What Questions Should You Ask a Custom Home Builder Before Hiring Them?

Building a custom home is a big undertaking, but a very rewarding one if you hire the right builder. A new-custom-homecustom home is truly unique and won’t be exactly like any other home. You can prioritize the features you want, choose a style that suits your preferences, and build it on a plot of land that fits your lifestyle.

How do you find the right one out of all the Greensboro homebuilders who can give you the home of your dreams? Be sure to ask these questions before hiring a custom home builder.

What style are the homes you’ve built in the past?

Ask the builder for pictures of the homes they have recently built. Do all of their homes share a similar style? Or do they seem to build a wide variety of architectural styles? If you have a certain vision for what you want your home to look like, you need a builder who has the flexibility to create it.

What neighborhoods do you build in?

Most Greensboro homebuilders have a list of communities they most often build in because a lot of neighborhoods are designed with a similar style of homes throughout. If you have a certain neighborhood in mind, you should ask the builder if they can build there or not. Most builders are willing to build on any lot, but it’s important to ask upfront.

What is the usual price range of the homes you build?

Builders tend to build homes in a similar price range. If you have a certain price range in mind, find a builder whose previous homes fall within that range. You want someone with experience building the size and quality of the home that you desire. Look at the other homes and the neighborhoods where the builder has constructed homes to get a feel for their usual range.

How long will it take to build my home?

Ask any potential builders for an average time frame for building. A builder may only be able to build a certain number of homes each year, so be sure to ask for an accurate estimate for the timeline of the process from the beginning to the end. If you’re under a time crunch, you need a builder who can meet your deadline. However, it’s important to note that building a custom home takes time, and if you’re in a hurry, this may not be the best choice for you.

Do you build energy-efficient homes?

Green homes and smart homes are in high demand as home buyers wish to lessen their home’s impact on the environment as well as lower their energy costs. Homes with high square footage require a lot of energy for heating and cooling, lighting, electronics, appliances, and daily living needs. If you’re interested in a high-efficiency home, ask any potential builder what features they include to reduce overall energy consumption in a home.

What does your new home warranty entail?

Any builder you consider should have a home warranty of some kind for at least the first year after the home is built. Be sure to ask about a warranty and don’t hire any Greensboro homebuilder who doesn’t offer one.

What is your process for building a custom home?

Ask how the process works for building a home from start to finish. Find out what the protocol is for making changes and for keeping you updated on the progress. Your builder should keep you very well informed throughout the process.

Can I tour some of your homes, both finished and in progress? 

Ask to take tours of homes the builder has completed and others that are in progress to get a feel for the style, process, and craftsmanship. If anything seems amiss, ask about it before deciding to hire a builder.

Create the Home of Your Dreams with Don Mills Builders

What does your dream home look like? You surely have a vision in your mind when you think about it. That vision can become a reality with Don Mills Builders. Don Mills builds luxury custom homes in the most highly desired neighborhoods in Greensboro, Summerfield, Oak Ridge and the surrounding areas.

If you’re interested in a Don Mills original home, call (336) 362-1777 or request a quote. We look forward to working with you to create the home you’ve always wanted.

5 Qualities to Seek in Your Perfect Home Builder

Are‌ ‌you‌ ‌interested‌ ‌in‌ ‌building‌ ‌a‌ ‌custom‌ ‌home?‌ ‌More‌ ‌and‌ ‌more‌ ‌homebuyers‌ ‌are‌ ‌choosing‌ ‌to‌ build‌ ‌custom‌ ‌homes‌ ‌in‌ ‌order‌ ‌to‌ ‌get‌ ‌exactly‌ ‌what‌ ‌they‌ ‌want‌ ‌without‌ ‌having‌ ‌to‌ ‌compromise‌ ‌or‌ ‌make‌ ‌any‌ ‌improvements‌ ‌after‌ ‌moving‌ ‌in.‌ ‌If‌ ‌you’re‌ ‌looking‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌home‌ ‌builder,‌ ‌choosing‌ ‌one‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌big‌ ‌decision.‌ ‌Finding‌ ‌the‌ ‌right‌ ‌builder‌ ‌is‌ ‌crucial‌ ‌if‌ ‌you‌ ‌want‌ ‌to‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌good‌ ‌experience‌ ‌and‌ ‌end‌ ‌up‌ ‌completely‌ ‌satisfied‌ ‌with‌ ‌your‌ ‌house.‌ ‌ ‌ new home construction greensboro

