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4 Qualities to Look for in a CAD Firm

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  You’re on the hunt for the perfect computer-aided design (CAD) firm to help you draw up the plans for your dream home. Lots of places say they’re great at CAD, but how can you separate the ones who are just talking and the firms that are truly good at what they do? Here are 4 key qualities of a great CAD firm: Technical Competence Just because a firm says they “use” a certain type of software doesn’t mean their designers know all the ins and outs of that software. You want to find a firm that knows the software…

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What is a Demolition Plan and Why Do I Need One?

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Demolition of structures on property may be necessary to build a more up-to-date and safer structure in its place. Demolition, though, can be a risky process no matter how necessary. Because of the risk associated with demolition, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established a set of guidelines to be followed when conducting a demolition project. These guidelines are designed to protect the safety of all workers on the property as well as the safety of the structure going forward. One of the guidelines is proper planning, and the first step of that should include an engineering survey,…

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3 Steps You Need to Take Before Designing Your Home

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Designing your future house is a thrilling experience – you get to have creative control over the place you and your family will turn into a home. But before you jump headfirst into sketches, materials, and everything that goes into the design process, you need to take 3 important preliminary steps before the real fun begins. Figure Out Your Needs Think about what kind of home you want build. You most likely have a location already picked, but if not, think about the long-term implications of where you want to live. If you are planning to have children, is the…

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13 Popular Architecture Styles for Homes

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One of the first steps in planning and designing your own home is selecting the floor plan and architectural style you want. Because each style of home has its own unique characteristics and floor plans, choosing your style first means many of your other decisions will be dictated by the style you choose. To help you make your decision, here are 13 popular home architectural styles: Cape Cod Though most Cape Cod-style homes in the United States were built after World War II, the style originated in the 1600s. This style is characterized by its two-story layout, with the master…

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A Few Things to Consider Before Building a New Home

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Building a new home is exciting and daunting at the same time. People often jump into the process without fully comprehending the scale of the project and how to prepare for it properly. If you’re looking to start a home building or home remodeling project soon, here are a few 4 things to consider before you start: Research & Reputation Before choosing a home builder, take some time to research your options and find one that will fit best with the final look you want. You can find reputable home builders listed with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB),…

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4 Affordable Home Renovations That Make a Big Statement

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Not all home improvement projects need to involve large-scale changes or lots of money. There are many smaller, less expensive things that can be done to keep your home feeling fresh without breaking the bank. Even a few small changes can give you – and your home – the boost that you need. Fresh Paint A new color and/or some freshly painted walls can quickly transform any room. If you’re craving a big change, choose a bright, bold color to add some new life. Or, give your current color a fresh coat and choose some new decor to add to…

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Steps to Take Before Remodeling Your Kitchen

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Maybe your kitchen is outdated. Maybe there’s just not enough room for everyone. Or maybe you just want a change. Sound familiar? Kitchen renovations are perhaps the most popular project for homeowners, but also one of the most elaborate and stressful.  It’s important to know what you need before starting any renovation. Don’t start ripping out cabinets or tearing up the floor just yet! Here are a few necessary steps to take in the preparatory phase of remodeling your kitchen. Organize your wants, needs, and desires. The first step before your remodel is to think about your priorities. Ask yourself…

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Home Renovation using the Design-Build Process

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Have you struggled with the dilemma of improving your existing home vs. moving because the property does no longer satisfy your “wish list”?  Then the Design-Build renovation process may be a solution. The Design/Build delivery system offers design flexibility, communication continuity, construction expertise, owner involvement, and cost-effective savings. The Initial Design and Build Contractor Meeting To begin the Design and Build process an initial meeting is necessary to discuss your project details and the budget.  Contractors who specialize in design/build have the expertise in architecture, construction and structural engineering.  Their professional experience provides an understanding with regard to pricing, project…

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