Create your perfect indoor oasis with these tips

While kitchens are often the star of the home,  the bathroom is still a key player in your design decision-making.

Whether you’re remodeling or building from scratch as part of a custom home or one of our semi-custom Palisades Homes, it’s important to ask yourself some key questions before diving into a bathroom design. 

Top Bathroom Design Questions

  1. How much space do you need in your bathroom? Carefully consider how much room you need, especially if you have your heart set on a big soaker tub or an ADA-compliant roll-in shower. 
  2. Will it be functional or luxurious (or both)? Clarify whether you need a utilitarian bathroom fit to accommodate the demands of a large family, a luxe spa-like area just for you, or something in between. 
  3. Are you going to age-in-place in your home? If you think you’ll spend your golden years sitting in this bathroom, then make sure it’s safe and functional for your needs as a senior citizen. 
  4. How many sinks do you need, and how big should they be? Are you designing for a couple or a big brood? Does your sink need to be big enough to wash a guinea pig in? Do you need a his-and-hers to keep your and your partner’s toothpaste from getting mixed up? Find the optimum number and size, and keep in mind an extra sink means extra cost for extra plumbing. 
  5. How much space do you need underneath your sink and on top of the counter? Got stuff? Then a delicate pedestal sink might not be for you. If you need a place to stash hairdryers, an army’s worth of tiny hotel shampoo bottles, and 20 expired vitamin bottles, opt for a cabinet-style version. 
  6. Do you need a bathtub, shower, or both? If you’ve got a large family on the go (pets included!), you might need a shower-tub combo to fit your lifestyle. Or if the bathroom is your refuge of calm, you might consider having a stand-alone shower and a separate jacuzzi tub you can hide in with a good book and a bag of chips after a long day. 
  7. Where do you want the toilet located? If you’ve never thought about toilet clearance, it’s ok. But if you’re designing a bathroom, make sure the toilet is far enough from the door, sink, tub, and shower to be comfortable while in use. 
  8. What kind of door do you need in the bathroom? Think about whether a standard door, pocket door, or no door at all is best for your needs. 
  9. What kind of paint do you need? While you may like a steamy shower, your paint may not. (We’re looking at you, folks who forget to use the window and fan to air it out!) Let your Trilogy expert know so they can help you pick the perfect paint for your home. While there’s always general wear and tear, we can find a longer-lasting option right for you. 
  10. What type of flooring should be put in the bathroom? For example, a roll-in shower (a.k.a. walk-in shower with no dam) will need tile flooring outside of it, as pools of water can warp laminate and erode grout. If there’s a small dam, then laminate flooring will work. Keep in mind tile floor costs more than laminate, so factor this into your budget. 

Create the best design for your home

At Trilogy, we’ve learned a thing or two about bathroom design in our 50+ years in business. And we’re always happy to share our expertise with our current and future clients. If you’re thinking of building a custom or semi-custom home, contact us here and let us help you make all your design dreams a reality.

Get a brand new home without the headache!

On the fence about building a custom home? At Trilogy, we realize the thought of building one can be an emotional tug-of-war. It can feel like a battle between the desire for your dream home and the hassle of starting a build from scratch. But good news! Now you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other: our semi-custom Palisades Homes are the best of both worlds!

Five ways a Palisades Home makes getting a dream home easier

  1. Save time and money. Architectural plans are already drawn and done, so they’re only ⅓ the cost of a custom build. Even labor costs and building fees are less because there are fewer custom details. 
  2. The build time is faster. Building a custom home can take upwards of a year. But with a Palisades Home, you can get the keys in as few as six months.
  3. Choose from ready-made floor plans. Palisades Homes helps you avoid decision fatigue by giving you three different floor plans. These thoughtfully planned choices accommodate a variety of needs for different lifestyles.
  4. Use your land, or let us help you find some! Our flexible plans allow you to build on property you already own. And if you don’t have land yet, just ask! We can help you find the right spot for your dream home. 
  5. Pick a design style. We take the guesswork out of design by offering our Palisades Homes clients four design styles to choose from: Tuscan, Modern, Coastal, and Farmhouse. Trendy and timeless, they complement our home designs. Not your style? We’ll help you create a custom look! 

Palisades homes have all the advantages of a traditional build

When you choose a Palisades home, you’ll get all the benefits of a traditional, stick-built house. We build from the ground up on a solid, attached foundation meant to last. It’s quality construction from a family company with over five decades of experience building (and rebuilding) homes in Butte County.

A unique home for you

At Palisades Homes, you get a house built just for you with a custom feel, plus the quality of a traditional stick-built home. You’ll get to choose which floor plan makes sense for your lifestyle and which design best reflects your personal style. This adds up to a home that’s uniquely you: your home, your style.

Making dreams a reality

Everyone deserves to get their dream home. Choosing a Palisades Home could put you one step closer to making it a reality. No matter what you’re building, let’s build it together! Contact us to get started.

