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What is a Barndominium?

Meet the Barndominium: the latest in home style trends that is sweeping the rural nation. Although loaded with character and curb appeal, let’s take a closer look at why this style has captured so many hearts.

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Building a Custom Home (Part 2): Designing Your Home

Finding the ideal house plan can be an exciting, but daunting, task. Months, or years, of ideas and features need to be written down and organized. This article will help define your custom home goals, while keeping the bottom line in mind.

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Building a Custom Home (Part 3): Gather your Professional Team and Monitor the Process

Finding the right team of professionals is an essential step in the home building process. Choose wisely, and your trustworthy team will expertly guide you through any unexpected twists and turns during the build.

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A Helpful Guide to Reading Blueprints

Do you want to read a blueprint like a pro? Familiarize yourself with the three most common views, and build your confidence when expected to understand house plans.

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Buy a Home Plan or Hire an Architect?

Are you stuck between buying a pre-existing plan or hiring an architect to draw one for you? This article will break down the pros and cons of each, helping you feel confident in the direction you choose.

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A Guide to Understanding Residential Building Codes (IRC)

Safety is a top priority for cities and other jurisdictions. Read on to learn more about the importance of building codes in design, construction, and maintenance of structures.

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Pros and Cons of Different Roofing Construction

Gable, mansard, gambrel, flat, shed: these funny names communicate different roof styles that are typically tied to the Architectural style of the home. But what happens beneath the shingles and chimneys? Read on to discover the two roofing methods used in construction today.

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Can You Modify the Exterior Style of a House Plan?

“Don’t judge a house plan by its exterior”, said the discarded house plan due to its outdated exterior. Remember, the inside, or floor plan, is the most important factor when searching for the perfect home plan.

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Love Ranch, Cottage, or Cape Cod Homes? Choosing the Right House Plan.

Each home has a style; and often, a combination of more than one style. This article will provide a brief history and description of the ranch, shingle, cottage, and Cape Cod style of homes.

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Considering Building a House? Top 5 Benefits of Building vs Buying

Trying to decide whether you should be building a custom home or buy an existing one? Learn why building a new home is gaining in popularity for homeowners looking for a new residence.

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Top 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Home Builder

Your best friend’s second cousin built a custom home with foundation issues, which took 2 years longer then projected, and doubled the budget. Don’t let this happen to you! Follow these tips when choosing the right builder for your custom home.

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Start a Pinterest Board for your Custom Home

Sifting through countless online house plans with little direction on your style preference is a definite burn-out strategy. Fear not! A Pinterest board will build inspiration and guide your search criteria in a productive direction.

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Most Popular Home Styles of 2019

Architectural trends come and go, some lasting longer than others. This article reviews the 3 most popular styles seen by Architectural Designs in recent years.

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Benefits of a Garden Shed

Don’t leave your garden tools scattered throughout the garage. Incorporate a garden shed into your backyard design and reap the benefits year round.

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