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New Windsor Home Completed – Nephi

New Windsor Home Completed – Nephi

We have just completed a new Windsor home in the Nephi, Utah area.  This home is our Windsor home, 1380 sq ft on the main on a complete finished basement.

Front Elevations for the Windsor Model


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Eating Nook in the Windsor Home

 

Front Bedroom for the Windsor Home

 

Main Bathroom Image

 

Master Bedroom – Windsor Home

 

Master Bath – Mirror and Vanity

 

Windsor Downstairs Family Room

 

Downstairs  – Fun Windows placed for kid play

 

Stairs to the Upstairs

 

New Homes in Santaquin Utah – $185,000

Homes in Santaquin Utah for $185,000

Priority Homes are building affordable homes in Santaquin for under 185k.    Currently, we are building in the Stone Hollow at Summit Ridge Subdivision.  View the details below on the particular location of the development.

What are clients are saying about Priority Homes…

Thank you again for everything! This home is beautiful and is working very well for us!

Stone Hollow Development in Summit Ridge

Homes in Santaquin Utah

 

Our Homes in Santaquin Utah

We currently offer several of our homes in Santaquin Utah.  Here are some of the house plans that we have recently built in this area.

Brighton House plan – 1250 Sq ft

Homes In Santaquin Utah

 

Windsor House plan – 1350 sq ft

Homes in Santaquin Utah

Be sure to visit our website to learn more about our features and inclusions.  Homes in Santaquin Utah – 

Eyre Houseplan – Utah Home Builders

Utah Home Builders – Priority Homes

Eyre Home – 2600 Finished Square feet on 2 levels.  The first picture is an image of the great room on the main floor.  It shows the custom fireplace, book shelves and mantle.

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This image shows the front of the home.  This home has 2600 unfinished square feet on a un-finished basement.

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View from great room into the Kitchen and dining area.  It also shows a portion of the staircase.

 

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Houses in Nephi and Juab County

Priority Homes Current Projects

Current Projects for Priority Homes LLC

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  • Eyre Home – Located in Nephi, Utah.  This home we are finalizing this week, and hope to have it closed shortly.  This home is a 2 story; 2600 finished square feet, with an unfinished basement.

 

  • Ashlin Home- Located in Nephi, Utah.  This home is one of our newest plans.  This plan is a 1250 sq ft plan on the main, which sits on an unfinished basement.  This home is being built in the Hunters Meadow Subdivision.  We are building this home in the North Part of Nephi for only $178,000.

 

  • Boss Home – Located in Nephi, Utah.  This home we are building for a super good price.   This is an affordable home being built in the Nephi area for a great price.   We are excited to offer this floor plan and price to a large market.

 

  • 002_edited-1Brighton Home – Located in Santaquin, Utah. One of our most built homes is out Brighton home.  We have built this floorplan in several locations throughout the State of Utah.  This home has begun in the Stone Hollow Subdivision in  Santaquin, Utah.  We are at foundation stage.

 

 

  • Argyle Home – Goshen, Utah.  This home we are excited to build in Utah County.  We hope to have this home up and going within 2 weeks.

 

 

Look for more information coming forth as we begin a new 3 car Windsor in Nephi.  A new Argyle in Oak City and more houses in the future.  Thanks for the building the Priority Way!  Call today for pricing on your new home at (435) 623-2382.
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Images Of Our Recent Built Homes

Recent Built Homes in Utah

Here are many images of the past homes we have built.  We will try to share as many of these as we can and also identify which our our house plans go with each picture.

3 Car Garage Windsor Home.  This house plan was built on a corner lot and accesses the garage from a side entrance.

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Brighton Home – 3 beds, 2 baths on main floor.

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Windsor Home – 2 Car Garage / Front entrance

 

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Eyre Home – 2600 Sq ft on upper levels, full basement below.  3 Car Garage with a lot of fun extras.

 

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Florence Home – 2 Car garage 1600 sq ft on main with full finished basement.

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Make sure you check back to see the new plans that we have finished.  We will be starting am Argyle in Goshen; a Brighton in Santaquin and a 3 car garage Windsor front entrance in Nephi.

