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Beauty is Within

Beauty is Within

Aesthetics and Livability Let’s look at a few of the sometimes overlooked or underappreciated floor plan design factors that drive cost. Staircase design, construction, and materials run the gamut of pricing. One guideline often used relates to the staircase’s public...

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Design Adds Meaning and Value

Design Adds Meaning and Value

Everything is designed. Look around you. Everything you see was designed. The ceiling, lighting, your chair, the wastebasket, the door. Design can make or break a business – just look at Apple’s outstanding designs and now defunct Oldsmobile for lack of design...

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SIP, SIP, Hooray!

SIP, SIP, Hooray!

We have been looking at the fallacies of comparing new homes on the basis of “cost per square foot” because it’s nearly impossible to get an apples-to-apples comparison. Here we look at another apples-to-oranges comparison – building your home using structurally...

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Intangibles and Hidden Costs

Intangibles and Hidden Costs

Home plans in hand, you may think your next step is to get three bids. That makes sense, because you want to get a feel for how much you’ll be investing in your new home. But why three bids? Are you automatically going to take the low bid? And how did the low bidder...

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Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

If you are looking at a home’s cost per square foot and that cost includes the homesite, understand that building lot costs vary widely. The location of your building lot encompasses several factors. Neighborhood amenities such as walking trails, public spaces,...

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What’s Included in the Price?

What’s Included in the Price?

Cost per square foot. Simple to calculate. Seemingly easy to understand. Until you realize what was included in the “cost” differs by builder! On floor plans, dashed (as opposed to solid) lines often indicate options. In keeping with its focus on affordability, the...

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Which Square Feet?

Which Square Feet?

Outdoor living space. Two-story high spaces. Bonus rooms. Unfinished storage. Attics. Basements. Garages. Any attempt to come up with a “cost per square foot” for a new home begins with determining the home’s square footage. Sounds easy, right? Yes…and no. Yes,...

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Entertaining: Planning for Fun

Entertaining: Planning for Fun

Some prefer to entertain formally; others thrive on deep, life-giving conversation with a few close friends; and some prefer topical get-togethers such as book clubs and study groups. But when it’s Friday night, after a particularly trying week, you really appreciate...

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Entertaining: Beyond Four Walls

Entertaining: Beyond Four Walls

We get it. Some people are all in on outdoor living, relishing being outside, even at home. Second, we know that entertaining is one of the primary lenses people look at when considering a home purchase. At the intersection of outdoor living and entertaining is the...

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