Prefinishes: The ‘No-Name’ Construction Phase

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After the structural framing stage and the installation of the preliminary — or “rough” — plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling components are complete, there is a no-name phase of construction we’ll call the “prefinishes.” The reason this stage of the process has no common name is because several different activities — by several different trades — occur during this …

Maximize Your Home’s Value

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The great thing about a new house is that everything is, well, new. Nothing is scratched, stained, or worn out. It’s wonderful: Everything works! That’s one of the main attractions of buying a new home. But, as any homeowner knows, the rigors of day-to-day living can cause that blissful new-home feeling to fade. It’s an inevitable process, but one that …

Building a Master’s Retreat

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As life gets busier and stress levels increase, more and more people are turning to their homes as a place of refuge and escape. There is an increasing interest in the transformation of the master bedroom into an “owners’ suite”; a true, in-home retreat area. This trend has evolved from a simple “bigger is better” approach to a more sophisticated …

“Green” appliances for your mountain home in Highlands or Cashiers NC

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Without a doubt, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in any new home. Sometimes called “the heart of the home,” the kitchen is also the heart of a home’s energy use.  Because of cooking fumes and perhaps the use of natural gas or propane, the kitchen may also be the heart of poor indoor air quality. Today …

Builders in Highlands or Cashiers North Carolina Use New Framing Techniques

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One of the most exciting and dynamic periods in the construction of a new home is the structural framing stage. It is the time when two-dimensional plans take on three-dimensional shape. As floors, walls, and a roof rise from the ground, the owners can envision the finished home and walk through its spaces. Great builders are constantly looking for superior …