Armchair Builder

One of the more frequent questions asked by people that are thinking of taking on the general contractor role for their new dream home is, “What is the potential savings if I go through all the trouble of managing the building process myself?”  It’s a great question that is never easy to answer.  After all, [...]

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How often do you hear…It all starts with the foundation? Actually, it all really begins with the home plans.  A good, complete set of home plans can save you a boat load of headaches on your project.  As an owner-builder, you have many options when it comes to home plans.   From pre-designed stock plans to a custom [...]

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Is there an easy way to determine the cost to build a home?  The National Association of Home Builders periodically surveys professional builders to find out what it costs them to build a home.  This survey gives average house costs for new single family homes constructed across different states in the U.S.  The numbers are [...]

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If you’ve ever had problems with your house sewer lateral (the pipe that runs from the house to the street), you know how frustrating things can get.  A simple obstruction within the sewer line can cause backups into the home which can cause a huge mess.  On top of that, the bathrooms, showers and kitchen [...]

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Repairing Shower Leaks

Shower leaks can be a tremendous headache for homeowners.  Imagine spending thousands of dollars on a new shower to find water leaking through the new surfaces which can cause major damage over time and possibly even mold.  Here is a recent reader question who has this problem and wanted some guidance on diagnosing and repairing [...]

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Adding a Code Compliant Bedroom

If you are thinking of adding a bedroom to a new or existing home, it’s important to think about the building code requirements during the design phase.  One very important, and often overlook, requirement for bedrooms is the need for egress.  Whether you are finishing a basement with a bedroom or just turning a space [...]

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For those of you that are looking for a gift for that special someone, you may want to check out our e-Book that covers all the details of building a new home.  Here’s a description for the e-Book to help you decide whether it’s right for you.  Feel free to ask if you have any [...]

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Clothes Dryer Exhaust Vent Design

A clothes dryer exhaust vent should be carefully designed into the architectural plans of a new home to prevent potential problems from occurring.  Some common problems with exhaust vents include rodent entry, lint buildup, cold air access, and potential fire hazards.  Let’s take a closer look at the dryer vent to help ensure a trouble [...]

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Last week we talked about how owner builders can save twenty to twenty five percent by general contracting out their own home.  This is the fee the builder charges for managing the project.  We also discussed how an owner builder can save even more by taking on some of the physical labor themselves.  From painting [...]

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November 12th, 2014 So is it possible to general contract your own home and save money in the process?  The decision to take on this project shouldn’t be taken lightly.  There are subcontractors to deal with, building code changes, and complex design problems…just to name a few of the issues that come up during a [...]

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