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Do You Need a Building Permit for a Hot Tub?

Who likes to end the day by relaxing in a warm, soothing hot tub? Maybe you want to take it a step further and build your own hot tub. You need to be mindful of building permits. You do need a building permit for a …

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Do You Need a Blueprint To Build a House?

Building a house can be very daunting to plan, as there are materials, contractors, architects, building codes, labor, and much, much more to figure out. Blueprints are one common area that people have questions or concerns about, but do you really need a blueprint to …

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Room Addition Without a Foundation: Is It Possible?

When it comes to building a house, the foundation is an integral part of the base structure. Generally speaking, without a foundation, you cannot create a home that will be sturdy for years to come. An addition on grade requires a foundation, there is no …

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Should Every Room Have a Return Vent?

Return vents are integral to your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC). Without enough return vents, your HVAC system would be hard-pressed to circulate the air inside your home. Large homes should have at least one return vent in every room. For smaller …

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2 Common Reasons Why Chimneys Are Crooked

Autumn is in the air, leaves are falling, and pumpkins are in high demand. Typically, tilting chimneys are often present in traditional folklore and spooky tales, but have you ever wondered where these myths come from? Or what the actual cause is behind the bending …

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Are Closet Walls Load Bearing? Here’s How To Tell!

Home remodeling involves creating new spaces or repurposing old ones. The closet is a frequently remodeled area; the walls are brought down to create more space. But before you can bring down a closet wall, you’ll need to ensure that it’s not a load-bearing wall. …

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Do Basements Need Stairs?

While typically you would use a basement as an extended living space accessible from the floor above, there are situations where you may only use it for storage and might wonder if you can remove the existing stair, or simply build a new basement without …

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How Deep Should a Wood Burning Fireplace Be?

Wood-burning fireplaces are a relatively simple way of heating your home and have been around for centuries. Still, one common mistake homeowners often make is not building them deep enough to keep all the smoke inside. This can lead to smoke escaping into the room, …