or email us.

 

Choosing Your Upgrades

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Building a new home comes with lots of options and upgrades, but that’s one of the good things about building a Lockridge home!

When I think of building a new home, the first thing that comes to mind is a big, stainless steel, double glass door, commercial-style refrigerator that could hold enough supplies for three holiday dinners! You’ve got your own vision.  Maybe it’s a really amazing family room with vaulted ceilings and a stone fireplace, or perhaps it’s a master bedroom sanctuary, completely isolated from the bustle of the rest of the house.

What’s great about building your own home is your ultimate vision can be almost limitless, but your budget probably isn’t.

Here are some tips on spending wisely on your upgrades and options:

Kitchen Cabinets   Your kitchen is where you and your family spend lots of time.  It’s where you build memories and you’ll want it to be functional, durable, and a space you really enjoy. Upgrading from the standard cabinets gives you better construction and longer lasting finishes. You’ll also have more styles and colors to choose from.  Spend a little extra for the extra-tall upper cabinets and you’ll get more storage space, which is always a bonus!

Upgrade Flooring   The higher the grade of carpet, the better it will stand up to traffic and maintain its good condition. You’ll also have a wider choice of styles and colors. Upgrading your carpet pad is a great idea too!  Standard pads provide minimal cushioning, while better pads increase the life of your carpet and provide more cushioning.

Wood flooring is a great choice. It adds warmth, goes with any décor, and cuts down on household allergens. Install it where everyone can appreciate it — living room, great room, and your kitchen. Oak flooring is a wonderful option that will always look good and tends to cost less than more exotic woods.

Ceiling Fans   Ceiling Fans are a smart, low-cost upgrade that add energy-saving comfort. They’ll help keep your home cool so you don’t have to use your air conditioning as much.  Each ceiling fan can save you as much as $165 in energy costs over the life of the fan. They’re great in bedrooms and family rooms, anywhere you want to put them.

The Upgrade You Want  You’re building your new home from the ground up, so what upgrade would make your new home really yours?  Now that’s a great investment!

Lockridge is an on-your-own-land new home builder in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. (see all our Model Home Centers). We offer a full service website that allows you to choose floor plans, get complete price quotes, get prequalified for a mortgage, and more. For more information visit our website or email us.

Summer Building Season

The summer home building season is here!

You’ve been waiting all winter to start building your new Lockridge Home, in fact you can already picture yourself sitting on the front porch gazing out over your acres of land.  You’re ready to get started, you know which floor plan is perfect for you and your family, now what are the next steps to making it happen?

Land Survey  If your land hasn’t already been professionally surveyed, this is a very important step.  The survey will show you and your Lockridge builder the details of your property including setbacks, easements, wetlands, floodplains, boundaries, size and more important information about your land.  Let’s say you choose a home design that’s 72 feet wide, but your survey shows, that because of required easements, there’s only 70 feet of building space. You’ll need to look at another floor plan or maybe you and the builder can discuss another position of the house on your property.

Soil Test  It’s not glamorous, but it’s important!  Does your land have access to public water and sewer?  If not, you’ll need to get your soil tested for a private septic system and well.  Normally, the local County Department of Environmental Health issues the permit for a septic system and provides a list of approved soil testers, ( also known as a perc test).  It’s better to have this done before you fall in love with a floor plan because the results of your soil test determine the size and type of septic system you can install on your land.  This also determines how many bedrooms you can have in your home.  It’s better to know that your land “percs” for a 3 bedroom home before you get your heart set on a 4 bedroom design.

Budget  Having a homebuilding budget established early makes the homebuilding process a lot easier, and it sets your expectations before you launch into a floor plan search!  Knowing your price range allows you to look at all the home designs that fit your style and budget perfectly.

Lockridge makes it easy for you take these steps toward building your new home.  We give you the tools, links and information you need in your personal Lockridge Account!

Lockridge is an on-your-own-land new home builder in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. (see all our Model Home Centers).  We offer a full service website that allows you to choose floor plans, get complete price quotes, get prequalified for a mortgage, and more. For more information visit our website or email us.

 

Our Standard Features

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For everyone who was on the edge of their seat waiting for the framing post – we’re taking a short break from all the construction stuff, to talk a little about the Standard Features of a Lockridge Home. We’ve had a lot of questions lately about what comes standard in our homes, we love hearing from you (collectively) and love answering questions! So here’s some information about what you’d get in a standard, no-options added, Lockridge home.

Let’s start with the absolute basics – does Lockridge build to code? Of course we do! So, on our current Standard Features list we didn’t think to include any of those things mandated by building code – for instance: termite treatment – but we do it, and you get it when you build a Lockridge home! We’re updating our Standard Features list right now to include everything we can think of that comes Standard (anything you don’t pay extra for) in a Lockridge home – and we’ll note the items that are required by code. A few of our Standard Features, like an electric range/stove, range hood, and dishwasher in your choice of black or white – are actually options with other on-your-own-lot builders. We install name-brand, high-quality appliances and HVAC units in every new home. We also install water-line/hook-ups for your refrigerator ice-makers and washer/dryers.

