Finding the Perfect Home for You and Your Business

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Although working from home can be convenient, not every house is suitable for both living and working. If you’re starting a home-based business, you may find that you need more space or privacy. It can be daunting to make big changes, but finding a home that better suits your needs could improve both your personal and professional lives. Tallman Segerson Builders invites you to read on for tips about how to navigate home buying, relocating, and starting a successful business at the same time.

Get real estate savvy

Buying a home can feel overwhelming, but a little research will go a long way in helping you hone in on what you want. In addition to learning more about the housing market in your area, research what your home office needs for your business to succeed. If you don’t have any luck finding a suitable space, consider hiring a building company such as Tallman Segerson to remodel a house or create a custom-built home.

Another option is to buy a foreclosed home. This can be a financially smart move if the house is in good shape. Just be sure that you read up on the benefits, limitations, and particulars of buying a foreclosed home. If you don’t mind the extra work, it can be a great way to afford your dream house.

Move like a pro

Once you’ve found the perfect property and you’re ready to make your move, you still have a lot of work ahead of you. Moving both a business and a family at the same is a lot to juggle. You can combat stress and delays by staying organized. Start by making lists, labeling, and creating storage solutions rather than dumping things into cardboard boxes at the last minute. Consider decluttering and donating unwanted items well before moving day.

Above all, give yourself plenty of time. Moving always seems to take longer than expected – anywhere from six to ten weeks. Start the process early, and consider time-saving strategies – such as hiring a moving company and a house cleaner. There are also moving mobile apps to help with time management, finding reputable movers, and creating inventory checklists.

Get your business ducks in a row

Beyond home buying and moving, you’ll also need to focus on how to successfully launch your business. If you’re a first-time entrepreneur, take advantage of free resources to help you develop your business plan, marketing strategy, and learn more about funding opportunities. The Small Business Administration provides guidance for entrepreneurs and can help you avoid common pitfalls.

You’ll also need to decide what structure makes the most sense for your small business. The best choice may be a limited liability company (LLC) because it protects your personal assets. In other words, your personal bank accounts, home, car, and other property cannot be seized to cover business debts. An LLC will also give you tax advantages and minimal paperwork. You can file a $49 CT LLC through a formation company online, which will save you the time, money, and energy of working with lawyers. Just be sure to research the regulations, because they vary from state to state.

Housing your personal and professional lives under the same roof doesn’t have to be a struggle. You can find a home that suits the needs of both your family and your business. Just be sure to do your real estate research, stay organized, and use the right resources to get your small business up and running. Once you’ve created the perfect set-up, both you and your business can thrive for years to come. 

Does your house need to be remodeled or expanded to suit your needs? Visit Tallman Segerson to learn more about custom home renovation and building.

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The Finer Details of the Building Process

When building a new custom home all details and features in a construction project must be carefully designed, planned, organized and built. It takes a highly organized general contractor to carefully plan ahead and manage both the construction timeline and the construction process. On our website, instagram, houzz and facebook we often post pictures of finished new custom homes, custom renovations, and custom additions, but don't showcase the process and hardwork that goes into making every dream home a reality. Below is a few process photos from a new construction project we recently completed at Fairfield Beach.

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Many new home builds in Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY start with the demolition of an existing house. This demo project was particularly challenging as the existing home was located at the beach and very close to neighboring properties. The demo process needs to be planned very carefully and extra precaution is needed to ensure there are no hazardous materials such as lead or asbestos requiring abatement or any risk to disturbing site utilities or neighboring properties. This particular home was very close to neighboring properties and we needed to plan taking down structures that could damage neighbor's homes. Chimneys can be particularly dangerous and must be demolished so they carefully fall piece by piece into the existing structure. 

The Construction Process

Sometimes the smallest details in a project can require the most careful planning, organization and artistry. This set of brick stairs was carefully designed to integrate custom rails, radiant heat and step lights into a multi sided arched stairway. This picture details the templating required to build the arch. After building a template out of wood the brick is laid to make the arch. The brick is also carefully placed and mortared to ensure the archway is self supporting. The technique of using the engineered stone arch to be self supporting has been around for nearly 4,000 years. 

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A top arch, center arch, bottom center arch and three side arches were carefully engineered and designed to provide front to back and side to side water flow during a storm while maximizing structural integrity. At quick glance if can be easy to miss the amount of design, engineering and artistry that goes into a feature like this. It requires an experienced custom home builder or general contractor with a proven track record of building structurally sound beach houses and water front homes to ensure all aspects of a construction project are built to stand the test of the time and built to stand up to some of Connecticut's biggest storms. If you look closely you can also see how the concrete is formed to provide a shelf to house the brick. 

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After forming the concrete foundation and templating the arches bricks are carefull placed to provide the veneer the outside of the stairs will showcase when complete.

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As you can see in the above photo the arches are carefully built to self support their own weight. The bricks are also hand picked to provide the texture, color and look of antique brick. 

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After forming the shell of the custom built front stairs rebar is placed in the foundation and concrete to provide additional structural support. Conduits are run within the concrete to provide housing for the electrical wires for future step lights and radiant heat. The step lights illuminate the steps in the dark and the radiant heat ensures the stairs are never icy. Both features provide additional safety for the homeowners. After this step the bricks and stairs are carefully custom built on top integrating the radiant heat and steplight features. 

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This is the beach side of the house above. As you can see the roof is in the process of being installed and most windows and doors have also been installed and properly flashed. The roof is Galvalume, a material known for durability, resilience to mold and a sleek sheet metal look. The windows are from Lincoln windows and doors and were supplied by Northeast Building Supply. During this phase of construction it is important to close the house in from inclement weather and provide a conditioned space with controlled humidity conditions. Wood is very susceptible to moisture in the air which can cause swelling or shrinking causing major home issues. Safety should be the number one focus on every new custom home, renovation or addition. As you can see in the photo temporary railings are installed to ensure workers or subcontractors are not at risk to fall. The attic is also closed off to prevent entry and all roof work is carefully done with supporting safety equipment.