Why Energy Star Certified Custom Homes are Your Best Bet

When it comes to new homes, one of the greatest benefits boils down to the ability for home builders to make use of modern advancements in order to create a home that’s as beautiful as it is efficient. Older homes tend to falter in this regard. That lower upfront cost may seem appealing at first but, as time goes on, the older home will become more costly. And we’re not only talking about maintenance. Odds are you’ve noticed how cold rooms can get if the windows are drafty. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it’s also not efficient at all! If you run your heater for hours, that heat will only escape through the leaks in the windows, barely warming up the home’s interior. This is why it’s best to consider Energy Star certified custom homes from Winton Homes, today!

1) Consistent Indoor Temperatures, No Matter How Hot or Cold it May Be Outside

Your home should be your retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world. You should be able to come home after a long day to unwind. But when your home is freezing cold because of leaks and drafts, you’ll feel more uncomfortable at home than you would’ve if you were outside. Our homes come with comprehensive air sealing, quality-installed insulation, and high-performance windows and doors in order to minimize warm and cold spots. Not only are these drafts uncomfortable, but they can also result in higher utility bills. When your doors and windows are properly sealed and your walls are properly insulated, you won’t have to worry about uncomfortable indoor temperatures ever again!

2) More Durable Water Management System Throughout The Home

Energy Star certified homes come standard with a comprehensive water management system which includes flashing, moisture barriers, and heavy-duty membranes. These systems protect roofs, walls, and foundations from disastrous moisture damage.

3) Improved Indoor Air Quality

Our homes include a fresh-air system which, along with high-performance filters, improves indoor air quality and reduces dust, pollen, and other allergens. Not only will your home’s interior be comfortable throughout, but it’ll also be healthier than you could ever imagine!

4) Peace of Mind

All of these Energy Star benefits that come standard in our custom homes translate to one very important thing: peace of mind. You won’t have to worry about the wellbeing of your family because we’ve already taken care of that! We strive to build homes that are beautiful, efficient, and harmonious. We’re ready to build your dream custom home. Give us a call to learn more about what we have to offer!

Becoming a First Time Home Buyer in Three Easy Steps

young couple thinking about their dream home

Whether or not you’ve played video games, odds are you understand the basic concept of levels. Once a video game character gains enough experience points, they will be able to reach the next level. This same concept can be applied to everyday life. We go through school, hopefully, get passing grades, and accepted into college. From there, we study harder than ever before in order to get a degree so we could find a career in the field of our choice. Perhaps while in school, you fall in love and start a relationship that then evolves into a marriage. These are some common examples of what might be described as “leveling up.” Once individuals achieve a certain amount of stability in their lives, they can entertain the notion of purchasing a home. This can be seen as one of the final, most important levels one can achieve. It takes time, perseverance, and hard work to become a homeowner. If you’re in the El Paso area, Winton Homes can help you achieve this goal!

Step One: Understanding Your Needs

As you prepare yourself to take the first steps towards becoming a homeowner, it’s necessary to keep yourself tethered to reality. As exciting as this venture is, you don’t want to the excitement get the best of you. If you do, you may find yourself in a home you regret buying! In order to avoid this, you can simply jot down your particular wants and needs before embarking on your homeownership journey. Understanding what you need beforehand will pave the way towards the right home. Know what’s in your budget, the size you require, and where you’ll feel comfortable years or even decades from now. This is a big purchase so it deserves a lot of thought! Now that you understand your needs, it’s time to move onto the next level.

Step Two: Choose the Right Home Builder

The last thing you want is for your first home to be riddled with issues. Buying a new home is always a great way to go because new homes come with warranties so if anything were to happen to your roof, for example, you’ll be covered! Older homes have more issues and you’ll have to pay out-of-pocket in order to have them repaired. If none of the houses you’ve seen suit your particular needs and specifications, you can team up with a home builder to design and craft your dream home! But you shouldn’t pick just any home builder; make sure to do the appropriate research. Some home builders boast low costs but the end result may be of lower quality. If you’re looking for the best of the best, choose Winton Homes. We go above and beyond in order to provide our clients with the homes of their dreams. We also use only materials of the highest quality so your investment will last. Our team does everything in-house, from floor plan design to interior decorating, so you can put your ideas in good hands!

