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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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July 16, 2019 I’ll never forget the day my parents finally found a buyer for the home I had lived in for my entire childhood.  It was bitter sweat…we hated to see the house go but they had been trying to sell for several months with limited success.  Then the right buyers came along that […]

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March 26, 2019 For those of you that are new to Armchair Builder, we are here to help homeowners, owner builders, and future real estate purchasers with any questions they may have.  Here is a question we just received about a wet basement in a new home.  Terry M. from Wisconsin asks… We had some […]

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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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