If you are having a custom home built, you need to have a basic understanding of the materials that are used during construction. A home that is poorly constructed will not stand up to the test of time. It is important that your builder uses only high-quality materials during construction. Stone and brick will last longer than wood. Wood often rots after ten or more years. You want your home to last for a long time. Choose the best building materials you Read the rest of this entry »
Quite a large number of people choose to build a new home from the ground up. Since a home is such an important investment, it only makes sense to see if itâ€™s better to buy or build. There are several advantages to building a home instead of purchasing it. Obviously, money will be needed for materials, but in the end, building a home offers much more customization than purchasing.
By choosing to build a home, you will be able to select from a wide range of floor plans and models. Read the rest of this entry »
Before preparing the concrete foundation for a home with a crawlspace, visit the local building department to get the building codebook, building permit, and inspections schedule.
The foundation walls must fit the house plans. The depth and dimensions of the foundation and pier footings, and the height and dimensions of the short foundation walls and piers must conform to local requirements.
The concrete foundation must include any required steel reinforcement (rebar) and mudsill anchor bolts. The top of any piers in the crawlspace and bottom of any beam pockets in the Read the rest of this entry »
Having a home custom built is often a great option for those who want a home with brand new construction that suits all of their needs. And while custom home building is a lot more affordable these days than many people think, it still requires a lot of time, patience, and careful planning on the part of the home owners in order to ensure that the end result is satisfactory. In fact, one of the most difficult aspects of having a home custom built is the process of choosing a contractor Read the rest of this entry »
Building your home is a big job, but the rewards are great. Before you begin, though, it pays to do your homework. Here are ten things you need to know before you start.
1. Local Zoning Laws
Make sure the prospective size, construction and materials meet local requirements.
2. Local Building Code Basics
Chances are a brook running through the living room is unacceptable, but the untempered window over the door might be, too. Save yourself time and aggravation by boning up on local Read the rest of this entry »