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Congratulations Are In Order!

Categories: Awards and Recognition | Posted: October 24, 2015

3 Pillar Homes was recently ranked #25 on the Business First, Fast 50 of Fastest Growing Companies! As a single-family custom homebuilder with only 9 employees, 3 Pillar Homes achieved a 50-99% growth between the year 2014 and 2015!

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3 Pillar Homes is continuously ranked by Business First Fast 50 of Fastest Growing Companies starting from 2004, 2005, 2011 and ever since!

If you would like to see more of 3 Pillar Homes’ awards and recognitions, please visit the About Us tab!

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.

 

It is Your Choice

Categories: Newsletter | Posted: October 21, 2015

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The Professional Builder walks a fine line. It is our job to balance a new home’s cost and construction efficiencies while customizing our home design and specifications. We work closely with our clients to develop the ultimate look and feel of their new home so that it meets their needs and reflects their unique taste.

To that end, we encourage and enable new-home buyers to select from an increasingly diverse list of products and finishes before we begin construction. Most often, these selections are from the catalogs or websites of our trusted suppliers and feature familiar brand names with rock-solid warranties. This helps us to build efficiently and keep the budget in check.

Whenever necessary, we accommodate a special request from a homebuyer, assuming the product or system is available and within an agreed budget … or the budget is revised to include it.

This “customization” process is a two-way street of responsibility and respect. We rely on our clients to make their selections on time to avoid delays in delivery and construction.

We do our part by establishing deadlines and milestones as part of the construction agreement. We identify when materials and finishes need to be ordered so they are on the job site to maintain our construction schedule. Our schedule also confirms “lead times”—the time between when a product is ordered and when the supplier can deliver it—so that we can coordinate its installation with the proper contractor.

Every missed deadline almost always results in a delay in construction … which invariably translates to additional costs. Worse, it can trigger a domino effect, affecting not just its point in the schedule, but also several others that follow. Homebuilding is a linear process, often requiring one step to be finished before another can start; a glitch can therefore ripple through the schedule, affecting tasks and deadlines that might appear unrelated.

Over the years, we’ve not only come to expand the choices we allow homebuyers to make—from minor structural changes to any number of finishes—but also how to accommodate those choices in the overall scheme and schedule of the project. We leave plenty of leeway for lead times (especially for new or unfamiliar selections) and use technology to find reliable sources for special orders.

Our ultimate goal is to deliver a satisfying experience and exceed our clients’ expectations. We coach new-home buyers to understand the building process and the critical role they play in it, and leave ample time to enable comfortable, unrushed decisions. We are here to advise, offer choices, and ultimately fulfill dreams—as well as build homes that will stand the test of time and evoke memories that span generations.

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.

Neighborhood Spotlight – Jerome Village!

Categories: Neighborhood | Posted: October 16, 2015

Did you know 3 Pillar Homes was the First Custom Builder to open a model home in the Jerome Village Community? Our first model home was in the Cranberry Neighborhood and our current model is in the Arrowwood Neighborhood!

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All of Jerome Village is within the limits of Dublin City Schools, which excels in Ohio’s highest ranking as a School of Excellence. As the community expands, two school sites have been donated to the Dublin City Schools.

One reason 3 Pillar Homes invests in the Jerome Village community is for their philosophy of development on bringing families together and to focus on nature and natural resource. This community sprawls across 1,400 acres, and the community features over 2,200 homes with distinctive architectural styles. Over 40% of all the developed land is dedicated to natural spaces. A significant draw for the homeowners in Jerome Village is the offering of 15 miles of bike paths that connect back into the Glacier Ridge Metro Park. At Glacier Ridge, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, biking, disc golf, picnicking, and play areas. A recently opened community center off of Hyland-Croy Road offers a pool and fitness area for the Jerome Village residents. Also in the community center is Pasquale’s Pizzeria which is open to the public!

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Just outside the community are Prairie Oaks Metro Park, Silver Creek Reservoir, and Three Mile Creek, all wonderful opportunities for outdoor recreation. You’ll have the opportunity to canoe or kayak at Darby Bend Lakes in Prairie Oaks, as well as fish, hike, bike, boat, and even cross-country ski in the winter.

