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We are a custom home builder.  We at Sonrise Construction prefer to be known exclusively as a "custom" home builder.  We want our customers to be able to work with us in making up to 100% of the choices for how they desire their home to be built.

Room additions can be economical if you want to stay in your current home and just want to make some improvements to custom tailor your home to fit your needs or desires. Room additions can be major projects, so it is important that you give consideration to the practical and financial aspects.

Colonial homes are patterned after the homes built by America's first European settlers. The style dates back to the English building styles of medieval times. Consisting of a two story, square, or rectangular house with steep, gabled roofs, the colonial has a large central door, a central chimney and fireplace. The home's rooms are off of an interior hallway. Other house designs are based off this basic pattern and are still in demand today.

A cottage house can be defined as a dense house.  Dense is not a bad thing; it just means more individualized living areas.  You can still have a three bedroom, three bath house with a kitchen, dining room, living room, family room, and home office; it just will not take up your entire lot or your entire budget.

A contemporary house plan is distinctive.  While difficult to describe, they usually include irregular or unusual shapes, perhaps open floor plans, oversized windows.  Though they are not for everybody, they are a perfect fit for the right homeowner.  Contemporary house owners would not ever want to live in ranch style home.

Some would say that Victorian homes are the embodiment of excess. They are known for soaring spires, elaborate woodwork, unusual house plans. If you consider yourself to be practical, this may not be the style for you.  However, if you are ready for a house that will bring traffic down your street to admire its beauty, the amazing Victorian home style may a perfect fit.

Simplicity is the way a country house is frequently described. They are traditional, and usually symmetrical, but never showy or ostentatious. The brand new country home has the air of having been built long ago. Wood and chipped stone suggest a timeless feel. So, trendy home plans can be an enticement, but what you really may want is a simple country home.

Large exterior windows, low-pitched tiled, roof, and stucco or brick siding are characteristics of the Mediterranean house plan.  The Mediterranean design presents a striking appearance with its archways and verandas - marks that promote an air of extravagance without being excessive. The Mediterranean can be one-story or two-story, large or small, and can be customized for any budget. 

The saltbox style home plan came about when the early colonists needed more space for their growing families. Generally, the traditional Colonial style home was modified to include a one story addition onto the rear of the house. The roof was extended to cover the new addition. These new homes looked like the boxes the colonists used for storing their salt, and that’s how the name came about.

The reigns of England's four King Georges gave rise to the Georgian house. It was popular in England from approximately 1715 to 1830. The Georgian was a favorite of the wealthy classes because it presented an air of affluence and respectability with its many windows and ornate entrances. The Georgian experienced a revival in the early 1900s, aided by the availability of less costly building materials. In the current age, the Georgian house is within reach of almost any homebuyer.

The Arts and Crafts style of the first twenty years of the 20th century brought in the Craftsman Home style. This style depicted simplicity with strong construction and beauty. Its interior design spoke of refinement and stateliness.

The Ranch style home design is America's most popular home style. Some would say the style is uninteresting, even boring. With four walls, a roof, and no nonessential features or enhancements, the Ranch is a basic style. Remodeling the ranch home can make it stand out from the rest.