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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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Building a House? Here’s What You Need to Know about Homeowner’s Insurance
When it comes to homeowner’s insurance, there are so many little complexities that it’s easy to overlook some of the hidden factors that will drive up your rates or leave you unprotected
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Choosing the right elements for your mud room
A great mud room has many great features, that makes it one of the most useful rooms in a house. Check out these awesome examples, and be inspired!
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How to Choose the Perfect Windows
There’s more to windows than just the looks. A particular window style might look great with your home’s style, but will it provide enough light or ventilation to the interior of the home? What about privacy? Before you make a final decision on the window styles for your new home, we will show you some of the most important factors to consider.
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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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In Urban Areas Small Lots Don't Mean Small Home Plans
In cities across the country, small home plans are being constructed on narrow lots, particularly infill properties in-between other buildings. Read on to learn more about this trend!
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Best Practices for Adding a Deck to Your Single-story House Plan
For homeowners of single story house plans, a deck can add usable space while bringing a respectable ROI. If you’re thinking of adding a deck to your single story house plan, keep the following tips in mind.
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A House Designer's Tips for Modifying a Home Plan
Once we know your preferences and needs, our staff can quickly find the house plan that’s closest to your “dream home.” With customization, our designers can turn that pre-designed home plan into the perfect house for your family.
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Design Components of Modern House Plans Stand the Tests of Time
Modern house plans come out on top when it comes to saving home owners money. Learn more about what the National Association of Home Builders reported regarding the life expectancy of housing components.
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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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Housing Rebound Means More New Home Plan Modifications
The housing rebound means more new home plan modifications. Learn how single story ranch house plans can be altered to create an ideal home for any family.
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New House Plans Deliver Quality & Comfort to 2013 Home Buyers
Is it better to buy an older home or invest in a new house plan? Take a look at the many reasons building from a new home plan can provide more satisfaction and help save you money in the long run.
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Tips on Custom Home Design Services for Contemporary Home Plans
These days almost everything is customizable, but the ultimate in individualization is found in custom contemporary home plans. When choosing a designer for your custom home, it’s important to find someone you can work closely with to bring your vision to life. Here we offer some tips to help you get started.
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Understand The Big Picture: Efficient Construction from Design to Completion
Curious about building a new home and have questions about how it can all come together seamlessly and efficiently? Join Alan Mascord Design Associates, Quail Homes and many of their top vendors at the Portland Home & Garden Show Feb. 20-24 at the Portland Expo Center.
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Cozy & Contemporary Home Plans: The Modern House Plan's New Warmth
Refer to “modern” or “contemporary” house plans, and many people envision a cold, uncomfortable atmosphere. However, with thoughtful floor plan design, contemporary home plans can be both sleek and cozy.
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Small House Plans Deliver Big Value in 2013
The pendulum of house size preference seems to be swinging back toward the smaller, more ingeniously designed house plan. Read on to learn more.
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Outdoor Living Spaces: Beautiful Design Ideas
As a leading designer of build-ready home plans, we’ve developed quite an eye for what makes the perfect outdoor living area. Read on to learn more!
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Which Green Home Plan Improvements Really Pay Off?
Which green improvements will increase your enjoyment while also maximizing your home’s value? Find out which updates are best for your home plan.
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Net Zero Home Plans a Reality
Net zero homes are not merely a thing of the future; indeed, any house can be transformed into a net zero home with some investment and advanced energy technology. Find out more!
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3 Steps to Choosing the Right Neighborhood for Your New Home Plan
Finding a great neighborhood is one of the first steps on the road to moving into a new home. Read on to learn our tips for choosing the best neighborhood for your new home plan.
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