4 Spring Trends in Custom Home Building

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Custom home construction is both an art and a science – as such, it constantly evolves. What was in vogue ten or even five years ago might not make much sense to current homebuilders. Today’s custom home builds place equal weight on form and function, creating beautiful spaces that work for your family’s size and budget. Explore some of the latest trends in custom home building.

The “Messy Kitchen”

The open concept home has been a popular choice for homeowners for years, and it makes sense: an open concept makes a home appear larger and makes it easier to entertain guests. There’s a major downside to an open concept floor plan, however: your guests risk looking at a pile of dirty dishes and kitchen counters as they eat the meal you just prepared. This is where the concept of a “messy kitchen” comes in: newer custom homes feature a hidden prep area tucked in behind the main kitchen space. This allows for minimal cleanup and more time for socializing with friends – isn’t that why you’re hosting in the first place?

More Natural Elements

Today’s custom homes, especially in temperate climates, have an increased focus on blurring the line between inside and outside spaces. While the sweltering summers of the west make it impossible to fully merge these two spaces, designers provide a practical answer by incorporating more natural elements into the home. A stark contrast to the tech and industrial trends favored at the turn of the millennium, today’s modern homes focus on interior landscaping and natural elements like stone, concrete, and copper.

Richer Color Palettes

If the neutral palettes of current home decorating magazines bring waves of disappointment, this year brings good news for those who love color. Current trends in home building feature retro vibes, like candy-coated high end appliances and even rich furnishings in luxe materials like velvet. Look for other warm accents in the form of copper or brass fixtures.

Open Shelving in the Kitchen

Today’s homes focus less on the pristine and more on the comfortable and cozy. One popular way to accomplish this is by incorporating open shelving throughout your kitchen. This not only gives your new house a homey feel, it also gives you the opportunity to turn your kitchen ware into art pieces.

Custom home building trends may evolve, but we think the focus on creating a home that’s functional and beautiful is here to stay. Would you try any of these new home design and construction trends? Tony McClung can help make your dream a reality – contact us to learn more.

Home Maintenance Tips (that you can do yourself!)

Home maintenance is definitely not restricted to the various different repairs you do around the house. In fact, if you do certain tasks regularly you will be able to avoid things from even breaking in the first place. However, if things do break, we have some easy DIY home maintenance tips to help you out. Instead of splurging on expensive professional help, you will be able to do everything on your own.

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Here is an all-encompassing checklist of what every homeowner should do on a regular basis to avoid any problems around the house.

1.     Have the fireplace and the chimney checked and cleaned on a regular basis

Yes, we know. Here in Texas, we use our fireplaces about once or twice a year. But, a lot of us still love having a fireplace in our home for that cozy winter night. But, most of us tend to put off any attention to the fireplace until that winter day arrives, and we have no other option. However, it is very important to have both of these cleaned regularly. Not only is this going to save you from a lot of hassle afterward, this will make your house look super clean as well.

2.     Test The Garage Door Opener Monthly

It is important to check your garage door opener monthly to make sure that it is reversing whenever an obstruction hits it or whenever the sensor beam is interrupted by another object. When you check it regularly, you will know that there is a problem with it beforehand and will be well prepared for it.

3.     Inspect the door and window caulking

It is advised that you do this annually to avoid any mishaps. The caulking also helps save the energy and retains heat within the house. This will not only help you save a lot of money but will also help keep your house well maintained.           

By following the above mentioned three steps you can rest assured that your home maintenance is on point. And, at any time, if you need a professional's help to redesign something in your home, give Luxury Homes by Tony McClung a call today at 214-668-7802!

 

Tips To Renovate Your House Beautifully, yet Economically

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Most of us renovate our homes because we want them to look beautiful and feel more comfortable as well. If you want to renovate your home, you should consider this home renovation plan to be a business plan. If you are starting from scratch, this could also become your special project. The most important thing when it comes to renovating your home beautifully on a budget is to plan everything beforehand. Following are some of the tried and tested methods using which you will be able to save money along with decorating your home like you want to.

1. Budgeting

The very first step to renovating your home is to start with the budgeting. It is very important that you decide on the total expenses beforehand. Also, make sure that you do not overestimate the budget and research in depth about what you want and how much they are going to cost.

