The Vista Blog

3 Must Haves When Starting the Custom Home Building Process

Posted by Ryan Potvin on September 13, 2019

Building a custom home is a long and complex process that has many variables. While the finished product can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, the path to getting there can be quite stressful if you're not prepared. Before you begin the process of building your custom dream home, there are a few things you should know that will help everything go more smoothly so you can have peace of mind throughout the planning and building process.

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Tags: Building Tips & Info

Half-Bath Ideas: Make the Most of Your Small Space

Posted by Danielle McKelley on July 31, 2018

Do you have a small half-bath or powder room and you’re just not sure what to do with the space? Just because it’s a small area doesn’t mean you can’t make it one of the coolest rooms in the house! Here are some great ideas to make your half-bath pop and get the most out of that small space.

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Tags: Building Tips & Info

Preparing For An Empty Nest? Consider These Options for Downsizing

Posted by Danielle McKelley on July 11, 2018

Significant life changes tend to be one of the most common reasons for a family to begin searching for a new home. For many, buying a new home means that the kids have flocked from the nest and started lives of their own -- either at college, in their careers or with their new spouse and children.

The empty nest years are a time for parents to look at their future and reconsider the house they call home. Think about it... There you are in this big empty house with a yard to maintain and more space than you need as you head into your golden years.

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3 Things To Consider When Building Your Forever Home

Posted by Danielle McKelley on April 25, 2018

We have all dreamed of our "forever home" including luxury features like beautiful granite or quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, or outstanding curb appeal with a spacious front porch.

Will all those luxury features truly serve to create a lasting perfect home for you? 

Let's face it, we are all going to get older, and when building a custom home we tend to get lost in that exact moment and forget about the accessibility we will need later on. Here are 3 things that you want to consider when preparing to build your custom "forever" home without compromising your must-have features. 

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Formal Dining vs. Open Concept

Posted by Heidi Willard on April 10, 2018

If you've watched HGTV at any point in the last five years, you've probably heard the term "open concept." In fact, you hardly need totune in for more than a minute before someone on screen raves about an open concept floor plan or complains about the lack of one.

Open concept floor plans are certainly popular, and they're likely here to stay. But does the open concept dining room mean an end to the formal dining room? Not likely. Considering the fact that both options have several unique advantages, it's likely that you'll be seeing both formal dining and open concept dining areas in both new homes and homes that have been recently remodeled.

The real question to answer is, which dining room style is right for you? That's what this article will help you determine.

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Tags: Building Tips & Info, Floor Plans

How Do Home Construction Loans Work?

Posted by Danielle McKelley on March 29, 2018

When it comes to buying a home, most people are very familiar with applying for a mortgage, purchasing, and moving into a home that is already built. However, construction loans designed to help you build a brand new house from scratch can be a little more difficult to understand than your typical mortgage.

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Tags: Building Tips & Info, Advice on Buying

What Should I Look For When Researching Builders For My Custom Home?

Posted by Danielle McKelley on January 26, 2018

Before you begin looking for a custom home builder in the Western North Carolina area, it's important to make sure you know what you want in your new home. Do you know the size of the home you would like to build? What is your budget? 

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Ways To Save When Building A Custom Home

Posted by Danielle McKelley on February 22, 2017

Whether you're doing a home renovation or building from scratch, it's always nice to be able to cut back on expenses during any construction project. You want to build a comfortable home that you enjoy, but don't want to spend a fortune and be living well above your means.

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Buy Or Build? The Home Solution That Fits Your Needs

Posted by Danielle McKelley on September 13, 2016

The largest investment a person makes is normally their home. When buying a home you spend a great amount of time searching for your perfect move-in ready home or designing your "dream home" before signing any contracts. Many things are factored into the house hunt including: location, price, market trends, property taxes, homeowners association fees, and the condition of the property.

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Declutter Your Garage In Five Easy Steps

Posted by Danielle McKelley on August 29, 2016

Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner, and if you're anything like us, you're making a list of chores you need to complete before your guests arrive this holiday season. The chore most of us cringe at is the garage. "How did it get that messy? Where did all this come from?" are usually the questions you tend to ask yourself, or your spouse for that matter year after year. Today, we're going to show you how to declutter your garage in 5 easy steps to save you from the embarrassment when your family arrives and to keep your garage looking great all year long!

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