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November 5, 2018

Why Designers and Architects Are Pushing for Living Building Challenge Homes

Building green is becoming more of a trend, and verging on a requirement in many places. Here's a look at a green building certification program.
 
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September 10, 2018

7 Home Building Tips for Families with Young Children

If you have young children, it is important to keep them in mind during the home building process. Here are seven tips for families with young children to consider – including safety, space, and design.
 
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June 5, 2018

Home Buyer 101: The Construction Punch List

As the future owner of a new build, you play a major role in your home's completion process. Here's the home buyer 101 guide to the construction punch list.
 
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April 20, 2018

Slab vs. Crawl Space Foundations: What Are the Differences and Which Is Better?

When looking to purchase a home, the design is an important factor. You want a home that is well built. An important factor is the type of foundation that the home is built on. While there are many different types of foundations, three of the most common are a slab foundation, crawl space and basement.

The type of foundation in a home depends mostly on geography and climatic conditions. Basements are more common in the northern latitude, as many building codes require a greater distance between the foundation and the home in the colder climate. A 2013 survey by National Association of Home Builders found that 84% of homes built in the upper Midwest had a full or partial [...]

 
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April 9, 2018

As New Construction Continues – What Do Renters Need to Know?

With a glut of new construction already open and more about to flood the market, find out what should renters know about the coming trends in rental rates.
 
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March 7, 2018

Questions You Should Ask a Contractor Before Building

You started batting renovation ideas around the moment you realized your current living space wouldn’t satisfy the growing needs of your family. After a lot of research and internal debate, you’ve finally settled on a plan. What you have in mind requires a big financial commitment, and an even bigger emotional one if you take into account timing and relative inconvenience — but in the end, you’re convinced it’ll ease both cost of living and spatial flow issues.

First, you need to hire a contractor. Ideally, you’d like someone with marked experience who displays both innovation and hard-line completion skills. How can qualities such as these be [...]

 
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February 28, 2018

Starting From Scratch? Here’s What You Need to Know About Working With an Architect to Design Your Home

Designing and building a new home from scratch can be overwhelming. Enlist the services of an architect to design the home of your dreams – here's how.
 
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February 21, 2018

New Construction Upgrades That Are Worth the Expense

When it comes to building a new home, everyone has an opinion on what should be done and how. And there’s always the person who chimes in with the cliché: “You need to spend money to make money.” While the advice does apply to new home upgrades, some home improvements offer a more attractive ROI than others.

Always Look for Upgrades That Boost Your ROI

Depending on the size of your budget, it’s smart to make upgrades with a higher ROI a priority. When looking at your list of to-dos, tackle the projects that will attract future buyers, so you can attain the top price for your listing when it comes time to sell your home.

One study compared the [...]

 
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February 5, 2018

Five Ways to Get Your Money Back From Bad Contractors

Millions of homeowners hire contractors every year, and are thrilled with the results they get, but it’s “practically the norm of homeowners who get a horror story about their contractor instead,” said Jody Costello, a San Diego resident and “pre-renovation coach.” Costello runs a website dedicated to providing information and resources on the dos and don’ts of home remodeling, hiring contractors, and homeowner’s rights. “It’s the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure that their rights are protected and not violated by unethical contractors,” Costello said. “The contractors have rights and the homeowners have [...]

 
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January 16, 2018

Contractors You Can Count On: Five Tips From the Experts

I knew a couple who bought a new home and, after a few years, decided they wanted to make some upgrades to the kitchen and dining room floors, as well as upgrade the existing fireplace with some tile. They found a contractor who promised he could do both jobs. Impressed, no doubt, with his expertise and pricing, the couple hired him. And it was a disaster. The flooring work was shoddy and the tile work had some serious flaws. And, come to find out, the contractor wasn’t licensed to do the work that he did.

These are the kind of horror stories all homeowners hope to avoid; nobody wants to lose out on thousands of dollars and a much-needed upgrade because they chose a [...]

 
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November 6, 2017

What You Need to Know Before Deciding to Build Your Own Home

These are the top 5 things to consider before you commit to building a house. Are you ready to make the jump?
 
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July 5, 2017

Tiny House Living Spotlight: North Carolina

Have you ever dreamed of owning a quaint cabin in North Carolina's stunning wilderness? If you have, consider tiny home living in the Old North State.

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