Category Archives: Building

It All Started with a Stopped Up Toilet

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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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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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