Hard to believe it is already the middle of March! This year is flying by and we are entering in our busy season of home building. While the "Winter" weather has sure been great this year - little snow and only a few really cold days - it makes us wonder what this Spring will be like. Seems like the weather in Kansas is consistently inconsistent, but hopefully that is all we will need to beware of this month.
March is the official start of Spring but already the trees are budding out and the flowers are blooming. We have had a few changes here at Craig Sharp Homes as well. This past week our Selection Specialist/Receptionist Becky moved on to a position with Star Lumber. It was a great opportunity for her, but she will be greatly missed! After a couple weeks of searching for a replacement and conducting several interviews, we are happy to announce the hire of Kayla Moore as our new Receptionist. Kayla will start training with us later this week and will be a huge asset to our team. If you stop by the office be sure to tell her hello.
We are also excited to start a partnership with Shane Organ Photography (shaneorgan.com) to start shooting our new homes. He is a great photographer with an excellent background that will be up and coming in the Wichita area. You'll start seeing his photos on our website and social media feeds by the end of the month.
One final note, this past week we were recognized by the Wichita Business Journal annual Real Estate Awards as one of the Top Builders in the Wichita area. We take great pride in this recognition of our goals to create quality homes, using handpicked craftsman, while providing world class customer service. Many thanks to our team of vendors, suppliers, and subcontractors for their hard work and dedication in this recognition.
Even though we have had an unusually warm winter this year, it seems to have been exceptional - for the most part - this last week or two. Not only have the trees and flowers started to bloom, but we have already started to see an uptick in website traffic and new clients walking in the door.
The spring rush is always a fun time to be a home builder, as it seems a lot of fresh, new ideas emerge along with the new clients. I'm sure it has much to do with a long, cold winter providing ample opportunity for homeowners-to-be to search through the entirety of the internet for pictures and ideas that best fit their dream home. No doubt there are calloused thumbs and dozens of boards or pins waiting to be trimmed down to a single home. As a designer for Craig Sharp Homes, I will never turn down pictures or sketches of what a homeowner wants. It is often much easier to see what they are seeking rather than try to ask the right questions to arrive at the same point. It is my job to transfer their thoughts and ideas of their home onto paper so we can build it, and photos definitely help!
Spring also means we start looking forward to the annual Parade of Homes sponsored by the Wichita Area Builders Association. While also held in the fall, the spring parade often has more homes and is better attended. This year the parade will start in mid-April and Craig Sharp Homes is excited to have 8 homes entered for design awards and open to the public - free of charge - to view. Touring the homes over the three weekend event is a great way to see new ideas and local trends from nearly all of the area builders, across all price ranges. If Pinterest or Houzz are not your area of expertise for finding new home ideas, or you would rather see the details in person, the Parade of Homes is the perfect opportunity! Sometimes you just need the physical space or tactile interaction with a space or material to really feel confident with it potentially being in your new home.
Regardless of your reasons for attending the parade, we would highly encourage your attendance, and look forward to seeing you there!
For more information on the 2107 Spring Parade of Homes, please follow this link.
This past week, Craig and Brandon both attended the 2017 International Builders Show in sunny Orlando, Florida along with thousands of other builders, vendors, and suppliers from across the United States and the world. Along with hundreds of educational opportunities there were two convention centers worth of floor space to explore. Everything from software to new products were in display, making it the perfect opportunity to see what the "next big thing" is as well as track new trends and design ideas that we can implement here in the Wichita area.
The show is also a great opportunity to network with other builders and vendors outside our service area, but also our local Wichita Area Builders Association members as well. It was refreshing to take a few days away from office to learn and network!
Every year the Builders Show provides a wealth of knowledge that we implement into our homes. This year there seemed to be an increase in energy efficient products as well as smart home / connected home technology. Indoor air quality sensors and remediation were also big at the show and may begin to make a bigger influence into our market in the coming years. It is important for Craig Sharp Homes to stay on top of these new features and technology so that we can keep our homeowners up-to-date on the latest available products as well.
Overall it was another successful show that had us walking nearly 30 miles over 4 days! We look forward to processing and evaluating everything that we learned about at the show and bringing it into your new home this year.
2016 was a record year for Craig Sharp Homes, and once again we can not express our thanks enough to our amazing homeowners who keep us busy and on our toes! Our dedicated vendors and subcontractors also help to make our goals a reality.
Looking forward into 2017, there are a few goals that we have, and hope to share with you along the way as we work to meet or exceed them.