New‌ ‌Homes‌ ‌in‌ ‌Oak‌ ‌Ridge‌ ‌and‌ ‌other‌ ‌highly‌ ‌desired‌ ‌neighborhoods‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Greensboro‌ ‌area‌ ‌are‌ ‌designed‌ ‌by‌ ‌multiple‌ ‌builders,‌ ‌so‌ ‌you‌ ‌have‌ ‌your‌ ‌choice‌ ‌of‌ ‌who‌ ‌to‌ ‌work‌ ‌with.‌ ‌To‌ ‌help‌ ‌you‌ ‌decide,‌ ‌look‌ ‌for‌ ‌these‌ ‌5‌ ‌qualities.‌ ‌ ‌

1.Syle‌ ‌that‌ ‌Matches‌ ‌Your‌ ‌Preferences.‌ ‌‌

Look‌ ‌at‌ ‌a‌ ‌portfolio‌ ‌or‌ ‌an‌ ‌online‌ ‌gallery‌ ‌of‌ ‌homes‌ ‌the‌ ‌builder‌ ‌has‌ ‌recently‌ ‌constructed‌ ‌and‌ ‌even‌ ‌drive‌ ‌around‌ ‌to‌ ‌view‌ ‌some‌ ‌of‌ ‌them‌ ‌in‌ ‌person.‌ ‌Does‌ ‌their‌ ‌building‌ ‌style‌ ‌match‌ ‌what‌ ‌you’re‌ ‌looking‌ ‌for‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌home?‌ ‌If‌ ‌not,‌ ‌they‌ might not ‌be ‌the‌ ‌builder‌ ‌for‌ ‌you, but keep in mind a great homebuilder can adapt to the style of the homeowner. ‌Talented‌ builders‌ ‌can‌ ‌design‌ ‌and‌ ‌construct‌ ‌homes‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌variety‌ ‌of‌ ‌different‌ ‌styles. If‌ ‌what‌ ‌you’re‌ ‌looking‌ ‌for‌ ‌is‌ ‌drastically‌ ‌different‌ ‌or‌ ‌particularly‌ ‌unique,‌ ‌it‌ ‌may‌ ‌be‌ ‌difficult‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌builder‌ that is “set in their ways” ‌to‌ ‌deviate‌ ‌that‌ ‌far‌ ‌from‌ ‌their‌ ‌usual‌ ‌building‌ ‌habits.‌ ‌ ‌

2.Builds‌ ‌Within‌ ‌your‌ ‌Price‌ ‌Range.‌ ‌‌

Most‌ ‌builders‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌price‌ ‌range‌ ‌they‌ ‌typically‌ ‌work‌ ‌within,‌ ‌and‌ ‌if‌ ‌your‌ ‌budget‌ ‌is‌ ‌significantly‌ ‌lower‌ ‌or‌ ‌higher‌ ‌it‌ ‌may‌ ‌make‌ ‌things‌ ‌more‌ ‌difficult.‌ ‌And‌ ‌if‌ ‌you‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌certain‌ ‌neighborhood‌ ‌or‌ ‌housing‌ ‌community‌ ‌in‌ ‌mind,‌ ‌there‌ ‌is‌ ‌usually‌ ‌a‌ ‌minimum‌ ‌or‌ ‌maximum‌ ‌housing‌ ‌budget‌ ‌requirement‌ ‌to‌ ‌build‌ ‌there.‌ ‌So‌ ‌find‌ ‌a‌ ‌builder‌ ‌and‌ ‌a‌ ‌neighborhood‌ ‌that‌ ‌meets‌ ‌your‌ ‌needs‌ ‌financially.‌ ‌ ‌

3.Communicates‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌Way‌ ‌that‌ ‌Works‌ ‌for‌ ‌You.‌ 

