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    Building on your land: Building codes and inspectors

    I recently heard a gentleman who was acting as his own builder say something that gave me pause. He said the company he hired to help him be his own builder told him the city or county building inspector is his quality control department.
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    Building a custom home on your land: Five reasons NOT to build

    Building a custom home is not for everyone. I know, a builder shouldn't say such things, right? But from a builder's perspective, there are certain clients whom we've learned should never have taken on the challenge of building a custom home. It was not the best investment of their valuable time and treasure, and it's important to realize that...
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    One Question to Ask Your Significant Other About Your Home

    I'm certainly no marriage counselor, but I've built enough homes for enough married couples and families to know that the process of designing and building a custom home can be grueling, and it can put a strain on a relationship. It is absolutely critical that both parties fully understand the other's needs, wants, and—most...
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    Questions You Should Be Asking Your Interior Designer

    Some people who are having a custom home built are confident in their ability to choose colors and materials for their new home. Most people, on the other hand, would rather have the guidance of a professional to ensure their home is decorated to their tastes without costly errors in design or decor.
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    Buying Land? Here's What You Ask the Seller

    If you dream of building a custom home on your land, the land itself can be a make-or-break item. It's the biggest single-item piece of your budget. You will invest anywhere from 15 to 50 percent of your overall custom home budget on your land, assuming you can even build on it. When buying rural land or undeveloped land in particular, there...
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    The one question to ask a house plan designer

    I have a close friend in North Carolina who builds extraordinarily well-designed, efficient, and beautiful homes. Really, I should put beautiful first, because that's what they are from every perspective: aesthetics, efficiency, and utility. He designs and builds a home that is pleasing to the senses as well as the wallet.
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    Questions to Ask the Banker Providing Your Construction Loan

    Finding the right banker to do the construction loan for a custom home on your land is one of the most difficult and intimidating pieces of the build-on-your-land puzzle. Shopping for a bank is difficult because it's tough to know what to shop for.
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    Questions You Should Be Asking Your Home Builder

    If you're thinking about building a custom home on your land, there are lots of things to figure out: how to find the right builder, how to get a construction loan, how to find land, how to determine if your land is suitable for building, how much is it going to cost, etc.
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    Types of Home Builders: Production, Semi-Custom, or Custom?

    When it comes to building a new home, there are different kinds of builders. And the builder you need depends on what you're looking for in the finished product and what you're looking for in the process.
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    3 Tips for Keeping The Cost of Change Orders Down

    There's a photo that every homebuilder has seen and chuckled at. The photos shows two boats, a small dinghy and an enormous yacht, side by side. The name of the small boat is "building contract" and the name of the yacht is "change order."
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