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NEW Interactive Design Tool

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Design Your Jagoe Home with Our NEW Interactive Design Tool

We are excited to announce that we have recently implemented a brand new, interactive Design Tool on our website! This tool helps our customers to visualize what their new Jagoe Home will look like once the exterior is completed. Additionally, it allows them to click on features of a home that are not included in the base home plan. For example, if a customer wanted to add a fireplace, covered patio or drop zone in the family entry, this is easily visualized by clicking through the options that are available for that home plan.

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With this Design Tool, you can select your favorite color options!

You can now select exterior color options such as your door, brick, siding and shingles to visualize what your Brand New Jagoe home will look like.  In addition to exterior choices you can also select from several floor plan options, such as adding a 4th or 5th bedroom, extended or covered patio, double-bowl vanity, and fireplace. There are MANY options when you start designing your home, and this tool helps to narrow your selections down to what you love!

Some of our homeowners choose brown tones, some like brighter, neutral colors, and others like a more classic red brick. For example, the Cumberland Craftsman C2 Elevation, a 2-story home featuring 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a 2-car garage and 2047 living square feet, can easily be modified to fit any family’s style and needs.

 

Within the Design Tool, you are also able to view real photos of examples of the home, and Take a Virtual Tour of the home if it is available for that plan.

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When you are all done, don’t forget to SAVE your favorite selections and SHARE them with your friends!

Jagoe Home Plans with the Interactive Design Tool

*Select plans only available in select communities in Bowling Green, Louisville and Owensboro, Kentucky, and Newburgh, Evansville and Huntingburg, Indiana. Select plans are also available to Build on Your Own Site in Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

 

Angelico Craftsman

3 BD / 2 BA / 1159 Sqft

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Cumberland Craftsman

3  BD / 2.5 BA / 2047 Sqft

*Optional 4th Bedroom

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Cumberland Standard

3 BD / 2.5 BA / 2047 Sqft

*Optional 4th Bedroom

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Legion

2 BD / 2 BA / 1210 Sqft

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Leonardo Craftsman

3 BD / 2 BA / 1320 Sqft

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Little Rock Craftsman

4 BD / 2 BA / 2857 Sqft

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Mandolin

2 BD/ 2 BA / 1513 Sqft

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Mulberry Craftsman

3 BD / 2 BA / 1865 Sqft

*Optional Bonus Room

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National Craftsman

4 BD / 2.5 BA / 2594 Sqft

Norwegian Craftsman

3 BD / 2 BA / 1457 Sqft

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Norwegian Standard

3 BD / 2 BA / 1457 Sqft

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Patriot Craftsman

4 BD / 2.5 BA / 2544 Sqft

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Patriot Standard

4 BD / 2.5 BA / 2544 Sqft

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Pinot

3 BD / 2.5 BA / 2883 Sqft

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Revolution Craftsman

4 BD / 2.5 BA / 2791 Sqft

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Revolution Farmhouse

4 BD / 2.5 BA / 2780 Sqft

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Stanford Craftsman

4 BD / 2.5 BA / 2453 Sqft

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Summit Craftsman

3 BD / 2 BA / 1535 Sqft

*Optional Bonus Room

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Summit Standard

3 BD / 2 BA / 1532 Sqft

*Optional Bonus Room

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Sutton Craftsman

3 BD / 2 BA / 1681 Sqft

Tamarack Craftsman

3 BD / 2 BA / 2124 Sqft

*Optional Bonus Room

Teton Craftsman

3 BD / 2 BA / 1699 Sqft

*Optional Bonus Room

Turquoise

3 BD / 2 BA / 1371 Sqft

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Van Gogh Craftsman

3 BD / 2 BA  148 Sqft

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Walnut Craftsman

3 BD / 2.5 BA / 2423 Sqft

*Optional 4th Bedroom

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Zircon Craftsman

3 BD / 2 BA / 1414 Sqft

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Want to get started today? Make an Appointment at a Jagoe Model Home and Get Prequalified for a loan with our preferred lender, FBC Mortgage!