Communication‌ ‌is‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌most‌ ‌important‌ ‌aspects‌ ‌of‌ ‌building‌ ‌a‌ ‌home.‌ ‌From‌ ‌the‌ ‌design‌ ‌process‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌finished‌ ‌product‌ ‌there‌ ‌are‌ ‌many‌ ‌decisions‌ ‌that‌ ‌have‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌made‌ ‌and‌ ‌questions‌ ‌that‌ ‌need‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌answered.‌ ‌If‌ ‌you‌ ‌prefer‌ ‌email‌ ‌or‌ ‌text,‌ ‌find‌ ‌a‌ ‌builder‌ ‌who‌ ‌can‌ ‌easily‌ ‌communicate‌ ‌that‌ ‌way‌ ‌and‌ ‌responds‌ ‌quickly.‌ ‌If‌ ‌you‌ ‌need‌ ‌someone‌ ‌who‌ ‌can‌ ‌speak‌ ‌with‌ ‌you‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌phone‌ ‌on‌ ‌a‌ ‌regular‌ ‌basis,‌ ‌find‌ ‌a‌ ‌builder‌ ‌who‌ ‌can‌ ‌do‌ ‌that.‌ ‌Pay‌ ‌attention‌ ‌to‌ ‌how‌ ‌the‌ ‌builder‌ ‌communicates‌ ‌early‌ ‌on‌ ‌before‌ ‌you‌ ‌commit.‌ ‌ ‌

4.Good‌ ‌Listener.‌ ‌‌

Your‌ ‌builder‌ ‌should‌ ‌have‌ ‌excellent‌ ‌listening‌ ‌skills.‌ ‌When‌ ‌it‌ ‌comes‌ ‌to‌ ‌designing‌ ‌and‌ ‌building‌ ‌a‌ ‌custom‌ ‌home,‌ ‌you‌ ‌want‌ ‌it‌ ‌to‌ ‌turn‌ ‌out‌ ‌just‌ ‌the‌ ‌way‌ ‌you‌ ‌pictured‌ it,‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌only‌ ‌way‌ ‌to‌ ‌achieve‌ ‌that‌ ‌is‌ ‌to‌ ‌effectively‌ ‌communicate‌ ‌your‌ ‌preferences‌ ‌and‌ ‌ for‌ ‌your‌ ‌builder‌ ‌to‌ ‌effectively‌ ‌listen.‌ ‌But‌ ‌listening‌ ‌also‌ ‌goes‌ ‌both‌ ‌ways.‌ ‌The‌ ‌builder‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌framing‌ ‌expert,‌ ‌so‌ ‌even‌ ‌though‌ ‌you‌ ‌think‌ ‌you‌ ‌know‌ ‌what‌ ‌you‌ ‌want,‌ ‌it‌ ‌may‌ ‌not‌ ‌be‌ ‌practical‌ ‌or‌ ‌feasible‌ ‌according‌ ‌to‌ ‌structural‌ ‌requirements.‌ ‌ ‌

5.Home‌ ‌Warranty‌ ‌Coverage.‌ ‌‌

Never‌ ‌sign‌ ‌on‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌builder‌ ‌who‌ ‌doesn’t‌ ‌offer‌ ‌you‌ ‌some‌ ‌type‌ ‌of‌ ‌home‌ ‌warranty‌ ‌coverage‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌certain‌ ‌period‌ ‌of‌ ‌time.‌ ‌Even‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌best‌ ‌of‌ ‌builders,‌ ‌things‌ ‌can‌ ‌go‌ ‌wrong‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌first‌ ‌few‌ ‌months‌ ‌or‌ ‌the‌ ‌first‌ ‌year‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌newly‌ constructed‌ ‌home.‌ ‌Your‌ ‌builder‌ ‌should‌ ‌be‌ ‌willing‌ ‌to‌ ‌come‌ ‌back‌ ‌and‌ ‌fix‌ ‌things‌ ‌that‌ ‌are‌ ‌no‌ ‌the fault‌ ‌of‌ ‌yours.‌ ‌ ‌

