When building a custom new home, there are several crucial factors that should be considered to ensure that the end result is exactly what you desire. Here are five key considerations that Tice Hause Design Build often recommends to clients before starting the process.

1. **Budget**

Before embarking on the journey of building a custom home, it’s essential to establish a realistic budget. Be sure to talk with your builder to establish a ball park budget. The budget needs to consider all aspects of the project, including construction costs, permits, design fees, landscaping, interior furnishings, and any unexpected expenses that may arise. Having a clear budget will help guide your decisions throughout the project. Also be sure to factor in any customization or upgrades you desire. It’s crucial to factor in unexpected expenses to avoid overspending during the building process.

2. **Location** of your Custom New Home

Choose a location that aligns with your lifestyle and future needs. Consider proximity to schools, work, amenities, and transportation options. Assess the neighborhood, potential for resale value, and any zoning regulations or restrictions that may impact your home design. The location of your new custom home is critical. Also take into account factors such as the  commuting distance.  Ensure that the location aligns with your lifestyle and long-term plans.

3. **Design and Layout**

When designing your custom home, prioritize both aesthetics and functionality. Consider your family’s needs, lifestyle, and future plans. Have you designer help you think about the layout, room sizes, natural light, energy efficiency, and any specific features or design elements you desire. Work closely with architects or draftsman and/or your builder to create a design that reflects your aesthetic preferences, functional requirements, and future plans.

Contemporary Custom New home

4. **Quality and Materials**

Prioritize quality construction and durable materials to ensure your custom home stands the test of time. In addition, consider energy-efficient options, sustainable materials, and high-end finishes that not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home but also contribute to its long-term value and comfort.

Plan/Design for your Custom New Home.

5. **Builder Selection**

Choose a reputable and experienced builder who understands your vision, communicates effectively, and is committed to delivering a high-quality finished product. Check references, view past projects, and ensure the builder has the necessary licenses, insurance, and certifications to complete your dream home with excellence.

In conclusion, carefully considering these five key factors before building your custom home, you can set a strong foundation for a successful and satisfying construction process. Tice Hause Design Build is dedicated to guiding you through each stage of your custom home project, ensuring that your vision becomes a reality. Call to schedule a complimentary consultation at 651-439-3837. You can also learn more at:https://thdbuild.com/



Multigenerational Custom New home

Why buy an exiting home, when you can build a new home exactly the way you want.

There are several factors to consider when deciding on a permanent residence. Most people love the idea of a custom home that is “brand new” and built to reflect exactly how they want to live. Here are a five reasons you should building a custom home vs. buying an existing one.

1. When you Build a Custom Home you get Personalization and Customization:

Building a new home allows you to create a living space that is tailored specifically to your needs, preferences, and lifestyle. From layout and architectural style to fixtures and finishes, you have the freedom to customize every aspect of your new home to reflect your unique taste and requirements. This level of personalization is often not possible when purchasing an existing home, where you may need to compromise on certain features or undertake costly renovations to achieve your ideal living environment.

2. Building a Custom Home Allows for Energy Efficiency and Modern Technologies:

Newly constructed homes are designed with energy efficiency in mind, incorporating modern building materials, insulation, and energy-saving technologies that can result in lower utility bills and reduced environmental impact. From high-efficiency HVAC systems and solar panels to smart home automation features, new homes offer the latest advancements in sustainable living and connected technology integration that can enhance comfort and convenience while saving you money in the long run.

3. Warranty and Reduced Maintenance:

One of the advantages of building a new home is the peace of mind that comes with a builder’s warranty, which typically covers structural defects and certain components of the home for a specified period. This warranty can provide financial protection and assurance that any issues that arise during the initial years of homeownership will be addressed by the builder. Furthermore, new homes require less maintenance compared to older homes, as major systems and components are brand new and less likely to require immediate repairs or replacements.

4. More Options with a Custom Home and Amenities:

Newly built homes often feature contemporary designs, open floor plans, and upscale amenities that cater to the demands of modern living. From spacious kitchens with state-of-the-art appliances to luxurious bathrooms and high-end finishes, new homes offer a level of luxury and functionality that may be challenging to find in older properties. Additionally, new home communities may include amenities such as parks, walking trails, recreational facilities, and neighborhood gatherings that enhance quality of life and community engagement.

5. Consider Financial Considerations and Long-Term Investment when Building a New Home:

While building a new home can involve upfront costs and planning, it can also be a strategic long-term investment. By choosing the right location, design, and features for your new home, you may be able to increase its resale value over time and potentially generate a higher return on investment compared to purchasing an existing home. Additionally, new homes may be more energy-efficient, resulting in lower operating costs and increased affordability in the long term.

Ultimately, the decision to build a new home versus buying an existing one depends on your specific needs, priorities, and budget. Consider these factors carefully to determine which option aligns best with your lifestyle and financial goals.