Keep in mind that hiring a professional like Tony McClung can be a benefit in the budgeting and design process. Architectural Designers like Tony will work to organize builders, interior designers and construction crews so your remodel project doesn't take over your life!

2. Choose The Correct Paint

The paint of any room is going to affect its lighting as well. When you are renovating your home on a budget, it is important that you keep everything simple. Keeping a color scheme, which you can use throughout the house, means you can save the money needed to buy various different shades. Be sure to check out sources like Pinterest, Joanna Gaines and other popular design sites for paint color scheme ideas that will be perfect in your home.

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3. Make Small Rooms Appear Bigger

To make your house look bigger without any major renovation, you should know the art of making smaller rooms look appear bigger and more spacious. To do this you could use mirrors. This is a tried and tested method to make any room appear bigger.

 

By using the three above mentioned tips and trick you can make your house appear prettier and grander without having to spend loads and loads of money on it. Who thought renovating a house could be so easy and economical! 

What’s Included in a Luxury Custom Home Build, and How Much Does It Cost?

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Maybe you’ve considered building a home, but must address the all-important question: Can I afford it? Luxury homes in Dallas come in all shapes and sizes. Chances are you can find a custom home that fits your needs and budget, but you’ll have to do a little legwork first. Here’s what you need to know about the home-building process:

Location, Location, Location

One of the biggest factors affecting your home-build will be where you build it. In Dallas, there is Highland Park, University Park, Preston Hollow, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, Richardson, Plano, Frisco, North Dallas...just so may options! Dallas neighborhoods range from very expensive to “up and coming.” Choose the latter and you may find you can get more house for your buck. Even better, you may find that your home appreciates over time. Keep in mind that as you price out property in different neighborhoods, taxes may vary considerably by location. You can easily estimate your property tax by talking to a local government branch, or looking up tax records of nearby houses with a similar value (or projected value).

Renovations Versus New Builds

If you’re currently in a home that can no longer accommodate your growing family, you might be thinking that a renovation is the best option. In some cases, renovations can be a cost-effective alternative to starting a new home from scratch. In others, however, a new build may actually be more frugal. For example, adding an addition can uncover unforeseen problems that may make working with your existing structure a cost-sink. This may apply to older homes, especially those built before the 1950s (when both asbestos and lead-based paint were used). Remember, these are most dangerous when disturbed, so you could be looking at costly remediation to make your home hazard-free. Lead remediation alone can cost tens of thousands of dollars. In other words: do your homework before choosing a renovation over a new build.

Consider Your Budget

A home cost in Dallas will vary greatly depending on the scope of the build and where you choose to build it. There is no set cost for custom homes, as each McClung home is completely unique and tailored to the individual. As a good rule of thumb, however, expect a new build to cost anywhere from $100-$400 per square foot. Having a home that meets your exact specifications, however, can be priceless.

Tony McClung will guide you through the custom home building process using his decades of experience and architectural design knowledge. For more information about our custom homes, please contact us.

Tony McClung: Dallas Custom Home Builder

If you’re designing a custom home in Dallas, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the options available. Often, the most difficult part of custom home building is choosing the features you want, and accommodating them to your budget. The right partner can make all the difference in getting the home of your dreams, all on time and within your means. Whether you’re undertaking a house remodeling or building a structure from the ground up, you’ll want a partner with both experience and vision. Tony McClung sets himself apart from the competition and is committed to helping you build the custom home of your dreams.

About Tony McClung

Tony McClung knew what he wanted to do with his life earlier than most. In fact, it started in the seventh grade, when he built an addition to his family’s garage – from the foundation, to framing, and even the roof. Now, Tony McClung has over 50 years of architectural design experience, which gives him an eye for detail and vision. His building experience also gives him the foundation for the practical consideration of homebuilding, from timelines to permits.

Truly Custom Homes

Some firms label themselves as “custom home builders” but still have a group of templates for you to choose from. Tony McClung believes that a true custom home should be exactly to an owner’s specifications. That’s why we design unique floor plans and spaces, giving new meaning to the term custom homes in Dallas. Every project he does gets tailored to the client’s exact wishes, and you’ll have the benefit of his expert guidance throughout the entire process.

