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Building a new home is probably the biggest investment in a lifetime. Explore our informative building articles to find a qualified builder, understand the construction process and a lot more!

5 Ways to Guarantee Your Home's Energy Efficiency

Integrity Windows and Doors from Marvin Wood-Ultrex Windows

Your home’s energy usage makes up one quarter of your carbon footprint. Here are five tips to help improve your home’s energy efficiency from the start of your building process to the very end!

Considerations in Building a Beach House

Veranda Bay House Plan View

There is no denying that a beach house is a great escape. The beautiful views and cool breezes are just a couple of the awesome things about beach front living and when you consider building your own house on your own little piece of paradise there are certain conditions you'll want to account for. Everything from location to materials should easily fit into your lifestyle whether you are working on your interior or exterior. Taking a few things into consideration as you build can make your beach house a home you will love for years to come.

7 Tips for Building Your First Home

Clairmont House Plan

Some home building goofs, like spilled paint or a hole in the drywall are easy to fix as things move along. But you've got to be careful to avoid major, costly errors when building your first home. No one wants to spend their hard-earned cash, time and energy building a home only to later discover that there's been a major oversight which needs correcting. Here are a few things to think about to help you avoid builder's remorse.

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.

Water Filtration for Your Whole Home

Pentair Everpure EF-6000 Drinking Water System

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!

The Importance of Choosing the Right Contractor

House Plan 7240 by Lannister Construction

When you rely on somebody to perform a service for you, you need to make sure you choose the right professional. The contractor who builds your home really sets the tone for the project, and a good one can direct and streamline the process to make building a house seem simple! If you want to look forward to a build you can look back on fondly, prioritize finding the right builder. Here’s how you’ll benefit from start to finish!

How to Choose & Build an Affordable Home

House Plan 9516

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.

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