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Building Vs. Renovating: Our Tips to Help You Decide

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Whether you’re seeing the signs of deterioration in a home you’ve known for years, or have just bought a “fixer-upper” home in poor condition, it can be very difficult to decide whether to rebuild or to renovate your home. The state of your home, the location, and the size of your budget are all major factors in whether you should build or renovate. The decision isn’t always cut and dry, but asking yourself these 3 simple questions should help you decide.

1.  Where is the home? One of the first factors you should consider when deciding whether to rebuild or to renovate is your location. A lot of neighborhoods may have strict zoning policies that will not let you rebuild your home, while more spacious areas, or conversely areas with little vacant land, are almost always going to be better suited for rebuilding a home.

2. What are your lifestyle needs? Keep in mind when choosing whether to rebuild or remodel that your decision should reflect your lifestyle. Would rebuilding your home give you a chance to include a feature that particularly suits your interests? Do you have a demanding job, young children, or any other impediment that would keep you from being able to commit to living in a home while it is being remodeled? If you find yourself wanting to wash your hands of a home until it is completed, building is often the best choice, as you can opt for a turn-key solution.

3. What is your budget? This may seem like an obvious question to ask, but make sure you are answering fully. In some cases, it may cost you less upfront to remodel a home than to rebuild, but which option will better suit your long-term budget? New homes are built with conservation in mind, saving you money and allowing you to live a healthier life. Even if you outfit an older home with green appliances, it may not reach the same level of energy efficiency as a new home. Newer homes will also cost less in maintenance costs. At the end of the day, you may find that building a new home is the most financially sound choice.

For more tips on deciding whether to rebuild or renovate an older home, read:

Looking for help building a home from the ground up in the Pacific Northeast? With offices in Tacoma, Arlington, Spokane, Vancouver, Yakima, and Salem Oregon, True Built Home has been successfully helping families create their dream homes across the state of Washington and in parts of Oregon since 2008. For more information and to see if True Built Home is the right builder for your project, contact us today.

Decorating Tips to Make Guests Green with Envy

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For unique and elegant decor, why not go green?

Green is such a versatile color, and so often overlooked when decorating a home. Bring a unique pop of color to your decor with these clever tips: If you enjoy unique and refined decor, there is no better place to show off your creative side than in your own new home. Visit True Built Home to see how we can help you build your dream home at:

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Red Green: “I’m Not Old, I’m Ripe!”

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9-8-16Red Green is coming to Spokane this Monday!

Ever find yourself missing the simple humor of Possum Lodge and the Red Green Show? Grab a friend and head on down to The Bing in Spokane this Monday, September 12, for Red Green’s one man show, “I’m Not Old, I’m Ripe!

Spokane is a beautiful city, with interesting events like this happening every day. At True Built Home, we can help you move into a brand new Spokane home custom built to your lifestyle needs. Visit us for more information at:

Best Things to do in Portland, Oregon

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Portland OregonThe best that Portland has to offer

Whether you’re hiking on Mount Hood, walking the halls of the historic Pittock Mansion, or simply strolling through the gorgeous Washington Park, there is always something to explore in Portland, Oregon. Check out more details on these and more classic Portland attractions at:

This summer saw the opening of True Built Home’s newest office in Vancouver, Washington, serving the Portland area and beyond. If you’re looking to build a home in or around Portland, visit True Built Home and watch your dream become a reality:

Washington State Fair

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Mark your calendars for the Washington State Fair!

The Washington State Fair is coming to town tomorrow, September 2, and staying until the 25th! Don’t miss out on this celebration of everything Washington has to offer: Make the trip to Puyallup this September and you won’t want to leave. If you’re looking to move to Washington, visit True Built Home and see how we can help you build a home to fit your needs:

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The Third Annual Grilled Cheese Fest

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Don’t miss the Grilled Cheese Fest!