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Types of Kitchen Countertops

Types of Kitchen Countertops

 

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Once you decide to begin your kitchen remodel, there are many choices and upgrades to consider. One is what type of countertop to choose. There are many different kinds:

 

Natural stone

The natural stone or dimension stone slab (e.g. granite) is shaped using cutting and finishing equipment in the shop of the fabricator. The edges are commonly put on by hand-held routers, grinders, or CNC equipment. If the stone has a highly variegated pattern, the stone may be laid out in final position in the shop for the customer’s inspection, or the stone slabs may be selected by experienced inspectors. Then the countertop assembly is installed on the job site by professionals. Commonly, initial countertop fabrication takes place at or near the quarry of origin, with blocks being sawn to thickness and then machined into standard widths (600mm and upwards), before being surface polished and edged. This method removes the need to ship waste material, and reduces the time needed to prepare client orders. A wide range of details may be pre-machined by the fabricator, allowing for installation of different sinks and cooker designs. A common drawback to natural stone is the need for sealing to prevent harboring of bacteria and/or fluids that may cause staining.

 

Wood

Wooden countertops can come in a variety of designs ranging from butcher block to joined planks to single wide stave. Wood is considered to be the most eco-friendly option when it comes to choosing a kitchen countertop as wood is a renewable resource. Wood countertops must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after contact with foods such as raw meat. Although the use of wooden work surfaces is prohibited in commercial food production areas in the EU, and the US Department of Agriculture advises against the use of wooden chopping boards, research by the Food Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin has shown that wooden work surfaces are no more dangerous, and in some cases safer than plastic alternatives. They have shown that while bacteria do get absorbed by the wood, they do not multiply and eventually die. While brand new plastic work surfaces are indeed easy to disinfect, once they have become heavily knife scarred they are nearly impossible to completely disinfect. This is not a problem with wooden work surfaces where the number of knife cuts made little difference.

 

Post-formed plastic laminate

“Postformed” (or literally “formed after being laminated” to the substrate) high pressure laminate countertop, often referred to as “plastic laminate countertop” is a material made more of wood product than plastic. The composition is of kraft paper, decorative papers, and melamine resins, bonded through high heat and pressure. This product is sometimes referred to as “Formica” or “Arborite,” but these are trade names of a manufactured high pressure laminate, of which there are many manufacturers.

 

The postform countertop is typically a high volume factory-produced product, which accounts for the economy of the product. The material composition consists of a single thin sheet of laminate (typically .030″ – .040″ in thickness) that gets bonded to a 45# density particle board substrate (or other similar base material such as MDF – medium density fiberboard, or plywood), with a PVA adhesive (poly vinyl acetate – a water-based adhesive). Traditionally postform countertops were manufactured with a solvent-based contact cement (a highly flammable, volatile organic compound – VOC). However, in today’s marketplace PVA adhesives have taken over for reasons of environmental responsibility (no VOC’s), safety (non-combustible), economy, and strength of the glue line.

 

A typical system consists of the following:

 

1) An automated infeed system for sequencing the particle board into production.

2) The CorFab Machine, an automated feed-through machine that cuts to size, cuts and bonds build down sticks with a hot melt adhesive to the under side of the substrate, and shapes the edge detail, all in a single motion.

3) An automated laminating system that applies the adhesive to both the substrate and laminate.

4) An indexing unit that aligns the laminate to the substrate with the proper overhang.

5) A Pinch Roller that makes the bond between the laminate and substrate.

6) The Postforming Machine that not only heats and forms the laminate around the substrate, but also cuts away the backsplash (when the top is to be used against a wall) from the main deck, all in a feed-through motion machine.

7) The AutoCove Machine, which heats and forms the backsplash upward 90 degrees, locking it into place with what is referred to as a cove stick, utilizing hot melt adhesive technology to hold it all together.

8) The final stage of the system usually consists of a trim saw that cuts the countertops to rough lengths, typically 8′, 10′ and 12′, ready for distribution.

 

Once manufactured the tops need only to be cut to length, mitered, fitted for assembly, and end capped (only if it is a visible finished end). A very specific machine for cutting the postform countertop is manufactured by only a few companies, it is commonly called a Cutting Station, Top Saw, or simply Miter Saw. This machine accurately cuts the countertop to field dimensions, making it easy for the installer to make the final scribe cuts on-site to complete the work. Sink cut outs can be made either in the field or at the installers shop.

 

Overall, the postform countertop is the most economical countertop on the market, and has the broadest selection of surface material to choose from. Surfaces can be either a solid color, or a pattern, and textures range from a satin funiture finish to a heavily textured stone or pebbled appearanece, to a high gloss resolution. Because of this diversity the postform countertop can satisfy a wide variety of design applications, and due to its economy, can be easily replaced to provide a fresh appearance in any room.

