Building a new home or remodeling your current one, can be a pricey endeavor, and it can be tempting to cut costs wherever possible, which makes competitive bidding look like a great idea. However, when it comes to finding the right contractor, there are far more things to consider than just the price tag. Buying quality home building services isn’t like shopping for a new car, it’s about building a relationship.

So, What Is Competitive Bidding

Competitive bidding in the construction industry is  when two or more companies are all trying to obtain the same project and are forced into a price competition. The competing companies will analyze and estimate the work needed to complete the project and then attempt to arrive at a competitive price for the project.

Often you won’t usually have complete plans for each of the contractors to look at, and in this situation a good contractor will factor in the cost of anything missing from the plans. Things like moldings, light sockets, and so on are often overlooked, and this leaves room for an dishonest contractor to lower the apparent cost. Eventually, you will be made aware of those extras and end up paying for them anyways.

Why’s It So Bad? 

Assuming all of the contractors in the bidding war aren’t trying to ‘trick’ you, a bidding war still puts a distasteful element to  the owner/builder relationship.

This simple reason alone should be enough to make you avoid a bidding war at all costs. The competitive bidding war is the start  of your owner/builder relationship and it can put you and the builder on opposite teams. It’s not surprising that many owner/builder relationships that are born of competitive bidding turn adversarial. Now both you and the builder will be in financial competition with one another.

Because no attempt was made at establishing a genuine relationship, both parties will start to look at each other as cold, heartless, business entities.

What Can You Do to Avoid it?

Meet your prospective contractors face  to face. Talk with the staff, their references, visit completed job sites, and search the internet for awards and certifications. Once you’ve done that with a few different companies you should be able to determine which contractor will be best for your project.

Finding the right contractor is the one thing  you’ll want to invest a little more money into. In the end there needs to be a mutual trust between both you as the owner, and the builder. Unfortunately trust is hard to build when you start a relationship with competitive bidding.


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The featured home plan this week is the 3 bed 2.5 bath Town Home in Aspen Meadows.

 

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The Aspen Model Townhome has a generous 1493 sq ft of living space and with three bedrooms and two bathrooms that space is being used to it’s utmost capabilities.

This gorgeous town home has a two car garage, which gives you easy access to the inside of your home. Walking in through the garage or the front door you end up in the same place, the entry way. The entry way is a long hall with a closet for storing coats and shoes. Walking into the home you’ll notice right away the large great room with optional fireplace. The great room, kitchen and dining room are connected to allow for an open floor plan. This open floor plan allows for a large amount of natural lighting and open feeling throughout. If you’re spending most of your time downstairs there is no need to walk up and down the stairway when you need to use the restroom. There is a convenient half bath on the first floor.

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The second floor has a huge master suite. The master bedroom is a corner room to allow for natural lighting and gorgeous views. The master bath has a double vanity, private toilet, shower and large soaking tub. Through the master bath is the walk in closet which is huge, has built in shelving, and also has a window. If you don’t need the closet space, you could easily turn the closet into a decently sized home office.

There are two additional bedrooms on the opposite side of the second floor each of which have their own nicely sized closets. There is an additional, shared, bathroom on this floor which has a single vanity, and private toilet and soaking tub. This allows family members to take showers in private while allowing others to use the mirror. Across from the bathroom is the laundry room. An upstairs laundry room is the most convenient place for this town home, as all of the bedrooms are on this floor. There will be no need to walk up and down stairs carrying heavy laundry baskets.

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For more information be sure to give us a call at 801-337-3902.

 


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If you’ve decided that you and your family need a change of scenery and have chosen to purchase or build a new home, you’re going to have to sell your current home. The real estate market has been rebounding significantly in the last few years, so now is a great time to sell! Unfortunately many other families are getting the exact same idea. Some homes stay on the market for months while others are gone in a flash. How do the quick selling homes stand out from the competition? Home Staging. When done properly, staging your home can be the difference between sitting on your home for a few months, and selling.

What is home staging?

In its simplest form, staging your home is when you furnish your home so that when families come to tour your home they are not simply looking at empty rooms. However, on a deeper level, staging your home is “preparing a home for sale so that the buyer can mentally move in.” – Barb Schwarz

When a family tours a home that has been staged they are able to imagine what the home will feel like when they move in. If you hire a professional to help stage your home, they will help make sure your home’s staged interior design will make it looks its best and appeal to a broad range of tastes.

Is staging your home worth the cost?

