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April, 2002
1. Three House Building "Convenience Tips" Do Them or Regret It!
2. Building Healthier Homes: Formaldehyde Gas
3. Are You Giving Your Builder Too Much of a Tip?
May, 2002
1. Your credit rating and your new home
2. Are you building near a landfill or hazardous waste site?
3. Money saving tips: House Plans
June, 2002
1. House Building Contracts and Binding Arbitration
Special Feature Article, by Nancy Seats, President HADD
2. Small Claims Court
July, 2002
1. Ten Keys to Success When Hiring Construction Contractors
Special Feature Article by Mr. Chris McMinn, Friendship Press
August, 2002
1. A primer on modular housing
How a modular home can save you time and money.
October, 2002
1. Biweekly Mortgage Payments
Save Thousands in interest and Cut Years off your mortgage
2. The 10 most common mistakes in the building of a new home
Guest article, by Chris McMinn, Professional Cost Analyst and Consultant
November, 2002
1. Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
When and How you can discontinue your PMI Insurance
2. The 10 most common mistakes in the building of a new home, Mistake #2
Guest article, by Chris McMinn, Professional Cost Analyst and Consultant
December, 2002
1. Money Back Credit Cards
An simple idea that will save you hundreds
2. The 10 most common mistakes in the building of a new home, Mistake #3
Guest article by Chris McMinn, Professional Cost Analyst and Consultant
3. Construction Contracts
Guest article by Tom Landis, OwnerBuilder.com
January, 2003
1. The 10 most common mistakes in the building of a new home, Mistake #4
Finding the Wrong Contractor - Guest article by Chris McMinn, Professional Cost Analyst and Consultant
2. The Importance of Selecting the “Right” Builder.
3. A builder’s interview checklist.
March, 2003
1. Geothermal Energy Systems: Is there one in your future
Courtesy of Franklin Energy Systems
2. The 10 most common mistakes in the building of a new home, Mistake #5
Guest article, by Chris McMinn, Professional Cost Analyst and Consultant
April, 2003
1. What you need to know about mechanic's liens to avoid paying twice
2. Bone Yards are not just for Canines
Guest article, by Chris McMinn, Professional Cost Analyst and Consultant
May, 2003
1. What is Energy Star and how can it save you money?
2. BoneYards are not Just for Canines.
Guest article, by Chris McMinn, Professional Cost Analyst (continued from April)
July, 2003
1. Credit Rating: How your credit rating can save or cost you money
2. Credit Cards: They don’t always have to cost you money
September, 2003
1. Money Savings Tips
  • Brick facades
  • Online House Plans
2. Healthy House Building Tip: Formaldehyde free insulation
3. BYOB: Finally there is a way you can be your own builder
November, 2003
1. Money Savings Tips - Cement Exterior Walls
2. Healthy House Building Tip: Furnace or HVAC Air Filters
3. Useful Links
December, 2003
1. DIY Network Home Building Series
2. Holiday Lighting Package
3. Useful Building Tips
February, 2004
1. Gas Water Heaters: Should you purchase or rent
2. Water Heaters : Money Saving Tips
3. Fresh Air Intake
March, 2004
1. Home Security: Keep You and Your Family Safe
2. What You Need to Know About Indoor Air Quality
3. Don’t Let Building Your Home Bankrupt You.
April, 2004
1. 5 Energy Savvy Solutions for Your New Home
2. It’s So Easy Being Green
3. The New Manufactured Home
May, 2004
1. Heating your home – Electric, Oil or Gas
2. Constant Air Circulation
3. Location of Electrical Outlets
June, 2004
1. Window Selection
2. Central Vacuum Installation
3. Finish your basement now or later
July, 2004
1. Window Selection (2nd in series of articles)
2. Contingency Plans - Builder/ contractor delays
3. Rugs or hardwood floors
August, 2004
1. Window Selection (3rd in series of articles)
2. Contingency Plans - Builder/ contractor delays (2nd in series of articles)
3. Limestone: An alternative residential building material
September, 2004
1. Crawlspaces vs Basements
2. Auxiliary air circulation
3. Skylights in cold climates (beware)
October, 2004
1. Understanding Building Terminology
2. First of a series on Septic systems
3. Driveways - Concrete, Asphalt, interlocking brick or stone
December, 2004
1. Continuation - Septic Systems
2. Auxiliary Heating/Cooling
3. Series of articles on Green Building- Flooring
January, 2005
1. Finish the Basement now or later
2. Attached vs Detached garage
3. What are the dangers of building in cold weather?
February, 2005
1. Eave troughs ( Gutters) - plastic vs aluminium vs galvanized
2. Suspended ceilings vs drywall in the basement
3. Kitchen walk-in-pantry
March, 2005
1. Location – Location: Maximize the Exposure to the Sun
2. Solar Power and Solar Heating
3. Sun Rooms or Solariums
April, 2005
1. Building on slab vs. crawl space vs. basement?
    Advantages / disadvantage
2. Poured versus cement block versus pre-cast walls
3. Asphalt or Fibreglass Shingles
May, 2005
1. A Primer on Credit Reporting and Credit Scores
2. Thought for the Day
3. Subscription Information
June, 2005
1. Home Building Techniques - A primer
2. Thought for the Day
3. Subscription Information
July, 2005
1. A short primer on stock house plans
2. Thought for the Day
3. Subscription Information

