This time of year we know there are a lot of farmers and gardeners that look forward to a wet Spring to help their crops grow, but as is often said, sometimes too much of a good thing is bad! Several areas of the state, and especially other states to our South and East, have had way too much rain causing massive flooding issues. We have all been fairly lucky here in the Wichita area on the widespread floods, but April was still out third wettest on record.
As a builder, we like to have rain here and there to help settle backfill around foundations and subgrades under driveways and patios, but with the rain seeming to come every few days the last month or so, it has made it hard for anyone to get new basements or flatwork done! Once it does dry out a bit, us and every builder in town are trying to rush concrete trucks all over town. All part of the business, but one of the leading factors lately to slower production. As is typical of Kansas weather however, it will likely be too hot and too dry later in the year and we will all be asking for a bit of rain.
Hard to believe we are nearly through the month of April and heading into the last weekends of the Spring Parade of Homes! We hope that you have been able to get out and see our homes, along with those of other talented builders from across the area.
Just this week, the award winners were announced for the different price ranges, and Craig Sharp Homes was humbled to receive 11 category awards and one Pick of the Parade! Of our 7 main entries, 5 of them won at least one award. We also had several winners in the design categories which we are very proud of. Our top-quality homes are known for their attention to detail and for the execution of our talented craftsmen in building them, but it all starts with unique design and efficient space planning. Without further ado, our award winning homes are as follows:
Pick of the Parade: 10208 Crestwood in Parkway Villas @ The Waterfront
Effective Design: 2902 Gulf Breeze in The Reserve @ Sandcrest
1701 Greystone in Stonebridge
10208 Crestwood in Parkway Villas @ The Waterfront
2509 Paradise in Emerald Bay Estates
Master Suite & Bath: 10208 Crestwood in Parkway Villas @ The Waterfront
Basement Design: 3209 Parkridge in Fontana
1701 Graystone in Stonebridge
2509 Paradise in Emerald Bay Estates
Kitchen Design: 10208 Crestwood in Parkway Villas @ The Waterfront
Decorating/Merchandising/Color: 10208 Crestwood in Parkway Villas @ The Waterfront
Landscaping: 10208 Crestwood in Parkway Villas @ The Waterfront
We are once again so thankful for the dedication of our homeowners, subcontractors, vendors, and in-office staff to help us achieve these awards. Without them this is not possible! For a full list of award winners, please visit the Wichita Area Builder's Association website by clicking HERE.
This past week, the Wichita Business Journal held their 2nd Annual Real Estate Awards, and Craig Sharp Homes was honored to be awarded in the Top Builder category for residential construction in the Wichita, KS area. Coming off a record year in 2016 where we built over 60 homes, this award is a testament to our time honored foundations of Quality, Craftsmanship, and Customer Care.
We are so thankful for the opportunity to serve the luxury home market in both Sedgwick and Butler counties, and this recognition is only made possible by our outstanding team of hand-picked craftsmen and our homeowners. Without them, none of what we do is possible!
Eight of our top quality model homes will be open to the public during the Wichita Area Builders Association Spring Parade of Homes, which starts this weekend. We hope to see you there!
Spring is finally here it seems, and with the rains this week the yards and trees will be greening up and blooming out. As you pack away the winter clothes and finally get the last of the salt off your car, there are things you should be doing around your home too. Preventative maintenance around the home is not the most fun task, but a little time now can help prevent larger problems in the future. There are multiple sources for "Spring Cleaning" lists all over the internet, but below are a few to-dos to get you started. As you walk around your property be sure and look for any areas of concern that you can fix yourself or hire a professional to remedy. After a weekend or two of sprucing up, your home and yard will be ready for the joys - and storms - of Summer!
- Clean out and inspect gutters and downspouts for clogs/leaves. Remove any debris using gloves or a wide range of gutter cleaning tools. Check for leaks with the hose when done, and consider a guard or screen to protect your gutters from future problem.
- Rake your lawn and flower beds to remove old and/or dead plant material so rain and sunlight can reach emerging plants. Also look up and check your trees for dead limbs that may need to be removed or limbs that may endanger your home.
- Do a full walk around your home looking at the roof for missing shingles, siding and soffit for cracked paint or popped nails, windows for missing or damaged caulking, and brick/stone for any cracked mortar or damage.
- Early spring is a great time to sweep out your garage and basement storage rooms before spraying for insects.
- While in your Mechanical Room, switch out your air filter and check over your sump pump.
- Check operable windows and doors for smooth operation and a quick clean. Check the bottom rail to ensure the drain holes (usually small pin holes in the bottom corners) are free of dirt and debris so any rain blowing through your screen can drain properly.
These few items will be a great start to your annual checklist and are well worth an hour or two on a weekend. Fertilizing your yard, prepping the pool, and getting the grill fired up are other areas you may also wish to look at. As a homeowner (or even a renter, to inform your landlord) it so so important to visually inspect your home at least twice a year! Let us know in the comments what other items you have on your checklist for your home this Spring.
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!
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.