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3 Pillar Blog

Welcome to Jerome Village

Categories: Events, Neighborhood | Posted: April 10, 2015

In case you haven’t heard, our new 3 Pillar model home in the Arrowwood Community of Jerome Village is officially open!  We are ecstatic to have a stronger presence in the community and provide more accessibility to the current homeowners there.

Jerome Village Model

This model home was based on our Woodford floor plan.  Though we are a design-built custom builder, the Woodford plan offers a great starting point for families that prefer a formal dining room. You can find the floor plan here.

JV Dining Room

In order to show prospective homeowners what 3 Pillar can help them achieve, we added three optional living spaces: a sun-room off of the morning room, a bonus room over the garage, and a finished lower level.  As a custom-builder, we can achieve the look and livability that you are looking for, and these three spaces give the public a taste of that.

JV Sunroom

Jerome Village has future plan for not only expanding the home communities, but also for a commercial center that will offer restaurants and retail shops.  3 Pillar Homes is hosting a grand opening on Thursday, April 16th from 4pm to 7pm.  Snacks, drinks, and a beautifully finished model home will be provided.  We just ask that you bring your admiration.

 


 

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

Managing Chance

Categories: Build Process, Newsletter | Posted: April 8, 2015

Building a new home is a dynamic and exciting process. As professional home builders, our goal is to make the process smooth and transparent for our clients. Once the job is underway, things happen quickly, so we work with clients to make decisions well ahead of time to help ensure they get their new home on schedule and on budget, as promised.

Most of the big design decisions are made before the first scoop of dirt is moved, but that is rarely the end of the decision-making process. Once construction is underway, owners often think of a few things they’d like to change. Adjustments may range from adding a room to a change in kitchen cabinets, choosing different flooring in the bathroom, or just adding an extra light switch or two.

We document such requests, called “change orders,” to make sure that all parties have a clear understanding of the scope and cost of the change. It is important for the homeowner to understand how change orders affect the building process. When homeowner and builder communicate well, the impact of change orders on the construction schedule and budget can be minimized.

A change order made after construction begins always has a cost. The cost may be the time and labor to make the change or it may be the price of additional materials or products required—sometimes both.

In addition, the timing of a change order affects the cost. Changes late in the building process typically cost more than earlier ones. Some changes may be cost-prohibitive, such as altering the foundation or adding a basement once we’ve started building a home’s structural frame.

We respect our clients’ desires to get exactly the house they want. And we know that some finishes (or even floor plans) may be hard to visualize until they’re actually installed or built. From long experience, we know that changes will happen and, consequently, we aim to be systematic about managing change orders. Our process ensures good communication and provides assurances between everyone involved. It also helps us stick to the schedule and minimize additional costs.

The change order process: The most effective change order processes follow a general pattern that creates a paper trail and provides reliable cost information up front, including:

  • Centralization. Change order requests are managed by one person to help ensure effective communication between everyone involved. This includes specialty trade contractors, suppliers, our job site managers, and, of course, our clients. We discourage homeowners from making special requests directly to a trade contractor, as this is a quick route to misunderstandings and disrupted schedules.
  • Documentation. Client requests are transferred to an electronic or paper-based change order form that initiates a paper trail and helps ensure greater accuracy and clearer communication.
  • Terms. We anticipate the types of changes our clients may make. We have a good idea of the cost and time most changes require. As a result, we can often communicate the terms quickly so that homeowners can make an informed decision in plenty of time to make the change or decide against it.
  • Confirmation. It’s important to everyone involved that no change occurs without a client signature. Clients must approve the cost and terms, as well as the style, finish, or other details about the change. This also ensures that clients are made aware of how the change may affect their move-in date or other aspects of the construction schedule.
  • Inspection. We may ask clients to visit the new home’s job site when the change is being made to make sure they are satisfied and don’t have any questions.
  • Payment. Costs for change orders may be billed separately, usually as soon as the change has been made and the work is completed to a client’s satisfaction. Sometimes we ask for a percentage of the cost or full payment up front before making a change, depending on the type of request.

By following this simple but thorough change order process, our clients can be sure that any changes they consider—whether minor or substantial—will be handled in a timely fashion without confusion, miscommunication, or unnecessary cost.

