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Community Highlight | Pinnacle Estates

Categories: Inventory Homes, Neighborhood | Posted: April 29, 2015

Pinnacle Estates is beautiful community in Grove City where 3 Pillar has an active presence.  We have one home that is move-in ready and another that is close to the finish line!

Pinnacle Estates Monroe

The Estates section of the community features plenty of green space, glittering lakes and a community park. Within the entire community is the Pinnacle Club and golf course. Pinnacle Club routinely hosts events, especially weddings and corporate events.

Nearby Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park features more than 7,000 acres of forest, prairies, and wetlands. The Big and Little Darby Creeks running through the park are both State and National Scenic Rivers. Activities at the park include biking, canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, hiking, fishing, ice-skating, and more.

Elliot Home

One of the primary appeals to this community, is the location.  Pinnacle Estates seems to be secluded and private, yet the community is only minutes away from great shops and restaurants.  With the recent news of Mount Carmel West Hospital, more jobs will also be moving to the area.

Multiple public and private schools are also conveniently close by, including Buckeye Woods Elementary, Grove City Christian School, Jackson Middle School, and Grove City High School.

Annen Home

3 Pillar Homes is excited about our future with Pinnacle Estates and we would love for you to be a part of it!

 


 

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 | Markups

Categories: Build Process, Design, Newsletter | Posted: April 24, 2015

Q: What is the difference between markup and profit margin?

A: Markup is what a builder adds to the price of a given item, such as an appliance or lumber order, to cover his overhead costs and achieve a reasonable profit margin on the project. The profit margin is what he actually makes on that item after he pays his overhead, such as office space, cell phone bill, vehicles and labor.

Is the Least Expensive the Best Investment?

Categories: Build Process, Design, Newsletter | Posted: April 22, 2015

Choosing a builder based on the lowest cost per square foot or the lowest sales price may not get a buyer the best value. When it comes to your family’s future, the least expensive option may not be the best way to go.

Common sense tells us that there is a premium to be paid for a superior home. By that we mean a home that has more exacting standards, performs well over time, maintains its value as an investment and is built by a builder who stands by his work. Let’s take a closer look at these higher initial costs and why we believe it is worth paying a reasonable premium for such a home.

Better Materials. Professional builders who build to a high level of quality have higher standards for the materials that go into their homes. They cull lumber piles for the straightest studs and send the warped and knotted ones back to the lumberyard. They inspect and confirm deliveries, protect materials from weather, seek out the best warranties and track problems to weed out poor-performing materials.

Home Materials

When a company insists on that level of quality and provides that level of attention and care, one would expect to pay a bit more. Like cut-rate houses, substandard materials can deliver substandard results that often cost more to repair or replace than the premium you might pay upfront for a higher-quality option.

Better Construction. Builders who specify and only accept better-quality products do so to achieve a higher level of overall construction quality and long-term durability. They make sure products and materials are installed properly by the most competent subcontractors and adhere to performance standards that are far beyond what the local building code requires.

Why? Because professional builders know that their reputation is on the line with every home they deliver. When homeowners begin to see evidence of poor workmanship, it doesn’t take long for them to spread the word about how poorly the builder (and the house) performed. This is too high a price to pay for any company who is in business for the long-term and understands the value of a satisfied client.

As with better materials and products, a better-built home may (and should) cost more upfront, but cost less over time. As we’ve seen repeatedly over the years, it requires less repair, replacement and maintenance in the long run.

A Better Experience. Is it possible to put a price tag on peace of mind? Consider the value of a hassle-free new-home project. Less stress, no hurt feelings, no horror stories, no busted budgets, no lawsuits. What is it worth to have your new home built on schedule, for the agreed cost, with a builder who is there to answer your questions from groundbreaking through move-in and beyond?

Home Closing

And what do you get? A house that meets your expectations, that is solidly built, with superior fit and finish. It’s livable, comfortable, and meets your lifestyle needs. In other words, a “home.” Your home.

 


 

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 | Siding

Categories: Build Process, Newsletter | Posted: April 17, 2015

Q: What’s the paper-like wrapping I see on new homes before the exterior siding goes on?

Woodford Siding

A: It is increasingly common for quality-conscious builders to add an extra layer of weather protection around the outside of the house. Called an air barrier or “house-wrap,” this layer is installed as a continuous material just behind the siding, stucco, or brick finish. The house-wrap provides a barrier blocking the exchange of air through the structure, thus reducing heating and cooling costs. House-wrap also blocks moisture from getting into the walls where it can damage the insulation and framing.

 


 

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.

BIA Home Quest

Categories: Events, Neighborhood | Posted: April 15, 2015

3 Pillar Homes is participating in this year’s BIA Home Quest!

Come and see our luxury patio homes in the highly desirable Tuscana at Tartan West community. This community features Mediterranean-inspired exteriors.  3 Pillar is staying busy: one home just broke ground, a second will break ground in the coming weeks, and two inventory homes are cruising toward completion!

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We focused on the open concept first floor living plans, generous lower level finished for additional entertaining.  Of course, we also included quality craftsmanship and design throughout.  The two floor plans being features in the Home Quest are our Alessandra and Izabella plans, which you can check out in the Floor Plans tab!

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We would love to see you out there on any of the four days: April 18/19 & 25/26 from noon – 6pm!

8818 Ventura Way
Dublin, OH 43016

 


 

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.