Use this land buying checklist before signing on the dotted line

“Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” —Mark Twain

Thinking about taking Mr. Twain’s advice? Been wondering, “What kind of land can I build on?” If you’re considering buying a little piece of heaven on the Ridge or in Butte County, make sure you check out Trilogy’s helpful parcel checklist first. 

Land Research Checklist

Some acreage comes with expensive or unexpected challenges. So before you sign the deed to a new property, it’s important to do your homework in advance. Otherwise, you could end up purchasing a problematic parcel with lots of extra costs or get stuck with unbuildable land.

Before you buy, find out what you’re up against by asking yourself these questions:

Challenges for developing sloped land

While it’s not impossible to build on sloped land, it requires a lot of planning. If the property is on an incline, you’ll need to either “grade” it or even it out with fill. Buying infill to add to the existing land can get costly, depending on the amount needed. Or you may need to build the house on stilts instead of a traditional foundation. If the house will be located at the base of an incline, be sure to investigate issues with potential water run-off, flooding, and mudslides.

Learn about building on WUI

There’s a lot of land in Paradise and the surrounding areas bordering Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) zones. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, WUI zones are where wildlands like parks or forests meet human development, like a town. In the event of a wildfire, fire can spread quickly to homes, so residences in these areas require special windows, home hardening, and other fire-resistant safety precautions.

Building fire-resistant homes in Butte County

Wildfires are a reality of life in Butte County. Many future residents wonder, “What kind of land can I build on and still stay safe?” The answer lies in being prepared, no matter where you live. You can do a self-assessment from CAL FIRE to see what your residence needs to withstand wildfires. To make your future home more fire-resistant, include items like in-house sprinklers, non-combustible siding, metal flashing, and firewise landscaping in the design of your future home.

Neighbors helping neighbors 

For over 50 years, Trilogy has been a good neighbor to our neighbors in Paradise. We’re proud to have helped so many members of our community build their dream homes. And after five decades of experience in the industry, we’re eager to share what we’ve learned with the next generation of homeowners. Contact us today to see how we can help you!

Benefits and regulations around these multi-purpose suites

Can you guess the hottest accessory for spring here at Trilogy? Hint: It’s not those jelly sandals resurrected from the ‘80s, or polka dot bangle bracelets, or even those persistent fanny packs back for another season. It’s the ADU! 

What is an ADU?

Otherwise known as “secondary suites,” ADU stands for Accessory Dwelling Unit. These handy little buildings are located on residential properties and can be used as a guest house, a rental unit, a backyard office, and so much more.

Unlike main houses or cottages, they have a smaller footprint but still usually contain a kitchen, bathroom, and a sleeping area. ADUs usually fall into one of three categories:

Benefits of an ADU

Wondering why you should build an ADU? These little units are the Swiss Army Knives of housing. They can be multi-purpose and adapt to different uses and needs. Or you can build one for a dedicated purpose, like generating income or housing an aging family member.

ADU ideas:

Who can build an ADU? 

Luckily for homeowners, the State of California’s ADU guidelines have made building one easier than ever. They even offer a JADU (Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit) option for homeowners who want to build a small stand-alone or attached unit less than 500 square feet. 

What kind of ADUs are allowed in Butte County?

In Butte County, new ADU ordinances allow up to 3 units on a homeowner’s property, with rear yard setbacks of no less than 4 feet. For those interested in building an ADU in Paradise, the town even offers free building plans along with an Informational Guidebook to get you started.

Detached ADUs in Paradise can be:

Just keep in mind square footage maximums are limited by Septic and ADU zoning regulations.

Attached ADUs can be: 

Let Trilogy help you get started

At Trilogy, we always say “If you can dream it, we can build it.” This holds especially true for the ADU!

For over 50 years, we’ve been known as experts at building many different home types, including ADUs! So whether you want to have your very own “she-shed,” art studio, or other special space, we can help you make it happen. Contact us today to find out how! 

Take care of what your home warranty doesn’t cover

How can you tell the seasons are changing? There’s a “spring” in people’s steps! And as we say goodbye to winter, it’s time for some spring home maintenance.

Every residence requires regular maintenance, whether it’s newly built or an oldie-but-goodie. That’s right: even brand-new homes need TLC! It’s important to get into the routine of seasonal maintenance to prevent expensive issues and repairs down the road. 

Understand the difference between warranty and maintenance 

Before we tackle your to-do list, let’s start with one of the most common topics in home ownership: warranty vs. maintenance. What’s the difference?

Warranty: An assurance from the producer of an item to the purchaser promising the repair or replacement of the item, if necessary, within a certain period of time. 

Maintenance: The process of checking, servicing, repairing, and keeping an item in good order. 

✔️ A home warranty does:

Protect you against any issues with structural defects in the materials or work done on the house. It also covers the systems within it, like plumbing and electrical, as well as appliances. If these items become inoperable, the home warranty likely covers it. Gradual failure from normal wear and tear (like rust, corrosion, or chemical or sediment buildup) may also be covered up to a certain time frame.

Example: If your garage door refuses to open the first time you try to use it because it’s a defective item, this is covered by the home warranty.

❎ A home warranty doesn’t: 

Cover damage from lack of maintenance, improper use, accidents, environmental factors, theft, or vandalism.