New‌ ‌Homes‌ ‌in‌ ‌Oak‌ ‌Ridge‌ ‌by‌ ‌Don‌ ‌Mills‌ ‌Builders‌ ‌

Oak‌ ‌Ridge‌ ‌is‌ ‌an‌ ‌up‌ ‌and‌ ‌coming‌ ‌area‌ ‌with‌ ‌new‌ ‌home‌ ‌communities‌ ‌springing‌ ‌up‌ ‌all‌ ‌over.‌ ‌Many‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌most‌ ‌highly‌ ‌desired‌ ‌neighborhoods‌ ‌are‌ ‌featuring‌ ‌homes‌ ‌built‌ ‌by‌ ‌Don‌ ‌Mills‌ ‌Builders.‌ ‌If‌ ‌you’re‌ ‌looking‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌custom‌ ‌builder‌ ‌of‌ ‌new‌ ‌homes‌ ‌in‌ ‌Oak‌ ‌Ridge,‌ ‌Summerfield,‌ ‌or‌ ‌northern‌ ‌Guilford‌ ‌county,‌ ‌call‌ ‌Don‌ ‌Mills‌ ‌Builders‌ ‌at‌ ‌(336)‌ ‌362-1777‌ ‌today‌ ‌or‌ ‌‌request‌ ‌a‌ ‌consultation‌.‌ ‌ ‌


What’s it Worth to You? How to Add Value to Your Home

Building a custom home is a highly satisfying endeavor. Rather than looking at existing homes and trying to find one you like, you can have one custom-built to have everything you wantWhen it comes to what you want, it is best to prioritize the features you want to include in your home design. There are also some tried andhome-value true home features that add resale value to your home. When homebuyers search for Oak Ridge homes for sale, there are certain things they will be looking for above others. Here are some of those things that are worth including or at least spending some extra time and money on when you build.


You may have heard this before, that when you sell your home, you’re really selling your kitchen. It’s that important. Take the time to design a grand kitchen with plenty of space and top-quality materials and appliances. Space is probably the biggest consideration because other features are easier to renovate if a future buyer wants to incorporate their own style.


Spend some extra time designing the windows. Natural light is a big priority for homebuyers as well as well-insulated windows. Include bay windows, picture windows, floor to ceiling windows, and/or other types that let in plenty of light and showcase the surrounding views.


Don’t skimp on the flooring material. One of the best ways to add value to your home design is to include hardwood floors, stone floors, and other quality materials. Vinyl is a durable option that offers a hardwood look with lower maintenance. You could even consider some unique alternative floor materials such as bamboo or cork.


Luxurious bathrooms are another attractive quality in a home. Incorporate high-quality materials and posh features that make bathrooms feel like spas. Be sure to include plenty of bathrooms as well as en suite bathrooms (a bathroom that is only accessible by one bedroom).

Open Concept Floor Plan

The open concept floor plan is still a highly desired home layout. Many families prefer the spacious feel that it offers as well as the feeling of family togetherness that it fosters. It is also very accessible to make aging in place easier.

Energy Efficiency

Many homebuyers are looking for an efficient or “green” home when they look for Oak Ridge homes for sale. They want appliances and lighting to use minimal energy and for materials to be made from sustainable sources. Whether you’re earth-conscious or you’re interested in saving money on your monthly energy bill, this is a worthwhile consideration.

Smart Features

Smart homes are becoming increasingly common. Consider making the entire home controllable through your smartphone or other devices. Smart home controls can incorporate heating and cooling, plumbing, appliances, and technology.

Outdoor Spaces 

With all the indoor design planning, don’t forget the outside. Outdoor enjoyment and entertainment is another priority for homebuyers. Take the time to design an elaborate backyard space for family and friends to gather.

Get More Value in Your Home with Don Mills Builders 

If you’re looking for a builder who can help you get the most value in a custom home, build with Don Mills Builders. Don Mills has decades of experience working with customers and knows what they’re looking for in a home. A Don Mills original will be highly sought after by future buyers looking for Oak Ridge homes for sale in years to come.

Call (336) 362-1777 today to schedule a consultation or request a quote.

Your Forever Home: Aging in Your Custom Home

A couple of generations ago, people built homes to last a family for generations. Eventually, things changed, and the ideas of ‘starter homes,’ ‘retirement homes,’ and all the variations therein took precedence. However, with constant economic, demographic, and real estate shifts occurring in the country-what is old is once again becoming new. Now forever homes, homes built to accommodate families through the generations, are gaining in popularity once more.

