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Whether you’re building a new custom home, or shopping for your dream home or planning to build a vacation or retirement home, these home building tips can help. Perhaps your home building plan involves an addition to your existing home. You’ll find information here that can help with any home building project. Even building tree houses!

Investing in a granny pod to provide space for an aging, ill or impaired family member can be a wise decision. It’s equally wise to look toward the future and consider other possible uses when it’s no longer needed for caregiving. Prefabricated or custom designed, granny pods can be converted to serve a variety of...

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From granny pods and cottages to in-home flats, there are universal design elements that make living comfortable, convenient and safer for aging or impaired parents or family members. Whether you’re building from scratch, remodeling a space or buying a prefab unit, strive to integrate these must-have features: Layout. Adopt an open layout for maximum flexibility....

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Most people regard granny pods as home-based care solutions for families with aging parents, but they aren’t just for grannies anymore. In order to understand their true potential, let’s look at a few important developments. Fundamentals Originally, the granny pod was conceived as a free-standing manufactured home designed to accommodate the medical and accessibility needs...

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From granny pods to temporary units, home-based living options specifically designed to house elderly parents or family members are gaining popularity. While this is good news for the roughly 26 million American seniors who live with or are cared for by family members, conflicting and overlapping terms can make things confusing. To help you decipher...

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From parents confronting the realities of aging to children trying to do the same, families face challenging choices when a parent can no longer manage on their own. When that time comes, options range from seeking in-home care, relocating to a care facility, or moving in with an adult child. If having your parent move...

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When we think of leaks, it’s easy to thing of roof leaks, leaks around windows, or plumbing leaks. Foundation leaks are just as important to prevent as other leaks, and just as hard to track down to fix. Waterproofing keeps your foundation dry by either keeping the water out or funneling it away from your...

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Keeping your foundation dry is one of the most important things that you can do for your house. Too much water or moisture can disrupt the foundation and the soil beneath it, causing structural damage to your home. Even if the damage doesn’t go to that extreme, too much water can lead to mold, mildew,...

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Any major construction job needs to be in compliance with city, county and state codes. Therefore, whether the job is residential or commercial, new construction or a renovation, the general contractor, or the homeowner if he is acting his own GC, will need to obtain the necessary construction permit or permits before beginning the work....

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If you’ve looked into building or remodeling a home, you know that building code enforcement is an important aspect of the project. Depending on your level of personal involvement in the job, you might be wondering how much of this enforcement you’ll be personally responsible for, and how much of it will fall to your...

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Start by visiting the permit office of the town in which you’re building and learn about all of the requirements. There are codes to be met, and you will face an inspection once the project is completed. Make sure you pick a good lot on which to build your vacation properties. If you’re on beachfront...

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