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Cost to Build a House in 2020

March 24, 2020 If you are looking for the cost to build a house in 2020, you’ve probably found it difficult to find accurate information. Most of the data focuses on averages and median pricing across the U.S. or across regions of the country. Unfortunately, these numbers may or may not be accurate for your […]

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As of today, March 11, 2020, we are launching our new comprehensive, online course on how to build your own home while taking on the role of the general contractor.  Over the past year, we have been creating the course while building the Open Book Build prototype home.  This new home build served as our […]

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Owner Builder Loans

There are several key items every person wanting to build their own home needs to investigate prior to purchasing land. One of these items is construction financing. Owner builder loans are essential for paying for construction materials and labor. So, are there companies out there that provide financing to folks that want to build their […]

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Wait for Dry Weather A Redfin article published last week addresses flooding and how to prevent excessive damage to homes. Armchair Builder, along with other experts in the field, was asked to contribute a simple, yet effective way to prevent damage from unwanted water in homes. Check out the article below for some good ideas […]

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December 9, 2019 So you’re building your own dream home in a cold weather climate.  And you’ve decided to go with an economical way to add an R60 insulation to your attic = blown in loose fill fiberglass.  You can blow the insulation in any time after ceiling drywall is hung in the home.  So, […]

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Foundation Waterproofing

    October 28, 2019 So we have designed a small, simple home and will be sharing the build with anyone wanting to replicate the design.  For those of you interested in this project, feel free to checkout our recent updates, including the foundation waterproofing shown above, at our Open Book Build site.  Here is […]

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October 9, 2019 We had a question come in this week regarding one of our drain tile videos.  The question was: “How do you connect the exterior drain tile around the foundation to the sump crock in the interior of the basement?”So it’s pretty common to run drain tile around the foundation of today’s new […]

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Many of you visiting Armchair Builder are thinking of building a new home.  Whether you plan on managing the process yourself or even if you are going to hire a general contractor/builder to handle the details, it’s always good to know more about the process.  In the video below, we go through some of the […]

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Successful Owner Builders

September 12, 2019 It’s really cool to see examples of people who have built their own dream homes.  Not only are they able to create the home of their dreams, but they can also make sure it’s built to their exact specifications and budget.  The link below is to a recent story of a couple […]

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August 15, 2019 We’ve gotten a lot of questions regarding the window reflections that are continuing to melt vinyl siding.  Here is a question that came in today along with the Armchair Builder response. Hello, I just saw your post today about low e windows and melted siding. I live in southwest Michigan and own […]

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