 

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2019 Owensboro Parade of Homes

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2019 Parade of Homes – Owensboro, KY

The 2019 Owensboro Parade of Homes, presented by the Home Builders Association of Owensboro (HBAO), is on the third and fourth weekends in June: June 22nd – 23rd & June 29th – 30th! Jagoe Homes is proud to open SEVEN homes as well as our downtown, historic condominium building, Parkside 100, for the public to tour during the Parade of Homes. All Jagoe Homes in the tour are fully-decorated,  including single-family detached, and single-family attached homes. Our entry located in Cherry Blossom at Deer Valley is Move-In Ready and NOW AVAILABLE for its new owner!

Tour Dates & Times

June 22nd – 23rd & June 29th – 30th
Saturdays • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sundays • 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Jagoe Homes is your new home builder in Owensboro! This event is FREE for everyone and appropriate for all ages! As you visit our homes on the tour, we also encourage you to walk through some of our other Move-In Ready homes that qualify for our limited Red, White & New Incentive, where Jagoe Homes pays your FIRST 3 HOME PAYMENTS or apply the full savings amount towards the purchase price!

Bluegrass Commons is our newest Owensboro community, located on the Southwest side of the city. Bluegrass Commons includes two sections, The Ballads at Bluegrass Commons and The Legends at Bluegrass Commons. These sections have multiple 50′ and 60′ home sites available for your family! The third section, The Acoustics at Bluegrass Commons, is composed of single-family attached homes. This section offers maintenance-free living as well as access to a Clubhouse that only homeowners of this section may use!

Central Park, is a garden home community that is also maintenance-free and is centered around ease and simplicity. Central Park is ideally suited for any active lifestyle since it is located centrally in Owensboro. This area is conveniently adjacent to shopping, dining, entertainment, healthcare facilities, and community events.

Our gorgeous, historic Downtown Owensboro condominium building, Parkside 100, is a must-see! This is your chance to enjoy carefree living, all in the heart of downtown’s premier eateries, shops and events! When visiting Parkside 100, please park in the lot in the rear of the building with any sign labeled for Parkside 100, along Allen Street in the public spaces, or in the parking garage (entrance on Daviess Street).

Jagoe Homes in the 2019 Owensboro Parade of Homes:

 

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4200 Model Home
1724 Celebration Circle, 42303
3 Bed / 2.5 Bath
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Central Park Model Home
2601 Central Park Court, 42303
2 Bed / 2 Bath

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Brookfield Model Home
3832 Brookfield Drive, 42303
4 Bed / 2.5 Bath

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4782 Windstone Drive, 42301
4 Bed / 2.5 Bath

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6487 Valley Brook Trace, 42376
3 Bed / 2 Bath

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2338 Watson Circle, 42301
2 Bed / 2 Bath / Single-family Attached Home
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233 Monroe Avenue, 42301
3 Bed / 2.5 Bath
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Parkside 100 Downtown Condominium Building
100 Allen Street, 42303
2 Bed / 2 Bath

While you tour our homes, keep in mind…

All Jagoe Homes are built Energy Smart, meaning that they help save the environment and SAVE MONEY!  Having a home that is energy efficient eliminates drafty doors and windows, along with poor insulation and inefficient heating and cooling systems, which ultimately leads to energy loss.  We work closely with RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) to achieve high ratings from the organization.  The lower a home scores on RESNET’s HERS (Home Energy Rating) Index, the more energy efficient the home is.  A standard new home that is built to meet the current Energy Conservation Code will score a HERS Index rating of 100, while our new Jagoe homes score an average of 64.

 

Download the ParadeCraze App to easily navigate to Jagoe Parade Homes!

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Be in your new Jagoe Home by 2020 – Speak to a Jagoe New Home Sales Consultant and get started TODAY!

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Jagoe Homes Receives FOUR 2019 Parade of Homes Awards

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Jagoe Homes Receives FOUR 2019 Parade of Homes Awards – Evansville, IN

We are proud and humbled to announce that we took home four 2019 Parade of Homes Awards at the Southern Indiana Builders Association’s ceremony last night! This is a distinguishing honor that boasts not only the quality of our homes, but the design as well.

All Parade Homes in the SIBA Parade of Homes that qualify to be judged are divided into categories according to their price. Home builders, designers and realtors from outside of the local market judge the homes in each category. Scores are determined by awarding points for “Exterior”, “Interior”, “Kitchen” and “Bath”. The home that scores the highest combined points is awarded HOME OF THE YEAR for that category, and is not eligible for other individual awards.