Forever homes are designed to allow occupants to live comfortably at any age, whether a newborn or well into the golden years. Accommodating the diverse needs for a family of multiple generations may seem like an impossible task, but with a tailor-made custom home, it is well within reach.


3 Essential Tips From a Custom Home Builder in NC

The goal of a forever home is to serve as a place of comfort to everyone in the family, at any age.

Designers today are more focused on homes that can both accommodate their needs in midlife (family rearing, living space) as well as their needs at an advanced age. Designing for all ages means that ease of mobility and accommodation of safety features is paramount. There are also several less apparent tweaks that a good forever home builder can add.

Some things to consider in building your  forever home:


1.    You Want to the Perfect Location

As you grow old and watch your family grow, you want to do it in a location that feels safe, comfortable, and homey. In real estate, the value of a home is highly dependent on its site for a reason. Nearby recreational and commercial offerings like beaches, malls, and schools will influence the desirability of a home and what people are willing to pay for it. The desire shown by others should also say something for the importance of location for a home you plan on living in forever.

Make sure your forever home is in a location that makes life easier and more enjoyable for you and your family.

Keep in mind that your priorities will change as your life progresses. You must think on a multi-decade timescale.  Ensuring you are near to whatever is important to you, and whatever will eventually be important to you, is essential.

Finding a “Lively community with like-minded families who enjoy similar interests.” is typically the first step for finding a well-rounded location.

2.    Go With Smartly Designed and Adaptable

Multi-generational homes require forethought and some clever solutions. Being able to have rooms and passageways accommodate handicap accessible needs, for example, while remaining both efficient and aesthetically pleasing in form is a skill set you will want your custom home builder to possess. There are even designers able to accommodate the left-handers in your life if need be. The point is, designs should be built around you and your family.

The best part of a custom home, is you are in control through the whole process, down to the smallest detail.

Another suggestion is to focus on designs that both look great and can be easily converted if need be into efficient handicap accessible formats. Remember, this is a full-life span design.

3.    Don’t Wait to Build Your Forever Home

People are living longer and pushing back retirement, and the costs and prices for homes are not nearly as predictable as they once were. Planning and setting the groundwork for your forever home now will allow you to be prepared to best take advantage of market changes as they occur. You can’t rush the planning of a home you will live in for decades.


For a forever home of your dreams, you need to begin the planning with a custom home builder in NC with proven results. Homes built by Don Mills. are perhaps the best examples of what this article is talking about. If you are looking for one of the best  custom home builders in NC, then don’t hesitate to give them a call at 336 362-1777.

What to Do with the Bedrooms When the Kids Move Out

Do you have an empty nest? The kids have all gone off to college or got married and have homes of their own and now you have a bunch of empty bedrooms. You have this big, beautiful house that one of the premier home builders in Greensboro built when your family was younger that now feels a little hollow. Don’t let it get you down. Instead, think about all the amazing possibilities. These rooms are full of untapped potential. Now is your chance to do all of the things you’ve always wanted to do with your home.

High-Tech Home Office   

If you don’t already have a home office or if you need to expand your current office space, make one of those empty bedrooms into a high-tech work haven. Furnish it with stylish, functional pieces that inspire you and help you keep your office organized. Include high-speed Wi-Fi connection so you’ll never drop an important conference call.

Home Gym/Yoga Studio

Need a place that inspires you to sweat it out? Or maybe a Zen space for yoga and meditation? Turn one of those empty rooms into a fitness studio with machines, weights, and exercise equipment. Include media to keep you entertained and motivated while you work out.

Arts and Crafts Room

Do you have so many craft supplies they need their own room, or maybe a second room? One of those empty bedrooms can be your craft room. Add plenty of storage for craft supplies, tables for work space, and even a sink for clean-up. Durable flooring is wise for messy projects.

Man Cave

Are you tired of being relegated to the garage or basement for your man time? Make an empty bedroom your man cave. Get the big screen smart TV, surround sound, leather recliners, and gaming system you’ve always wanted. Display your sports paraphernalia and deer head with pride. Your wife can just close the door. 

