Custom Home Architecture

Modern Dream Home Design Contest

KGA’s Modern Dream Home Design Contest

We are very excited to introduce KGA’s first ever design competition. We rolled the competition out to 13 of our design staffers who vary in education, experience and expertise. The goal was to showcase modern contemporary residential design and give …

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How to Create a Custom Home Program

How to Create a Custom Home Program

Programming is the first step in the architectural design process, and creating a custom home program is the first thing you’ll do when you begin to work with an architect. The architectural program defines the scope, features, purpose, and functionality …

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Consultants for Custom Homebuilding

Consultants for Custom Home Building – Who Will I Need?

Custom home building is a team sport! In addition to the Architect and Builder, there are several other consultants that you may choose (or be required) to involve on your project. Many people are not familiar with these consultants or …

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Questions to Ask When Hiring an Architect

9 Questions to Ask When Hiring an Architect

Selecting an architect is an important decision. Most people interview 2 to 3 architects before making a choice. We are all familiar with the basic questions to ask, such as for references and portfolio examples. But sometimes you don’t know …

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What to Expect When Building a Custom Home

Custom Home Building Process – What to Expect

Building a custom home is, quite literally, making a dream come true. The benefit to custom home building is that you get to design and select nearly every single element that comprises your home. The custom home building process consists …

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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Custom Home

9 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Custom Home

Unless you’ve done it before, building a custom home is a new and challenging process! Today we’re going to look at some of the most common mistakes that people make when building a custom home, and tips on how to …

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Custom home in progress

Cost of Building a Custom Home

What is the cost of building a custom home? This is a common – and important – question that homeowners ask when considering building a custom home. There is no simple answer – the answer is always going to be, …

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Tips for Handling the Emotional Roller Coaster of Building a Custom Home

Helpful Tips for Handling the Emotional Roller Coaster of Remodeling or Building a Custom Home

Building a custom home or remodeling your current home is an exciting, fun, challenging and sometimes scary process. Our homes are extremely personal to us. Home is where we spend time with our loved ones, raise our children, entertain, work, …

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Understanding Construction Loans

How do Construction Loans Work?

Once you’ve made the decision to build a custom home, you will probably need to apply for a construction loan. Obtaining a construction loan is an unknown – and often confusing – process for many people, which is why we …

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Home with Classic Revival Style Architecture

Understanding Architectural Fees for Custom Homes

In the first part of this blog we looked at different ways that architects charge for design services (if you missed it, you can read it here). Today we’re going to take a deeper look at the way we structure …

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Benefits of Net Zero Energy Homes

Benefits of Net-Zero Energy Homes

Net-Zero Energy homes are a hot topic these days, especially as prices for rooftop solar photovoltaics and LED lighting continue to plummet. More than ever, net-zero homes can be built for little to no added expense, and are often cheaper …

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Understanding Architectural Fees

How Do Architectural Fees Work?

Architectural fees are a big concern (and rightly so!) for many homeowners planning to build a custom home or remodel their existing home. Fees vary per project and are influenced by a number of factors including: size, scope, site, specifications, …

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