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Building Your Dream Home: 6 Tips for Designing Your Custom Home

Building Your Dream HomeSir Richard Branson is famous as the boss of Virgin Group and as the owner of a very special custom home on Necker Island in the Caribbean. The design is important to him.

From the iconic Tubular Bells album sleeve to his dreams to build the "sexiest spaceship" ever, he values great design.

Thinking about building your dream home? Designing your perfect house is the first step, so check out these tips for a great design.

1. Sketch Away

You don't need clever software and design technology. A pad and pencil are a good place to start. Sketch ideas you have about your dream home.

You don't have to be good at drawing. Sketches for the basis for discussions with friends and family and also with architects and builders. They are a starting point for other ideas.

Sketch plan views and elevation sketches from different angles. Visualize the implications of interior designs on the exterior of the building. Try out different options while the implications of getting it wrong are the cost of a new notebook.

2. Plan Ahead

Make some assumptions about how long you expect to live in this house. As you do this, consider what life changes might happen to you. Plan to take account of these in your design.

If this is a retirement home you may be in great health now. Try to anticipate the implications of mobility problems in later life. I know you've always wanted to incorporate a fireman's pole into a house design but should you make it wheelchair accessible too?

If you plan to have children or grandchildren, is the design child-friendly? Is the pool safe? Do you have enough rooms for the little guests you may have in the future?

3. Story Board It

Getting your ideas across to others is sometimes difficult. Making sure they are coherent is also a challenge. Using a storyboard can help with this.

Cut out inspirational pictures from design or lifestyle magazines. Print out ideas from websites and blogs. Take photographs whenever you see a design feature, building or room that excites you.

Assemble these images and ideas in a scrapbook. Make notes and add sketches next to the images. Use it to stimulate discussions and creative thinking.

4. Check the Lay of the Land

If your vision is of your dream house you may have clear ideas about the interior and even the exterior. It's really important to consider the context that the house will sit in. For this, you need to know where it will be.

Imagine or sketch the house in the landscape. Workout how it will be orientated. Understand the lay of the land.

Slopes can make a huge difference to a house. Will you need to excavate? Will some of the house be underground?

5. Light and Heat

Where will the sun come up and go down? Where will shadows fall? Where is the best place for a garden or barbeque area?

Will there be hot or cold areas? Is the site surrounded by trees and will this have an impact? Consider if trees may grow to affect the view and light.

6. Get Your Priorities Right

Make a wish list and prioritize it. If it's essential that you have five bedrooms rank it in a priority list higher than the non-essential but desirable humidor. Prioritizing will be important when you start turning your dreams into a budget.

One imagines, even Sir Richard Branson has a budget. His may be bigger than yours but he has priorities just like you do.

Plan for Success When Building Your Dream Home

Better to decide your plans before the first spade full of earth is dug. Changes are usually much more expensive after you've started work on building your dream home. Take your time and get it right on paper first.

To talk to someone about your custom home dreams, click here.

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Is it Time to Build Your Custom Home? 5 Signs You Need to Build a Custom Home

custom homeYou've seen what feels like dozens of houses in your search for a new home. And while some of them were quite nice, if you're honest, you still feel like you'd be settling if you made an offer on any of them. You can't help but ask yourself: is now the time to build your custom home? Keep on reading this post to find out some of the biggest signs that there's no time like the present to build your home from the ground up.

1. Your Finances Are in Order

The first sign that you're ready to build your custom home? Your finances are in a place where you can do. This means that you have a great credit score and that you've eliminated most, if not all, of your debt. This means you'll have money to spend not only on the home's construction but also on the furniture and landscaping that comes with it. You've also researched and clearly defined your budget, and understand the cost of custom built homes. You even have enough saved up to make a payment in case of an emergency setback during your building process.

2. Your Current Home Isn't Cutting It

Another reason to build your custom home? Because the space where you are now no longer fits your needs. Maybe you've added to your family. Maybe you need a larger yard. Maybe you're unhappy with the neighborhood, the architectural style of the home, or even its overall energy efficiency. Your old home just doesn't have the things that you want and need. And although you've looked on the market, it just seems like your dream home hasn't been built yet. It's up to you to build it.

3. You Have a Unique Vision

Perhaps you're ready to build a custom home because you have a particularly unique vision for what you'd like your new home to look like. Maybe you're a fan of taking architectural design risks, and want to create a home that stands out from the other cookie-cutter options on the block. Maybe you know that you want a backyard with a pool, a sprawling garden, or even a guest house -- and you're not willing to compromise on that vision. Working with a team that can make your dreams a reality ensures that you'll be completely happy with your new home. There's no reason for you to settle. You just need to find someone who can make it happen.

Are You Ready to Build Your Custom Home?

We hope this post has you inspired to start the process of learning how to build your custom home. Of course, in order to get what you want, you need to find a team of experienced and qualified professionals who can make it happen. That's where we come in. If you live in or around the Baxter, MN area, we want to be able to work with you to make your dream home a reality. Get in touch with us today to learn how to get started.

