A big thank you to everyone who came out over the past two weekends to the Home Builders Association of Fond du Lac & Dodge Counties Fall Parade of Homes! Hillcrest is very excited to have had the opportunity to share just one of our thoughtful designs with so many enthusiastic people (and in such a wonderful setting!). Stop on by our Facebook page and take a look at some of the pictures from this wonderful event. We're already excited for next year!
We're very excited to be a part of the 2013 Fond Du Lac Fall Parade of Homes! This year, the event will be taking place from Friday, October 11th to Sunday, October 20th. Tours will take place Fridays from 4-7pm, and from 11am-4pm Saturdays and Sundays. If you visit all 7 homes, you could win tickets to the Packers December 8th game against the Atlanta Falcons! Tickets are still available from the Home Builders Association Office, or can be purchased at any of the homes during the Parade. We are very excited to show you some of the neat things Hillcrest has been working on. We hope to see you there!
Hillcrest is expanding its footprint into Milwaukee County! We have already undertaken several building, landscaping, and remodel projects in Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee! Hillcrest is now a one stop shop for all things Realty in Milwaukee. If you are looking for a custom builder in the Milwaukee Area, look nor further than Hillcrest!
Hillcrest Builders Custom Homes Division is on the forefront of home building in southeastern Wisconsin. Earlier this year, Hillcrest completed just the 6th home in the state of Wisconsin to qualify as a LEED certified Platinum home, the highest honor the organization offers for environmentally friendly building. Hillcrest was also named by The Sheboygan Press the #1 home builder in Sheboygan County, in their 2013 Readers Choice publication. Hillcrest has always prided itself on delivering quality homes at an affordable price, and we are proud to be recognized for excellence in our field. Whether you are looking for custom homes in Milwaukee, green building in Manitowoc, or anything in between, call, email, or stop on by. Let us show you the difference a dedicated builder can make.
The key to home design is a floor plan and elevations that are designed to optimize internal layout and external aesthetics ("curb appeal"). This has always been the focus of Hillcrest Builders as well.
In addition, at Hillcrest Builders' Custom Division, we have a passion for designing the home around "the indoor-outdoor exchange". We study the land and the directional views on the client's property. We work closely with our client to determine best way to capture the unique vistas from within the home.
We start by working on a floor plan that incorporates the client's desired living spaces. Window exposures with our without tall wall sections are essential components. Another key element of the layout is based on patios and porches. When we design these outdoor amenities, we think of them as transition spaces. They need to communicate well with the connecting indoor spaces for function, as well as being positioned for the views and other outdoor amenities such as a pool, garden, beach access, or back woods.
Based on this philosophy, we have developed a strong reputation for home designs on the shore of Lake Michigan and inland lakes in South-East Wisconsin. We also have extensive experience with country settings where the client owns a piece of land or where we assist the client in finding and acquiring the land. We then design the home to fit the land and the client's desired amenities, home style and budget.
Hillcrest Builders is proud to introduce this custom built home fo rthe Manitowoc Parade of Homes. Dates: June 20-23 2013
There is a time in life when people begin to question if they should stay in their homes or consider moving to a condominium. We hear this debate constantly as we tour these folks through condos during Open Houses. They have so many concerns and questions about moving into a condo and there is emotion involved in this decision. For some it means admitting that they are growing older and for some it means the loss of space for their possessions. It is not an easy decision to make and takes time to make the lifestyle change.
I am familiar with many of these emotions as my husband and I have made the move to condo living. We sold our home of 42 years and moved into a small condo. I admit it has been hard getting rid of our some of our possessions and we have shared or donated most of the unused items. (I admit to renting a storage shed for the overflow). We have grown more creative about new ways to entertain large groups of friends and family.
But there comes a time in life when experiences mean more than possessions. Owning a condo allows more time for trips to visit grandchildren, winter months spent in the south, that dream trip to Europe, fun camping up north or becoming a Road Scholar. You can leave home without the worries of snow removal, lawn mowing and exterior maintenance.
