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I was just telling Jake E. that my lumber salesman told me that they have been so busy this year that they keep raising prices to slow it down.  That was probably not the smartest thing to tell one of his biggest clients.  I have already started to price check him to make sure I am getting the best possible prices.  It is a constant battle to make sure the subs and suppliers are giving you their very best pricing and service.  Take your time and get your home plan bid out by 3-4 subs and suppliers.  You will probably have to buy some products form one supplier and some from another. Remember, it is your money to save, not theirs to spend.  I just checked carpet prices and a National building supp Read more
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Published On : 08-04-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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Spending too much time in home improvement stores
Because we are currently remodeling, I have spent a lot of time in home improvement stores searching for products and price checking.  I am surprised by the limited selection these massive stores have. These stores are gigantic but still don't have much selection.  They also don't cater to the contractors like the smaller lumberyards do.  My theory about why they don't have much selection is because they cater to the homeowner who is fixing or remodeling their older home.  Honestly, there is not much selection on common items like baseboards and trim.  The selection consists of the same designs that my parents put in their home 25 years ago.  I guess people still buy it by the truck loads because when they remo Read more
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Published On : 08-10-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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Brick Homes May Cost More To Insure
I thought I would make people aware that the cost to insure a brick home is considerably higher than other materials.  The reason is that brick tends not to do very well in earthquakes.  Most of the time it just causes cracks in the mortar.  However, the best way to fix the problem is to pull all of the brick down and start over.  That is why insurance costs are so much higher with a brick home.  Nevertheless, most insurance companies will allow you to opt out of the brick clause, which means you can't ever claim brick damage.  Many homeowners choose to do this and hope they don't get hit with a big earthquake.  If you do have a few unsightly mortar cracks, you can hire a mason to chisel out the morta Read more
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Published On : 12-08-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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Everything You Need to Know About Modifications
Modifications Have you ever found a house plan that has a breath-taking exterior, but the floor plan just isn't exactly what you want for your dream home? Or have you found a floor plan that caters to your every need, but the outside of the home could use some work? If you've ever found yourself in one of these predicaments, modifications could be the answer you've been looking for. Every day, we get a number of emails and phone calls from people who want to know about modifications. Some people know exactly what they want, others aren't too sure. Some modification requests are very feasible, but a few are quite absurd. For the next few weeks, we will be focusing on a few questions that everyone should ask themselves about Mod Read more
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Published On : 10-13-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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Modifications, Part 1
One of the first questions you should ask yourself if you are thinking about modifying a set of house plans is: Are my Modifications Feasible? As a general rule when it comes to modifying house plans, anything is possible. An experienced draftsman can usually make any change you can imagine, but there are a few issues to keep in mind. The first and most common issue we run into with modifications is when people don't have a clear idea of what they want. If you are thinking about modifications, you should always have a plan. Where does a draftsman even begin when his only instructions are "reduce the home by 3,500 square feet" or "we need 5 bedrooms instead of 3". We at The Plan Collection are more than happy to discuss your m Read more
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Published On : 10-17-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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Modifications, Part 2
Last week, we asked the question "Are My Modifications Feasible?" We learned that if you are considering modifications, you should: Always have a plan Get in the habit of Visualizing your changes Keep it simple After carefully considering these principles, the next question you should ask is: How much will my Modifications Cost? Have you found a house plan that has the potential to become your dream home? Have you planned and visualized each of your changes? Now all you need to do is find out how much your changes will cost. We at The Plan Collection have done everything we can to make this process as simple and as painless as possible. When looking at your future dream home, you will notice at the top of the sc Read more
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Published On : 10-24-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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Modifications, Part 3
Welcome to our third and final installment of Modification-related Articles. Over the past few weeks, we've discussed important questions like "Are My Modifications Feasible?" and "How much will my Modifications Cost?" If you are still wondering about how to proceed, you should ask yourself: What are my Modification Options? When modifying a set of house plans, there are generally three main options with which to proceed. Your options greatly depend on the changes you have in mind. The first (and often the cheapest) option is: Red-Lining Historically, when people wished to make changes to their home, they would discuss the changes with their builder. Their builder would then draw the changes directly on the blueprints, Read more
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Published On : 10-31-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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Passive Solar Home Design -- Beauty and Benefits!
With today's energy needs and financial recession, we at The Plan Collection find more and more people asking about our Passive Solar Home Plans. It seems that both builders and homeowners are getting more and more enthusiastic about the benefits that come from Passive Solar design. With this recent surge in popularity, people often ask us if there are any particular Passive Solar House Plans that we recommend. The answer is "Yes!" Most of our best-selling Passive Solar House Plans have all been created by the same architect. You can Click Here to see his entire collection, or you can browse through our website and find them yourself. However, you might want to look at CKD688 first. This has been one of our most popular Read more
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Published On : 04-22-2009
Author : Steve Donegan
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Considering Modifications
One of the first questions you should ask yourself if you are thinking about modifying a set of house plans is: As a general rule when it comes to modifying house plans, anything is possible. An experienced draftsman can usually make any change you can imagine, but there are a few issues to keep in mind. Have a clear plan in mind. The most common issue we run into with modifications is when people don't have a clear idea of what they want. Where does a draftsman even begin when his only instructions are "reduce the home by 3,500 square feet" or "we need 5 bedrooms instead of 3". We at The Plan Collection are more than happy to discuss your modification options with you, but we need you to have a plan first. If you want Read more
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Published On : 05-17-2011
Author : Steve Donegan
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