A well staged home can cause buyers to overlook things that are otherwise wrong with the home. In fact, often a buyer will pay more for a staged home than they would otherwise pay! Take a look at this report conducted by The National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents.  (http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/should-you-hire-home-stager-32337.html)

Here are a couple of noteworthy statistics from this report;

“Barb Schwarz of Staged Homes (www.stagedhomes.com) reports that staging a home typically allows the home to sell for about 6% more money than an unstaged home.”

“Calie Waterhouse (www.decoratedtosell.com) reported that spending $2,000 on staging a home netted the seller a $31,000 increase in sales price.”

So, while the initial cost of staging your home may seem high, in the end if you can sell your home faster and for more than if you hadn’t staged your home, there really is no question.

Should you hire professional home staging services or DIY?

Like most tasks when buying a new home, as well as selling your old one, the main question to ask yourself is; is it worth my time? If your home is well furnished already, you have an eye for decorating, and you don’t mind purchasing a few more items to round the design out, then you may want to consider the task yourself and save the professional fee (typically in the thousands).

Even in a well furnished home, staging a home may involve choosing new paint colors, finding the perfect display dining set, and purchasing a new area rug. Hiring a professional allows you to sit back and let them do the work while you focus on moving into your new home.

Here is what a home stager will likely do once hired;

Examine - They will go through your home from top to bottom and explain what should be done to get the home ready. With this report you and the professional stager can determine the best course of action and establish a budget.

Find the Emotional Highlights – The designer will determine the best to garner an emotional response from families touring your home. This might include removing curtains from windows that have great views, or adding flowers or candles to a room.

Recommend Furniture - The designer will recommend which items of your furniture and household items should stay in the house, and which should be removed before showing. The more furniture they use the less they will charge for bringing in their own. Be prepared to take out most of your belongings, you’ll either need to rent out a storage unit, or hopefully already have a start on moving into your new home.

Recommend any Last Minute Repairs - They will help you determine what should be fixed in your home in order to achieve a higher selling point. They will help to line up contractors, carpenters, painters, cleaners, landscapers, etc.

Bring in Additional Furniture - Once your home has received a thorough cleaning and any last minute repairs, the designer will bring in furniture, art work, curtains, carpets, pillows, and other household goods. They will decorate your home to make it feel like a place where a family can settle down and create their dream home.

If you do decide to DIY here are a few keys to learning how to stage like a pro;

Color – Be sure to repaint the interior of your home. Try to paint in soothing / light colors, they are more attractive to the eye and helps a buyer to imagine their own items in your home.

Clean - Be sure to complete a thorough cleaning of your home. Areas to focus on are the bathroom and the kitchen. You can considering hiring a professional home cleaner to do the job for you, they are often fairly inexpensive for a one time cleaning.

Depersonalization and Decluttering - While you may love the taxidermy deer head on your wall, other families may not enjoy it quite as much. Be sure to remove family photos and other personal items. This will allow buyers to picture themselves in your home, instead of being distracted by your things.

Furniture Placement – Try to highlight the architectural features of your home and use furniture minimally to showcase the scale of the home.

Emotional Cues - This is what the professionals are best at. Intentionally decorate the space to help buyers picture how their new life would look in your home. Artful details can help buyers connect with the house.

Ultimately it’s up to you to decide if you want to hire a professional home stager or not. If you do decide to go the professional route, be sure to interview several before you make your decision. You don’t want to miss out on the benefits of staging your home simply because the person you hired wasn’t fit for the task.


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Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll

Where: Downtown Ogden
When: Friday, July 3rd, 2015
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: Free

Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll is held the first Friday of the month from 6-9 PM, Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll is abuzz year ‘round with exciting exhibit openings, artist receptions and live music of all genres in venues and in the streets. As the art stroll becomes the virtual front porch of Ogden, those that venture here are treated to great art, an atmosphere of camaraderie and inclusion and amazing night life; small town feel, big city offerings.

Enjoy your journey. We hope you are inspired, delighted and challenged along the way.

Hot Rock’n 4th

Where: Ogden Pioneer Stadium
700 Canyon Road
Ogden, Utah 84401
When: Saturday, July 4, 2015
1:00pm – 11:00pm

Northern Utah’s Biggest 4th of July Celebration!