Lady Lair

And speaking of the wife, shouldn’t you have a room of your own to relax and unwind after a long day? The lady lair is becoming just as popular as the she-shed, but why go outside? Use one of the empty bedrooms to create a space just for you. It could be similar to a craft room or a yoga studio. Maybe you need a luxurious spa room with a jacuzzi tub, sauna, and steam shower. Mom, you’ve spent years giving all of your time and energy to the kids. Now that they’re grown, this is your time.

Have it All with a Luxury Custom Home

Ready for something new now that the kids have grown up and moved out? One of the finest Home builders in Greensboro, Don Mills,  is currently designing and building custom homes on available lots in some of the most desired communities. Without the kids it can seem as if your family has gotten smaller. But then they get married and have your grandchildren and suddenly you need all the space you can get when they come for a visit. Build a new custom home that’s big enough to accommodate the whole family as it grows.

Call Don Mills Home Builders in Greensboro at (336) 362-1777 today or request a consultation

How to Choose the Lot for your Dream Home

When you make the decision to build your dream home from the ground up, the ground you build it on matters. There are many factors to consider when choosing a lot for your custom home. Housing developments are typically planned out with relatively equal size lots. The homes built in the development usually fall within the same general price range to preserve home value.

When choosing a lot, it’s best to have an idea of the style and size of home you want to build, as the layout will affect the type and size of lot you’ll need. If you’re planning on building a custom home, consider these tips from one of the premier luxury home builders, Don Mills, to help you choose the right lot.

Walk the Lot on Foot

When you first start looking at custom home lots, you will likely be given a map of the development with the available lots labeled. A lot may look ideal on paper, but may not actually be what you’re looking for. Once you see the location of the available lots on the map, drive out to the ones you want to consider and walk the lot on foot. Get a feel for the lay of the land and consider the surrounding landscape. Also notice how the neighboring lots fit together so you can get an idea of how close your neighbors will be.

Pay Attention to the Lay of the Land

Most lots in new home communities are labeled as “ready to build” sites, but there may still need to be some regrading of the land before breaking ground for the foundation. Don’t immediately discount a sloping lot if you plan to build a home with multiple levels, as the home can be built to accommodate the grade of the land. Water runoff should have already been accounted for, but consider visiting your potential lot after a hard rain to see if the water pools or puddles where it shouldn’t.

Consider the Orientation of the Lot

Based on the placement of the lot in relation to the street, your home will face a particular direction. Does it matter to you if your home is facing north, south, east, or west? Facing east means the front of your home will get the morning sun and your backyard will get the sunset. Facing North or South means you’ll get sunlight from both sides depending on the time of day. Also consider the direction your driveway will need to go out to the street. Even with a corner lot you may not have a choice which street your driveway will be on.

Build the Home of your Dreams with one of the best Luxury Home Builders

Don Mills Builders has designed and built hundreds of beautiful custom homes in Greensboro, Oakridge, Summerfield and the and the surrounding area. Lots are available now in some of the most highly desired neighborhoods just waiting for the right buyer and the right builder to turn a piece of land into a home.


Should I Build in a Community or My Own Lot?

build a custom homeTrying to decide on the best location for your custom home? Some prefer to live in a community and others prefer to find their own land. There are definite advantages to both options, but it really comes down to your personal preference on how you want to live. This is an important decision because if you’re taking the time to build a custom home, you probably intend to live there for many years. Will this be your “forever home”? If so, you want to get it right. 

There are many new communities with available lots for building custom homes in Greensboro, NC, as well as open land for sale in the surrounding area. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of each one to help you make your decision. 


Building in a Community


  • Homesites in a new home community are ready to build. Water, sewer, electricity, natural gas, and even media are likely already available on each lot. 
  • Close proximity to neighbors for security and a sense of community. 
  • May have sidewalks, street lights, and other neighborhood amenities.


  • For some, close proximity to neighbors is not an advantage. If you prefer more privacy, you may want to avoid building in a new home community. 
  • A lot in a community will generally be smaller than a separate piece of land. 
  • Lots are usually fully cleared of all trees to make building easier, which doesn’t leave much natural landscape. 


