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Creating a backyard gathering space that works hard and looks great.
Outdoor kitchens are hot. In a 2012 survey by Professional Builder magazine, a fourth of the respondents named outdoor kitchens as one of their top selling features. There's no shortage of ideas for... read more
Thoughtful planning will help homeowners get the most from this popular amenity.
Home theaters were all the rage ten years ago. These rooms were designed for passively watching TV and movies, and were acoustically separated from the rest of the house. While some homeowners still want home... read more
Sustainable construction is nothing mysterious. Its most important aspects are some of the same things that define a quality builder.
Green homes, also called sustainable homes, are more affordable than ever. Last year, for instance, a nationwide McGraw Hill study of builders and remodelers found... read more
A complete set of plans and specs will eliminate problems and help ensure a smooth project.
Never underestimate the importance of good plans and specifications to a successful new home build. These crucial documents need to be fully completed in order to generate a realistic price, schedule,... read more
After a 40-year hiatus, solar energy is cool again. But for those who remember bulky aluminum frames awkwardly balanced on the roof, the current look, use, performance, and value of today's solar energy systems has changed dramatically.
As a professional... read more
Even small changes made after work begins can have surprising effects on the budget. Here’s why.
Minimizing change orders is one of the most effective things homeowners can do to control costs. The reason is that seemingly small changes can have cost impacts beyond the builder... read more
You just left an impressive presentation with a professional homebuilder, one among the few you're considering for your new home project.
In addition to a brochure about his business and highlights of his recent work and the communities in which he... read more