Thursday, December 21, 2017

2018 Home Design Trends

With 2017 coming to an end, it’s a good time to start tracking the trends of the upcoming year! In 2018 people will be gravitating toward more natural and earthy vibes. From earthy colors to natural lighting, adding a sense of nature is a great way to liven up your home.

Here’s our list of 10 home styles that will be trending in 2018. What do you think of these trends? Would you try any of them out in your home?

“Pantone Color, Chips & Color Guides | Color Inspiration.” Pantone,
1. Pantone Color of the Year – We are ULTRA excited to take on this design hurdle. Color authority Pantone just announced the 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet! This purple shade is sure to prompt passionate discussion among design pros and enthusiasts. Pantone says the color “communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking.”

Babaee, Daniella. “15 Interior Design Trends That Will Be Everywhere in 2018.”, 17 Oct. 2017,
2. Fresh and Patterned Plants – Not only are they good for you, but plants are pretty, too! Anything from a bouquet of flowers to a cute little bush can provide a sense of freshness to your space. Plants have been the obsession for years, so try branching out (pun intended) and get a plant this year that comes with vibrant patterns and hues. If you’re looking for a style upgrade and the word “fresh” frighens you, don’t fret. There are some amazing, lifelike faux options out there to help you avoid killing a plant.

“Pinterest Predicts The Top Home Trends Of 2018.” Full List - Pinterest Predicts The Top Home Trends Of 2018 - Lonny,
3. Spa Bathrooms - Why wait to go to the spa to get that amazing aesthetic? Instead, make your home into a total escape! A deep bathtub and gorgeous neutral tones are the perfect combination to create a dreamy and calming atmosphere.

Kirby, et al. “Home Trend Report 2018.” Kelly Elko, 23 Jan. 2017,
4. Bookish Chic – This one is a shock. As technology has become a fixture in our daily lives, books and magazines have become vintage. But not anymore! The old school library vibe is making a come back in 2018. Whether they are shelf candy, bolstering an existing reading space, or hanging on the walls like artwork, books and paper can fit in with any d├ęcor. It’s all about paper and real books. Bookshelves in the kitchen, cozy sofas and anything that creates the look and feel of an old school library.


5. Natural Lighting – Natural light is one of the best ways to add the illusion of space to a room. Larger windows bring nature’s light into your room and open up your space. For rooms where windows are not an option, contemporary ceiling fixtures and our Energy Efficient LED lightbulbs can provide a similar sort of natural light.

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6. Open Storage - Struggling to find closet space is a thing of the past. Open concept living formats have been in style for a while now, but storage space out in the open is the latest direction this trend is taking. Hanging hats on walls or putting coffee mugs on a hook not only provide convenience, but also lend a bit of chicness to your decor.

Merwin, Tia. “G&I Homes of Whitney Point.” 10 Fast and Easy Budget-Friendly Home Improvements!, 16 Nov. 2017,
7. Statement Ceilings – Adding pops of color or patterns to your walls is great, but have you ever thought of having an accent ceiling? As mentioned in a previous blog, don't forget about the fifth wall - the ceiling! Whether it’s the Ultra Purple Pantone color of the year or a planked wood look, statement ceilings are the way to go!

“Pinterest Predicts The Top Home Trends Of 2018.” Full List - Pinterest Predicts The Top Home Trends Of 2018 - Lonny,
8. Colorful Doors - Give your guests a bright and cheery welcome with a door that isn’t just any old basic shade. From traditional doors to shutters, a colorful hue is always appreciated! Speaking of accent walls and ceilings, don’t leave out the interior doors either. They can add a pop of color to any room.

“Home Decor.” Pinterest, 27 Feb. 2017,
9. Coffee Bars - Move over alcohol, coffee is taking over the bar scene. Why change out of your PJs when you can be your own barista with a designated place to make your morning pick-me-up and everything that comes with it. Styled with a chalkboard and a variety of mugs, this space will put those expensive coffee shops to shame.

