How to read, understand, and use the most common architectural drawings.
How to define the architectural program for your new house by identifying needs, wants, and dreams.
12 home maintenance tips that save money in the long run -- from architect Malcolm Davies.
Your builder develops the building cost estimate based on your house plan and the quality of finishes and fixtures you specify, and this estimate forms the basis for your loan application.
Control framing costs in the building of a new house by paying attention to standard wood and Drywall lengths.
How to control costs at the start by aiming for minimal site work and grading, and paying careful attention to the type of foundation needed.
Architect Bud Dietrich explains the seven basics steps to designing and building a new home that meets your needs and expresses who you are.
How to find the best house plan, from analyzing circulation to zeroing in on storage.
An architect explains why fixed-price and T&M contracts are not your only options when hiring a general contractor.
Contractor Paul Sorensen explains how to achieve high quality exposed concrete floors with minimal cracking.
An experienced contractor explains why the Cost Plus with Minimum Guaranteed Maximum Price contract type and teamwork are essential.
Materials expert Rob Jones of Build Direct, an online warehouse, provides an introduction to the most popular wood floor options.
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