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What to Expect During Your First Meeting with Your Builder

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Deciding to build a home is exciting, and the long process from decision to finished product begins by meeting with one or more potential builders. Since you may have a few of these meetings – and should if you’re hoping to find the right fit for your project – it’s important to know what to expect when going into that meeting. Here are 4 things you can likely expect from every first builder meeting when designing and constructing a home: Introductions Like any first meeting, your first meeting with a builder will begin with introductions. This portion may differ from…

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5 Tips for an Interior Historic Home Renovation

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Your historic home is more than just the gorgeous exterior features. You want the whole picture, from floor to ceiling, and you want it to shine the way it did when your home was first built. If you’ve got grand visions of renovating your home’s interior in an historically accurate manner, you’ve got some different considerations than if you’re renovating a modern home. Here are 5 tips to get you started with your interior historic renovation: Start with What You Have The best place to begin your interior renovation plans is with what’s already in your home. Does your home…

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6 Benefits of Choosing a Design-Build Firm

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When starting a big building project, one of the first questions you need to answer is whether you’re going to work with separate firms to design and build your project, or use a firm that can do it all. While there are pros and cons to both methods, working with a design-build firm certainly has its own unique set of pros.  Here are 6 benefits of choosing a design-build firm over using separate companies: Single Point of Contact & Responsibility Working with one firm for the entirety of a project creates a continuity for the owner that many people appreciate….

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3 Tips for Choosing the Right Window Style for Your Historic Home

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Your home’s windows play a huge part in its overall look and feel. And if you’ve got aging, unattractive windows in disrepair, it can make your home feel neglected. If you’re thinking about replacing the windows in your historic home, read on to learn more about choosing the right type of window for your home: When to Repair vs. When to Replace In many cases, the wooden-framed windows in older homes are designed to last for generations with proper care. Just because you see peeling paint or some broken panes on your older windows doesn’t mean it’s time to fully…

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How to Choose a Paint Color Palette for Your Historic Home

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Trends in residential construction and decorating come and go with each year. From the years of heavy built-in furniture to large crown molding, open floor plans to interior archways, many homeowners wonder how to make the historic features of their homes work in a modern remodel. One of the hardest decisions many homeowners face is choosing their palette of paint colors. They want to choose colors that reflect the historical character of their home while also speaking to their own tastes and personality. If you’re looking to repaint your historic home, we’ve got the best base palettes for 5 popular…

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5 Common Findings when Restoring Historic Homes

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Renovating historic homes has a lot of upsides. You get the quality of construction from years ago, along with the gorgeous built-ins, hardwood, and design features unique to your home’s style. Perhaps your home even has some sort of historic significance or great stories that have been passed down for years, making it even more attractive. But taking what’s old and making it new again isn’t always easy. Here are 5 things commonly found when restoring an historic home: Old Plumbing & Electrical Systems Your old home may have been cosmetically updated over the years, but many historic homes still…

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4 Important Things to Remember When Designing a New Home

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Making the decision to design a new home is as exciting as it can be scary. If you’ve never had any experience designing a home or planning a construction project before, you may be feeling overwhelmed at the sheer number of things you need to decide before construction can start. Basic decisions such as number of bedrooms and bathrooms, style, and how big to make the kitchen are typical things that don’t get easily overlooked in the planning process. However, there are some considerations that may not be as obvious to every homeowner getting ready to plan a new build….

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Telling Your Historic Home’s Story through the Renovation Process

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The time has come: You’re getting ready to renovate your historic home. It’s withstood the test of time, gathering quite an interesting history as it’s gone along. You want to keep that great story going into the future, but you know that your home needs some modernization and renovation to really make it yours. Whether you’re just renovating one bathroom or bedroom, or doing a full-scale upgrade, you want to preserve the history of your home throughout the renovation process. Here are 3 ways you can tell your historic home’s story during and after the renovation process: Look to the…

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5 Tips for Setting a Budget for Your Historic Home Remodel

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You love your historic home. From its location to its layout all the way down to its historical and architectural significance, you want to keep it in the best shape possible. Unfortunately, your home has seen better days. Now it’s time for a remodel. But where do you even start with your historic home remodel? It’s a huge undertaking that requires some careful considerations, not the least of which is your budget for the project. To get you started, here are 5 tips for setting a budget for your historic home remodel: Decide What You Want to Do Are you…

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4 Tips For Remodeling Your Historic Home’s Bathroom for Function While Preserving Historical Significance

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Owning an historic home has its appeal and charm, but it also has its challenges. Older homes have many quirks that sometimes make them less-than-functional for your modern needs. There is no place this rings more true than in the bathroom. A bathroom is usually the smallest room in the house, but serves the most purpose. It’s where you get ready for your day, and decompress in the evening, and everything in between, so it needs to be in working order. Dealing with an older home means working with older pipes and fixtures that, over time, have worn down and…

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