August, 2005
1. Definitions
2. Fireplace overview
3. Cost of Operating a fireplace
4. Heating Efficiency
5. Air Quality
6. Vented and Vent Free Fireplaces
7. Other considerations for fireplaces
8. In conclusion
9. Thought for the Day
10. Subscriptions/Removal Instructions

October, 2005
1. Definitions
2. Concrete Basics
3. Poured Concrete - Winter Construction
4. Precast Concrete Walls
5. In conclusion
6. Thought for the Day
7. Subscriptions/Removal Instructions

November, 2005
1. Introduction
2. Systems Approach to Energy Savings
3. Our Home Energy Checklist
4. Designing New Homes and Energy Conservation
5. Energy Conservation – A Way of Life
6. Thought for the Day
7. Subscriptions/Removal Instructions

December, 2005
1. Introduction
2. Layout & Architecture
3. Cable TV vs. Satellite
4. Telephone, Alarm, & Intercom Systems
5. Wireless Home Communications and Networks
6. Install Internet / Ethernet cabling in Your Home
7.
Conclusion
8. Thought for the Day
9. Subscriptions/Removal Instructions

January, 2006
1. Introduction
2. The Basics
3. How Much Insulation do I need
4. Different Types of Insulation
5. Add Insulation & Save Money
6. Tools to Help You Decide
7. Conclusion
8. Thought for the Day
9. Subscriptions/Removal Instructions

February, 2006
1. Introduction
2. The Basics
3. Types of driveway surfaces
4. Driveway installation
5. Ongoing maintenance
6. Summary
7. Thought for the Day
8. Subscriptions/Removal Instructions

March, 2006
1. Introduction
2. The Basics
3. Plan Your Home Theater
4. Components
5. Installing Your Home Theater
6. Summary
7. Thought for the Day
8. Subscriptions/Removal Instructions

April, 2006
1. Introduction
2. The Basics
3. Components
4. Plan Your Flooring
5. Installation Tips
6. Summary
7. Thought for the Day
8. Subscriptions/Removal Instructions

May, 2006
1. Introduction
2. The Basics-Types of Systems
3. Conservation and Seasonal Tips
4. Bathroom Basics
5. Basement Bathrooms
6. Summary
7. Thought for the Day
8. Subscriptions/Removal Instructions

June, 2006
1. Introduction
2. Location
3. Design and Construction Tips
4. Energy Conservation
5. Interior Design Trends
6. Comfort and Maintenance

7. Summary
8. Thought for the Day
9. Subscriptions/Removal Instructions

August, 2006
1. Introduction
2. Water Sources & Testing
3. Water Hardness
4. Water Softeners
5. Water Softener Solutions
6. Summary
7. Thought for the Day
8. Subscriptions/Removal Instructions

December, 2006
1. The Basics
2. Construction to Permanent Loans
3. Credit Reports
4. PMI Insurance
5. Beyond the Basics
6. Thought of the Day
7. Subscriptions/Removal Instructions

January, 2007
1. Introduction
2. Managing Your Builder
3. Alternative Framing Opportunities
4. Adding Cabinets in Your Garage
5. Summary

August, 2009
1. Introduction
2. Contractors
3. The Site
4. Local Building Restrictions
5. Style of Home
6. Budget
7. After You Have Purchased Your House Plans
8. Needs
9. Summary



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