 

Jagoe Homes 2019 Parade of Homes Winners

 

Category One: HOME OF THE YEAR
Eastwick at Berkshire

4755 Eastwick Drive, Newburgh, IN, 47630

Leonardo Craftsman

3 Bed / 2 Bath

2-Car Garage

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Category Four: BEST KITCHEN, BEST BATH, BEST INTERIOR
Waterside at Berkshire

5611 Brompton Drive, Newburgh, IN, 47630

Theodore Roosevelt Craftsman

4 BD / 2.5 BA

3-Car Garage

3455 Sqft

 

Make sure to also tour a 2018 Parade of Homes winner!

 

2018 Category One: BEST KITCHEN
Cayman Ridge

2415 Belize Drive, Evansville, IN, 47725

Cumberland Craftsman

3 BD / 2.5 BA

2-Car Garage

2048 Sqft

 

And don’t miss these two 2017 Parade of Homes winners!

 

2017 Category One: HOME OF THE YEAR
The Orchard

617 Criterion Way, Evansville, IN, 47711

Teton Craftsman

3 BD / 2 Bath

2-Car Garage

1718 Sqft

 

2017 Category Two: BEST EXTERIOR & BEST INTERIOR
Creekside Meadows

3717 Burlingame Drive, Evansville, IN, 47725

National Craftsman

4 BD / 2.5 Bath

2-Car Garage

2611 Sqft

 

All of these award-winning homes are available to tour in the 2019 Parade of Homes until June 9th!

 

During the Parade of Homes, we would like to graciously thank and recognize our building partners and suppliers, and especially our Jagoe Homes team in Evansville & Newburgh for all their contributions and diligent work year in and year out. We are also grateful for our friends, colleagues, associates and especially Jagoe homeowners who loyally support our efforts.

Tour all Jagoe Homes in the 2019 Parade of Homes!

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 17

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 17

MY HOME IS COMPLETE! A member of our Quality Control Team, Daniel, completed my Home Orientation on April 25th in Bluegrass Commons in Owensboro, Kentucky.

At the Home Orientation, a Jagoe Care Representative will conduct a detailed demonstration of the home’s operation and a review of the owner’s maintenance responsibilities and warranties.  The orientation is also another opportunity for Jagoe Homes to confirm with the homeowner that the home has been delivered with all construction work completed and selections installed as requested.  This was my opportunity to identify possible cosmetic defects on cabinets, countertops and other things that are susceptible to damage after closing.  After closing, there is no way to tell if cosmetic damage was caused during the construction process or was the result of damage incurred during the moving process.  Jagoe Homes goal is to complete all items noted at the New Home Orientation prior to close of escrow.  Generally, most are completed before homeowners move in.  If there are any outstanding items when the closing date arrives Jagoe Homes coordinates completion of the work in much the same way a warranty request would be handled.

After I close on my home, my contact for warranty issues is Cheryl, our Customer Service Administrator.

Jagoe Homes commitment to Customer Satisfaction continues after closing by offering a full-time Customer Service and Warranty Department. Service requests can be submitted online, by email at cheryl.judd@jagoehomes.com, or by phone 800-264-4663.

Another important step in the building process that comes before closing is a Blower Door Test.

Simply put, a Blower Door Test is a  fan-and-pressure-based test performed by a certified rater to measure the “leakiness” of a home. Every new Jagoe Home receives a Blower Door Test. It is required for the home to meet the energy code through the performance method.

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After the Blower Door Test is completed, the certified rater will submit the results to their Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Provider. The rater then registers the home with RESNET. An energy packet is supplied to the rater, who then delivers it to Jagoe Homes. Then, Jagoe Homes will finally hand off to the homeowner.

This packet has relevant information specific to that home and should be kept with the warranty info. My home received a score of 62. The lower a home scores on RESNET’S HERS (Home Energy Rating) Index, the more energy efficient it is. A standard new home that’s built to meet the current Energy Conservation Code will score a HERS Index of 100. New Energy Smart, Jagoe Homes score an average of 64, making them at least 36 percent more efficient than a standard new home and at least 66 percent more efficient than a used home.

