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Custom Home Choices to Make to Prevent Buyer’s Remorse | Bethesda, MD

Custom Home Choices to Make to Prevent Buyer’s Remorse | Bethesda, MD
​Buyer's remorse can be an unsettling feeling for a lot of home buyers in Maryland and Virginia. By building a custom home, you are faced with many decisions that could affect your lifestyle satisfaction. Having more options can give you more opportunities to have a home you can grow and change with instead of growing weary...
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Three Cabinet Blunders to Avoid During a Kitchen Remodel

Three Cabinet Blunders to Avoid During a Kitchen Remodel
Almost three quarters of Americans plan to undertake home remodeling projects this year. Some of them are likely doing them to increase the value of their home, but research done by Houzz indicates that 83% of home improvements done in 2012 were to improve the look and feel of a home. Remodeling kitchens is one of the most ...
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Common Green Home Building Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Common Green Home Building Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
​If you're building and designing your own home, now is the perfect time to consider incorporating green elements in your custom home design. Green home construction is a great way to minimize your environmental impact and save money on energy costs over time.  But though you may already have some great green home buil...
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National Geographic, Others Take Advantage of Solar’s Booming Popularity to Entice Employees

National Geographic, Others Take Advantage of Solar’s Booming Popularity to Entice Employees
​Of all the trends in home additions, green home improvements are certainly among the most unexpected. Just 10 years ago, the idea that such a large number of American homeowners would be looking to incorporate solar kit panels, geothermal pumps, and a slew of other modern green technology into their homes would have been n...
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3 Value-Adding Strategies to Keep in Mind When Building or Remodeling a House

3 Value-Adding Strategies to Keep in Mind When Building or Remodeling a House
​With the economy slowly gaining ground, Americans are also regaining their taste for building and remodeling homes. These home improvement projects aren't small, either: According to Scarborough research, among homeowners who have done home projects in the last year, 56% spent more than $1,000. In fact, American homeowners...
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Custom Homes in the Craftsman Style Tradition | Potomac, MD

Custom Homes in the Craftsman Style Tradition | Potomac, MD
​American Craftsman-style homes are simple and elegant with clean lines and the use of natural materials. For people interested in custom homes who haven't quite chosen a particular architectural style, the Craftsman look is something to consider. Of course, if you are into opulence and a lot of ornamentation, the style tha...
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A Design Build Contractor for the Adirondack Style Home |Potomac, MD

A Design Build Contractor for the Adirondack Style Home |Potomac, MD
​If you have a Maryland or Virginia lot with a view of the woods, you could choose a variety of home plans that would harmonize with the surroundings. The Adirondack home, a rugged architectural style, may suit your family's needs. Hopkins & Porter, an experienced design build contractor, can construct a custom home in ...
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Is Green Home Construction the Way of the Future? New UC Davis Research Says ‘Yes’

Is Green Home Construction the Way of the Future? New UC Davis Research Says ‘Yes’
​A team of University of California-Davis (UCD) students have received word that they will be presenting their research on green home construction technologies to the U.S. Department of Energy in 2015. UCD student researcher Aggie Sol received a $50,000 grant from the Department of Energy following her acceptance as a candi...
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Custom Homes Built in the Farmhouse Style | Bethesda, MD

Custom Homes Built in the Farmhouse Style | Bethesda, MD
​If you have been pouring over different home plans, you may have discovered there are different versions of your favorite farmhouse style home. Custom homes can be adapted to your family's specific lifestyle needs. For those living in Maryland or Virginia, the farmhouse style stands out on a picturesque countryside lot. Ac...
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Health, Economic Benefits Transform Green Home Construction into a Mainstream Mainstay

Health, Economic Benefits Transform Green Home Construction into a Mainstream Mainstay
​While green home construction has traditionally been viewed as something only home additions contractors working in niche markets would engage in, a new report from The Seattle Times shows that the techniques used to build a green home have gone mainstream. In 2005, the report notes, only 2% of new homes were built with an...
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Four of the Most Ridiculous Things Celebrities Have Done to Their Homes

