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This page contains an index of House Building Guide Newsletter from April of 2002 to present. Newsletter indexes are provided in both a chronological and topical format for your convenience.


     
Chronological Index   Topical Index

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

December, 2003

1. DIY Network Home Building Series
2. Holiday Lighting Package
3. Useful Building Tips
4. Announcements - $80 Gift Certificates

February, 2004

1. Gas Water Heaters: Should you purchase or rent
2. Water Heaters : Money Saving Tips
3. Fresh Air Intake
4. Wired vs. Wireless LANS

 
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
4. Useful Links
5. Thought for the Day
6. Subscription Information

 
April, 2004

1. 5 Energy Savvy Solutions for Your New Home
2. It's So Easy Being Green
3. The New Manufactured Home
4. Subscription Information

 
May, 2004

1.Heating your home – Electric, Oil or Gas
2.Constant Air Circulation
3.Location of Electrical Outlets
4.Thought for the Day
5.Subscription Information

 
June, 2004

1. Window Selection
2. Central Vacuum Installation
3. Finish your basement now or later
4. Thought for the Day
5. Subscription Information

 
July, 2004

1. Window Selection (2nd in series of articles)
2. Contingency Plans - Builder/ contractor delays
3. Rugs or hardwood floors
4. Thought for the Day
5. Subscription Information

 
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
4. Thought for the Day
5. Subscription Information
 
September, 2004
1. Crawlspaces vs Basements
2. Auxiliary air circulation
3. Skylights in cold climates (beware)
4. Thought for the Day
5. Subscription Information
 
October, 2004
1. Understanding Building Terminology
2. First of a series on Septic systems
3. Driveways - Concrete, Asphalt, interlocking brick or stone
4. Thought for the Day
5. Subscription Information
 
December, 2004
1. Continuation - Septic Systems
2. Auxiliary Heating/Cooling
3. Series of articles on Green Building- Flooring
4. Thought for the Day
5. Subscription Information
 
January 2005
1. Finish the Basement now or later
2. Attached vs Detached garage
3. What are the dangers of building in cold weather?
4. Thought for the Day
5. Subscription Information
 
Febuary 2005
1. Eave troughs ( Gutters) - plastic vs aluminium vs galvanized
2. Suspended ceilings vs drywall in the basement
3. Kitchen walk-in-pantry
4. Thought for the Day
5. Subscription Information
 
March 2005
1. Location – Location: Maximize the Exposure to the Sun
2. Solar Power and Solar Heating
3. Sun Rooms or Solariums
4. Thought for the Day
5. Subscription Information
 
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
4. Thought for the Day
5. Subscription Information
 
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. Home Building Techniques - A primer
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
 
September 2006
1. Introduction
2. WGeneral Description Of Each Type Of Facade
3. Stone
4. Bricks
5. Stucco
6. Vinyl Siding
7. Wood Siding
8. Thought for the Day
9. Subscriptions/Removal Instructions
 
October 2006
1. Introduction Kitchen Cabinetry
2. Types of Cabinets: Custom, Semi-custom, Stock
3. Cabinetry Materials and Styles
4. Cost and Value
5. Cabinet Retailers
6. Summary
7. Thought for the Day
8. Subscriptions/Removal Instructions
 
November 2006
1. Approaches to Building
2. What is a Builder
3. Custom Builders
4. Tract Builders (The model home approach)
5. Owner builders
6. How to Choose a Builder
 
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
 
January 2007
1. Introduction
2. Radiant Floor Heating
3. Baseboard Hot Water Heating
4. Baseboard Electrical Heating
5. Fireplaces
6. Geo Thermal Heating
7. Force Air Systems
8. Summary
 
February 2007
1. Introduction
2. Managing Your Builder
3. Alternative Framing Opportunities
4. Adding Cabinets in Your Garage
5. Summary
 
March 2007
1. Introduction
2. Instant Hot Water Heaters
3. Useable Lot Space
4. Water Faucet Fixtures
5. Summary
 
April 2007
1. Introduction
2. Overview of Roofing Materials
3. Comparison of Various Roofing Materials
4. Summary and Other Considerations
 
May 2007
1. Introduction
2. Planning your Fences
3. Types of Fencing
4. Construction Techniques
5. You and Your Neighbors
6. Summary and Other Considerations
 
July 2007
1. Introduction
2. The Basics of Fire Sprinklers
3. New Home Emergency Plan Considerations
4. How Residential Fire Sprinklers Fit Into This Plan
5. What you Need to Know About Residential Fire Sprinklers
6. Summary and Other Considerations
 
June 2007
1. Introduction
2. Standard New Home Warranties
3. Protection During Construction
4. Best Practice Approach to New Home Warranties
5. State and Provincial Legal Protection
6. Summary and Other Considerations
 
November 2007
1. Introduction
2. Building On Undeveloped Land
3. Single Lot vs. A home in a Subdivision
4. Precautions and Building on Land Fill sites
5. Understanding Land Fill sites
6. Summary and Other Considerations
 
December 2008
1. Introduction
2. Geothermal Power vs. Geothermal Exchange Heating and Cooling
3. The Basics of Geothermal Exchange Heating & Cooling
4. Cost of Installation compared to Traditional Systems
5. Maintenance & Longevity
6. Summary and Other Considerations
 
