Asheville, NC was ranked #24 in the recent US News and World Reports list of 125 Best Places to Live in America. To determine their rankings, U.S. News analyzed 125 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people’s desire to live there.
This latest ranking comes as no surprise considering how many accolades Asheville has recently received. Asheville is well-loved by tourists and natives alike. Many of our clients come as tourists and fall in love with our city and make plans to revisit and eventually make the move. As a custom home builder in Asheville, we have clients that move here from all regions of the country. The natural beauty of the mountains is alluring and the quality restaurants, breweries, and cultural activities are an added bonus.
Asheville’s neighborhoods have very different vibes and it’s not hard to find one that makes you feel at home. Judd Builders builds custom homes in all areas in and around Asheville and Black Mountain. We are currently building and remodeling in the Farm at Mills River in Mills River, Champion Hills in Hendersonville, Biltmore Park, Fletcher, Haw Creek, Black Mountain, Swannanoa, and Fairview.
If you are interested in moving to Asheville and building a new home, please call us at 828-274-4448.
When interviewing custom home builders in Asheville NC, consider cost vs. value
There’s an old saying that goes something like “Fast, good or cheap. Pick two.” At Judd Builders we know many custom home builders in Asheville NC think this when meeting with potential clients. Without asking, they can usually figure it out after the initial meeting. If you are looking for a custom builder to give you unparalleled quality and value, get the “fast, good or cheap” saying out of your head. We operate a lot differently. We don’t do cheap and depending on the home, it can be nearly impossible to build a custom home faster than 9-12 months. Some homes take closer to 18 months. We do better than good, but it takes time, quality materials and employing the most talented craftsmen and craftswomen in our area.
Benjamin Franklin wrote, “the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” This statement is very indicative of building anything, let alone a custom home that you’ve worked hard to build. One of the most asked questions from potential clients is regarding the cost per square foot. There are so many factors that go into this number and it’s hard to give an average not knowing all that their project will entail. We are very honest from the beginning in letting potential clients know that we’re most likely not going to be your lowest priced option and we give the advice that you may want to be a little cautious of a builder that comes in much lower than their competitors.
We’ve seen it before. Clients who have chosen the lowest price option have quality or performance issues with their new home and come to us for remodels and repairs to correct the issues. We understand their frustration. Our commitment to quality craftsmanship, attention to details, uniqueness, streamlined building processes, and superior customer service are all factors that go into our pricing. Value stands the test of time and protects your investment. Choosing an Asheville custom home builder should be like an interviewing process. Talk to as many as you want, but always ask if you can walk through homes that they’ve built and talk to past clients. They can talk all day about how great their quality is, but ask to see it for yourself and you be the judge. Quality means different things to different people.
Jerry Banks, project manager and home remodeling expert at Judd Builders, was recently interviewed for an article about the cost of building a garage on realtor.com.
With more than 25 years of experience with 10 years at Judd Builders, Jerry is an expert when it comes to all things construction and remodeling. His understanding of construction processes and estimating projects is invaluable. Keep up the good work, Jerry!
GIVE YOUR CEILINGS THE ATTENTION THEY DESERVE
Ceilings are by far the most under-appreciated design area in a house. Let’s face it. They received a really bad reputation during the popcorn ceiling phase of the late 1950s into the 1980s when they were the standard ceiling for American residential construction. We’re on a mission to bring back beautiful ceilings that create inviting spaces for people to gather, eat, sleep and do what they do.
Depending on the materials and colors, ceilings can add brightness, drama, separation, uniqueness and personality to a room. Building custom homes allows us to work with our clients to create rooms with details they will love for years to come. Below you’ll find 6 of our favorite treatments that will save your ceilings from neglect!
Whether your style is traditional or contemporary, coffered ceilings add a certain je ne sais quoi to any room. A coffered ceiling is considered decorative and consists of recessed panels supported by beams. The panels are typically square but come in other shapes as well. In addition to adding character and value to your home, coffered ceilings can improve acoustics and add the illusion of height. View coffered ceilings in a an Asheville home remodel.
Tray ceilings can be a luxurious feature in any room in a house. They make a big impression and pain can make them stand out even more. Neutral walls can be dressed up with a contrasting color on a tray ceiling. Painting the tray the same color as the walls will accentuate the tray detail and give the room a layered feel. Another option is to use dark wood molding as shown in the picture below.
BARREL VAULTED CEILING
These ceilings open up and provide height to a room, giving it an open feel like no other ceiling can. Barrel ceilings can be finished in a wide range of materials, from painted drywall to beadboard and more.
EXPOSED WOOD TRUSSES
When you think of exposed timbers, rustic spaces come to mind. Many homes built by Judd Builders have a rustic design element to them as we are located in the mountains of Asheville and near many lakes, but exposed wood trusses don’t have to have a cabin or barn feel. If your taste is a little more contemporary, wood trusses can create a modern space when merged with clean and simple surfaces. We love the look of natural wood but whitewash is another option for exposed wood trusses. View our portfolio of new Asheville homes.
Using materials in an unexpected way can add boldness to any room. Using wood can dress up or dress down a space depending on the type and finish of the wood. A matte finish and deep color can stand out in a neutral room with simple flooring. A tone-on-tone wooden scheme creates a consistent look that can be accented with a soft, calming paint color.
Paint is the easiest and most inexpensive way to draw eyes up and enhance a ceiling. Whether the ceiling color compliments, is a bright pop of color or is dark color, a painted ceiling will make the room look more decorated and refined.
Whether you’re looking for an Asheville builder to build your next home or are interested in remodeling your Asheville home, Judd Builders can help you decide which design elements will work for your space and match your design style. Call us today at (828) 274-4448 to discuss a new home or home remodel.