If you want to build your forever home but aren't even sure where to start, you've come to the right place. We want to help you through all of the confusing and scary parts of buying land and building a home.

Building a shop on your land - What to watch out for

  Sometimes a shop building is a nice thing to have, whether you plan to use it for storing lawn equipment, vehicle maintenance, as a garden shed, or for any other hobby or practical purpose. But if y...

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How long does it take to build a house?

  When it comes to building a custom home, every client wants to know how long it takes to build a house. You may be thinking about when to put your current house on the market or trying to line up te...

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House plans - Not a do-it-yourself item

  Emily came to us with a house plan she created herself. It had everything she had been dreaming about, and now she just needed to find a builder who could build it within her budget. We weren't the ...

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Buying land to build a house - Don't miss your chance

    When it comes to buying land to build a custom home, there are a lot of factors to consider: location, access, cost to clear the land, cost to run utilities, and so much more. And finding land can...

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Build on your land - Why more builders are saying they do it now

  Any competent builder can build a good house, but building the house is only about half the process. More and more companies are saying they can build on your land, but is that really true? Do they ...

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Building a custom house: Don't worry if it isn't perfect

Here's a secret about the custom home industry that many people don't realize: No house is going to be perfect. Yes, you read that right. It doesn't matter how experienced your home builder is, even t...

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Builder contracts: Don't get stuck with a builder you don’t like

Today I'm going to tell you a story about Mike and Jan. Their names have been changed, but the story details are true. They signed a contract with a builder and made a $7,500 deposit based on the buil...

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Cost per square foot for new homes: Can I shrink a house plan to make it less expensive?

Early in the process of building a custom home, many people will look around online at a range of house plans to start getting some ideas of what they want. That's a good thing, really, because it hel...

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Builder-grade materials: Why does a builder use a certain brand of materials?

I hear the term "builder-grade materials" a lot, but it's not an industry term. There's no official definition for it. When I hear someone say it, they usually mean it in a negative way. They're sayin...

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House plans: Creating the teen retreat

Many of the clients we work with to build a custom home have teenagers, which often results in specific design requests. Sometimes that means extra bathrooms, sometimes it means teenager bedrooms with...

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