It is highly recommended that all homeowners keep and maintain this packet. The RESNET value may be represented in an appraisal, and positively effect mortgage values and rates in the future. In fact, it is already affecting appraisals and mortgages in some coastal states, and working its way inward. This could help the homeowner when they sell their home in the future, or even refinance when the high performance value is more universally and officially recognized on government documents.

home storyAll Jagoe Homes are backed by a 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty!

With the purchase of your new home, you receive a copy of the structural home warranty contract. The contract explains what is covered as well as a maintenance booklet to give you tips on how to care for your home. In addition, the warranty is fully-transferable, which increases the resale value of your home.

What is covered in the 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty?

  • 10 full years of structural defect coverage for load-bearing components.
  • 2 full years of systems surety coverage against defects in wiring, piping, and ductwork in electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling, ventilating, and mechanical systems.
  • 1 full year of surety coverage against defects in workmanship and materials
It is important to remember to keep your finances in order right before closing.

My lender, which is also Jagoe Homes’ preferred lender, FBC Mortgage, and my loan officer were FANTASTIC at keeping in contact with me. It was hard for me not to go out and purchase furniture (decorating is my favorite), but I resisted temptation before my closing!

Finally, we CLOSED! Now for the big move…

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From start to finish, my home took 119 days to build.

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 15

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 15

In just two weeks… I’ll be CLOSING on my brand new, Energy Smart Jagoe Home! I can’t believe it! It has really crept up on me! I’ve got around 15 boxes packed up in my apartment at the moment. I’m already planning to take my area rugs to the cleaners for a deep clean, and I even ordered a new one for my owner’s suite from Overstock! That’s the ONLY piece of furniture that I’ve ordered for my new home. I’m very careful not to spend too much before my closing day.

I’ve also been calling around to get quotes for fencing from a few companies. We decided to go with a trusted landscaper who has done a lot of work in Jagoe Homes’ communities over the years, Yellowbanks Lawn & Landscape. In my deeds and restrictions for Bluegrass Commons in Owensboro, it states that my particular home site (one of several, but not all by any means) is required to have a 4′ black iron fence, as opposed to a tall, wooden or vinyl privacy fence.

My loan officer and underwriter from FBC Mortgage have been in more contact with me these past two weeks. This is because they need to do a soft pull from my credit before my closing date to make sure I’ve been in line with my spending habits and that I’ve been keeping up with my other payments and bills. They are also checking to make sure that I’ve applied for home owner’s insurance, which you need just like you do car insurance!

On the construction side… I am getting all of the “bells & whistles” and finishing touches put into my home!
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My granite countertops [Precision Stoneworks] finally were installed as well as my sinks! The large, ceramic sink in my kitchen is by Blanco. These types of larger, single-bowl sinks are becoming increasingly popular among Jagoe Home buyers. I ALMOST didn’t go with granite in my owner’s bath. Marble countertops in the bathrooms come standard with the Summit Craftsman plan, but I still used them in my secondary bath to cut back on costs, and I like the white, matte marble with the Umber cabinets [Arisokraft].

As you can see, all of my recessed lighting is also finished! I decided to cap off where my kitchen pendent lighting would normally go. I will purchase those at a later date. My coach lights [Kichler] are also installed on the exterior of my home. My plumbing fixtures were installed the following week. All of my plumbing fixtures are by Delta Faucets – Kitchen: Essa Single Handle Pull Down, #9113 DST in Chrome; Bathrooms: Ashlyn faucets #2564, and Ashlyn tub/shower faucets, #T17764 in Chrome.

All of my doors, trim and walls have been painted [Sherwin Williams in Extra White].

The concrete driveway and the extended patio off of my covered patio was also installed! That’s a true sign that closing day is quickly approaching!

Since the driveway was installed, we finally let our dog, Hank, come check out his new back yard. We have always lived in apartments, so this is the first time he will have his own yard!

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A drywall quality inspection was done during Week 15. The final quality inspection and Blower Door Test to insure Energy Efficiency will come right before my Home Orientation!

After those inspections are complete, and all parties are satisfied… it’s time to CLOSE!

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Up Next: Blower Door Test, Inspections & Closing

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 13

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 13

Our Loan and Closing Administrator, Kim, set my OFFICIAL Closing Date on my Brand New Energy Smart Jagoe Home for April 30th!