 

Self edge or wood edge laminates

Self or wood edge plastic laminate countertops are also very popular for those who chose to have few or no surface seams. In this style, the top shops use substrate for the countertop out of MDF, or particle board and then glue sheets of laminate to the substrate using Contact Cement. The laminate is then trimmed using a router. This method can’t reproduce the curved contours of post-formed countertopping but can be made to easily conform to a much-wider range of floor plans with fewer seams.

 

Crafted glass

Custom architectural crafted glass, tempered glass, textured glass pieces, and the ancient art of Verre églomisé, or reverse gilded glass, are applied to contemporary uses including countertops, backsplashes, and tabletops. Glass work may be customized to suit by craftsmen in the studio, then installed on site either in small components (such as a kitchen countertop composed of three rectangles of verre églomisé) or as immense, single units (for example, a glass countertop and sink basin formed of one continuous piece of textured glass). The glass is non-porous, relatively stain-proof, extremely hygienic, and “extremely heat resistant (up to 700 degrees).”Much work is being done to “recycle” glass using sources such as post consumer glass or post industrial float glass. The material can be crushed or cut into strips that is heated until the softening point of glass, binding the loose material back into a solid form.

 

Tile

Tile, including ceramic tile and stone tile, is installed in much the same way as flat lay laminate except that the gaps between the tiles are grouted after the tile has been glued down.

 

Solid surface plastic materials

Solid surface plastic acrylic or polyester materials are usually prefabricated at the installer’s shop and then assembled on site. The plastic material is readily glued and the glue joints are then sanded, leaving almost no visible trace of the joint. The edge treatment for solid-surface countertops can be very elaborate. The material itself is usually only about 12 mm (1/2 inch) thick so an edge is usually created by stacking up two or three layers of the material. The built-up edge then can be shaped to a rounded edge or an ogee. Fancier edge treatments are, of course, more expensive.

 

Natural quartz surfacing

Natural quartz surfacing is made from 100% natural quartz cut from blocks into slabs. The slabs are custom cut to create countertops. Quartz is naturally non-porous and scratch resistant. As with solid surface countertopping, the materials are prefabricated and installed by professionals. Thicknesses may be 1.2 cm (1/2 inch), 2 cm (3/4 inch), 3 cm (1¼ inch) or 4 cm (1½ inch).

 

Engineered quartz surfacing

Engineered stone quartz surfacing is made from approximately 95% natural quartz and 5% polymer resins. Testing has shown that they retain much of the toughness of quartz but display increased ductility due to the resin, improving impact resistance. Countertops are custom made and are more scratch resistant as well as less porous than natural quartz surfaces. Thicknesses may be 6mm, 1.2 cm (1/2 inch), 2 cm (3/4 inch), 3 cm (1¼ inch) or 4 cm (1½ inch). Brands include CMMA Solid Surface by World BMC, Hanstone, NaturaStone, Silestone, Q, Caesarstone, Technistone, Cambria, and Zodiaq.

 

Concrete

Concrete may be utilized as a surfacing material in one of several forms: cast-in-place (in which the fabricator creates forms atop the previously installed cabinetry, places, and then finishes the material in situ), custom precast ( in which the fabricator creates site templates, duplicates the pattern in a production facility offsite, and installs the finished product atop the cabinetry), and the machining of pre-manufactured gauged slabs (similar to natural stone fabrication).[8]

 

Concrete, especially precast, lends itself to a high degree of customization due to the phase-change nature of its creation, filling a specific form with a fluid material which hardens (through mineral hydration) to a durable cast stone. Color choices, edge styles, three-dimensional sculpting, and integral features such as sinks, drainboards, and decorative embedments are design options which may be incorporated. Due to its site-specific and generally handmade nature, concrete countertops are often produced by small shops and individual artisans although there are several large-scale manufacturers of gauged slabs.

 

Other materials

Stainless steel, stone, terrazzo, and other materials are usually prefabricated and assembled on site as well. The difficulty of prefabrication rises with the more exotic materials. As with solid-surface synthetic materials, the edge treatments can vary widely, but the material is usually thicker so there is often no need to build up the edge with multiple layers of the material. Many predesigned, prefabricated units (including sinks, drainboards, and other accessories) are available in stainless steel. These may be used “stand-alone” or integrated into larger custom assemblies. Some stainless steel systems stand on integrated legs and do not require the support of cabinetry.[1]

 

Priority Homes can offer an array of customized countertops. Call 435-623-2382 for more information.


