Building Success 101 Q: What is contemporary design? A: A contemporary kitchen is characterized by cabinets with simple lines (that is, without ornate moldings) and by metallic hardware finishes. This design style also puts high value on natural light and views to the outside, which means lots of window area. Explanations for this style’s […]Read More »
Building Success 101 Q: Can I buy my own fixtures? A: In most cases, Steve and Bart feel it is not in our homeowners’ best interest for a number of reasons. When plumbing fixtures are purchased by our plumbers there are many advantages: (1) Our plumbers receive and forward discounted pricing as a consequence of […]Read More »
Building Success 101 Q: Who ensures a quality job? A: Merlin Contracting built our reputation on the quality of our homes. So for Merlin, the answer is everyone in our company is responsible for and ensures the quality of each job. Merlin marries a Project Manager to each job even before the plans are […]Read More »
Building Success 101 Q: Where do radiant floors make sense? A: A radiant floor heats a room by circulating hot water through flexible tubing embedded in a concrete slab or subfloor. It’s often used as supplemental heat in a finished basement or in a bath with a tile floor. While some people prefer the gentle […]Read More »
THIS HOLIDAY SEASON GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS MADE OUR COMPANY SUCCESSFUL!!! WE ARE BLESSED WITH WONDERFUL HOMEOWNERS, MERLIN’S DEDICATED AND TALENTED TEAM ALONG WITH TRADE PARTNERS SECOND TO NONE! During this holiday season, our thoughts gratefully turn to our many homeowner friends who have given us the opportunity […]Read More »
seattle, wa An amazing group of builders from across the nation attended the semi-annual fall Builder 20 meeting high above Seattle Washington last month. Thank you to Owen Roberts and the entire Roberts Group for a great meeting and showing us two incredible custom homes in beautiful Seattle neighborhoods. We’re looking forward to the spring meeting in Austin Texas […]Read More »
merlin featured in luxe magazine We received a call from Luxe Interiors + Design – MediaJet – Interior Design regarding a feature in The Luxury of Home – Annual Private Airport Edition back in May and we’re honored to share the article with you. Please take a moment and review our article to learn more about Merlin […]Read More »
Having trouble reading this email? View it on your browser. Building Success 101 Q: How much energy will a high-efficiency HVAC system save? A: That depends on the home’s energy detailing. These details include properly sealing the ductwork, eliminating gaps around insulation batts, and plugging air leaks, especially in attics and basements. This level of […]Read More »
The advantages of a new home go beyond the obvious.
The allure of a new home fires the imagination and ignites the spirit. We’ve all dreamed of living in a home with our version of the perfect gourmet kitchen, a beautifully appointed office, and a luxurious master suite. Having everything just the way you envision it is reason enough for most people to consider a new home over an existing property.Read More »
NAHB Builder 20 Group Spring Meeting in Lake Tahoe In Las Vegas we have been experiencing an unusual spring this year. We’ve been enduring cool temperatures ranging in the 50’s to heat waves up to the 90’s with incredible wind gusts including rain & dust storms. Right before attending the Spring NAHB Builder 20 Group […]Read More »
Consulting with a builder before drawing the plans will save expense and headaches.
Most custom builders have had clients show up at their office with a set of finished plans that, in reality, will cost 25% to 30% more than the clients’ target budget. Fortunately, this problem is easily avoided. Working with the builder on a pre-budget can eliminate unpleasant surprises and help the clients get the home they want at a price they can manage.Read More »
Some big obstacles stand in the way of the three-bid advice.
Folk wisdom, online articles, and basic instincts advise homeowners to solicit bids from several qualified contractors. But three major obstacles get in the way of making those bids realistic and useful: the need for detailed plans and job specifications, the need for comparable bidders, and the need to structure the bids for easy comparisons. Getting all three right is rare.Read More »
Strict allowance policies benefit homeowners as much as builders.
Why does the Merlin Contracting team and other builders prefer that the homeowners choose every single item that will go into the house before they break ground? It’s not just for the builder’s convenience. A choice postponed may end up being made at a time when the homeowners are feeling a lot of construction stress. Decisions made under stress raise the chance of buyer’s remorse.Read More »