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    House plans: Think about scale

    You found a house plan that looks great online. It has an attractive exterior and the right number and kind of rooms. The overall size is actually a bit smaller than what you had envisioned, so it should be well within your budget to build.
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    House Plans and Cost to Build: How Size Affects Cost per Square Foot

    There's a simple principle in homebuilding: All things being equal (location, finishes, features), a bigger house will have a lower cost per square foot than a smaller one. Why is that? The answer to that question will help you shop for the right house plan and the right builder, and maybe more importantly, help keep you from making a bad...
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    The 3 Sides Rule in Home Building

    There are many elements to designing a house and many considerations that sometimes conflict with each other. Two things that often conflict are design and budget. But when it comes to how much it will cost to build a house, there's one technique that can balance the conflicting needs of cost and curb appeal (or how the house looks when viewed...
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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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    Designing House Plans for Flexibility... Because Your Life Will Change

    You're building your "forever home," but how do you design it so it fits your life today and whatever your life will look like in 20 years?
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    Building on your land: Seeing your dream on paper

    Once you've invested your deposit, been honest about your budget, and discussed your wish list of features for your forever home, it's time for your builder to start creating a plan. He'll go to the drawing board and come up with a conceptual house plan, a list of features, and a price.
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    House plans: why you should leave it to professionals

    For some people building a custom home, it's tempting to try and take the DIY approach to part of the process in an effort to save money. When it comes to your house plan, though, it's really best to leave it to the professionals.
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    How to Get the Most Bang for the Buck When Building a New Home

    Thinking about building a custom home? If so, you may be dreaming of all the big and little things you want to have in the house. But then you're also probably thinking about your budget and wondering how to get the most bang for your buck.
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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 first builder she had interviewed, and we weren't the last.
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    Custom Home Tip: Will It Ever Be 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 the most experienced builders won't build a perfect house. Here's why.
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