Building on your Own Lot


  • You will likely have a larger lot if you find your own land than if you choose a community lot. 
  • Your home can be built around the landscape if you prefer a more natural setting with existing trees. 
  • Outside of a community, you may be able to enjoy more privacy, peace, and quiet if that’s what you prefer. 


  • If water, sewer, electricity, and other utilities are not readily available, there will be a cost to have those set up on your land. 
  • You may not have close neighbors if you’re concerned about safety and security. 
  • When you’re outside of a community, you may not have any control over how the land around you is used in the future. 


Making the Best Choice for your Family

Deciding where to live is a decision couples and families should make together. Discuss the pros and cons and then see what land is available and where before making any final decisions. Not all communities are the same. The above points are based on the typical characteristics of new home communities and private land. 

Don Mills Builds Custom Homes in Greensboro, NC on Both Types of Land

Wherever you choose to purchase land, Don Mills Builders can design and build a custom home that will suit you and your family. If this is to be your dream home, it should be done your way with all the features you want, both inside and out. Don Mills Builders can build custom homes in Greensboro, NC in any of the highly desired new home communities or on a plot of land of your choosing. 


Call (336) 362-1777 today to schedule a free consultation or request a quote.

5 Tips for Evaluating Home Builders

Tips to Evaluating Home Builders Building a custom home is a huge undertaking. You’ll spend significant time and money on this endeavor, so you want to be sure you find the right home builders in Greensboro to work with. But how can you find the best home builder for you? To find one that is the right fit, consider these 5 tips for evaluating home builders. 

1. Ask for Recommendations

There’s no better way to find a reliable home builder than to ask a trusted friend or relative for recommendations from their own experience. If they had a positive experience, you will most likely have a similar experience. Homebuilders in Greensboro rely on their reputation to be successful and continue to gain clients. 

2. Read Reviews

Online reviews on reputable websites are usually a pretty good indication of the caliber of a business. Use multiple sites that contain reviews, in order to compare. 

3. Make Sure Personalities are Compatible

When you meet with a home builder, get a feel for their personality and make sure yours will work with theirs. Building a custom home is a long, involved process so you’ll want to make sure you’re working with someone you like, understand, and can communicate effectively with. If you prefer to text or email, don’t work with a builder who only makes phone calls. If you prefer discussing things over the phone, don’t choose a builder who mostly uses email. 

4. Request References (and call them).

Every builder should be able to provide references of customers they have built homes for before who can vouch for their craftsmanship and customer service. Ask for those references and be sure to actually call them, not just read the review they provided. Ask questions that may not be obvious from meeting the builder just once during your initial consultation. 

5. Research the Subcontractors They Use

This is one item that is often overlooked. You may or may not be aware of the fact that many builders hire subcontractors to complete certain aspects of the home building process, such as HVAC, plumbing, or landscaping. Ask your builder for a list of subcontractors they work with and research them as well as the builder. 

Quality. Honesty. Trust. Satisfaction. 

These are the cornerstones of a superior homebuilder and what you should consider when evaluating home builders. When you research Don Mills Builders, you’ll find that these words truly describe his work. When you meet Don Mills and his wife Annette, you’ll know for sure why so many satisfied customers have chosen to work with them to build their dream home. Don’s craftsmanship combined with Annette’s design expertise creates beautiful, top-quality homes. 


Call (336) 362-1777 today to schedule a free consultation or request a free quote

How to Discuss your Home Decorating Style with Home Professionals

What is your decoration styleYou want your custom home to look the way you imagine it with your own personal style. But it can be difficult to communicate your style to your builder. If you’re worried that your builder won’t understand what you’re looking for, you may feel some stress or anxiety about it. Remember this: your builder wants you to be happy with your home, but the key is communication. Here’s what home builders in Greensboro, NC need from you in order to create the home you want.

First, Determine what your Home Decorating Style Is

It’s difficult to communicate your style to your builder if you don’t know what it is, to begin with. There are many different home decor styles that are understood and recognized by interior designers from contemporary to modern and everything in between. Check out this site and choose the style that best fits your preferences.

