Top 5 Things to Know Before Building in Tarrytown

Top 5 Things to Know Before Building in Tarrytown

  • Katie Jackson
When aiming high on your real estate journey, sometimes the best way to achieve exactly what you want is by building it yourself. In Tarrytown, you can design your perfect property and build your own future. If you have a vision, top-notch agent Katie Jackson and the custom home-building team at Gossett & Co. can make it happen. Streamline your custom home construction project with these top tips and tricks.

Plan out your vision

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Imagine yourself living the life you’ve always dreamed of — what does it look like? Envision the most alluring home features: sleek wooden floors, stucco masonry, stone wall details, an open-concept chef’s kitchen, and a sparkling in-ground pool to spend those summer days. What else do you see? Perhaps you imagine soaring ceilings with a skylight and floor-to-ceiling windows. What about the landscaping? Maybe you’ve fallen in love with charming courtyards, wrap-around porches, cabanas, and sunrooms. These thoughtful design elements (and more) can be yours! Make a list of your “must-haves” so you can focus on the criteria that matter most for your lifestyle, but don’t forget to throw in some “nice-to-haves” as well!

Get inspired

If you’re looking for inspiration as you imagine your new piece of paradise, check out the portfolios of esteemed custom home builders in the area. When it comes to luxury properties, there is no substitute for true talent, innovative creativity, and intentional, high-quality craftsmanship. You can also peruse the astounding properties on a local agent’s site to get ideas for the features you’d love to see in your custom home.

If there’s an amazing feature you’ve always longed for but which has always felt unrealistic in your search for a property, now is the time to go for it! This is your chance to design your own lifestyle of luxury. Nothing is out of reach. You can even draw some sketches of your dream home by hand or utilize 3D software to map out floor plans and architectural elements.

Know what to expect, but be flexible

Having a flexible, positive mindset will go a long way in reducing frustration and keeping an open mind in the face of any surprise challenges that arise as the project moves forward.

Take an honest look at your finances to devise a budgetary plan for the construction project. At this point, remember that it’s common for extensive projects to occasionally encounter setbacks and delays, which may lead to higher expenses and a longer timeline than you originally hoped for. Make sure to leave some wiggle room so that you can navigate any roadblocks with confidence and keep your eyes on the prize. 

Team up with only the best

You can move forward with confidence, knowing that you have an esteemed team of professionals on your side. You want your luxury story to be uniquely you, with finishing touches throughout the home that showcase your sense of style, sophistication, and refinement. Your custom home-building team should strive for excellence at every point. From the initial call to getting the keys, they should focus on your goals and ensure the process is aligned with your future.

When determining which home-building team is most closely aligned with your vision, it’s imperative that you do your due diligence to ensure they can help you achieve your goals. First, read through online reviews from past clients; this is an excellent chance to gain an overall impression of the team’s level of customer service, attentiveness, professionalism, and communication. Gaining insight from those who have recently worked with the team can help you find a talented group that promises a streamlined project and excellent results.

Next, peruse the company website to check out the project gallery or portfolio in which they showcase some of their most impressive projects. From stunning modern estates with endless space to charming farmhouse-style abodes that promise privacy and serenity, you can find incredible homes that highlight only the finest in materials, craftsmanship, and design. Bookmark your favorites, and compare the results between companies to find the one that speaks to you most clearly.

Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few candidates, call the company directly or schedule a consultation. At this point, you can explain your vision and determine whether or not they can help you achieve it. Inquire about the various steps of the building process and what you can expect throughout, from floor plans and pricing to warranties, landscaping, appliances, and more. The team may also show you professional photos and design plans of completed projects they’re most proud of. Ask them how involved you can be in making decisions as the project progresses — you want the end result to be what you’ve imagined!

Look toward the next steps

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Your custom home-building team will guide you toward your goals and help your vision come to life before your eyes. They will organize site visits to various lots to select the perfect one on which to build your future oasis. Next comes the fun part: schematic designs, permits, and interior vision. You’ll partner with the in-house design team to devise an architectural plan that ignites the imagination. From the resort-style bathroom and upscale kitchen to the media room and expansive living spaces, the possibilities are endless.

Ready to get started toward your future?

If it’s outstanding results you’re after, you have come to the right place. Realtor® Katie Jackson knows what it takes to reach excellence. If you are striving to find your place in Tarrytown real estate, Katie is an esteemed professional who is expertly prepared to guide you toward your dreams, whether you’re seeking an amazing Tarrytown home or hoping to build your own. She has the connections where it counts and can refer you to phenomenally skilled home builders, like the team at Gossett & Co., where your vision is made possible. As Austin’s Custom Builder of the Year for 2022, this exceptional team promises unmatched craftsmanship, unique design, and a commitment to your goals. Get started today!

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Katie’s knowledge of the Austin real estate market is unparalleled. Fluent in Spanish and well-traveled, Katie espouses all the traits of a successful real estate agent. She provides a unique and very local perspective on all areas of Real Estate.

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