This Saturday, August 27, is the 3rd Annual Grilled Cheese Fest in Portland, Oregon! Proceeds from the Grilled Cheese Fest will benefit the Portland Women’s Crisis Line; you don’t want to miss out on this fun, delicious charity event: Dreaming of building a home near Portland, Oregon? We at True Built Home can help that dream become a reality:

The Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo

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Plan your trip to the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo today!

This Monday, August 23, marks the beginning of the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo, otherwise known as The Best Week of Summer! Don’t miss out on this week of fun: Visit Benton Franklin and the Tri-Cities area, and you’ll know why so many people never leave. Visit us today at True Built Home to see how we can help you build your own dream home in Southern Washington:

How Builder Make New Homes More Spacious, Inside and Out

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To the modern American family, space is a valuable commodity. Homes built today are, on average, much more spacious than those built in years past. Builders today use a combination of techniques to give homeowners new space and to make every room feel even larger than it is.

One of the simplest ways to add space to a home is to build a second or even third floor. Though some homeowners prefer sprawling, one-story ramblers, the most cost effective way to build a large home is to build up, not out. This avoids the extra cost of a large plot of land.

Building multiple story homes also allows for the use of high ceilings and grand staircases, both of which give the home a feeling of grandeur. Entry halls and living rooms are very commonly given double-height ceilings, as this cements the spaciousness of a home from the moment you walk in the door.

When it comes to making a large room feel even larger than it is, lighting is key. A dark room will be filled with shadows that visually shrink the room, while proper, natural white light will expand it. Well placed windows and top-quality lighting fixtures work together to liven rooms up and give the sense of extra space.

Even something as simple as an open floor plan can expand the space in a given area. Why cut the kitchen off from the rest of the house, for example, when opening that up will not only create more space, but will allow hosts to remain more social during parties and get-togethers.

For more information on how newer homes are built to be more spacious, visit this article from New Home Source:

The only way to ensure that your home has enough space to accommodate your modern lifestyle is to have it built to your liking. At True Built Home, we work with you to build a dream home that is both spacious and comfortable. If you are looking to build a home in the Pacific Northwest, visit True Built Home to see how we can help:

Tips for Anyone Building a New Construction Home

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tbh_August_11_fbFor many people, the dream of building a new construction home from scratch is never fulfilled because it seems like such a daunting task. The reality of the situation, however, is that building a home can be quick, easy, and very rewarding, as long as you keep these tips in mind.

  1. Think through every factor before purchasing your land:

When investing in a homesite, you want to carefully consider every detail of the location before buying. What are the surrounding homes’ values compared to the one you plan to build, what are your potential neighbors like, and what is the local school district’s rating? Even if you don’t plan to raise children in the house, knowing the direction the local school district is headed will greatly impact the value of your home. Make sure that you completely understand the property boundaries and local building codes as well, so that you don’t have to redraw your floorplan down the road.

  1. Choose a builder you can really trust:

When building your first home, it is easy to get tricked by lofty promises and fine print. Shop around before you decide on a builder, being sure that you know which features are standard for each, as well as which features will cost you more. Try to find a contractor you are completely comfortable with, as you’re going to be working with that company for an extended amount of time. Before signing any contract, have a professional, third-party attorney read it through and explain the conditions to you.

  1. Budget, budget, budget:

The most important thing to know when building a house is exactly how much you can afford to spend on it. Find what that figure is for you, then reduce it. Your actual costs will almost always exceed what you plan to spend, so make sure you plan to pay less than the maximum that you can afford.

  1. Don’t try to cut corners:

If your budget isn’t as large as you would like it to be, don’t try to solve this by cutting anything you see as unnecessary, or by using lower quality products. It will always cost you more to add to your home post-construction, and low quality features will only increase the cost of maintenance. If you find yourself unable to build your home without cutting corners, the best plan of action may be to wait and save your money until you can afford to build the home the way you want.

Picking a builder you can trust is crucial to having a smooth building experience. True Built Home is an established, reputable company serving Washington State and the Pacific Northeast since 2008. If you’re looking to build a home in the area, let us help you have the best experience possible: