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May 8, 2018

Over the past 30 years or so I’ve noticed that some home builders (and architects who design homes) don’t see a value in developing framing sheets for house plan sets.  Instead, the home builder will have the lumber company provide header and beam sizes with their material take-off. The reason for this is simple-cost.  iHerb […]


September 14, 2017

I grew up a builder’s son and spent a lot of time on jobsites from an early age. Working alongside trades and earning money as a general laborer at a young age was great, but the real benefit was exposure to contract negotiations, where I’d see my father negotiate price, payment terms, and future work […]


July 25, 2017

This 2,800-Square-Foot Stunner Makes Them Slam On The Brakes!   I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Schumacher from Schumacher Homes a few years back while doing plan reviews at the International Builders Show. Besides the fact that she is witty and charming, she is also brimming with wisdom. She told me that she always […]


July 25, 2017

Think “Leave it to Beaver.” Homes designed for traditional neighborhoods should have the following characteristics: Design that encourages a sense of community. Designed to minimize the impact of the automobile. A sense of historical correctness to the massing and fenestration. Historically correct detailing. To encourage a sense of community, many TND-styled homes will have large […]


July 25, 2017

  Look ma! The war cry for young show offs world wide. I’m sure you have had a “look ma” moment or two in your life. I don’t know about you but mine typically ended with skinned knees and tears. It was 1986 and my car du jour was a 1974 Monte Carlo with a […]


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