“Color Inspo: 24 Gorgeous Green Rooms.” Pinterest, 30 Mar. 2015,
10. Velvety Vibrations – It’s not a surprise that velvet is still trending from 2017 to 2018 now. And it’s not just in fashion; velvet is trending everywhere! From couches to rugs to pillows, using velvet adds both luxury and coziness to a room. A little too bold for you? Start small by throwing in some upholstered accent pillows or throws to give this trend a test drive.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

G&I Homes are Energy Smart

Winter weather is slowly making its way to us! Getting your home ready for colder weather is easier than ever in a G&I Home. Make an energy efficient choice by choosing G&I Homes and you will get a modular or manufactured home that is more energy efficient than homes built to the minimum code requirements. The Clayton Energy Smart Home package, an exclusive upgraded package offered by Clayton Homes, includes a variety of home upgrades that help you save energy and money for many winters to come. The Energy Smart package can help you reduce how much energy you use each day and help lower your utility bill.

Low E Windows – Low emissive windows filter out UV rays and help keep heat IN during winter and keep heat OUT during summer. Low E windows are treated with an invisible metallic oxide coating, creating a surface that reflects heat, while allowing light to shine through. In the winter, this helps reduce the amount of heat lost through your windows from inside the home, while also reducing the workload of heating systems.

Upgraded Insulation – An Energy Smart 3-1-2 ratio of ceiling/walls/floor insulation keeps your home well insulated for all seasons. The R-33 ceiling insulation, R-22 floor insulation and R-19 wall insulation help keep warm air in during the winter.

Programmable Thermostat – Save additional money by setting your desired temperature throughout the day. This increases the comfort of your family and locks in the savings when you’re home and away. Conveniently located in an area that doesn’t fluctuate with the opening of an exterior door and backlit for quick changes in temperature at night.

Energy Efficient (CFL) Light Bulbs – Less daylight in winter means a greater need for light in your home! Energy efficient light bulbs typically use 25% less energy and last 10 to 20 times longer than standard iridescent light bulbs. This is equivalent to $30-$80 in savings in electricity over the life of the bulb.

Sealed Duct Work - Additional sealants are placed around ducts, which prevent leaks and make for a more efficient central heating and cooling system. This consistent air flow ensures a comfortable temperature in the home year-round. Sealed ducts also prevent condensation, keeping unwanted moisture out of the subfloor.

Energy Efficient Water Heater - Since water heaters consume a high amount of energy and we use them often, an energy efficient water heater is key to reducing your energy costs! Residential water heating is the second largest energy use in the home and can account for up to 20% of overall energy consumption. Thicker side walls in a water heater help maintain the water temperatures longer, retaining more heat and using less energy.

Thermo Mate-Line Gasket – The mate-line gasket is installed all the way around the ceiling, end walls, and floor to protect the entire conditioned space from air filtration and moisture. Other home installers typically stuff insulation in the marriage line opening, which won’t do any good against air filtration as its not deigned to be compressed.

Air Tight Construction – This is always a top priority in the homes we build. Our air tight construction helps to eliminate drafts which boosts comfort while lowering energy consumption and costs.

Improved Air Filtration – Breathe fresh, clean air using the type of filters that fit your family best. The “A-coil” hosing increases return air efficiency, reducing the possibility of a system freeze up.

By purchasing a modular home or manufactured home that is ENERGY STAR certified, you are joining millions of consumers who have switched to ENERGY STAR, helping our nation reduce our energy needs and building a cleaner environment for the future.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

10 Fast and Easy Budget-Friendly Home Improvements!

Your home should be just that - a home! Home design is a matter of taste and everyone's is unique. It takes a lot of vision to look past the plain or outdated finishes. But with a little creativity and elbow-grease, you can transform your space, even on a low budget! Whether you're trying to add your own touches to your new home or trying to make your current home more appealing to sell, you've come to the right place. Here are 10 easy and cost effective DIY tricks to make your house a home!

1. Faux Thick Baseboard - Molding and trim go a long way in making your home look and feel more expensive. But it IS expensive. Get this expensive look without the added cost! Simply add a slim piece of trim above your baseboards and then paint in between!

“40 Home Improvement Ideas for Those On A Serious Budget.” DIY Joy, 2017,

2. Update a Faucet - You can make a big splash in your kitchen or bathroom by swapping out an ugly faucet for something nicer on the eyes. This is one improvement that can be done in less than an hour!

