Project Description:

Prairie Hollow offers you a beautiful, unique setting to enhance your home and secure your investment!

Address:

Additional Info:

Directions:

Hwy16 to Hwy C (exit 179), north on Hwy C to Hwy K west 1/4 mile on Hwy K to Stone Bank Rd, north 2 miles on Stone Bank Rd to subdivision.

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Carlisle 2017 Parade of Homes Model

Project Description:

We’ve taken our most popular first floor master home and have pulled out all the stops.  The Carlisle may be the little sister plan to our ever popular Newberry and Somerset models but it has a personality all of its own.

  • 2400 1st Floor Master with 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths
  • Two story foyer and family room with wall of windows for lots of natural light
  • Large kitchen with prep island, work in pantry, and roomy dinette
  • Flex Room which can be Study or Dining Room
  • Spacious master suite with whirlpool tub, shower and walk-in-closet
  • Mud Room complete with lockers, roomy closet and separate laundry room
  • Powder room near garage where it makes the most sense
  • Loft, three bedrooms and bath on the second floor

 

Address:
N66 W15744 Fox Meadow Dr.
Menomonee Falls, WI

Model Hours:
This model is not yet open but will first be available to see at the MBA Parade of Homes in August 2017
After Labor Day, Open Saturdays & Sundays 1 to 4 PM
Closed Holiday Weekends

Brighton Model - 2016 Parade of Homes Model

Directions:

From Hwy 41/45 exit at Silver Spring Rd., go west 3 miles to Pilgrim Rd., go north 1 1/2 mile to Fox Meadows Subdivision entrance & follow signs to home

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Home Building Trends of 2017 - Joseph Douglas HomesThe way most people see it, through the years, house building hasn’t altered drastically. After all, houses are still built from the ground up, piece by piece, until the desired finished product is achieved. Ask someone truly in the know, however, and you will soon see that new life is being pumped not only into homes being constructed in 2017 but into the housing market itself. These modifications are being done through improved home design and intelligent utilization of the latest home building trends. These trends provide lifestyle benefits and will increase the value of your home.

Let’s take a brief look at five of the most in-demand home building trends in 2017.

1. Neutral Is the New White
It seems like just yesterday that stainless steel appliances and white-hot kitchens were all the rage. Today’s designers are going a different route. Kitchens with neutral backgrounds are the latest and greatest trend when it comes to the room in which many of us do our best culinary creating, kids do homework, and the family sometimes dines. Gray and black matte appliances are taking over. Cabinetry is turning more toward the mid-tone wood. On the outside of new homes, however, the opposite is true. To accent fenestration openings and building forms, grays, blacks, and other contrasting colors are being incorporated on a far more frequent basis.

2. Two-Car Garages Get a Makeover
Astonishingly, there are still new home communities that are governed by local ordinances requiring attached garages to be dual-garage bays. But in these ever-changing times of Uber drivers and other shared car services, fewer families need an over-sized two-car garage. Today’s homes are making use of that living space by remaking the interior of these garages into family rooms, game rooms, guest rooms, offices, etc.

3. Modern Times Call for Modern Designs
In 2017, home designers see less and less of a demand for old-school motifs. Styles are turning decidedly more contemporary. Flat panel cabinets, glass garage doors, geometric faucet designs, horizontal fireplaces and more are flooding the market when it comes to the decoration and design of today’s new homes. home building trends by Joseph Douglas Homes

4. Charge It!
The ever-present wireless gear of today (i.e., tablets, smart phones, etc.) is undeniably a staple in homes, offices, cars – everywhere. But they don’t charge themselves. Because of this, charging stations are popping up everywhere you look – in bars, restaurants, hotels, you name it. So, it comes as no surprise that modern home builders and designers are installing charging stations under kitchen countertops, behind bedside tables, within office cabinets, even in bathrooms.

5. The Master Bath Experience
Households of today spend an astonishing amount of time in the bathroom – particularly when the master bath is designed with some of the latest trends in mind. Because this is where most couples begin their day, modern bathrooms are sporting flat screen TVs and emphasizing more room in which to move around, without bumping into each other.

Customize Your Home With these Latest Home Building Trends

Ending your day with quality time spent in your master bath is now a distinct possibility. Luxurious ottomans create a sitting room type of atmosphere; exercise or yoga areas offer mind and body health, and over-sized, freestanding baths provide the opportunity for a relaxing, warm soak.
These trends barely break the surface on a sea of new and exciting concepts being offered by home designers in 2017. For a complete breakdown of what is available and which new concepts will best serve your needs, contact us to learn more.