 

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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

Community Highlight | Meadows at Lewis Center

Categories: Inventory Homes, Neighborhood | Posted: March 27, 2015

The Meadows at Lewis Center is a central hub for 3 Pillar Homes.

We are rounding out phase one in the Meadows at Lewis Center community, with only three home-sites left!  Phase two is filling up nicely, and phase three will be coming later this year!

It has been a busy time for our hardworking project manager and sales staff.  One home broke ground last week, another to break ground this week, and two more to come within the next two months!

For the homes already under construction, two are well on their way towards the finish line, with a third not far behind!

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Our president, Zenios, says, “Meadows at Lewis Center is a wonderful move-up community in the heart of Lewis Center, with great access to Polaris Fashion Place, I-71 and 23.”  That convenience factor is definitely a draw for this community, but the school district is especially appealing to many families.  Olentangy schools consistently ranks among the highest in the state.

Our previous model home was featured in the BIA Parade of Homes 2012, and our current model home is right around the corner!  We have had great feedback on both homes, two very different floor plans (which is what we always strive for).

We asked the Lloyds, current homewners in the Meadows at Lewis Center, how they feel about living in this community.

MLC Family

What is your favorite part about living in the Meadows community?  

“The neighbors are very friendly and I love the neighborhood and the house styles.”

Was there something in particular that attracted you to this community?

“I think this is a great location if you like doing outdoor activities. You have Alum Creek, Highbanks Park, Olentangy Trail, and Lewis Center trail write down the street from us.  It is also close to Polaris and we are in a great school system.”

 

To learn more about what is possible in this community, check out our website!


 

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 | Safety

Categories: Build Process, Newsletter | Posted: March 20, 2015

Q: What’s the most common job site safety hazard?

A: In residential construction, the most common hazards relate to falls, namely from roofs or areas that are more than six feet above the ground. OSHA reports that scaffolding, fall prevention, and ladders are among its top 5 most-frequently cited violations. They recently tightened standards to further mitigate those hazards.

 


 

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

Safety First

Categories: Build Process, Neighborhood | Posted: March 18, 2015

There’s no getting around it: construction can be a hazardous job. We say “can be” because professional builders respect those hazards and equip and train their workers and subcontractors to mitigate safety issues as much as possible. By doing so, professional builders protect their businesses and their clients from liability.

The federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) provides specific guidelines and regulations for homebuilders and contractors regarding the prevention of accidents on a residential job site. The penalties for failing to comply with those rules range from hefty fines to shutting down the job until violations are corrected.

Professional builders not only comply with those regulations, but also often take extra steps to help ensure a safe working environment on every project, and to help keep everyone out of harm’s way.

Closing Walk-through

Inspection. As directed by OSHA, professional builders continually inspect their job sites for potential hazards, and may even have a safety manager that regularly visits each site. Common hazards may include ladders or scaffolding that are unsecured or set on uneven ground, unmarked trenches, or an incomplete or missing first aid kit.

If violations are found, they are quickly reported and remedied to get the company back into compliance. And, they are corrected for the next job.

Education and Training. It is critical to continually educate workers, to train and equip them to recognize and avoid construction job site hazards and accidents.

In addition to a written safety and health program required by OSHA, professional builders often conduct what’s called “Toolbox Talks” on the subject of safety, perhaps showing a video, presenting a report, or (even better) showing workers a real-world example of a common hazard and how to remedy or avoid it.

Builders who are dedicated to safety also equip their crews with the latest in safety gear, from guardrails on ladders and scaffolding to hard hats, gloves, eye protection, and personal harnesses — and keep that gear in optimum working order. These builders also require their trade partners to follow these same safety procedures with their employees.

Incentives. Smart builders often use incentives to help ensure safety. A worker who reports or remedies a job site hazard may earn a bonus, time off, or some other reward that recognizes his or her initiative and sets an example for the rest of the crew.

Unfinished Lower Level

Builders may also track and publicly post job site safety achievements, such as the number of days without an accident or time lost to a job site injury. Those accomplishments may earn the company recognition from OSHA or acknowledgement from the company that insures the builder against liability and worker’s compensation — lowering the builder’s overhead costs and enabling them to be more competitive for future jobs.