TICKET PRICES
– Kids age 3 to 12: $7 in advance or $10 day of show
– Adults: $13 in advance or $16 day of show
– Kids under age three are FREE

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT
– All Smithstix locations and www.smithstix.com
– Participating Burger King locations: 2110 Wall Ave, 361 E 2nd St, 4027 Riverdale Rd, and 3490 W 4800 S in Roy
– Daily Rise locations: 2865 Washington Blvd or 1985 W Antelope Dr in Layton

Gates Open at 1PM
• Family Plaza, Carnival Games, Kid Rides, Bungee Trampoline, Dunk Tank, Rock Wall, and more
• Live Entertainment: Magic Shows, Jugglers, Face Painters, Balloon Tiers, and more
• Invitational Car Show
• Remembering the Fab Four live entertainment 3 to 5PM
• Demolition Derby starts at 6PM
• Local Entertainment at 9:30PM (if time permits before fireworks)
• Fireworks at 10PM

Thanks to our local sponsors: Rocky Mountain Rides, Wasatch Kia, Bud Light, Coors Light, Richards Sheet Metal, Ogden City, Arrow Disposal, The Standard Examiner, Imagination Co., Kapp Companies, City Waste, River Printing Company, Lynn Woodward Electric, Zions Bank, Leavitts Mortuary, McKay Dee Hospital, The Truth

Songs, Skits, Stars and S’mores – Family Camp

Where: Ogden Nature Center
966 West 12th Street
Ogden, Utah 84404
When: Friday, July 10, 6 p.m. –
Saturday, July 11, 2015, 9 a.m.
Cost: $50/family of 4
$5 each additional family member over 1 year

Camp under the starts with your family at the Ogden Nature Center’s Dumke Picnic Grove (directions will be given out after registration). Take a guided hike through the center and learn about the nocturnal creatures that inhabit the preserve at night. Songs, skits and s’mores will cap off the evening before you slumber under the stars. We will provide the entertainment, s’mores and breakfast. Bring your own tent, sleeping bags, mess kits and a picnic dinner for your family. Space is limited to 8 families and pre-registration is required. No drop-ins.

Garden Tour in Ogden Valley / Liberty, UT

Where: Ogden Nature Center
966 West 12th Street
Ogden, Utah 84404
When: Saturday, July 11, 2015
9:00am – 3:00pm
Cost: $15 if purchased before July 9; $20 the day of the tour

The Ardent Gardener Landscape Design is pleased to host a Summer Garden Tour on Saturday, July 11th from 9am until 3pm. All proceeds from the tour benefit the Ogden Nature Center.

Gardens in Liberty, Utah will be featured. Tickets can be purchased at the Ogden Nature Center, 966 West 12th Street, online, and at each of the gardens on the day of the event.

Blues, Brews & BBQ Free Summer Concerts

Where: Snowbasin Resort
When: Sunday, July 12, 2015
12:30pm – 5:30pm
Cost: Free!

Every Sunday from June 14th through late September, the lawn and patio outside Earl’s Lodge converts into a vibrant festival like atmosphere with free music, incredible BBQ food, and ice cold beverages. Chill out on the lawn with a shade chair or a blanket, have a beverage, and listen to some incredible FREE music from any of the nationally touring artists that host the event every week.

The party and celebration starts every week at 12pm and goes until 5:30pm. Each concert features three musical artists: each day starting with local musical talent and continuing with a nationally touring artist finishing out the afternoon’s festivities. There are also activities and games for the Kids including a Spider Jump and a playground. Blues, Brews, and BBQ is the must-do event on your Sunday-Funday list.

Always free.


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NAHB June 22, 2015

The NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) today announced the addition of The International Surface Event (TISE) as an official show partner for Design & Construction Week (DCW), Jan. 19-22, 2016 in Las Vegas. TISE joins the International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE) as a partner event.

“TISE is the leading floor covering, stone and tile industry event in the country, so they are a natural fit to take part in Design & Construction Week, the largest annual residential construction event in the nation,” said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods, a home builder from Blue Springs, Mo. “We are pleased to be able to welcome them back as an official show partner, and look forward to another great show in 2016.”

“As owners of KBIS, the National Kitchen & Bath Association is thrilled to have TISE back as an official show partner for Design & Construction Week,” remarked NKBA CEO Bill Darcy. “As a founding partner in DCW it is incredibly rewarding for us to see the continued growth of this must-attend event. By joining forces to forge the DCW partnership, NKBA and NAHB have demonstrated that there is enormous strength in collaboration. Bringing so many industry representatives together in one location creates huge value for everyone involved.”