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Countertop#Kitchen_countertops

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Benefits Of Tile In A Utah New Home

Benefits of Tile

 

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Tile is defined as a thin, flat, or convex slab of hard material that is used to cover walls, floors, and roofs. They have been developed over many centuries as products of earthenware pottery.

 

The earliest tiles were produced in the middle east some 7,000-8,000 years ago. During those times, only the wealthy could afford to have their homes tiled. It wasn’t until the invention of handier materials in creating and shaping tile that it became affordable even for the not so wealthy family.

 

The Romans were the ones who really popularized the use of tile, even obsessing in it by using them all over their houses, temples, and other buildings and creating with it beautiful mosaics and patterns.

 

Styles of Tile Flooring

There is a wide array of choices available for you if you choose to install tile flooring in your house. Ceramics, granite, flagstone, slate, laminate, vinyl, marble, wood, sandstone, and cork are some of the materials that can constitute your tile flooring. Ceramic tile flooring is the most popular choice to install in the house. Because of the many options available, you could even use different tile materials for use in your home if you so desire. The hardness of tile is determined through an MOH (measure of hardness) scale which indicates the surface hardness of tiles. Tile ratings range from 0-5, with zero indicating that the tile is ‘soft’ and can only be used for decorative purposes only. A grade of 5 on the MOH scale means that the tile is suitable for high traffic areas and industrial use.

 

Some manufacturers already put adhesives at the back of each tile so installing is easy while some tiles require that you be the one to place the adhesives and grout before you attach them to the floor. Overall, installing tile flooring is still rather easy and with it, you can also make as many patterns as you like: brick stone, herringbone, basket weave, cobblestone, corridor style, etc; your imagination is the only limit. If in the future you will need to remove your tile flooring, there is also no cause to worry as removing it is a breeze with the use of a heat gun or stripper.

 

Caring and Cleaning Tile Flooring

It doesn’t mean that since tile flooring is strong and durable, you can just do anything you like with it. Tile flooring still has its own do’s and don’ts that you should remember in order to preserve its beauty:

 

  • Use cloths and mops to clean your tile flooring. Never use abrasive chemicals, steel wool, or other scrubbing material on your tile flooring as it can damage the finish.
  • Wipe out stains as soon as possible. Don’t let them stay on your tile for too long as stains can discolor your tiles.
  • Tile flooring can still chip and crack even if it has a high MOH rating if too much force is exerted on it. Put furniture protectors on your furniture and be careful when moving your furniture.
  • Turn off the vacuum beater bar when vacuuming. Vacuum beater bars can dull and scratch your finish.
  • Regularly sweep and dust your tile flooring. Not doing so may damage your grout and finish. A quick daily sweep and weekly mopping should do.
  • Place door mats on selected surfaces of your house. This way, you reduce the amount of dirt that gets transferred by your feet.
  • When cleaning or drying up spills, make sure that you use a damp mop and not a wet one. Wetness can invite mildew formation and ugly grout lines. In addition, some minerals in tap water can cause discoloration of your tiles.[1]

 

Priority Homes offers a variety of tile options. Please call 435-623-2382 for more information.


[1] http://www.contempofloorcoverings.com/blog/tile-flooring.html

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Utah Basement Remodeling

A Daylight Basement.

A Daylight Basement. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Basement Remodeling

 

Remodeling your basement is the most cost-effective way to add square footage to your home, and add a potential lifetime income stream through rental. It has a good return on investment, but it isn’t cheap. A typical basement remodel will run you between $20-$25 per square ft, but this can very greatly depending on your needs, how much you can do yourself and which basement contractor you work with.

So how much does a basement remodel cost?

With proper planning and attention to detail, a remodeled basement can provide living space that’s every bit as attractive and welcoming as the rest of the house.

Typical costs:

  • Contractors’ estimates should include a number of basic factors such as moisture control. Insulation is also a must and it’s important to check for radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is common in some parts of the US.
  • For $500 -$5,000, Do-It-Yourselfers can waterproof the walls with a brush-on compound, then add carpeting, paneling, a dropped ceiling or other touches to make a basement into a more usable living area. Actual costs depend a great deal on what shape the basement is in at the start of the project, and whether the upgrades include such items as ground-level windows; improved lighting; a full- or half-bath; and a laundry area. The upper end of the price range includes hiring contractors to install proper ventilation, electrical wiring or plumbing.
  • Converting a basement into a reasonably comfortable and legal rental unit averages $30,000 -$50,000, according to OldHouseWeb.com.
  • Nationwide, basement remodeling costs average $51,000 -$67,000 for a project which includes a 20×30-foot entertaining area with wet bar, a 5-x-8-foot full bath, 24 feet of partition to enclose a mechanical area, painted walls, ceilings and trim throughout, exterior insulation, doors and electrical wiring, according to 2006 annual cost vs. value report by RemodelingOnline.
  • A lot depends on how much is included and the quality of the final project. Remodeling Online says finishing basements in relatively new homes runs about $20 -$25 a square foot, or $30,000 -$50,000 for 1,500-2,000 square feet — but costs can start at $100,000 (and go up) to create a fully-finished space.

