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11 Best Green Home Improvements and their Costs for 2021

Some green home improvements make more practical and financial sense than others. The upfront cost is always an understandable concern. However, many green home upgrades will eventually pay for themselves through long-term cost savings and increased resale value of your home. Other eco-friendly updates may never justify the upfront cost of investment, however they can [...]

Do I Need a Building Permit for My Home Improvement Project?

Why are building permits required for home improvements? When are they needed? How can property owners best navigate the quirks of the permitting process? Building permits often rank right down there with doing your taxes, or going to the dentist. They are also just as important. It is essential for homeowners to understand the need [...]

2020-12-23T13:54:37+00:00December 23rd, 2020|Building Permits|3 Comments

What is a Site Plan? 12 Elements of a Smart Plot Plan, Plus a Floor Plan vs. a Site Plan — What’s the Difference?

Home and property improvements can result in significant changes to your residence and outdoor space including landscaping and backyard. Whether you do the work yourself or hire an architect, builder, or a contractor, the desired change to your property normally starts with a plan. And part of that plan is knowing the existing territory and [...]

2020-12-23T13:59:07+00:00December 22nd, 2020|Plot Plans|1 Comment

Site Plans in King County: Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland Plot Plans

According to the King County Permitting Division, a site plan must be obtained any time a residential building permit is required. For example, if you are planning to build a new deck that is more than 18 inches above the ground on your property in Seattle (or 30 inches above the ground for unincorporated areas [...]

Modular Home Costs, Pros & Cons, Planning & Building – Definitive Guide

The national average cost of a modular home is about $240,000, plus the cost of the land. The cost figure above translates to about $120 per square foot for a 2,000 square foot modular home without the cost of the land. Modular Home Building Process Source: All American Homes In terms of the [...]

2020-12-24T13:33:41+00:00November 4th, 2020|Home Construction, Modular Homes|0 Comments

How to Draw a Site Plan for Your Property – DIY Plot Plan Options

To property owners and developers who ask, “how do I draw a site plan?,” this guide answers with, “let us count the ways!” There are a handful of DIY site plan options, and one of them is sure to be a good fit for you. If not, we’ve got alternative suggestions for letting an experienced [...]

2020-09-08T05:27:53+00:00September 8th, 2020|3D Renders, Plot Plans, Site Plans|0 Comments

Site Plans in Maricopa County, AZ – How to Get your Plot Plan Approved

According to the Maricopa County Planning and Developing Department, a site plan must be obtained almost any time a building permit is required. We reached out to various building departments, and their representatives said that a site plan is required for any alteration larger than upgrading an electric panel. This general principle holds for all major [...]

2020-11-25T07:43:15+00:00August 22nd, 2020|Plot Plans|0 Comments

Top 15 Prefab and Modular Home Designs and their Costs

While having a custom-designed home might seem like the golden standard in terms of getting that beautiful and exquisite architecture, design, and decor elements, there are many good reasons why you might opt for a prefab or modular house instead. First of all, you have to consider the costs. Building a custom house requires you [...]

How to Plan Out and Execute Your Home Addition Project

There are many reasons to upgrade your current home with an addition rather than sell and buy a home with the features they want. Which of these fit you? Kitchen bump-out addition, Image Credits: Photo by Andreas von Einsiedel/Getty Images   You like your current home, property and neighbors. It is close to [...]

2020-07-28T09:08:36+00:00July 28th, 2020|Building Out, Building Up, Home Additions|0 Comments

How to Build a Deck in Your Backyard – Planning, Steps & Costs

While there are many great step-by-step deck building guides and video tutorials already available, our deck building guide offers something that many others don’t; a solid overview of the entire process and advice on how to approach the whole process from a homeowner’s perspective, not just the list of physical steps to build a deck. [...]

2020-07-15T23:42:26+00:00June 30th, 2020|Decks and Porches|0 Comments