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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.

A living room with exposed brick walls (Photo by Klaus Vedfelt/DigitalVision via Getty Images)
MasonryBrick and Stone Exteriors
Incorporate the natural elegance of masonry into your home’s interior design
A worker checking on a brick wall of a construction site (Photo by Tempura/E+ via Getty Images)
Multiple bids and references are key
brick and stone house
Chimney CapsMasonryBrickExterior
Finding an expertly-skilled mason is critical to getting the look and quality you desire.
Replacing a cedar fence with a brick wall provides  privacy and style and less time maintaining the look. (Photo courtesy of member Len Berkstresser )
Brick and Stone ExteriorsMasonry
San Diego area homeowner uses three color block facade to build a block wall and maintain a park like view with the help of simulated wrought iron panels.
Modern patios with stone pavers and patio seating (Photo by Mint Images/Mint Images RF/Getty Images)
Brick PaversHardscaping – Pavers & Stepping StonesMasonryPressure Washing
Use these five tips to help you maintain your brick and stone pavers for years to come.