Anderson, Kim. “Re-Styling Your Older Home Without Remodeling.” Thrify Little Mom, 24 June 2013,

3. Paint Outdated Finishes - Anything is prettier than contractor's brass! Simply remove the hardware and clean it, then spray paint! You can use this trick with faucets and light fixtures, too!

Sarah. “How to Spray Paint Brass Door Knobs.” Thrifty Decor Chick, 29 Oct. 2013,

4. Add Framed Mirrors to Flat Doors - As basic as it sounds, this quick and easy project not only serves a purpose, but looks much nicer than the boring flat closet or bathroom doors. Be sure to paint the frame the same color as the door and caulk around the edges if you want it to look built in.

“26 Inexpensive DIY Upgrades That Will Add A Touch Of Class To Your Home.” Lighter Side of Real Estate, 8 Aug. 2017,

5. Make a Chalkboard Wall - Chalkboards are helpful in kitchens for making lists or leaving notes, in kids' rooms for playing, or in your entryway to decorate for a holiday party. You can purchase chalk paint at any home improvement store and in no time you'll have a fun accent wall for family and friends to make lists, leave messages, or just play around.

Duke, Kristen. “Kids Chalkboard Art Wall~How to Turn a Textured Wall into a Smooth Wall.”Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke, 10 Aug. 2013,

6. Add Color to the Ceiling - Don't forget about the fifth wall - the ceiling! This is a fun way to add a pop of color. Throw in some decor to compliment your color of choice. Using an ultra flat paint is best to eliminate glares.

Erin. “Seek Interior Design.” House of Turquoise, Erin, 2 Oct. 2013,

7. Add Trim to Your Windows - Adding trim and molding to anything can make it look upscale. Framing your plain windows quickly boosts your home decor. Even just adding a piece of molding to the top of the window can transform the room and hide the hardware.

“27 Easy DIY Remodeling Ideas On A Budget (before and after Photos).” Listotic,

8. Accent Wall - Think beyond just a different color paint. You can showcase a wall by using recycled wood, or even pallets. Finish off the wood with some stain, or leave it natural, and you have a beautiful rustic feeling accent wall.

“30 Inspiring Accent Wall Ideas To Change An Area.” ThefischerHouse, 8 Sept. 2017,

9. DIY Wainscoting - Wainscoting is a terrific way to add character to your walls and it really is easier than it looks with this DIY trick. All you need are some boards and batten, prime and paint. It will add character and dimension to your plain walls.

“40 Home Improvement Ideas for Those On A Serious Budget.” DIY Joy, 2017,

10. Cabinet Top Makeover - Like we said before - adding trim and molding to anything can make it look upscale. If your kitchen cabinets don't reach the ceiling, this DIY is for you. Give your kitchen a face lift with this easy and cost effective trick.

“26 Inexpensive DIY Upgrades That Will Add A Touch Of Class To Your Home.” Lighter Side of Real Estate, 8 Aug. 2017,

With these 10 fast, easy AND budget-friendly improvements, your home will look upscale at the right price! Stay tuned for even more DIY projects to make your house a HOME.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Why Millennials Shouldn't Push Off Home Ownership

Most Americans have the notion that affordable housing isn’t readily available in the US. The reality is that over the past two decades, the availability of affordable housing has decreased, and the crisis continues to grow. Financial hurdles have prevented this generation from making a full impact on the market. The population of people born from the mid- ‘80s through the late ‘90s generally has higher student debt, as well as higher costs associated with the new standard of living.

Culturally, many of us want our own space, our tree-lined streets and our beautiful communities. But how will we ever get there? With all the obstacles, many millennials would rather push off buying a home and deal with rising rent costs, meaning the ability to purchase a home in the future drops. Rent costs continue to rise and the availability of affordable rent options continues to drop. Money that could go toward a home project continues to get invested in apartments that you can never call your own. Nearly half of home buyers cite student loans as their largest barrier to buying a home. On top of all the other barriers to home ownership, there’s a national shortage of housing options.

