Outdoor lighting accentuates landscaping and provides safety

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 |

Outdoor lighting serves several purposes: It can make your home safer, and it can also accentuate your landscape design.

Our Georgetown European home floor plan is a must-have rambler with an open staircase, vaulted ceilings and more.

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 |

At Rainey Homes, we create living rooms that entertain

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 |

When you have company over, the last thing you want is not enough places for people to sit. With Rainey Homes, you can customize your living room from numerous spacious options, so there will be room for everyone who wants to come and visit.

15 smart wall storage ideas

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 |

Even with a large home, you can run out of space quickly. Try these 15 smart wall storage ideas.

Super Bowl contest winner

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 |

Woot Woot for Tiffannie Schofield — winner of the Super Bowl Party contest! Her end zone dance is priceless! “I can’t believe this. We are all so excited and freaking out. We’ve always wanted to have an amazing Super Bowl Party and now we have the best excuse possible. This is like a dream.” Congrats!

Home designs that stand the test of time

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 |

While black stainless steel, mismatched cabinets and statement bathroom mirrors are some of the latest design trends, you don’t want to implement them into your home when they will be outdated a few years from now. That’s why we design homes that truly stand the test of time. When your home has a timeless design, it will be current even after you pay off your mortgage 30 or more years from now.

Here are some timeless designs that you should be aware of before you take the plunge and buy your home:

Open floor concept

Having an open floor concept from the kitchen, dining room and living room is a more recent design trend that is expected to stand the test of time because it allows for large spaces to entertain. You’ll also have plenty of room for your furniture, electronics, table and everything else.

Kitchen island

Do you think you’d ever want less counter space in your kitchen? Chances are most likely no and that’s why kitchen islands are expected to stay. Plus, many islands also work as a breakfast bar, which provides more versatility and value.

Gray walls

While gray walls are a fairly recent design trend, they have now become more of the norm. They also blend well with colors, according to Consumer Reports: “These ‘new neutrals’ look crisp and classic on their own and blend well with many other colors and materials, including stainless steel.”

Hardwood floors

No matter what the current trend in flooring is, hardwood floors have proven for decades to last as a preferred feature in a home. They also last a long time and can be easily paired with the rugs of your choosing, allowing for more options and color.

These four designs are some of many that will last for years into the future. Which one of the designs is your ultimate must-have? Are there any features that are missing from this list that are important to you? Leave a comment and let us know.

Is your dream home a farmhouse? See our Terrace Farmhouse floor plan.

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 |

Two sinks in the bathroom

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 |

Loving the clean, new look of this bathroom. Do you and your sweetie battle over use of the bathroom? Individual sinks can help – and we can make it happen.

What to look for in quality home construction

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 |

Quality home construction is important to you, the home buyer, because a house will probably be the biggest investment of your life.

You need to be aware that quality home construction can vary widely. Take the time to ensure you’re getting the home you expect. Here are some steps you can follow to ensure the house of your dreams reflects quality home construction in every way.

Do Your Homework

Start by researching the builder. Ask Realtors as well as other residents who have bought homes from the builder about the quality of home construction. Ask whether they’ve experienced any quality issues and about whether the builder finished according to schedule.

Buying From Plans

When you buy a new home, you’re essentially buying from floor plans, artists’ renderings and models. Remember when you visit a model home that many of the beautiful features you see—think granite countertops and hardwood floors—are probably upgrades. Talk to the builder about what is included in the basic purchase price and what is an option that will cost more. This will give you an idea of the available scope of quality home construction.

Look carefully at the plans. Is this a layout in which you could live comfortably? Can you alter the plans? If it’s a custom home, some changes might be possible. But there might be architectural costs for those revisions. If you’re buying a home that’s part of a community or development of many or hundreds of homes, you might not be able to make changes.

You might also have some options when it comes to the number of bedrooms in a home or the façade at the front of the house. Again, talk to the builder and make sure you understand what you’re buying.

Remember the final outcome might be a little different from the floor plan. The builder has the discretion to change plans and features within reason. Get a full description of the home and all the details of quality home construction in writing before you buy. Make sure it specifies:

  • floor coverings
  • counters and cabinets
  • plumbing and fixtures
  • windows
  • heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system

Examine Guarantees In Detail

Read the guarantee or warranty carefully, noting the promised completion date and what to do if there are any issues or shortcomings in verifying quality home construction. Remember contracts often have provisions for delays caused by circumstances beyond the builder’s control. Many Realtors will advise you to mentally add at least a month’s delay beyond the original completion date.

Look at what’s covered by the warranty. Windows, furnaces and other major components might be covered by separate guarantees.

Safely Watch For Quality Home Construction

Although you should visit the house while it’s under construction, remember that a construction site is dangerous. Make an appointment so you don’t interfere with workers. Take pictures while you’re at the building site. If you see something questionable, show the picture to your building team. If they blow it off, show it to another contractor or an expert for a second opinion. If you think there’s a problem with the quality of construction, push for it to be corrected.

Take a final walk-through of the finished home before the closing date with a licensed home inspector. Be sure to check:

  • all exterior surfaces for cracks
  • seals around windows and doors
  • outside surfaces, including a patio (if there is one), deck and all concrete surfaces for wide cracks, gaps or unevenness
  • stucco surfaces for wide cracks or flakes
  • wood trim around doors and windows for gaps or overlapping
  • ducts, vents, hoses and doors that could let in water and cold air
  • roof, which should receive a professional inspection

Inside, look for:

  • water stains around windows and doors and under sinks
  • surface cracks in walls, ceilings or floors
  • uneven tiles or floorboards
  • gaps between boards or between wall and floor
  • doors that stick or do not swing freely
  • electrical switches and plugs that don’t work

Choosing a builder with a reputation for high-quality construction and keeping an eye on the details can help make the home-buying process that much more enjoyable.

Are your kitchen cabinets cluttered? Organize them with these tips!

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 |