Author Archives: Tim

Top Ten Things to Think About When Choosing a Home Site

Obviously, you can’t build your “House On A Dime” unless you have a site to build it on.  Even if you’re buying an existing home, you need to pay careful attention to the site.  While it’s true that the foundation … Continue reading

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“Permits? We Don’t Need No Stinking Permits!”

No permits…a great way to save money, right? WRONG! If you live in a jurisdiction that requires permits, make sure that you follow all of the rules. In most cases, homeowners are allowed to do their own work, but you … Continue reading

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Saving Money on Plans

Forgive me if I don’t post something every day for the next couple of weeks.  I’m away from home performing some military training with the Air National Guard, but will try to make an occasional post and respond to your … Continue reading

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Small, Bite-Sized Pieces

If you’re tackling a major building or remodeling project for the first time, you probably feel a little bit overwhelmed.  To help make your project a little more manageable, you need to break it down into smaller, bite-sized pieces.  Here’s … Continue reading

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Patience, Attitude and Sacrifice

“Building and remodeling without breaking the bank” can mean different things to different people.  Some of you might be building a brand new house, and want to find some ways to shave a few thousand dollars off of the cost, … Continue reading

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Before and After – An Amazing Transformation

Just to whet your appetite, I thought I’d give you a little history of our first major house project, and post a before and after pic. When we moved to East Texas, we had a little over $6,000.00 and wanted … Continue reading

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Learn as much as you can BEFORE you start!

Even if you’re going to hire a General Contractor to build your home, you can still save thousands of dollars by learning as much as possible about the building process.  As a matter of fact, I used the information from … Continue reading

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Our Latest Projects and Energy Efficiency

Our current house is 26 years old.  Not “old” by any means, but right at the age when a lot of maintenance needs to happen.  We’ve only been here about 2 months, and we’re taking inventory on which projects to … Continue reading

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Building Codes and Affordable Housing

When we bought our house in the country, I was thrilled that I wouldn’t have to abide by any local jurisdiction’s building codes.  I’ve since learned that EVERYONE should follow code, and with good reason.  Codes are designed to provide … Continue reading

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Save money and have fun!

This blog is about building or remodeling your house, saving money, and having fun!  When we bought our house and 3 acres for $6,000.00, we didn’t have a lot of construction skills.  But, through a lot of reading, trial and … Continue reading

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