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Better than “Quality”

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Better than “Quality”

Quality (noun) – 1. The standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something. 

If “quality” could be measured in the amount of time it takes to achieve something, then it would be easy to say that ours is “good.” If “quality” was measured in the amount of communication we keep to ensure everything was going to plan, then it would be easy to say that ours is “great.” If “quality” was determined in the ability to create timelessly beautiful designs, then it would be easy to say that ours is “excellent.” But there’s more to great “quality” than what the eye can see. So what makes us, our homes, and our service better than just “quality?”

It’s All In The Details

At Experience Homes, we don’t just want to build exceptional homes. We want to exceed the understanding of what it means to be “exceptional,” and take what we offer to a whole other level. It’s not just about the materials we use, sure, that’s part of it – only choosing the best-made, best-grade, highest-quality products to construct our time-tested, Texas-tough homes. But it’s about the meticulous, almost pain-staking process we take to pinpoint every detail, every nook and cranny, of every home.

From the paint colors, flooring, and high-end finishes, to the smallest of details, we don’t want one part of your home to go unnoticed, looked over, or untouched. Every aspect of what we build must be purposeful and well-thought-out, specifically with your individual needs and desires in mind. It’s easy to be cookie-cutter, but it’s better to take the time to do it right, build it tough, and make it meaningful.

Come for the Experience

When you choose us to custom-build your forever home, you get our professional and passionate team to take every step of the process and turn it into an experience that will leave you feeling truly at home and at peace. That’s why we chose the name “Experience Homes” for our business, because the “experience” doesn’t just end when the house is built and finished, it should continue for years to come.

Our customer service goes deeper than simply checking off your list of wants and needs in a home. We want you to fall in LOVE with what we create for you, over and over again, every time you step through the door – so we’re just as equally as passionate about the outcome. It’s the feeling you get, and the beautiful memories associated with your home that we’re working toward – if “forever” could be a feeling, that’s our goal. If you’re in the Amarillo, TX area, and are ready to walk through the door of your “forever,” let us be partners in creating your perfect dream home. Perfectly you and perfectly built – that’s what “quality” means to us. Give us a call at 806-318-8686 or contact us today!

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Flooring Trends: How to Choose the Right Flooring for Your Home

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Wood, laminate, tile, carpet, even stained concrete. With a market filled with so many different types of flooring, choosing the right flooring for your home can be overwhelming. In addition to aesthetics, there are numerous other considerations such as cost, durability, lighting, and who will be living there.

HARDWOOD

Hardwood flooring is extremely popular due to its durability, warm feel, classic look, and the many different choices available. While traditional oak is still in high demand, there are lots of other interesting choices such as Tasmanian oak and Brazilian cherry. It’s also available in walnut, hickory, and maple. Hardwood flooring averages approximately $5 per square foot. It cannot be exposed to high humidity, however, because its susceptible to swelling that causes depressions in the board’s center.

LAMINATE

A popular cost-effective choice is laminate flooring. Today’s choices achieve the look of tile or natural hardwood, and there are numerous styles and colors to choose from. Some of the most popular hardwood styles include:

  • Water-Resistant
  • Stain-Resistant
  • Embossed
  • Distressed Wood-Look
  • Rustic Wood-Look

Colors range from whitewashed to gray to light and dark wood.

The latest pattern trends include herringbone and chevron patterns, which look absolutely stunning in entranceways and long hallways. Wide plank laminate remains a popular style choice as well.

Tile-look laminate flooring comes in numerous water-resistant styles that mimic the look of marble and stone in a range of colors and patterns.

The average cost of laminate flooring ranges from $2 to $6 per square foot.

TILE

Tile comes in many varieties and price points ranging from $1 to $20 per square foot including:

  • Porcelain
  • Ceramic
  • Marble
  • Granite
  • Natural Stone
  • Slate
  • Terra Cotta
  • Travertine

Porcelain, while cost-effective, is also beautiful and low maintenance. If glazed, it can even stand up to high traffic. Marble, while stunning, is your most expensive choice, and due to its porous nature, it requires periodic resealing.

Many homeowners stay within the $2 to $4 per square foot price range by choosing glazed ceramic tile.

CARPET

Carpet is a comfortable choice that keeps your rooms warm and helps absorb sound. It is the most cost-effective flooring option averaging $2.50 per square foot. It has a number of drawbacks, however:

  • It is more difficult to clean than other types of flooring.
  • It is not pet friendly, because it stains easily and retains odors.
  • It also retains moisture leading to mold buildup.
  • It holds allergens, including dust, that can be dangerous for people with asthma, allergies, or other respiratory illnesses.
  • It attracts dust mites and other pests.

