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Thinking of Building a Custom Home? Start Here First!

The idea of building a new custom home can be overwhelming for someone who has not done so in the past. What lessons should you know before you get started? What questions should you ask? Who should you call? Here is a guide to help:

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The first step is to ask lots of questions:

What questions should I ask before building our new home?

Best value found in higher quality not low price

Planning for performance and aesthetics will save you money

Why should you want a house designed for aging-in-place?

Thinking about building a custom energy-efficient home? Where do you start?

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Decide who you want to work with:

Who can you trust in the construction industry?

Building a new custom home: Who to trust and how to meet your goals

Low price often does not lead to happy clients in the future

Why does architectural design cost so much?

What do you want in your new home design solution:

Online home plans or should I hire an architect?

Design 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

Duct work is key to a healthy building

Thinking of adding a Solar array to your home?

Snow on the roof helps you find energy leaks

Find your design team:

15 questions to ask yourself before you hire an architect

Do you save money hiring an architect?

When to hire an architect

Finding the right architect

Hire an architect, not only for aesthetics, but for design

Want a green home? Build a balanced team

When do you need an architect?

The design process:

Design Process

10 tips to maximize your space and deliver the highest value

Green Design vs Design – what do you want?

Decide your Construction contract type:

Contract Types (coming soon)

Democracy in Action

Find the right contractor:

Things you need to know before selecting a contractor

Looking for the best builders? Check out what they are doing on their job sites!

Picking a builder is like speed dating

Start the work on site:

Moving the Dirt

Little details will save you money during the construction process

Do you value quality or price?

Is your home making you sick?

Should you use spray foam insulation on your next project?

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Have other questions or topics that should be covered? Leave them in the comments below!

Questions to ask when looking for the perfect green product

Your crawl space is impacting your home comfort

Why does building science matter, and why is it left out so often?

Add attic insulation to make your home more comfortable and energy efficiency

Little things to make your home better

On a windy day, check for air leaks and seal them up