WLOS Home of the Week Built by Judd Builders

Written by Judd Builders on Friday, 10 February 2017. Posted in Asheville Luxury Homes

The custom home on 5 acres in Fletcher, NC can be all yours.

WLOS Home of the Week Built by Judd Builders

A home built by Judd Builders at 1126 Cane Creek Rd in Fletcher, NC is being featured as the WLOS Home of the Week. It's a beautiful estate that we enjoyed building in 2010 for the owners who moved here to retire. The home is built on 5 acres outside of Asheville and has a custom waterfall, creek and gated entrance. The custom built home features a gourmet kitchen, 10-foot ceilings, double-sided fireplace and solar panels. The home is for sale and can be found on the Beverly-Hanks website.

Take a 3-D Tour of the home outside of Asheville, NC.

WLOS Home of the Week

Is a Production or Custom Home Builder Right for You?

Written by Judd Builders on Tuesday, 31 January 2017. Posted in Asheville Custom Home Builder

The Factors that Will Help You Choose a Builder

You may think right from the get-go you know the answer that’s right for your family and situation but there are things to consider that you may not have thought of. Both custom home builders and larger production builders or tract builders have positive and negative aspects to their processes, pricing, customer service and timing.

Think first about what level of customization you want. Both Custom home builders and production builders will give you choices and ask for design input, but the amount of control you want may be the deciding factor.

Let’s talk about the differences between these two types of builders for a minute.

A production builder typically has you choose one of their home plans and allows you to customize certain aspects of the home such as flooring, cabinetry, paint and countertops from a library of options they offer through their vendors. These new home construction companies usually are building multiple homes simultaneously in the same neighborhood or area.

Positives about production home builders:
 
•Most offer home and land as a package
•Many of the homes are in planned communities which may have amenities
•Pricing of homes reflects the efficiencies builder experiences building multiple home simultaneously
•You’re able to select your style and include it in exterior and interior design of home

Negatives about production home builders:
 
•Many new home construction companies build quality homes but there are also tract home builders with a reputation for quick, low quality builds
•Houses in planned communities can look cookie-cutter in style
•The same types of materials used to build your house and your neighbors’ new homes are the same. Materials are often bought in bulk
•There can be little room for negotiation
•Upgrades to their base plan can be costly
 

Custom home builders give you the freedom to make more design choices than a tract builder. A custom home is unique to the client and the builder who builds it. You work as a team collaborating on all details to create a one-of-a-kind home. After you choose a custom builder the process usually starts with finding land and an architect to create plans.

Positives about custom home builders:

•You decide where to build
•You supply your plans or hire an architect
•You’re more involved in the building process
•You choose the products and finishes
•You create the home of your dreams (within your budget!)

Negatives about custom home builders:
 
•Custom builders typically build higher end properties so it may not be a good fit depending on your wants and needs
•Custom builders’ reputations are built on the quality and uniqueness of the new construction they build so it may be hard to find one that will cut corners and work with a lower end budget
•Due to the customization and details involved with a new custom home it may take longer depending on the builder’s schedule and processes
•Your full trust is with the builder so do your homework by getting numerous references, contacting the Better Business Bureau, touring homes they’ve built, etc.

As you can see from above there are many things to consider before choosing if a production or custom home builder is right for you. As with any major investment, research as much as you can and get to know who you will be working with. You could be talking to them daily so be sure they are straight-forward and a good communicator.

The State of the Asheville NC New Construction Market

Written by Judd Builders on Monday, 23 January 2017.

Asheville Home Builder John Judd Sr. is interviewed by the Citizen-Times.

Judd Builders's John Sr. and John Jr.

Our very own John Judd Sr. was recently interviewed by the Asheville Citizen-Times about the state of the new construction building and the market Asheville home builders are facing. As a veteran home builder spending the last nine years of his career in the Asheville market, he is one of the most knowledgeable builders in the area.