STAINED CONCRETE

If you are planning on selling your home, stained concrete is an excellent choice. It’s an extremely versatile option, because it can be stained to look like virtually any type of flooring your imagination can dream up. Far and away, it is the most durable choice and practically maintenance-free. The average cost per square foot falls between $7 and $15 per square foot. More elaborate designs can run as high as $25 per square foot.

Experience Homes lives up to its name as experienced home builders and experts in helping you choose the best flooring options for your home. We will install a variety of flooring types in your home to help you make it your own. We are also innovative, creating interesting patterns to help you create a more attractive look.

We also offer the unique option of our Home Trade-In Program so that you can make your dream home a reality. You can trade-in your old home for a brand new construction home. We help you get financing, and you won’t have the pressure of two mortgages. There are also no realtors fees, no house showings, and no pressure to be out of your trade-in by a certain time.

Contact the experts at Experience Homes in Amarillo, TX today.

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How to pick the perfect paint colors for your home.

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How to pick the perfect paint colors for your home.

One of the most exciting things about getting a new home is getting to do things just how you like them. But picking paint colors can be a tough job. There are so many, where do you even start? Getting to know the color trends can make it a little easier. Maybe you have a particular look in mind or just want to exercise a little self-expression. Either way, you can use the 2021 trends to help get the right aesthetic for your new home.

Interior paint color

What better way to start thinking about your interior paint colors than by taking a look at the Pantone 2021 colors of the year. This year there are two: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, which is a bright yellow.  Grays are versatile neutrals that can complement just about any style and look perfect in any room. While yellows are a classic for kitchens. A bright yellow can also make a good accent color. You don’t necessarily need to go with these exact shades either, but it can be a good starting point.

Earth tone palettes are a very big trend this year. So many people have spent so much time indoors recently that anything that gives a nod to the great outdoors is a welcome sight. Greens, blues, and yellows are popular choices, but the big trend for earth tones this year is brown.

Along with dark brown, other fall colors like purple are popular right now too. Especially some of the bolder, more saturated, and luxurious-looking shades. A good example is Aubergine, a brownish-purple color. These colors are usually too intense for an entire room, but they can make a great accent wall or accent color in decor. If you have an accent color or two you would love to have in the room, you can work from there and look at wall colors that would work with them.

Exterior color

When picking exterior colors, you’ll want to consider the curb appeal of your home, or how it will look from the street. For this reason, most people don’t want to go overboard with something too bold. You’ll want to consider the window color and roof color too when making your exterior color choices.

Those can’t be easily changed and you don’t want anything visually offensive that makes your home look like an eyesore rather than stylish. White or other neutrals are always a popular choice, you can avoid looking too average by picking a trim color that is bold or dark. It’s the perfect spot to work in some color.

Neutrals and blue

If you absolutely aren’t sure what to go with, pick a neutral. They’re popular for a reason. And they work both inside and out.

Another color that is almost universally appealing is blue. It’s a calm and soothing color that also works inside and out. For that reason, it’s a popular choice for bedrooms and bathrooms. This year’s trendiest shades like turquoise and sapphire can provide a pop of color to your interior

If you need a change of scenery and are looking for more than just a simple “freshen up” of your current home, a home trade-in program is a unique option to help get you into your dream home quickly with no realtor fees, and no worries about two mortgage payments or moving out before you’re ready.

Call Experience Homes, professional home builders in Amarillo TX to trade in your old home, or build a new one and start dreaming of your perfect colors now.

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How to Choose the Best Layout for Your Home

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How to Choose the Best Layout for Your Home

Homebuilding gives you the opportunity for no regrets, but the many layout choices can be daunting. At Experience Homes, we offer a wide variety of floor plans to choose from, and can design your beautiful new home to meet, and exceed, your needs.

BEDROOMS

Do you have a growing family, or plan to in the future? Do you frequently entertain overnight guests or have family come to visit? Having plenty of space for everyone is necessary to keep everyone comfortable and happy.

Along with your family’s growing needs, will come the desire for additional bedrooms. A crying newborn can keep other family members up through the night, children and teenagers will want their own space, and finding room for guests can turn out to be like a game of Tetris. These are things you’ll need to consider in the span of building your home.

LOCATION

If your kids are old enough for video games or loud music, you may want to keep their bedrooms a good distance away from yours. However, if you are just starting your family, you will want at least one bedroom close to the master bedroom to use as a nursery.

Do you want the master bedroom close to the main entrance of the home for security? Or would you rather have a closed-off quiet oasis separated from the main living area? If your kids are prone to fighting (we’ll call it playing rough) or have a large age gap, it might be best to separate their bedrooms a bit. However, if mom or dad is prone to working late or overnight hours, it might be a good idea to place the master bedroom closer to the garage or main entrance, for easy access without disturbing others.

