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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

Top 20 Shipping Container Home Designs and their Costs in 2021

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 [...]

The Ultimate Site Plan Guide for Commercial Development Projects: Parking Lots, Commercial Construction

If you’re considering a commercial building project, you might be asking, “Where do I start?” This guide to site plans for commercial developments is an excellent starting point. Common questions about commercial site plans, also called commercial plot plans, are: What is a commercial site plan? What is the purpose of a site plan? What [...]

2020-05-04T01:37:55+00:00May 4th, 2020|Commercial Development Plans|0 Comments

The Ultimate Site Plan Guide for Residential Construction – Plot Plans for Home Building

There is a creative side to building a home and a practical side. It is essential to address both as you plan your beautiful new dwelling. This site plan guide covers one of the most important practical components of getting a home built. A quality, accurate site plan is necessary for every phase of the [...]

2020-04-08T23:15:54+00:00April 8th, 2020|Plot Plans|0 Comments

Are Shipping Container Homes just a Fad? Top 3 Reasons Container Homes Are Here to Stay

Finished shipping container homes start at about $25,000 for something very basic completed by someone handy. The upper end – well, there is no upper end. Luxury homes built with multiple containers can exceed $1 million. A shipping container home from Container Homes USA Fad or Here to Stay? When considering a shipping [...]

2021-02-04T10:53:35+00:00March 26th, 2020|Shipping Container Homes|1 Comment

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|1 Comment

How Much Does it Cost to Build a New House: Itemized Costs in 2021

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 the initial site work on [...]

2021-01-19T01:14:40+00:00January 13th, 2020|Home Construction, Land Development|14 Comments