According to the article, the new construction industry is rebounding after the recession and years of uncertainty. Find the full article at Asheville Citizen-Times.

 

DIY Reclaimed Wood Gift Ideas

Written by Judd Builders on Friday, 02 December 2016. Posted in Asheville Custom Home Builder, Asheville Luxury Homes

Three projects you'll enjoy making and giving this Christmas

Love the look of reclaimed wood? If you've looked at any of the photos of the rustic Asheville homes we’ve built, you know we do too. We love the history and richness of reclaimed wood and try to incorporate it into as many projects as our clients will allow us. If you’re feeling crafty this Christmas, we have 3 DIY projects your friends and family will love receiving as gifts. If you don’t consider yourself handy, visit your local Lowe’s or Home Depot and they can help you get the supplies you need. Nothing beats a handmade gift from the heart that will be treasured for years to come.


Pallet Wine Rack
Pallet wood is easy to find and can be easily repurposed into lots of interesting items for the home. It seems like a no-brainer, but always make sure the wood is untreated and in good condition.

You’ll need pallet wood, sandpaper, a drill, hammer and nails.

(find full building instructions on lifehack)

How to DIY Reclaimed Wood Wine Rack

 

Floating Shelves
Turn wall space into display and storage space with floating shelves. These are budget-friendly and don’t require a contractor’s license to make!

You’ll need a miter saw, wood glue, brad nailer, level, 1x2 and 2x3 boards, plywood and wood screws.

(find full building instructions on Not Just a Housewife)

 

floating shelves made of reclaimed wood

 

Picture Frame
If you look at Pottery Barn, West Elm, Wayfair or any other home décor website and you’ll find picture frames that are made from upcycled wood for sale for big bucks. 

You’ll need reclaimed wood, a miter saw, carpenter square, flat corner braces, a screw driver and photo hanging hardware.

(find full building instructions on Designer Trapped in a Lawyer)

Reclaimed Wood Picture Frame

 

Ask the Builder: A Q&A with John Judd, Sr.

Written by Judd Builders on Friday, 16 September 2016. Posted in Asheville Custom Home Builder, Asheville Luxury Homes

How a client's vision comes to life in phases

 

We get very excited about new jobs. Whether it's a new build or renovating a historic home, we get a little giddy on the first day of starting the project. In November 2014 we partnered with a client to renovate a home that is more like a piece of artwork (all homes are art to us but this one takes the cake)! Here is John Judd, Sr's take on the project that become a two year long passion project. View the full photo gallery.

Q: What is your favorite thing, part, or detail about the work you've done on this house? A: My favorite part of the project was working with a client that had a clear vision of the finished product.

Q: What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome with this project? A: Because we weren't a part of the original build, we were constantly finding areas that were different than what was on the plans. We were able to overcome the challenges by approaching everything knowing we weren't sure how it was done by the previous builder and doing a lot of exploratory investigating prior to ordering materials or giving estimates of cost.

Q: How many people worked on this project? A: Around 30 sub-contractors from as far away as Texas and Florida contributed to the home interior and exterior renovation, outdoor entertaining pavillion, pool installation and log cabin build.

Q: What is the next phase for this project? A: We have plans for a barn with a living area above ready to build. It says a lot about both parties to be better friends after almost three years of building, than when you first met.

Spring Outdoor Cleaning Guide

Written by Judd Builders on Thursday, 17 April 2014. Posted in Asheville Home Remodeling Projects

Renew Your Home's Exterior in Time for Warmer Weather

Don’t neglect the exterior of your home when spring cleaning. Get your home’s exterior and outdoor spaces spring and summer-ready with these cleaning tips.

Gutters: Hire a professional or clean them yourself, but don’t ignore your gutters and downspouts! If you DIY it, wear gloves and make sure your ladder is sturdy and use a stabilizer. Here’s a quick tutorial: http://youtu.be/2_9WJSzV6fw

Siding, Brick and Stone: If you have any siding on your house the best way to brighten it and make it look new again is to pressure wash it. Brick and stone can start to look dingy over time and due to weather. Restore your brick’s luster with a simple cleaning solution and a hose or power washer. Protect your window and door trim with painter’s tape and be sure to cover landscaping. The how to video below gives tips on how to choose the right cleaner for your brick and stone and demonstrates the most effective method for removing dirt and grime.

