Architects and Blueprints


Home Building

Building your own home is an often exciting, sometimes exhausting experience. It’s also a perfect chance to have a home that’s designed the way you want it to look. But whether you’re hiring a general contractor or doing most of the work yourself, it takes a lot of forethought and planning. The sites highlighted in this Web guide can help you find inspiration to create the home of your dreams and get much-needed help to ensure you don’t miss one of the many details that accompany this endeavor.

Steps to Building a Home

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The Cost of Building a Home

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Choosing a Construction Site and House Style

One of the earliest steps in building a new home is deciding what type of home you want and where ... read more »

Building Codes, Building Permits and Variances

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Architects and Blueprints

If you’ve got ideas about designing your own home and need help translating them into reality, an architect may be able to help you with this process. Or in many cases, you can browse blueprints online for free and purchase one that you like. Whatever route you choose, getting online help with your home design is just a few clicks away.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • If you’re researching individual architects, check their Web sites for pictures of past projects to get an idea of work they’ve done and whether it suits your tastes. Better yet, try to visit a home designed by the architect you’re considering.
  • If you’re having trouble visualizing the layout of your home from a floor plan, ask your architect to draw the rooms in perspective. An axonometric drawing (a three-dimensional rendering drawn from above) may also be helpful.

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Finding and Hiring a Contractor

Many people may help you build your home, but you’ll likely have one general contractor ... read more »

Do-It-Yourself Home Building

For someone with the necessary knowledge and technical skills, building your own home can be a ... read more »

Sustainable Home Building

Sustainable home building incorporates a lot more than the use of “green” building ... read more »

Home Inspections, Walkthroughs and Homeowner’s Insurance

When construction on your home is complete, a few more steps must take place before move-in day. ... read more »

Home Building Message Boards

Sometimes the best source of advice for a project as large as a home build is other people who are ... read more »

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