Building one's dream home starts with a plan, design, and budget.  Finding the right home builder to pull off the project is who another matter.  It's important to get multiple quotes from different home builders near you before signing anything.  Talk with local governments over zoning and other programs including possible rebates.  Always be sure to have the proper permits and insurance before starting any work.

Many folks work with planned developments so they are limited in certain styles or floorplan configurations, but custom home builders are able to produce home's from scratch with unique designs and elements that are envisioned by a professional architect.  An experienced home builder will be able to provide many details about the project and keep you informed throughout the process.

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MasonryBrick and Stone Exteriors

You've got brick and/or stone on the outside of your home, which means you never have to worry about rotting, fading or peeling (or the big bad wolf blowing your house down).

a brick home with a partially-covered front porch
Brick and Stone ExteriorsMasonry
The two materials cost more, but add long-lasting value to your home.
As with any contractor, it is best to get multiple bids from different mason contractors to discuss the job and gather references, says Rodvoid. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Krista L. of Twinsburg, Ohio)
MasonryBrick and Stone Exteriors
Selecting the right masonry contractor should involve multiple bids and references from the contractors you interview. One provider shares five helpful steps.
"We settled upon a colorful mix of Pennsylvania sandstone, accentuated with bands of reclaimed antique granite street cobbles." (Photo courtesy of Matt L. of Portland, Ore.)
MasonryHardscaping – Pavers & Stepping Stones
The Portland family wanted to add some unique outdoor elements to their new home. So they hired Matt Goddard of Poetry in Stone to install a path and a backyard seating area with a sunken fire pit.
An indication of serious moisture being trapped behind masonry is efflorescence, which appears as a white powder or stain, says Rantanen. (Photo Courtesy of Jamison Home Services, LLC)
Basement WaterproofingMasonry
Even if your home looks safe from the outside, there are invisible hazards like moisture, radon and carbon monoxide you need to be on the lookout for.
 
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