Pre Planning,

Exterior Finishes: Elevating Curb Appeal

At Vleeming Custom Homes, the exterior finishes are a cornerstone of crafting homes that not only stand the test of time but also captivate with their curb appeal. Here’s a closer look at the options available:

Siding, Stucco, Stone, and Wood Accents

Our homes boast a diverse range of exterior finishes, allowing homeowners to express their unique style. Choices include traditional siding for a classic look, stucco for a sleek finish, natural stone for a luxurious touch, and wood accents for timeless warmth. The cost varies based on material selection and the intricacy of the design.

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Example: Natural stone, while more expensive, imparts a luxurious and timeless aesthetic, creating a lasting impression.

Roofing: Beyond Shelter

The roofing of a Vleeming home isn’t just functional; it’s a design element that adds character. Consider these roofing options:

Asphalt Shingles, Metal, and Cedar Shakes

Choose from budget-friendly asphalt shingles, sleek metal roofing, or the unique charm of cedar shakes. Each option carries its own aesthetic and cost considerations, allowing homeowners to tailor their homes to their vision and budget.

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Example: Cedar shakes, though pricier, provide a distinctive and upscale appearance, elevating the overall look of the home.

Windows and Doors: Bridging In and Out

Windows and doors serve as connections to the external world while enhancing energy efficiency. Explore the possibilities:

Size, Material, and Energy Efficiency

Optimize natural lighting with windows and doors customized to your preferences. Triple-pane windows, though a higher upfront investment, offer superior insulation, leading to long-term energy savings.

Example: Triple-pane windows balance cost with energy efficiency, providing both comfort and sustainability.

Landscaping: Beyond Boundaries

The surroundings of your home contribute significantly to its overall appeal. Consider the landscaping details:

Patios, Decks, and Fencing

Landscaping isn’t just about greenery; it’s about creating functional and aesthetically pleasing outdoor spaces. Costs vary based on the size and complexity of the landscaping plan, ensuring that every inch of your property is a testament to thoughtful design.

Example: Well-designed patios and decks extend your living space outdoors, creating areas for relaxation and entertainment.

Vleeming Custom Homes understands that the exterior finishes are the first impression of your dream home. With a commitment to quality, sustainability, and timeless design, we ensure that every detail contributes to a living space that resonates with your lifestyle.

Visit our Gallery for specific examples that showcase the artistry and craftsmanship we bring to each custom home.

Published January 2nd, 2024.



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The Art of Custom Home Building: Understanding the Costs of Building Details in a Vleeming Custom Home

Building a custom home is an exciting endeavor, and achieving the perfect balance between your budget and the finer details is made effortless with Vleeming Custom Homes and our comprehensive pre-construction planning process. In this blog, we will explore the various details that go into a Vleeming custom home and understand the associated costs.

Exterior Finishes

Vleeming Custom Homes offers a range of exterior finishes to enhance your home’s curb appeal. Options include siding, stucco, stone, and wood accents. The cost varies depending on the material chosen and the complexity of the design. For example, using natural stone can be more expensive than traditional siding options, but it provides a luxurious and timeless look.


Your choice of roofing material greatly affects both the aesthetic and cost of your custom home. Vleeming homes feature roofing options like asphalt shingles, metal, and cedar shakes. While asphalt shingles are more budget-friendly, cedar shakes offer a unique, high-end appearance, albeit at a higher cost.

Windows and Doors

Vleeming custom homes prioritize energy efficiency and natural lighting. The cost of windows and doors can vary depending on factors such as size, material, and energy efficiency. Triple-pane windows, for instance, are more expensive but offer superior insulation, reducing long-term heating and cooling costs.

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Your choice of flooring can significantly impact the overall cost of your custom home. Vleeming offers a wide range of options, including hardwood, tile, and luxury vinyl. The cost varies depending on the type and quality of the material.

Cabinetry and Countertops

Kitchens and bathrooms are key areas where quality matters. Vleeming homes feature custom cabinetry and countertops, available in various materials and finishes. Premium materials like quartz and granite come at a higher cost but offer durability and timeless appeal.


Custom Millwork

Vleeming Custom Homes often include custom millwork, which encompasses elements like built-in shelving, wainscoting, and coffered ceilings. The complexity and intricacy of the millwork design influence the cost.