Final Step: Becoming a First Time Home Buyer

We’ll get to work on building the home of your dreams and once it’s complete, you can move in! You are now a first-time home buyer and your home will perfectly suit your needs. It’ll fit your lifestyle like a glove because, well, it was built with you in mind! Ready to get started on this journey? Then give Winton Homes a call, today!
 

The Right Home Builders: Bringing Your Dreams to Fruition

happy young couple lying on their backs looking up at a cloud-shaped house

J.K. Rowling famously jotted down her ideas for the story that would become Harry Potter on a napkin, while on a late train from Manchester to London in 1990. Similarly enough, during a lunch meeting among four of Pixar Animation’s chief creatives, the ideas for Monster’s Inc., Finding Nemo, and Wall-E came about. These ideas were drawn on the napkin tablecloth at the restaurant where the four of them were meeting. The stories grew to become classic films that grossed more than $1 billion for the animation studio. It seems like great ideas often come to life on napkins.

Choosing Home Builders Who Can Take Your Ideas to the Next Level

This same logic can be applied to anyone designing a dream home. Maybe you’re out and about with friends, eating brunch on a Saturday morning when a jolt of inspiration strikes. Perhaps you’re not an architect or artist but you still reach for a pen and scribble your ideas on the nearest napkin. Winton Homes understands the beauty of true inspiration. For this reason, we make use of state-of-the-art computer-aided systems in order to create a working floor plan from your dreams and ideas. That’s right, you can bring a design you’ve sketched on a napkin and we’ll be able to turn it into a real, workable floor plan!

The Truth About Winton Homes

Winton Homes has been building beautiful, high quality homes throughout El Paso and Las Cruces since 1988. We believe in the importance of originality and energy efficiency. So, when you come to us with an few (or a couple thousand) ideas, we’ll be able to bring together our decades of experience in order to set forth a plan that will result in a real, tangible result. When you team up with Winton Homes, design or ideas will be taken to the next level. Every home we build is Energy Star certified which means your dream will be as environmentally friendly and efficient! There’s no need to compromise, especially when it comes to building the home of your dreams. The Winton Homes team does everything in-house so you can come by our offices and choose the right colors and get assistance with interior decoration, all under one roof!

It’s Time To Make Your Dreams a Reality!

So, who says scribbling idea on napkins doesn’t lead to anything? Whether you’re coming up with the next great film saga or your dream home, you shouldn’t let your dreams get squandered. If you’re ready to live in the house of your dreams, then give Winton Homes a call today to learn more about what we have to offer.

New Homes — What to Look For in Order to Make the Right Decision

Deciding on new homes is like a long hike. Although the path may be long and somewhat winding, you’ll feel complete accomplishment flow through you when you reach the top. You may have noticed new homes all across town. In order to pinpoint the perfect home, you need to learn about home builders in the El Paso area. Winton Homes has been proudly building new homes all across the Sun City for over 30 years. Throughout that time, we’ve been able to see the city grow and thrive. If you’re looking for a new home, we have a few pointers that can guide you in the right direction.

Make Sure the Home is Energy Star Certified

A home can look beautiful on the outside but it’s what’s inside that counts. By “inside,” we mean the materials used in construction and the appliances therein. In order for a home to receive Energy Star certification, it must follow strict guidelines that make it energy efficient and environmentally friendly. As an example, comprehensive air sealing, high-quality insulation, and high-performance windows and doors keep air-conditioned air inside and unwanted air outside. By reducing leaks and drafts, you’ll be able to save money on the electricity bill. This is just one of the many details that make Energy Star certified homes the best on the market.

Energy Star certification leads to “smarter” homes that are beautiful as well as healthy to live in. Improper insulation can cause mold to grow. Mold is very detrimental to the health of those who live inside the home. Proper insulation keeps water and moisture out so no mold will be able to grow. Just imagine how great it will feel when you know everyone under your roof is safe from harm. And saving $400 annually on bills doesn’t sound too shabby either!