Including Owners. Savvy and safety-conscious builders know that their homeowner clients will want to occasionally visit the job site to see progress, make decisions and discuss concerns. Safety is no less a priority for those instances.

Homebuyers can go a long way to keeping themselves safe on the job site by following the same rules and procedures as the crew. We encourage them to wear hard hats and safety goggles and avoid visiting and walking through a house under construction without supervision, after hours, and on weekends, as they may not be aware or are unprepared to avoid hazards.

Hard Hats

 


 

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.

Building Dreams

Categories: Design | Posted: March 12, 2015

Thanks to the invention of Pintrest and Houzz, people are able to easily specify what they are looking for in their dream home.

What makes a dream home? At 3 Pillar Homes we believe that a dream home is one that has the best fit, function, finish, and feel for your family. To us, a dream home is not defined by the amount of options and upgrades you put into it, but one that gives you the feeling of “home” as soon as you walk through the door.

3 Pillar Homes

3 Pillar Homes is a custom builder, so custom that sometimes clients do not know where to begin. If you haven’t discussed what you are looking for in detail with your family it can be hard to articulate your desires. Pintrest and Houzz provides potential homeowners the opportunity to find creative ways to achieve their desires. We have had past homeowners actually bring in pictures they found on these websites to help illustrate what they wanted in their homes.

Kitchen photographs are easily one of the most popular categories.  Because in many cases, the kitchen is the heart of the home. We have also been known to add a door hidden behind bookshelves, and barn doors in the foyers. Sometimes it goes beyond small touches here and there, expanding to affect the entire floor plan or the front elevation.  Start with your “must-haves” and go from there!

3 Pillar Homes Parade

Both websites and mobile apps are so easy to use, why wouldn’t you start following 3 Pillar Homes on Pintrest and Houzz to start planning YOUR dream home?

Keeping Projects on Track

Categories: Build Process, Design, Newsletter | Posted: March 4, 2015

Failure to make timely decisions is the number one culprit behind schedule and cost overruns. Homeowners play a key role in preventing these problems.

Some homeowners find it a challenge to make their final selection of products and materials. It’s easy to see why—with practically limitless choices in countertops, fixtures, tiles, windows, and other products, it can be difficult to settle on one model, style, or color.

Countertops Jerome Village

But decisions must be made at some point, and making those decisions in a timely manner is crucial to keeping the project on schedule and on budget. Indecision and delay can cause costs to rise dramatically.

Professional builders always include enough time in the schedule for homeowners to sort through these choices, but they also set firm deadlines for when each choice must be made. Those deadlines are based on how long it takes to obtain each item, and whether other work depends on the decision.

Take the example of windows and doors, where frame openings have to be sized to fit each particular model. If the homeowner chooses the windows after the framing is underway, that could mean going back and reframing openings. The same goes for decisions about plumbing fixture locations that would require the moving of pipes.

Foyer Tartan West

What about items that don’t affect infrastructure like framing or plumbing? The answer is that late selections anywhere can cause problems. Custom-made products like shower surrounds, cabinets, and counter-tops can have long lead times, so late selections can easily push the job past its original finish date. The same goes for decisions on flooring, paint colors, and landscaping.

The problem with extending the finish date is that time is money—every day the builder’s crew is on the job, expenses are adding up for labor and overhead (for example, items like the job-site office, the perimeter fence, the power pole, and so on).

During those extra weeks and months, homeowners run the risk of paying the costs for two separate homes: the expense for the home that’s being built, as well as the mortgage payment for their current residence.

Savvy homeowners reduce this risk by working closely with the design team, made up of the architect, interior designer, and landscape architect. Selection problems are minimized when the homeowners and designers work closely together. The design team helps the homeowners to narrow the choices in models, styles, and color, and guides them to selections they will be happy with.

The most effective thing homeowners can do to ensure a smooth project is to work with the builder and design team to make as many decisions as possible before work starts. Early selections eliminate a lot of stress and expense. The process of building a home requires a lot of decisions, and savvy homeowners help keep the project on track by meeting decision deadlines.

 

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Build-On-Your-Lot?

Categories: Build On Your Lot | Posted: February 25, 2015

As a custom home-builder, we are present in multiple neighborhoods. However, building in communities is only part of our business. We often build on home-sites owned by the homeowners in other neighborhoods or off-site locations where our homeowners want to build on their own land, developed or undeveloped.

