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With mortgage rates at all-time lows, it is a great time to build a new house. Having complete and detailed house plans is a must. A complete set of blueprints ensures the job is done according to the specifications with no room for interruption.

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You can build a home in the middle of winter or during the rainy season. Some special procedures for cold weather construction must be followed. Keeping the ground from freezing and getting the shell completed as quickly as possible is paramount.

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What is the biggest danger to a house? Wind, poor soil, bad foundation? No, it's water. Water damage can weaken a house structure to the point of collapse.

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Do you know how to frame a house? Frame a house is major project. Whether framing an interior wall or a whole house framing, these wall framing basics will make your framing project a success.

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Framing basement walls is a challenge when working on slabs poured over expansive clay bentonite soil. The walls need to float so they are not squeezed if the soil expands and pushes the wall upwards. There is a very simple trick that solves the problem and allows you to build strong walls that can move upwards, but not tilt over.

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A raised floor system versus a slab on grade home may cost a little more but that is nothing compared to the benefits of building with raised access floors. Concrete slab homes do not have the curb appeal that a raised floor system does. You may find that you pay less for insurance if you live in a flood plain.

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