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Construction Insurance

By David Porter AIA – Consulting architect to the Garlinghouse House Plans Company since 1989

You are having your dream house built on a piece of property you own.  You are either hiring a builder or building it on your own by hiring the subcontractors and buying all of the materials.  Do you need to […]

Stock House Plans – The Good, the Bad…and the Unknown

By David Porter AIA – Consulting architect to the Garlinghouse Company since 1989

You have looked through lots of plans magazines or you have spent hours sitting at your computer looking at plans services’ websites and there it is; bingo….a rendering or photograph of that dream house you have always wanted.  Even the floor plan […]

Architect, Designer, Engineer – The Differences and Which Do I Need

By David Porter AIA – consulting architect to the Garlinghouse Company since 1989

Since I am a licensed architect, I would be remiss if my answer wasn’t just, “of course, you need only an architect.” But, nah, for your use in designing a house, that isn’t necessarily so.

I will first explain the differences between these […]

Building Green

By David Porter AIA – Consulting architect to the Garlinghouse Company since 1989

By now, you have probably heard loads about everything “green” – building green, living a more “green” lifestyle, and on and on.  “Green” is the new, overly used, buzzword thrown at you from twenty directions each day.  What is this new-fangled movement, […]

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 […]