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Getting the Most Out of an Open Floor Plan

Getting the Most Out of an Open Floor Plan

The evolution of the North American house has drastically changed in the last couple of decades. Houses in the turn of the century still held many of the mid-century features that are rarely seen today. The division of rooms in older homes stemmed from the idea that […]

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Top Trends in Home Design for 2017

Top Trends in Home Design for 2017

The new and upcoming trends of 2017 are growing stronger as the year progresses, and home design certainly doesn’t fall short. Although 2016 was certainly a leading and statement year in interior design and home decor, this year is beginning to look even more unique. 1. Beauty […]

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Truss Uplift – Expectations vs. Reality

Truss Uplift – Expectations vs. Reality

Truss Uplift A detachment of the ceiling from the wall is an irritating, but all too common problem. Its principal cause is a natural event called Truss Uplift. Wikipedia defines truss uplift as an occurrence common in new houses built with roof trusses as opposed to rafters. If […]

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Featured Floor-plan of the Month: The Ravenswood

Featured Floor-plan of the Month: The Ravenswood

Virtual Tour: The Ravenswood We love latest floor plans, and we know you do too! Take a look at the Ravenswood, 1837 square feet of usable space. and drool over this 3-bedroom sanctuary. Our latest “Floor-Plan of the Month” is here! Any time you step into a […]

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Prefab Homes Ontario: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Prefab Homes Ontario: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

A prefab or modular home is a home that is partially built in a plant and then shipped to a construction site where it is set on a previously constructed foundation. While a typical one-story bungalow consists of two or three modules, larger custom homes might use […]

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Featured Floor Plan of the Month

Featured Floor Plan of the Month

We love new floor plans, and we know you do too! Take a look at the Woodlands, 1971 square feet floor plan and drool over this 3-bedroom oasis with 1971 square feet of functional space. It is our latest “Floor Plan of the Month”. PLAN DESCRIPTION This […]

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8 Affordable Ways to Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal

8 Affordable Ways to Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Affordable Ways to Up Your Homes Curb Appeal By Tim Smith Do you remember driving past potential properties for sale and cringing at one or two that looked just awful from the outside? As a previous homebuyer, you know what makes the grade when pulling into a […]

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7 Secrets to Designing Your Dream Home

Designing Your Dream Home Having a custom home built for your next property is a significant investment in time and expense, so it’s important that you have it designed to specifications that fit not only your lifestyle but on-going needs too. If you’ve never had a home […]

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Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends of 2015 and Beyond

Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends of 2015 and Beyond

Kitchen Design Trends 2015 Having a custom kitchen is an ideal solution for anyone wanting to create a functional, practical space with current modern kitchen design trends. Although every kitchen should have the unique characteristics, a homeowner brings to space, following these to 10 trends can help […]

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Home design trends for 2015 – The Most Wanted List

Home design trends for 2015 – The Most Wanted List

Current trends indicate that, in 2015, new homes will be smaller, greener and more casual. At the end of 2014, NAHB Research Centre conducted a survey online in two phases. The first phase used screening questions to identify recent home buyers, who purchased a home in the […]

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How to Design and Build a Deck

How to Design and Build a Deck

Deck Railing Design Deck Design Requires A Careful Consideration A deck is a popular home improvement that not only adds to the value of your home but provides a focal point for enjoying the outdoors. You’ll want to consider carefully the design elements that go into your […]

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Energy-Efficient Homes Could Reduce Energy Use By 65%

Energy-Efficient Homes Could Reduce Energy Use By 65%

By Diane Swanbrow News and Information Services With high winter heating bills on the horizon in much of the country, a new U-M study shows that the total energy used during the life of a typical home in the U.S. heartland could be reduced by 65 percent […]

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Straw-Bale Home Construction

Straw-Bale Home Construction

Straw-Bale House Walls Straw-bale home construction is a building method that uses bales of straw (commonly: wheat, rice, rye, and oats straw) as structural elements, building insulation, or both. The first straw-bale structures we know of were built about a hundred years ago by European settlers in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. […]

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Post and Beam Homes

Post and Beam Homes

The world of post and beam is one where homes are snug, warm and draught free. Post and Beam construction is a method of building homes with heavy timbers rather than dimensional lumber Where low energy running costs are matched by precise engineering quality and a new […]

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20 Essentials of Great Log Home Designs

20 Essentials of Great Log Home Designs

Log Home – 20 Essentials of Great Log Home Designs Everything you need to know to create a warm, comfortable, attractive log home. Over the last 30 years, architects and designers have taken log cabin design to places our founding fathers could scarcely imagine. Yesterday’s one-room cabins […]

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How Much Does It Cost to Build With Insulated Concrete Forms?

How Much Does It Cost to Build With Insulated Concrete Forms?

How Much Does It Cost to Build With Insulated Concrete Blocks? If you’ve ever tried to nail down a hard answer on this subject, you’re probably already familiar with the broad range of estimates out there. To determine the cost to build with Insulated Concrete Forms and […]

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Healthy Homes – A Must For Our Children’s Futures!

Healthy Homes – A Must For Our Children’s Futures!

Healthy Homes The myth that building a “Healthy Homes” can cost a great deal more is not right. Home may be where the heart is but it’s also where you’ll find dust mites, paint, asbestos, mould and mildew, off-gassing synthetic carpeting, plywood with heavy formaldehyde concentration, radon […]

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