We’re the best value in custom on-you-own-land new home building. You’ll be able to see that in our Standard Features List, and in the price quotes you can immediately generate for any Lockridge home. We let you see the prices for every single upgrade and option. We also give you the estimate, plus a contingency (just in case fund) for your site work. You get it all, broken down, cost by cost. Not only that, you can revise/edit your price quotes as many times as you want. Delete or add options and upgrades as you look at your final price – you make the decision – its’ your dream home!

You don’t have to come into a model home to do this, or wait for a floor plan book to arrive at your house – simply create a Lockridge account from your computer – and do it at your own pace, whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you.

Lockridge is a custom home builder in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Indiana (see all our Model Home Centers). We offer a full service website that allows you to choose floor plans, customize them, get prequalified for a mortgage, and more. For more information visit our website or call us at 877-852-8453.

Site Construction – Last Steps!

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There are just a few steps left before construction of the foundation begins on your new home – a big day! None of these are really complicated, so let’s cover them all now.

Delivery of Documents:
Your building permit application was submitted after the surveyor came out and created a plot plan, based on the footprint of your home and the septic system. (the plot plan and copy of the health permit had to be submitted at the time of building permit application). Right! That was done and now any remaining contract documents are given to your Lockridge agent. These include the Building Permit (a copy goes in a box on the property during construction), Funding Agreement, Approved Construction Drawings, Permits, Plot Plan, and Certificate of Insurance.

Temporary Water & Electricity Set Up:The construction crews are going to need water and electricity to complete your new home. A temporary hose bib connected to either a private well or public water supply is installed. Temporary electric service is installed by an electrician and an account is set up in your name at the power company.

Dumpster Delivery & Porta Johns:
Trash handling and Porta Johns are scheduled to be placed and picked up on your property.

Septic System Installation:
If your property requires a private septic system, it can be installed anytime between the lot clearing and grading/landscaping steps and doesn’t interfere with the building process.

Site work is done! The construction crew is ready to start building the foundation of your new home! Paved driveways, sidewalks, and landscaping (seeding/sod/etc) occur after your home is complete.

Lockridge is a custom home builder in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Indiana (see all our Model Home Centers). We offer a full service website that allows you to choose floor plans, customize them, get prequalified for a mortgage, and more. For more information visit our website or call us at 877-852-8453.

Benefits of Building a New Lockridge Home

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For most people there comes a point in life when you have to decide if it’s better to rent or buy your home. We have some simple tips below to help you figure out which option, renting or buying, best fits your specific lifestyle, wants and needs.

Advantages of Owning a New Home

Equity – Every time you make a rent payment, it goes to your landlord. When you buy a new home, every time you make a payment toward your mortgage, you build equity. That means if you ever decide to sell your home, the more money you’ve paid off of your loan, the more money from the sale you get to keep. Also when you rent, you may end up owing money when you decide to leave the rental property if the landlord charges damage or cleaning fees! It’s better to pay yourself rather than your landlord.

Price Stability - Rent costs rise steadily every year by approximately 5%, meaning whatever you pay this year to rent, it will be 25% higher to rent in five years, 50% more in 10 years, and on and on. When you buy a new home, your mortgage payment will stay fairly the same for the entire term of loan. Whether it’s a 15 or 30 year mortgage, you know you’re going to pay the same as you do now – two or more decades down the road. That’s security! The New York Times offers a free calculator that shows estimated payments and interest and how long it will take for buying to cost less than renting.

Aesthetic Control - From the paint colors on the walls to the tile in your bathrooms, renting gives you very little say in how your home looks. You have to live with someone else’s design choices. When you build a new home, you get exactly what you want – and can change it up whenever you want, it’s your home ! Landlords generally expect their property to look exactly the same the day you move out, as the day you moved in – no improvements allowed.

Tax Benefits - There are tax benefits of home ownership! There are deductions for interest or property tax. You can’t deduct rent payments from income tax, only the landlord gets a tax deduction.

These are just some of the advantages of owning a new Lockridge home, not to mention pride of home ownership, putting down roots and having a place to call your own. At Lockridge we let you pick options for any, or as many, of our floor plans as your want. Then you can review a complete line-by-line price quote for the construction of your new home, including site work. We give you an estimated monthly mortgage payment based on 100% financing and the day’s current interest rate. Everything is on-line, for free, with no obligations. Visit our website and explore the dream of owning your own new home!

Lockridge is a custom home builder in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Indiana (see all our Model Home Centers). We offer a full service website that allows you to choose floor plans, customize them, get prequalified for a mortgage, and more. For more information visit our website or call us at 877-852-8453.