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  • Building Tips

    Five Important Tips for Being Your Own Contractor

    The thought of serving as your own contractor can be scary, but when you start to talk about saving money, it helps people get over that fear. Over the past sixteen years, we’ve served as our own contractor on several houses, and we’ve learned a lot! I won’t be able to tell you everything in this one article, but I’m going to share with you some of the most important things you need to do and remember when building your own house.

  • Design Decisions

    Black Windows: A Complete Guide

    When it comes to home building or home renovations, there is no shortage of decisions to make. This part of the process can be fun but also very challenging. One of those decisions is whether or not to go with black windows. And when I say black windows, I’m obviously talking about the window frame, sash, and grilles – not the glass.

  • Building Tips

    Detached Garages: How Much Does One Cost?

    A few months ago we wrote an article talking about if a three car garage is worth the cost. And of course, we think the answer is a resounding “yes”. We received a lot of questions from that post, one of which was “How much did it cost to build your garage?”

  • Outdoor Living, Plants

    8 Best Shrubs and Trees for Containers

    I don’t know about you, but Henry and I love using greenery outside in pots and containers. We seriously have nearly twenty plants just in pots outside our home.

    We have used them in places like between our garage doors, beside our pool, and next to our front and back doors. Plants in pots add a variety of visual interest to the outside of your home. They also can create a lot of curb appeal for your home.