February 2008
1. Introduction
2. Detailed Description
3. Economic Analysis
4. Maintenance Requirements
5. Conclusions
March 2008
1. Construction Loans
2. A Brief Review of Credit Issues
April 2008
1. Introduction 2. Energy costs continue to rise 3. Energy savings techniques 4. New Energy Savings Technologies 5. Energy Audits
June 2008
1. Introduction 2. Selecting a Builder 3. What is a Mechanic Lien 4. Common Mistakes To Avoid in Building Your New Home 5. Questions to Ask Your Builder 6.What You Need to Know About Mechanic Liens
July 2008
1. Introduction
2. Understanding Your Credit
3. Credit FAQ's
4. Subscription and Removal Information
August 2008

1. Introduction
2. Painting – Do it Yourself
3. Dealing with Contractors
4. Timing is Everything
5. Prep- Work
6. Paints : Types, Quality, Texture, Color
7. Common Problems
8. Summary

December 2008
1. Mortgage Market Update
2. Money Saving Suggestions
3. Energy Conservation and Saving Money
January 2009
1. Building a New Home Update
2. Ten Most Frequent Issues
3. Subscription and Removal Information
July 2009
1. Insuring Your Home From the First Day of Construction to the Last.
2. Subscription and Removal Information
Hiring the right contractor or contractors is the exact advice Kamal Nath Urban Development in India is following to help rebuild parts of the country.
 

 

 

Doors and door stop

 

Credit Rating and Home Buying

 

House Building Contract and Binding Arbitration

 

Taking Your Builder to Small Claims Court

 

Hiring Construction Contractors – Ten Keys to Success

 

A Modular Housing Primer

 

Biweekly Mortgage Payments

 

Building a New House – Ten Common Mistakes

 

Private Mortgage Insurance

 

House Building Construction Contracts

 

Money Back Credit Cards – A Money Saving Building Tip

 

Hiring the Right Builder

 

A Builder’s Interview Guide and Checklist

 
Healthy House Building – Formaldehyde Gas
 

Geothermal Energy for Your New Home

 

Mechanics Liens: Paying Twice to Build Your Home

 

Energy Star can Save You Money on Your New Home

 

How Your Credit Rating Can Save You Money OR Cost You Money

 

House Building Money Saving Tips: Brick Facades / Stock House Plans

 

Formaldehyde Free Insulation for Your New Home

 

Being Your Own Builder (Owner Builder)

 

Home Building Construction Techniques: Cement Walls

 

Furnace or HVAC Filters

 

New Home Christmas/Holiday Lighting Tips

 

Water Heaters – Money Saving Tips

 

Fresh Air Intakes and Your New Home

 
Wired vs. Wireless LANS for Your New House
 
New Home – Home Security System
 

Indoor Air Quality in Your New Home

 

Energy Saving Tips and You New House

 

Building Green – Floors in Your Home

 

Selecting a Heating System for Your Home

 

Constant Air Circulation

 

Home Construction and Electrical Outlet Location

 

Window Selection – New Home Construction

 

Central Vacuum Installation

 

Finish Your Basement NOW or LATER

 

Window Selection (2nd in series of articles)

 

Window Selection (3rd in series of articles)

 

Builder Contractor Delays and Contingency Plans

 

Floors Selection, Rugs vs. Hardwoods

 

Residential Building Materials: Limestone as an Alternative

 

Crawlspaces vs. Basements

 

Auxiliary Air Circulation

 
New Home Construction Money Saving Tips
 

Skylights in Colder Climates

 

New House Building Terminology

 

Septic Systems – The basics

 
Driveway Selection: Concrete, Asphalt, Interlocking Brick or Stone
 
Septic Systems – Sizing and Maintenance
 

Auxiliary Heating/Cooling

 

Attached vs. Detached Garage

 
How to Design Your House
 

Building In Cold Weather

 

Eve Troughs: Plastic, Aluminum, Galvanized

 

Suspended Ceilings vs. Drywall in the Basement

 

A Kitchen Walk-in Pantry

 

Location, Location, Location – Maximizing Your Exposure to the Sun

 

Solar Power and Solar Heating

 

Sun Rooms and Solariums

 

Basements: Poured vs. Block vs.Precast

 

Asphalt vs. Fiberglass Shingles

 

A Primer on Credit Reporting and Scores

 

New Home Construction Technique: Panelized, Modular, Stick, SIP, ICF and Concrete Block

 

Stock House Plans: A Primer

 

Fireplaces, Fireplace Inserts and Stoves for Your New Home

 

Concrete Basics

 

Winter Construction

 

Precast Concrete Products

 

New Home Design for Energy Savings

 

Home Energy Checklist

 

Wiring Your New Home

 

Telephone, Cable, Internet, Alarm Wiring for your House

 
Home Theater
 
Radiant Floor Heating
 
Plumbing and Bathroom
 
New Home Construction Trend
 
External Facades For Homes
 
Money Saving, Convenience and Healthy House Tips
 
Choosing the Best Building Approach For You
 
Residential Construction Financing
 
Heating Systems and Options for Your New Home
 
Hiring and Managing A Builder For Your New Home
 
Useable Lot Space
 
New Home Roofing Construction Materials
 
Home and Yard Fencing
 
New Home Emergency Plan and Residential Fire Sprinklers
 
New Home | Builder Warranties
 
Land Options for Your New Home Undeveloped Land
 
Geothermal Heating and Cooling
 
Residential Solar Generated Electricity
 
Home Construction Loans
 
Energy Savings Tips For Your New House
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