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These are the best house building tips around. If you are building a new home, then the information on this site will be invaluable.

My goal is to educate you about the house building process, materials, proper installation and general guidance to building a great house. I have been involved in the house construction industry most of my life and want to pass the information from my experiences/knowledge to you in your quest of building your perfect home.

I have remodeled many old homes, been employed in several different construction trades & I am a major do-it-yourselfer. I currently own a home inspection company and have been inspecting for many years which is where my experience is most relevant since I get to see it done many different ways and what works & doesn't work.


Mac Barlow
Professional Building Consultant

"Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir men’s blood."
--Daniel Burham, Architect

Cost of Building a House
Guidelines to help determine your cost of building a house
Types of Foundations for your House
Pros & Cons of the different types of foundations for your house
Building an Energy Efficient Home
Building an energy efficient home, consider an Energy Star home
Kitchen Design Ideas
Different kitchen design ideas & floor plans
Fireplace Designs & Construction
Descriptions of different fireplace designs & construction
Heating and cooling systems for your home
Descriptions of the heating and cooling systems for your home
Indoor Air Quality
Guide to better indoor air quality of your home.
Environmental concerns to consider while building your house
New Home Inspection Tips
Home inspection tips for your new home inspection.
About me, Mac Barlow
About,me, Mac Barlow
Make Your Own Website
Make your own website for profit, I used Site Build It to create this website.
Greenville, SC
Information about Greenville SC
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If you need additional information or guidance on house building, I can help.

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Building Tip

"Always build a roof/porch over an exterior door to prevent water leakage. Most exterior doors will leak when hit by direct rain."

Front Porch


"If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."
~Thomas Alva Edison