Finding the Right Home to Fit Your Lifestyle

October 9, 2019 in Building Materials, Design, Tips and Ideas


When we think of the perfect house, we may think about dream countertops or high ceilings that take your breath away. But what about the kind of household that fits your life? Your home can be just as functional as it is beautiful. Learn about the floor plans and layouts that create a home designed with your lifestyle in mind.

Surroundings  You may have figured out your home from top to bottom on the inside, but have you thought about what it needs on the outside? Do you need space to entertain and have some privacy, or will the kids want an area to call their own? To add some shade or start your dream garden, Maplewood Homes offers a great landscaping package to add onto your build. Add some functionality to every square foot of your home.

Built-In Units  Take advantage of building a new home by adding a personal touch. Interested in built-in cabinets next to the fireplace? A bench with lockers in the mudroom? When starting from scratch, you can add customizations to your space to create a home that fits your lifestyle. We’re flexible, and want to hear your ideas. Let us know if you’re interested in discussing customizations.

Find Your Perfect Floor Plan  Picking a floor plan is definitely a fun part of building. But it’s also a way to customize your home to your lifestyle. Whether it’s an open-floor plan that lets you keep an eye on the kids, or a single floor that lets you live without stairs, your floor plan should be reflective of how you live. Don’t forget to consider what your life might look like five or ten years down the line. Will mobility be an issue? Will you be expanding your family or downsizing? There’s a lot to consider when choosing the perfect plan. To get the full experience, we recommend ​visiting our model homes​ to get a good idea of each layout.

Functional Arrangement  What if you never had to trudge down the basement stairs to do laundry? Now’s your chance to create first-floor laundry, a mud room, or that finished basement or attic. Take full advantage of your build by organizing each room in a way that looks good and ​ works for you.

Get Creative with the Kids  Ask every member of the family what they want in their dream home and you’ll probably get some creative answers. For example, your child’s slide into the kitchen may be a safety hazard, but you can always install one in the backyard. Get inspired by what everyone has to offer. Don’t leave your pets out of the picture either. A custom pet door for dogs or wall furniture for the cats makes your space stand out while creating a home that everyone can enjoy.

For more ideas on making your new home fit your lifestyle, ​get in touch​ with us to start your project or ​look at some floorplans​ for inspiration.

How to Make an Emotional Move Easier

September 25, 2019 in Tips and Ideas

It’s rough to handle the stress that comes with moving. Maybe your kids are panicking over changing schools, or you’re worried about being farther away from your loved ones. We’ve been there. A move means more than unpacking physical belongings, but mentally unpacking all the emotions that come from adjusting to a new space. Give yourself time to adjust. Here are a few tips on how to cope with an emotional move.

Get Everyone Involved

Some of the younger family members might be resistant to a move because it means change, and a loss of routine. Help them adjust by giving them some control of the situation. If you’re building a home, let them help pick out the color of their room or add a backyard playset or a living room nook that gives them their own space. A move should be more than just change. It should be something to look forward to as well.

Throw a Party

For movers young and old, the idea of separating from friends and close family can be cause for an emotional move. A send-off party lets you and the kids have the whole gang together one last time at the old place. This is also an opportunity to create a photo or other keepsake so they’re never too far away. It doesn’t have to be an all-out bash, either. Maybe setting up a monthly lunch date or skype call will help everyone stay in touch with your friends on a regular basis. This goes both ways. Saying hello to your new neighbors with a barbeque or welcome dinner lets you and the family mingle in with your new community. 

Get Familiar With Your New Home

Unless you’re doing a major relocation, there’s no reason why you and your family can’t visit your new neighborhood before the big move. Let the kids visit their future school, or play in the nearby park. Familiarize yourself with nearby amenities and find the best pizza joint in the town. Exploring your new surroundings will help it feel like home.

Pay Homage to Your Old Home

Moving doesn’t mean you need to forget the past. Keeping family photos or keepsakes from the old space will help create a sense of familiarity in your new environment. A different space is also a great opportunity to add pictures. Group shots of loved ones will help liven up the space and keep a piece of your old home and memories around the house.

Catch Up on Zzz’s

On top of the stress from an emotional move, you may find you’re not getting as much sleep in your new home. According to a recent ​study​, our brain goes on “night-watch mode” when sleeping in a new environment. In the wild, this could save your life. But for new movers, it means some restless nights. Make time in your schedule for a few more hours of sleep or find a way to take a nap.


There are tons of ways to get or stay connected once you’re in your new home. You can stay in touch with your friends and family by hosting a housewarming party. To branch out, you can forge new connections with your neighbors. There are typically private online groups to say hi to the community, or view upcoming events such as garage sales or block parties to get involved. Either way, you can rely on your community to help make the move that much more comfortable.

We want to help you make your house a home. ​Talk to us​ for any info regarding your move. As a West Michigan business, we know the area and can help you find roots in your new community.

Questions To Ask Your Builder

September 20, 2019 in Building Materials

The process of building a home doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Knowing the right questions to ask your builder will help alleviate that pre-building stress. Learn what you need to know before building your own home.

The Timeline

Besides an estimated move-in date, you should have an understanding of the basic steps in the process. When permits will be obtained, when the building starts, and a general move-in date should be firmed up with your builder. Remember that you can’t rush perfection and you should expect there may be some unforeseen delay. At the same time, it’s ok to ask for a proper estimate that keeps delays in mind.

What’s Included?

Besides basic interior and exterior features, ask your builder what’s also included in the price of building. This can include home finishing, appliances, and warranties. How long warranties last, and the extent of landscaping/finishing options should be clearly outlined before construction starts.

Understand Cost Escalation

Cost escalation is any unexpected rise in cost that may come up while building. Unanticipated delays or cost increase in building materials either gets you or the builders stuck with the extra bill. A cost escalation clause means you cover any cost increase. Otherwise, that cost is covered by the builder. Ask your builder abut the cost escalation clause and what options are available.

With these guidelines in mind, you’re on your way to building your dream home! Contact Maplewood Homes to go over the building options or view our floorplans for inspiration.

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