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Why build your own home Reasons you might want to build yourself or not
Planning your dream Things to think about before you put your plans on paper
Whats in the future Trying to guess future needs and conditions
Preparing for the worst The bad that can happen and some suggestions of how to be ready
The KISS principal Keeping it simple
Women as builders Why you can and special problems a woman may face
Saving bucks A start on the subject of keeping costs down
Energy efficiency and the environment Self explanatory
House configurations A discussion of basic house designs
Back to the land Things you may have to deal with before starting or planning the build
Alternatives Some alternative ways to get the home you need and want
Planning for savings More suggestions for reducing costs
Buying wisely, buying for less, buying early How to get the best bang for your buck
Resale value Thoughts on resale value and tips on selling your house
Foundations, basements and footings The different types of foundations and comments on each
Walls Different types of walls and their components
Surprises Recent unexpected setbacks affecting our house project
Working safely Safe practices on the job
Permits and building codes Requirements and discussion
Building your retirement house special considerations for seniors and handicapped
Painting problem at the ceiling poor results when painting a large flat ceiling
Good work practices safety and keeping employees happy and productive
Tools you may need Tools and equipment for building your house
Attic ventilation Attic ventilition is a critical area of your home design
Insulation, air barriers and moisture barriers about this crucial aspect of house construction
Windows and exterior doors details about wind and door types
Installing windows and doors How to and tips
Heating fuels past, present and future Rapid fuel cost increases and the environment affect your design choices
Home heating systems commonly used today Self explanatory
Cabinets can create a centerpiece of design All about cabinets and countertops
Build your house, buy an existing home or rent? Comparing the options pro and con
Spring time in Alberta Off topic humor, an ode to spring and complaints about old age
Framing tips and techniques basic wood frame building
Systems that make a house work about electical, plumbing, security, etc., etc.
Conserve cash and get ready to build your house ways to save
Moving, an argument for staying put the trials of moving
A house for less than 100000 dollars how to build for 100000 or less
Landscaping for beauty and utility what to consider when planning your landscaping
Getting started on our house Our first steps
The environment and building your home The effect of your choices on the environment
Environment as your responsibility An introduction to a page about the emvironment
House building progress to May15 Trying to get started on our house
Easy efficient radiant heating A simple heating system I will use in my own home
Size matters when building your house The advantages and disadvantages of smaller size
Foundation Excavation Pictures and comments about the dig for our foundation
Installing water and sewer A photo record of installations
Footing, Foundation and Floor progress Photos and comments
Raising Walls The next steps of the build
Raising the roof Raising rafters, sheathing and shingling the roof
Trying To Beat Winter Working our butts off
A Nearly Finished Home We have beaten winter
Cost to build a house Our house is nearly complete and we can estimate final cost.
Finishing Carpentry, the Final Touches How to hang interior doors.
Baseboards and Casings Basic how to
Heating with a Hydronic Radiant System Questions an answers about under-floor heating
Hydronic Radiant Heating More details and diagrams
Weird and Wonderful Homes A look at fun, funny, and different homes
Moving in Our initial impressions and experiences
Save the Environment, Save Your Money The relationship between cost and environmental impact
Twenty Ways to a Senior Friendly Home The title is descriptive
A sustainable lifestyle environmental issues
Environmental cost of building materials Acomparison of common construction materials
An oilsands perspective A response to Neil Young
An Efficient House Tips for making your house all around efficient
Controlling Humidity in your House A self descriptive title
House Tour A tour of the interior of our essentially complete house.
Climate Change, Environment, Resource Conservation The problems and the solutions as I see them.
Save Cash, Reduce GHGs and Save the Planet Ten ways to make your home more efficient.
Unfinished Business, Spring Projects Deck building, landscaping,gutters.
A 200 day review After six months in the new house
House Design Tips, Part One – Property Considerations. A home design primer.
House DesignTips, Part Two, Getting Started. More of the same.