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One of the benefits of building a new home is that we get to create exactly what we want.  An eye catching front elevation that combines unique materials and design to make us smile when we pull into the driveway…check. An open layout that meets the family’s particular needs for socializing and entertaining…check.  An engineered [...]

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One of the biggest reasons people choose to build a new home is to add all the latest technologies and building techniques to create a high performing structure.  Older homes in many cases have insulation and moisture problems that can create mold, increase maintenance, and lead to higher energy costs.  One of the ways we [...]

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Monthly Builder Secrets

The latest Armchair Builder Monthly Builder Secrets update was just published.  In this quick email blast we cover trade secrets that most professional builders won’t share with you like profit margins, pro builder design ideas, and insider tricks for getting more home for the money.  In case you haven’t committed to signing up just yet, [...]

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Owner Builders by Region

In our last article we looked at the total number of owner builders that completed their own dream home last year.  So we know a lot of people took on the challenge of building their own home as the general contractor.  But where were the most owners builders located?  Were there more homes built by [...]

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One of the questions that frequently comes up here at Armchair Builder is, “Are there many owner built homes being constructed in the U.S.?”  And when we say owner built, we are referring to the situation where the owner of the property pulls the permit and assumes the responsibility for the project.  This responsibility includes [...]

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We just received a reader question asking the best way to find a builder consultant to help with building a new home.  Our reader wants to oversee the planning and construction process as an owner builder, but they want to have a “go to” person that is knowledgeable about home building in their local area [...]

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There are so many people and products that come together when building a new home.  With this many moving parts, it’s inevitable that one or two budget items will come in over expectations.  For this reason, most professional builders add a line item into each new home budget to cover unexpected costs.  This is called [...]

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Building site selection is one of the most important aspects to a successful home project.  Most people know the market value of the completed home will be affected by the location of the building lot.  Things like schools, views, and neighborhood will be a major consideration for future buyers when selling.  These are obvious but [...]

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Hands Free Faucet Review

Our kitchen died on us recently so we decided to go with a hands free faucet as a replacement.   After using this product for over a month now, my wife and I have come to the conclusion that hands free faucets fall into the category of things you don’t know you need until you [...]

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Building a home from the ground up takes an enormous amount of labor hours.  From the initial planning to the final paint touch ups, the process can take up to a year or more on a custom build.  Luckily, there are some newer building technologies that are helping to expedite the new home schedule.  Manufactured [...]

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