At Tony McClung Homes, we start with the idea that your home should make a statement, both on the outside and the inside. From curb appeal to the interior finishing touches, Tony can help you choose the features that will make your home the best on the block.

Home Remodeling

Sometimes, we want to stay in our current homes, but our expanding families and evolving needs mean we outgrow our existing spaces. When this applies, a custom home remodeling partner is essential. Whether it’s redesigning a kitchen to accommodate entertaining or creating a bath that’s a welcome respite from the daily grind, we help make your vision a reality. Our firm can handle it all, from the planning and zoning stages to choosing the raw materials for construction. That’s the Tony McClung difference – and it’s something you won’t find anywhere else in Dallas.

How to Design and Build Your Custom Home in Dallas, Texas

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The prospect of building a house is exciting, but it’s also confusing. A custom home-build allows owners the opportunity to incorporate the features they’ve always wanted into their Dallas luxury homes, but beginning the process can be daunting. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Get Your Financing Together

Financing a custom home can be trickier than a conventional mortgage, as you’ll need a construction loan. If you don’t already own a parcel of land, you will first have to finance the property purchase before the construction loan. This often means two sets of closing costs and settlement fees, so be prepared.

Custom home-building may also require an excellent credit score and a down payment of 20%. In order to protect themselves from construction glitches, the ban may require extra reserves, as well. Keep all these things in mind as you begin your custom home research.

2. Hire a Contractor and Architectural Designer

When building a house, one of the biggest decisions you’ll make is your architect and contractor. Check references, review examples of previous work, and ensure the match up will be a good fit. Some people choose to find a builder first who recommends an architect, while others seek out an architect first. Tony McClung is a skilled Architectural Designer, both an architect and a builder, so our firm handles the entire process and eliminates any confusion. Tony will manage every step of building a custom home.

3. Plan, Plan, Plan

Once you obtain financing and choose the best partner from custom home builders, the fun (and real) work begins. Planning for every detail and contingency in your custom home can save you money and prevent potential construction hiccups. Planning your home from foundation to roof reduces the possibility that you’ll incur hefty costs from tearing down existing structures to accommodate a change order, or that materials you suddenly need aren’t available.

4. Keep the Lines of Communication Open

Now that you’ve finished the planning process, it’s time to break ground. Remember as you go through the construction process to communicate with your architectural designer. It’s much better to address any potential issues as they arise than to wait until they become a problem. It’s also a good idea to embrace flexibility – custom home-building is rewarding, but the best things take time. If you’re patient and open-minded, you’ll find the process of building your dream home rewarding.

Have questions about building your custom home? Feel free to reach out to Luxury Homes Designed and Built by Tony McClung. Tony is here and ready to help you walk through every step of building your custom home in Dallas TX.

Using Drones in Home Building

Tony McClung is always looking to provide his clients with the very best builders, materials, design and processes in building their custom home. One way Tony does this is by using drones to give homeowners a preview of their new home.

A drone flyover will show progress that is being made on the home, as well as give homeowners a view they will see from their 2nd floor master bedroom, before the second floor is even built! Tony McClung and his team also use drones to view the crawl space under a foundation and check on roofing structures. 

Drones are just one more way Tony McClung and his team has found to make luxury custom home building in Dallas Texas less stressful and more efficient. If you are interested in learning more about Luxury Homes Designed and Built by Tony McClung in Dallas, Texas, please contact us 214-668-7802.

Selling Your Home? These Upgrades Pay Off

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When Dallas homeowners build a new home, or remodel their old one, they’re not just thinking of the enjoyment they’ll get from improvements. They have one eye toward the future when their investment could earn them even more. Homeowners should know what projects boost a home’s market value and which cost more than they’re worth. A family room addition or basement remodel can provide extra space and improve home value. Homeowners can expect to recoup approximately 80 percent of a minor kitchen remodel. A new front door dramatically improves a home’s exterior for an impressive return on investment. Here are some further upgrades that really pay off:

1.     Family Room

Families need places to hang out. Renovating a space to serve as the home’s social hub adds an intangible value to your house that family buyers will love. Installed cabinetry and hard-wired entertainment systems increase that value.

