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If you want as much as you can afford based on your house plan, but don't know what that figure is, start from the end and work backwards. In other words, determine what cash you can or are willing to put into your home and how much you can afford in monthly payments to cover whatever money you need to borrow. This article will help you develop the right approach.

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There are many considerations when you decide to build a home. But first, establishing a home building budget is the first essential step towards good planning and avoiding surprises when you build a home. This beautiful Texas-style house plan available at The Plan Collection is the average size of a new home -- 2,598 square feet.

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You’ve successfully searched through pre-designed house plans to find your dream home. Now it’s time to build. Will you hire a general contractor to build your house or manage the job yourself? Here are tips to help you hire and work with contractors no matter which way you go.

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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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Did you know there are at least 7 kinds of building lot to choose from? Finding just the right one for your dream home construction project isn't always easy. And when you choose the perfect lot, you’ll need to match your house plan to it. Here’s what you need to know.

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