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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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.)
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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.
Replacing a cedar fence with a brick wall provides  privacy and style and less time maintaining the look. (Photo courtesy of member Len Berkstresser )
Brick and Stone ExteriorsMasonry
San Diego area homeowner uses three color block facade to build a block wall and maintain a park like view with the help of simulated wrought iron panels.
If your home's masonry is showing signs of age, it may be time to call out an expert. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Schoenholz)
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Home improvements can add value to your property.
 
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