A SPECIAL THANK YOU

A SPECIAL THANK YOU

A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU. This isn’t like most blog posts filled with informational, insightive, inspirational things (those will come soon 😉  This is a blog post to let everyone know how thankful we are for another successful year, because without all the people who make building a house happen, we, Couto Homes wouldn’t be where we are. We must start by thanking our customers.  Thank you for placing your trust in us to build your home, a special, emotional, sentimental investment.  Without each of you we most definitely wouldn’t be where we are today.  Our deepest gratitude goes out to you, thank you. Next we must thank our subcontractors who work so darn hard.  They work early mornings, late evenings in the heat, cold, rain and sometime snow to build a quality Couto Home which is what brings our customers back.  Without them, our houses wouldn’t be what they are and neither would we.  Our sincerest thanks to all of you who work so hard for us. Thank you to our vendors who supply us with quality material, without you we wouldn’t have the supplies to construct such a wonderful home. A Big thanks to the Couto Homes Team who keep it all together running smoothly.  Each of you play such a huge part in the success of the company and a day doesn’t go by that each of you aren’t appreciated.  Thank you for your time, hard work and weekly effort. Thanks again to everyone who blessed us with yet another successful year. From all of us at Couto Homes, enjoy this Christmas and New Year’s with family...
I DIDN’T KNOW BUILDING WOULD BE LIKE THIS

I DIDN’T KNOW BUILDING WOULD BE LIKE THIS

You found the lot that is perfect for your family. It has that picturesque feel of tranquility and comfort that will soon be yours. The house plan you chose suites all your needs and you couldn’t be more excited because now you will have room for that couch you saw shopping that will tie perfectly in with your new design ideas. You have walked houses over and over again for ideas and each time you do you see something that makes you think, “Oh I want this” and “I have to have that.” You have met with your home specialist and went over every aspect of your new home from the ceilings types, to A/C units to paint to lighting and you feel 110% certain everything has been thought of and you can’t wait. Your excitement is beyond anything you can imagine and you are more than ready for that first meeting to begin selections for your home and even more ready to see the trucks on your property pouring the foundation that you will soon be your home. Everything seems to be falling right into place and you couldn’t be happier! Let’s do this! You have your first selections meeting, everything went great, you picked awesome stuff, this is so cool. Now you await the call from your superintendent with the update on when foundation will be poured. Your phone rings and caller ID shows your personal Superintendent’s name, you have butterflies answering because you are so excited to hear foundation will happen soon. Ring, ring. “Hello.” you say with excitement. “Hey, Mrs. Jones, how are you?” says...
“IF YOU RUSH BAD, YOU GET BAD.”

“IF YOU RUSH BAD, YOU GET BAD.”

During a selections meeting this past month I thanked a customer for their patience and understanding for how long it took to get their job started. I held my breath a little expecting an upset response, a gripe, maybe a raised tone of voice and the “ why is my job taking forever to start?” talk of disappointment but this time it was different. Instead I recieved the most unexpected response. A smile spread across both the husband and wife’s face and they said “You know, it’s ok, if you rush bad, you get bad.” I was thinking “WOW, that’s not what I expected” but I admired that response. That is such a true statement with something as big and important as building a home and quit true in all instances and aspects of life. When you rush things that aren’t going good, they don’t turn out good, ever, for anyone. So, you may be thinking “Now why would it have taken so long to start their job?”, well things take time, especially when getting a home off the ground. Here is a brief on their story: Contract was signed, start sheet was out and ready to go and we were ready to get started. Things came up, a lot of them. 3 months passed. “OH MY!”, your thinking, “ I hope that doesn’t happen to us when we build.” The things that affected the beginning stages of this job were out of our (the builder) and the homeowner’s control. So you may be thinking, “Yeah right, come on now, how does that happen, you’re in total control when...
A HOME LOOKS LIKE ITS OWNER

A HOME LOOKS LIKE ITS OWNER

  It’s kind of like that expression where people say a dog looks like its owner but this time its a house that takes on the look of its owner.  You must be thinking “WHAT?” right about now but trust us, a house really does look like its owner when its done.  Its funny to think  but sometimes a house looks like its owner during construction too,  you’re feeling stressed and over whelmed by decisions and you go by the job site and it seems a bit chaotic which just so happens to be the way you feel, yep, it’s true, a house does look like its owner during a few phases but the most rewarding look alike is when it’s complete. You walk in and you’re excited and proud to call this home your own and those little touches you made make you the most happy that you stepped out of the box and did them.  We like to help our clients customize their home, making them unique and by  adding those unique and fun elements this brings personality, conversation and sparks an emotion or a feeling of fun, comfort, class, style, warmth, family.  Whatever the feeling  may be, you feel that emotion in this space.         Adding unique elements to a home is one of the most fun aspects of building.  Being able to make choices on just about everything that goes in to a home can seem daunting but it truly makes it an extension of one’s own personality.  By the time a home is finished, everything from the exterior  (roof, brick &...
DESIGN MAKES NEW IN 2016 – YOU GOTTA CHECK THIS OUT!

DESIGN MAKES NEW IN 2016 – YOU GOTTA CHECK THIS OUT!

DESIGN MAKES NEW IN 2016 As we all know trends come and go and things that were trending years ago suddenly come back to recirculate as a “new” trend again, sometimes all the same, sometimes with a twist making it similar to its past trend but with a different appearance. Researchers from all over the world spend countless hours and time looking at past trends and predicting what the new trends will be. 2016 has some very interesting trends to offer. The trends for next year in home design sound a lot like they edge along the funkier side of accents and offer a more eclectic feel to the overall appearance. Here is what to look out for next year. Texture: Adding pops of texture is big. Faux fur (comes in all sorts of things like chairs, table accents and blankets seem to be the easiest to find), burlap pillows (come in so many things, lamp shades, ottomans, rugs and more). Color, Color, Color: Big, bright, vibrant colors are going to be huge for 2016. Check out Sherwin Williams or Behr website of trending colors, hot pinks, dark blues, sage greens and black all play in and mix with neutral shades and offer that fun, funky feel to any room. Black paint: Black is back and it is in! Using black is something that has to be thought out well and sometimes a deep black can show a lot of imperfections in finishes, however a muted, matte type black or a black that has a gray or purple hue is easy on showing imperfection and looks amazing on an...
Trends and Transitional Style…..Follow me it’s not complicated.

Trends and Transitional Style…..Follow me it’s not complicated.

A popular style that has been taking flight over the past year and continues strong so far this year is the style called “Transitional”. What is that style you ask? Well, it is exactly what the name describes, a transition from newer to older, a sweet mixture of two styles, it is new age meets old. By that it is for lack of better words, newer looks and trends meeting and mixing with the respected old, aged look of antiques and distressed furniture. It can be a mix of modern, edgy pieces with antique pieces or even a rusticy, urban Restoration Hardware meets aged, antique pieces. Whatever the mix is this style gives a great feel, it always offers a welcoming and cozy atmosphere, lends to a warm, inviting place to sit down, get comfortable, visit with family and friends and most of all it is a great space to call home. Couto Homes doesn’t specialize in any one style, we like to keep up with the latest trends and we are open to all styles of homes and decor, trends, finishes and most of all what style your personality seems to fit. We realize trends are exactly what they say they are and like all things they come and go, so when it comes to finding “that style” you are going for, do what feels like it fits you, don’t worry about in a year “but will this be popular?” It’s like our parents bellbottom jeans or the, might I say, ugly clothing trend of the 80’s that have all managed to find their way back in again...