Eveything you need to know about 3D home modeling

We've talked a bit about our 3D modeling services on the blog, which we feel really separate us from other builders, but we wanted to truly explain and show you what this means for you when you're building a home. You can see a 2D layout a million times but it's really hard to visualize how it will look.  How much of the kitchen will you be able to see from the living room?  How much room do you have for a table?  Is the kitchen island too large (or not large enough)?  We get it, it's hard to envision all of this and then you add in the layered complexity of your finishes and trims and it makes it that much harder.

So, here's what we've done at Nosan Signature Homes to make the whole process of building your dream home that much more enjoyable and allow both of us to avoid costly mistakes.  We have an in-house designer who can mock up 3D renderings of any view of your home and even layer on your selected trims/finishes so you can truly see how they'll look in the space.  We recently did this for our home in Baron Estates and made several adjustments based on how the home appeared in 3D.  

Building a home is stressful enough, we don't want you to second guess your decisions just because you can't see the finished product.  We look forward to continuing to use this technology on all of our new homes and make the home building experience as transparent and fun as possible for our homeowners.

Front Elevation - 3D vs. 2D at 3235 Baron Court

3D renderings of the great room and kitchen at 3235 Baron Court

Standard 2D floorplan of great room and kitchen at 3235 Baron Court

April Showers

Well, April has definitely not disappointed it's reputation.  We had a few weeks of Spring weather and then we got some cold rainy/snowy weather again.  Even though the weathers nothing to brag about, these floor to ceiling windows overlooking Coventry lake still make us smile.  We're crossing our fingers that May flowers will be right around the corner.  

(1.4) Green Acres

We've got a gorgeous 1.4 acre rolling and treed lot on newly paved Goddard Court.  There is plenty of topography to build a walkout lower level and create a spectacular landscape or just leave much of the lot natural.  We can support just about any type and size house you could dream of and we are ready to show you our available plans or start from scratch with one of our award winning architects to design your new dream home.  Oh and did we mention it's in Bloomfield Hills School District?  What are you waiting for?

Where does it all go?

That may just be the most philosophical question we've been asked lately.   And in this case you may not be that curious.  However, we're not above getting our hands dirty with ALL aspects of building a home, including where all of our waste goes.  You can see very clearly that all of the pipes in the house lead to this main pipe in the center of the picture.  This pipe will then be connected to the outside sewer and voila, it's gone!  And see that blue pipe?  That's where all the fresh water comes in, completing our home's fine tuned eco-system.  May not be the most glamorous part of building a home but we still think it's pretty cool.

Room with a View

It’s been a while since we’ve blogged but don’t worry; we’ve been keeping busy.  Take a look at the progress over at our Coventry Lake site.   The structure of our first home is fully in place and would you take a look at that view!  We think our new homeowners won't have too many complaints about watching the sunset over beautiful Coventry Lake from their living room...or kitchen, dining room or bedroom for that matter!

SNEAKIN' ONE IN!

Conventional wisdom is that we don't dig basements in the winter. That is mostly because it can be really hard and expensive to dig in the frozen ground. However, when we have a cold winter with a lot of snow cover like we did this year, the snow and vegetation on a lot that has not been disturbed acts as an insulating blanket and minimizes frost penetration into the ground.

Compare this to our roads that are cleared and salted when it snows and have no insulating blanket. The salt actually produces water by melting snow and ice. The heavy traffic drives the water through any cracks and holes in the road surface and helps the frost penetrate even deeper. This year the road commissions have reported frost depths as deep as 4 or 5 feet. This is deep enough to freeze some water mains and cause them to rupture. It also forces the pavement up, produces more cracks to allow more water in and further destroys the pavement giving rise to potholes.

So, in January, we had a building permit in hand for a house we really wanted to start and Russ and I were thinking - do we wait until May to dig or do we go for it? You may ask, why May? Well, that brings us back to potholes again. We need heavy equipment to dig the hole, move away any excess dirt, form the walls and lots of heavy cement trucks to bring in the concrete for the footings and walls. Pothole time is also Load Limit Time. As the roads start to thaw they really start breaking up so all counties place load restrictions on all but freeways and really well built "all weather" roads. These limits stay in force for 6 weeks or more meaning if they go in force in early to mid March they are not lifted and no heavy trucks can move with full loads until May!