One of the biggest investments in your lifetime is your home!  It is the place that you go to wind down, relax, entertain, cook, and raise your family and work. The best thing about building a custom home is that you won’t have to force your family’s lifestyle into a floor plan!

In a day in age of outsourcing, Joseph Douglas Homes offers two experienced in-house CAD designers that work directly with you, our customer, on every single project. Because of our commitment to finding you the best design for your home, we can easily tailor an existing floor plan or create a one-of-a-kind custom plan for you. We always work hard to help you design the home that fits your family’s needs. No matter if your family is downsizing or expanding, we work with you to build the home that is the best for you all while staying within your budget. 

Even though we make working with Joseph Douglas Homes as easy and straightforward as possible, you are bound to need ideas at times! For some tips and thoughts about picking your perfect floor plan, look at these 5 tips to choosing the right floor plan for your home below:

  1. Choose a plan based on your design style

Are you traditional and prefer a closed off floor plan or do you have a modern style where an open floor plan would fit better? Some families prefer everyone to gather in one spot and others work better when there are separate rooms to meet in. Think of things like your furnishings and imagine how you will decorate your home!

  1. Pick what size of home will be the best for your family

The size of your home should be one of your first thoughts. Every family doesn’t need a huge home and every family won’t feel comfortable in a small one bedroom. Choosing a floor plan should begin with how large of a home you want and how that will fit into your lifestyle. Think about how many bedrooms you will need for kids and how many bathrooms are enough for your lifestyles.

  1. Know your budget before choosing a floor plan

Let’s face it; there is always the side of us that wants to go bigger and better than we ever imagined. Before getting your heart set on one type of floor plan – know what the costs are associated with the layout.

  1. Understand the pros and cons of your floor plan

There isn’t ever going to be a perfect floor plan. There will always be some kind of pros and cons. You and your family will need to decide what are your priorities are and what can you learn to live without.  Make sure to weigh the pros and cons when looking for the perfect floor plan.

  1. Ask us for help

While you may know what you want in your future home, we can always help you consider a different point of view. Factors such as energy savings/costs, building times, and maintenance experience are factors that a professional can give their guidance on. Best of all, we can semi-customize your floor plan to fit your lifestyle.

Beginning in mid-August, potential buyers can experience 22 brand new homes constructed by some of Southeastern Wisconsin’s select home builders of the Metropolitan Builders Association.

MBA Parade of Homes CarlisleDiscover the latest in decorating trends, cutting-edge technology, sustainable building techniques, and the best in exterior, interior, and landscape design. Interact with some of the Greater Milwaukee Area’s top builders; ask questions and gather ideas regarding remodeling your current home, buying a new home, or building your dream home.

Each Parade Subdivision will feature several builders and their best designs. For example, in Menomonee Falls, Joseph Douglas Homes is showcasing The Carlisle as their 2017 Parade of Homes Model. Starting with their most popular floor plan with a first-floor master bedroom, and then adding a personality of its own, the architects at Joseph Douglas have created a top-of-the-line residence. The Carlisle is a “must see” on this tour and is considered to be the “little sister” of their very popular Newberry and Somerset models.

The Carlisle’s two-story foyer creates an impressive grand entrance, and a wall of windows fills the family room with tons of natural light. A chef’s kitchen is nearby, hosting a great prep island, a walk-in pantry, and a spacious casual dining area. Nearby is a “flex” room which can be used for a formal dining area, an office, or a study. Toward the back of the house is a laundry area with a separate mud room complete with lockers and a big storage closet – perfect for muddy shoes, school books, and sports equipment. A powder room is right near the garage entrance.

Along with the luxurious first-floor master suite – which includes a private screen porch and a bath with spacious tile shower, and a walk-in closet – The Carlisle also has three additional bedrooms, a full bath, and a loft on the second floor. This home is perfect for a growing, active family. Be sure to put this house at the top of your list of homes to tour.

The Parade of Homes began in the 1940s and showcased the best subdivisions and must-see model homes in southeastern Wisconsin built by the area’s most experienced builders.

Tickets for the 2017 MBA Parade of Homes will be available online, at several advance ticket locations, and at Parade entrances. You will be allowed into each subdivision only one time. The Parade of Homes opens on Saturday, August 12th and runs through Monday, September 4th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you cringe each month when your utility bill arrives in the mail? If high energy costs are getting you down, don’t blame your electronic devices. Heating and cooling are the largest energy expense for most homes, reports the U.S. Department of Energy.