Roofs: Spring is a great time to check your roof for leaks or missing shingles. Check your attic for water stains. They can be signs of a leaky roof that hasn’t leaked enough to damage ceilings. Roof repairs aren’t always costly. Many minor issues can be repaired with roofing cement, caulking, replacement shingles or new flashing.

Decks: Decks and other exterior wood should be refinished and cleaned periodically. A good, high-quality stain should last two to three seasons. A commercial deck cleaning product can bring new life to your deck and won’t damage the finish. If you prefer to DIY, mix bleach, powdered laundry detergent and hot water to remove mold and mildew from your deck and other outdoor surfaces.

A/C: Have your air conditioner serviced now while the temperatures aren’t too hot. They can change your filters, lubricate the unit and make sure all systems are operating correctly. The last thing you want on a hot summer day is to deal with waiting on a repairman when your A/C stops working.

Windows: Don’t dread washing your windows. Pick a nice day and follow these tips to make the task less tedious:

-Window cleaning solutions can be found at home improvement stores. Most include ammonia, vinegar and/or liquid dish detergent.

-Rather make your own solution? Use these proportions to make a bucket full: two cups of water with ¼ cup white vinegar and ½ teaspoon of dish detergent.

-A microfiber cloth and water work best for wiping windows clean.

-Wash exterior windows with clean water before applying a solution. This will help remove dust and grime.

-Outside screens can be scrubbed with warm soapy water and rinsed clean with water. Allow them to air dry.

-A professional squeegee is a good investment if you plan to clean your windows rather than hire someone. You can find one at janitorial supply stores or home improvement stores.

 

Solar Energy Records Expected to Surge in 2014

Written by Judd Builders on Thursday, 12 December 2013. Posted in Green Building

Solar Has Record Breaking Year in 2013

After a record-shattering 2013 for solar energy installation in the US, the interest in solar energy is expected to continue to rise in 2014. According to venturebeat.com, for the first time in more than 15 years, America is on track to install more solar capacity this year than world leader Germany.

“Without a doubt, 2013 will go down as a record-shattering year for the U.S. solar industry,” said Rhone Resch, Solar Energy Industries Association president and CEO. This unprecedented growth is helping to create thousands of American jobs, save money for U.S. consumers, and reduce pollution nationwide.”

Residential solar panels are the main driver for the increase in 2013 and as the new home market is looking brighter and brighter, we’ve witnessed the increase in solar panels in the Asheville area.

As the second largest source of new electricity in the US, a new solar panel is installed every four minutes in our country. North Carolina only trails California and Arizona as the state with the most solar energy.

In Asheville, we have multiple solar companies including FLS Energy in West Asheville, Sundance Power Systems in Weaverville and Thermacraft Energy Systems in Woodfin. Inc. Magazine has recognized FLS Energy as the fastest growing company in NC for the past two years as a direct result of the growth in the industry.

Judd Builders has worked with clients on various solar energy projects for commercial and residential builds and we expect solar power to become more and more mainstream in 2014. If you are building a new home in Asheville and are interested in installing solar energy panels or have a commercial project we may be a good fit for, please call us today at (828) 274-4448.

Never Run Out of Hot Water with Rinnai Tankless Water Heater

on Thursday, 26 September 2013. Posted in New Product Spotlight

Rinnai Tankless Water Heater Systems

You’ve likely had this experience before; you are taking a shower and someone starts the dishwasher, washing machine, or flushes the commode. Sudden changes in water temperature can really ruin a nice day.  Enter Rinnai Tankless Water Heater. “Tankless water heaters revolutionize the way you use hot water. They produce more hot water, at a more consistent temperature, using less energy than typical tank-style water heaters (http://www.rinnai.us).”

