- Five Common
Myths about Home Building - I've been a licensed general contractor
for over 20 years and I've listened to more homeowners,
do-it-yourselfers and even teenagers tell me how easy it is to build a
Home Building- Construction Secrets from the Vault - You're finally
ready to build your own home, but you don't know anything about home
building. Where do you start, who do you talk to and how do you get a
home construction education. Let's start with the fundamentals and work
- Should I
Build My Own Home and How Much Money Could I Save Doing It? - If you
don't know much about building your own home, I would leave this to a
professional. Don't even think about building your own home if you don't
have much experience, because you could get creamed by subcontractors.
General contractors usually have a reliable crew of subcontractors that
they use and they know how to get the most out of them, without paying a
lot of money.
Importance of Asking the Right Questions – Home Building Contractors
- It's been a long time since I've had a big problem, working on a
construction project. Whether I'm building a new home or remodeling an
old one, the importance of asking the right questions as a home building
contractor and the owners is going to play an important role before,
during and after the job is completed.
- How Valuable Is a
Builder's Checklist? - I can tell you exactly how valuable a
builder's checklist is, I wouldn’t build a house without one. I've
worked on so many homes and seen so many mistakes, simply because
someone wasn't paying attention. I'm not talking about amateur home
- Always Create a List
and Double Check before Going Shopping - Contractor Secrets for Home
Builders - Unless you have a photographic memory and never forget
anything, you need to plan on creating a list, before you head down to
the store. I don't know how many times I went down to my local home
improvement center or lumber yard only to find out that I had forgot to
pick something up.
Lost Home Building Secrets - When I was talking to my grandfather a
few years ago, he told me a couple of things about home building that
most people have either forgotten about or never knew about. I would
like to share at least three of my grandfathers lost home building
secrets with you today.
- 10 Things to
Think About before Building Your Home - These are some of the
biggest problems that homeowners face, while building their house.
Simply by reading this information, you could save yourself thousands of
dollars, if you're serious about building a home.
- One of
the Biggest Problems with New Home Construction Today And Hope for the
Future - It was only about three years ago, that new home
construction was making money hand over fist. It seemed like new homes
and tracks of homes were going up all over the place, all over the
country. It isn’t this way today and I don't know how long it's going to
be, before things actually change.
- Books on Home
Building - If you're a do it yourself or or a homeowner who every
once in a while, once to tackle a small or large project but doesn't
know where to begin, can gather useful information from home building
books. I have been using these books for years and may have been worth
their weight in gold.
- Specific Concrete
Mixes for New Construction - Pay Attention Home Builders - If you're
not an experience building contractor and you're building a house
foundation, you should pay special attention to what I'm about to say.
There should be a specified concrete mix on your blueprints and if there
isn't, contact your structural engineer and make sure that you get the
specified concrete mix in writing.
- The Dryer Vent Is
Missing - Home Building Contractor Mistakes - Home building
contractor mistakes like these happen every once in a while. By the time
you have read the entire article, it shouldn't happen to you, but there
are no guarantees. Dryer vents are often overlooked by inexperienced
Smoke Detector Locations – Home Building Advice - One of the worst
things that a home builder can do would be to locate the smoke detectors
in unreachable areas. It doesn't happen as much as it use to, but when
local building departments started to require them in all houses, you
got to see some of them in some strange places.
- Problems with
Home Building Statistics and Reports - I was reading an article a
few weeks ago, that had a lot of information about things that might not
be true. I know that newspapers, magazines and even large Internet
websites, make lots of money using attention grabbing article titles,
- You Should
Always Choose Your Interior Finishes before You Start Building - I
really can't say this enough and I won't stop saying it, until everyone
gets the message. The more stuff that you can get into the original
construction contract with out any allowances, the better off you're
going to be.
Designers Can Create Big Problems for Home Builders - I was working
on a track of homes one time and we were building the model homes. The
homes were completely framed, with all of the electrical, plumbing and
heating systems in place, when the interior designer came to the job and
started changing things.
- Cost Allowance
Problems in New Home Construction -
There are plenty of problems that a homeowner will face while building a
new home and if you can eliminate just one of them, it could make the
difference between you sleeping at night or staying up, worrying about
- Stick to
Your Construction Budget – Home Construction Ideas - I seriously
can't remember ever building a home, when I was working for another
contractor, where the construction budget was actually balanced.
Whenever they were my projects, I made sure that we finish the job on
budget, unless the homeowner really wanted something extra and
understood the consequences.
a Moderate Priced House - You never want to overbuild for the area
that you live in. There's a good chance that you won't get a good return
on your investment and your house might look out of place in the
community. If you're going to be building a home in a moderately priced
area, you're going to want to stick to these guidelines below.
