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Building a new home is for most people, the biggest investment in a lifetime. Explore informative building articles to find qualified builders, understand the construction process and much more!

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Builder Picks: Top 10 Home Products of 2023
Builder Picks: Top 10 Home Products of 2023

Finally, it's time to take a look at the home products that most impressed builders! Whether they're building for specific clients or to put properties on the market, builders want their houses to impress. That means putting a focus on long-term beauty and durability—things that will underscore the quality of their work. See what that means with these building and finishing products of 2023!

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All About Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

When space is at a premium and you want more, consider adding an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) to your property! These smaller structures can be whatever you need—an office for you, a guest suite for family, a playroom for the kids, etc.—and a lot of homeowners are seeing the value in trading some of their open lot outside for additional interior square footage. If this sounds like the solution you’ve been looking for, here are some things to know before building an ADU.

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Selecting a Qualified Contractor to Build Your New Home

When you have to rely on someone to perform a service, it's important to choose a trusted professional with a solid reputation. The contractor you choose to build your new home is especially important, and a good general contractor can direct and streamline the construction process to keep your home building project on time and on budget. Here’s how you’ll benefit from start to finish by doing your homework and finding a qualified builder.

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How to Choose & Build an Affordable Home

Many homeowners are drawn to the appeal of ready-made homes—whether new construction or newly added to the market again—because they can see what they’ll get and are able to negotiate a price before signing. On the other hand, building a home is a lot more open ended; the house has yet to be created and the cost could fluctuate throughout the process. Don’t let that scare you off—it actually gives you more control over the budget and allows you to put your money where you really want it! If you’re interested in building an affordable home, here are the things to keep in mind that will help you manage costs when you build and even after you move in.

Quick House Building Questions and Answers

Planning to build your own home is an endeavor that takes a lot of time, but we at The House Designers know how to get it started off right to make sure your build is a success. Without further ado, here are some questions you probably have, and the answers that will get you on your way!

5 Things You Need To Know When Building A New Home

There are five major things you need to know when you're building your own home, from the professionals you choose to the products you pick, and from the planning stage to what you do at the very end of construction. Here's a simple breakdown!

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Explore an Adorable & Affordable Cottage

Are you a fan of the simple and clean architectural aesthetic? You’ve probably seen it in all kinds of house plans at this point, but many overlook cottages. This classic style has a reputation for decorative and rustic features, so if you’re looking for something neat and understated, the country cottage category—which pairs cottage shapes with streamlined country appeal—will suit you well. The House Designers offers a variety of these popular designs and we’re going to take a closer look at House Plan 4367, and its sister design House Plan 6895, to give you some inspiration!

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Building a Home in 2021

There isn’t an industry that’s been unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some boomed while others plummeted, and even after things started getting back on track, systems strained by shutdowns and ongoing outbreaks around the globe continue to complicate building in the United States. But don't worry—you can navigate this unique situation all the way to your dream home! If you’re planning to build or running into problems partway through the process, here’s what you should know about building this year.

A Customer Experience with House Plan 3419

Making the leap to build a home seems daunting to many, but it can pay off in a gorgeous new house with everything you want. That’s why the majority of our customers are regular consumers—not builders or developers. They come with wish lists and budgets that mean it’s easier to build what they want and need than to shop existing homes and settle for what they find. If you’re not yet sure you can commit to the idea of building your own home, we think you’ll be inspired by this look into how a couple in Texas made their dream home a reality.

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Water Filtration for Your Whole Home

The quality of your water affects everything from the taste of your drinks and recipes to the health of your family. Whether you’re connected to a public water source or a private well, contaminants can lurk in your tap. Lead and other heavy metals, irritating chemicals like chlorine and chloramine, illness-causing microorganisms, and emerging pollutants like pharmaceuticals are just a few of the major concerns that people face across the country. To reduce exposure, look into filter systems that can provide healthier water everywhere you need it!

144 New Home Modification Ideas

When designing a new house, you want it to be as perfect as possible. Everything depends on your priorities and personal preferences, but it will often take ages to decide which elements you want to include. Check out these new home modification ideas that can increase the usability and value of your home and even help save on utility bills. Here's a list of modifications you can ask your house designer and/or builder to include to make your new house the perfect home.

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