Columbus, OH is a commutable distance at just 30 minutes away and convenient highway access to OH-161, US-33, I-270, and US-42 makes living in Jerome Village a plus. Equally exciting is the proximity to the internationally acclaimed Short North Arts District, where unique shopping and dining can be found along with a vibrant nightlife!

Come visit our model home located at 10602 Arrowwood Drive, Plain City, Ohio 43064!

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.

What Makes a Project a Success?

Categories: Build Process, Newsletter | Posted: October 7, 2015

It’s as much about the experience as the result.

Some homeowners have asked: How does a builder know when a project has been a success? Well, there’s good news—the answer to this question is one of the things that defines a great builder.

To a pro, every successful project crosses the finish line with three outcomes. First, the homeowners are thrilled with their new home; second, they walk away with good memories of the builder and the project; and third, they are eager to recommend the builder to friends, family, and colleagues.

While homeowners tend to focus on quality and budget, professional builders work to ensure that the clients’ experience is a good one. Builders work hard to minimize stress and eliminate surprises. Their business processes and communication protocols are engineered to do just that.

This effort starts during the sales process, where the builder helps clarify the homeowners’ vision and creates a project concept that satisfies that vision. It continues during design, where plans and specifications become the first tangible rendering of that vision. It includes a contract that eliminates surprises and clearly defines everyone’s roles and responsibilities. It then moves to a successful handoff, where the project manager studies the vision and outlines a plan for building it. The time invested during this planning stage is the foundation of a successful project and satisfied homeowners.

A successful project isn’t without occasional unforeseen problems or errors—from a defective product that has to be returned to a long rainy period before the house is weather tight. The professional owns these problems, makes sure the homeowners understand how they will impact the schedule, and corrects them where necessary.

The common threads throughout the project are solid business processes, good service, and great communication. Builders at the top of their game have gotten there because they are skilled managers and good communicators. They understand how to listen to the homeowners’ needs, hopes, and concerns. And they know how to work with the homeowners to address them. This includes regular meetings where the homeowners are kept up to date about exactly what’s going on and what’s about to happen.

Professional custom builders understand that their success depends on satisfied clients. The most powerful advertising is a referral from a delighted homeowner. Builders work hard to raise their referral rate high above the industry average. This requires top quality work and strong, trusting relationships with clients. It’s a finish where everyone wins.

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

Lights, Camera, Crystal Jo Foto!

Categories: Lifestyle | Posted: September 30, 2015

We would love to give a special shout out and thank you to Crystal Jo! Crystal Jo not only provided us with beautiful pictures of some of our homes recently but also is one of our home buyers! She provides professional photography services and is located in Grove City, OH! Take a look at some of our favorite shots!

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To view some more of these pictures please go to the Available Homes tab, and look at Tartan West Alessandra and Izabella. Also, follow us on Pinterest and Houzz to view the full gallery! Give Crystal Jo a like on her Facebook Page, Crystal Jo Foto!

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

Bonus Rooms: The Ultimate Flex Space?

Categories: Design | Posted: September 21, 2015

 

Who can’t use a little extra space in their home? The bonus room has become a desirable feature for new homebuyers. With one room that’s not designated for a particular purpose, you can create the functional space that best suits your lifestyle.

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How many ways can you use a bonus room?


Family/game room. If you’re tired of having toys, books, DVDs, and video game system controllers kicking around your living room, you might be ready for a family room or game room, where you can centralize the more active entertainment. Accent the space with storage spaces, like cabinetry and cubbies, to store the games and toys.


Home theater. A home theater allows you, your family, and your guests to kick back and enjoy a movie in the comfort of your home—without the high cost of tickets and concessions. Convert the bonus room by adding a large tv screen, a home theater system to deliver the audio quality, comfortable seating, and the right lighting (with dimmers, of course).


Craft space. Any crafter knows that the supplies somehow pile up and clutter makes it hard to be creative and productive. A craft room, art studio, or other creative space will have all the equipment, tools, and supplies where you can readily access and use them. Hang racks and build storage for paper, ribbons, fabrics, and yarn, or whatever your passion requires.


