Building Advice

Budgeting for Your Project
September 12, 2017 Russ Busa

One of the questions I get most frequently from people contacting us about new jobs is, what will it cost to build my new home / addition / kitchen, etc.? It’s an understandable first question – you need to know what things are going to cost so that you can determine what you can afford – but answering the question without knowing what exactly you’d like to build and what your existing site conditions are, is difficult for any contractor. That being said, I do want to offer you some guidance to help you with your project planning.

Design Decisions!
September 16, 2016 Russ Busa

There are myriad decisions to make when building your dream home – literally hundreds of questions that you will need to answer before you are ready to move in. Top of mind for most people is what type of tile they are going to put into their bathrooms or their kitchen cabinet and counter choices, but there are many more options to consider – from exterior paint color to bathroom mirrors. Click here to learn more and get Sterling Home’s Design Checklist.

Innovative building technology products
July 21, 2016 Russ Busa

Technology isn’t just for electronics – the building industry is constantly innovating to create energy-efficient and low-maintenance products for today’s state-of-the-art homes. From low-maintenance siding and trim products to the newest thinking in home weatherization, here are just a few of the innovations available to builders to make your new home the best it can be.

Construction Financing Demystified
July 11, 2016 Russ Busa

Most people are familiar with mortgages and understand the mechanics of how you purchase a home with a long-term loan secured by the house as collateral. But how does financing work when you want to build a new home? Let’s dig in.

Sterling Homes Featured on NECN Money Saving Mondays
September 29, 2014 Russ Busa

When NECN's Money Saving Mondays was looking for a home improvement expert, they contacted our very own Russell Busa. Russ was interviewed on cost effective home renovations that can help improve the value of your home. The piece features the whole house renovation we did in Marblehead, MA.

New Homes are Less Expensive to Maintain: NAHB Report
April 10, 2013 Russ Busa

April is new homes month. And one of the virtues of a newly constructed home is the savings that come from reduced energy and maintenance expenses.

Data from the 2009 American Housing Survey (AHS) offer proof. The AHS classifies new construction as homes no more than four years old.

For example, for routine maintenance expenses, 26% of all homeowners spent $100 or more a month on various upkeep costs. However, only 11%  of owners of newly constructed homes spent this amount. In fact, 73% of new homeowners spent less than $25 a month on routine maintenance costs.

New Homes Sales Hit 2-Year High: Perfect Time to Build a New Home
November 30, 2012 Russ Busa

2012 has been a great year for the housing market and it has continued to show steady improvement thanks to consistent increases in new home sales, home prices and new home construction. 

Keep Dad in Mind When Searching for Your New Home
June 5, 2012 Russ Busa

As Father's Day approaches, we wanted to be sure to remember dear old Dad. We talk an awful lot about the great kitchens, terrific school systems and family-friendly amenities that are important when selecting a new home, but when you’re searching for new custom built homes in the Greater Boston area, remember to keep Dad in mind, too.

New Home Construction: Budgeting for Furniture and Tools
May 22, 2012 Russ Busa

Most new homeowners are so preoccupied with building their new home that they forget to make room in their budget for things like furniture, DIY home tools, and gardening equipment. One of the advantages of building a new home is that it usually does not need repairs for years. However, most first time homeowners will need tools and furniture to enjoy their new home. These items can cost thousands of dollars. Here are a few tips to take the sting out of the little extras that go along with new home ownership.