Baytown Township, MN
Baytown Township is an urban Township located along the St. Croix River in east central Washington County. Residents enjoy a rural lifestyle, while maintaining close proximity to the city. The Township was organized in 1858. Because of its location on Lake St. Croix, the river was a thoroughfare of the Ojibwe and Dakota Indians, and fur traders also frequented the area.
Forest Lake, MN
Forest Lake is an attractive, family-friendly suburban community located on one of Minnesota’s 100 largest lakes. It is located in the northwestern corner of Washington County, conveniently to Highways 35E and 35W. The city is home to the Forest Lake Area School District 831, which provides excellent teachers, challenging curriculum, technology, high standards and a safe learning environment.
Hudson is located in Wisconsin along the St. Croix River. It’s historic downtown is a favorite tourist draw, with locally owned restaurants and shops, and a thriving arts scene. It’s laid-back lifestyle has made Hudson one of the fastest growing cities in Wisconsin, growing by more than 50% since 2000.
Hugo is located 21 miles from downtown St. Paul. It offers a mix of rural and suburban living, Residents enjoy the use of many lakes, some of them very small and quiet, with natural, unspoiled shorelines. Hugo’s recent residential growth has fueled an emerging retail and commercial market, bringing many new businesses and services to the community.
Lake Elmo, MN
Lake Elmo is located adjacent to Lake Elmo Park Reserve. The city has a rural feel to it due to much farmland within its city limits, but it offers convenient access to both I-94 and I-694. The City of Lake Elmo is home to 18 Parks. They are magnets for organized sports, casual play, hiking, cross-county skiing, horseback riding, picnicking, relaxation, nature appreciation, and a variety of other outdoor activities.
Stillwater, known as the “birthplace of Minnesota,” is a popular place to both live and visit. Located on the St. Croix River across from the state of Wisconsin, Stillwater has a thriving historic downtown and was recently voted one of the Top Ten prettiest towns by Forbes magazine. Additionally, Stillwater has been voted as: America’s Most Picturesque Small Towns, Best American Towns for Fall Colors, Best U.S. Towns for Antiquing, Best Twin Cities Day Trips, Best Minnesota Weekend Getaway, America’s Prettiest Painted Places, and Most Romantic Cities.
Whose Home Are We Building Anyway?
It’s where you will eat, sleep and play. It’s your vision, your peace and your energy. Your new home should be built with you in mind. Below are 5 areas to gauge if a home builder knows who they are building for.
Building a home is a huge investment – financially and emotionally. You want to be heard, understood and communicated with. The best way to gauge the builder’s attentiveness throughout the construction of your home (and after) is to ask for their referral rate. A lot of builders send out surveys 30-90 days after their homeowners close asking a variety of questions. The end question is: Would you refer ‘so-and-so builder’ to people you know? Find out the percentage of current homeowners who would recommend this builder. You can also check out the client testimonials on their website.
How customizable is the floorplan?
Builders range anywhere from not changing anything, to moving a wall, to completely building from scratch. Know what builder will meet your needs and what the costs are associated with making any changes.
Included Features and Options at selections
Each builder, and even each community, offers different options when it comes to standard features. Walk through the models and talk to the new home specialists; know what upgrades have been built in. And when you do want to upgrade, what’s the process? Are you limited to only a few options or is the sky the limit? Do they have an in-house design studio or will you be traveling all over town to make selections?
Quality of Materials and trade partners
The quality of the trade partners and the materials they use is just as important as who your builder is. Ask the builder how they decide who to work with, what they like about them, and even the names of a few so you can do your own research on their work.
Be sure to ask what is included in the warranty and for how long. Another great thing to ask is their YTD or previous year’s record of open items (meaning things that still need to be fixed) during the home closing walk-through. And if there are open items, what is the timeframe for getting them fixed.
Researching, and asking questions in these 5 areas will give you a great foundation for finding the perfect builder for your dream home.
At Creative Homes it’s all about you: we start by asking you a lot of questions to ensure we are presenting you options that fit your wants and needs. We are available to you from the moment you visit our website, or step foot in a model, to well after you move into your home. We can customize any of our floorplans, or build you something from scratch, that matches exactly what you’re looking for. Our in-house design studio makes it easy and enjoyable to pick out all the selections you want for your home. Creative Homes chooses only trade partners who align with our core values to ensure the quality and care we guarantee is embedded in your home from start to finish. Our warranty department prides itself on having zero items to complete when you close on your home. They then follow that up with a 60-day and 11-month walkthrough of your home to fix any warrantable items at that time.
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