It’s been just over two months since Week 1 of my home building process.  Last week, drywall was completed, and the first coat of paint was applied. This week, crews are installing my exterior vinyl, interior floor laminate and interior wood trim and doors. After that, it gets really fun, for me at least, when tile work begins, and my granite countertops are installed in the kitchen and owner’s bath!

So, this is what the interior of the kitchen and living area looked like after the first coat of paint:
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Then things got serious. Just a few days later, the floor was installed, the cabinets were finished, AND they even started on my tile shower…
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There were some Personalized Options that I really wanted in my home in Owensboro.

I’m obsessed with interior design. It’s so much more than colors and furniture. Amelia Laster, AKBD, Jagoe Homes’ Design & Merchandising Manager, does a fantastic job on our Model Homes! You can view all of our Model Homes on our Pinterest Page and pin ideas to your own board. You can also follow our Design Owensboro Facebook Page for fun polls, ideas and shared content from other design pages. If you’re a more visual person, or enjoy an interactive experience, you can even take Video Tours and Virtual Tours of Jagoe Home plans!

Before I started building this home in Bluegrass Commons, I was set on a gray pallet on the exterior. As you can see, my exterior selections reflect a brown pallet.

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I completely changed my mind because I love the brick that I selected [Brampton Brick in Monroe], and when I decided to go with the brown colored mortar, that sealed the deal for me. I love it and think it looks great! As for the interior, I’ve been a fan of stark, white walls since I saw our 2018 Homearama Home. I own a lot of colorful artwork, so the white walls [Sherwin Williams in Extra White] will be a nice background for my paintings. I also decided that I did not want any carpet in my home, so I just went with the wood-look vinyl throughout. The vinyl [ArmorCore in Steel Wool] looks really nice, is easy to replace if damaged and is scratch resistant from my large dog. This is also an area that I chose to SAVE money on options.

Where I chose to spend more money on options was in my kitchen and owner’s bath! I splurged on granite countertops [Precision Stoneworks, 3 cm granite in Uba Tuba], black slate appliances [GE Appliances], subway tile backsplash [Emser Tile in 3″ X 16″ in white with black grout], Blanco kitchen sink, floating shelves and an extended kitchen island where I wanted to add an extra drawer for a trash can. I cannot tell you how excited I am to have a trash can in my island, since my home plan [Summit Craftsman] doesn’t have a large pantry to keep another one in. I also installed quiet-close drawers in the kitchen and owner’s bath and went with a tile shower instead of a tub/shower stall in the owner’s bath, as well as granite countertops and a double bowl vanity. My kitchen is DEFINITELY my favorite room in my home!

Other aspects of my home that I decided to add options such as; double-hung windows [Sun Windows], widened doors in a few areas, extended concrete patio off of the covered patio and extra storage space in the garage with pull-down stairs. Double-hung windows differ from single-hung in that they offer the homeowner the ability to open each sash, rather than just the bottom sash. This allows for better airflow and ventilation. The ability to open and tilt each sash makes cleaning easier, too. The widened, 3′ doors [Masonite, 5 panel] make the seemingly “tight” spaces in the home feel more open, specifically the garage-to-home door, laundry room door, and owner’s suite door.  This will especially be handy when moving in!  The 10′ extra concrete addition will allow more space for outdoor lounging and grilling, and the extra storage space in the garage will be useful for storing Holiday decorations and boxes of old t-shirts that I just didn’t have the heart to give away.

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Up Next: Paint, Fixtures & More

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 10

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 10

Whoa… things are really starting to speed up around here… it’s getting more and more real every day!

We had our framing visit with Bernie, one of our Owensboro Superintendents. Bernie has been with Jagoe Homes for 33 years, since September of 1986,  so I guess you could say he knows a thing or two! At a framing visit, Jagoe Homes invites the homeowners out to the home site with a Superintendent to take a look at the home after it is framed. There, the home owners also take a look at how the HVAC, electrical and plumbing is installed. During the visit, the Superintendent will walk through the entire home with the homeowner to provide a brief overview of what is installed and answer any questions.

Here are some photos from our Framing Visit:
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After our Framing Visit, crews installed our roof and insulation.

