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  We know how important it is to provide an air and moisture barrier to the exterior of homes built today.  Not only does it keep rainwater and air from freely passing into the exterior walls of the home, but these barriers also allow any moisture trapped in the wall to get out.  And by [...]

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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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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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Are you familiar with recessed electrical outlets? These little guys help conceal the plugs in your home for everything from lamps to wall mounted TV’s. Wherever you need power but have little clearance, recessed electrical outlets can help. Where Are Recessed Electrical Outlets Used? As you can see in the photo above, many people haven’t [...]

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One of the top items requested in new homes are whirlpool tubs.  There’s nothing like the massaging jets to soothe your sore muscles or aching back after a long, hard workout.  So if you are thinking of installing a whirlpool tub in your home, there are some important planning items to consider.  Let’s take a [...]

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January 16th, 2014 Have you been wondering when the term “connected” would actually do something useful for your home?  As a home builder, I can honestly say I have been very skeptical of all the “smart home” talk up to now.  In my humble opinion, it’s mostly just hype that makes good conversation at the [...]

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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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It’s been over a year now since we completed our tile project with the Bondera product.  In case you don’t know, Grace Construction Products…the makers of the popular roof underlayment Ice and Water Shield, sell a product called Bondera that takes the place of traditional mortar for tile installation. We decided to use the product [...]

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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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