Mechanical Systems

Vleeming Custom Homes prioritize energy efficiency and sustainability. High-efficiency heating and cooling systems, along with advanced insulation, might have a higher upfront cost but result in long-term energy savings.

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The exterior landscaping and hardscaping details, including patios, decks, and fencing, contribute to the overall look and functionality of your home. Costs vary based on the size and complexity of the landscaping plan.

Vleeming Custom Homes takes pride in delivering custom homes that reflect the unique vision and needs of each homeowner. While the costs of building details can vary, the emphasis is always on quality, sustainability, and creating a home that stands the test of time. When you choose to build a Vleeming custom home, you’re not just investing in a house; you’re investing in a living space that is a true reflection of your lifestyle and preferences.

For specific examples of building details by Vleeming Custom Homes, visit our Gallery.

Published November 11, 2023

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Things to Consider When Building on Bare Rural Land

Constructing a home in a rural area comes with its unique challenges and considerations. In this blog, we will explore the essential aspects to keep in mind when building on bare rural land, ensuring your project is a success.

Infrastructure Assessment: Before embarking on your rural building project, it’s crucial to evaluate the existing infrastructure. Check for access to utilities such as water, electricity, sewage, and natural gas. In rural areas, these services may not be readily available, and installing them can significantly impact your budget. At Vleeming Custom Homes, we can assist you in navigating the challenges of rural infrastructure and find cost-effective solutions to meet your needs.

Zoning and Permits: Research local zoning regulations and obtain the necessary permits. Rural areas may have specific zoning requirements, such as minimum lot sizes, setback distances, and land use restrictions. Failing to comply with these regulations can result in delays and added costs. Vleeming Custom Homes has experience working with rural zoning regulations and can help ensure your project is in compliance, saving you time and hassle.

Environmental Impact: Consider the environmental impact of your construction project. Assess the impact on local ecosystems, wildlife habitats, and water sources. Compliance with environmental regulations and responsible land development are essential in rural areas. We prioritize sustainable and environmentally responsible building practices at Vleeming Custom Homes, ensuring that your rural project aligns with ecological preservation.

Road Access: Ensure that your rural property has suitable road access. Consider the road conditions and whether they are maintained year-round. A lack of proper access can hinder construction and affect your quality of life once the home is built. Vleeming Custom Homes can help assess road access and offer solutions for any needed improvements.

Land Grading and Drainage: Rural land may have unique topography and drainage challenges. Proper land grading is essential to prevent flooding and erosion. Evaluate the terrain and plan for effective drainage solutions to protect your property. At Vleeming Custom Homes, we have expertise in managing land grading and drainage, ensuring your property is safe from water-related issues.

Well and Septic System: In rural areas, access to municipal water and sewage systems is rare. You’ll likely need to install a well for water supply and a septic system for wastewater management. Factor in the costs and regulations associated with these systems. Vleeming Custom Homes can help you navigate the installation of these systems efficiently.

Off-Grid Living: Consider whether you want to live off the grid. Off-grid homes rely on alternative energy sources like solar panels. This choice can offer independence but requires careful planning and budgeting. We can assist in designing and implementing off-grid solutions tailored to your specific preferences.

Emergency Services: Rural areas may have limited access to emergency services. Research the proximity of hospitals, fire departments, and police services to ensure your safety and well-being. Vleeming Custom Homes can guide you on the importance of emergency service access and help you choose a location that aligns with your needs.

Internet and Communication: Check the availability of reliable internet and communication services. Working remotely and staying connected may be essential, so assess the options for internet access in your chosen location. We can offer insight into internet and communication options available in your desired rural area.

Local Community: Get to know the local community and build good relationships with neighbors. Local support can be invaluable, especially when living in rural areas. We understand the value of a strong community at Vleeming Custom Homes and can help you integrate into your new rural surroundings.

Building on bare rural land is a rewarding endeavor, but it demands thorough research and careful planning. Considering infrastructure, zoning, environmental impact, access, and essential systems will help ensure your rural home is a comfortable and sustainable haven. Vleeming Custom Homes is here to guide you through this exciting journey, helping you create the perfect rural retreat tailored to your vision and needs.

Published November 11, 2023.

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Deciphering Custom Home Costs: Beyond Square Footage Pricing

Are you considering a dream home project with Vleeming Custom Homes? Perhaps you’ve wondered, like many, “What’s the square footage price?” However, the world of custom homes is far from simple. In this blog, we unravel the complexities of estimating custom home costs and explain how Vleeming Custom Homes’ Pre-Construction Planning process offers a tailored solution.

