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Thinking of building a custom home, start here first!

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 it in the past. What lessons should you know before you get started? What questions should you ask? Who should you call? 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?

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?

Decide who you want to work with:

Who can you trust in the construction industry?

Building a new custom home: how do you figure out 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

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 for aesthetics, but for design

Want a green home – build a balanced team

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

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

Get the details right

Do you value quality or price?

Is your home making you sick?

Should you use spray foam insulation on your next project?

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

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