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Building the Ultimate Zombie Fortress
Survive the zombie apocalypse in style - The nation's best home design company shows you how to design a fortress for armageddon.
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4 Things I Hate About Our New Mascord Home
Custom home design sounds like a wonderful idea, doesn’t it? Well, it turns out that there are a few disadvantages. While I love almost everything about my home, there are a few things that I absolutely hate.
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3 Reasons to Choose House Plans with a Courtyard
What are the benefits to having a courtyard in your home? Are they a waste of space? Which plans include a courtyard? Here, Houseplans.co finds out!
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How to Budget a New Home Project
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Making Changes to Your House Plans After Construction has Started
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Building a Networked Home
Technology within the home includes things like surround sound home theater, massive stereos and kitchen tools like the microwave. Now they are connected!
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Budgeting for Future Maintenance Costs
If you’re in the planning or building phase of your new home, then you may not have thought about maintenance costs. Lets take a look at what you need to know.
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How Do Builders Price New Homes?
There are two types of contracts that builders use - “fixed price” and “cost-plus.” We’ll show you the details of both so that you can make the right choice
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Homeowners Associations: Should You Avoid Them?
If you’ve done some research, you’ve almost certainly heard the horror stories about draconian rules and crazed association members. But is an HOA really that bad? Here are some of the pros and cons so that you can make your own decision.
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Choosing Materials That Stand Up to Extreme Weather
At some point, every homeowner – and every home – will be faced with some type of severe weather, be it wind, rain, hail or something else. Here are some of the things you’ll need to consider as you choose exterior building materials for your new house.
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How to Choose Your Dream House Plan - And Make Sure it Fits with Reality
If you're shopping for a home plan, you likely already have a few favorite styles in mind. Maybe you even have a short list of favorite plans or some ideas about the furnishings you'll use. But have you thought about the more practical side of things?
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Building a Home with Lasting Value
You know what’s popular now. A quick Google search will bring up all the latest in housing trends and technology. But will those trends keep your home’s value up over the long term? If you’re working on a custom home design, here are some of the things you can safely skip.
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Home Design Features That Gardeners Will Love
Often, landscaping is molded around the design of a home, almost as an afterthought. What if it was the other way round - and you designed your home around your love for gardening?
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5 Features Everyone Wants in a New Home
People may disagree about the merits of granite countertops or stainless steel appliances. However, there are a few features that almost everyone would love to have in a new home. From efficient designs to outdoor living areas, here are the features that no homeowner can do without.
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Designing with Light
When designing or decorating a home, it’s easy to be caught up in the colors and material choices. However, lighting is even more important than either of these considerations. Designing with light is not about the shape of your fixtures or the lamps and shades that you choose, but rather the color, placement and intensity of your lighting.
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Choosing the Perfect Wood for Your Home
When building a new home, one of the most challenging tasks is selecting the proper wood for flooring, cabinets, trim and other elements. Not only are there color choices to think about, but also grain patterns, durability and style. There are far too many species to list here, but we can get you started with a quick look at some of the most popular woods available today.
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Why You Shouldn't Seek Specifications for Colors You Find in Digital Images
When designing the home of your dreams, you want to be absolutely sure that everything you choose and order is the exact color it should be. You spent a lot of time meticulously choosing colors that coordinate perfectly, and you deserve them to be exactly what you expect. Here's one way to help ensure you're satisfied with the final results.
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As the Housing Market Improves, Is It Better to Buy a Home or Build a Home Plan?
Buy a previously owned home or build a new home from custom or pre-designed house plans? Here we examine the advantages of new home plans.
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5 Tips for Choosing a Home Plan for Your Lot
At Alan Mascord Design Associates, Inc., we have a wide variety of home plans for all types of lots. Chances are we have the plans for your dream home. Following are a few tips to help you discover the perfect home plans for your lot.
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What Design Elements Make a Small House Plan Feel Big?
If you’re planning to build a small house plan, you should recognize that less square footage doesn’t have to feel smaller. Here are some small house plan design choices that will make any home live large.
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