Well, we decided to go for it and got commitments from our excavator and wall contractor to work quickly and we broke ground at the end of February. As we had suspected, the frost wasn't all that bad on our "insulated" lot. Of course it costs a little more because we need to put straw down to keep the bottom of the excavation from freezing and chloride is added to concrete to keep the water in the mix from freezing until the exothermic chemical reaction in the concrete starts which generates heat and allows the concrete to cure nicely even in cold weather.

What did we gain? Time and being able to get our carpenters going before everyone is competing for them, locking in lumber prices before demand and prices go up seasonally as warm weather returns. Most important, there is very little new home inventory so this strategy allowed is to put a product on the market that can realistically be delivered before the end of this year (and get all the outside work done by fall when weather will be a concern once again).

Did our calculated gamble pay off? Well, we took a deposit within a week of listing the house for sale and are proceeding to finalize our agreements with a buyer that would have preferred an existing home (remember that low inventory) but liked the fact that this one would shorten the process by 6 months or so for them.

Unfortunately, we can't do much about the potholes......

Almost there...

Well, we are coming to the end of our Turtle Pond Court project both inside and out. Exciting and a little melancholy at the same time. This week we are landscaping with an abundance of shrubs and mature trees. These will be installed and beds built in the next few days then followed by irrigation system, sod and a shiny finish coat on the driveway. [gallery link="file" ids="386,387,388"]

Inside, all of the mechanical and electrical work is done and inspections will be done tomorrow and Wednesday. Our stair rail had to be refinished because it didn’t pass the decorator’s inspection so we may not see it until Friday or Manday and we can’t get final building inspection without it. A real nail biter!

The cleaners were in to clean the windows and rough clean, tile, plumbing fixtures and countertops. Wood floors will be the last thing done. That will happen next week. We have asked the bank to close on the 24th. We will keep you up to date with pictures as we wrap things up here. Wish us luck!

After we complete this one we will start blogging more regularly on our newer projects. Thanks for your interest.

Finishing One and Starting Two More

The last couple weeks have been pretty hectic with all the details of finishing one project and starting several new ones. The pictures below speak for themselves and show a lot of progress on Turtle Pond Ct. Electrical, plumbing and hardware have mostly been installed. We are a bit behind waiting for countertops to be fabricated but they will be here soon and then we can prepare for final inspections and clean up. [gallery link="file" ids="381,382,383"]

This has been a pretty miserable spring but it looks like we will get our landscaping, sprinkler and sod installed in the next couple of weeks. We did a brick paver border on the sidewalk and will be pouring exposed aggregate concrete in the space between.

HILLS OF LONE PINE

We also started a “little” renovation project in a 3,000 square foot ranch with a walkout lower level of about 2,000 square feet.

BEFORE...


AFTER…


I am sure you get the idea!

We started by taking out all of the flooring – wood, marble, ceramic tile and carpet, all of the cabinets, appliances, plumbing fixtures (we left one working toilet for the workers) and all the doors, moldings and other trim materials. We aren’t doing anything structural but will move some doors and open up a couple of walls. This house is about 25 years old, hasn’t seen much updating and the level of maintenance inside and out was only fair. A buyer could have just moved in as you can see from the before pictures below but it was definitely dated. When we stripped back to the drywall (and studs in some areas) we found evidence of some old leaks but a basically sound structure. We will do some posts with before, after demolition and then rebuilt to new condition in the coming months. The new owners are veterans of many new construction projects and have assembled some great design professionals so this should be a very cool home when we are done.

TURTLE LAKE DRIVE

As we wind down this one, we are in for permits to start a sold custom home on Turtle Lake Drive. This house will be a similar size but more traditional four bedroom floor plan with the master suite on the second floor and some large volume two story spaces in the foyer and great room. This home is on a wooded site with steep grades and a full walkout lower level that will feature a 12 foot high ceiling in one area to host a golf simulator.

 LONG LAKE PINES

Last but not least is Long Lake Pines, our four lots on Long Lake Rd. just west of Lahser. We are working through all the various engineering approvals and expect to start development activities by June or July. We are also finalizing some floor plans and exterior architectural themes for this private enclave.

Much more to come so keep looking for our posts.