If a client already owns a home-site, or even if they still need help finding one, we are happy to assist. Our owner, Zenios, often takes the time to walk the land with the perspective homeowners to see what is feasible and to assist in understanding what lot preparations need to happen before and during the build.

Many considerations must be taken into account-where will the home be situated? Are there any easements? Will we need a septic system? Can the lot offer a walk out basement? We asked the Ebbers family about their experience searching for their perfect home-site.

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Q: What was the biggest driver in your choice of lot?

A: Distance from where you do “life” – our lot is 11 minutes from school and church. Type of lot – our new lot is 9 acres, but 4 is “forest” with a creek running through it. We wanted a walk-out basement, so finding a lot where that looks natural was imperative.

 

Q: How many lots did you consider?

A: We looked at 12-20 lots, considered 3.

 

Q: What lifestyle goals were you hoping to achieve?

A: We love being outside and want our kids to grow up seeing nature.  We want to raise some Pheasants and feed the deer.  The kids are already having a blast playing in the creek.

 

You can follow Ebbers’ journey through the custom-build process here!

Friday’s FAQ | Windows

Categories: Design, Maintaining Home, Newsletter | Posted: February 20, 2015

This week’s Friday FAQ is related to the livability of a home.

Wall of Windows

Q: What is an “insulated” window?

A: Newer windows are often referred to as “insulated” because of technology that retards, blocks, or slows the transfer of air through the unit. Most people are familiar with fiberglass or other types of insulation material in a wall cavity. In a window, the “insulation” is a combination of several factors. Most common are windows with at least two panes of glass enclosing a ‘dead’ airspace between them. The airspace may also be sealed to contain a clear, odorless gas (commonly argon), which is heavier than air and thus an even more effective insulator. Better yet, one or both inside surfaces of the glass can be permanently laminated with a clear coating that further retards thermal transfer and protects the home interior against solar heat gain and damaging ultraviolet rays.

Study Windows

Capturing Natural Light

Categories: Design, Newsletter | Posted: February 18, 2015

Walk into most new homes and you’ll notice a big difference from many older homes: an abundance of natural light. In older homes, poor thermal performance forced builders to scale down the size of windows and glass doors.

Today’s builders, however, are able to maximize the capture of natural light by taking advantage of advanced technologies and materials, a wider range of sizes and styles, and a number of new products and creative applications.

For clients who prefer a modern look, glass walls can be used to maximize natural light. For those preferring traditional housing design, professional builders usually work within historic housing forms to increase interior natural light. Window manufacturers have helped this effort by providing a wide variety of products to match traditional house styles.

Wall of Windows

For example, a roof window (or series of these units) over the center of the kitchen can bring in a tremendous amount of natural light without having an adverse impact on a traditional façade. This is especially true if that room is on the back or side of the house and thus out of view from the street. Unlike skylights, roof windows can open to vent stagnant or hot air and odors. They have a flat design, only slightly raised above the roof finish, which further reduces any intrusive appearance.

For smaller interior rooms, such as a water closet, walk-in shower, or storage area, traditional approaches to bringing in natural light are almost impossible, or at least impractical. Tubular skylights offer a solution. From a small, unobtrusive opening in the roof, light enters a tube lined with mirrors and reflective material that magnify available light into the room below. These small devices pour large quantities of light into tight spaces, making them feel more spacious and comfortable.

Fixed or operable transom windows may also be used to bring natural light into interior rooms. Set above passage doors to bedrooms and bathrooms or even in interior walls, transom windows can carry natural light from rooms on the outside perimeter into otherwise dark, inner spaces.

JV Model Stairs

A kitchen backsplash can be used creatively to increase natural light. Glass block or fixed panes of glass may be installed in the space between the countertop and the wall cabinets. Light is brought onto the work surface without sacrificing kitchen cabinets for a large window expanse.

When homeowners prefer traditional architectural styles, experienced home builders will assist homeowners with design and product solutions, made easier with the wide array of technologically advanced windows now available. With new products to choose from and some creative design work, home owners are able to enjoy both their home style of choice and the aesthetic and cost-saving benefits of natural light.

 

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