Man cave. The two words that can send a man into a euphoric daydreaming state. The man cave provides a private haven, where the man of the house can hide from the “Honey Do” list, enjoy a book or magazine without interruption, play poker, have the remote control all to himself, and just revel in his thoughts. A great use for a bonus room, the man cave might feature comfortable furniture (e.g., reclining sofa with cup holders), a poker or pool table, gaming system, music system, small fridge, and bar.


Home office. More people are working from home, either occasionally or full-time. A bonus room enables you to designate a home office space where you can either close yourself away to get work done, or close that work off from your personal life. The dividing line between work and living is essential to thriving in both. Make sure you can readily access the Internet from this room. And don’t forget the home office deduction on your income tax return!


Exercise room. When you have an exercise room or fitness center—as opposed to a treadmill tucked in a corner where it doubles as a clothes dryer—you’re more likely to utilize the value of the equipment. Install a television screen so you can entertain yourself or watch workout videos. Include a small fridge or a water dispenser to keep hydrated. Choose flooring that is both durable and easy to clean. Foam and rubber tiles provide the cushioning you need and are easily replaced when damaged.


Homework station. Avoid “The dog ate my homework” excuse when your students can organize their books and assignments in a homework station. In addition to a desk, computer, Internet access (with parental controls) and bookshelves, include bulletin boards for posting calendars, notes, and reminders. You can also use dry erase, chalkboard, or magnetic primer right on the walls to turn them into functional space. With dry erase and magnetic primer, you apply one coat and then cover with your choice of wall paint.


Guest room. A bonus room generally doesn’t include a closet, but for a guest room, you don’t need one. Just furnish the space with an armoire to allow them to hang up and store clothing. You can also use a day bed with underbed storage or a trundle bed to accommodate an extra guest.

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

Treating Guests Like Royalty

Categories: Build Process | Posted: September 11, 2015

We see it every day…

No sooner do clients take ownership of their new home, out-of-town friends and relatives are anxious to visit and share in the excitement. In today’s higher-end homes, these guests may also be pleasantly surprised by their accommodations. Guest rooms are no longer limited to a den with a sleeper-sofa, a spare kids room upstairs, or a nearly finished attic or basement.

The boom of bounce-back children, in-laws, and out-of-town guests has created a generation of visitors who are more likely to stay longer and require ample space in the home for a comfortable visit. As a result, guest suites – complete with a full bath and other amenities – are moving into the mainstream of new-home design. In these homes, guests receive the royal treatment.

The latest (and greatest) version of the guest bedroom is a private suite. Luxury suites can come complete with a separate bathroom, away from the family’s bedrooms and in close proximity to public spaces, such as the kitchen. Many are accessed by a vestibule or short hallway to create privacy. Private courtyards or balconies, or at least exclusive access to a pool or outdoor eating area, are fast becoming expected (and appreciated) features, as well.

In addition, the guest suite may also have its own heating and cooling system, or at least a branch of the home’s main system controlled by guests on a separate thermostat. This provides maximum personal comfort without affecting the rest of the house.

In some cases, guest suites offer separate, private entrances. For guests or an adult-child living at home, a separate entry allows them to come and go without disturbing the rest of the family in the main living areas. Concealed from view and located on a side or rear elevation to maintain security, private entrances are a convenient perk for guests, live-in caretakers, or family members occupying the suite.

Today’s guest suites can be designed to rival the master suite in luxurious finishes, if not in square footage. For many of our clients, a regular, year-round flow of short-term guests is commonplace. Homebuyers in need of dedicated guest quarters appreciate the accommodation of space, comfort, and privacy afforded by guest suites in today’s upscale new homes.

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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

Decorating Your Home!

Categories: Design | Posted: August 27, 2015

BlogDo you feel like there is so much to decorate and no time to brainstorm? Do not fear, we have all the decorating techniques you need right here!

Unfortunately you cannot have your master bedroom having the same layout as your child’s room so it seems you’ll have to come up with something different. This short piece will highlight ways to differentiate the rooms in your home with reducing how much you rack your brain about it.