If you dream of building a new, custom home, you must make some fundamental decisions about how the home will be built in order to avoid thousands of dollars in wasted energy costs each year.

When you picture your dream home under construction, you likely think of hundreds of wall studs (the skeleton of a building) creating the frame of your home, as that is how many U.S. homes are built — from tract homes to custom-built mansions. So-called “stick framing” has been the standard practice in home building since the 1800s. Yet, this method is notoriously difficult and expensive to make energy efficient, leading to high heating and cooling bills.

More custom home builders have discovered an advanced method of building that can help reduce a home’s heating and cooling energy consumption up to 60 percent compared to stick framing. The system is structural insulated panels (SIPs), which can be used to form walls, roofs and floors in big sections (24 ft. each) that install quickly and easily. SIPs panels are made when structural wood sheathing is laminated to a rigid foam core for superior strength and insulation. Compared to traditional two-by-four stud walls, SIPs have thicker and more continuous insulation for exceptional insulating power, and have far fewer gaps where heated indoor air can leak out.

Making a home airtight is the most critical thing you can do for high energy efficiency.  In one custom home Strong built for the O’Meara family in the snowy foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, the large SIP panels leave few spaces for gaps and help super-insulate the home. This high efficiency allowed the home to supply 90 percent of its heating and cooling needs through passive solar energy.

Likewise, when it came time to design her own home, Montana architect Becki D. Miller, AIA, used SIPs to help create a structure that she estimates is about 30 times more airtight than a conventional home. In addition to being energy efficient, Miller notes that SIPs help simplify and speed construction. “In one step, you can have the walls up and they’re insulated and sheathed,” says Miller. “With SIPs, we had the walls up in only two days.”

“While SIPs are an advanced building method, they’re not new,” says James Hodgson, general manager of Premier SIPs, a manufacturer based near Tacoma, Washington. “SIP homes have been built in the U.S. since the 1960s, but with new interest in energy-efficient construction, more people are asking for SIPs.” Hodgson notes that manufacturers continue to innovate with SIPs, including new types of insulating cores. His company’s Platinum SIPs, for example, use a new type of insulation that increases the panels’ insulating power by more than 20 percent.

When looking for the right home builder, you may hear many unfamiliar words and phrases. The confusion will often complicate your search. To simplify your journey, we will guide you through the process. Think of us as your as your go-to builder and your resource along the way!

Let’s start by examining the different types of home builders.

Custom Home Builder

A custom home is created exactly how the buyer wants it to be. Custom homes are one-of-a-kind, and unlike any other home in your neighborhood. If you want a palace, then you will get a palace! Custom homes are built on land the buyer owns. The builder and architect work closely with the customer to design and construct a home with every possible feature to meet the client’s needs. Custom homes are often built with the highest quality while offering the most customization. Changes can be made throughout the building process.

Production Home Builder

Production home builders design and construct many homes. The homes are built in developments, and on land the builder owns. Many production home builders build more than 100 homes each year. Many different types of homes are available, including single-family, condominiums and townhouses.

Production builders use standard plans. However, they also offer a variety of floor plans to choose from, various options and elevations. There will likely be multiple homes in the neighborhood that look similar to each other.

A range of features including flooring, appliances, cabinets, countertops and trim are also offered. These options may or may not increase the base home price, but they enable the buyer to pick items that they desire. However, the builder may or may not offer a selection of options that conform exactly to what the customer wants.

Semi-Custom Home Builder

Semi-custom home builders build their homes using existing models and previously used blueprints. In most cases, the buyer can adjust the plans to personalize the home to fit their specific wants and needs before construction. When construction begins, there is less flexibility to make changes.

The home can be built on land that the builder or the buyer owns. Semi-custom homes are usually offered at a very affordable price, giving them an excellent blend of value and personalization. The entire project is often completed very quickly compared to a full custom home.

So What Kind of Home Builder is Joseph Douglas Homes?

We are like the Swiss-army knife of home building; you cannot place us under one label. With over 20 years of experience and countless accolades and awards, we offer semi-custom homes and full custom homes. We have many customizable portfolio homes, but if you come to us and want us to build a castle for you, then say no more!

You might want to take advantage of a semi-custom home’s affordability and rapid construction process.

Maybe you want that jaw-dropping custom home, built with every top-grade element needed to create your masterpiece.

