Have Questions? Ask the Builder

Rich Kogelschatz, CAPS, CGB, Heartland Builders LLC It’s natural to have questions and changes when building a custom home. Prevent surprises and delays by getting answers from the top. There are lots of things homeowners can do to keep their building project running smoothly. Number one is making timely product choices, but another key action […]

Why Own a Greener Home?

Whether it is a new home you are building from the ground-up, or your existing home that can be made more energy-efficient, you can take charge of your effect on the environment for future generations. Residential Home Services Network estimates that 16% of all greenhouse gasses come from residential dwellings. That means human activity from […]

Design Trends to Look Out for in 2018

We saw trends of 2017 featured in the media and in our own HBA Parade of Homes this year. The modern farmhouse, bohemian themes, and white kitchens featuring subway tile graced many homes this year. As fall fades away and we launch into winter, it’s time to start thinking about the hot trends 2018 will […]

The Future of Glass in Homes

Glass and mirrors continue to be prominent features in homes.  Glass adds a timeless, clean look that creates a comfortable living space and adds value to your home.  Combining precision and elegance can give you the customized, clean style that you are looking for. Shower/ tub enclosures A glass shower/ tub enclosure can be a […]

6 Things to Keep in Mind Before Building a Home

Building a new home can be a very daunting project. It’s hard to know where to start and what you should know from the beginning to avoid mishaps. Is it more important to get those glass-front cabinets or the reading nook for the kids? “It’s all about the client’s lifestyle and what’s important to them,” […]

The Floor Plan Everyone Wants

Whether looking for a new home or revamping a current residence, home owners continue to be drawn to the feelings of spaciousness, easy flow and welcoming togetherness evoked by an open floor plan. This is a trend that began in the early 20th century and has continued to make appearances in home design today.   […]

A Look At The Benefits Of Aging In Place: How To Stay In Your Own Home

According to recent studies, as many as 90% of seniors over the age of 65 say they want to stay in their own homes as long as possible, and for many, this idea is appealing for many different reasons. It’s also very doable; with a few modifications and changes, most seniors can ensure their home […]

Staying Weary of Unrealistic Contractors

The housing market is strong and with the demand higher than the supply of contractors, home owners may be waiting for long periods on some of the better contractors out there. In times like these, it can be tempting to forego the extensive search of qualified people for the job but that can really be […]

Choosing to Remodel or Build New

Whether to build new or remodel your existing home… Your family is growing, your parents are moving in, you have a lifestyle variation…it’s time to change your home! Looking at the options of remodeling or building a new home can be confusing, comparing all the pros and cons. We have broken down some of the […]

Storm Damage? What are the next steps?

Spring is here and so are those seasonal storms. The HBA has some tips for how to handle down tree branches, damage to your home, and avoiding shady contractors looking to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners. ASSESS THE DAMAGE The roof is most susceptible to costly damage. If a tree limb or other heavy debris fell […]