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Adding a garage to your home is easy. It expands your usable square footage, increases your property market value, and provides a secure place to store your car and your lawn tractor, tools, etc., if it’s big enough. The tough part is deciding what you really want in a garage.

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Building codes are put into place to avoid snow-related catastrophes. Snow and ice buildup can cause sagging in roof that’s not strong enough, which will then lead to pooling water when the rainy seasons come around. If the roof isn't framed to code, snow buildup could cause it to collapse.

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House plans in the 1500–2000 square foot range offer the perfect amount of space for a new family or an older couple whose children are all grown and moved out. The key is understanding the unique features of these homes, and creating a list of your own must-have features.

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House Plans 101

Building your own home may be the most exciting and rewarding endeavor you can undertake. And it all starts with the perfect home plan. But before facing tough decisions during a house plan search, you’ve got to be really truthful with yourself in answering these questions.

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It’s important to consider wall sheathing materials and methods when planning a new home build. But it's also something that many homeowners don’t account for – mostly because they don't know about the available options. Here are some of those options and how they affect your house as a whole.

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Many components go into a roof to make it a cohesive unit. All are crucial, but nothing gives it “personality” like the materials used on the surface. Asphalt, metal, tile, and the like provide not only aesthetics but the durability and longevity that serve as the roof’s true value.

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Implementing proper wall bracing increases the structural quality of the home and makes it much safer to live in. Bracing that is installed according to building code guidelines protects against collapse during high winds or earthquakes as well as the stress on wall components from supporting the heavy roof.

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Some materials have obvious natural insulating and temperature-regulating properties and excel at battling the weather, like brick or stone, but they are also very costly. A form of modern stucco – called Exterior Insulating and Finishing System (EIFS) – withstands the elements, is energy efficient, and not surprisingly, is growing in popularity.

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If exterior painting is on your summer to-do list, there’s plenty of incentive to do the job right: By following proper procedures, you’ll help ensure that your paint job will not only look more attractive but also last much longer, so you won’t have to re-paint anytime soon.

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Energy efficiency and eco-friendliness should be at the forefront of every homeowner's mind. But despite the shift to LED lighting and efficient HVAC systems, many homes are still lagging behind when it comes to their walls and insulation. Insulated Concrete Form construction may be the answer for your next home!

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