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How to Convert a Garage to Living Space: Cost, Permits, Garage Conversion Steps

The choice to convert a garage to living space a cost-effective option for a new bedroom suite, kid’s playroom, guest or rental apartment and other potential uses. This garage conversion guide is your roadmap for the project. It covers: - Overview and initial planning - Costs for typical projects and hiring a contractor - Engineering [...]

2020-01-23T10:16:49+00:00January 23rd, 2020|Garage Conversions, Garages|0 Comments

Top 20 Shipping Container Home Designs and their Costs in 2020

There is a hot new trend: shipping container homes. Basically, you modify and re-purpose used shipping containers and stick them together to build a house! Architects, designers and builders have actually found a way to transform big boxes of steel into beautiful and fully-functional homes. With proper planning, you can endeavor to design and build a [...]

How Much Does it Cost to Build a New House: Itemized Costs in 2020

The cost to build a house includes a large number of components and variables based on site factors, design and materials. There’s a lot of information to tackle, but that’s what we’re here to do. You won’t find a more comprehensive, itemized list of costs for building a home from initial site work on a [...]

2020-01-14T22:24:29+00:00January 13th, 2020|Home Construction, Land Development|13 Comments

20 Home Additions to Increase Your Home’s Square Footage

Home additions are a worthy investment and an excellent way to increase space for you and your family without having to move. They also provide a higher cost-value ratio compared to other renovation projects—however, this can vary depending on the addition and current market. One of the best things about a home addition is the [...]

How to get approval for your HOA or Condo Renovation – HOA Site Plans

Would you like to renovate your condo or home? There are two hurdles right out of the gate: Follow the rules outlined in the Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Reviews). It is the legal document spelling out what changes you can make to your condo or house (site condo). Follow HOA guidelines for submitting a proposal, [...]

2019-09-19T08:08:44+00:00September 19th, 2019|HOA Permits|0 Comments

Pella vs. Marvin Windows Cost – New Construction & Replacement Windows

Pella windows are produced in an impressive array of materials and styles, with prices that range from affordable to premium. Marvin fills a niche with wood windows that combine quality, selection and competitive pricing in the upscale range. Marvin also makes fiberglass windows that compete with Pella, but Marvin doesn’t offer any vinyl windows. Did [...]

2019-09-08T22:50:20+00:00August 29th, 2019|Home Improvement Costs, New Windows|0 Comments

Top 15 House Plans, Plus their Costs, and Pros & Cons of Each Design

Have you finally decided to build a house of your own? Well, you know it has to be perfect. After all, you’ve been dreaming about this for years! 🙂 We know, it’s always hard to decide how your house should look. There are endless possibilities. So, to help you narrow down your search a bit, [...]

Top 10 Exterior Home Upgrades that Require a Site Plan to Obtain a Building Permit

Major exterior remodeling upgrades such as building a new deck, adding a sun room or reshaping the landscape architecture on your property are exciting and fun, but these projects can go a lot smoother if you have a solid plan in place before any work is done. In many municipal districts i.e. local cities and [...]