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Virtual Tour!

Our Elk Ridge Meadows neighborhood is really coming together. We’d love to have you come check out the model home there. And, if you can’t make it, here’s a virtual tour of one of the just-completed homes in the same subdivision. Enjoy!


5 Reasons to Use an Interior Designer

When any of our homeowners starts the building process, one of the first things they do is meet with one of our interior designers. Why do we structure the buying process that way? Because we know that having an interior designer is one of the things that makes working with Arive as stress-free as possible. Here are some other great reasons to use an interior designer when building your home.

1. Wholesale Hookups 

Interior designers have access to wholesale decor, materials, and supplies to make your home look perfectly unique. Some showrooms and manufacturers only sell to interior designers, so you’ll need to work with one to gain access to the best stuff at the best prices.

2. Less Stress

You know what you want your home to feel like, but not how to accomplish that tone. Enter the interior designer: The expert on helping you make those key decisions on everything from paint color to counter top material. What stress?

3. Mediation

The husband loves contemporary spaces, while the wife prefers a more traditional look. That’s why an interior designer is a must-have through the process. The designer acts as a mediator between husband and wife, seamlessly blending both of their personal styles into a totally harmonious look.

4. Making the Most of a Space

Nowadays, most homes are designed with family life in mind. A kitchen is never just a kitchen: It can be a gathering space, entertaining area, and dining room. Interior designers help you make the most out of every nook and cranny in your home so it’s as functional as possible.

5. Staying on Budget

Staying on budget can be a common homeowner complaint, but when you have an interior designer on your side, it’s much easier to stay on track. When your designer knows how much you want to spend, he or she can show you the best options for your bucks.

4 Ways to Save Money on Your Dream Kitchen

Most of our homeowners spend a pretty healthy chunk of their budget in the kitchen. And why not? It’s the most functional room in the house and the one most likely to house an entire family all at once. But you don’t have to blow your entire budget on your dream kitchen – instead, score it on the cheap! Here’s how:

1. Mix Materials

Dreaming of an all-marble kitchen but without the marble prices? Luckily, mixing kitchen countertop materials is a hot design trend, so you can get the look for less by using marble for your smaller, perimeter counters, and then choosing a more budget-friendly material (in a complementary tone, of course) on larger portions of counter, like the island.

2. Think Open Shelving

Cabinets are pricey, so think about adding some open shelves to your kitchen design. They’re much cheaper, and give your kitchen a brighter, airier feel. Added bonus? They give you the perfect place to display your grandma’s fine china as a design element.

3. Consider Island Options

Your kitchen island can be one of the most expensive pieces in the entire room. Think beyond the traditional, cabinet-heavy island. Going for an open butcher block or shelving-based island might bring down costs without sacrificing design or functionality in the final product.

4. Get What Your Want… Now

Our single best piece of advice to new homeowners? Get the kitchen you want now. While it might be tempting to skimp on materials and design to drive the price down, if it means a pricey future kitchen renovation down the road, you could end up regretting that choice. Instead, we suggest finding ways to get the look you want for less, and starting with the kitchen of your dreams from day one to save the cost and headache a reno will bring.

Stay or Go? Deciding Whether You Should Renovate or Build a New House

There are pros and cons to both renovating your existing home and starting from scratch with a new build. And, even as home builders, we can admit that sometimes, renovating your abode is a better choice. The real challenge is deciding whether you can get the home for you with renovations, or if it’s time for something new. Here are some things to consider:

You Should Renovate If…

  • You completely love your neighborhood and there aren’t any new building lots available for sale.
  • You’re emotionally attached to your home and would feel a sense of loss if you were to sell.
  • Your home isn’t really at peak sale price, due to repairs, market conditions, and nearby home values.

You Should Build If…

  • Your home’s design no longer works for your family, and cannot be altered to make extra room or better functionality.
  • You are dying to live in a specific neighborhood, and there are plenty of lots for sale.
  • The cost of remodeling your home won’t be commensurate with the eventual value, or the cost of renovations would be more expensive than simply building a new home when added to your existing mortgage.

You definitely have a few things to consider if you’re noticing that your home needs an upgrade. Sometimes, those upgrades can take place with paint and some renovations, but other times, it may make better sense to start new and get the exact home you want from day one. We’d love to help you with that, so start paging through our current designs to see if there’s a plan that would suit your family’s needs.