Tag Archive | "Design"

Dream Home on Hold?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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Dream Home on Hold?

If you find your dream home is still just a figment of your imagination, consider that most construction building costs have come way down. Time delays that were common during the building boom (due to overworked building departments, engineers and overbooked tradespeople) have vanished.

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Remodel Designs: Before and After

Sunday, August 23, 2009

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Remodel Designs: Before and After

Expansion remodels use remodel designs that are so complete they change houses' whole shape and character. We call them Transformations.

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Home Building Lots: Part VII

Saturday, May 30, 2009

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Design: It is usually not practical to settle on a house design without having a specific piece of land in mind, since a house is best designed to fit the lot. This is the problem with stock plans. The house should fit the contours of the land and be oriented correctly to the sun, wind and views. What you can do is to consult a home designer. With knowledge of the site, the restrictions, your own needs and desires, and your budget, a designer can tell you what size and quality house would be within your means on that particular lot.

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Home Building Lots: Part VI

Saturday, May 30, 2009

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Title Report: Ask the realtor or seller for the name of the title company the seller has chosen. Then ask the title company for a preliminary title report before buying the land. A title report is a listing of all recorded documents found by the title company to apply to the land in question. Once you have the report, you can ask for copies of all documents listed, which may include deeds, easements, licenses, liens, property tax information, and Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&R’s).

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Home Building Lots: Part IV

Thursday, May 28, 2009

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Water Well: If you plan to put in a well, consider consulting a water witcher (dowser) or well driller regarding the best location and the cost. Neighbors who have put in wells can tell you about their experience, though it might not apply to your particular property. Some well water is over-acidic or contains contaminants such as bacteria or sulphur (which adds a disagreeable smell to the water). There are special filters available for these problems.

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Home Building Lots: Part III

Thursday, May 28, 2009

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Utility Hookups: Dealing with utility companies is similar to dealing with government jurisdictions, except that they may be privately owned. They usually have very specific rules, specifications, inspections,and procedures that must be followed. To find out what utility companies serve your particular property, first ask the Building Department staff. They can either tell you outright, or give you some leads. Some districts (particularly water and sewer) are very small and local.

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Home Building Lots: Part I

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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The first step in choosing a site is to become familiar with the area. A local real estate agent may be able to help. Before you meet with an agent, write down your preferences. Ask the agent or local residents about local weather conditions, such as fog, warm or cold pockets, or strong winds. Ask about other local conditions such as annoying noises, night lights, roads that ice up, wild fire history, pest infestations, seasonal flooding or recurrent slides. Check with the city, county or state department of transportation about road conditions. Visit prospective neighborhoods at night, as well as during the day, checking for bright lights, neighborhood activity, barking dogs, or other nighttime noises.

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About Us and the Purpose of this Blog

Friday, May 8, 2009

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The purpose of this blog is to educate and enlighten you about the daunting process of having a custom home designed and built.

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