Make Sure You Have Options When Looking For New Homes

El Paso keeps growing and growing and it doesn’t look like it will stop anytime soon. Say you have a family of four. You work downtown, your wife works on the East side, your eldest daughter goes to school in the West Side and you drop your infant son at your mother’s house on the North East before you head into work. Choosing a new home in the right location may seem difficult but when you choose the right home builder, you’ll have many options available. Winton Homes has homes all across the Sun City. What are you waiting for? Your new home is calling!

What Are the Perks of Relocating to El Paso?

Mom and son holding a moving box labeled bedroom while they are relocating to El PasoWhether you’re relocating to El Paso because you need a fresh start, because of the military, or whatever other reason, there are many perks. Plus, if you need help finding or custom building a home, Accent Homes can help. Now, let’s talk about perks.

  1. Small Town Feel Without the Small Town

Many people dream of living in a small town. Others dream of taking on a big city. With El Paso, you get both. Not only is El Paso big enough to be divided into different sections (west, far east, northeast, etcetera), it’s also small enough for you to meet and care about many people–and to actually see them frequently around town. El Paso gives you that neighborly, small town feel with the opportunity, attractions, and events of a big town. By relocating to El Paso, you don’t have to compromise.

  1. Affordable Schooling

One of the best perks of relocating to El Paso is having options for affordable schooling. Here, we have The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), El Paso Community College (EPCC), PIMA Medical Institute, and Southwest University. If you’re in the market for affordable, traditional schooling, UTEP and EPCC offer four-year and two-year degrees respectively. They also offer professional certificates and you can go up to your Ph.D. in many programs at UTEP.

El Paso also has many trade schools, including Southwest University and PIMA Medical Institute, that offer professional programs in business, health, and automotive specialties.

  1. Tasty, Authentic Mexican Food

You can’t find better Mexican food anywhere else in the country. Being situated right next to Cuidad Juarez gives El Paso a great advantage; Mexican food and culture. El Paso is heavily influenced by Mexican culture and this results in El Paso residents having access to delicious enchiladas, tacos, gorditas, tortas, flautas, machaca, burritos, and much, much more! Plus, you can experience many great things from Mexico’s culture, including the music, the dancing, artwork, history, and more.

  1. Affordable Housing

Come for the Mexican food, stay for the affordable cost of living. One of the most beneficial things about relocating to El Paso is saving money on your cost of living. Plus, Accent Homes can help you find or build the home of your dreams. So not only will you be saving money, you’ll also be living in the home you dreamed of all your life. Call Accent Homes today to learn more!

Decorating Tips for Your New Custom Home

woman with paint color samples holding them up against a wall that is being paintedSo you hired home builders to build your dream custom home–now what? Well, it’s time to decorate. Whether you’re purging your old stuff and starting over completely or you want to decorate with all of your favorite knick knacks you’ve collected since you were a kid, these tips and hacks can help you make the most out of custom homes.

Tip #1: Utilize Shelf Space

Custom homes, no matter how big you have them built, only come with so much space, meaning you have to create your own. One of the best ways; shelves. Many homes have high walls, ascending up and up, but ultimately going to no use. Shelves can change that. Some ideas include:

  • Creating diagonal bookshelves- Even with tablets and such, hard copy books are still not out of style. Adding bookshelves can not only be great for decorating, but can also add more space. You can even color code the shelves for a nice rainbow effect.
  • Pictures frames, knick knacks, and collectibles- Adding shelves can also make room for all of your family pictures, knick knacks, and collectibles–so you don’t have to get rid of them no matter how much your spouse nags you.

Tip #2: Pick a Theme or Color Scheme

Picking a theme or color theme for your house–or for the individual rooms in your home–can help you narrow down how to decorate it. You can go for a warm, homey feel, with checkered table cloths, dark colored furniture, and warm colors or an abstract scheme, utilizing grays, blacks, and whites and minimalistic decorations to give your home a clean, artsy feel.

Tip #3: Think About Furniture

Your furniture really makes a room. They tell a story and they are usually the thing that helps you decide on how to decorate it. There are many things to consider when buying new furniture, including:

  • Wood
  • Color
  • Size
  • Comfort
  • Aesthetic appeal
  • And more!

Furniture is one of the best ways to make custom homes feel like home.

Tip #4: Wall Colors

In custom homes, the walls are yours paint over and over again until you are satisfied with the room. You can try pastel colors for a cozy, modern look, bright colors for a bold statement, or white and cream-colored paints for a fancy, official look. Either way, your home is yours to paint!

