With around two-million new homes being constructed every year, it’s clear that there’s a steady demand for them. With that said, there’s no easy answer to the question, “Should I build or buy a house?” It’s one of the most momentous decisions you’ll ever make and will have an impact on your finances, family, and lifestyle for many years to come, if not for your entire life. We’ve gathered some data to help you weigh the pros and cons of each as you make the life-changing decision whether to design from scratch or to buy with the intent to renovate it into a dream home.
Quality carpets are built with a solid backing that must be carefully cut using a steady hand and the right equipment. Although this isn’t a difficult project, it does require a little research and preparation if you want to complete the job correctly. Need some help? Be sure to read the tips and tricks we’ve compiled below if you want to learn how to cut carpet properly. Then, grab a straightedge ruler, a marker, and a utility knife, and let’s get started!
Do you prefer roofs that are flat as the plains or sloped like mountains? If you’re building a new home, shed, or building, or if you’re remodeling your current roof, you should always explore your options when it comes to roof shapes. Typically, we tend to see sloped (or pitched) roofs on residential homes and flat roofs on commercial spaces, but that doesn’t mean you must do the same. Both options come with pros and cons, which we plan to explore today. So should you choose a flat or sloping roof? Let’s find out . . .
Roof leaks seem to happen at the worst possible time. Nobody likes worrying about their roof every time it rains, so it’s important to consider common causes of roof leaks and maintain your roof to avoid them.
Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, you can’t expect your new home to be built in a day. Rushing the construction will inevitably lead to flaws and shoddy workmanship, so you will need to have patience and listen to your contractor. To make the waiting process less frustrating, you may want to learn about the process of building a home. More specifically, you can look at a home building timeline, so that you’ll know what to expect as your contractor moves from step to step. The basic timeline we’ve created below can be a great reference, but don’t be afraid to ask your contractor about the specific process being used for your home as well.
So you’ve decided to build a house and you’ve found the right person to build it . . . Fantastic! Now that you’ve tackled those two major decisions, it’s time to focus on the details. Before construction begins, you will need to meet with your contractor so that they can explain the process, you can approve plans, and you can both ask a whole lot of questions. To help you get started with this overwhelming operation, today we’ve compiled a list of questions to ask your building contractor. Use them, adjust them, or ignore them completely! But whatever you do, be sure to at least take a look . . .
Drive around most suburban neighborhoods in the US and you’ll see roof after roof made of asphalt shingles. If you aren’t well acquainted with roofing materials, you might wonder why. Why do so many homeowners choose to install asphalt shingle roofs? What makes them so desirable? Why do they dominate the market? And although asphalt shingles are clearly very popular, they must have some disadvantages as well. Why do some homeowners avoid asphalt shingles when so many others flock to them? To help you get to the bottom of these mysteries, today we’re discussing the pros and cons of asphalt shingles . . .
At the right time, a rainstorm can be relaxing and enchanting. It quenches the thirst of parched grass, creates a rhythmic song on windows and rooftops, and soothes summer heatwaves. However, in the wrong place and in the wrong amount, a rainstorm can be devastating, leading to flooded basements and damaged homes. If your basement has taken a long and not so enjoyable bath, scroll down to learn how to restore a flooded basement.
New homeowners often have sticker shock when they first learn the price of new kitchen cabinets. Although the cost of new cabinets varies greatly depending on the material, quantity, and type (stock vs. custom-made), cabinets are known to take up one-third to one-half of a total kitchen remodeling budget. If you’re flabbergasted by the cost of cabinets, we recommend that you try to work with what you’ve already got. If your cabinets are solid and strong, you might be able to restore them to their former glory. Scroll down to learn how to restore old cabinets.
Our homes are constantly swallowing up our money: remodeling projects, utility bills, repair jobs, design and decor . . . But of course the biggest meal for any home is the construction of a brand new house, during which every detail will require more and more of your hard-earned money. So today, we’re discussing home building tips to save money. If you’re concerned about breaking the bank during your upcoming home construction, be sure to check out our helpful hints and suggestions below.