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First-time homebuyer tax credit: 5 essential tips for new buyers

(ARA) - With the revised first-time homebuyer federal income tax credit currently in effect, now is the perfect time to consider making that big purchase, your first home.  "Buying a home is one of the biggest financial commitments a person can make, but first-time homebuyers and qualified return buyers are in an ideal position to [...]

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 [...]

By |September 17th, 2008|Archi-Tech Tips, Home Construction, Insurance|0 Comments

OSB vs. Plywood

You want to build the highest quality home, right? Of course you do. That's why you're here reading this tip after you buy your home plans. Because quality is also a concern for us, we want to help you make sure that every part of your home is as good as it can be, including [...]

By |September 17th, 2008|Home Construction, Sheathing|0 Comments

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 [...]

Being Well Insulated

You know it's there, but you rarely give it a thought-unless the temperature inside your house won't stay at a comfortable level. We're talking about the insulation in your home's walls, attic, and beneath its floors. If there's not enough insulation, it can be added to an existing home. However, the best time to make [...]

By |June 23rd, 2008|Energy Efficiency, Home Construction|0 Comments

Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)

by Bruce Arant, Editorial Director for The Garlinghouse Company I've lived in "Tornado Alley" all of my life. That being the case, wailing tornado sirens, along with the chirping of birds and the buzzing of bees, have become just another familiar sound of springtime (although, not quite as calming). At 2:30 am, on the night [...]

By |June 9th, 2008|Home Construction|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

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

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