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We need to be perfectly frank here. There are two kinds of custom homes in Minneapolis. The first kinds are those types that are built by people in retirement. But the second kind is built by those who are looking to turn a big profit. Custom homes are nice in the fact that no other home is quite like them. But they can also turn into a big risk.
This is primarily because novice homebuilders and contractors can wind up making some severe mistakes with how the home is set up, what has been used, and even what the location is. So in our quest to help you build the best possible home, we are providing this handy overall guide to help you avoid some bad mistakes in the process of construction.
Location is Everything
The very first thing you need to consider is location. Location can kill a home’s value even if it is expertly designed and constructed. Custom homes in Minneapolis can exist virtually anywhere, but it is key that you find a location that suits you as well as potential buyers. Stay away from railroad tracks and airfields, of course. But also make sure that the ground is stable and you are not building on top of a marsh. Also make sure that your custom home is not too secluded, as that can drive a lot of people away.
Get Solid People
Once you pick the right location, it is time to build. Of course, the obvious thing you want to do is hire a proper contractor with several years’ experience under their belts—like us, for example! We don’t cheap out on poor materials or unskilled labor. But beware if you do decide to tango with the devil. Custom homes in Minneapolis are a gold mine for people who simply don’t know what they’re doing. Those types will wreck your home and destroy its value.
Don’t Forget the Plumber. Another big turnoff for potential buyers is shotty plumbing work. Now, this may seem a little mundane, but plumbing is actually one of the most important things you can put in a house. The overall quality of a custom home in Minneapolis is almost completely set on how good the plumbing is. Bad plumbing and you get flooding, sewage, and blockage. Nobody wants that, especially potential buyers. So don’t cheap out on poor plumbing, either. You will regret that decision.
Count on Coty
Coty Construction has been in the business of building custom homes in Minneapolis for a number of years. Using only certified builders and materials, we will help you make your home the perfect one you have always dreamed of. Be sure to contact usif you ever have any questions about our services or read our e-book to find out more about construction in Minneapolis.
When it comes to building construction in Minneapolis, there are many different materials that come to mind. Concrete, wood, brick—you name it, we probably have it. But one material that has largely escaped notice would be one of the oldest: straw. Now, we are all familiar with the story of the three pigs. As such, we all probably believe: Hold on there. Straw is neither durable nor strong enough to support a building. Won’t it just blow right over?
We want to tell you, indeed even propose, that straw might not be as bad of a building material as you might think. Sure, by itself, it seems a little ridiculous. But the truth of the matter is that it is a remarkable material that is well-suited to home construction. Let us make our case.
Where It Comes From, Where Does It Go
Straw is largely a byproduct of the wheat industry, the wasted leftovers from harvest time. Dry and fairly unattractive, it gets gathered into giant bales during the winter and most of what is gathered is burned, with only a small percentage kept for things like cow and horse feed.
With the resurgence of environmentally friendly construction, however, architects and contractors are starting to find uses for a greater number of things. Straw is one of them. A home builder in the American Southwest called Mark Jensen is revolutionizing the “straw bale” house in his work with Native American communities and his research has revealed several remarkable properties of the material.
How This Material is Viable
Straw is useful both on its own and as a part of something else. Construction in Minneapolis can take great advantage of this material in that it is one of the best natural insulators in the world. That means that you won’t get as cold as you might with some artificial insulation. It has also been noted that straw mixes fantastically with modern materials such as plaster—a popular material for interior walls—as well as stucco.
What’s more, you can eliminate a tremendous amount of waste if you design a home around straw. Mark Jensen reports that to build a decent-sized 2000 square foot house, you need about 300 straw bales, and that’s only if you use straw by itself!
What About the Humidity?
But now you might be asking: Now hold on! How exactly is straw going to protect me against the elements? Sure, it’s a good insulator, but wouldn’t things like rain and snow, which wreak havoc on normal construction in Minneapolis, ruin the material?
While it has not been tested in northern climates yet, we don’t believe that it would affect anything. This is primarily because straw has demonstrated some great cohesive properties that allow grains to interlock with each other—rather like LEGO blocks but natural. It also helps that straw is already a dry material and has been trusted to keep roofs dry since before the Middle Ages!
Count on Coty
So this is definitely a unique way to make your home environmentally conscious during and after construction. Be sure to contact Coty to find out how we can help you build your dream home.
It’s true! Minnesotans everywhere are in danger of those terrifying holes that open up in the earth every so often. With all the soft ground present here in addition to old mining operations happening in this part of the country, thousands of quality pieces of construction in Minneapolis and elsewhere have crumbled into nothing as a result of these sinkholes. A couple of people have even died!
How are we supposed to protect our properties from these horrible things?!
Well, our first piece of advice is to chill out. We don’t get sinkholes in Minnesota.
Yeah, it’s a prank. Happy April Fool’s Day!
Ha ha! But, In All Seriousness…
But natural disasters are no picnic no matter where you might live, and the Twin Cities are subject to them just like any other large metropolitan area. Any kind of malady can wreak havoc on your home or business, but there are a couple of weather anomalies you should prepare yourselves for. So let’s go over how to cope with the most common source of construction destruction as winter finally releases its grip.
The spring and summer months are prime times of the year to start (and oftentimes finish) construction in Minneapolis. The weather is quite moderate, the temperatures are nice, and you’re not dealing with ten feet of snow. However, this time of year also brings forth a destructive force that is responsible for thousands of dollars in damage every year.
The Power of Nature
Of course, we are referring to the derecho. A derecho, if you don’t know, is a powerful storm system that follows along the dry line. They typically originate in the plains of Canada but gain strength as they meet the warmer air in the United States. These long and linear storms are short, but extremely powerful, characterized by hurricane force winds, downbursts aplenty, and even the occasional tornado.
How Do You Fight Back?
The best way to prepare your home against these forces of nature is to invest in some sturdy glass. The glass you normally find on windows of Minnesota houses provide very little wind protection unless it’s a gentle breeze. That means your regular windows will most certainly shatter as a result of derecho winds. So if you live in an area where you’re vulnerable to a derecho, we would recommend investing in some hurricane windows such as you find in Florida. Skyscraper construction in Minneapolis automatically uses this type of window on their buildings and you rarely, if ever, hear about one of those breaking following a storm.
Count on Coty
We want to help you make your home as comfortable and safe as possible. Whether you are more concerned about a derecho or next winter’s blizzard, we will help you give the home you are looking for. So be sure to contact Coty to find out how we can do just that.