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House Plans Tips for Buying Land Before You Search for House Plans– Part 2


Your Dream House Needs Dream Land: Tips for Buying the Perfect Building Lot—Part 2     Part 1 of Your Dream House Needs Dream Land: Tips for Buying the Perfect Building Lot covered title search and insurance, zoning and deed restrictions, essential services, surveys, and easements (read Part 1 here). Now in part 2, we will discuss some further tips on issues to consider when purchasing land.   Remember that buying raw land is more involved than buying ready-to-build land or a lot within a subdivision, and here we touch on some major but often overlooked issues in such a purchase. Buying within a development is more straightforward because the developer most likely addressed most or all of these Read more
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Published On : 07-27-2015
Author : Tim Bakke
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Safety and Security of Your New House Plan
Moving into your brand new home when it is finished is such an exciting life event, but during all the excitement, many people tend to forget about the safety and security aspects. There are a number of issues when it comes to security of your new house plan – some of which can be dealt with in advance of move-in day.    It can be especially challenging when you are moving in your first home, and the goal is to make the right choices – choices that affect comfort and your wallet, as well as a return on investment for the future.   The Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) recorded some of the typical project trends in their this study, where they asked recent first-time home buyers about the proje Read more
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Published On : 07-21-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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Goodbye Apartment, Hello Dream House!
Is It Time to Trade Up to Your First House? Answer These 6 Questions First     No matter how much you love your apartment, there comes a time when the desire for more space and flexibility takes over. Ah, if you can only have that porch, a garden in the back, your dream kitchen, that hobby room, and of course, more storage space.   Perhaps it’s time for a new perspective—and a trade-up of the lovely apartment with great views for a dream home that is tailored to fit your needs and lifestyle.    You may love this beautifully laid-out one-room apartment (left), where every inch of space is utilized. But who wouldn’t trade the entire apartment for this modern master Read more
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Published On : 07-19-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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Tips for Buying Land
Your Dream Home Needs Dream Land: Tips for Buying the Perfect Building Lot—Part 1     Buying vacant land on which to build a home is a huge step, and it is often done by those who are looking for freedom and independence from a typical development community. You get to create exactly what you desire—and where your desire—in a home within your budget. So it is easy to fall in love with a piece of property before doing your due diligence.   You start dreaming of building a home with a fabulous view and feel a rush to move ahead quickly to create that dream. I know because I almost did! I have been through this myself and have done a lot of research—it's complex!   Ideal Read more
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Published On : 07-09-2015
Author : Tim Bakke
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What Makes an Energy-Efficient House Plan?
Your “Dream Home” Doesn’t Have To Be a “Green Home.” Just One That Uses Energy Wisely     We all have heard of and/or seen so-called “green homes.” They are houses built using “green,” or sustainable, materials; use renewable, clean energy where possible; and are fabricated to exacting guidelines. They follow standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as part of its LEED program. The acronym LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, a certification program that, according to the Web site, “recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.”   But LEED-certified “green” homes are much Read more
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Published On : 07-02-2015
Author : Tim Bakke
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The Cost to Build a House: A Guide to Budgeting
Dreaming of Building Your Own Home? Here’s How To Figure Out What You Can Afford     Building a house is a huge investment. However, that house also becomes your home—something made up of much more than just a mortgage payment. It is the center for your family, a place to relax, and the place where you should feel most comfortable.   Many people feel daunted by the prospect of building a home. Luckily, there are many great resources to guide you, from how much money you need to build it to choosing the right plan and location. Following a step-by-step guide makes the process that much easier.     Where to Begin—Money Matters   Building your dream must be based in Read more
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Published On : 06-25-2015
Author : Tim Bakke
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From House Plan to House Done: The Challenge and Thrill of Building Your Own Home
Nine Steps to the House of Your Dreams—From Scratch     The moment has finally arrived. Your dream home is about to become a reality. Are you ready for the ultimate challenge—and excitement—of building your own home?     As you prepare to make that giant leap, make sure that all of the pieces are in place and that every preliminary step has been completed, including finding land, filing for building permits, determining the budget/cost of building the home, arranging for financing/construction loans/insurance, locating materials suppliers, and choosing a plan design, contractor, and landscaper. Click here for more on some of these preliminary steps.   Building th Read more
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Published On : 06-10-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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The Blueprint to Home Styles
Looking for a Distinctive Home Plan? Here’s a Guide to Seven Top American Design Styles     Lots of terms get thrown your way when you are in the process of buying or building a home: Cape Cod, Queen Anne, Foursquare … and a lot more. But even if you know the word, you may not know exactly what a Foursquare looks like or what distinguishing features it has.   To make your quest for a new house plan a little easier, we have compiled seven of the most popular home architectural styles in America to help you decide which suits you.     1.   A-Frame   Perhaps best known by the Swiss chalet expression of the style, A-Frame houses are popular as vacation homes (Plan Read more
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Published On : 06-03-2015
Author : Tim Bakke
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Create a Living Space That’s Fun, Cozy, and Safe for Your New Baby
Nursery Tips for Your Current Home, Plus What to Look for in a New, Family-Friendly House     It is one of the most exciting life-changing moments—news that a baby is on the way.    But there is just a little matter of space to consider. You most likely have two options:    You love your apartment, condo, or house and are not ready to move to a bigger place before your baby arrives. One of the biggest challenges facing parents who live in a small residence is finding space for the little one. Take heart, there are several ways of creating a safe, pleasant, and comfortable nursery that baby and everyone will love.  You are ready to find a new home for your growing f Read more
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Published On : 05-27-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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In With the Old as Vintage Home Features Make a Comeback
Spice Up Your New Home with Retro Features     Step into one of today’s modern homes, and you may be surprised to find some vintage fixtures around the place. See a gorgeous wood record player cabinet or a dumbwaiter in the Great Room?  Look up and marvel at the tin ceiling. From fashion to architecture, vintage is back. Today these “old-home” features are spicing up new houses.   Here’s a close glance at some retro furniture styles, decorative accessories, and features that are making a comeback.       Record-Player Cabinets     Once a key feature of the living room, the beautifully-finished wood record-player cabi Read more
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Published On : 05-21-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Living within an HOA (Homeowners Association)
Are You Ready to Live in an HOA Community?     All your life you have wished for a home of your own—with a lovely front porch, landscaped courtyard, huge kitchen, fireplace, and lots of windows and space. It is your own slice of heaven. But wait—you don’t want to lose your connection to an active community or access to amenities?   For people who really want their own home but also enjoy a community with well-maintained amenities, investing in a home governed by a Homeowners Association (HOA) may be the right option. And for those who love the freedom to dictate their personal preferences and styles of their homes, life within an HOA community may not be the right place to call home.  Read more
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Published On : 05-13-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
716 Views
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