Monday, April 16, 2012

Homeownership is the Foundation of the American Dream
  • For many people, owning a home is part of their American Dream. Homeownership builds stronger communities, provides a solid foundation for family and personal achievement and improves the quality of life for millions of people. It is truly the cornerstone of the American way of life.
  • Most Americans consider homeownership to be the single best long-term investment and a primary source of wealth and financial security. Countless generations of Americans have counted on their homes for their children’s education, their own retirement and a personal sense of well-being.
  • Yet, a home is so much more than an investment. In good times and in bad, the opportunity to own a home has been a cherished ideal and a source of pride, accomplishment, social stability and peace of mind.
  • Changing housing policy now to make owning a home more expensive is unfair and would hurt those that have played by the rules and made the sacrifices to get where they are now.
  • It would harm millions of Americans who are struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments and those who aspire to one day own a home of their own.
Homeownership is a Major Driver of the U.S. Economy
  • The nation’s housing and homeownership policies over the last century have contributed to the growth of the middle class and helped the United States become the most dynamic economy the world has ever seen.
  • Fully 15 percent of the U.S. economy relies on housing and nothing packs a bigger local economic impact than home building.
  • Constructing 100 new homes creates more than 300 full-time jobs, $23.1 million in wage and business income and $8.9 million in federal, state and local tax revenue.
  • A healthy housing industry means more jobs and a stronger economy. Home building increases the property tax base that supports local schools and communities.
  • Housing, like no other sector, is “Made in America.” Most of the products used in home construction and remodeling are manufactured here in the United States.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Statistically if you select the lowest bid, you will most likely end up paying an amount closer to the middle, if not the highest bid. There is almost a 100% guarantee that you will not pay the amount on a "free estimate".

 Rapport should always be number one on the priority list and while it's okay for your project to be budget-driven, price should never be higher than #2.

To learn more about a better way, call or click!

Kelly Anderson
Ironwood Custom Builders, Inc
Office 801-416-3131 Ext 101
Fax 801-386-5548


Saturday, March 17, 2012

 See the before and after pictures of the Stringham Residence. Built in 1992, this Sandy, Utah home had all of the original golden oak cabinets with wall to wall wall paper and was desperate to be brought into 2012. This project was in the concept and design phase for about two months and then completed in 9 weeks.  

Kelly Anderson
2825 East Cottonwood Parkway Suite 500
Salt Lake City, Utah 84121
801-416-3131 ext 101

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Remodeling Through Color

Did you know that the colors you select for your home have meaning and can set mood? Studies show that color can complement architecture, enhance or diminish the sense of space, create a particular ambience, and impact your daily moods. Color experts have studied how color is likely to affect you. Here is what they have found:
Blue, universally a favorite, is recognized for its tranquil effects. However, if too dark or used too expansively, it can have a depressing effect.
Red evokes excitement, and is an excellent accent. Often used in kitchens, it’s felt that red enhances one’s appetite.
Green is either loved or heartily disliked, so take care when making this selection.
Brown and orange are viewed as friendly and informal colors.
Yellow, generally perceived as a cheery color, may make children feel depressed, so use it sparingly.
Neutral colors can serve as dramatic backdrops for furnishings, collections, and accessories. Neutrals also add the flexibility to introduce new colors seasonally with throw pillows, artwork, and other decorative items.

When selecting your colors:
Select exterior shades that harmonize with the home’s surroundings—steer towards the earthier shades (i.e. a grey-blue vs. a bright royal blue).
Consider the style and era of your home—there might be some traditional colors associated with them—especially with Victorian and traditional Colonials.
When viewing paint samples, look at chip sizes proportionate to how they will ultimately be used (e.g., if a wall will be painted taupe with a red accent, view a larger sample of the taupe paint against a smaller sample of the red).
Less is more. Don’t overuse a color, especially in a small room.
Even though a color may be too strong for an entire wall, consider it for an accent color.
Most importantly, select colors that work for you and your lifestyle, not what’s considered “in” or “out” at the time. But don’t be afraid to color your world—you’ll find it will make a world of difference!

Kelly Anderson
2825 East Cottonwood Parkway Suite 500
Salt Lake City, Utah 84121