If you are thinking of building a new custom home and would like to sit down and discuss your project, give us a call at 651-439-3837. We have over 40 years of experience and we offer complimentary consultations. Check out our website to see more of our existing work:https://thdbuild.com/


Are you like many and dislike the look and feel of clutter?  If you like simple, clean lines and a calm uncluttered design, then a Scandinavian Style home might be right for you. A Scandinavian home is characterized by a minimal, clean approach that seeks to combine functionality with beauty. Its focus is on simple lines and light spaces, devoid of clutter.

Scandinavian-style design is more than just buzzwords like “minimalism” and “clean lines. It is about modernism, functionality and sustainability. This Scandinavian designed home, as featured, is on the market and open for touring, June 7, 3PM-6PM. It is located at 1701 Pine St W. in Stillwater MN. The modern design is beckoning its next homeowner to leave the clutter behind and settle into a new way of living.

The highlighted Scandinavian minimalistic home was created in partnership with a talented architect and Tice-Hause Design/Build. They specialize in custom homes that depict the style and aesthetic of each homeowner.  That is to say, be it traditional or contemporary, such as the Scandinavian-style design, Tice-Hause Design/Build creates custom homes that reflect how the homeowner would like to live.

Tice-Hause Design Build’s goal is to create interior/exterior designs that are architecturally pleasing to the eye and have a positive impact on surrounding buildings and neighborhoods. This minimalist custom home does just that and is wonderfully different from much of Stillwater’s traditional home designs.

Unique Features: Scandinavian Style Furnishing and an Outdoor Pickle Ball court.

Scandinavian designed home-Open floor concept

A home is not  much of a home without the complimenting furnishings. This Scandinavian-style home includes all the smart furnishings. In addition, each is hand-selected and drawn to scale during the design and engineering process. The architecture consists of ultra-clean lines, natural woods, large windows and a direct continuation of nature outside. Therefore this contemporary Scandinavian Design delivers calmness and minimal mental clutter for a more simplistic way of life.

For the outdoor enthusiast, the property features a pickle ball court surrounded by mature trees on a wooded, half-acre lot. Spacious and open, the home has three-bedrooms and three-bathrooms. It also includes heated flooring and state-of-the-art appliances, including a touch-screen coffee maker.

Another unique feature is the architecturally designed garage, which is kept behind a fully-insulated glass panel door and includes an electric vehicle charging station. Also included are hot and cold water for car washing and in-floor heating to maintain warmth year round.  

In conclusion, the inspiration for this design/build comes from Scandinavian-style design.  In a world of sensory overload, this custom home delivers calmness and minimal mental clutter.

Now you can tour this modern minimalist home, near Stillwater’s historic downtown. Stop by and get inspired!

The Open House is June 7th from 3PM to 6Pm at 1701 Pine Street W.  in Stillwater. Light refreshments will be served.

To see more of our work go to:https://thdbuild.com/



How to Create a Comfortable Living Space You Can Use Once You Retire

As we journey through life, we realize the significance of having a living space that caters to our changing needs. As the golden years’ approach, retirement should be filled with moments of blissful relaxation in a cozy abode that fosters happiness and serenity. With this in mind, let me share some valuable tips on creating a comfortable living space that will serve as your peaceful haven in retirement.

Consider Your Future Needs

Before planning your living area, invest a while in contemplating your future requirements. Do you intend to reside in the same house? Will you need help with movement or access? Factor in your design features, such as wider entrances, guard bars, and level-entrance showers, to ensure your living space is secure and useful for many years ahead.

Optimize for Comfort

Retiring should be a peaceful moment, and making the living place comfortable and pleasant is paramount. To accomplish this, including relaxing furniture, additional features like heated floors, a fireplace, or a hot tub could add luxury and make suitable light and warm colors to give a snug feeling in your newly-renovated home.

Personalize Your Space

When designing your future retirement space, it is important to consider your unique personal tastes and interests. Incorporating elements that make you smile, such as photographs, art pieces, or beloved keepsakes, is essential. Additionally, contemplate and plan how you envision your retirement experience and uniform your living space to that. For example, if you are an avid reader, why not create a comfortable reading corner with a lovely armchair and proper illumination?

Invest in Quality

When creating your retirement living space, it is necessary to make wise decisions regarding materials and construction. With the help of a reliable design/build firm such as Tice-Hause Design/Build, one can trust that the accommodations will be built firmly and per personal wishes. By investing in quality construction materials and techniques, you will eventually be able to save time, money, and effort on renovations or repair work.

Finally, developing an inviting living environment for your golden years can be considered a sound investment in your joy and health. By predicting your future requirements, enhancing your comfort levels, customizing the layout to reflect you best, plus making sure to purchase products of high quality, you can craft a home that will make you pleased and serene for many years ahead.

If you are looking to work with a custom design/build company for your dream retirement home, give Tice-Hause Design/Build a call today.  (651) 439-3837. We can create beautifully functional spaces that you will love to live in.

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