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  February 25, 2019 Stock House Plans Have you looked to see if there are any stock house plans out there that come close to what you want?  Having an architect design a plan from scratch, as you may have found out, can be quite expensive.  By purchasing a stock plan, you get the same […]

February 15, 2019 It’s always nice to see examples of everyday people taking charge of their own home building projects.  We just came across an article that shares multiple cases where owner builders successfully built their own homes.  Some of these folks did much of the physical work themselves…which isn’t necessary but will save extra […]

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Owner Builders by the Numbers

  January 9, 2018 An owner builder is loosely defined as an owner who contracts out their own new home building project instead of hiring a general contractor.  The thought of overseeing the construction of one’s own home is terrifying for some folks.  But for others, it’s just another opportunity to tackle a project they’ve […]

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Tiny Homes, Big Challenges

Tiny Homes Come with Big Challenges The tiny home craze is everywhere and getting more attention by the day due to rising home prices throughout the U.S.  These little structures on flat bed trailers maximize the use of space and in many cases come with higher end finishes.  The question that many people ask themselves […]

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Important Items to Review Before Purchase We’ve recently purchased the lot for our new Open Book Build project in Westlake, Ohio.  In doing so, we carefully reviewed an important list of items to make certain we would have a smooth building experience.  Here are the major items we reviewed prior to purchase that should prevent […]

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One of the biggest benefits of building your own home as an owner-builder is the savings that can be realized.  Owner-builders willing to manage the process themselves can save 25 percent or more on their new home.  But these savings sometimes come with headaches from extensive building regulations that can be costly and confusing. For […]

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Pros and Cons of Kit Homes for Owner Builders We are always looking for ways to make the building process easier for those who want to build their own home as an owner builder.  One option for making the process simpler is to purchase a kit home from a lumber supplier.  What is a kit […]

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Armchair Builder Reviews

            We appreciate all the great feedback from all of our customers!  Our goal is to provide the most comprehensive information available to owner-builders so they can build a quality home on schedule and per budget.  So, here are a few of the Armchair Builder reviews from actual customers. Armchair […]

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                  Reader Question from Wayne: I need some ideas for replacing a 27 year old Jacuzzi “Garden Tub” pump in my bathroom.  The pump is getting rusty evidence of which are the specks of rust left in the tub after draining.  I know…”rip it out and put […]

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Reader Question: We moved into our Wyoming home two years ago and we were told the home might have a ground water issue.  We added a sump pump into the existing sump crock in our finished basement.  The pump cycles every ten seconds, especially in the spring but this year due to extra precipitation it continues to […]

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