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Should you use I-joists for your new home?  What are the advantages and disadvantages to using them to support your new floors?   What are the alternatives to I-joists?  We will try to answer some of these questions below.  The good news is, we have used all of the options discussed and can give you [...]

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We wanted to share with you our newest resource available at the Armchair Builder ESTORE.  We’ve had quite a few questions regarding lots and land and if you’ve read our blog lately, we’ve been trying to share our experience for finding the best properties for building homes.  So, we’ve taken all of our best tips [...]

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Guest Post by Christine Cooney  Under-sink reverse osmosis systems have become increasingly popular as an alternative to bottled water or simple tap-mounted or pitcher filters – they offer a constant source of fresh clean water from the tap without the taste issues or concerns about contaminants in your drinking water. While a whole-house reverse osmosis [...]

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A great looking vanity can do wonders for a boring bathroom.  There are some really nice designer stock vanities out there that provide a custom look at a budget friendly price.  Let’s take a look at some quality considerations you will want to keep in mind when looking at new bath vanities for your building [...]

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For those of you that noticed…we do have a calender.  And yes, the September sale has been extended due to popular demand.  Our offer for The Complete Armchair Builder Product Package at 50% off  is going strong for the next few days.  This package contains each and every one of the Armchair Builder products 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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It’s never a good idea to install hardwood in damp locations.  This would include bathroom floors.  But what if there was a flooring product that looked like hardwood but wasn’t susceptible to moisture?  Now there is a porcelain tile that looks like hardwood that you can install indoors or out and in wet or dry [...]

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If you are thinking of building or remodeling your home, you may want to check out a new iphone/ipod app for capturing defects.  The app, referred to as Snag List, allows you to document any quality issues that come up during construction.  But what is so special about this app versus using a pad and [...]

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Guest Post by Sean Burke Some people say we build fire pits to satisfy our primal urges to sit around a crackling fire and gaze up at the heavens like our ancestors did. Personally, I’m only in it for the s’mores. A fire pit is a great addition to your backyard, especially if you love [...]

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There are several major foundation types to choose from for your new home build.  But how do you know which one will provide years of trouble free support for your new family home?  To make matters worse, there are a bunch of people out there pushing one type or another because they have a vested [...]

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