Custom Home Tips

Ask Your Builder This Question about Your Home’s Foundation

March 22, 2018

The pouring of the foundation is the first major milestone of a home-building project. It’s an exciting time, because it’s when you start to see your home take shape. You will begin to see the outline of rooms, and even visualize yourself living there.  The foundation is an incredibly important part of any home-building project—for obvious reasons. […]

Tips on Choosing Which Insulation for Your Home

March 8, 2018

Insulation is one of the most important elements of your home that you’ll probably never actually see. It lives between your walls and ceilings, and can affect many things: ventilation, air sealing, sound, and energy efficiency.   When you’re building a home, you have so many decisions to make. Before choosing insulation, you need to consider its […]

Aging in Place

February 22, 2018

The huge Baby Boomer generation is now well into middle age, and either entering retirement or already retired. The majority of Boomers are determined to remain in their own homes, which means that aging in place has become an emerging trend. But aging in place is not just about comfort, it also allows homeowners to maintain their independence […]

Turning Your Home into a Smart Home

January 16, 2018

During the 1960s, George Jetson, his wife Jane, daughter Judy and son Elroy lived in a futuristic space pod where everything was automated. Today, that cartoon scenario is closer to reality than ever. You may not be able to live exactly like the Jetsons, but it is possible to automate and regulate quite a bit, […]

Track the Day to Day Progress of Your Custom Home with Sapphire Software

January 4, 2018

At John Mark Custom Homes, we take the saying “your home is your castle” to heart. We pride ourselves on building custom homes precisely to our clients’ preferences and specifications. One way we accomplish this goal is by providing our clients with day-to-day updates on every phase of the home construction process. Sapphire Viewer As […]

Kitchen Considerations when Building Your Custom Home

December 22, 2017

Your kitchen is the most important room in your house. It’s where the most work is done on a daily basis, and one of the rooms that every member of the family uses. When building your custom home, here are three important considerations to keep in mind when planning your kitchen. Layout A good kitchen […]

Selecting the Right Energy Efficient Windows

December 18, 2017

Winter drafts and summer heat reduce indoor comfort and contribute to high utility bills. Energy-efficient windows help bring energy costs down to size. There are four elements to consider when choosing energy efficient windows: framing, glass composition, design and proper installation. Frame Options Window frames are available in four different materials: vinyl, wood, fiberglass or […]

Time Lapse of the Oak Ridge House

November 30, 2017

Watch here for a time lapse video on one of our recent custom homes at 8920 Oak Ridge Ct. NE At John Mark Custom Homes I make a point to be involved daily at the home site, overseeing each step along the way… Back to Custom Home Tips

Outdoor Fire Pit Ideas

November 22, 2017

From keeping you warm on a cool winter night, to being a gathering place for family and friends, a fire pit is a great addition to your outdoor space. But you want to make sure that your fire pit is not only a comfortable place to gather, but also that it meets your needs while matching the aesthetics of your […]

10 Trends in Custom Home Design

April 13, 2017

Sometimes your most inspired custom home design ideas come from others. Paying close attention to new trends can help you achieve a custom home look that you love, while also incorporating modern aesthetics. 1. Waterfall Islands A waterfall island is a kitchen island where the countertop material continuously folds over and down the sides of […]