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Subflooring — OSB vs Plywood

Subflooring — OSB vs Plywood

Before my time the subflooring used in new home construction was mainly 1-inch thick boards nailed across the floor joists. When I started working for a homebuilder in the early… Read more »

Why? Where? What? — Builder log .02

Why? Where? What? — Builder log .02

“Through 30 years of focus and commitment, Mallards Landing has earned the reputation of being the region’s premier residential home site.

Do You Really Need a Real Estate Agent for New Construction? — Part 1 of 5

Do You Really Need a Real Estate Agent for New Construction? — Part 1 of 5

 This is the first part of our five part series that sets out to answer the questions; Do you really need a real estate agent? And, in latter articles; How… Read more »

Find the Right Homebuilder-Getting Started–Part 1 of 5

Find the Right Homebuilder-Getting Started–Part 1 of 5

Find the Right Homebuilder This is the first in a series of articles outlining how to find a good match when it comes to finding the right homebuilder for your… Read more »

Getting the Best Mortgage Rates in the New Economy

Getting the Best Mortgage Rates in the New Economy

All home buyers want the lowest mortgage rate possible when applying for a home loan, because it directly translates to a smaller payment each month. And who doesn’t want to… Read more »

Disadvantages of Building Green

Disadvantages of Building Green

Unfortunately, it seems that everything that is beneficial to people tends to carry a higher price tag with it. For example, the checkout receipt from a simple trip to the… Read more »

10 Ways Home Sellers Screw-Up Their Home Sale

10 Ways Home Sellers Screw-Up Their Home Sale

Selling your home is not a science but there are some standards that should always be maintained. For some reason sellers can get in the way of their own sale… Read more »

Planning to Build a New Home?

Planning to Build a New Home?

Are you planning to build a new home? Take advantage of the information available in the Building a New Home–Buyer’s Wiki, the New Home Construction Wiki, or the Green Building Wiki. We research and… Read more »

Creating a Hedge with Arborvitae

Creating a Hedge with Arborvitae

By Nancy Penrose Hedges are a natural way to create privacy on your property. They can also reduce street noise, wind and snow. Arborvitae is one of the best trees… Read more »

Must-Have Pool Supplies for First-Time Owners

Must-Have Pool Supplies for First-Time Owners

By Alfred Ardis Here's an overview of the basic pool supplies needed to maintain a clean, safe, and fun backyard swimming hole! Filters A filter system is one of the… Read more »

The House is Complete — Builder log .29

The House is Complete — Builder log .29

Picking up where I left off before I was sidetracked. The lawn is in and the plumbing and electrical inspections are complete, I can now set up the certificate of… Read more »

Code Enforcement — Builder log .28

Code Enforcement — Builder log .28

With lawn in and the plumbing and electrical inspections complete, I can now set up the certificate of occupancy (C. of O.) inspection. Let me step back from chronicling the… Read more »

Damp proofing-Waterproofing Choices

Damp proofing-Waterproofing Choices

General: There are a lot of damp proofing-waterproofing choices available to homebuilders and new home buyers today. This article provides some basic details regarding what can be expected from the products in… Read more »

Damp proofing-Waterproofing — They are Not the Same!

Damp proofing-Waterproofing — They are Not the Same!

Basements add value to a home because they create storage space and the potential to add additional living space; but only if it is dry. If you are planning to… Read more »

Mold on Framing Lumber

Mold on Framing Lumber

              Seeing mold on framing lumber is a common occurrence. It is actually more rare to walk into a home under construction and not find at least one stud,… Read more »

Mold Resistant Framing Lumber

Mold Resistant Framing Lumber

Seeing pictures and video of the cleanup after hurricanes, tornados, wind shears, typhoons, tsunami, floods, heavy rains,  sharknados and  anything related to climate change, it is no wonder someone might… Read more »

Foundation-Basement Selections

Foundation-Basement Selections

Note: When it comes to foundation-basement selections, not all homebuilders will allow changes to their foundation specifications. In addition, not all home sites are conducive to each basement option discussed… Read more »

Foundation-Basement Selection Sheet

Foundation-Basement Selection Sheet

Use the foundation-basement selection sheet to define¬†specifications for the foundation and basement of your new home. Not all choices will be available with all homebuilders. The “Selections” tab (bottom)¬†reveals a… Read more »