What should be included:

  • Finishing an unfinished basement is similar to building an addition or a new home, but generally the project is smaller and a lot less expensive. Waterproofing and insulation is key; the US Department of Energy gives a detailed overview complete with cost estimates for a range of options.
  • Local planning departments usually have specific regulations on ceiling height, access doors, radon ventilation, waterproofing and other details of the basement remodeling process. Many building codes now require upgrades such as residential fire sprinklers for new construction or major remodeling projects. Ask about local requirements and get all required permits (or make sure the contractor does this). Depending on the location, permit costs can be next to nothing or extremely expensive; find out exactly what they are and include them in the project’s budget.
  • Foundation walls and floors are almost never straight and plumb, which can make remodeling difficult. Companies such as Owens Corning and Basement Systems sell complete basement-finishing systems which many contractors use.

Shopping for basement remodeling:

  • Be clear about how the new space is going to be used and, if the basement is currently a storage area, where everything will go once the project is done. Better Homes & Gardens offers design ideas to keep in mind. For inspiration, ThisOldHouse.com provides a quick photo gallery of one basement’s sparkling transformation.
  • Contractor referrals are available through the National Association of Home Builders and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
  • Get estimates from several companies; request and check references. Understand exactly what is (and isn’t) included in each estimate, and whether the contractor will do the paperwork for required building permits. Ask about the contractor’s length and type of experience, especially if there’s anything unusual about your project. Be sure a company is properly bonded and insured and licensed in your state. See if there are any complaints with the Better Business Bureau. [1]

 

Priority Homes is a premier Utah Builder and offers quality and competitive pricing for all your construction needs. Call 435-623-2382 today and see what we can offer you.


[1] http://www.basementremodelingcosts.org/

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Building a Home vs. Renting In Utah

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Building a Home vs. Renting In Utah

 

A home is one of the most expensive purchases most of us will ever make during our lifetime. Whether you decide to rent or buy, either choice comes with its own rewards and risks. Homeownership offers many advantages over renting including:

Advantages of Buying versus Renting

Buying Renting

Tax write-off

No tax write-off

You can upgrade your home as you see fit

Need permission to make any changes

Build equity in your home as value appreciates

Your money goes toward the landlords equity

Control of loan payment options

Rent can increase periodically

Pride of homeownership

You have no ownership

While owning your own home has many benefits, there are still risks to consider:

Disadvantages of Buying versus Renting

Buying Renting

You’re responsible for property maintenance

Your landlord or manager handles general repairs

Need to sell, rent or lease property in order to re-locate. May have to wait until market conditions are right

Freedom to move once your lease expires

You pay for all your own utilities, property taxes and insurance

May include utilities, property taxes, and property insurance

Home improvement upgrades can run into thousands of dollars

You’re not financially responsible for improvements

 

When does it make sense to buy?

People, who have generally rented their whole lives, purchase a home for various reasons. Owning something of value with a chance of watching their investment appreciate is one reason. Purchasing a home to save money over the long-term is another.

 

However, all things considered, homeownership is by far one of the best single investments you can make given the potential long-term benefits.[1]

 

Priority Homes has been in the building business for over 10 years.  We specialize in residential and commercial projects.  Priority Homes is known for quality housing at a competitive price and always customizes to meet the clients needs.  Call Today at (435) 623-2382.

 


[1] http://realestate.yahoo.com/info/guides/buying-vs-renting

 

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New Home In Nephi Utah

New Home In Nephi Utah

New Home In Nephi UtahBuild a new home in Nephi Utah for a fraction of the cost that we once built them for.  A brand new 1400 sq ft home can be purchased for under $180,000.00.  Our home are built with quality and care.  We have several to look at if you desire to see what type of home we build.

Check out one of our latest Windsor homes, located at 184 East 1450 North, located in Hunters Home subdivision.

You may also visit our inclusions part of the site to see what comes in each of our homes.

New Home In Nephi Utah

Call today for more information at (435) 623-2382.

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