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Home Construction & Design


Building one's dream home starts with a plan, design, and budget.  Finding the right home builder to pull off the project is who another matter.  It's important to get multiple quotes from different home builders near you before signing anything.  Talk with local governments over zoning and other programs including possible rebates.  Always be sure to have the proper permits and insurance before starting any work.

Many folks work with planned developments so they are limited in certain styles or floorplan configurations, but custom home builders are able to produce home's from scratch with unique designs and elements that are envisioned by a professional architect.  An experienced home builder will be able to provide many details about the project and keep you informed throughout the process.

Supply lines and shut off valves in older homes need to be checked by a professional, since even the highest quality versions last only 10 to 15 years. (Photo by Summer Galyan)
Common Plumbing ProblemsWater HeatersSewer and Main Drains
If you're considering the purchase of an older home, have a professional check the plumbing before you sign on the dotted line.
architect examines building blueprints
New Home DesignsArchitects
Knowing what you want in a new home will make it easier to work with an architect for your house design and blueprints.
Architect checking plan with home owner. (Photo by Westend61 via Getty Images)
ArchitectsNew Home Designs
It costs anywhere from $2,000 to $9,500 to hire an architect to plan your home or addition
A couple of architects working on a blueprint at their office (Photo by andresr/E+ via Getty Images)
ArchitectsNew Home DesignsInterior Designers and Decorating
While both architects and designers design homes and buildings, different skill sets and backgrounds may change the process
The future changes all the time.