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.


A spacious laundry room on the main living floor or the second floor near the bedrooms is highly desirable with home buyers. (Photo courtesy of Kelli Mullins)
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Get the best return for your investment when building a house by incorporating highly desirable features into the design.
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Certain home design features make it harder to sell a house.
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Expect to see virtual home design and integrated home automation take off in the coming years.
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Most homeowners spend anywhere between $3,700-$6,000 to raise their house. Very involved projects can run more than $100,000. Seasoned pros can complete the process in a few days.
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Demolishing a 1,500 square foot house costs an average of $18,000 and runs from $4-$15 per square foot. Depending on the location and materials, you could pay as little as $6,000 or as much as $22,5000.