DON’T FORGET THE BATHROOMS

Consider his and hers vanities for the master bathrooms. It sounds simple, but it will really help alleviate tension during busy mornings. “Jack and Jill” bathrooms (bathrooms connecting two bedrooms together) are popular for kids’ rooms and allow them to have their own privacy.

If you have frequent visitors to your home, it’s important to have a half bathroom available near the main living area. There should also be one full bathroom for every two bedrooms in your home.

STORAGE

Storage space is so much more than closets. It can take a home from feeling cramped and cluttered, to roomy, clean, and comfortable.

  • Kitchen – As your family expands, so will your need for cabinet and pantry space. You will continue to require new cookware, new small appliances, and more food storage. Consider built-in pantry space and plenty of large cabinets to hide unsightly bulky items and keep food stored away.
  • HovHubs (Designated Workspace) – These spaces are essential for today’s families, especially if you opt for an open floor plan. Placed in a central location, it can serve a wide variety of needs for every family member from homework to a quick recipe search to answering an email.
  • Garage – A well-designed, well-organized garage can hold so much more than your vehicles. Think about your children’s bicycles, outdoor toys, family sports equipment, tools, and holiday decorations. You can also install a second mudroom in your garage.
  • Mudroom – If you’ve ever had a loved one come home after a long hot day’s work, or kids come in from football practice on a rainy day, then you understand how critical a well-located mudroom really is. It not only gives everyone their own “unloading” cubby space, but can keep your home from being extra smelly or cluttered.

CONSIDER ADDING A PLAYROOM

Having a designated space for all of your children’s toys can save you hours of time keeping their bedrooms clean and organized. As your children grow older, you could convert this space into a game or theater room.

WHAT ABOUT THE LAUNDRY ROOM?

A well-placed laundry room can make all the difference when you are raising a family. Multi-tasking is a lot easier if you choose a location near the kitchen because you can quickly check on the laundry in between cooking tasks. If you choose a two-story home design, you may prefer your laundry room to be located upstairs near the bedrooms so you don’t have to carry it as far.

DIMENSIONS

Do you dream of a large, eat-in kitchen or would you prefer more dining room space? If you’re a family whose life is lived around the kitchen or dining table, you may want to dedicate more space to create a larger, more open-concept kitchen and dining area, so the spaces aren’t “closed off” from one another.

What about beyond the interior? If you like to spend time outside, or if you have children or pets that like to run around, you’ll want to consider the size of your outdoor space in addition to your home’s square footage.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

You will also want to think about the location of outlets, windows, fixtures, and doors. We have all seen houses with out-of-place outlets or light switches, or even light fixture locations that don’t seem to make sense. Save yourself the trouble later on by planning ahead.

Outlets need to be easily accessible, and their locations need to be well-planned out before moving in and getting settled. There should be at least one outlet located on every interior wall, possibly two or more, depending on the size of the space. Well-placed light fixtures and ceiling fans can mean the difference between a dark and dreary room and a comfortable and inviting area.

Big fan of natural light? Your window placement is essential to what kind of sunlight comes into your home and where. If you’re a night owl or late riser, the last thing you’d want is your bedroom windows facing directly toward the rising sun in the mornings.

It takes much more to building a house than simply picking a layout. That’s why you should trust the experts at Experience Homes. We take the time to walk you through the building process, and not only take care of all the details but create a house you feel perfectly at home in. Contact us today.

2021 Kitchen Backsplash Trends

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Popular Backsplash Designs For A First-Time Build, Renovation, Or Remodel

Homebuilding isn’t a process that necessarily ends once the property has been completed. Every couple of years, there will be something that must be replaced. Even the best materials will need to be replaced over time.

The process of home building can be continuous. With a new home that’s a custom build, there are new trends you might want to consider. Today something that’s popular is commissioning the construction of a new home that, when completed, you exchange for equity associated with a previous residence.

Depending on involved equity, this may cover the bill of construction costs; but it will depend on things like materials, location, modification, and customization. Still, companies that build new houses like Experience Homes offer this trade-in program to help new buyers who might not otherwise have the option. Going this route eliminates showings and dealer fees, there are never two mortgages, and the moving process isn’t truncated into a short time frame.

You can get everything moved as you like. Plus, you have the added bonus of decorating the property however you see fit in terms of customization. One place where this will really come into play is in the kitchen–especially as regards backsplash designs. Here we’ll briefly explore five 2021 trends in backsplash options:

  • Cloe Tile, White
  • Quartzite Or Marble
  • Different Geometrical Shapes
  • Textures That Challenge Convention
  • Colors That Are Calming, Diverse Tile Sizes

 

White Cloe Tile

A lot of people associate bright white colors with the hues of a dream home, and white Cloe tile is there to fulfill that vision. Subtle coloration differences and texture variations make this modern-looking backsplash option subtle and expressive all at once.