Possessions are things but experiences are what make memories. Is it time to make that choice? It is liberating!!
The bottom line for us is that we are thrilled with the decision and enjoy the opportunity to visit our grand kids in MD without worrying about the house. It was the right time and right decision for us.
Written by Mary Liebetrau
Hillcrest Realty announced today that it has added another core target market - Ozaukee County. "We have built homes in the area for years, and now we are expanding our realty focus here", said Oyvind Solvang, President of Hillcrest Realty and Hillcrest Builders. Hillcrest Realty has hired Barb Kobishop, a highly successful and seasoned Realtor who is very active in the Grafton and Port Washington communities. "Barb is a gem, and we are so excited that she has joined our firm. She provides the kind of unparalleled customer focus that is our hallmark in other markets. We have received great feedback since it became known that Hillcrest Realty is expanding in the area and that Barb has joined us", Solvang added. Ms. Kobishop commented: "Hillcrest fills a need in our market that I am very excited to bring to my clients. The combination of assisting clients with buying and selling existing properties as well as being active in new construction and remodeling is a great combination and a new trend that I canít wait to introduce to our community in full force", said Kobishop.
Hillcrest Realty is a full service realty company offering services to buyers and sellers of residential and light commercial real estate. Its affiliate, Hillcrest Builders, has four divisions in residential construction: Pre-priced single family homes, custom homes, remodeling and multi-family homes. Hillcrest Builders is also expanding in Mequon, Cedarburg, Grafton, Port Washington, and Fredonia and will be announcing new focus communities here in the very near future.
After living in home for so long, it gets tiring looking at all the same decor, bathroom fixtures and small rooms. You've decided that its time for a change, a clean slate. The question persists, should I buy new or remodel the house we live in? Many Americans are now opting for improving their existing homes instead of moving into a new home for several reasons.
- The cost of building a new home is much greater than customizing your home in order to fit your lifestyle and needs as your life changes, family gets bigger and demands for accommodating living quarters.
- Moving requires adjusting to a new neighborhood and different schools.
- The stress of moving is usually greater than remodeling parts of your existing home.
By staying put and choosing to remodel your home, the end result after the new space is finished is a feeling of satisfaction and enjoyment without the stress and financial woes of moving. The expense of updating your home will usually pay off, as long as your investment doesn't out-do the neighbors. The rule of thumb when paying for a remodel is not raising the value of your home to more than 10-15% above the middle price of a home in your neighborhood.
When you do decide to sell, the updating you've done will give you an edge on others in the market and attract buyers that are weighing on whether to buy new or buy an newly updated home. Be looking at the latest home trends and demands that buyers are looking for such as an updated kitchen or bathroom and higher ceilings. This may help you decide how to improve your home for yourself and future potential buyers.
Homebuyers have many choices these days as the market is flooded with homes new and old. Interest rates are the lowest they've been in 50 years and the Wall Street Journal says this is the time to buy! There are many options to weigh out when selecting the right home and there are quite a few factors to consider. There are a few reasons that buying a new home instead of a resale may be the best choice to make.
More Energy Efficient. Homes that are built new offer better energy efficient features and systems. Heating and cooling systems are new and wall insulation is better quality than homes that were built years ago. Low-e windows are the normal as well as other cost saving features. In the end, you will have the piece of mind that most everything is covered under warranty and will save you money on utilities.
Includes a Homebuyer's Warranty. New homes come with a builder's warranty and will give you a sense of security for years to come. Many resale homes do not come with as comprehensive of a warranty and often isn't included in the price. Your brand new heating and cooling systems are also usually covered under the manufacture's warranty.
New Appliances. Many times, brand new appliances such as refrigerators and dishwashers can be included in the price of a new home or mortgage. You won't be settling for old outdated appliances that may need to be replaced.