“This strategic agreement adds value for buyers and exhibitors at both venues,” explained Dana Teague, Vice President, Design Group, Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate. “Attendees and exhibitors reaped the benefits of this mega design and construction event.  Last year was the first year The International Surface Event joined forces with Design & Construction Week and we look forward to making it an even better experience in 2016.  Truly industry collaboration at its best.”

In 2014, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) launched Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas as IBS and KBIS co-located for the first time, along with IWCE. Building upon that success, other organizations have been invited to join on as partners, with TISE becoming an official partner in 2015 and again in 2016. The International Surface Event is made up of SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and TileExpo.

All the shows except TISE take place Jan. 19-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, while the TISE exhibits are open Jan. 20-22 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

In January, more than 3,700 exhibitors and 125,000 attendees participated in the five shows that made up the second Design & Construction Week. IBS and KBIS have agreed to co-locate this annual event through at least 2020.

Registered attendees will have access to all tradeshows held during Design & Construction Week. Registration for Design & Construction Week shows open on Sept. 1, 2015.

For more information on any of the Design & Construction Week shows, please visit:


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When you move the construction phase of building your new home, there are a few things you’ll want to double check to ensure you have the best possible experience. The majority of builders aren’t out to screw you over. In general they’re honest hard working people, this list is simply here in order to protect both you and the builder. And I’m sure we’ve all heard horror stories of less than honorable independent contractors taking advantage of friends or family.

The best way to ensure you’re getting what you want, is to sit down with your builder before the process starts and outline exactly what your getting and what they are giving. That way you’re both on the same page and they’ll have the chance to tell you upfront if your expectations are too high. Once your on the same page the building process should be smooth, stress free, and by the end of it, you’ll have a new home to enjoy for years to come.

Get a detailed copy of the specifications. 

The specs are the specifications for the materials used in the build. Used as a reference for producing a budget and ultimately becomes the purchase order for suppliers at the time of construction. Be sure that these are as detailed as possible! Anything that isn’t detailed to your exact specifications leaves room for assumptions on the builders part. When assumptions are made there are a few different possible outcomes;

Outcome 1 – The assumption is acceptable to you. Great!

Outcome 2 – The assumption is below your expectations. Whether it’s due to the builder using the wrong type of finish or the performance doesn’t meet your expectations, this is just the beginning of greater problems down the road.

Outcome 3 – The assumption is above your expectations. While this can be good, if it’s too far above your expectations it will end up costing you money that you weren’t willing to spend.

A set of specifications should be between 10 and 20 pages and give a thorough explanation of all of the materials that will be used in your home.

Be sure to get a detailed copy of the Scope of Work.

This document will specify the exact work to be accomplished, including installing the finishes and other materials. This will generally be used as a guide for the builder and will be used as a checklist during the builder’s quality control process. The scope of work is sometimes included in the specifications, but there are still come guidelines to consider when looking the document over.

The scope should follow the construction schedule beginning with excavation, foundation, framing, etc. This way  you’ll have an idea of what will be done in what order and give you the ability to prepare.

Additionally your scope of work and specifications will act as a purchase order for any vendors and subcontractors that will work on your home. If the scope isn’t clear to them the purchase order will be vague and you’ll have a subcontractor that possibly hasn’t even spoken with you making assumptions on the correct way to install the materials in your home!

The scope doubles as an inspection list. The builder will determine how  they want the materials installed based on a number of factors listed in the scope – price, warranty issues, cost of ownership, etc.

Construction Plans

The construction plans are the guidebook for everyone working on your home. Included in the construction plans is the specifications and the scope of work. Other things that should be included in your plans are;

A one dimensional floor plan accompanied by cross sections. If the plan doesn’t clearly spell out what should be built, the crafts-person will make assumptions.

Be sure you and your builder sign each page and keep those signed documents on site. Any changes you’ve made to your plan after you’ve signed them need to be recorded on  a change order.

You can’t assume that once you’ve discussed something verbally with your builder that it will be incorporated into your new home. Be sure to include everything on the signed documents in your construction plan.

Change Orders

A change order is any deviation from the original construction plans, scope of work, or specifications in written form. I can be difficult for a builder to implement a change order for a variety of reasons.

The ability to make changes are schedule dependent, once your home has progressed past a certain point some changes may be impossible without tearing things down. The changes need to be priced, processed internally, and then sent  out do the vendors, the vendors then need to process the change and get the word out to the rest of their crew. Additionally change order have the ability to create the domino effect. A change in the foundation will affect everything else, the framing, drywall, millwork, etc.

