Sustainable Home Building

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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

Home building may seem like a complicated process—and it is—but we’ve found some ... read more »

The Cost of Building a Home

The cost of building a home depends on a multitude of factors, including what type of home you ... read more »

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

Part of building your new home is making sure you’ve got your bases covered in terms of ... read more »

Architects and Blueprints

If you’ve got ideas about designing your own home and need help translating them into ... read more »

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 materials. Because heating and cooling are among the biggest energy drains of any home, energy-efficient design can be as important in making a home more energy efficient as buying green products. Use this section to learn the principles of green living and get familiar with green elements to include in the design and construction of your home.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • Your direct impact on the environment (including your home and the energy it uses) is called your “ecological footprint.”
  • Benefit from green incentive programs. Check the Web site of your local utility company as well as your state’s Web site to see the tax credits or rebates available for your green investments. (Your power company’s Web site can also be a good source for tips on saving energy.)

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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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