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A home purchase is typically the most expensive transaction we will ever deal with in our lifetimes so it’s important to put the time and effort forth to minimize potential future problems.  Below are some of the major items I recommend when having a home inspection done.  Some of these things are typical for a [...]

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Last week we introduced you to the recessed outlet and talked about how it can help hide cords for TV’s, computer monitors, digital photo frames…etc. This special electrical outlet can also help when wiring up indirect lighting behind crown molding.  By adding a recessed outlet with switch, your indirect lighting behind your crown molding will [...]

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I recently had a family member ask me for any insight I might be able to give for an air conditioner replacement for an existing home.  As I was typing up the list of things I would look into as a builder, I realized some of you might be looking for the same information.  So [...]

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Are you familiar with recessed electrical outlets? These little guys help conceal the plugs in your home for everything from lamps to wall mounted TV’s. Wherever you need power but have little clearance, recessed electrical outlets can help. Where Are Recessed Electrical Outlets Used? As you can see in the photo above, many people haven’t [...]

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We’ve been getting some questions about our video called, Tub Shower Faucet Replacement Tip (video is below).  This is a secret that most plumbers and plumbing supply companies don’t want you to know.  If you are looking to update your bath and have a budget to keep, you may want to consider a tub shower [...]

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One of the top items requested in new homes are whirlpool tubs.  There’s nothing like the massaging jets to soothe your sore muscles or aching back after a long, hard workout.  So if you are thinking of installing a whirlpool tub in your home, there are some important planning items to consider.  Let’s take a [...]

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If you’ve spent any time at ArmchairBuilder.com, you know that we are constantly adding resources to help you build your own home.  We regularly add new videos, articles and digital resources to level the playing field for those that want to take on the general contractor role.  And if you’re new to our site, you [...]

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I stumbled across an older article from Smart Money recently that I thought would be good to share with you.  It’s called, Ten Things Your General Contractor Won’t Tell You.  The article may be a little over the top, but it makes some very good points that most consumers may not have heard.  Just because [...]

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    Those clear glass cabinet doors sounded like such a good idea when you were planning your new dream kitchen.  You had seen them in high-end kitchens in magazines highlighting the home’s classy china or crystal.  But in reality, your kitchen cabinets typically hold everyday items like plastic tumblers from your last vacation to [...]

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Reader Question from Terry B. in Wisconsin:  “Do you know if drain tiles are required by law in Wisconsin?  We do not have them and are getting water from the cove joint.” Building Codes First off, your local building code dictates the types of drainage systems required on new homes.  When a builder, or armchair [...]

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