No matter how difficult the change order may be to implement, it is still your home and you have the right to make changes. If your construction schedule does allow for a change order here are some things you need to consider;

  • Always document your changes, never assume a verbal agreement is sufficient.
  • You should know what the price difference will be before the change is made.
  • You should sign and acknowledge the change order request.

Building a new home doesn’t have to be as stressful as some people make it out to be. Simply make sure you have these documents implemented in the building process and you should know exactly what you’re going to be getting.


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If you’re looking for the perfect floor plan for your family, look no farther. The Cambrian is a great home for most families. At an impressive 1,560 and and even more impressive 3110 optional square feet this home is sure to help organize your life. The basic Cambrian plan is a 3 bed 2 bath home with easy single level living. The main level of living includes 1,560 square feet of living space and the unfinished basement and optional upgrades adds another 1,570 square feet if you decide you need more space. With this plan you’re leaving yourself room to expand as the basement can be finished at a later date, so it’s a great option for families that are expanding or want the option ‘just in case’.

If you’d prefer we can finish the basement right away and turn this home into a five bed and three bath home.

The first floor of this home has two bedrooms, master suite, great room, living room, dining room, kitchen, mudroom/laundry room, a two-three car garage, and walkout to the back yard patio.

Main Level

The main floor of this home has a entry way so that you can greet guests and have a place to take your shoes off when you get home. The entry way is accessed through the front door. Straight through the entry way you enter the home’s great room. This room is quite large and is open to the kitchen and dining area to allow for an open feeling throughout the home. The open floor plan also allows for plenty of natural lighting to shine through the large windows throughout the day, saving you money on your energy bills!

Hallway

 

The kitchen of this home has plenty of cupboard space, beautiful granite counter space, and is designed with a modern look. This home also has a large walk-in pantry and a serving nook, both of which help to make entertaining in this home a breeze. The pantry is a perfect place to store extra foods and appliances, and the dining nook is great for serving trays. The dining is connected to the large backyard patio, that simple feature makes this home a great place to host outdoor parties and activities.

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On the opposite side of the home is the master suite, two additional bedrooms, the laundry room, and a bathroom. The master suite of this home has a large bedroom, huge walk-in closet, and, arguably the best feature, a large master bathroom. The master bathroom for this home has a shower, soaking tub, private toilet and double vanity.

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Lower Level

Remember, if you want we can finish the basement for you right away, but the plan also give you the option of leaving it unfinished. The basement of this home when finished  has two additional bedrooms, a large rec room, and an additional bathroom. The furnished option of this home is perfect for large or growing families or for families that work from home. The basement bedrooms can easily be converted into offices, exercise rooms, hobby rooms, or whatever room your family needs. The large rec room is perfect for use as an additional living room, a gaming room, and a home theater! The options are limitless.

For more information about this model, please contact Nilson Homes with any inquiries. If this home isn’t quite what you’re looking for, be sure to check out our available homes, or peruse our home design library.


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Summer is finally in full swing and it’s a great time to get out of the house! The June event forecast includes a solar workshop, a half marathon, an Asian festival, and much more! Be sure to take a look at some of the many events going on in and near Ogden this summer.

Susie Hulet Community Solar Workshop

When: June 04 | 5:30-7pm
Where: Weber State University Davis Campus Ballroom

Are you interested in powering your home with inexhaustible, stable and secure solar energy? Have you been waiting for the right time or the right price? Now is your time to shine! Get started today.

Susie Hulet Community Solar is here to make going solar simple, streamlined, and more affordable than ever before!

2015 Drop 13 Half Marathon – At Big Cottonwood Canyon

Where:  Brighton Ski Resort
8302 South Brighton Loop Road
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
When: June 13, 2015
Buses start loading at 4:00am Last bus leaves for the starting line at 5:00am Awards Ceremony to be held at 8:30am

Drop 13 Half Marathon at Big Cottonwood Canyon starts near Brighton Ski Resort and runs 13.1 miles down around 3000 feet of elevation drop into Salt Lake City. We plan on this being the fastest runs you ever do in a Half Marathon.

38th Utah Asian Festival

Where: Como Avenue and Carter Avenue, St. Paul, MN
When: June 13, 2015

The Utah Asian communities invite you to celebrate 2015 Utah Asian Festival. Come enjoy a pageantry of performance, exhibits, Asian marketplace, arts and crafts and food from various Asian communities represented by Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Taiwanese, Thai, Tibetan and Vietnamese. It’s fun and free admission for everyone!