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The Local Home Building Company That Does It All

Crosslake Home BuilderB-Dirt Construction is a fixture in the Brainerd Lakes Area building community. We construct signature custom homes with a reputation for excellence. Did you know B-Dirt Construction also wears many other (hard) hats? Proud members of the MMBA (Mid Minnesota Builders Association), B-Dirt Construction also does: 

  • Custom home design 
  • General contracting 
  • Land development 
  • Home Remodeling 
  • Commercial build-outs
  • Residential developments 

Whatever your home design and building needs are, B-Dirt Construction is here to help! Call today for more information, and to schedule your free consultation: (218) 821-5243.

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Testimonials

TestimonialsAt B-Dirt Construction, Brainerd and Crosslake custom home builder, we pride ourselves on delivering your projects on time and on budget. We strive to exceed your expectations, and thrill you with your results. We appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your experiences. Here are a few recent testimonials:

“On time, on budget, and the entire process was fun. I trust these guys completely.”

Dale and Amy | Stonebridge development in Brainerd, MN

"We highly recommend B-Dirt Construction LLC as a builder of high quality homes.

We found from the very start they made what could have been a very stressful experience painless. They were no pressure as we explored our options and always prompt in presenting drawings, ideas and costs with out any fees attached or contract signed. Once we made our decision to go with them found the whole building process a joy. The team they have is great to work with, each and everyone of them even their subs. As an added bonus they even provide us with beautiful place to live at no charge while our house was being built. The icing on the cake was they finished our project early allowing us to have ample time to get in before the holidays!"

We are ecstatic with the end result!!

Paul and Sandi | North Long Lake

Join these satisfied clients and become part of the B-Dirt family today. What are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to call and set up your free consultation: (218) 281-5243. We look forward to building with you!

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We Build On You at B-Dirt Construction

crosslake home buildingSo you have the perfect lake home. Now it's time to retire, and you want to convert that lake home into a year-round residence. That's where Baxter general contractor, B-Dirt Construction, comes in! Come in for a consultation, and from there we will: 

  • Assess the property and foundation
  • Walk through initial options
  • Determine if we will be building out, up, or both 
  • Factor in space needs for visitors 
  • Make changes with aging in place in mind 
  • Maximize views from your property

With B-Dirt Construction, you become part of the family. Don't worry if you're building in remote areas..we will give you weekly updates on your project so you know how things are progressing. Take the first step and call us today: (218) 821-5243.

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Become Part of the Family

Become Part of the FamilyWhen you build with B-Dirt Construction, Brainerd new home construction company, you're more than just a client: you become part of the family! Building a home is a huge undertaking, and can be daunting, especially for first-timers. B-Dirt understands all that, and keeps you informed every step of the way. That's just one of many reasons to choose B-Dirt, a proud local company. Others include:

  • Delivery of your project on time AND on budget
  • Going above and beyond your expectations
  • Our own cement crew
  • Skilled employees in wide variety of trades
  • CAD 3D software that brings your vision to life
  • Weekly progress reports

Become part of the B-Dirt family. Call us today for your free consultation: (218) 821-5243. We look forward to building with you!

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A Proud Local Tradition

A Proud Local TraditionWhen you build with B-Dirt Construction, you support a proud local business with a reputation for superior materials and service. Member of the Mid-Minnesota Builders Association (MMBA), B-Dirt Construction, Brainerd custom home builder, is thrilled to be among the finest local businesses for home building and general contracting. B-Dirt does it all from residential to commercial building to land development. We serve:

  • Brainerd Lakes area
  • Aitkin
  • Alexandria
  • Biwabik
  • Crosslake
  • Detroit Lakes
  • Emily
  • Fifty Lakes
  • Mille Lacs
  • Nisswa
  • Walker
  • Staples

and beyond! Trust B-Dirt custom home builders to deliver your project on time and on budget. Call today for your free consultation: (218) 821-5243.

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The Best Laid Plans Come To Life With B-Dirt Construction

crosslake home builderB-Dirt Construction (Brainerd, MN) is on hand all year round to get you started planning your new build. Now is the time to sit down with us for a meeting. We can meet you in Brainerd or anywhere else and discuss: 
  • How many rooms 
  • Home size/ square footage 
  • Budget 
  • Timeline
  • Lot size 
Best of all, our 3D CAD software brings your ideas to life before we even lay the first board. At B-Dirt Construction, we deliver your projects on time and on budget. Come plan with us today! Call for your free consultation: (218) 821-5243.
 
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A Style All Your Own

A Style All Your OwnAt B-Dirt Construction, Brainerd and Crosslake home builder and contractor, we stay on top of the latest trends in home building. Our goal is to give you a classic home that will never go out of style, no matter which way trends swing. This will increase the value of your home as time goes on. Mixing materials is a way to blend different looks that will withstand changing trends. B-Dirt Construction will sit down with you and discuss options such as:

  • Security system
  • Solar panels
  • Wall coverings
  • Room dividers
  • Outdoor furniture

and all other considerations of your build. What are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to plan your 2018 build. Call us today for your free consultation: (218) 821-5243.

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Time to Plan

Time to PlanB-Dirt Construction, Brainerd custom home builder, wants to remind you that now is the perfect time to start planning your 2018 build! The winter months don't need to be dreary when you're planning your dream home! Our CAD 3D software brings your visions to life. Now is the time to decide:

  • Budget
  • One story, two-story, or split level
  • Extra rooms needed for family
  • Space for entertaining
  • Bonus room above garage
  • Porch or sunroom

Call today to set up your free consultation: (218) 821-5243. Let the new year bring you a brand new view with B-Dirt Construction!

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