Coval’s CMS “Construction Management System”

What are the two biggest complaints nationally that clients have about the custom home construction process? Number one is lack of organization from their builder, number two is lack of communication throughout the process. For the most part it seems that clients have been fairly satisfied with the quality of work nationally that my industry provides. However, studies show that they are very displeased with the process (or lack of process) that their builder brought to the project.

At Coval Homes we’ve tackled these issues head-on and have since continually improved upon our process – your step by step guide to an organized, enjoyable semi-custom home construction process. Often copied, never duplicated, the Coval Homes process has been a valuable tool in guiding our clients through this otherwise complex process.

How do we improve on such a successful tool? Introducing BuilderTrend Software. We implemented this system in 2012 and the benefits are amazing. Imagine a single portal that manages customer communication, vendor communication, detailed scheduling, change orders, allowances and much more. Clients have access through their private login to view updated photographs of their project, check their “To Do” list, initiate and reply to emails with employees, etc. They can even share pictures with friends and post to FaceBook!

Want to know what will be happening on your project in five weeks? Simply click on the Calendar and move forward to that date and you can see the specific activities that will be taking place at that time. The system automatically alerts vendors and subcontractors of upcoming commitments, allowing them to better manage their time and increase project efficiency.

Want to know if you’re over or under budget on your allowance items? A quick look at the Allowance tab will show you exactly where you stand. Change orders are initiated and approved here as well, speeding up the process and limiting downtime.

At Coval Homes we want to be YOUR semi-custom homebuilder. Developing innovative systems and adopting new technology gives our clients the peace of mind to relax and enjoy their semi-custom homebuilding experience. Come see for yourself!

At Coval Homes, we are a semi-custom homebuilder eager to assist you with your lot analysis, home design and construction. For more information about our unique process, please contact us.

Open Floor Plans

Open floorplans have enjoyed a justifiable surge in popularity. Open floorplans are beautiful and add a sense of luxury to any new home, while maximizing space and creating a light, airy atmosphere in interior spaces. Because an open floorplan doesn’t have easily recognizable living spaces, turning it into a comfortable space to live can feel daunting. However, there are many easy ways to enjoy the many benefits of an open floorplan, without sacrificing cozy, comfortable rooms.

The easiest way to create a defined sense of space in an open floor plan is to use your furniture to mimic the function of a wall. Have seating areas with chairs and couches that face inwards to a central coffee table to instill a cozy feeling. This works best when you have a large sofa that faces away from the nearest ‘room’ in the space. Place tall chairs or bar stools around your outermost kitchen counter to give you a casual dining space. Use matching area rugs to create a visual separation between ‘rooms’ and give you a visual pathway between spaces. You can still enjoy bright living areas and a comfortable home when you decorate an open floor plan properly.

If your home has not been built yet, there are design and construction tricks you can employ to make your open floorplan feel cozy. You can physically break up your space without walling off individual rooms by building your home around a courtyard, creating separate ‘rooms’ that still flow effortlessly into each other. You can create a less angular and more organic feel to your home by including curved kitchen counters in the dining area, building cozy reading nooks in the living area, and scattering decorative niches throughout the area.

Coval Homes has been building the highest quality homes since 2011. We are a full-service semi-custom home builder eager to assist you with your lot analysis, home design and construction. For more information about our unique process, please contact us.

Coval Homes 2734 Framing - Graham - Pierce County
Coval Homes 2734 Framing – Graham – Pierce County

Choosing the Right Paint Colors for Your New Home

When you’re building your new home, there’s millions of decisions that have to be made throughout the entire process. One of those decisions? Choosing the right paint colors. If you’re having a hard time choosing the right colors for your new space, try asking yourself these questions:

  • Who will be using this space the most?
  • Depending on what space you are trying to choose a color for, different people might be using that room more than others (especially if it’s someone’s bedroom or bathroom), so of course you want to choose a color that will be right for that person. It might not hurt to bring them into the decision making process, but if not, just try to think from their perspective and think about how certain colors would make them feel.
  • What do you want to feel when you enter the room?
  • It’s no secret that specific colors elicit different emotions, so it might not hurt to establish what you want each room to make you feel whenever you enter/whenever you spend time in there. Depending on your response, that might help you narrow down the color options. For example, if you want to feel serene and relaxed in a specific room, you might want to stick with cooler and neutral tones.
  • What will this do for the resale value?
  • If you are planning to sell and do not want to have the house repainted before you do so, it might not hurt to just stick with classic and neutral colors that won’t ever go out of style!