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New construction homes

New construction homes

Building your dream home from the ground up

If you're curious about new construction homes, you've come to the right place! At Richmond American, we love educating homebuyers so they can feel comfortable taking the next step in their journey. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer, a real estate veteran or you're simply new to new home construction, most people entering the market need some guidance and we're here to help. We provide the information you need to help you make an informed homebuying decision you can feel good about for years to come.

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Building your own home is the American Dream. Many homebuyers look at resale homes first because they don't realize that new construction homes are a realistic possibility. The truth is that a brand-new, never-been-lived-in home is well within reach for a wide range of homebuyers at a variety of price points. Where do you land in the new vs. resale debate? And what are the advantages of building your own home from the ground up?

1. Floor Plan Flexibility

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1. Floor Plan Flexibility

Tract houses built in the 50s and 60s were pretty basic in terms of floor plan layouts. The post-war housing boom led to mass production of homes that looked like they'd arrived right off the assembly line. But new construction homes have come a long way!

Once you choose a floor plan, Richmond American allows you to select structural options that tailor the layout for your personal lifestyle (most plans). You can often add an extra bedroom or change the configuration of the kitchen and primary bath, just to name a couple of examples.

2. Design Freedom

There's nothing more off-putting than walking into a resale home and discovering orange shag carpeting, outdated paneling or decades-old appliances. It's not uncommon for resale homebuyers to sink thousands of dollars into costly upgrades to get an older home to meet modern standards for function and design.

With new construction homes, renovation does not have to be in the budget. And at Richmond American, if you build from the ground up, we take it a step further by offering hundreds of options for flooring, cabinetry, fixtures and more. You can truly have us build your home and make it uniquely yours before you ever move in!

2. Design Freedom

Which floor plan resonates with you? Take our quiz!

Explore the homebuilding process

Exploring floor plans

When you're taking the first steps to buying a new construction home, exploring floor plans is typically one of the most enjoyable aspects of the process. First, it's important to assess how your current living space is and isn't working for you. Do you want a ranch home with all your bedrooms on one main level? Do you prefer a mudroom off the garage where kids can unload backpacks and sluff off their snow boots? Maybe more home storage is at the top of your wish list. Your lifestyle, household size and even your climate can factor in which home layouts will meet your needs.

But with hundreds of communites and floor plan options available on, where do you start? First, take our floor plan quiz! We've also put together resources for exploring floor plans to make narrowing down the right home for you a snap.

Floor plan resources

Model homes near me

We know what you're thinking...where can I find model homes near me? Exploring floor plans online is a great jumping off point and many homebuyers make a decision after studying the floor plan alone. But touring model homes is still the best way to get a first-hand look at the quality and attention to detail of the homebuilder. Even if the floor plan you fall in love with isn't modeled in your area, touring the model home of a comparable floor plan can help you imagine what your home will look like after it's built.

Relocation Resources

What if you're an out of towner? What if you're saying to yourself "there are no model homes near me?" That's not uncommon in the world of new construction homes, and we're here to help! We encourage you to visit a sales center where the home is modeled, if possible. If you can't make the trip before you purchase, call a New Home Specialist at 888.500.7060. These local experts can tell you more about the neighborhoods and floor plans in the area. They can also set up an appointment for you to speak with a Richmond American sales associate, who will be happy to walk the model homes and answer your burning questions to help you make an informed decision.

Other options for exploring model homes:

Facebook Live tours

Facebook Live tours

Our sales associates periodically make virtual tours of Richmond American model homes available to anyone on Facebook Live. Be sure to check the archives for the floor plan of your choice. Just remember that layouts do vary by region and community.

Floor plan videos

Want a preview of a model home before you tour in person? Narrow down the floor plans that interest you before you visit. Our floor plan videos offer a great way to preview a home's layout before you make the trip.

Floor plan videos

Get model home touring tips

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Long gone are the days when real estate agents were a house hunter's sole home finder. Can you imagine going out on a Saturday with your agent to tour five homes sight unseen? Today's homebuyers tend to be market savvy and take ownership in the search process, including hours of shopping for new homes online— maybe even before they speak to a real estate agent. But despite the search experience of the average buyer, the world of shopping for new construction homes has some unique differences from other virtual shopping experiences.

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