 

Rinnai describes the process as using a heat exchanger that only heats the water as you need it, making it extremely energy efficient, convenient, and cost-conscious. The 45-year old company boasts an average savings of 40% on your electric bill.

 

Due to the sleek design of the tankless water heater system, Judd Builders can install the unit on any wall of your home, or even on an outside wall, if you prefer. Utility rooms are no longer a necessary placement.

 

The longevity of the Rinnai Tankless Water Heater is perhaps the most attractive feature. With a life-expectancy of 20 years (double the average life span of a traditional unit), your home will be more competitive in a buyer’s market, as well.

 

The team at Judd Builders is anxious to talk to you about the use of the Rinnai Tankless Water Heater system in your new home or your upcoming remodel. Please call us today at (828)274-4448.

 

 

 

Prepare Your Home for Cooler Weather

Written by Judd Builders on Wednesday, 25 September 2013. Posted in Asheville Custom Home Builder

Easy Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Long, hot summer days are being replaced with shorter, cooler ones now that Autumn has arrived. With each new season homeowners should remember there are things you can do to reduce the wear and tear on the exterior of your home and yard. Follow our tips for preparing your home for cooler weather

Heating System
-Before you use your furnace for the first time, make sure it is working properly by hiring a technician to take a look at it and make repairs if necessary. Furnace repairs can be very expensive so a regular tune-up can help cut down on large repair bills and will likely help you save energy.

Don't forget to check your vents and have a chimney sweep performed before your first fire. Chimney sweeps should be scheduled annually to reduce the risk of fires.

-Check for carbon monoxide. Known as the silent killer, it can be detected with an inexpensive test or battery operated alarm.

-If your heating system uses gas, be sure to call and schedule your propane or oil delivery. Don't wait until the first cold day or you could be put at the bottom of a long list of deliveries and have to wait days.

Gutters
To ensure snow and rain properly drain from your roof, have your gutters cleaned after the majority of leaves have fallen from trees near your home. More debris than you think gets stuck in our gutters and they can clog water that can damage the exterior and interior of your home.

Plumbing
Frozen pipes that burst can cause major damage. Turn off the water supply to outdoor faucets, disconnect water hoses, and insulate any exposed water or draining pipes that are located in uninsulated areas like crawl spaces.

Exterior Check
Take a few minutes to examine the exterior of your home and pay special attention to the roof to make sure your roof is in good condition and doesn't need repairs. Also, check out the trees surrounding your house and make sure there aren't limbs that need to be removed before the snow season begins.

Spending a few hours to examine and check your home before the cold weather comes, winterizing will help you save time and money in the long run. A home is the biggest purchase most people will ever make so take care of it!

 

New Home Trend: Home within a Home

on Friday, 12 July 2013. Posted in Asheville Luxury Homes

Home within a Home: Secondary Living Spaces

New Home Trend: Home within a Home

One of the new, popular trends in custom home building is the concept of a home within a home. More and more commonly, two generations are sharing the same living space.

Alan Jones, Arizona division president for Lennar states, “Imagine a home that contains a separate apartment with its own sleeping area, kitchenette, bathroom and perhaps even garage. A door connects it to the rest of the house, Jones says. "This allows them to come back and live with you, but not on top of you."

Whether it means that your adult children are moving back home with you, known as the “boomerang” effect, or that your parents have moved in to alleviate issues with the aging process, designing a home within a home is a smart move.

The benefits of a secondary living space within the traditional living space do not stop at convenience for family members. Such a feature can be seen as potential rental income, making mortgages more affordable and resale value (should you decide to sell) dramatically increased.

Please call Judd Builders, today (828) 274-4448. Let us help you with your upcoming remodel or new construction project.

