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Home Plans 101: How to Read—and Understand—Floor Plans     You don’t have to be an expert or an architect to understand and decode house plans. Yes, it can look like a foreign language, with codes, symbols, and abbreviations. But we will help you understand what you are looking at by tackling the most important ones you need to know.    It’s not hieroglyphics. But deciphering an illustration of a house plan (seen from underneath a light box) with its various sections and rooms can be a challenge.       First, a general definition: a floor plan is a horizontal slice through each floor of the home. The slice is usually done as a bird’s-eye Read more
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Published On : 09-02-2015
Author : Tim Bakke
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Choosing a Contractor to Build Your Dream Home
Time to Build: Will You Use a General Contractor or Manage the Project Yourself?     You’ve chosen the great house plans you want in order to build your dream home. Now an important decision regarding the construction of your house has to be made: will you use a residential general contractor (GC) or be your own GC and hire a bevy of subcontractors whom you will manage?     How do you make this delightful, storybook Tudor style home a reality? Work closely with your general contractor—or subcontractors if you will run the project—to build a home to keep forever. (Plan #138-1270)       The majority of those who choose to build th Read more
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Published On : 08-26-2015
Author : Tim Bakke
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Visualizing Your Home from House Plans
Before You Build: How to “Experience” a Walk-through of Your Dream House Plan     One of the most exciting parts of the new home-building journey is dreaming of your new home and searching through house plans to find the perfect ones for you. This entails weeks if not months of searching home plans, making sure every single aspect and feature of the build adds up to what amounts to be your dream home. The process can easily turn to disappointment or anxiety if you struggle to comprehend the plans and how they will actually convert into a luxurious home.    What if someone gave you one of these homes as a gift? Close your eyes … visualize and think of what you would do with Read more
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Published On : 08-19-2015
Author : Tim Bakke
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Before the Blueprints. Tips to Streamline Your Pre-designed-House-Plan Search
The Deciding Factor: What To Do before Beginning a Search for Your Dream Home     Jim and Anna have been discussing a big step for a while. Their family is outgrowing their house, and they can’t seem to find another one that meets their needs and their idea of the perfect family home. So they are thinking of building the house of their dreams from scratch. But how to begin?    Maybe you can empathize with Jim and Anna. You might even be in a similar situation. You want to build your own home and put your personal stamp on it. The first thing to do is to look for property or a lot on which to build (click here for more on purchasing property). Without knowing where you house will go and how it wi Read more
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Published On : 08-14-2015
Author : Tim Bakke
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What Comes Next? What to Expect When You’re Building a Home from the Ground Up
A Week-by-Week Look at Constructing Your New Home     As you close the chapter on the first phase of building your home - property/lot acquired; dream house plans chosen and purchased; permits and licenses in place; contractor hired – get ready for the fun and exciting adventure of the actual construction of your home.    The adventure of building from the ground up will take you from this rendering (left) of a four-bedroom country home to the delightful “finished” product (right) (Plan 120-2176)   What comes next? Will it be a home “swift” home – or a prolonged process before you see your new home fill that property? From ground-breaking to moving in, her Read more
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Published On : 08-06-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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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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