Starting in the office, we would like to continue and offer a wide range of selections and material choices in our Design Center. We know that there are hundreds of decisions to be made by homeowners during the construction process, and aim to make that process easier by offering the opportunity to make those selections in house rather than driving all over Wichita. We hope this will be a comfortable and relaxing experience for our homeowners and save them time.
We will also be evaluating some new software opportunities to help streamline and organize the home building process both for us on the back end, but more importantly our homeowners - providing them 24/7 access to their home, paperwork, selections, and schedules. Having a central location for all of our many conversations between homeowners, superintendents, and subcontractors will be a major benefit to everyone. We will keep you updated as we fully evaluate this opportunity.
In the field, we will continue to strive for better quality and better customer service. Though we do quite well in these areas, there is always room for improvement! Our entire team is always willing to listen and adapt to feedback from our clients and building partners to improve our processes. If you have a suggestion or idea for us, please let us know with a phone call or an email!
This upcoming year will also be very exciting in the home building realm as we continue to grow in our existing neghborhoods such as Parkway Villas @ The Waterfront, Shadow Rock, Cornerstone, and Emerald Bay. Traditionally we have done very well in these areas by word of mouth, our great showings in the bi-annual Parade of Homes, and repeat business from existing homeowners. We are also very excited to be a Select Builder for the new Reserve @ Sandcrest development in the Northwest part of Wichita. Just last week we started a couple spec homes and our new model. In preperation for this upcoming neighborhood, we worked to develop several new floor plans that we are anxious to build for you! They can be found on our website at www.craigsharphomes.com
Finally, we continue to strive for top quality tradespeople and subcontractors to fulfill our mission of quality, craftsmanship, and customer care into the real world. We are optmistic for another strong year for new homes, which means a strain on the local work force which has been diminished ever since the housing bubble burst. As a preferred builder however, we maintain graet relationships with our subcontractors and are often the top priority for their business.
We hope you and yours have a wonderful close to 2016 and a Happy New Year! If you or someone you know are interested in building a home in 2017, let us know. We would love to start a dialogue and help get your feet wet.
As 2016 draws to a close and we look back on the year that was...we were busy! By far one of our busiest years of custom home building yet, it felt like we had a never ending stream of new homes going under construction...and we are so thankful for that business! Throughout the entire year we maintained nearly 40 concurrent projects which kept our office staff, superintendents, and all of our subs plenty occupied. We also settled into a new home of our own after our office relocated to East Wichita at the tail end of last year. Several new faces were added to our team both in the office and in the field. It was great to see growth this year in Wichita as a whole and in our business.
There is no way we can thank all of the homeowners, individuals, and businesses that helped make Craig Sharp Homes successful in 2016, but nonetheless...THANK YOU!
We are all very excited to see what 2017 brings, and look forward to kicking it off at the International Builders Show in early January, where we will learn new trends and products to introduce to the Wichita area. Hopefully the growth in Sedgwick and Butler counties continues to expand, but as we all know there are a lot of influences in the local, state, and national level that could help or hurt those hopes.
From all of us at Craig Sharp Homes, we want to wish you all a very, Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and safe travels wherever this holiday season takes you.
Good Morning and Happy Monday! We are so excited to officially launch our newly remodeled website with a more intuitive user experience and fresh layout. In our effort to constantly provide the best customer service we hope the new layout and features of our website will be beneficial. Whether on your laptop, tablet, or phone, our new site will adapt to your device! With over 150 unique pages there is plenty to explore. We look forward to your feedback!
We are so very excited to give a fresh look to our website. Even though we just updated it a few years ago, it was time for our site to better reflect our style, as well as make it easier for our users and homeowners to navigate. Over the last several weeks, we have been working in the background to create a brand new site - all from scratch. There are a few added features, such as this blog post, that we hope you will find engaging.
We have also added an e-mail subscription list that we invite you to join. We are still working on how best to manage this area of the site, and would welcome any feedback from you on topics you would like to learn more about. The plan for now it to have 1 or 2 short emails per month coverings a wide range of topics such as new plans and designs we are working on, Parade of Homes updates, and new materials or finishes that are trending.
With over 150 individual pages, our new website is quite large! We put a lot of effort into the design of each page to bring it up to our level of detail and luxury and are excited to bring it to you. Please take the time to browse our new site and let us know what you think. Thank you for your patience as we work out any lingering kinks and for your continued support.
Craig Sharp Homes
A top luxury home builder in the Wichita, KS area, Craig Sharp Homes is a family run company with over 50 years of experience providing homeowners with quality service, detailed craftsmanship, and personalized care throughout the home building process.