 

 

Designing your Outdoor Kitchen

on Thursday, 04 July 2013. Posted in Asheville Home Remodeling Projects

Make the Most of Your Outdoor Kitchen

Designing your Outdoor Kitchen

Is the rainy weather ruining your Independence Day cook out plans, this year?  Plan ahead for next year’s celebration, and call Judd Builders to begin your backyard renovation to include a versatile and useful outdoor kitchen.

Outdoor kitchens have become a main attraction for both new construction and renovation projects for existing homes. When planning for your outdoor kitchen, make sure to keep these reminders in mind.

1. Use weather-proofed materials.

Often overlooked, choosing proper materials for your outdoor kitchen is the most important step in the preparation phase. The longevity and usefulness of the space depends on choosing temperate materials such as concrete over laminate, and stone floors over hardwood.

2.  Make plans for cover.

When planning for your outdoor kitchen, you will want to make sure that you take every opportunity to make it as useful as possible in all seasons. Whether it be because the sun makes your space unbearably warm, or because you are tired of trying to avoid the daily showers visiting your area, a well-placed covering over your outdoor kitchen area can make all the difference.  Shading can also aid in extending the life of the furnishings you place in this outdoor living space.

3. Storage, Storage, Storage!

Many people don’t use their outdoor kitchen as much as they would if it just did not take so long to get the space ready. With proper storage and preparation, there is no need to transfer everything from inside your home to the outside space that was designed to be an extension of your home. Small appliances, such as a refrigerator and warming drawers can minimize the need for trips inside, while maximizing the efficiency and enjoyment of the outdoor kitchen.

Call Judd Builders (828)274-4448, today, to discuss beginning your outdoor kitchen space.  We are looking forward to helping you with all of your custom home building and renovation projects.

 

Hire a Professional or DIY?

on Friday, 28 June 2013. Posted in Asheville Home Remodeling Projects

Hire a Professional or DIY for Your Remodel?

Every home owner beginning a remodel asks themselves one question; “How can I make the most of the budget?”  Unfortunately, many people opt to save money in the short term by attempting to complete portions of the remodel on their own. Do-It-Yourself has become an extremely popular option with more and more available resources on the internet and television telling the public that they can, in fact, DIY.

The problems with ignoring the need for a licensed building professional are numerous, including increased cost over the long term, lack of expertise when problems arise, and lengthened project timelines.

As stated before, hiring a building professional can be a larger upfront cost. However, the most important and most time-consuming step of the remodel is the planning. When trying to complete the project on your own, you will run into issues you did not expect; issues a professional builder such as Judd Builders would have addressed in the beginning, saving you time and money over the length of the project.

Ask anyone who has undergone any size remodel project and they will tell you that unexpected problems will arise. Whether it be plumbing, electrical, or something very simple, a professional builder will have the knowledge and vendors in line to correct the issues and get you back on track as soon as possible.

Perhaps redundant, although it cannot be stressed enough, hiring a professional building contractor will keep your remodel project on track and keep your completion date closer to the original plan. Time is money, and when your home remodel is shorter in duration, your budget will reflect that.

Please call Judd Builders, today.  We look forward to discussing your new home remodel or new construction project with you. (828)274-4448

 

House Plan We Love: The Cherokee Cottage

Written by Judd Builders on Wednesday, 12 June 2013. Posted in Asheville Custom Home Builder

Garrell Associates Craftsman Style House Plan

Accents of shake, stone and timber compliment the exterior of this exceptional house plan design creating dramatic curb appeal. This Craftsman style home plan features a spacious family oriented lodge room at the heart of this home that opens to a gourmet kitchen highlighted with a center island. A private master suite is adjacent to the kitchen and showcases a large wardrobe and a luxurious bath. Two secondary bedrooms with private baths round out the main level of this beautiful home. Outdoor living spaces include both a covered porch and an open deck ideal for entertaining family and friends. -Garrell Associates

Plan Width:
62'02"
Plan Depth:
86'03"
Master Bedroom:
Master Down
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
3
Half Baths:
1
1st Floor:
2,637
2nd Floor:
199
Total SQFT:
2,836 sq.ft
Foundations:
Crawlspace

Judd Builders, an Asheville, NC home builder, can work with you to customize any Garrell Associates house plan or we will work with the architect of your choice to bring your Asheville custom home vision come to life. Call us at 828-274-4448 to discuss building your new home or remodeling your existing home.

