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thinking of building a new home – start here first

IMG_1360Building a custom home can be an overwhelming task without the right information. Where do you start? How do you get it right? Who do you need? How much will it cost? There are many questions. Here is a guide to help:

The first step, ask lots of questions

What questions should I ask before building our new home?

Decide who you want to work with:

Who can you trust in the construction industry?

What do you want in your new home design solution:

Online home plans or should I hire an architect?

curved stairDesign does not cost more: but lack of design will cost a fortune.

New home vs custom home

What standard should you build your home? Should you go green?

Building code – the worst possible building you can build by law

5 reasons why an architect can benefit EVERY Construction Project

Find your design team:

Do you save money hiring an architect

When to hire an architect

Finding the right architect

Hire an architect, not for aesthetics, but for design

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The design process:

First Design Meeting

Design Process

10 tips to maximize your space and deliver the highest value

Decide your Construction contract type:

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Find the right contractor:

Things you need to know before selecting a contractor

Picking the right contractor

Looking for the best builders, check out what they are doing on their job sites.

Start the work on site

Moving the Dirt

Get the details right

Do you value quality or price?

Is your home making you sick?

Have other questions or topics that should be covered, leave them in the comments below!





Custom Green Home built with luxury in mind

Thinking about building an energy efficient home? Want luxury living? They can easily be combined. Green design does not set a particular style, size, or aesthetic, it simply requires an understanding of building science. Here are more pictures of this incredible project built by Trost Custom Homes.

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Here are the other updates

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Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Penn Laird Dream Home Project Update

The clients have moved in to this wonderful new home, here is the last group of construction photos. Let us know what you think of their dream home.

Here are the other updates

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

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Harrisonburg Custom Home

Playhouse Design 2011

Playhouse Design 2011

Here is the final version of the new playhouse for those interested. There was a LOT of input from my clients…

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We got great input from readers of this blog CLICK HERE. I look forward to good weather next weekend and the ground breaking ceremony!

Harrisonburg Custom Home

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Harrisonburg Custom Builder

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