While it is typically best to stick to one style throughout your home, it is alright to choose different styles for different rooms, especially if you’re trying to please different family members who may not all agree on one style. Determine what style of decor you want for each room and be sure to make a list if multiple rooms will have different styles.

Communicate your Style Clearly with your Builder

Be very specific about the style you want. If you want victorian or mid-century modern or any other specific type, say so. Find pictures online or cut photos out of magazines to show examples to your builder of style items you wish to include. Paint a very clear picture of what you want so that there won’t be any confusion.

If you don’t like an idea your builder suggests, don’t be afraid to say so, but do so politely. Responses such as “That’s not really the look I’m going for” or “What other options are there?” can work well. Lack of communication can often lead to unhappy customers.

Discuss Home Decorating Style Early in the Home Design Process

Don’t wait until the home is underway to start talking about decor. Home decorating is more than just knick-knacks and throw pillows you bring in after the house is complete. The style needs to be incorporated into the home design. For example, if you’re looking for an industrial style, that will affect how the home is built and finished (or not finished, which is part of the industrial style). Rustic style tends to include items such as bare wood beams and other natural elements that will need to be accounted for in the structural design.

Only Work with Home Builders who Understand Home Decorating Styles

An experienced home builder will not just have a thorough knowledge of building structure, but will also understand home decor. Don Mills Builders will strive to understand your personal style and incorporate the design elements you want to include to make your home truly your own.

Call Don Mills Home Builders in Greensboro, NC at (336) 362-1777 today to schedule a free consultation.

8 Add-ons for your Custom Kitchen

Custom add ons for your kitchenDesigning your custom kitchen is one of the most exciting parts of the custom home building process. There is a wide variety of features to consider from the basics like cabinets and countertops to the intricate details. Don Mills, one of the best homebuilders in Greensboro can provide you with plenty of ideas to make your kitchen your own. 

Lighting Under Cabinets

The counter space underneath cabinets tends to lack sufficient lighting. Consider adding small LED lights on the underside of the cabinets to shed some light on the countertop and make the space more functional for food preparation. Lights can be turned on by switch, touch, or motion. 

Electrical Outlets Under Cabinets

Did you carefully choose a beautiful backsplash for the walls between your cabinet and countertops? Don’t cover it up with electrical outlets. Put a power strip on the underside of the cabinets so you can plug in anything from appliances to electronics while the outlets remain out of sight. 

Tablet Mount

Do you get most of your recipes online? Save yourself time and paper and read them right off your tablet with a conveniently placed tablet mount. It can be attached to the underside of your cabinets to save you counter space. You can even watch cooking videos while you cook. 

Slide-out Produce Cabinet

Looking for ways to save counter space? If you keep a lot of produce on hand that doesn’t need to be refrigerated, a produce cabinet can save a lot of space. With vented drawers to allow necessary airflow, you can store your potatoes, onions, tomatoes, bananas, pears, oranges, and any other produce that would be taking up valuable space on your counters. 

Diagonal Drawer Dividers

Tired of messy utensil drawers? Diagonal drawer dividers provide organization for even your longest utensils, such as rolling pins, meat thermometers, skewers, and more. 

Carousel Cabinet

Have trouble reaching to the highest shelves? A carousel cabinet consists of shelves on a vertically rotating mechanism that allows you to bring the shelf you need down to your level. 

Deluxe Sink System

Even your kitchen sink can be upgraded to include the latest technology. Include a large sink with cutting boards that slide over top for easy food prep and waste removal and drainage grates that slide over the sink for drying clean dishes or rinsing produce. You can even close panels over your sink to create more counter space when you need it. 

Multi-purpose Island

Your kitchen island can be more than just an extra countertop with storage underneath. Include a built-in stovetop or another sink so that you can do more from your island without having to face the wall. 

Your Custom Kitchen can have it all with Don Mills

Do you want the kitchen in your custom home to be on the cutting edge of technology and style? Work with home builders in Greensboro who can incorporate these 8 add-ons and any others you’re interested in. Don Mills Builders can give you the kitchen of your dreams. Call (336) 362-1777 today to schedule a free consultation.