7 Father's Day Gifts Dad Will Get Excited About

Written by Judd Builders on Friday, 07 June 2013.

Father's Day Gift Guide

It’s June, have you bought your dad a Father’s Day gift yet? Whether your dad is a golfer, handyman, outdoorsman or just an all-around great guy you want to show how much you appreciate, we think these gifts will be a hit. Don’t delay buying online, Father’s Day is June 16.

 

If dad’s a golfer, we've got the perfect gadget for him. The Approach S1 North America wakes him up, tracks how far he walks, and measures shots on 18,000 U.S. and Canadian courses. Available at garmin.com for $180.

 

Most people need to charge their devices on the go at some point or another. This power inverter is shaped to fit conveniently into your car’s cup holder and can power three devices at once. Available at Red Envelope for $39.99.


 

Help him get moving in the morning with Kohler's new Moxie Showerhead. It has the ability to stream music from a smart phone, MP3 player, laptop, tablet, or other Bluetooth-enabled device from up to 32 feet away. Available at Amazon for $149.29.

 

Give Dad a gift he can enjoy year round. The CobraCo Round Cast Iron Copper Finish Fire Pit Bowl from Avant Garden Decor will provide hours and hours of cozy fun for friends and family gatherings. $175 from AvantGardenDecor.com.

 

The LifeProof iPhone 5 Case is shockproof, waterproof, dirt proof and snow proof. Perfect for the sports enthusiast dad or anyone who is hard on their phone. Available in 10 colors for $79.99 at lifeproof.com.

 

These glasses are sure to keep dad’s beer colder longer with no condensation. These lightweight double-walled glasses keep up to 16 ounces icy cold without the sweat. The "glass-in-a-glass" insulates attractively while letting you enjoy beer's rich color. Available for $39.99 at Brookstone.

Does dad read the morning paper on his iPad these days? This iPad case is made from textured football leather and features brass hardware and tone-on-tone stitching. Find it at Brooks Brothers for $148.00.

If your dad is a music lover and has a phone with Blue Tooth, the Beats by Dre Pill perfect in the garage, workshop and at the beach or lake. It’s a lightweight, portable speaker with the powerful Beats by Dre signature sound. Available for $199.00 at target.com.

Product Spotlight: TimberTech Composite Decking

Written by Judd Builders on Friday, 31 May 2013. Posted in Asheville Custom Home Builder

Increase the value of your home with low maintenance, safe & durable decking.

When building a deck onto your home, the choices in design are as numerous and varying as your options for materials. Judd Builders, an Asheville, NC home builder, has experience working with a company based in Wilmington, Ohio called TimberTech.

TimberTech’s website http://www.timbertech.com offers planning tools such as an idea starter, a deck designer tool, and free deck plans. TimberTech’s composite decking and railing products offer low maintenance, a 25-year warranty, and increased home value.

Wood decking requires annual maintenance such as restaining or repainting. Whereas, Timbertech’s composite decking maintains its color for years, and is resistant to mildew, insects, and warping.

Timbertech’s products also significantly increase property value. And with a warranty that is transferrable to a second homeowner, adding a new composite deck to your remodel could fetch considerable returns when reselling your home. On their website http://www.timbertech.com, the company offers this interesting statistic; Remodeling Magazine's 2009-2010 Cost vs. Value Report estimates a national average of 71% return on investment for composite deck additions. This is a similar or better return on investment than projects such as bathroom addition, bathroom remodel and major kitchen remodel.”

Allow Judd Builders the opportunity to discuss your building project in time to enjoy your new deck this summer. Call us at (828) 274-4448, today.

 

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