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If you are ready to find your forever home, you may be weighing the options of whether to find the perfect home to suit your needs or have one built, so it can be custom designed to accommodate everything you want. For many people who have specific wants and needs, building a new home may seem like the better option. Before you make your decision, it is important to understand both the pros and cons when deciding to build your home.

Pro: Everything is New

When you build a new home, one of the most obvious benefits is that everything in the home is new. This means you will have a longer time before you will need to replace windows, roof, appliances, carpet and a multitude of other expensive purchases. 

Pro: You Can Customize Your Design

Even if you are building from a model design, you will have a lot more options to customize your home so that it can accommodate your needs and specific lifestyle. This can be as simple as cupboard and counter materials to as major as room layouts. Designing a home before is built is often easier than trying to renovate a current home to your specific wants.

Cons: It Could Be Awhile Before You Move In

On average, it can take seven months to a year for a new home to be fully constructed, and that is usually if everything goes smoothly and the weather is cooperating. If you decide to build your home, you will need to be able to stay in your current residence for at least a year and should anticipate possibly having to stay longer than expected. 

Cons: You Will Not Have Much Room to Negotiate Price

When you build a home, you will not have a lot of wiggle room to negotiate costs and will be responsible for all costs associated with closing. Typically, cost breaks only come when construction costs are down and the vendors of the materials are looking to make deals. 

Before deciding whether to buy or build a home, weigh the pros and cons of each choice so that you can be sure to arrive at the best decision. 


Designed by architect John G. Danielson, this custom built Mid-Century Modern style home is sited on .4 acres and set far above the road amidst a bucolic wooded setting ideal for birdwatchers & hikers. The most stunning feature upon entry is the vast open living room and dining room with soaring ceilings boasting exposed solid mahogany beams and rafters, & a floor to ceiling fireplace surrounded by rare pecan wood paneling, & walls of windows flooding the rooms with natural light. Simply breathtaking! Other amenities include solid oak hardwood floors in formal rooms, hallway & bedrooms. Lower level has a fireplaced family room with pecan paneling, office, laundry, & heated 1 car garage. Building's exterior has redwood siding. Updated electrical. Heating cables under the driveway. This home is being sold AS-IS, but has had critical recent updates: e.g., in 2019, new roof, hot water heater, chimney cap & fireplace dampers. Vinson Owen Elementary. Make this your dream home in Winchester!

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Winchester, MA 01890

Single-Family

$749,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Designed by architect John G. Danielson, this custom built Mid-Century Modern style home is sited on .4 acres and set far above the road amidst a bucolic wooded setting ideal for birdwatchers & hikers. The most stunning feature upon entry is the vast open living room and dining room with soaring ceilings boasting exposed solid mahogany beams and rafters, & a floor to ceiling fireplace surrounded by rare pecan wood paneling, & walls of windows flooding the rooms with natural light. Simply breathtaking! Other amenities include solid oak hardwood floors in formal rooms, hallway & bedrooms. Lower level has a fireplaced family room with pecan paneling, office, laundry, & heated 1 car garage. Building's exterior has redwood siding. Updated electrical. Heating cables under the driveway. This home is being sold AS-IS, but has had critical recent updates: e.g., in 2019, new roof, hot water heater, chimney cap & fireplace dampers. Vinson Owen Elementary. Make this your dream home in Winchester!
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You recently purchased a home, and as a new homeowner, you’re itching to get moved into your new kitchen so you can get settled and start entertaining. Wait! Before you get caught up organizing your pots and pans, do a little preventative care. If you want a kitchen you can entertain in hassle-free, take the time to do these things.

Deep Clean

Whether you purchased new construction or an adorable 1920s bungalow, you need to deep clean. Either hire a reputable company, or take on the task yourself, but do it. Clean all the cabinets high and low, doors, knobs, any framing, behind and under all appliances that may have come with the house.

Next to tackle the sink hardware. Clean the faucet, remove calcium build up and run drain cleaner to preventatively tackle any clogs hidden just under the surface.

If your home came with an oven and dishwasher, use the self-clean settings they have and clean them yourself after. Starting with a fresh, clean slate will ensure your kitchen stays in good shape with just a little ongoing maintenance.

Test and Clean Your Hardware

Check that all cabinet doorknobs and drawer pulls are properly attached. Make sure that all your drawer tracks align and slide in and out well. Ensure that all hinges are tight and squared.

Pest Control

Check your countertop and backsplash for any cracks or holes that could be the perfect escape route for any ants or roaches that may try to find a way into your home in the future. Seal up any gaps you find with caulking or grout. Then, treat the whole kitchen with preventative pest control. You can find industrial-grade solutions online that are very affordable and will last you through the lifetime of your house. Once you treat the kitchen space, you’ll want to let it stand for at least a few hours before you wipe down the counters again and start putting away your belongings.

Preparing your kitchen for daily use and entertaining is important and is not an area you want to neglect during your move in. With these steps you’ll be ready to get things organized just the way you like and get to entertaining.


Welcome to Winchester! This updated Cape has a large, corner lot adjacent to a tranquil cul-de-sac. The 1st floor layout has gleaming hardwood floors & a pleasing circular flow for entertaining & everyday living. The foyer is flanked by a front to back fireplaced living room w/a wall of built-ins, a dining room w/corner hutch, & half bath. The updated kitchen is the hub of the home w/granite counters, SS appliances, an abundance of cabinetry, & breakfast island open to cathedral ceiling family room. A separate entry to the kitchen has a mudroom area perfect for backpacks & jackets. A 3 season porch off the kitchen provides great play space. The 2nd level has hardwood floors, updated bath & 3 bedrooms including a master w/walk-in closet. The lower level offers a finished playroom & walk-out access to a fenced in backyard w/ awesome play structure! Amenities include central air, insulated windows, & newer furnace. ½ mile to Wedgemere commuter rail & 1 mile to the center; Lincoln School.

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