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Top 10 Energy-Smart Home Improvements for Extreme Weather: Costs

Now is the right time to invest in energy-smart improvements around the house to make sure it’s ready to handle things like unforeseen power disruptions due to extreme weather, snowstorms, and other “unforeseen” surprises. 😉 Your imagination and your wallet are both screaming, “Go big or go home!”. So, what are some of the major [...]

Top 16 Kitchen Upgrade Ideas and Costs for 2021 – DIY Upgrades

Are you ready to create the kind of kitchen space that will really impress with its versatility, design, and style? If so, our guide to kitchen renovation and remodeling with focus on DIY upgrades will be a great starting point for you! Your kitchen may be the most important room in your home, especially with [...]

2021-02-07T00:04:26+00:00January 28th, 2021|Remodeling Ideas|0 Comments

Top 10 Home Addition Ideas, Plus their Costs: PV Solar Power Systems, In-ground Swimming Pools, Dormers, Kitchen Extensions & More!

Are you in the process of planning a home addition or major remodeling project for your home? If so, it’s imperative to know ahead of time just how much a new addition or a particular remodeling upgrade will cost and what value/property appreciation it will contribute to your home. By RNB Design Group Here is [...]

2021-05-02T09:37:16+00:00December 24th, 2020|Design, Going Solar, Home Additions, Remodeling Ideas|6 Comments

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