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Entry Door Selection

One of the things that has taken me a while to grasp as a builder is the impact the entry door selection has on a home.  When I started out building homes, the front door was a necessary evil.  It was viewed as just another component in the house…something to lock to keep intruders out.  [...]

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  There are so many great design ideas to choose from when building a new home.  From outdoor kitchens to elevators, the options are endless.  For most people, this choice is viewed as a huge benefit over buying an existing home that’s already complete.  But for those of us that tend to overanalyze things, this [...]

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A vaulted ceiling can be a great architectural detail for any room.  It can really make a space feel bigger without adding a lot of cost.  While it can be a great addition to any space, a vaulted ceiling can also create big problems if it’s not designed and built properly.  So before adding this [...]

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  In our previous post, Wine Bar Installation, Part I, we discussed how to plan for your new project.  We shared tips for saving money while getting a custom look to your new wine bar.  Here we will share with you our basic steps for installation and show how we took a boring, unused space [...]

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How would you like to add a new wine bar that fits perfectly into your home?  It’s totally possible to create a great custom look without spending a fortune.  Here we share with you our latest project along with some tips for planning your new built-in wine bar. Wine Chiller The actual wine chiller (a.k.a. [...]

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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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A hip roof isn’t just a cool or happening roof.  It is a particular roof shape.  A hip roof is one that angles down to the exterior wall as shown above.  If your home has a square shaped floor plan the hip roof will look like a pyramid on top.  Since your new home’s roof [...]

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When it comes to building a new home, is it better to use rafters or roof trusses?  You may be wondering what the difference is between these two.  Here we will discuss the pros and cons of each.  We hope to give you some guidance as to which will be a better fit your new [...]

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Vaulted Ceiling

A vaulted ceiling is a great way to make a space feel bigger.  With the new economy, smaller homes are becoming more desirable to Americans due to their low cost to construct, maintain, and condition.  Our houses may be shrinking but our expectations for great, inspiring spaces to live are growing.  So, we need to [...]

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  Are you struggling to come up with a good way to design your backyard?   If you were a professional landscape architect, what would you put into your new backyard design?  There are so many options to make your outdoor space a better place for entertaining and relaxing.  From pools to fire pits, the [...]

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