Master Bedroom

Since this is the room where you’ll recharge after a long day; it needs to have the perfect balance. A small room can be expanded with    lighter  colors and light curtains. If you have a large room that seems to be overbearing, you can use warm colors and patterns to make it   cozier. A nice antique find can dress up a boring nightstand set.

Lining up furniture to be parallel with the wall maximizes floor space and gives a nice flow to the room.

Have smaller nightstands that are as tall as the mattress so you won’t have to struggle with the alarm clock in the morning.

Children’s Bedrooms

The most important thing is to have as little clutter as possible, and to have versatile furniture that you won’t have to replace every two years.

From the initial paint job, try to pick a neutral color that kids won’t outgrow.

Instead of having floor lamps all around, try wall sconces that they won’t be able to pull down in their early years.

A simple chest can be used to store toys now, and then store game systems later.

Teen Rooms

The room of the teenager is their sanction; you might as well make it something they are comfortable with to avoid endless hassle.

A simple duvet cover can go a long way for a teen, especially if they think it’s comfortable.

No matter how good decorative pillows look, they can become a horror to the resistant bed makers.

Try to make use of installed shelves to increase storage space and easy use of their favorite things.

Guest Rooms

It’s crucial that you have a comfortable room, whether it is stationed or temporary. Try including entertainment for the guest, such as a small TV and magazines.

Multi-purpose furniture can be a great asset to your guest bedroom, such as a futon that makes a reliable couch in the daytime.

Those that have an enclosed porch could easily make that into a temporary room for a guest by hanging light sheets over the windows to maintain the outdoor feel but still giving them their privacy.

 

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.

The Connected Home

Categories: Design, Newsletter | Posted: July 8, 2015

Connected home technology in the early 2000s was a costly proposition. In most cases, high-priced “structured wiring” linked a central server to the devices it managed and also to proprietary, hardwired keypads and control screens.

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Fast-forward more than a decade. Things are simpler and more affordable, with everything from security sensors to speakers to lighting controls available in wireless models controlled by a tablet or smart phone. The price of fully connecting a home is one-tenth what it used to be.

Few are taking advantage of this new affordability. A survey of 6500 households published in early 2015 by technology research firm Gartner, Inc. found only a handful using this powerful technology to do more than simply stream movies.

A new home is the perfect opportunity to join that select, modern few.

Ed Webb of Koncerted, a Boston-area home electronics integrator, says that most of the homeowners he talks with are familiar with remote control of temperature and security, but they seldom know what other automation is available. Once they learn about and try it, they want more. “My lighting control business is up 250 percent over last year, and my automated shade business is up 200 percent,” he says. That’s because the benefits are grand and the price is right. In just one example, wireless technology has cut the cost of automated shades by more than half when compared to hardwired versions.

Other affordable wireless products finding a ready market include Ring, a doorbell with a camera that displays on a cell phone; Nest, a self-programming thermostat; Hue, an LED bulb that can be dimmed or changed in color via a handheld app; and Sonos, a wireless speaker system.

One thing that stops people from wanting such devices is worry about getting them to work together. A good electronics integrator can set up an iPad app that controls the TV, the heating and cooling system, the lighting, and everything else.

When deciding between devices it’s best to focus on benefits. For some, being able to remotely control the thermostat sounds interesting. For others, being able to use a phone app to adjust the home’s heating and cooling system so it’s comfortable on arrival lights up the imagination.

The Nest

One common question is whether the home still needs a wiring infrastructure. The answer is yes, but the wiring is simpler than in the past. The basic requirement is to run data and TV cable to every room for bandwidth-hungry video services like Netflix or iTunes: streaming these services through a wire is a lot more reliable than streaming them wirelessly.

For sending data to all those new wireless devices, Webb recommends an enterprise-grade wireless router with 5 gigabytes of RAM instead of the typical 56K consumer model. Costs for the upgraded router are higher, ranging from $400 to $1000, but it can keep up when people are streaming movies on two or more screens. Video devices like the Ring doorbell can also eat up bandwidth. For remote areas of the house, consider wireless access points rather than repeaters.

The bottom line is that with a few affordable devices and a little integration work, homeowners today can easily set up automated systems to conserve energy, manage home security, provide a world of entertainment, and generally make their home more responsive and 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.