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August 15, 2019 We’ve gotten a lot of questions regarding the window reflections that are continuing to melt vinyl siding.  Here is a question that came in today along with the Armchair Builder response. Hello, I just saw your post today about low e windows and melted siding. I live in southwest Michigan and own […]

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July 16, 2019 I’ll never forget the day my parents finally found a buyer for the home I had lived in for my entire childhood.  It was bitter sweat…we hated to see the house go but they had been trying to sell for several months with limited success.  Then the right buyers came along that […]

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March 26, 2019 For those of you that are new to Armchair Builder, we are here to help homeowners, owner builders, and future real estate purchasers with any questions they may have.  Here is a question we just received about a wet basement in a new home.  Terry M. from Wisconsin asks… We had some […]

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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 […]

February 15, 2019 It’s always nice to see examples of everyday people taking charge of their own home building projects.  We just came across an article that shares multiple cases where owner builders successfully built their own homes.  Some of these folks did much of the physical work themselves…which isn’t necessary but will save extra […]

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Owner Builders by the Numbers

  January 9, 2018 An owner builder is loosely defined as an owner who contracts out their own new home building project instead of hiring a general contractor.  The thought of overseeing the construction of one’s own home is terrifying for some folks.  But for others, it’s just another opportunity to tackle a project they’ve […]

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Tiny Homes, Big Challenges

Tiny Homes Come with Big Challenges The tiny home craze is everywhere and getting more attention by the day due to rising home prices throughout the U.S.  These little structures on flat bed trailers maximize the use of space and in many cases come with higher end finishes.  The question that many people ask themselves […]

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One of the biggest benefits of building your own home as an owner-builder is the savings that can be realized.  Owner-builders willing to manage the process themselves can save 25 percent or more on their new home.  But these savings sometimes come with headaches from extensive building regulations that can be costly and confusing. For […]

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Reader Question: We moved into our Wyoming home two years ago and we were told the home might have a ground water issue.  We added a sump pump into the existing sump crock in our finished basement.  The pump cycles every ten seconds, especially in the spring but this year due to extra precipitation it continues to […]

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Build Your Own Home as a Team Still think you might want to build your own home but aren’t sure it’s possible? Our latest successful owner-builder story comes from Hyrum, Utah.  Here’s a quick article showcasing ten couples that took the plunge and built their own new homes from the ground up.  One important thing to note here is that anytime you […]

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