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

a remodeled bathroom

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

A new custom home in Lancaster PA

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

The Basic Bathroom Remodel (Tier 1)

The nature of a custom project means that the price can range greatly depending on what you are expecting to get out of it. We’ve put together a series of blogs to show several different ways you can go about a bathroom remodel and 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.


Do you have a scary looking bathroom?

The first part of our series features the basic bathroom remodel. This looks at a lower cost renovation which typically would cost less than $10,000. Depending whether or not you choose to do some or all of it yourself, and the extent of your renovations, you can get the cost down to several hundred to a couple thousand dollars. Unless you are knowledgeable in the area of home design however, we recommend consulting with a designer or contractor to help you plan and manage the project. Continue reading

Top 5 Reasons to Remodel

Are you looking to convince yourself or your spouse that your home is in need of a remodeling job? Being the home remodeling experts that we are, we thought we’d help you come up with a list of some practical reasons to update your home. The list used in our blog here is of course backed by a survey, as it comes from the National Association of Home Builder’s Remodeling Market Index that was released this spring. This means you won’t even need to feel guilty about using the helpful information in this blog! Check out the top five reasons below, and feel free to share any of your own on our social pages.

    1. Basement Reading NookYou need newer and/or better amenities – Who wouldn’t love a walk-in closet, an island addition to the kitchen, a reading nook, or even smart technology that helps you save money?
    2. The old components are wearing out – You may decide it’s a good time to remodel if you need to repair or replace components in your home that have worn out, nd want to get everything done at once to save both time and money.

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Summer Home Preparation Tips

barbecueEven though certain points this year may have made it seem that summer was already here, we’re still a few weeks away from the pool parties, BBQs, and camp-outs that accompany the summer season. Just as you would likely put a lot of time and effort into the preparation of your summer plans and gatherings, you want to do the same for your home.

We put together a list of some of the best home preparedness tips for the summer months, and encourage you to put some of these to use at your own home. This list will not only save you time, but also some money that you could use to put towards your next home renovation, remodel, or addition! Continue reading

A custom home from Norman L Graham

Choosing the Right Custom Home Builder or Remodeler

There are a lot of options when it comes to building your custom home or remodeling your bathroom, kitchen, dining room, or other area of the house. How can you be assured the company you select is the right fit for you, and will they give you the results you demand? Building a custom home or remodeling your existing property can be one of the largest investments you’ll make, so you want to be sure you’re making the right choice.

Fortunately we’ve been in the business for over 60 years and can offer some helpful advice when you’re shopping for your next custom home builder or remodeling company. Use this guide as a way to help choose the right company for you, and perhaps save you from a very costly mistake. Continue reading

Energy Efficiency – The Homeowner’s Guide to Cutting Costs

As new homes are being built and existing homes are being upgraded to segue out of the 19th century, there is one feature of our homes that tends to be outdated. This problem isn’t being ignored either. In fact, the Demand Institute’s survey of the Housing Satisfaction Gap which surveyed over 10,000 households, found that while over 70% of homeowners find energy efficiency and low utility costs important, only 35% were satisfied with their current homes.

These numbers are staggering, but it’s not surprising since upgrading your home’s energy can save you significant money. This is only amplified over time, as the newer appliances, bulbs, and other features outlast their outdated counterparts. Continue reading

Winterize Your Home with These 4 Cost-Efficient Tips

groundhogFans of Punxsutawney Phil and Groundhog Day already know that our esteemed weather prognosticator foresees six more weeks of winter. This likely isn’t good news for your wallet, especially if you use electricity to generate your heat. Following last year’s brutally cold winter, you’ve hopefully taken some additional steps to winterize your home, as even small, inexpensive projects can make a significant difference in your heating bill. If you haven’t taken steps already there’s still time and even if you have been proactive in winterizing your home, there may be some additional ways to save money with minimal investment. Continue reading