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.
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One of the earliest steps in building a new home is deciding what type of home you want and where to build it. With an abundance of home styles and locations to choose from, the options may feel overwhelming but the Web sites we’ve found can help you make some decisions.
- In the book “Inside the Not So Big House”, you’ll find tips for creating a well-designed home with all the elements you’ve always desired. The focus here is on the quality of your home rather than its size.
- If you’ve ordered a custom-built home, the Web site of the company you’ve purchased the home from may also contain advice about finding the right home site for the type of home you want.
- Choosing a location for your new home can be about a lot more than finding a suitable building site. For Web sites that can help you select a good community or neighborhood, see the “Deciding Where to Move” section of the findingDulcinea Homes Web Guide.
For help choosing a building site …
is part of the Move.com network. Look for helpful advice about choosing a home site
, including some of the most important factors to consider. Also see the great checklist
page; find or design the home of your dreams by making a handy list of your personal specifications to draw from.
provides a list of factors to keep in mind when choosing a home site, including property taxes, zoning requirements and limitations, and the availability of public utilities.
The Ohio Department of Health
offers a short PDF article that focuses on assessing how you would deal with household wastewater at a particular home site.
provides suggestions for the type of home site you should choose if you are looking to incorporate “green” elements into your new home.
To review home styles …
explains the history and various aspects of several types of housing styles, including Queen Anne, Mediterranean, and “Classic Box.” Expect to find basic illustrations rather than full-color photographs of each style of home. The site is hosted by a California real estate agency and thus the information is geared toward local readers, but many of the house styles described can be found all over the United States.
Jamaica Plain Real Estate
reviews the elements of many popular housing styles seen in New England (and many other parts of the country), such as Cape Cod, ranch, and federal styles. Color photographs show examples of each architectural style.
has a photo album that shows the construction process for a few different types of homes. Though a majority of the photos show a particular home in an unfinished state, there are still one or two finished pictures that can give you a good idea of what a particular home style looks like.
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