Over the Christmas break, my husband and I spent a week in Kurdistan visiting friends. For those who may be geographically challenged like myself, Kurdistan is a geo-cultural region in the Middle East where Kurdish people live. Specifically, it covers portions of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. We visited the Iraqi Kurdistan area, [...]

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Metal Insulated Panels

On February 22, 2014 By

Progress on the dream home continues as we begin to make major decisions and start full-fledged construction documents. One of the big decisions we needed to make was the type of construction we would use for the walls. We had a lot [...]

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When it’s finally time to start building your new home, finding the right company to build it can be difficult. There are so many construction companies out there – each vying for your precious business – and it can be a little overwhelming finding yourself the perfect home builders. Melbourne is particularly [...]

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Following up on my final three ARE 4.0 exams, I will review my preparation methods for Building Design and Construction Systems. Be sure to read the other ARE Prep articles for more tips, tricks and resources for each exam and learn how I got through 3 exams in just 6 weeks before [...]

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ARE Prep: Structural Systems

On August 11, 2013 By

Following up on my final three ARE 4.0 exams, I will review my preparation methods for Structural Systems. Be sure to read the other ARE Prep articles for more tips, tricks and resources for each exam and learn how I got through 3 exams in just 6 weeks before the [...]

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ARE Prep: Building Systems

On July 31, 2013 By

ARE 4.0 is now officially behind me! In early May, I decided to schedule my last three remaining exams for the final week of June, just before the blackout. I knew it would be a huge risk and an equally daunting time of studying, but I had the motivation to finish and be [...]

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For those that buying a new home isn’t an option for, or those that love the home they’re currently in and just want to remodel, there are a few popular rooms to do makeovers on that can have a profound impact on the home, as well as increasing the value of the home should [...]

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Next on the ARE chopping block is Programming Planning and Practice. Two weeks after taking Site Planning and Design, I dove into PPP and just received my pass notification. Following the same format as the previous ARE Prep articles, I’ll review the materials and study [...]

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When most people think of ranch-style, single-level homes, a few things come to mind: the MidWest, and retirement communities. While both of these ideas are valid, and in fact true, there are other advantages to stair-free homes beyond avoiding tornadoes and the constant danger of hip replacements from falling.

Open Floorplans

Yes, you [...]

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