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Important Home Features to Look For: An Interview with Frank Portelli of Genesis Custom Homes

By Frank Portelli

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

We are a Custom Builder- we work with our clients to help them develop the best plan and layout to maximize the value of their investment. Every client, plan and lot is unique and deserves attention.

Can you briefly talk about the role that the surrounding community plays in a new home?

The community sets the backdrop- if we are in a subdivision, we are generally going to be more conservative and stick with the flavor of the neighborhood. Many of our clients are leaving subdivisions and have very specific ideas. When building a custom home, we don't want to stick out, but we don't want to blend into the background either.

What are some of the most popular home features that people in your area are looking for?

The Kitchen and Master bath are still key- lately we have done several homes with double islands in the kitchen- a nice feature. Lots of tile and hardwood. Oversized showers are very popular- two showerheads, curbless entry. Many homes now have natural gas powered generators and geothermal HVAC systems. All of our homes are built as tightly as possible with extra grab bars and safety features sprinkled through out.

What tips can you give to people who are new to the area and ready to buy a home?

Start early- land is hard to find again. Keep looking- finding the location is the hardest part- because you cannot alter it very much. Find a builder that you trust- start negotiating as early on as possible- when you first find a lot for sure. Keep a WRITTEN wish list and a folder of ideas/ photos so that you can remember and communicate your ideas effectively.

BE PATIENT- a custom home is not a "hot and ready" pizza. The more you plan, the better the final product will be.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

Visit us at www.Buildwithgenesis.com
Email me directly: Frank@buildwithgenesis.com
Text or email anytime: 810-513-6100 & #8203

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