It’s not just about home ownership anymore. It’s about having a home that was built efficiently in an ISO 14001 registered building facility where environmental management systems are in place to help preserve energy resources. It’s about having energy efficient features in your new home that help save energy and even more money. It’s about the opportunity to have monthly costs that won’t change with the demand for the apartment or room you rent.

We are a generation of home buyers raised during the housing crisis. Millennials are understandably slow to enter the housing market. However, as many newcomers explore prefab home options, more and more are coming around to the idea. More than a third of the American workforce is made of millennials.

If you’re in this generation and want to buy a home, you already may have encountered frustration. The journey may be difficult but it’s not impossible. We specialize in giving alternatives to rising rent costs. Here are six reasons why manufactured housing is the best investment to make RIGHT NOW as a millennial.

1. DURABILITY. A prefabricated home is just as, if not more, durable than the traditional site built home. As a home is transported from a manufacturing facility to its destination, it must withstand rigors like strong winds. A modular home model is sent down the highway as well, with each module eventually joined on its foundation. As the sections are joined together, the marrying wall they share is a strong point that helps the home resist environmental stresses. By nature, a manufactured home is built for a lifetime of comfortable living.

2. CUSTOMIZATION. While every model is built based on an existing floor plan, many have the ability to include customized features. When aspects of another floor plan really stand out, a home building facility can incorporate those features into other models. Different colors, layouts, design schemes and features can make up the home of your dreams!

3. VARITEY. There is something for everyone. As student loans hinder many from finding their own home, millennials are looking for a home that can pull double duty. Home offices, gyms and theaters are just a handful of examples people create using flex space offerings. You can get a breakfast nook or a full utility room that is large enough for a washer and dryer, even a closet and sink. You also choose where you want to place your home, whether you put it on your dream property or in a community. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

4. INCENTIVES. There's never a bad time to come out and visit us in Whitney Point! We run promotions throughout the year and we always strive to customize our projects to fit every budget. Don’t hesitate to visit us and to check out the latest deal that will help you save!

5. RISING RENT. Crazy rent costs are getting ridiculous. Landlords are placing increasingly stringent restrictions on their properties, and the penny pincher millennial understands that building equity is an important part of establishing both strong credit and a presence in your community. Building with us lets you put your dollars towards something that counts for your future.

6. SATISFACTION. There is nothing like walking around in your own home. Apartments are crammed into smaller spaces and the millennial home buyer is looking to get some elbow room.  When you have a space to call your own, you can focus on attaining your own American dream.

Life is too short to throw away your hard-earned money on something that makes you unhappy. Visit us today to discover your manufactured home options!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

How Can We Help You?

Meet Our Team!
What comes to mind when thinking about purchasing a new home? A sense of nervous excitement? Frustration or stress? Fear of the unknown? Uncertainty about where to start your journey? Purchasing a home is a major milestone in your life. Choosing the right guidance for this major purchase can be difficult. With some professionals, you will typically end up paying for large commission fees and get left with little guidance. If you are looking for a place where you will clearly understand the entire home buying process and have a family of professionals to “welcome you home,” look no further!

Every journey to homeownership is different. We are here to guide your unique path and help you create your dream home. Buying a home comes with many decisions, forms, deadlines and agreements. Here at G&I, we will be with you every step of the way to ensure you feel confident about your new home purchase and help you get more home for your money! Our team has great patience, as we truly understand how complex this process can be. We provide clarity throughout the entire process, from the first day you walk through our door, to the day you move in and even beyond, as a new homeowner.

Integrity and reputation are extremely important to us and we strive to provide our customers with consistent, clear guidance, as well as a positive experience. We try to be transparent, offer fair prices, answer all your questions about home buying and home building, and give you our trusted recommendations.

Finding a home that will suit all your wants and needs is our primary goal! Our team knows the benefits of homeownership and specialize in determining which features are ideal for your specific needs and preferences. You will be partnered with a knowledgeable home consultant, who will assess what you are looking for and serve as a home “match maker.” When working with us, you have the ability to see firsthand the quality and large array of customizable features manufactured and modular homes have to offer. Imagine the possibility of visiting multiple open houses in one convenient location! From helping you choose a floorplan, to finding the perfect land, and from site work and improvements, to a strong relationship, warranty, and insurance after the build. We truly are a one-stop shop!