Custom Design Options Available. When you're building and buying new, you will usually have the freedom to make choices of colors, stains, flooring, cabinets and countertops. Buying a resale means either living with someone else's style choices or remodeling which can be expensive.
More Storage. When you are buying a new home, you'll be able to choose floorplans that offer more space saving and storage options such as walk-in closets, pantries and larger garages and basements that you'll be able to grow into. With older homes, the storage space is often limited or customized to someone else's liking.
Being faced with the decision to purchase a new home or resale can sometimes be difficult but making a smart decision is looking at the long-term investment and remember that these factors will matter. If buying a new home sounds like it's the way to go, see talk to Hillcrest today and see how we can build your dream home!
Hillcrest Builders on May 27, 2010 completed a restructuring of its ownership structure. Oyvind Solvang, President and co-founder bought the remaining ownership from Tod Hellmann who has left the company. Solvang comments: "Tod helped start the company and had many ideas that initially contributed to the growth of the company. We wish him luck in his future endeavors." Solvang further states that the market is now showing strong signs of recovery and that Hillcrest is poised to accelerate its growth again. "We have introduced three new product lines in addition to our original Premium Line of homes. For our budget focused customers we offer the Value Line with home/lot packages starting at $159,900. At the other end of the scale we have our Custom Home Division, and we build high end custom homes from Ozaukee County to Green Bay. Our Remodeling Division is also growing fast based on our in-house design, value offered and timely completion. We are also known as the leading green builder based on our in-depth technical expertise and experience building the first LEED Silver certified home in the area." Solvang concludes that "the simplified ownership structure and added capabilities makes us very excited and optimistic about our future".
Hillcrest Builders is located in Glenbeulah, WI. The company offers over 30 pre-priced home plans ranging from a $110,000 Value Line home to ranch and two-story Premium Line homes over 3,000 sqft. The Custom Home and Remodeling Divisions provides our customers complete design-build solutions, where our in-house design team brings ideas to reality. The Plymouth Design Center contains complete selections services where customers work with a Hillcrest designer to select all exterior and interior finishes and fixtures. For more information, call 920-526-3600.
- Tri-County News
'Pushing the Green Envelope' - The Sheboygan Press October 24 2009
'Kiel subdivision open for great homes' - Tri-County News March 5th, 2009
- Sheboygan Press
- Tempo August 2008
- Tempo June 2008
- Kiel Progress February 2008
When it comes to deciding upon an actual location to live in...the options are endless, of course. There are so many factors to consider, it can be mind boggling. Before you start looking for your next house, become an informed buyer. Know WHERE you want to live.
(1) Start by sitting down and take a detailed inventory of yourself and your family. Write down all the personal things that are important to you (and your family) about the community that you live in. Make a list and then prioritize it.
Be specific. Are you a walker, a runner, a bicyclist, a peace and quiet lover or maybe you like the hustle and bustle of a city at work and play? Is an active night life important to you? Is a community's population count important? Or the cultural amenities nearby? Some commmunities can be too sleepy for some people and others way too noisy and busy. Even if you find the house of your dreams, you won't be happy if you're living in a community that doesn't jive with your lifestyle, and looks can be deceiving.
(2) Visit your intended community on several occasions, at various days and times. Park the car and walk around, listen to what you hear, pay attention to what you see...sit on a park bench and imagine yourself actually living in the community. Is it a good fit for you AND your family??? Walk around the desired neighborhood and talk with people outside....find out how they like living there. (Most people love to talk about their neighborhood.)
(3) Additionally, check on things like the local taxes, the local crime rate, the quality of the municipality's drinking water. Visit the local police department and ask them to provide you with the past year's list of incident reports in your desired area/neighborhood. If you have children, go visit the schools, interview the principal, go to the school district's website to see how it ranks with other schools.
Buying in a community because you can get a better price on a house is not always the value you perceived it might be. Happiness is paramount!