Whether or not you are thinking of building a new home or remodeling your existing one, chances are you have watched HGTV, thumbed through This Old House, or browsed home photos online at Pinterest or Houzz. Maybe all three. It is hard to not lose hours of your evening or weekend thinking of the possibilities with all of the available outlets of inspiration. If you are starting to think about a new home it can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. With so many ideas and possibilities and cool features and new equipment it does not take long to spiral out of control. You may quickly end up with stacks of design magazines and dozens of digital "boards" keeping track of every idea that may end up in your new home.
So where do you start?
The old adage of a picture being worth a thousand words is definitely true, and during the initial stages of designing a home it is helpful for the Craig Sharp Homes team to use those pictures (words) to help guide the design process. More often than not, the pictures, images, and torn out pages of magazines help our homeowners express to us visually their ideas and must-haves that can often be hard for them to put into their own words. With the advent of sites like Pinterest and Houzz, it is easier to find and share the exact image that relays to us what is in your mind's eye. There are rare cases, though, where a homeowner can be overwhelmed with the plethora of ideas and images so they just save everything. Back to the adage - if a picture is worth a thousand words, and our conversation over the design of your new home starts with 10,000 pictures, that is a lot to filter through to narrow down even a basic design or layout for a new home.
The challenge then, for us, is to work with you and guide you through the piles and pins. This can be one of the more difficult phases for a homeowner to go through as it is the point where the thoughts and dreams meet the realities of budget and other constraints. Craig and I can help by offering our advice for what may be appropriate in a given neighborhood or price range, what new ideas we have seen work or don't work, or just simply our opinion as a sounding board. There are many ways we can get a particular look or feel for a homeowner that may be slightly different than what they had in mind, but more budget friendly. We work with you to explore the options and help you choose what works best for your situation.
Typically within a few meetings we can narrow down the scope of a new home through asking the right questions and having honest conversations. In the end, however, it is your home and we can build just about anything. The entire Craig Sharp Homes team is willing to discuss and share our decades of experience with you and offer our insight, but ultimately it is your decision! It is important to never forget this point throughout the process.
So where to start is up to you, but we would encourage you to gather your photos and ideas in one place, if possible, and then start making a list. What ideas are wants, what are needs, and what are would-like-to-haves? As always, our team is more than happy to join you in the process whenever you choose, and we think it is a Sharp choice to make.
To buy or to build: that is the question.
Whether you are looking to get out of renting, putting down your roots, or simply moving to a new city, the decision to buy a home or build one is often a huge decisions. Of course there are many pros and cons to both situations and a wide variance of factors - external and internal - that may weigh in your decision. Before getting started it is always beneficial to meet with a lender or financial planner to asses your current financial situation and prepare for the cost of a new home regardless of whether you built it from scratch or buy it move-in ready. Finally, while this is by no means an extensive list of considerations, we think it is a good start in evaluating what may be the best options for you. In the end, it will be your home so you need to be happy with it! As always, Craig Sharp Homes is available to meet with you and discuss these options in more details, free of charge.
Good Morning and Happy Friday! With the storms passing through last night, the extended holiday weekend should be calm, cool, and perfect for getting together with family and friends to celebrate our country's independence. We hope you and your crew have a very happy, and safe, Fourth of July celebration! If you are shooting fireworks or stoking up the fire pit, be sure to have a hose or bucket of water nearby in case of an incident. Even with all the rain we have had this week a small fire can spread quickly.
This past weekend we were glad to see many of you at the new Reserves @ Sandcrest development for their Open House. There were several hundred people out to see the model homes and enjoy free food. It was great to meet so many of you! We think this development will be a great addition to the northeast Wichita community, and with over 1/2 of the available lots reserved already it would appear you agree! Hard to beat the view and crystal clear waters. If you haven't yet checked it out, we would encourage you to stop by any day from 1-5. Sandcrest is located at the intersection of Hoover and 29th streets.
Home builds continue to progress for Craig Sharp Homes. The rain has been a bit of a battle the last couple months, but we currently have 25 homes under construction. That is a bit down for us lately, but we have also been waiting on new streets to be put in at the Parkway Villas @ The Waterfront. Sewers and utilities are in already, and work has started on the roads. Once they are far enough along we will have 4 more custom homes to start. In total, we are preparing to start about 6-8 more home in the month of July so will continue to stay busy!
If you haven't been following us on Facebook (you should!) you may have missed our recent trip to Tulsa to view a few of their higher end Parade of Homes houses. It was a great day trip where we were able to see about 10 new homes. They were all gorgeous with a ton of exciting ideas and features that you may see incorporated in our upcoming models. These trips serve as a great way to stay in touch with new design trends, color schemes, and materials that are in our region but not necessarily in the Wichita area. They are also a great refresher of new ideas between the annual Builders Show which occurs in January.
Lastly, we are excited to begin work on a new development on the west side of Andover in Butler County. More details and information will come out with the official launch in August, so be on the lookout!
Thanks for staying in touch with us and for checking out our blog, a bit of a long one today! Again we want to wish you all a happy Fourth of July weekend from our entire team, and we hope you stay safe.
Is it too much to ask for the Spring temperatures of May without the record breaking rainfall? Halfway into the month of June and we are already hitting 100 degrees and sweating it out. While we have been thankful for less mud to deal with, I think we could all be happy with cooler temps.
Craig Sharp Homes continues to plug right along with new builds across the area. The new Sandcrest neighborhood in Northwest Wichita is gaining a lot of attraction after the Spring Parade of Homes. They will be having an Open House soon so watch for details on that. The new addition to the Parkway Villas at The Waterfront is also getting closer with utilities mostly done. We hope to see the start of roadwork soon! We have several new custom homes that are ready and waiting in the wings as soon as the new road is substantially completed. Shadow Rock and Cornerstone in Andover are also doing quite well as interest rates remain steady and the market remains solid.
As you'll see in the short video clip above, a new feature of our 3D video software for our new homes is the production of short teasers. You'll be seeing these a lot more on our social media channels to get a quick glimpse of our latest plans and model homes. As always, you can explore the complete 3D tours on our website 24/7/365.
Finally, we know many of you will be at the Air Capital Classic this weekend. We'll be in and out, especially around the infamous 17th green, so be sure to say hi if you see us. Take care and wear your sunscreen if you do get out in the sun this weekend, and of course we want to wish all of the fathers and grandfathers a very happy Father's Day.
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 visit WABA's website, www.wabahome.com
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.