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Building is Not a Game of Poker

Should you tell us your real budget? If you want a successful project, the answer is yes. Here’s why. We occasionally meet homeowners who don’t want to reveal their true budget numbers. This lack of disclosure is not in their…

It’s Always Sunny in TV Land

Home shows don’t reflect the reality of building a new home. Who doesn’t love a good drama, especially one they can imagine themselves a part of? With that in mind, it’s no surprise that home and garden shows enjoy loyal…

The Importance of Structure

Framing details have a big impact on all aspects of a new home. Most people don’t think much about their home’s structural skeleton—unless there’s a problem. Small mistakes made during the framing stage can cause headaches later on that range…

Home Price Reality Check

Consulting with a builder before drawing the plans will save expense and headaches. Most custom builders have had clients show up at their office with a set of finished plans that, in reality, will cost 25% to 30% more than…

The New Science of Building

Creating a durable and efficient home is no job for amateurs. There’s a common but flawed perception that older homes are more durable than newer homes, with fewer mold and moisture problems. While it’s true that some newer homes have…