Effective installation of insulation is very important for every Jagoe Homes’ high Energy Smart standard. In addition to the low-E insulated windows and doors, we also install highly efficient heating and cooling systems with programmable thermostats. All of the duct work must be properly insulated and sealed as well. When a home is at this stage in the building process, an inspector will come out and perform a Thermal Bypass to ensure that air sealing and insulation has been installed to this standard.

According to Energy Star, the checklist requires visual inspection of framing areas where air barriers are commonly missed and inspection of insulation to ensure proper alignment with air barriers, thus serving as an extra check that the air and thermal barriers are continuous and complete. So basically, it is an inspection of the wall and cavity insulation of a home. This must be done while the insulation is still exposed, and does not encompass the attic insulation, which is inspected later when a Blower Door Test is conducted.

A Thermal Bypass is important because it makes sure the insulation is installed properly so that heat transfers out of your home more slowly in the winter, and heat transfers into your home more slowly in the summer, thus saving the homeowner money on monthly energy bills. It also makes sure the home is sealed properly to prevent air exchange with the outside, which can also contribute to heat exchange.

 

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In short, a Thermal Bypass is the second step in determining a home’s HERS Rating. Around the time a home is permitted, the HERS rater will “project” the HERS rating in a software that accurately builds the home and environment’s heat dynamics. That’s step one. Step two is the thermal bypass. Step three is the blower door and duct blaster air testing, which measures the leakiness of the duct work and the home overall. The HERS rating for a home is similar to the miles per gallon rating for an automobile.

Once my home passed it’s Thermal Bypass, it was time for Drywall!
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And… they started installing my brick yesterday!!

This is by Brampton Brick, in their “Monroe” color, with brown mortar.

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Contact a Jagoe New Home Sales Consultant to get your brand new, Jagoe Home started today!

Up Next: Wood Trim & Doors

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 8

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 8

And just like that… my new, Jagoe Home is framed!

There is an actual HOME on that giant slab of concrete!!

After my slab foundation was complete, framing my home was the very next step. It could have been framed the next day if our framing crews weren’t already busy with other Jagoe Homes that were in the construction pipeline before mine! Sometimes it can take up to two weeks for the framing crew to get to your job site, depending on how busy they are. Framers will also not complete a job if it is raining or we are experiencing other types of inclement weather. Of course, it rained the day that my framers were originally scheduled to come, but luckily there was no rain the next day, and VOILA!

It’s hard for some people to fully visualize what the home will look like when it is completed.

However, this is normally where our customers get pretty excited in their building process!

Most Jagoe Homes are Framed by the Amish.

Amish framers are some of the best in the business because this particular trade has been passed down through the men in their families for generations. Their attention to detail is incomparable and they take immense pride in their work. The Amish travel to our Jagoe Homes communities from Southern Indiana and Central Kentucky. On the way to the job site, the 2-12 man crew reviews and studies the home plans so that when they arrive on the site, they can easily hit the ground running. One crew can frame a home the size of mine (about 1500 square feet) in only one day. We estimate that the Amish have framed over 5,000 Jagoe Homes.

Jagoe Homes also utilizes engineered roof trusses, meaning they are already put together, which increases quality of workmanship and timeliness when framing a home. We also use certain grades of lumber of better quality in all Jagoe Homes. As we learn and grow as a home builder, we look separately at structural issues and insulation issues due to framing. This reduces thermal bridging, which is a fancy way of saying that the wood that your home is framed with, believe it or not, contributes to your homes’ energy efficiency.

There’s more to the framing stage than wood!

You can also see that all of my Sun Windows have been installed! In fact, we proudly install Sun Windows in every Jagoe Home! Sun products are designed to maximize your home’s energy efficiency. The insulated glass systems use the latest advances in energy performance technology. This includes new generation Low-E glass, Argon gas filled air spaces, and Duralite™, the most advanced warm-edge insulated glass spacer system available.

At this point in my process with FBC Mortgage, my loan has reached the underwriting stage. I’ve received a couple emails from my loan officer regarding where my loan is in the process. I also needed to present him with some recent bank statements, a copy of my driver’s license and a few other documents to help the underwriters. I’m also watching interest rates fall, which is great news for me!