- Are You Sure You're Ready
to Build? - You've purchased the property, designed the home and
finally have the building permits in your hands, but are you sure you're
ready to build? Have you worked everything out with your contractors,
architects and engineers? Well let's see if you've thought of
- First Things First,
Understanding Basic Home Building - If you don't know much about
building a brand-new house, I would advise you to do some research and
as much research as you could possibly do before you start building the
home. Building a new home isn't the same thing as purchasing a car or
raising children. Home building can be your worst nightmare if you don't
have a basic understanding of the process.
- Is Building
Layout Really Important? - Building layout is the most important
part of the home building process. Do not pass go, do not collect your
$200 and do not start working on a building with out having it properly
laid out. In other words, yes building layout is really important and if
you don't agree with that, there's a good chance that I know what kind
of a home builder you are.
- The General
Contractor's Job Looks Easy – Home Building - I've heard this for
years and sometimes it rings true but for when it doesn't, some of the
problems that these guys have to deal with, makes them wish that they
never took certain jobs. Most of the time, the general contractor's job
does look easy, but it's the behind the scenes stuff that make the
difference between a good general contractor and a poor one.
Building Contractor Tips - Expert Secrets - It doesn't matter
whether you're building a brand-new home or any other home improvements,
these secrets from an expert home building contractor can save you a lot
of time, money and frustration if you apply them correctly.
- I Want to Build My
Dream Home, But Where Do I Start? - It seems like every person's
dream in the world is to build a brand-new home, but most people don't
know where to start. They've read a few books, got some great ideas and
know what their house is going to look like, but what's the first step
required for building a new home.
Lighting Creates Safety Problems – Home Building - There are quite a
few homes that have bad stairway lighting or no stairway lighting. Most
homes built before the 1960s don't even have stair lighting and these
homes can create safety problems for anyone using the stairway, once it
- Three New
Home Building Problems That Can Be Avoided - One of the most
difficult things that anyone will have difficulties with and usually
won't be prepared for, is the construction process for building a new
home. There are quite a few things that most new home builders are
either confused about or have no idea of.
- Using an
Architect Instead of a General Contractor - Most people don't know
this, but an architect is allowed to perform the same tasks as a general
contractor. They can actually replace the general contractors in most
states. I would imagine that most architects are qualified, to perform
this task and would do an excellent job at it.
of Using Used Building Materials - Here's the first benefit that I
would like to share with you, how would you like to save a lot of money.
If you're interested in saving money, this could be a beneficial avenue
for you to check out on one of your lazy weekends, of course.
- Where Can I Get
Great Home Building Advice From? - Home building advice is all over
the Internet, the only problem with it is that most the time it isn’t
great home building advice. There are a lot of websites, that provide a
lot of information, but I haven't found one website, and I've been
online since 1992, that I would recommend anyone who is thinking about
building a new home to.
- Avoiding Mold, Mildew and
Dry Rot When Building a New Home - Home mold has become the topic of
today's new construction and home building markets. It has always been a
problem with home builders, but it is starting to become a bigger
problem with new home builders.
- Be Prepared for
Anything, While Building Your Home - I have been working as a
contractor and new home builder for quite some time and it seems like
every person that I have ever met has always dreamed of building their
own home. If you're reading this article, there is a really good chance
that you fall into this category and have either built your own home or
are interested in learning how to build one.
- Two Things to Look
for When Hiring an Electrical Contractor - There have been thousands
of articles and plenty of books written on hiring contractors. This
ought to give you a clue, to the amount of problems that there are in
the construction industry. I would like to give you two things to look
for when hiring an electrical contractor.
- How to Find a
Good New Home Builder - Looking for a good home builder or
contractor, isn't an exact science, but hopefully, by the time you're
done reading this article, you will at least have a better idea, what
you will be looking for. Let's get started.
- Home Building Basics
and Where Do I Start - Taking Pictures - It's always been a dream of
mine, to build my own home and it seems like I share this dream with
millions of people, all over the world. If you're interested in building
your own home, pay close attention to what I'm about to say.
- Ice Dam
Problems and Solutions - Ice dams are formed at the edge of your
roof, as snow tends to build up during the winter. Snow tends to
accumulate near the bottom of the roof, often melting during the day and
freezing when the temperatures drop in the evening.
- Architects and
Home Design - Before you can become an architect, you've got to go
to school for at least five years to receive a Bachelor of Architecture
degree from a University. While that might not be too bad, now you have
to serve at least three years as an apprentice to a licensed architect.
- Long Dryer Vent
Problems - Long dryer vents get clogged and the longer they are the
more lent they can accumulate. As the home building business gets more
competitive and real estate developers are looking for cheaper sometimes
instead of better, this translate to construction problems and dryer
vents are starting to become bigger problems for builders.