Archive for August, 2009

Aug 26 2009

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Helpful Hints for Selecting a Lot

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If you are planning to build a new home, chances are you are searching for the perfect lot. Because you have the power to choose the location, most likely you are looking for the best lot possible.  Taking the time to select the ideal location will pay greater dividends should you ever decide to sell your home. Keep in mind that an awesome house an on a poor lot will not be as good an investment as a smaller home on a prime lot in a great location. These helpful hints will help you search for the best lot for your new home.

 

  1. Make a list of all the possible sites you think will work for you. The larger the list, the better.
  2. Now compare the lots and start eliminating the less desirable ones. Consider the location of the lot to all the places you travel on a regular basis – work, school, the grocery store, other shopping areas, church, etc. Check with the zoning committee to find out what is planned for the area in the future. Will the wooded area behind the lot be cleared one day for a major roadway? Is the area showing signs of growth and prosperity? If the area is in an upswing it will enhance property value. Narrow down your lot selection to one to three lots.
  3. Find out what the cost will be for utilities for each of the lots in your top three. A cheaper lot that is not already prepared for utilities may not be as good a deal as the one that is a little more expensive but already prepared for electricity, water and sanitary service. With an unprepared lot, you House Plan 0027H-0073might find that you’ll be responsible for paying all costs to run the utilities to the lot.
  4. Find out what fees you will have to pay such as building permits, utilities and hookups for each lot. Make sure you have them in writing.
  5. Invite your builder to visit each lot and discuss each site’s potential. Pay attention to the physical features of each lot such as slop, water features, mature trees, etc. Which things are benefits and which may cause potential problems in the future?
  6. Finalize your lot selection.  

These hints will help you find the right lot for you with less hassle and headaches ensuring you’ll love the location of your new home.

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Aug 21 2009

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Popular Carriage Houses in a Down Economy

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Garage Plan 007G-0003As tough economic times continue, many families are being forced to combine households due to job loss and/or foreclosure. Children are moving back home to mom’s place with the grandkids in tow. The jobless market means college graduates are moving back home too. Grandparents are moving in with grandchildren. And the list goes on.

 

Recently, The GaragePlanShop, LLC, a subsidiary of The HousePlanShop, LLC, was featured in the news. With so many changes in living situations for a wide variety of people and uncertain economic conditions, both of these ecommerce companies have witnessed a growing interest in garage apartment plans and carriage house plans respectively. These modest, yet comfortable living quarters are proving to be a positive solution for those who are running out of room in their homes for relatives who need a place to live.

 

Carriage houses and garage apartments are very accommodating offering comfortable living quarters in an affordable package. Furthermore they are a great addition to any home adding value to the property. Not only will you be providing temporary housing for family members now, but you’ll reap the benefits of having extra garage space to use any way you wish. Consider extra car storage, boat storage or a workshop. When the economy moves in a positive direction and everyone is able to have a place of their own again, you’ll be left with a wonderful finished space with can easily serve as a guest suite, studio, office for a home based business, rental property or whatever you desire. One thing is certain, these popular carriage houses and garage apartments deliver a win-win situation for everyone.

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Aug 10 2009

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Country Music Stars:Heartwarming Home Building

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Last week, Great American Country (GAC) reported and posted heartwarming stories about two country music stars.

 

Singer Kellie Pickler shared her talents with ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” in Beavercreek, OH. Not only did she perform a few hit songs at the home of a well-deserving family who will benefit from the rebuilding and remodeling of their home, but she also pitched in with the construction work. The episode is scheduled to air this fall.

 

Performer Sammy Kershaw was scheduled to play last Friday at a Habitat for Humanity build in Cambridge, OH. Sammy’s project was the building of a “Kershaw Kabin” which was expected to last all weekend.

 

Read more at GACTV.com.

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Aug 06 2009

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Green Building: 7 Earth-Friendly Building Tips

House Plan 001H-0012If you are planning to build a new home, it is important to consider including green building techniques.  Green building is a huge step in the right direction for healthy and responsible living so take some time to develop a green building plan with your builder. Incorporating just a few of these tips and ideas will not only result in an energy efficient home, but also you feel good about taking responsibility for the impact your new home will have on the environment. Consider these tips:

 

1.     Keep it small – The best green homes have just enough space and no more cutting down on use of building materials, heating and cooling costs and more. Also consider building up instead of out. This technique requires less foundation and roofing materials and leaves more green space.

2.     Incorporate renewable energy – Position your home to take advantage of natural lighting. If possible, incorporate other renewable energy techniques such as solar panels.

3.     Use the benefits of your building site – Take advantage of the features on your lot that will provide economical benefits. Visit the lot with your builder, note the special features and build around them. Rather than cutting down mature trees to clear the lot, build near them. The extra shade will cut down on cooling costs. Build near evergreens. They work well as a wind block.  

4.     Develop a recycling plan – There is no need to waste materials. Order only the building materials you will need. Return anything that is unused. Recycle any partially used materials, donate them to a worthy cause or keep them for a future building project.

5.     Plan for durability – Durability is one of the most important factors in green building. Selecting strong and durable materials ensures a long life. Choose materials that will stand the test of time requiring little or no remodeling in the future.

6.     Incorporate a recycling and composting center – Face it, families generate a lot of waste. Be sure to include a space for a family recycling center. Also consider yard waste. Include plans to have your own composting area in the backyard for grass clippings, leaves, etc.

7.     Choose green materials – Incorporate energy efficient and green building materials. Energy efficient materials include everything from insulation with a high R value to low flow toilets and Energy Star rated appliances. Also choose wood wisely. Look for wood products provided through sustainable wood companies.

 

There are many ways you can incorporate green building practices in the construction of you new home. Talk with your builder about these suggested techniques and any discuss other earth-friendly options the builder recommends for your area.

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