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Monthly Archives: May 2008

The Backyard Kitchen

Today we cook outside for fun more than ever. It is estimated that Americans will cook and consume three billion-that's 3,000,000,000- meals outside this year on 80 million grills, at about 37.5 meals per grill each year. But like nearly everything else we do today, we tend to "supersize" things. So it won't surprise you [...]

By |May 29th, 2008|The Backyard|0 Comments

Free Home Plan Books

by Bruce Arant, Editorial Director for The Garlinghouse Company For those of you who don't already know - we're currently providing many of our home plan books for free. (All you pay for is shipping) This is definitely something that's worth your time to check out. As popular as online home plans are (familyhomeplans.com in particular) [...]

By |May 23rd, 2008|House Design, House Plans|2 Comments

Swimming Pools and Real Estate Value

The Coolest Thing in New Home Construction A pool surrounded by a sturdy deck of either concrete or wood and set in a nicely landscaped yard can provide hours of recreation and a beautiful backdrop to your home. Photo courtesy of Donna and Ron Kolb, Exposures Unlimited. We’ve all heard that a built-in pool does [...]

By |May 22nd, 2008|Home Construction, The Backyard|0 Comments

Avoiding Common Problems with Your Builder

Building a house is a lot of work for the builder, but it's also a lot of work for the homeowner. Here is some seasoned advice to help smooth the construction process. The homeowner's work begins with hiring the builder, or general contractor, which is where many projects start to go wrong. Yet, problems arise [...]

By |May 17th, 2008|Before Your Build, Home Construction|0 Comments

Choosing A Neighborhood

By Cynthia Doggett You know you want to build. You have your dream house plan in mind. But where? Haven’t you heard? Location, is everything. In fact, location has the greatest effect on everything to do with your investment—in terms of property value and your family’s well-being. Choosing a neighborhood sounds easy enough, but there [...]

Be Your Own Contractor

 By Cynthis Doggett In a lifetime, there are not many projects that equal the enormity of building a new home. It is a tremendous investment of time, funds and for many, the realization of a long awaited dream. One way to ensure that your dream house becomes a reality is to be your own contractor. [...]

By |May 17th, 2008|Before Your Build, Home Construction|0 Comments

IS YOUR HOME MORE POLLUTED THAN NEW YORK CITY?

by Adrienne van Dooren According to the EPA, "the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities." Since most people spend 85-90 percent of their time indoors, the health risks (asthma, lung disease, cancer, etc.) are drastically increased due to [...]

By |May 15th, 2008|Healthy Homes|0 Comments

Transform PVC Pipe into a Beautiful Chair Rail

by Adrienne van Dooren Faux Artist and Decorative Painter, Joanne Nash of Lynchburg, VA came up with the fun and creative idea for this unique faux bamboo chair rail. “I would have used real bamboo, but the sizes were too irregular to match around the room.” Says Joanne. She really wanted a bamboo look to [...]

By |May 15th, 2008|Home Decor|0 Comments

Defining Reality for the Owner-Builder

By David Porter AIA - Consulting architect to the Garlinghouse Company since 1989  So, you are contemplating building a house. You have the option of trying to build it on your own or to hire a professional, licensed, experienced builder. Hmmm, already just reading over the words, "professional, licensed, and experienced" might make you question [...]

By |May 15th, 2008|Archi-Tech Tips, Home Construction|0 Comments