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Compare the Top 10 Kitchen CountertopsThere are lots of options on the market for kitchen countertops. This list gives you the pros and cons of the top 10 options to help you make an educated choice when you design or remodel your kitchen. Read more >

 

Septic Systems 101 - How To Properly Maintain Your Septic System If you live in a rural area or have vacation property in the middle of nowhere, you’re no doubt familiar with the function of a septic system. In brief, a septic system is your very own onsite sewage treatment facility. It’s used primarily where access to a municipal sewer system is either not available or economically impractical. A septic system is out of sight and is odorless when properly maintained, and is reasonably maintenance-free. A properly maintained system could last indefinitely. Following a few simple rules — like not using too much water and not depositing materials in the septic tank that bacteria can’t decompose — should help to make your septic system trouble-free for many years. Read more >

 

Trends In New Home ConstructionToday we are seeing a shift in the way people look at new homes. A few years ago it was all about size, dramatic vaulted ceilings, massive fireplaces, and walls of windows. It was eerily reminiscent of the auto industry when 'bigger was better' and wise use of energy was less of a consideration. Read more >
 

 

Electrician's Tips when building a new homeSome people who are building a new house will plan everything right down to where they will put each chair, table and lamp. But very few of these conscientious people carry the planning through to the very last step - plugging the lamp or coffee maker into the wall. If they did, they would save quite a bit of frustration after they moved in and discovered they didn't have outlets where they needed them. Read more >

 

How Much Do New Homes Cost Per Sq. Ft.?

A new house will probably cost between $100 and $250 per square foot. Yes, that is a huge range and here's why. Read more >

 

Do Custom Homes Really Cost More?Most people believe that having a custom home built is the most expensive option when it comes to buying a new home. That misconception comes from not understanding the true definition of a custom home.  A custom home is a home that is built to fit your unique lifestyle and taste and does not have to include the most expensive amenities. Read more >

 

Learn to do your HOMEworkAs a smart homeowner, you know that some preliminary homework needs to be done before you ever contact a builder.  But most homeowners don't know what questions to ask or where to get good, honest information. Read more >

 

Finding the Right BuilderBuilding a new home can be a fun, wonderful experience if you have done some "homework" and know what to expect.  For many, finding the right builder (a professional that you can trust) is the biggest hurdle to having a “Beautiful Building Experience”. Read more >

 

Learn More about Building "Green"Building Green requires a change in the mindset of builders and consumers alike. Builders build what consumers demand and are willing to pay for, but the public is not used to thinking in terms of long-term paybacks because the average family moves every 5-7 years. If the cost of a green product doesn’t return the investment in 5-7 years, the consumer is usually not willing to make the initial investment. Read more >

 

Staging Your Home To SellHome staging is about illusions. It's beyond decorating and cleaning. It's about perfecting the art of creating moods. Staging makes your house look bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, more loving and, best of all it makes home buyers want to buy it. Read more >

 

Should I Buy A New Or Existing Home?When you decide to buy a home, you have a choice: you can purchase a brand-new home, or you can purchase an existing, used home. When making this decision, consider the following. Read more >

 

What is Smart Design?Smart Design is best described as carefully designing your living space for comfort, convenience, and general ease of use while promoting an earth-friendly lifestyle. Read more >

 

What is Universal Design?What makes a home design universal? It's simple.  Everyone can use universal design! It doesn't matter if you are young or old. You could be short or tall, healthy or ill. You might have a disability. Or you may be a prize-winning athlete. Read more >

 

Condensation: Causes and CuresCondensation is a sign of excess humidity (water vapor or moisture in the air) inside the home. Condensation occurs when moist air comes in contact with the colder surface of a window or mirror. Although the surface of the windows may be the first place you notice condensation forming, the windows are not the problem. The windows merely provide a visible sign that excess humidity or moisture is present in the house. Read more >