Call Winton Homes Today!

If you’re in the market to build a custom home, Winton Homes in El Paso can help. Call us today!

The Perks of Building a Custom Home

hands up framing a home that is going to be builtIf you’re looking to buy a new home, you have the option of building a custom home–a popular trend that shows no signs of stopping. With a custom home, you aren’t limited with how much space, amenities, or number of rooms you need like you ordinarily would be with a house that has already been built. The El Paso home builders at Accent Homes can help you build the home of your dreams. These are some of the perks a custom home has to offer.

  1. Accommodates for Your Family

The whole white picket fence, two kids, American dream thing has evolved over time. Maybe your “two kids” has evolved into three toddlers and a baby on the way. Maybe your “two kids” actually consists of four dogs, two cats, and an iguana. We’re not judging, but if you’re looking for your forever home, El Paso home builders from Accent Homes can help you build your ideal home for you and your ideal family.

  1. You Can Get Creative (Literally)

Maybe you don’t plan on having children, but need a house that can accommodate your lifestyle, like if you’re a musician, artist, or writer and need a studio space or office. Or maybe you sell cars for a living and need a home with an office and a large garage. Either way, a custom home can give you the creative space you need.

  1. Affordability

While it may seem like a good idea to buy an already built home because it’s cheaper, the home may not fit your needs later on, and all of the expenses you’ll have for home additions and renovations and so on can add up. It’s better to spend a little extra in the beginning than to have to worry about finding the money for it later on. A custom home allows you to do just that.

  1. Choose Your Location

You can find lots for sale all over El Paso, meaning you’re not limited to a side of town. This gives you the freedom to choose a location based on schools, shopping centers, or whatever else you are looking for in a location.

Quality El Paso Home Builders

If you’re looking for El Paso home builders, Accent Homes is the place to call. We can help you build your home sweet home, no matter what your definition of home sweet home is. Call us today for more information.

How To Prepare Your Kids When Moving Out

happy family with two kids packing up boxes for moving daySo the time’s come to move your growing family into a bigger house. Although moving is a very common fact of life, it can still throw your young ones for a loop! Winton Homes is ready to help you avoid the stressful situations that may arise from moving into a new home. El Paso is a big, beautiful city full of excellent schools and wonderful parks. There are many ways to help your children (and family) cope with the relocation, whether it’s to a home a few minutes away or all across town.

Why It’s Important To Prepare

If you changed houses when you were young, you may understand how traumatic the event can truly feel. And it’s understandable! Young children might’ve been living in your previous home for their entire lives so their fear is understandable. One of the best ways to prepare your child for the “uprooting” is by letting them know that it’s going to happen sometime in advance. Instead of pulling the rug out from under your child, let them know what will happen a few weeks ahead. Explain to them why a move is necessary and about how exciting it can actually be! Let them know about the new home, perhaps take them to an open house or let them choose their room.

How To Deal Moving Day

As move day draws near, it may best to let your child say goodbye to their old home. This can get very emotional so be prepared for some waterworks. In the end, it will help your child move on and feel better about moving out. Take them through every room, recall happy memories in each room. Also, perhaps point things out such as the size of the rooms. If the new home will have more rooms (or large rooms), point this out and explain how your new house will be bigger and more comfortable. This will help your child detach from the old home and get used to the thought of the new home.

Now, the hardest thing may be getting your child used to a new neighborhood. When you choose Winton Homes, you can rest assured knowing your new neighborhood will be homey and comfortable. Perhaps there are parks nearby or other fun, nearby locations. You could also get your child accustomed to the neighborhood prior to moving out entirely so they can be as familiar with the neighborhood as possible. Then, when your family moves into your new Winton Home, there won’t be any traumatic memories! Instead, it will be a positive and joyful experience. Contact us today to learn more.

Should I Buy an Existing or New Home in El Paso?

one of the many beautiful new homes for sale from Accent HomesWhen it’s time to upgrade to a different home, the age old question remains: should I buy an existing or new home? Both have their own ups and downs. However, at Accent Homes, we are pretty confident in the quality houses we build. Nonetheless, we have an honest answer to your question.

