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CAD: What Is It, and Why Should I Care?

From sketchbooks and blueprints to today’s building-design software, architectural drawings have undergone an evolution. As digital technology permeates the architecture and home building fields, computerized images are slowly but surely replacing hand drawings. We focus on computer-aided design (CAD) and how it is changing the house plan industry.


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Spring is the perfect time to prepare your landscape or garden for summer elegance! We’ll walk you through exactly what you need to do this spring planting season to make sure you have a healthy, happy yard and garden filled with amazing blooms to enjoy when the warmer weather sets in.

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From lavish chandeliers and pendant lights to sconces and wall lamps, lighting your dream home can be tricky and challenging. Illuminating the home is part of its design and should figure into the building plan from the outset. We look at common lighting pitfalls and how to avoid them.

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