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Feb 09 2011

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Building a House: Home Building Professionals You May Need to Hire

The ContractorIf you are planning to build a new house in the near future, it is necessary to understand it will not be a simple task. Unless you are a qualified building professional or you have all of the specific skills required for a residential construction project, you will need to hire a builder or contractor. Or if you plan to be your own general contractor, you will be responsible for hiring all of the subcontractors skilled in the various building trades to contribute to the construction of your new home. Below is a list of all the skilled professionals you may need to hire to build your house.

 

·         Excavator to clear the lot

·         Concrete/Foundation contractor to build and set concrete forms and pour the concrete foundation

·         Carpenter to frame the home

·         Roofer to install roof covering, i.e. shingles

·         Insulation contractor

·         Electrician to wire the home and install outlets, switches and fixtures

·         Plumber to install all plumbing and related fixtures

·         Stone mason, bricklayer or someone to install exterior finish and trim

·         Drywall contractor to install/hang drywall

·         Taper and painter to cover and paint interior walls and trim

·         Finish carpenter to install interior doors and finish the inside of the home with trim, moldings and some decorative elements

·         Flooring contractor to lay tile, carpet, hardwood flooring, etc.

·         Lawn crew to sew grass seed, lay sod and landscape the yard

·         Interior decorator to add all the finishing touches

·         Garage door contractor to install overhead garage doors

 

Depending on all the details of your new home and the special elements you’d like to include, it may be necessary to hire additional building professionals.

 

For more information about home plans or building with stock house plans, please visit The House Plan Shop.

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Oct 15 2010

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2 Weeks Left for The House Plan Shop’s Facebook Shipping Promotion

Time is running out! Just 2 weeks left for The House Plans Shop’s special Facebook shipping promotion! Visit our Facebook Page and Like Us to find a special shipping promotion code for Facebook friends only.

 

Only until October 31st: The House Plan Shop is offering FREE Ground Shipping or $35.00 OFF Priority or Express Shipping on the initial sale of any blueprint package. Simply enter or mention the special promotional code you find on our Facebook page when you Like our page.

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Oct 01 2010

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Like The House Plan Shop Facebook Page for a Special Shipping Promotion Code

Visit The House Plan Shop’s Facebook Page and Like Us to receive a special shipping promotion code for Facebook friends only.

 

For the month of October only: The House Plan Shop is offering FREE Ground Shipping or $35.00 OFF Priority or Express Shipping on the initial sale of any blueprint package. Simply enter or mention the special promotional code you find on our Facebook page when you Like our page.

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Sep 15 2010

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New Edition of Residential Construction Performance Guidelines Released

Last week the National Association of Home Builders released the fourth edition of Residential Construction Performance Guidelines. It is the most widely used reference in the building industry regarding how new homes should perform. The reference guide is available in a consumer version and a contractor version.

 

The contractor’s version of the fourth edition features:

·         New guidelines addressing efflorescence, deflection and water penetration

·         Remodeling-specific guidelines

·         A glossary

·         And much more

 

The consumer’s version helps consumers understand the basics of proper home buildings and how the home should perform during the warranty period.

 

Find out more about the newest edition of this handy building reference.

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Jul 26 2010

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Will My Stock House Plans Include an Electrical Plan?

Electrical WiringCustomers purchasing stock house plans often ask if their blueprints will include an electrical plan. In most cases, but not all, the floor plans will include a simple electrical plan. The electrical layout may be shown on a separate page in the construction drawings, or it might be shown on the floor plan page(s) of the blueprints. Stock house plans that do include a simple electrical plan will reflect suggested locations for outlets, switches and fixtures. However, they will not include a detailed wiring schematic showing exactly where to run the wiring, etc. The truth of the matter is all the electrical work in the new home must meet local building and electrical codes. It is up to the electrician working on the home to wire the house according to local electrical codes. It is also the electrician’s job to install the outlets, switches, fixtures and the electrical box in the proper places as designated by the electrical codes in place for the area, city, county or municipality where the house is being built.

 

For more information about what is included in a set of stock house plans, please review The House Plan Shop’s FAQs.

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