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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 […]

Creating your house plans is the third step in our blog series…How to Build a Home.  At this point in your new home building project you have determined your overall budget, selected a lot to build on and are now ready to create the  plans for your dream home.  Here we will discuss all of […]

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Selecting the house plan to build your new home can be an exciting process.  Finally you have the opportunity to create the home of your dreams that matches your family’s lifestyle.  Besides square footage, the number of bedrooms and an inspiring design, there are some additional items you should consider when selecting the plans to […]

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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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Most builders try and stay away from using house cost per square foot estimates.  There are some serious flaws to this type of cost estimating that can create false expectations.  These estimates do however have a place in the new home planning process.  Here we take a look at the good and bad elements of […]

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So how much does it cost to build a house?  This is one of the first questions people ask when they start thinking about a new home.  And now more than ever, building a new home is one of the best options as the inventory of existing houses on the market continues to drop. Before […]

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In step eight of our How to Build a Home blog series, we want to finalize our plans and specifications.  Leading up to this point, we’ve determined out overall budget, located and purchased a lot, selected a house plan, determined a rough cost to build, and setup a construction loan.  Now we are ready to […]

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Tear Down the House:  Purchasing an Existing Property to Build Your Dream Home. One way to get the lot to build your dream home on is to buy an existing property and tear down the house.  A house can be torn down and hauled away in just a day or two.  This can be a […]

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Would you like to know the best way to determine the cost to build a house?  Armchair Builder has just completed a detailed review of the top cost estimating resources on the market available to owner-builders.  We realize that cost plays a huge role in your decision to take on a new home building project […]

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Most local building departments require you to have a set of architectural home plans for your building project on your construction site at all times.  This allows them to look up items they may question during a building inspection.  Another reason to keep a set of home plans on site is for your subcontractors.  Rather than give […]

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