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Maintaining a Reasonable Budget for Your Home

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What is the first thing you consider when you decide to look for a home?

The process of building a home is a much more lengthy process than people often imagine. From choosing whether to build from scratch or purchase a used home to the finishing touches of landscape design, it’s easy to get caught up in the big picture and lose sight of a main priority for most home builders: staying within budget.

When starting this home-building process, one of the first tasks should be deciding what budget range is appropriate for you. With the recent rise of home building/home remodeling shows on television, this popular culture often gives prospective home builders a false impression of what a typical budget should be (and what said budget includes!).

If you don’t have millions of dollars set aside for a home, you are not the only one. In fact, Home Advisor indicates that the cost to build a new home is typically $291,638 on average. With the average salary of individuals in Kentucky being $42,171, this number can still seem rather daunting.

If you are looking to cut costs, here are some potential options that may be right for you:

  • Consider building a spec home. This alternative can cut up to 10-20% of house building costs.
  • Consider energy-efficient alternatives. For example, Dirt Cheap Builder utilized a wood stove, sand-textured paint, etc. to cut costs.
  • Consider using cheaper look-alike alternatives for interior design. For example, skip the granite or marble countertops (up to $250 per square foot!) and substitute look-alike laminate materials (average of $10-20 per square foot!).

As long as you are willing to work with an experienced building expert, or spend the time to work out all of the minor details before building, you are absolutely capable of building/remodeling a new home without going out of your budget.

Brianna AndersonMaintaining a Reasonable Budget for Your Home
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Need More Room?

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Looking to do some home additions? Doug Marten’s Construction is here to help!
Are you weighing the pros and cons of adding on to your current home? Expanding rooms is a great way to increase your property’s value. Whether you are looking to do a garage addition or sunroom addition, Doug Marten’s is the place to go for all of your room addition needs. Home additions can be overwhelming and costly if not done right, but luckily Doug Marten’s Construction has a highly professional and dependable staff to help.  We take the stress out of home remodeling and will help you keep your home addition costs low!

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Home addition plans got you stressed?

No worries! The cost of adding rooms to a house can get rather pricey if not done within a reasonable time frame. Doug Marten’s Constructions is dedicated to keeping your house construction plan on schedule and within your budget. So the next time you are planning to do small home extensions or massive overhauls, remember to contact Doug Marten’s Construction.

Worried about the quality of work?

We understand! Since its inception in 1998, Doug Martens has become a respected member of the Bowling Green residential building community, we strive to build a product of the highest quality while staying on the cutting edge through education, networking and constant research of new products, techniques and trends. Don’t take our word for it, view our work!
Let’s start the conversation, give us a call at (270) 782-5949 or email bghomebuilder@gmail.com.

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Energy Efficiency

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What is Energy Efficiency?

As stated on Doug Martens Services page “energy efficiency is generally achieved through the use of building materials, construction techniques, designs and appliances that minimize the amount of electricity, natural gas and other fuels needed to heat, cool and operate a home. Maximizing energy efficiency is a major aspect of green building (also known as sustainable or high performance construction). Home builders strive to maximize energy efficiency in new construction, and improving energy efficiency is frequently a goal of residential remodeling.

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Improving energy efficiency

Improving energy efficiency doesn’t only do you good by saving you money, but it also does good for the Earth! By reducing your energy use you are also reducing the emissions of greenhouse gasses. So how do you become more energy efficient?

  1. Benchmark- Assess your current situation. How much energy are you currently using?
  2. Assess your building and its appliances- Do you have drafty windows or doors? Is your house well insulated? Do you have an energy saving cycle option on your washer? Was your home built using insulated concrete forms?
  3. Make an efficiency plan- What changes are manageable for you? What is the end goal for you?
  4. Implement plan- Make your changes and document them so you can compare to past periods.
  5. Reevaluate and Retry- improving efficiency is something that can be done daily! With today’s technology, we are learning more than ever about how to create efficient buildings.

 

Energy Efficient Buildings

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Home Energy Efficiency

Whether you are building or buying, if energy efficiency is a concern of yours (or even just saving a few bucks) the most important thing you need to do is research.

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Spring Cleaning

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Spring Checklist:

The comfortable weather of Spring gives homeowners a chance to get outside and really start working on their home and lawn. We put together eight tasks for you to add to your Spring cleaning checklist! Remember, these are suggestions! If you don’t feel safe performing a task, consult a professional for tips, advice and service.

