Spring Cleaning Tips

renovated living roomThe warmer weather is finally here and that means its spring cleaning season! Keeping a large custom home built by Norman Graham Builders in tip-top shape requires a tidying up every once in a while and spring is the perfect time to do so.

Open those windows, pull out the dust rags and brooms, and borrow a few of these spring cleaning tips from our list to get you started. Continue reading


The Most Wanted Home Features for 2016

In a recent survey conducted by Home Innovation Research Labs, a part of the National Home Builders Association, respondents were asked their “most wanted” features they hoped to see in any potential new home they might purchase.

Among the items on the list, these features ranked the highest for the survey respondents. The most wanted home features include: Continue reading

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5 Home Design Trends for 2016

Spring has sprung here in Lancaster, PA and the bitter cold weather may finally be behind us. To successfully master our custom home building and remodeling projects this year, keeping up with current trends is a secret to success.

If you’re curious what is trending in the home design world, we’ve put together a list of a few of the things we’ve seen in the market in the early stages of this year. You may have seen some of these ideas on popular websites such as Houzz or Zillow as well, which reinforces the trends we have seen locally. Continue reading

6 Ways to Perfect an Open Floor Plan

We are finding that businesses aren’t the only place you are seeing a surge of open floor plans these days. A large portion of the remodeling work we do now, whether it’s in the main room, kitchen, or even bathroom, is opening up space and creating a natural flow in the home.

If you’re looking for some of the best-kept secrets to defining spaces in these open floor plans, we’ve put together a list of six of our favorite tricks. By combining several ideas from this list you can create sections of your home that have that appealing look while still maintaining subtly distinct areas.

  • newell dining roomColor – Color is one of the simplest ways to define an area in an open floor plan. With a neutral wall color as the backdrop, you can use accent colors for different section groupings to create several open “rooms” within your space. Our photo here uses an example of a lighter brown area in the dining room with a white kitchen.

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3 Tips for Front Porch Design from the Experts

As the old English proverb goes, “First impressions are the most lasting.” This would help explain why when you look at one of the new home exteriors built by our team at Norman Graham Builders you can tell how much thought and effort was put into the front porch design.

Your front porch is where your home’s first impression is made. Not only should your front porch fit the architectural tradition or style of the home but it also can provide protection from the sun or outdoor elements for you and your guests.

If you haven’t been blessed with a front porch you can be proud of the good news is we can help! We’ve assembled a list of three professional tips that we’ve put to use in some of the Norman Graham Builders homes and you could replicate on your own remodeling project. Of course if you run into any problems or would like an experienced team of experts to help you complete the porch redesign project, don’t hesitate to contact us. Continue reading

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Luxury Bathroom Remodel (Tier 3)

When it comes to a custom bathroom remodeling project, pricing can vary significantly depending on what you are planning to do and what is most important to your family. We’ve put together a series of blogs to showcase several different ways you can go about a bathroom renovation in your home, and have included a cost range for each. We’ve divided the series into three tiers based on cost, and will describe some of the typical features of each renovation.

luxury walk in showerThe final part of our series features the luxury bathroom remodel. This looks at a bathroom renovation which normally begins at around $30,000 and typically begins with a full gutting of the existing bathroom. As with the mid-range bathroom remodel, you will need to consult with a qualified designer along with a remodeling contractor to assist you in the design and smooth completion of your bath remodel. Be sure to give the experts at Norman Graham Builders a call. We are well respected in both design and construction of award winning projects.

Typical features of a luxury bathroom remodel might include:

  • Expansion of the bathroom space, either through a home addition or expanding into another room.
  • Solid wood custom cabinetry that can withstand the harsh realities of bathroom treatment.

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Winter Home Preparation Tips

snow with horsesWith the first named winter storm of the season underway out west, it’s time for us in central PA to let go of the warm air and brace ourselves for another cool winter season. There’s plenty to do in preparation for the cooler weather, and now is the perfect time to complete these tasks while there’s no snow or bitter cold wind to fight with.

If you follow our blog regularly you likely remember a few tips for getting your home ready for the summer season. This time around we’d like to help you prepare your home for the winter as well, to save you money and headaches that can accompany the winter season. Continue reading

5 Reasons to Build a New Home in Lancaster, PA

We’re willing to bet you know the first rule of real estate. “Location, location, location” helps determine the quality of life for the local residents as well as the value of their homes when compared to other markets. Fortunately for those looking to build a custom home in the area, they’ll soon fine Lancaster County, PA is one of the best areas to build in the country.

You most likely are doing significant research about the areas you are considering living in. We wanted to make it simple for you and list some of the top reasons we find our customers are choosing to build their new home in Lancaster County. We encourage you to share this list with anyone who may be interested in the area. Continue reading

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The Mid-Range Bathroom Remodel (Tier 2)

The nature of a custom bathroom remodeling project means that the price can vary greatly depending on what you are planning to get out of it. At Norman L Graham, we’ve put together a series of blogs to show several different ways you can go about a bathroom remodel, and have included a cost range for each. We’ve broken them into three tiers based on their cost, and will describe some of the typical features of each renovation.

before/after bathroom remodelThe second part of our series features the mid-range bathroom remodel. This looks at a bathroom renovation which typically would cost between $10,000 and $35,000. Depending how much you can do yourself, and the extent of your renovations, you can get the cost down to the lower end of that price range with a little more hands-on work on your part. You will need to consult with a combination of experts including a designer, plumber, tiler, and/or contractor to help you plan and manage the project, as well as make sure all permits are obtained. Be sure to give us a call to get started on this project and we can help you hit the ground running. Continue reading

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4 Hidden Benefits of a Custom Home Build

If you’re stuck deciding whether or not to go through with building your own custom home, we thought we’d share five more reasons you likely have not considered yet in choosing to build a new custom home with the experts here at Norman L. Graham. By now we’re sure you’ve compiled a list of pros and cons outlining some of the most common reasons people decide whether to build new or go with a resale. Your “pros” list likely mirrors some of the thoughts we introduced in our first blog on our website as to why you should choose a new home. This is a great list to get started with, but we’d be willing to bet you haven’t considered a few of these lesser-known benefits below. Be sure to add these as well if any are missing from your list. Continue reading