Special events include 10 a.m. – Children’s Fashion Show; 10:30 a.m. – Little Apple Dance; 11 a.m. – Countries Cookoff; Noon – National Anthem by Joseph Buenaflor and Lion Dance; 12:30 to 5 p.m. – Cultural performances; 5 to 7 p.m. – Asian Pop Dancing / Fun Dress and Cosplay encouraged.

Our spotlight country is Japan and children will be celebrating Year of Ram in the activity center.

Navajo Rug Auction

Where:  Natural History Museum of Utah
301 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
When: June 13, 2015

Presented in conjunction with the Toh-Atin Gallery of Durango, CO., the Museum hosts a display and silent auction of approximately 100 Navajo weavings. Pieces will range from $100-20K. Jackson Clark II, a 3rd generation trader and owner of Toh-Atin Gallery, along with members of his family, will be available to answer questions. At 1:30pm, Clark will conduct a walking tour and lecture about Navajo weavings.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the museum.

GOAL Summer Camp- Women’s Mountain Bike Camp

When: Thursday, June 11, 2015, 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $25

Learn all of the basic mountain bike skills you need to master before you hit the trails! This is a ladies only camp for basic to intermediate riders.

Children’s Summer Art Camp

Where: Eccles Community Art Center
2580 Jefferson Avenue
Ogden, Utah 84401
When: Friday, June 19, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: $55

The Eccles Community Art Center will offer a Summer Arts Camp for children ages 7 to 11 years old June 15 through 19, 2015 daily from 9:30 to noon. Students will explore visual and performing arts concepts. With an art exhibit for parents and family on Friday June 19th at 11:30 a.m. Tuition: $55. Supplies provided. Space is limited. Please pre-register with a member of the ECAC staff by calling 801-392-6935.


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Building a new home has a bad reputation for being a stressful experience. Here are some common things we hear about the experience;

“I couldn’t wait until it was over.”
“It was the most stressful time of my life.”
“It put so much tension in our relationship.”

Building a new home doesn’t have to be a bad experience. If you hire a knowledgeable, professional design/build firm, building a new home can be a breeze! In our How to Build a Quality Home series we would like to share some tips that can help make the building process go well.

Our last post in the series was Mistakes to Avoid Part I and it included the following;

  • Focusing on a floor plan
  • Choosing the lowest bid 
  • Not allowing enough time 
  • Settling on a used house

This week we’ll be focusing on a few different common mistakes people make and what can help to build a more positive build experience;

  • Don’t be afraid of color – Color is a beautiful thing. Used appropriately color can help add depth, drama, and interest to a room as well as make the room appear larger than if beige or white colors had been used. Paint is relatively in expensive, and as such can be changed out easily if you decide you need a change of color in your home.
  • Don’t focus on being trendy – While you should put some of your own flair in your home, following trends can be a costly mistake in the future. For more permanent items like tile, counter tops, cabinetry and flooring you should try to go for timeless materials and versatile colors, as changing them if the ‘trend’ wares off can be a pricey remodel for the future.
  • Design with the future in mind – Don’t only live for today. A kids room should have enough space so that a full or queen bed can easily fit inside of the room at a later date. An office should also have a window and closet in case you’d like to convert the office into an additional bedroom at a later date. In addition, lower level family rooms should be able to transform into a rec room or entertaining space for adults.
  • Don’t break the bank – Building a new home can be an expensive project, but there’s no need to spend a small fortune on the endeavor! Working with a professional design firm can actually help save you money on your home building process, they will help you save money by avoiding costly mistakes! A knowledgeable firm will help create the best home for your family with your budget. There’s no need to buy expensive products to get a well polished look.

When you decide to build a custom home, the process can be extremely overwhelming. The good news is; if you find a good firm that can design around your needs and budget, the process will be much easier and the home created will stand the test of time. Here at Nilson Homes we know that we need to integrate design into the process and will do our best to ensure your new home fits you.


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Nilson Homes works with Have a Heart Foundation on new home in Layton

Please read yesterday’s press article in the Standard Examiner announcing Nilson’ Homes participation and agreement to build the Have a Heart Foundation‘s 2015 home located in Layton, UT.

http://www.standard.net/Government/2015/05/20/Have-a-Heart-Home.html

The Have a Heart Foundation and all of its partners are working with Layton City and Nilson Homes on drawing up plans for the home that will be built later this summer.

Please follow us on all of our social networks for more information about this wonderful project.


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