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Friday FAQ – Home loans

Categories: Friday FAQ | Posted: January 1, 2016

Q: How are loan draws figured?

A: A good draw schedule balances the contractor’s need to get paid for work done and materials purchased, with the homeowners’ and bank’s desire to not pay too far ahead of what has been completed. On a new home, payments are usually matched to completion (or “substantial completion”) of a particular phase: foundation, frame, drywall, and so on. On a remodel, payments often depend on percentage of completion. It’s important that the homeowner communicate with the contractor to ensure there are no misunderstandings about how and when funds will be disbursed.

3 Pillar Homes is a custom home builder in Columbus, Ohio. For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035. You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659.

Friday FAQ – R-value

Categories: Friday FAQ | Posted: December 25, 2015

Q: What is R-value?

A: R-value is a measure of energy efficiency. The higher the R-value of the insulation, windows, and even a home’s structure, the better the house is able to block the transfer of unwanted hot or cold air through walls and ceiling. Residents of homes with high R-value experience far less variation in temperature-and enjoy lower energy bills-by not having to run a furnace or air conditioner continuously to keep the house comfortable.

3 Pillar Homes is a custom home builder in Columbus, Ohio. For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035. You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659.

Friday FAQ – Warranty

Categories: Build Process, Friday FAQ | Posted: December 18, 2015

Q: What does your warranty cover?

A: Surprisingly, a lot of homeowners forget to ask this question. But it’s as important to examine the warranty when choosing a contractor as it is when buying a car. Of course that’s only possible when the warranty is in writing. A homeowner should never accept a verbal warranty, which is worth about as much as the paper it’s not printed on. A written warranty should detail what is covered and how long it’s in force. Although a year minimum is a good rule of thumb, some items installed in the home may carry longer warranties.

3 Pillar Homes is a custom home builder in Columbus, Ohio. For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035. You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659.

Friday FAQ – Continuous load path

Categories: Friday FAQ | Posted: December 11, 2015

Q: What is a “continuous load path”?

A: A continuous load path is an engineering term and building method that creates a structural frame that better resists various forces (or loads) placed upon it. Using a variety of metal connectors at key areas between framing components, such as bolting the walls to the foundation and strapping one floor to another, the entire house can function as one unit to resist a force placed upon it at any point. For instance, a continuous load path enables the walls and foundation to combat the pressure caused by high winds trying to lift the roof structure.

3 Pillar Homes is a custom home builder in Columbus, Ohio. For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035. You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659.

Friday’s FAQ – “Zoned” Heating and Cooling

Categories: Build Process, Design, Friday FAQ | Posted: December 4, 2015

Question: What is “zoned” heating and cooling?

Answer: As a way to lower energy costs and enable a more comfortable and healthier indoor living spaces, builders separate areas of a home into smaller zones rather than one big space to heat and cool. In this scheme, smaller, more efficient heating and cooling equipment (furnaces, air conditioners, etc.) are responsible for smaller zones within the house; the warm or cool air generated by the equipment is distributed through metal ducts (or chases) only to its designated zone, thus reducing energy use and enabling more control over temperature and comfort in different areas of the house.

Stay tuned for a future blog on the Nest thermostat that 3 Pillar Homes uses in its model homes!


3 Pillar Homes is a custom home builder in Columbus, Ohio. For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035. You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659.

Friday FAQ – Lifecycle Assessment

Categories: Build Process, Friday FAQ | Posted: November 27, 2015

Q: What is Lifecycle Assessment?

A: Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) is a way to evaluate and estimate the value of a particular building product or system across its usable life. LCA considers a product or system’s cradle-to-grave environmental impact, from its raw material source to its capacity for recycling and reuse. LCA is a tool for design and building professionals, providing their clients a better, more thorough understanding of the materials being used to construct a project.

3 Pillar Homes is a custom home builder in Columbus, Ohio. For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035. You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659.

Friday’s FAQ – Communication

Categories: About Us, Build Process, Friday FAQ | Posted: November 20, 2015

Question: How will you communicate with me during construction?

Answer: The real issue isn’t so much “how” as “how well.” The particular channels a company uses to communicate with customers-text versus email for instance-have less impact on the customer experience than how often and how effectively it uses those channels. Does the company have a reputation for keeping customers in the loop? That’s the real question to ask, of the contractor and its past customers. Please see our reviews on Houzz, on how our customers felt about their buying experience!


3 Pillar Homes is a custom home builder in Columbus, Ohio. For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035. You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659.

 

 

Friday’s FAQ – Leaky Basements

Categories: Friday FAQ | Posted: November 13, 2015

Question: Should I be worried about a leaky basement?

Answer: Professional builders use a variety of methods and materials to help ensure that full basements and crawlspaces won’t leak. The key is to mitigate what’s called hydrostatic pressure—ground or surface-water build-up against the foundation walls that eventually causes cracks. Rubberized waterproofing membranes, drainage boards, and perimeter subsurface drainage all help keep incidental water away from the foundation and protect the foundation from cracks and leaks.


3 Pillar Homes is a custom home builder in Columbus, Ohio. For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035. You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659.

Friday’s FAQ – Homeowner Deadline

Categories: Build Process, Friday FAQ | Posted: November 6, 2015

Question: Can you finish this job by my deadline?

Answer: The timeline is important to a lot of homeowners. They may be paying interest on a construction loan or need to ensure a child starts school by a certain date. But while timing is important, it’s unwise to make it the dominant criteria for choosing a contractor. Homeowners should focus instead on finding a quality contractor in whom they have confidence and trust. Then, they can work together to establish a realistic timeline that suits everyone’s needs.


3 Pillar Homes is a custom home builder in Columbus, Ohio. For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035. You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659.

Friday’s FAQ | Zoning & Deed Restrictions

Categories: Friday FAQ | Posted: July 10, 2015

Q: How will zoning and deed restrictions affect the project?

A: Zoning and deed restrictions can cause major headaches for people who don’t take the time to understand them beforehand. Restrictions can be imposed by local government agencies (zoning boards and design committees, for instance) or by homeowner associations. They can include setbacks – how far the home must be from the property line – height restrictions and even what finishes can be used on the house or when workers can be on the site. A professional home builder should be familiar with the local restrictions and be able to successfully navigate this mass of red tape.


3 Pillar Homes is a custom home builder in Columbus, Ohio.  For more information about our new homes, please visit one of our model home locations in Jerome Village, located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Oh 43064 or in Lewis Center, located at 2360 Koester Trace Drive, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035.  You can always contact us by phone at 614-286-0659.