Four of the Most Ridiculous Things Celebrities Have Done to Their Homes
​One of the worst things you can do when looking into interior home design or exterior home design is push your designer to build you something that looks just like all the other homes in the United States. Keep in mind, Americans spend $134 billion per quarter on home improvement projects. If you're going to put a lot of y...
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How to Remodel Your House

How to Remodel Your House
Statistics show that as many as 71% of homeowners are planning on doing home improvement projects this year. Some of these projects will likely be relatively minor, such as refinishing your old kitchen cabinets or painting a few rooms. Others, however, will be more extreme, ranging from home additions to home remodeling. No...
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Hoping to Face Down Challenges of Debt, Ecological Impact, More Americans Look to Tiny Homes

Hoping to Face Down Challenges of Debt, Ecological Impact, More Americans Look to Tiny Homes
You might be hearing a lot about how the American housing market has finally bounced back, with new home builders finally able to head back to work and provide quality housing to any American looking to live that dream of a house, a white picket fence, and a couple kids. What you might not know is that this jump-start to th...
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Design Build Contractor Creates Gracious Outdoor Living | Chevy Chase, MD

Design Build Contractor Creates Gracious Outdoor Living | Chevy Chase, MD
​By improving your outdoor living space, you can enjoy the beauty of each of the four seasons in Maryland and Virginia. In addition to creating the gracious outdoor living space you desire, a Design Build Contractor can also improve the curb appeal of your home.  More people are expressing their sense of style by custo...
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Going the Green Distance — Three Amazingly Sustainable Home Accessories That Can Make Your Next Improvement Environmentally Friendly

Going the Green Distance — Three Amazingly Sustainable Home Accessories That Can Make Your Next Improvement Environmentally Friendly
​It seems like just about every one is improving or adding on to their homes. According to Scarborough Research, more than half of the homeowners in the United States (53%) have made some kind of home improvement in the past 12 months, while about 71% of homeowners in the United States are planning a home improvement projec...
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Boosting the Resale Value of Custom Homes | Potomac, MD

Boosting the Resale Value of Custom Homes | Potomac, MD
​Although you may plan to live in your Maryland or Virginia custom home for the rest of your life, plans sometimes change. Custom homes have tremendous personal value to the homeowner. Maybe you are building your dream French Country home with a stone fireplace or a Country Victorian with a lovely front porch. Custom homes ...
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Three of the Coolest Home Additions That Won’t Break the Bank

Three of the Coolest Home Additions That Won’t Break the Bank
Worth an estimated $57.2 billion, the U.S. home improvement industry employs about 677,566 people. Considering just how much profit this massive industry generates, it's only natural that more than half (56%) of Americans who made home additions and improvements in the past year spend $1,000 or more, according to Scarboroug...
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Make Home Improvements That Matter — Three Projects That Have Excellent Returns on Investment

Make Home Improvements That Matter — Three Projects That Have Excellent Returns on Investment
If you've been thinking about making some home additions or improvements, you're not alone. New homeowners dropped about $19 billion on house additions and home improvements between 2012 to 2013. According to Houzz, the trend continued, as the site's research found that up to 47% more people than last year were looking to m...
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How to Remodel Your Staircase for Functionality and Beauty | Chevy Chase, MD

How to Remodel Your Staircase for Functionality and Beauty | Chevy Chase, MD
Whether you bought a home that had an old staircase in need of repairs or you are just looking to make some improvements in terms of functionality and appearance, remodeling your staircase can be a excellent way to make your home look better in many regards. It is important to follow a few simple tips to stay on the right p...
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What is the “Handy” in Handymen Services? | Potomac, MD

What is the “Handy” in Handymen Services? | Potomac, MD
Before you find yourself in over your head it may be wise to consider the services of Hopkins & Porter. If you have been thinking of tackling an odd job around the house, ponder whether you have the skills, tools, time or experience to get the task done.  Mom, do you have the muscles and the truck available to fina...
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