Accessibility is more than just 36″ doors

Today, many people are interested in building accessibility into their new homes. This is a step in the right direction: not only is it more economical on the front end, it ends up being more comfortable and convenient for everyone. I am bothered, however, by a suspicion that many that are interested in accessibility are only doing it part way while they think they are doing it all. Did you know only approximately 1% of homes in the US are fully wheelchair accessible?  Even partial accessibility is an improvement, but sometimes it wouldn’t take much more effort to go all the way and have a truly accessible home. Since some of you are or will be drawing your own plans, I wanted to share something with you. The guidelines in these videos are the basics, but it might surprise you with things you didn’t know. Enjoy.

“Should We Build or Should We Buy an Existing Home?”

Bruce Upchurch Should we build or buy

Before you begin the process of building your custom home, a serious question should be considered and answered!

“Should We Build or Should We Buy an Existing Home?”

In a consumer-driven economy, many families have been stretched and stressed because the timing wasn’t right or they weren’t the right profile of person to be building a custom home. They would have been better off buying an existing home than going through a process that wasn’t suited for their life stage, temperament, or timing.

“To build or to buy.” That should be your primary question to answer.

To help you decide, ask these 10 important questions… Be very honest. Answer each one carefully. Keep in mind there are NO right or wrong answer. You’re simply trying to determine the best course of action at this point in your life.

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Five Questions to Ask Yourself When Selecting a Custom Home Builder

Tour this Custom Home with In-Law Suite, Lakeland, TN

#1. Do you like the builder?

You are going to be spending 6-10 months working with your custom home builder. That’s a long time to live with something you don’t like. Chances are, if you get bad feelings in your initial meetings, those feelings are going to come back with a vengeance as work goes on. It is important to take personality into account when making such a big decision.

Building a custom home is a huge investment in time and resources, and there is only one chance to get it right. It’s your home. It’s your money. Make sure the custom builder you are working with appreciates that and works to make you happy. If you get bad feelings at the start, take your project elsewhere.

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Your ready to build your “Custom Dream Home”

Where We Build

Bruce Upchurch Homes LLC can build your custom home on almost any owned property.   It is often thought that a custom home builder builds on acreage or land away from neighborhoods.  However, that is only one side of our custom home building.  We also build custom homes on lots within a neighborhood after a home has been burned down.  We built a home so a daughter could be close to her mother.  Wherever you want to build a custom home, Bruce Upchurch Custom Homes LLC will work with you to build your dream home.

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Add A Safe Room to Your New Custom Home

Consider A Safe Room When Building Your Custom Home.

Have you considered a Safe Room when building your custom home? Safe Rooms are usually the size of a large closet or pantry that is finished out with the same home décor, but the inside is built to withstand high winds and flying debris.  Bruce Upchurch uses the best quality materials when building a custom home. This is even truer when adding a safe room to their customs homes. They build them to withstand high winds and flying debris; reinforcing the walls with rebar and concrete.  If you have questions Contact Us or call 901-331=3242 | Email:


Safe Room inside view

Safe Room Outside view


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A Bit of advice

A lot of builders won’t like this bit of advice: ask for a fixed price. Don’t settle for a fee based on a percentage of costs. You can bet costs will go up.The price of concrete can skyrocket or the price of lumber will turn your dream house into a nightmare. Avoid signing an open-ended contract with the HOPE you stay in budget. Ask for a FIXED PRICE.With a fixed price, these are problems the builder must live with, not you.