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Up Next: Plumbing and Electrical Rough-In, Insulation & Drywall

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 7

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 7

My foundation is complete! After the footer for my new home was installed, the next step was my foundation block.  After the installation of the foundation block, insulation was then installed around the interior of the foundation, which helps to reduce monthly energy costs. Next, plumbing was installed, the foundation was filled with rock and the concrete floor was finally poured. That completes the foundation for my home!

Owensboro had a high of 8 degrees on Wednesday of Week 4, so some progress was delayed due to the polar vortex and freezing conditions. Then, it decided to rain for several days in Week 5 and in the beginning of Week 6. Hard rain can damage concrete as it is curing, and make it not smooth and uneven with each rain drop. This is why you never want to poor concrete in the rain. January’s weather is so wildly unpredictable. This is frustrating for me as a home owner, but I would much rather my home be structurally sound and wait a couple more days for it to be perfect.

Here’s what my home looked like during the block, insulation and plumbing phases:

Block:

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There are many benefits to building your new home on a concrete slab:
  • Slab foundations minimize the risk of damage from flooding or the leaking of gasses such as radon from a basement or crawl space into the house. However, all Jagoe Homes communities are built above flood plains.
  • A concrete slab can protect a home from termites or other similar insects, as they have no open spaces underneath the house that would give them access to wooden joists or supports they could chew.
  • In certain conditions, slab foundation is a very cost effective way to build your home.
  • Slab homes are often built closer to the ground than homes with basements or crawl spaces, thus reducing the number of steps it takes to enter. This can be advantageous for anyone who has a hard time getting up and down steps. A slab may be built on a higher level if the home owner prefers.
My concrete slab was installed on February 18th!

My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 3

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 3

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My Personal Jagoe Home Story: Week 3

I’m starting to see activity on my home site! The footer was dug in the morning and the concrete for the footer was poured in the afternoon on Thursday, January 24th. The snow delayed progress on my home for a couple of days.

From now on, I am very careful around the construction site! As a homeowner, I try to plan my visits after our trade partners have finished for the day.  For everyone’s safety, It’s best not to bring small children or pets to the construction site.

Last week (Week 2), I received a letter from Kim, our Loan and Closing Administrator.

The letter states that Jagoe Homes had a calculated “Estimated Closing Date,” and that this date is “to be in the approximate time frame between: May 15, 2019 and June 15, 2019.”

This letter also includes that, “an Estimated Closing Date time frame is subject to significant changing due to weather, municipalities, material shortages, etc. When your home is at the drywall stage, I (Kim), will contact you with a date and time for your Homeowner Orientation and Closing. This is usually 30 to 45 days before closing.”

The letter goes on to state that, “another big task you accomplished is your loan approval from FBC Mortgage. With that loan approval we are moving forward with the construction of your home. Your lender has approved your loan based on the current status of your financial, employment and credit ability. Keep in mind a few important things to remember during the construction process: Do not open any new credit accounts; Do not incur additional debt; No change in your current employment status that would affect income; Please be sure to provide your lender with any and all documentation as requested.”

From a home owner’s perspective…

Now, it is January, so I was definitely expecting some weather delays on pouring the concrete footer for my home. We’ve had some not-so-awesome rainy, snowy, icy, cold days here in Owensboro, Kentucky in the past couple of weeks. Pouring concrete in winter months is a tough job due to weather and shortened daylight hours. Concrete can successfully be poured in cold weather! However, concrete should never be poured on frozen ground, snow or ice.

Here is what my home site looked like after the footer was installed:

 

Our preferred lender, FBC Mortgage, also sent me loan documents to electronically sign the same day that I received Kim’s letter last week. This was a very quick and easy process! Make sure that you read over your loan documents carefully.

After your brand new, Jagoe Home is Production Released, be very careful not to do something that could have a negative affect on your credit score.

This could include the purchase of high-priced items or vacations. Other examples could be purchasing furniture or even a vehicle. Be sure to make all of your current payments on time, especially credit cards. This is one of the biggest investments you can make in your life! It’s very important to keep your credit score in excellent condition throughout the entire construction process as your closing loan officer will administer another soft pull of your credit prior to the closing date.

If you are unsure of a decision that you are making and whether it will affect your credit or not, you can always consult your loan officer!

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