2.     Finished Basement

An unfinished basement means different things to different buyers. Some will love the chance to design their own space, while others will see it as more work in their already-busy lives. If you leave your basement unfinished, make sure it’s clean and dry. If you finish the space, use materials equal to the quality of surrounding homes and make the functions of that space stand out.

3.     Kitchen Renovation

Buyers will always focus on the kitchen. Make sure yours tells them “you want me” with refurnished cabinetry, an added island, new water fixtures, new countertops, and energy-efficient appliances. If you’re buying new appliances, go the extra step and buy smart appliances.

4.     Steel Entry Doors

Secure front doors speak to buyers in ways the rest of the house won’t. It’s the first impression they get of your home. Make sure it looks secure and new with a steel entry door.

5.     Fiberglass Attic Insulation

Lower heating and cooling bills are important to potential buyers. Upgrade your home’s insulation with top-of-the-line R-30 insulation. Do it when you move in to maximize your savings, as well.

6.     Smart Homes

Smart technology is here to stay. If you’re going to add smart appliances to your kitchen, go the extra step and upgrade the entire home. Add smart thermostats and a security system. Install a professional network. Make your home a beacon of technology for today’s tech-minded buyers.

7.     New Windows

No one wants to experience cool, blustery weather inside their house. Make sure your windows are the most energy-efficient brand you can find, which will decrease your energy bills and pass that same benefit on to a potential buyer.

Going that extra step now could lead to a higher sale when the time comes to move on. Contact Tony McClung, a Highland Park based architectural designer with more than 50 years of experience, to upgrade your home today!

Growing Old in Your Dallas Dream Home

As we settle into our dream, forever home, it is sometimes hard to think through the features that may become hard to live with as the years go on. Take some time to look through this infographic from the United States Census. If your Dallas home needs some updates that will make life easier for you in a few (many, many) years, or for an aging relative, give Tony McClung a call at 214-668-7802.

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How to Design the Bathroom of Your Dreams

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The bathroom may be one of the most important rooms in your home. In the morning it’s a workstation with bright lights and beautiful surfaces to help you get ready for your day. In the evening you unwind by lighting candles and slipping into the tub. Here are some bathroom ideas for choosing the most important elements.

Choose high-quality fixtures.

The sinks, the toilet, and the tub are going to be there for a long time. You might decide during a bathroom remodel to change the flooring or the wall color, but for major fixtures, choose a high-quality design that is going to last.

Lighting is critical.

Choose wall-mounted lighting around the mirror that provides plenty of illumination. Add style with a chandelier or pendant. A pendant adds charm and provides soft light when you need it. Use recessed lighting to provide soft light to corners. Don’t forget the shower fixture.

Use gorgeous tile.

You can make a huge impact on any budget with your tile selection. Choose an unusual pattern or use polished marble or granite. Even large bathrooms have a limited amount of space, while small bathroom design involves even less area to work with. Go all out with tile everywhere, or choose one statement wall for your most luxurious tile choices and cover the rest in clean white.

Install a freestanding tub.

If you have space, nothing says luxury like a freestanding tub.

Include plenty of storage.

Before you start, look at the items you use every day and design your bathroom storage around them. Custom design drawers and cabinets are great for organization. Your bathroom stays neat when everything has a place out of sight.

Tony McClung works with interior designers and contractors in Highland Park, Preston Hollow and the surrounding Dallas areas to make sure your bathroom design is perfect. Contact us today to find out more.

Tiny Homes are on the Rise - Even in Dallas!

In our research for popular trends on custom home building, it is hard to miss the recent rise in popularity in tiny homes. Across the country, even in Dallas, smaller homes are springing up all over the place. We found an interesting infographic that shows some of the trends of home sizes in America. According to the data gathered, a changing economic climate and a growing concern for sustainability has led to people buying smaller houses in the US in the past few years.

What do you think? Could you live in a  home? Have you seen them around Dallas? If you are really interested in tiny houses, check out the Tiny House Jamboree right here in Arlington in October. But first, be sure to talk to Tony McClung - he can design you a gorgeous small home that is full of custom design and all the luxuries you could want!

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