Problem 1: Customization is Key

Custom homes are all about personalization, reflecting your unique style and needs. Square footage pricing doesn’t account for individuality, making it an ill-fitting approach.

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Solution: Our Pre-Construction Planning process ensures your vision is at the forefront. Your dream home is tailored, bypassing generic square footage costs.

Problem 2: Design Complexity

Intricate designs and special features are desirable but can raise cost concerns.

Solution: Our team excels at managing intricate designs within budget. Our Pre-Construction Planning process guides you through design choices without unexpected costs.

Problem 3: Material Selection

Choosing materials is challenging. It’s crucial to strike a balance between quality, style, and budget.

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Solution: We help you select materials that meet your preferences and budget, transforming informed decisions into a reality.

Problem 4: Location Matters

Location affects costs. Factors like land expenses and local regulations are often overlooked in square footage pricing.

Solution: We analyze your location during Pre-Construction Planning, managing variables efficiently.

Problem 5: Market Conditions

Economic fluctuations can impact project costs.

Solution: We keep abreast of market trends, offering insights during Pre-Construction Planning to counter labor and material cost changes.

Problem 6: Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Balancing budget and long-term savings with energy-efficient features can be tricky.

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Solution: We guide you through sustainable options in our Pre-Construction Planning process for informed decisions.

Problem 7: Unforeseen Challenges

Unexpected issues during construction can disrupt budgets and timelines.

Solution: Pre-Construction Planning anticipates challenges, ensuring smoother projects.

Problem 8: Interior Finishes

Choosing fixtures and finishes can be overwhelming.

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Solution: We assist you in making choices during Pre-Construction Planning that enhance aesthetics and value without exceeding your financial limits.

For a precise estimate tailored to your dream home, engage in our Pre-Construction Planning process. Addressing every challenge, we’ll design a home that aligns with your vision, needs, and budget.

Embark on your dream home journey with Vleeming Custom Homes. Reach out to us to start the Pre-Construction Planning process, and we’ll guide you transparently and smoothly.

Your dream home is within reach, and we’re here to make it a reality.

Published November 4, 2023.

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Maximizing Insulation: Understanding R-Value vs. Effective R-Value

When it comes to insulating your home, understanding the difference between R-value and Effective R-value can make a substantial impact on your energy efficiency, utility bills, and property value.

Deciphering R-Value

R-value is defined as “the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow.” In simple terms, the higher the R-value, the better the insulating capabilities of the product. This means that a product with a higher R-value will be more effective at keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The benefits are twofold: lower heating and cooling costs and a reduced carbon footprint. Additionally, homes with higher R-values tend to have increased resale value, making it a wise investment in the long run.

The R-value of a product is determined by various factors, including the type of material, its density, and thickness. When you have multiple types of insulation in your home, their R-values will accumulate, giving you a combined value for your overall insulation package.

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The Pitfall of Thermal Bridges

Here’s where the concept of Effective R-Value comes into play. While R-value is a critical factor in insulation, it doesn’t always tell the whole story. Many insulation products advertise their R-value without considering thermal bridges. These thermal bridges are points in your home’s construction where heat transfer occurs, effectively creating weak spots in your insulation.

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One of the most common culprits for thermal bridges is traditional wood-framed walls. Along each stud, plate, and header in these walls, a thermal bridge exists, allowing hot or cold air to penetrate your home. This can lead to significant energy loss and a reduction in the effectiveness of your insulation.

The ICE Panels Advantage

At Vleeming Custom Homes, we’ve found a preferred solution to combat the thermal bridge issue – Greenstone Building Products’ ICE Panels. These panels are designed with a unique structure that eliminates thermal bridges where heat transfer may occur. Thanks to this innovation, ICE Panels can achieve R-values as high as 38, providing exceptional insulation for your home.

home in its framing stage, using ICE Panels

In summary, while R-value is essential, it’s crucial to also consider the Effective R-Value of your insulation to get a more accurate picture of how well your home is protected against the elements. Using products like ICE Panels, which mitigate thermal bridges, can greatly enhance your home’s insulation, energy efficiency, and overall comfort. Make an informed choice to enjoy the benefits of a well-insulated home and a reduced environmental impact.

Published November 4, 2023

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