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7 Helpful Tips for Hiring a Builder

Choosing a builder early in the home-building process—ideally before you've settled on a site or design for your home—can set the stage for a successful home-building experience. Read more...

What You Need to Know About Choosing the Right Lot

Choosing the right site on which to build your home will go a long way toward ensuring a successful building project. Read more...

How Much House Can You Afford?

One of the first steps in the home-building process is to investigate and analyze your financial situation and find out how much money you’ll have available for the construction and purchase of your custom-built home. Read more...

More Bang for Your Buck: Building a High-Quality, Yet Affordable Home

There are many money-saving strategies to building a new home that is beautiful, comfortable, and well-constructed. Read more...

Select Your Site: Find a Home for Your Home

Just as important as choosing the home plan you want to build is choosing the lot upon which to build it. Which is of greater importance is ultimately up to you. Read more...

10 Tips for Choosing the Best Home Plan for You

Choosing one home plan among thousands may sound like a daunting task. But once you determine what is essential, narrowing down the possibilities can become a feasible–and even enjoyable–experience. Read more...

Cut Costs, Not Corners: Save Money Before You Build

Careful attention to the design aspects of a pre-drawn home plan can save you some green before you first break ground. Read more...

The Incredible, Flexible Floor Plan

Once you've identified your family's daily patterns, as well as your hopes for your new home, look for a timeless home plan that meets those immediate needs yet offers options for the future. Read more...

Modify Your Plan: Make a Pre-Drawn Plan Your Own

For a smaller price than a custom-drawn home, modifications can tailor your stock home plan into a design that's as good as a custom home. Read more...

Find a Contractor: Look for a Good Fit

You're not just looking for a builder. What you want is a new friend, a financial consultant, a guru, a business partner, an efficiency expert, and maybe a soul mate-all wrapped up in one person. Read more...

Preliminary Steps: What's Essential Before You Break Ground

Proper planning is one of the best ways to ensure your new home's quality and value. Before you break ground, follow these tips to prepare yourself for this risky but all-important first step. Read more...

Take the Plunge: Tips for Building on the Water

To take advantage of a great setting and proximity to recreation, more people are choosing to build homes on the waterfront. Read more...

Get Financed: Find the Right Mortgage for You

Choosing an institution to finance your new home won't be nearly as hard as choosing a builder. We'll tell you how. Read more...

10 Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make

Avoid these common—but costly—home-financing errors. Read more...

Finding the Funds

Financing can be a confusing aspect of building a new home because custom-home buyers need to obtain both a construction loan and a residential mortgage. Read more...

Stop Wishing, Start Building: How to Get Started on Your Second Home

For most people, their getaway home exists only in their imagination, and they never go any further toward building it. What steps should you take to make that home a reality? Read more...

Create a Wish List

Creating a list can help you to refine your choices, so that as you begin searching for your dream home, you're sure to focus on designs that meet your criteria. Read more...

Viewing a Home from Every Angle

Attention to the crucial relationship between your home and the site where it is built will offer spectacular results. Take the time now to ensure that your new home will offer you and your family years of satisfaction. Read more...

Choose Your Plan: Begin with Your Lifestyle Needs

You may already have a picture in your mind of what your dream home looks like. It's important, however, to ask yourself a series of questions that can help you choose a plan that works for you. Read more...

Making Every Square Inch Count

Embracing smart design instead of more square footage will save you money and make your home more livable. Read more...

How to Read Blueprints

Professionally drawn blueprints contain a wealth of information. Although symbols and callouts can vary slightly from one home designer to another, knowing a few of the basics will assist you in distilling a clear picture of your new home. Read more...

A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Your Home

Building a home isn't child's play, but taking the time to educate yourself about what you're likely to encounter will keep you from going gray before your time. Read more...

Be Your Own Contractor: Challenges and Rewards of Doing It Yourself

While acting as the contractor for your home can be rewarding—psychologically and possibly financially—the decision to do so is not one to be taken lightly. Read more...

7 Essentials for Building a Second Home

Whatever your dream getaway is, it is possible to make that dream a reality by building your own second home: on the lakeside, by the sea, in the woods or anywhere else you can imagine. Read more...

Create a Preliminary Budget

If you plan ahead and are willing to stick to a budget, it's not hard to achieve your goal of home ownership. Read more...

The Legal Pieces: Know Your Rights

As you prepare to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on your new home, the two things you need most are an attorney and a building contract. Read more...

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