Construction Planning

Construction planning sounds dull compared to swinging a sledge hammer at a wall, but it is far more important. Construction planning lets builders estimate and purchase the correct amount of tools and materials needed for the job at hand.

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How to Square a Building

Before any major remodeling job, you have to accurately measure the work space. Learn about how to square a building in this article.


How to Choose the Right Remodeler

Choosing the right person to make major changes to you home can be daunting. How do you know where to start when you're looking for a remodeler?

10 Innovative Architects to Watch

Move over, Gaudi, Gehry and Wright. There are some new architectural players on the scene, and they're shaping our world in unique and innovative ways.

Do I really need a permit for my remodel?

Home remodels can range from the extensive (can you say money pit?) to the everyday (a new roof, perhaps?). When fixing up your digs, do you always need to pull a permit? We'll explain why getting approval is prudent in this article.

10 Most Famous Architects Who Ever Lived

We see buildings pop up and get torn down all the time, but some structures (and the masters who designed them) were built to last. Who are some of the most inspiring architects in history?

10 Ways to Alter Your Existing Floor Plan

If you've outgrown your home but don't want to (or can't) move, it may be time for a "renovation intervention." Here are some ways to expand your existing floor space.

How long should building a house take?

Is your new home proceeding on schedule or is your contractor just blowing smoke at you? Here's how to tell.

10 Red Flags That Should Make You Fire Your Contractor Immediately

Is your contractor buying shoddy materials, then pocketing the remainder of the dough you gave him for quality materials? Yep, it's time to fire him.

10 Most Copied Architects

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then these 10 architects have gotten loads of compliments throughout the history of design. Who are they?

How to Read House Plans

It's tough to read house plans when they're thick with seemingly cryptic symbols. How can you interpret their mysterious language?

How to Choose a Green Builder

Choosing a contractor is tricky enough without adding "green" to the conundrum. What should you know to make the best selection?