Bost Custom Homes Blog

Graceful Right-Sizing

Written by: Evan Bost    November 21st, 2019    Home Design and Decor Mag Editorial    No Comments

Quality-over-quantity, one of my personal mantras, coupled with a tinge of minimalism has crept into the mainstream of custom home design. Single-use rooms and area-consuming specialty spaces are increasingly subject to the chopping block during plan design, as we progressively value space by the amount of time we spend occupying it, and the amount of…

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Emerging Tech In Construction

Written by: Evan Bost    October 21st, 2019    Home Design and Decor Mag Editorial    No Comments

As we approach a new decade, one which finally has a distinctive name (bring on the 20’s!), it is appropriate to look toward developing technologies promising major improvements in home construction. While some of these technologies have been buzzwords for several years, they have made great strides in recent months. Others within have resulted from…

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Deep Dive – Pool Design Ideas

Written by: Evan Bost    August 9th, 2019    Landscaping, Home Design and Decor Mag Editorial    No Comments

Summer swelter is here, and when the hot sun beams fourteen hours a day, what home amenity delivers more satisfaction than a backyard swimming pool? Pools provide relief from the heat,  entertainment and recreation, and a soothing ambiance of sight and sound. For our custom home clients who decide to include a pool, we assist…

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The Art And Science Of Estimating A Custom Home

Written by: Evan Bost    June 4th, 2019    Home Design and Decor Mag Editorial, custom homes    No Comments

Determining the total scope of work and estimating a price to build a custom home is a complex and tedious project. For that reason, accurate, comprehensive estimates do not happen overnight, and if they do buyer beware! Every home is an assembly of thousands of components that range from large engineered structures like I-joist floor…

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Introducing Destin

Written by: Evan Bost    March 21st, 2019    Home Design and Decor Mag Editorial    No Comments

Home ownership, the pinnacle of the American dream and personal investment, has changed. Due to societal, technological, and demographic shifts over the last couple decades, our time is now the most valuable and scarce resource we have, and maximizing it is a stressful challenge. With seemingly less free time than ever before, home and lawn…

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Timeless While On-Trend

Written by: Evan Bost    January 21st, 2019    Home Design and Decor Mag Editorial    No Comments

Contemporary home design has navigated a gamut of on-trend color themes, patterns, materials, and textures throughout the twenty teens. We have experienced a renaissance of niche ideas fueled by chic urban revitalization and economic expansion coinciding with the proliferation of design media and inspiration from around the world. Although the trends that have emerged are…

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Behind The Finish

Written by: Evan Bost    December 6th, 2018    Craftsmanship, Home Design and Decor Mag Editorial, Uncategorized, custom homes, interior design    No Comments

An extraordinary quality finish does not come inexpensively, and it’s not simply a matter of more talented tradesmen being paid more to execute the job. There are often layers of conscientious details that create the luxurious look and feel seen in quality custom homes. Many homeowners are surprised by the price that skilled tradesmen charge….

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Diligent Design-Build Planning

Written by: Evan Bost    September 25th, 2018    Home Design and Decor Mag Editorial, Uncategorized    No Comments

Building a custom home is typically the largest investment of time and money our clients ever make on a single endeavor. Start to finish, a truly custom home project can take anywhere from 8 months to two years or more depending on level of complication and preparedness. During homesite selection, design, and specification development, every…

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Fireside Edition

Written by: Evan Bost    August 20th, 2018    Home Design and Decor Mag Editorial    No Comments

As we head into Autumn and chilly breezes rustle colorful leaves loose from their branches, nothing conjures nostalgia quite like the smell and warmth of a burning fire. Fireplaces are a wonderful amenity for your home, offering warmth and comfort and serving as an eye-catching anchor to a room or outdoor space. Before choosing a…

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Green Certifications Fetch Higher Home Sales

Written by: Evan Bost    April 25th, 2018    Home Design and Decor Mag Editorial, green building, energy efficient home    No Comments

Riddle me this: How do increasingly strict energy codes increase the risk of indoor air pollution and mold? It seems logical that higher efficiency appliances, lighting, and HVAC systems would be constructed with less harmful materials than their predecessors, and that HVAC air filtering/ventilation features would only be improving, so why the increased risk? The…

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Planning A Landscaping Project

Written by: Evan Bost    March 6th, 2018    Landscaping, Home Design and Decor Mag Editorial    No Comments

Violet and crimson bursts of tulip magnolias and eastern redbud trees in early spring stirs a renewed awareness of our yards and landscapes, as new life emerges from several months of dormancy.  Naturally, many of us are beginning to plan, or have been planning, landscape projects to improve curb appeal and livability for the coming…

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As Seen in Home Design | Decor Mag: Indoor Air Quality

Written by: Evan Bost    November 13th, 2017    Healthy Home, Home Design and Decor Mag Editorial, green building, custom homes    No Comments

This blog post is a contributed editorial featured in the Triangle Home Design and Decor Magazine December/January edition.  A frequently circulated statistic in the healthy home industry states that the average American spends 90% of their life indoors. A study conducted by the EPA in the early 90’s revealed that respondents spent 87% of their…

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Upscale Downsizer In Carolina Crossings

Written by: Evan Bost    September 19th, 2017    Home Design and Decor Mag Editorial    No Comments

Every day more than 10,000 Americans turn 65, and this statistic will hold true throughout the next decade. With this growth in the empty nester demographic comes demand for smaller residential footprints that require less maintenance, waste less space, and offer easier mobility. However, many discerning home buyers that have lived in custom homes in…

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Seeing is Believing: 3D Drawings and Renderings

Written by: Evan Bost    July 18th, 2017    Virtual Reality, Home Design and Decor Mag Editorial, architecture, technology, Design/Build    No Comments

Our brains, although incomprehensibly complex and powerful, are not particularly adept at visualizing three dimensional spaces before seeing them. Reasonably so, as visual processing accounts for two-thirds of the electrical activity in the brain. Whether it’s translating from a map to the streets or from a construction plan to a house, most of us must…

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A Labor of Love – Building Casa Lucca

Written by: Evan Bost    May 26th, 2017    Home Design and Decor Mag Editorial, Masonry Construction / Concrete, energy efficient home, architecture, reclaimed / recycled materials, recycled materials, FreeRain, Concrete Masonry, Concrete Masonry Design, Parade of Homes    No Comments

Winemaking – an artisanal tradition entwined with thousands of years of history.  In old-world regions such as Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley, and Tuscany, many vineyards have been operated by the same family for dozens of generations. In these traditional wine regions, winemakers pass down their love of viticulture to their children, along with their heirloom…

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Family Meets Growing Needs while building Custom Home in Raleigh

Written by: Evan Bost    March 17th, 2017    Home Design and Decor Mag Editorial, custom homes, interior design, Testimonial    No Comments

What does it mean to live in a truly custom home? For Tony and Lesley Biller and family the answer is not measured in the number of flooring options, window styles, or even plan revisions they reviewed throughout the process. Their story is much more impactful and intangible. The Billers initially met with Bost Custom…

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Our Most Energy Efficient, Modern Home To Date

Written by: Evan Bost    March 1st, 2017    Home Design and Decor Mag Editorial, energy efficient home    No Comments

For nearly two decades, Scott Berkowitz and Ruth Ewing Berkowitz knew they would retire in the Durham-Chapel Hill area. The couple resided here when Scott was a professor at Duke University during the ‘90s, and their children have always called the Triangle home. In 2014, the time came to look at properties for relocation in the area, and the initial thought was to…

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