Quartzite Or Marble

Another favorite for any dream kitchen is quartzite and marble. There is an affordable opulence defining such backsplash designs. Both materials are durable and easy to clean. Especially for kitchens that have non-traditional color schemes, like those incorporating deep greens, this is a fine option for 2021.

Different Geometrical Shapes

You can also make backsplashes in your kitchen into unique shapes using tiles. In this way, fairly cost-effective tiling can be made into a little miniature art piece that directly matches your sensibilities.

Textures That Challenge Convention

Textures are a big part of what makes a backsplash aesthetically pleasing, and 2021 textures have a different sort of “flavor” than some years. Ceramic and porcelain are materials with unique, interesting textures that aren’t exceptionally costly. Find what works for you and your kitchen.

Colors That Are Calming, Diverse Tile Sizes

Tranquil blues, or the aforementioned deep green hues, tend to be calming colors excellent for the kitchen. Also, your backsplash arrangement doesn’t have to use tiles that are an inch square. You can have big or small tiles, and 2021 is a year where people are playing around with their options in detail, color, and style choices.

Perusing New And Favorite Backsplash Options

If you’re looking to build, remodel, or renovate your home, there are many trends to explore. For backsplashes, 2021 is seeing a lot of calming colors, diverse tile sizes, convention-challenging textures, geometric shapes, quartzite options, marble options, and white Cloe tile. What works for you?

Experience Homes in Amarillo Texas offers a home trade-in option where you can build your own house, trading equity of the previous property. If you’re building from the ground up, you might as well explore what sort of backsplash designs are available. To learn more about such interior options, or simply explore the costs of building a home, contact us at Experience Homes today!

Questions to ask your home builder

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Home Building: A More Modern Approach

For those looking to build equity and retain existing assets, one of the best possible moves is to acquire real estate. You can even design a home with certain builders, such as Experience Homes, then they’ll purchase your old home as you’re looking to move into the new property. This makes everything a lot more affordable and includes a host of associated benefits such as:

  • You Don’t Have to Pay Any Realtor Fees
  • There is Only One Mortgage at a Time, Instead of Multiple Mortgages
  • You Don’t Have to do Any House Showings
  • The Stress of Being Out of the Old House on a Deadline is Gone

Notable Questions Worth Asking

Of course, less complication doesn’t mean you should neglect to ask your builder certain home building questions. Especially with custom builds, there are a lot of little details that need to be addressed. A few we will briefly explore here include:

The Level Of Budget You’re Working With

When you’re in the home building process, the budget you’re working with will likely expand. Asking the builders what you should expect to spend in advance is wise. Now, the more professional the company, the closer they’ll hit initial estimates. However, the more customization you desire, the more your budget will need to expand.

Accordingly, when asking about the associated budget of a prospective build, add about 15% to whatever you’re told. If builders come in under budget, you just saved a huge amount of money that can be put into other aspects of the property.

You will also need to take into consideration closing costs, living expenses, home insurance, and other fees. Ask your builder if those things can be “rolled in” to your overall home payment.

What Sort Of Timeline Defines Your Build

How long will it be before the home building project you’ve initiated is complete? Again, more professional builders tend to get the job done in a fast way that is simultaneously qualitative; but unexpected events still happen. Add at least a few weeks just to give yourself a margin for error.

The Location Where You Build: Do You Have Land?

You should have the location where you plan to have the house built figured out beforehand. There will be utility fees unless you’re building some sort of totally sustainable off-grid property. Most traditional builders operate on designs built around traditional grid-based utilities.

How Many Customization You’re Going For

If you’re building a custom home, that could be more or less expensive depending on associated customization. Working with your home builders in advance can help you balance your own custom modifications with their abilities and preferences as builders, facilitating the most cost-effective and harmonious result. That said, some customizations get pricey.

Decor Packages, Including Associated Trim And Fixtures

What sort of decor, trim, and fixtures will be associated with your new property? You definitely want to get these details right. If they don’t match your aesthetic preferences, the cost of fixing such issues can be high, and it’s unnecessary if you just get these things figured out in advance with your builders.

Exploring Home Building And Trade-In Options

Going the trade-in route allows you to save time and money while getting a greater level of customization in your new property, and avoiding both realtor fees and simultaneous mortgages.

Ask about decor, trim, and fixtures. Determine where the land will be that you build on. Plan for a timeline within a few weeks of projected estimates. Finally, design a budget around these things as you fully realize what will be necessary for the process, and how much equity you already have in your existing home.

For more information on home building, and how best to go about it, check out Experience Homes in Amarillo, Texas. We offer trade-in options, customization, and experience.