Timeline For New Construction

December 9, 2009 by admin  
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In every state and every town you build a new home you’ll typically find a clause in the contract stipulating how long the builder has to complete the project. In many cases, builders will leave the length of time to “until all work has been completed in a workmen like manner” or define outrageous time [...]

Finding Suitable Land

December 9, 2009 by admin  
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Up there on the list of essential elements to building a home is a plot of land. It seems straight forward enough but let’s think through some things you may not have considered. The Lay of the Land – The layout of the land has a significant impact on what home designs will work best. [...]

Budgeting For Quality

December 9, 2009 by admin  
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Budgeting home projects can be a little tricky if you’re not sure what to lookout for. You can cut corners on a few projects or beef up on the extras, just know depending on what you want, the same home can be built for $70 a square foot or $250 a square foot. The materials [...]

Getting SMART, Going Green, and Getting ENERGY STAR Certified

December 9, 2009 by admin  
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By far, one of the greatest advantages to building a home is taking advantage of new building trends, techniques, and materials. For a slightly higher building cost you can have a home certified by ENERGY STAR that will significantly reduce your utility expenses. We whole heatedly recommend the extra effort over traditional building standards. Just [...]

Where To Start

December 9, 2009 by admin  
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There are two primary things to look for when designing a home. First is the actual floor plan and layout of the home. Second is the style or unified theme throughout the house. A great place to start looking for both of these is at a local book store like Barnes and Nobel or Books [...]

Considerations While Drawing Up Your Designs

December 9, 2009 by admin  
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By now you should have a good idea of the style and features you want your home to have. You hopefully have several pictures or floor plans to work with and are ready to start finalizing your design. Depending on how your research turned out, you may have the perfect design already done and ready [...]

The Basic Building Process

December 9, 2009 by admin  
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From paper to breaking ground – After you have plans in hand, its time to find a builder to execute the design. We discuss how to find a builder in more detail in the next section. Aside from the builder, you will also need to pull permits, get a land survey complete, and set up [...]

How NOT To Select A Builder

December 9, 2009 by admin  
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My Family or Friend is a Builder – I know you love family and I’m sure you’re a loyal friend, but at the end of the day you are, in fact, entrusting hundreds of thousands of dollars to someone. While it is okay to hire a qualified, experienced builder who happens to be a family [...]

What To Look For

December 9, 2009 by admin  
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Working Knowledge – An important part of a contractors job is to inspect and manage all the parts of the home during its construction. As the saying goes “You don’t know what you don’t know”. You want to find a builder that is knowledgeable about ALL the trades and standards in the industry. They should [...]

Comparing Quotes and Contracts

December 9, 2009 by admin  
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Lock and Key Contract vs. Cost Plus Contract – There are two primary methods contractors use to structure a contract. Those operating under a guaranteed building price use Lock and Key Contracts. These contracts state that your home price will never exceed a certain limit. While this is often the most preferred by home owners, [...]

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