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April 24, 2017

Tiny House Living Spotlight: Portland, Oregon

Portland's tiny home craze continues to climb. Curious about the benefits of living small in Portland? Read on to learn more about the tiny home craze.
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February 27, 2017

New Construction: What’s Trending in Smaller Cities

If you're planning on buying a newly built home in a smaller city, here are some of the new construction trends you can expect to see this year.
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February 22, 2017

Are Startups and Tech Firms Market Drivers for New Construction?

How does an increase of startups and tech firms affect today's building industry? Learn how these industries drive the market for new construction.
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November 14, 2016

New Home Building Trends: Why First Time Buyers Are in Luck

Find out why now is a great time to be a first time home buyer. See the new home buying trends that are benefitting first time home buyers.
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September 21, 2016

Key Takeaways for New Home Construction

When construction wraps up, and you put the finishing touches on your new home, you might take a few moments to think back over what you have learned about building a home yourself. You’ve absorbed an immense amount of information, both in the research you did before and during the project, advice you received from the professional with whom you worked and even the things you learned the hard way during the process. Hopefully, there weren’t many of those!

If you had to do it over again or if a friend is considering building a home and asks your for advice, is there a short list of guiding principles that guided your overall management of the project?

Listed below are [...]

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August 31, 2016

The Design Process: What to Keep in Mind, and What Not to Forget

To design the home of your dreams, you have three basic options: hire an architect or designer who will work with you and your general contractor; hire a design and build firm that provides design services as an integrated package, or design the home yourself with the help of a professional expert in local building codes, permitting and mechanical systems.

There are plusses, minuses, and trade-offs involved in each option. Working with an architect will increase your upfront costs, but a professional will diminish your risk of making costly mistakes or ending up with a building that falls short of your vision. If you have experience in home design, you can save a lot by using [...]

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August 24, 2016

How To Pick An Architect

A good architect can turn your new home into a structure that does more than house your family. He or she can make it into a work of art that makes a statement about your lifestyle, the building’s physical setting or the neighboring structures.

An architect’s role can vary. They can create the design, do the drafting, select the materials and supervise the entire work process. An architect can help you keep an informed eye on the builders and make sure the project stays on track. For other projects, the architect’s role may be limited to drafting the blueprints. If you engage an architect, you will usually end up with a better end product.

However, [...]

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August 5, 2016

Building a Home: How to Pick a Contractor

Hiring the builder that will construct your new home is by far the most important decision you will make during the entire process. He or she will be your quarterback, your resident expert, your educator, your organizer and the one whose performance will determine whether your home is built on time, within budget and to the quality that you expect. Because your home is the biggest investment in your life, it’s important to choose the right builder.

Begin your search for a builder who will serve as your general contractor by understanding what the job entails. As in other businesses, many builders specialize in different aspects of the building process. Some provide design as [...]

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