You have the power to choose whichever selection best aligns with your dream. Home buyers utilize our unique, in-house design capabilities to personalize one of our portfolio homes or design a custom home exactly tailored to homeowner specifications. Our advanced, three-dimensional software allows you to see your new home from any angle, inside and out, before it’s built. This in-house custom home design service is offered to all our customers at no additional cost.

So basically, you still get the perks of paying less on a faster time-frame compared to building a 100% custom home, but you benefit from having a much higher level of flexibility when it comes to the design. We have better pricing options than most custom home builders with our All Inclusive-pricing and our Guaranteed Pricing.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MBA Spring Tour Launches This Saturday

Tour Opens Doors to 53 Homes, Condominiums, Lots, and a Remodel Project

(Waukesha, Wis.) April 20, 2017 – The Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA) 2017 Spring Tour, presented by Pella Windows & Doors, opens this Saturday and will run three consecutive weekends: April 22 – May 7. Locations are open each weekend from noon to 4 p.m. This FREE regional-site tour will feature 42 model homes and two condominiums, nine lots ready for future construction, and one remodel project (open the last weekend only).

The MBA Spring Tour kicks off the building season, and connects consumers with the area’s leading residential building contractors. The three-weekend event draws thousands of visitors from all over Wisconsin. As the only extended open house of its type in the state, the Spring Tour offers a unique opportunity to view a variety of projects and help consumers begin planning for the home of their dreams.

“The MBA Spring Tour opens the doors to more than 50 locations, in southeastern Wisconsin, that people can tour over the three weekends,” said Kristine Hillmer, MBA Executive Director. “It inspires those on the fence about building or remodeling, and helps them find the right people for their project.”

Collectively, the MBA Spring Tour sites will showcase a wide array of home building trends, including the latest concepts in floor plans, energy efficient products, fixtures and appliances, structured wiring, home automation, security systems, and interior design.

A complete list of projects and map are available online at MBASpringTour.com.

ABOUT THE METROPOLITAN BUILDERS ASSOCIATION (MBA)
The Metropolitan Builders Association, located in Waukesha, Wis., is a not-for-profit trade association that represents nearly 1,000 companies involved in the construction, development, and remodeling of single and multifamily housing and light commercial property in Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Jefferson, and Milwaukee counties.  Collectively, its members employ tens of thousands of workers in the Milwaukee area and conduct millions of dollars of business each year.  For more information, visit MBAonline.org or the Metropolitan Builders Association’s Facebook page.

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Media Contact:

Natalie Riley

MBA Communications Manager

262.522.3623

Project Description:

This 2,158 sq foot home holds a spacious kitchen and dinette area that looks into the eating and living areas.  A center island counter as well as a walk-in pantry are perfect for food prep and storage.  Positioned to the front of the home is a room flexible enough to be a study or dining room.  Not to be overlooked are the powder room and a sizable mudroom near the three car garage which boasts of a walk-in closet and window seat.   On the second story, there are four bedrooms each with their own walk in closets.  The washer and dryer are also conveniently placed on the second floor.  The master bedroom, complete with tray ceilings, has a spacious bathroom with a double sink vanity, a rectangular tub, and separate shower.

Address:
N88 W18566 Duke Street
Menomonee Falls WI 53051
Lot 27 – Christman Park

Model Hours:

Available for viewing by Appointment only

Kendall Model

Directions:

From I-45, take Main St. (Exit 50) west 2 miles to Christman Rd., turn right and go ½ mile to subdivision entrance and follow signs to model.

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2016 Parade of Homes Model

Project Description:

Award-pending 2016 Parade of Homes model.  The Brighton may be new to our portfolio but received rave reviews during the parade.  The most common comment was that the Brighton offers great use of space and lives much larger than its 1900 SF footprint.

  • 1900 SF Split Bedroom Ranch
  • Large kitchen with prep island, walk in pantry, and roomy dinette
  • Extra tall ceilings with transoms for lots of natural light
  • Spacious master suite with whirlpool tub, shower and walk-in-closet
  • Mud Room with separate laundry room
  • Private secondary bedrooms and bath
  • Integral stairs from Garage to the Basement
  • Optional Bonus Room above Garage

Address:
N61 W13808 Weyer Farm Rd
Menomonee Falls, WI

Model Hours:
Offer Pending
Price $519,900

Brighton Model - 2016 Parade of Homes Model

Directions:

From Hwy 41/45 exit at Silver Spring Rd., go west 2 miles to Lilly Rd., go north 1/2 mile to Weyerhaven Subdivision entrance & follow signs to home

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