Construction Basics

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Bunker Building Basics

Buried rocks and hidden regulations are the main obstacles.

Buying Land - What You Need to Know

Many factors can derail your project or drain your finances.

How To Prepare Your Land To Build a House

You'll need to clear the land before you start construction.

5 DIY Laws You're Breaking

Innocent DIY projects may be causing you to (unknowingly) break a few laws.

How to Apply for a Building Permit

This is often the most important step homeowners ignore when doing renovations.

Home Building Checklist

Streamline the process by staying on task at each phase.

The Difference Between Home Inspectors and Building Inspectors

Building and home inspectors each have a different focus.

Developing a New Home Construction Schedule

Read this article for advice on planning your new home construction.

Navigating Construction Loans

Consider all the risks and costs involved.

Load-Bearing Wall Supports

Load-bearing walls support the structure.

What Causes Screws to Break?

Broken screws are a common problem for DIYers.

About House Framing

Think of framing as the skeleton of your home.

Two Types of Framing Explained

Most framing construction falls into two categories.

Drilling into Cultured Marble

Mable is often used in kitchens and bathrooms.

Manufactured House vs. Regular Home

Manufactured homes used to be called mobile homes.

How to Fasten Sheet Metal to Wood

Fastening sheet metal to wood is required in some construction projects.

How to Cut Plexiglass with a Table Saw

Pexiglass is acutally a type of plastic.

Stilt House Building Basics

What you need to know about building a stilt house.

How to Ensure Your Foundation Lasts Forever

Foundations are one of the most important elements of a house, and yet they take a lot of abuse over the years.

5 Time-Sucking DIY Mistakes

It’s no secret that some DIY projects take longer than others to complete.

7 DIY Projects That Actually Need Permits

You might be surprised that these seemingly simple DIY projects actually need permits to be legal.

How to Get a Building Permit Post-Construction

Here's how to get yourself out of the sticky situation of not having permits for your home construction.

3 Types of House Foundations

Take a look into the three most popular types of home foundations here.

6 Advantages to Sealing a Crawlspace

Seal your crawl space now, and it will pay out again and again in the future.

How to Build the Best Foundation for Your Property Concerns

The foundation is the most important part of the house.

Is Your Home Up to Code?

Don't wait until something goes wrong before you look into your home's safety.

How to Read Blue Prints

Here's how to decipher those confusing blueprints!

Plan and Build Stairs With Landings

Follow these seven steps, and build your own stairs with landings!

Extension Fees: A Construction Loan's Dirty Secret

Most residential construction projects are financed through lending institutions. When choosing a lender,

How to Handle Stress When Building

Building or remodeling a home can be very stressful. You will be confronted with questions and scenarios

How Draws Work

With the vast majority of construction projects financed, it is important to understand the draw process.

10 Home Repair Skills You Can't Afford Not to Have

If you fancy yourself a DIYer, make sure you have these skills under your (tool) belt and save yourself some money!

4 DIY Projects You Shouldn't Tackle On Your Own

Thinking of replacing the roof or restoring an heirloom table on your own? Think again.

How to Use a Screw Extractor

Check out this six-step solution to one of the most frustrating problems: removing a broken screw.

How To Install Drain Tile

Drain tile is best installed immediately after the footer of new house is complete, but it is possible to install on a completed house to prevent basement flooding.

How to Insert a Door or Window in a Load-bearing Wall

You can't afford to mess up adding a window or door to a load-bearing wall, so get the proper steps and advice first.

How to Build a Room: The Basics

Adding a new room to your home is a difficult project, but it can be done by keeping a few things in mind.

How to Build Batter Boards

Learn how you can construct these crucial pieces for building a home.

Explaining Ceiling Heights Under the International Building Code

Always familiarize yourself with any building codes that apply to you before starting a large construction project on your home.

Common DIY Mistakes and Injuries

DIY projects can be satisfying, but don't forget they can also be dangerous. Here are the most common mistakes to be cautious of.

Building Homemade Scaffolding

Need some work done on the exterior of your home? Build your own wooden scaffolding to get the height you want.

Brick Molding

If you've heard of "brick mold" but aren't sure what it is or what type you might need for your project, check out this article.

How to Cut Plexiglass

Plexiglass has a number of useful applications, but only if you can cut it to fit each job.

How to Identify Load Bearing Walls

Before you knock it down, make sure it's not holding up the house.

How to Locate and Determine if a Wall Is Load Bearing

Before modifying the structure to your home, finding your load bearing walls is crucial.