Purchasing a home at G&I means more than getting a deal during a seasonal sale. It is more than the exterior paint and flooring choice. It’s about finding a comfortable and safe place for your family to call home. By entering our front door, you are entering our family. Our home consultants are not here to simply sell you a house—they are here to walk with you through the exciting journey to homeownership. You will receive post-purchase support and guidance on maintaining your beautiful, new home. We strive to make homeownership as easy and stress-free as possible. We are here to sell you a home, much more than a house!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Starting to hunt for the perfect land to build on? Make sure you do your research before falling in love!

Finding a Place to Build
We know that a home without land to place it on isn’t going to do you much good. Finding suitable land is an essential step that you don’t have to take alone! We’re experienced in working with local realtors to find land that suits your wants and needs. Here are some tips to get you started on finding your dream land for your dream home!

Make a list! Every great plan starts with a list. First things first…location, location, location. Be sure to research the area to determine if you can see your family living there. You might be moving from the city to the country for a life change, however positives and negatives should be considered. Some examples include…What is the travel time to and from work? How far is the nearest hospital? How long will it take you to “run to the store”, etc.? If you have a family or will be starting your own in the future, consider the school district, as well as going to after school events, classes, practices, or even just making new friends.

What are the local regulations and is what you want to build allowed? There will be setbacks from fence lines that need to be considered for both town planning and building codes. These may vary, so make sure you are aware of them both. With a simple phone call to the local planning and zoning department, most offices can give you the answer to this question in a matter of minutes.

Some other things to research are services such as power, water, and septic or sewer. How far away is the power supply? Contact the power distributor to find out how much it may cost to provide power to the property and they will give you a budget estimate. Connection fees have a very wide range, so it’s essential to know what the site requires. Do you have access to town water? Is the water main close or under the road? Does the soil percolate (aka “Perk”) or have access to a nearby sewer system? If a property doesn't have easy access to the local sewer system, a perc test is required to determine whether a septic system can be installed on the property. Be sure to give the county health department a call and ask what is required to install a septic system or connect to the local sewer in your area.

Something else to consider is the slope of property. While the property isn’t likely to be completely flat, there can sometimes be extra costs associated with building on a slope. Extra site work could be required, as well as design elements. Although this will add interest and character to your new home, accounting for extra expenses will be required when working with a sloped site.

Back to your list…start to write down your dream piece of land. Take other factors into consideration. How much land? 1 acre or more? Do you have animals? Is a pasture a must-have? Do you want a big backyard or woods? A garden? A playground or pool? How big do you want your garage and driveway?

The hardest part of your project is to decide what you can afford. Your budget is crucial throughout every step of building your dream home! It’s important to be realistic on how much you can afford before falling in love with a property. It’s easy to get lost in beautiful views or the perfect location, but you’ll need to take the time to research other essential characteristics of the property. Each property has its own unique challenges and there will be things that you will discover along the way requiring extra cost or consideration. Keep in mind the more areas that require spending on the site, the bigger the impact will be on the money you have left for the building of your home! The best way to avoid expensive surprises is to know what to look for and asking, “What extra costs could be associated with this property?”

How you intend on paying for your project is huge when building a home. Many people purchase land and slowly pay it off before starting the project. Others live in an RV on the land while they pay it off. Some save up and pay cash outright for their land. However, did you know that land loans, home and construction loans can be combined into one? Well we’re here to tell you, they can! You’ll be happy to know that getting prequalified is quick and easy, letting you begin the process right away with this option. Whichever route you choose, figure out what you can afford and try hard to stick to it!

It isn’t about finding land that is 100% perfect, with no risk.  It’s about being completely informed, and knowing what the risks are and being okay with them. But just like any home-buying venture, if you put the time and effort into the project, you will be rewarded for it! Last thoughts: Make a good investment. Know what you are getting into. Prepare so that there are no surprises along the way. Get exactly what you want for your dream home! Happy land-hunting!