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  1. Examine the Roof – Roof damage is common in the Southern Kentucky area because of the snow and ice that accumulates during the winter months and the strong winds and heavy rainfall during the spring.
  2. Check the Gutters – Falling leaves, twigs and other debris clog rain gutters in the fall, while wind, snowfall and ice damage gutters during the winter.
  3. Inspect the driveway concrete – It’s a given that a concrete slab will develop cracks over time. This is particularly true at cold joints, where two concrete slabs meet that were poured at different times.
  4. Seal your driveway – Keep the driveway looking like new and prevent further deterioration.
  5. Check the outside faucets – If you own a home it’s extremely likely that it has one or more outside faucets. These faucets are exposed to the freezing temperatures and have the potential to become cracked and damaged.
  6. Service the A/C Unit – As the days become longer they also become hotter. You don’t want your home’s air conditioning to go out during the warmer season. Have a trusted professional check it out.
  7. Caulk the Cracks – One of the best ways to save energy in your home is by caulking any cracks around windows and doors.
  8. Pressure wash the exterior – Any type of exterior gets dingy over time, but a pressure washer can quickly restore your home to its former beauty.

Finally, if there is a bigger task you had in mind such as adding an additional room to your home, renovating your house or building a second home or vacation home please don’t hesitate to contact Doug Martens!

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Enhance the Value of your Home with a Remodel

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Are you selling your home or do you want to enhance its current value? Here are some of the top home remodel projects that will earn you more cash when you do decide to sell it!

  • Bathroom Remodel: Ditch the old shower and sink, get rid of the hideous tile, and repaint the walls! A bathroom remodel can raise a home’s value up to $10,000.
  • Kitchen Remodel: The kitchen might be in terrible condition. Through years of wear and tear kitchens tend to show their age. Common examples of a worn kitchen are cracked tiles, scratched up counter tops, broken cabinets and old appliances. A remodel would really liven up the whole house.
  • Exterior Improvements: Old home? Make sure the paint is tested for lead! Further, the exterior gets the brute of the seasonal elements. Make sure the gutters, sidings, and roof are in prime condition. Ignoring any early signs of damage could prove to be more costly in the future!
  • Basement or Attic Remodel: A house with an unfinished basement or attic presents you with a golden opportunity to add a considerable amount of livable square footage without building on to the exterior of the house. Finishing your attic or basement can cost you anywhere between $25,000-$50,000 but the returns can be huge! Now you can utilize the new space and interested buyers will pay more when you plan to sell the home.
  • Home Décor: The dollars are in the details. Enhance your home’s value by replacing the light switches, outlet covers, floor registers, crown molding, chair rails and drapes, plus fresh, live flowers and accessories.

If you’re interested in a remodel and want to talk to a builder with over 20 years of experience give Doug Martens a call or shoot him an email at (270) 782-5949 / bghomebuilder@gmail.com. Doug would be happy to answer any questions and offer his professional insight on your current home.

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Holiday Party Hosting

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Is your family growing? Are your children starting families of their own? The holiday season is a festive part of the year where everyone comes together in celebration of their beliefs, annual traditions and, the New Year. Hosting one or more events at your home can extremely stressful as you want your guests to be comfortable and happy during their stay, it might make you review your current home amenities. How many bedrooms and bathrooms, the size and capabilities of the kitchen, is there ample room to seat all of your guests during dinner?

A home, just like a car or garden needs proper maintenance, care and sometimes a professional opinion. If there is something you would like to change, add or fix give Doug Martens Construction a call at (270) 782-5949. We excel in home remodels.christmas-lights-on-houses1

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When you consider the advantages, the decision to build a new home over buying existing is an easy one.

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When you consider the advantages, the decision to build a new home over buying existing is an easy one.

Better Construction, Warranty, No Surprises, Safety, Appreciation in Value and more!

If you’ve been thinking about starting building a custom home here in South Central Kentucky let’s talk! (270-782-5949) / bghomebuilder@gmail.com

Doug MartensWhen you consider the advantages, the decision to build a new home over buying existing is an easy one.
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Doug Martens Construction is Certified ICF(Insulated Concrete Forms) builder!

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Doug Martens Construction is Certified ICF(Insulated Concrete Forms) builder!

Here are some benefits with a ICF home:

Energy efficiency – Minimal, if any, air leaks, which improves comfort and reduces heat loss compared to walls without a solid air barrier

• Fire protection – ICF walls can have four- to six-hour fire resistance rating and negligible surface burning properties.

• Vermin – Because the entire interior space of ICF walls is continuously occupied (no gaps as can occur between blown or fiberglass insulation and a wood frame wall) they pose more difficulty for casual transit by insects and vermin.

Doug MartensDoug Martens Construction is Certified ICF(Insulated Concrete Forms) builder!
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We’re proud to offer green sustainable homes!

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We’re proud to offer green sustainable homes!

Why build green? Here’s why:

Economic benefits:
• Reduce operating costs
• Create, expand, and shape markets for green product and services
• Improve occupant productivity
• Optimize life-cycle economic performance

Environmental benefits:
• Enhance and protect biodiversity and ecosystems
• Improve air and water quality
• Reduce waste streams
• Conserve and restore natural resources

Social benefits
• Enhance occupant comfort and health
• Heighten aesthetic qualities
• Minimize strain on local infrastructure
• Improve overall quality of life

Doug MartensWe’re proud to offer green sustainable homes!
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