The Benefits of Buying a New Home

Moving into your brand new home is a benefit in itself. You don’t have to worry about cleanliness or squeamish surprises. Countertops, tile, and closets will all be brand new and your family will be the first to fill it up. If you do end up with any kind of problems, it is nothing that the warranty won’t cover. The customizations that come with a new home are another great aspect. When you walk into the finished product you will have a true sense of home after seeing everything you have chosen in your very own style. Choosing the floorplan that will fit your family’s need the best is a great aspect as well. Your family will also benefit greatly from new cost and energy-efficient appliances and home-building methods.

A Few Downsides of New Homes

The awesome feeling of new homes is often trumped by having to settle for specific neighborhoods that aren’t completely developed yet. However, with Accent Homes we have new builds in several parts of home with great commute times as our new developments are close to major freeways. Another aspect of moving into a newly built home is the wait. If the home is not pre-existing you will have to wait for construction to be completed. But, once you move into the fresh home with all your customization you may just forget all about the wait.

Benefits and Downsides of Buying a Pre-Existing Home

Pre-existing homes have ups and downs of their own. While you can search for homes in your preferred locations, the homes will be much older. This means they will come with older HVAC systems, appliances, and possibly outdated kitchens and bathrooms. This will cost you for updating in the long run. Older homes could also hide problems that inspectors can’t see. Rusted ductwork or badly patched roofs can turn into leaks in the future. Buying a pre-owned home may also come with mature trees and better landscaping, but again, the flipside is the fact that the existing landscaping may not be your style or preference.

Accent Homes Knows All About New Homes

When it comes to finding the right home with an affordable price tag in the right neighborhood, Accent Homes definitely knows how to help. We have a wide variety of homes to choose from. Please, contact us today so that we can answer your questions and help you start your search.

Creative Ways to Fill Spacious Homes

example of how to make the most of a window nook in spacious homesAt some point or another, we’ve all dreamt up our ideal home. While some of us dreamed of having a writing room and our very own ice skating rink, others thought more practically. We imagine a cute, Disney-themed nursery, wide open backyard, and walk-in closets. None of our ideal homes are identical, but they all usually have one thing in common; space. Most people dream of spacious homes where they can raise kids and own a bunch of pets and grow old in. Even people who live in tiny homes find ways to make it more spacious. Spacious is better, right? But sometimes it’s hard to effectively fill all of the spacious nooks and crannies of your home. Luckily for you, we here at Accent Homes have some pretty good tips on how to do so.

Tip #1: Make Use of “Dead Space”

Dead space refers to oddly shaped corners, crannies, and everything in between in homes that many people feel like they can’t be used for anything. Quite frankly, many people let precious space go to waste. Whether you’re trying to fill out your spacious home or find more space in a cluttered, but spacious home, dead space can help you with that.

Some tips include using dead space for decoration or for extra storage. If you want your home to feel more decorated, hanging plants, pictures, or hooks to hang things on can really bring an oddly shaped corner to life. You could also add more storage by putting up a corner shelf or cabinet (yes, they exist). Shopping around at furniture stores, garage and estate sales, and even thrift stores can help you find the furniture piece you need to fit that space.

Tip #2: Add Play Areas

We mean play areas for both children AND adults. For children, you could use dead space above a staircase to create a playroom. Or you could use it to put a ceiling hammock. (If you don’t believe us that this is possible, Google it! It’s pretty cool!) You could also renovate an attic, old office, or storage room for a playroom for your children. Once they’re grown, you could make it into an art space, sewing room, or guest bedroom! Pretty neat ideas exist out there if you take the time to look.

For adults, you can get really creative. You could turn an old guest bedroom into a home theater or video game room. Maybe you’ve always wanted to start a band and need a cool place to jam? You could always use an extra room to practice. If you’re worried about the neighbors complaining (Even if you’re playing wicked jams, some boring people may complain. Every party needs a pooper, am I right?), you could always soundproof that room. Either way, there are ways to get creative with extra space.

Finding a Spacious Home in the El Paso Area

If you’re in the market for a new, spacious home in the El Paso area, Accent Homes can help! We have a wide variety of homes available for you to choose from. Call us today and let us help you take the first step to finding your dream home!