Example: If you don’t clean your gutters and one part fills up with so much debris it detaches from the house, falls, and breaks, this isn’t covered. Because you didn’t maintain it, you won’t be reimbursed for a new one. 

So, outside of any warranty issues, it’s good practice to keep up on maintenance for your home!

Make a Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Ready to get started on caring for your home? Take a look at our Spring Home Maintenance Checklist below! It’s easy to adapt to your own house type and needs. 

Exterior

  • Inspect your roof for loose shingles and other winter storm damage
  • Clean the windows and screens, and powerwash the house’s siding
  • Re-stain or refinish decks and patios
  • Clean your gutters
  • Have a sewer line or septic and sump pump inspection done
  • Prune your trees, fertilize the lawn, and remove any debris from your yard
  • If you have a chimney, get it inspected and cleaned

Interior

Our recommendation: try to tackle these items before the weather gets too hot! It’s much easier to clean the roof and clear the gutter in the 70s than when its 107°

At Trilogy, we’ve built more homes than we can count. And after over 50 years of experience in the industry, we’ve seen a thing or two. As always, we’re keen to share our knowledge with our clients and community. It’s why we’re always here to offer helpful tips, whether you’re building a home with us or already have a house of your own.

We strive to be good neighbors and a trusted source for advice. If you’re interested in becoming a part of the Trilogy family by building a new home, contact us today.

“What’s the cost per square foot?”

If we had a penny for every time a potential client asked this, we’d have filled a whole lot of piggy banks by now. And while we’re always happy to answer this question, it’s not always a simple figure. Below, we walk you through the considerations behind “cost per square foot” and some of the most important factors behind the numbers. We hope this helps you make more confident decisions for your new home!

You Asked, Trilogy Answered!

Q: How do you calculate the price per square foot to build a home?

A: A lot of things play into price per square foot. First off, the price per square foot is based on the conditioned square footage of the house. When you hear stats about a 1500-square-foot house, 1500 is the conditioned square footage. If you add a two-car garage, the house is still considered 1500 square feet, but now it comes with additional costs for concrete, walls, drywall, electrical, roofing, etc. on top of the 1500 square feet of the actual house. So suddenly your price per square foot just increased because you're including a two-car garage and/or a covered porch.

Q: Does the location play a role in the price?

A: Absolutely. Price per square foot is also dependent on the terrain of the property—if it slopes quite a bit, for example, it’ll affect the foundation and how much it costs to lay it. Ditto if you’re putting in a septic system and a well. All of these factors can influence the cost.

Q: How about amenities? 

A: It’s equally important to factor amenities into the price. For example, a lot of people want the back patio to be covered so they can barbecue and sit outside. Some folks want a waterfall, custom high-end kitchen cabinets, or other selections that can widely vary in price. If you want a fancy built-in pantry or marble shower, for example, that would raise the cost per square foot.

Q: How does Trilogy determine costs?

A: It’s no secret material and labor costs have gone up not just in the Ridge, but all over California and the country. So when people ask us about the price per square foot, we want to make sure we’re honest with them. Then when the job is completely done with the house, the client can look back at us and say we were fair and told them upfront about what the process will look like, any potential issues we might run into, and what we have to do to get to completion. Our True Quote process, which gives our clients a firm number they can count on. It gives a level of detail not all contractors do.

Q: It sounds like “cost per square foot” might not be the most comprehensive question to ask if I want to build a home. What should I ask instead?

A: While price per square foot is a common starting question in the construction industry, it’s vague, inconsistent across contractors, and most likely won’t get you the exact answer you need. A better question is: “can you build [your dream house] for [this budget]?" Share your wishlist and your entire building budget with your contractor. If you need to stay within that budget, be sure your contractor can build you a home that sticks to it—without any surprises.

Q: So how can I find a contractor who will build within my budget and style? 

A: Consider what kind of builder you want to work with in the coming years. Make sure you choose somebody you’re going to be happily married to for a minimum of 10 years. Especially right out of the gate, you might have questions or structural issues you’ll need to work with them on. 

Q: What questions should you ask when interviewing contractors?

A: Start with, “What’s your relationship like with your subcontractors and vendors?” A good contractor has stable, reliable subcontractors and vendors they trust—not a list of whoever’s available at the moment. Then ask, “How do you communicate?” This is key to the whole project, so make sure they communicate the same way you do. Some people prefer to communicate in a phone call, email, or just job site visits. Know what your preferences are and be upfront about them.

Q: Any final advice?

A: It’s really important to talk about scheduling with both your builder and contractor. Construction loans are typically a higher rate than regular loans, so make sure you understand the terms and if it works with the schedule for the build. If you're going to get a construction loan, the last thing you want to be doing is paying interest on it longer than necessary because of a lax schedule.


At Trilogy, we value the relationships we have with our clients. It’s why we’re always honest about the building process from start to finish. Transparency and trustworthiness are key in our business, and they’re just some of the reasons we’re not just good builders, but good neighbors. Contact us to find out how we can help with your new home!

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