Category Archives: Building Information

Fire Prevention – Protect Your Dream Home and Your Family

Whether you are just beginning to shop for your home plan or you are already living in your dream home, it’s never too late to protect your family with properly placed and installed smoke alarms.

Remember, smoke alarms are only designed to last 7-10 years. If yours are over 10 years old, it’s time to replace!

Help increase awareness in your community about the life-saving benefits of smoke alarms.

Protect your dream home and your family

Statistics to share

  • Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms
  • More than one-third (37 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.
  • The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

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The Home Building Process: Infographic

The decision to build a new home is one of the most significant choices a person will make in their lifetime. With thousands of choices to be made along the way, the home building process can be unnerving. However, with the right amount of preparation, you can be relaxing in the home of your dreams before you know it.

Choosing Your Home Floor Plans

One of the first decisions you will make in the home building process is choosing the floor plan that is best suited to your lifestyle. When making your selection, be sure to start with the basics. Determining the size and regional limitations that may be in place for your house will provide you with a good starting point to begin your search. From there, you can begin to consider your personal budget and design style needs.

Once you have narrowed down your search a good bit, try making a pros and cons list to help you distinguish your needs from your wants. Additionally, pay careful consideration to any potential modifications you may be able to make to your home floor plan, allowing you to custom create the perfect design for your family’s needs. If you ever find yourself stuck in your search for your new house plan, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Often, a professional will be an extremely valuable resource and help you decide on the ideal floor plan.

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7 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE BUILDING YOUR DREAM HOME

What You Need To Know Before Building Your Dream Home

Follow these tips before building your dream home plan.
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Are you considering tackling the job of building your own dream home? In many ways, this is the only way to get exactly what you want and need out of a home; and when the process is over, you will end up with a new space that perfectly matches your dream. Yet if you’ve never worked through the home-building process before, you may feel a little overwhelmed. Here are some tips on what to expect and how you can be an active participant in the exciting process of building your dream home.

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Understanding Local Building Codes

If you are in the process of selecting your new dream home plan, it’s never too early to start thinking about Building Codes and the role your lot location will have in the building process.

Building Codes
Understanding Local Building Codes and Zoning; it’s never too early to learn the role your lot location will have in the building process.

Local zoning laws and building codes will almost certainly affect the building process of your home floor plan as well as future renovations to your home.

While both building codes and zoning regulations play a similar role, knowing the difference between the two can help you to become better prepared to overcome any obstacles during the home building process.

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Have you considered tankless water heaters?

Tankless Water Heaters

At Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. there are two things we know our customers will always want:

1) Multiple Design Options  2) Access to Current Housing Trends

Diagram of a tankless water heater. Energy.gov
Via energy.gov

A tankless water heater, or demand water heater gives you both: it’s was one of the hottest, fastest-growing trends in 2015, and it gives our customers a design option that they may not have previously considered. It’s also a good way to save money every month on your water bill while being environmentally friendly.

As the name implies, a tankless water heater allows you to save on standby energy losses that are associated with storage water heaters. Instead, this water is heated on-demand by a gas, electric, or propane heating device that is automatically activated by the flow of water to heat a constant supply of water. That means no more waiting around for the storage tank to fill up with enough hot water.
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