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.


Contractor doing a green home demolition
Valuable tax breaks are but one benefit to recycling your home materials.
builder grade siding and gutters for home construction (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Planning a RemodelHomebuilder
To many, the term “builder grade” implies construction materials have enough quality that a builder would use them. But the items' quality may be less than you think.
These adaptable shading screens on display at a recent Solar Decathlon event improve energy performance in response to the exterior climate conditions. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy)
D.C., adjoining states top list for environmental efforts
timber frame home (Photo by Brandon Smith)
New Home DesignsHomebuilder
Timber frame homes may look like any other home from the outside — but they're extraordinary on the inside.
HomebuilderHome InspectionReal Estate Agents
A recent Angie's List poll found that more than half of homeowners who built a home during the housing boom found that their homes were filled with problems after construction was complete. Hiring a home inspector can help you identify any issues your home may have before they become a disaster.