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Pros and Cons of Open Floor Plans
By Harden Custom Homes 20 Aug 2015
Open floor plans are becoming a staple of modern home design, leaving behind the days of many square rooms joined by doorways and halls.  Instead, the center of the home is dominated by an expansive room that serves space for the living area, dining, kitchen, and maybe more all...
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Spare Bedroom Ideas
By Harden Custom Homes 13 Aug 2015
Spare Bedroom Ideas  When you and your kids have each claimed a bedroom, and another one has been converted into a home office, but you still have one bedroom left over, what can you do with it?  Rather than making it a catch-all for the boxes you don’t quite want to unpac...
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5 Features of a Green Home
By Harden Custom Homes 06 Aug 2015
A “Green” house helps the environment by reducing its energy consumption.  These options are becoming more and more popular, as they not only help the environment but also help save in the cost of living in the house.  Here are five features that have become more popular i...
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Alternative Uses for Your New Garage
By Harden Custom Homes 28 Jul 2015
Many modern home designs come with a large garage intended for storing your vehicle.  But what can you do if you don’t need the garage for that purpose?  When building a custom home, it’s important to consider all of your space and how you intend to use it.  You may decid...
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Considerations for Incorporating a Home Office into Your New Home Design
By Harden Custom Homes 28 Jul 2015
When you design a new home, you want to make sure you incorporate all the features that you will want.  For some people who do a lot of work at home, this might be a home office.  But a home office shouldn’t just be another room.  The needs for an office differ from the nee...
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Considerations for a Kitchen Layout
By Harden Custom Homes 25 Jun 2015
At one time, the kitchen was a secondary part of the house, but in modern homes the kitchen is often a central feature.  Kitchens are high traffic areas where all members of the family gather throughout the day, and they are often a hub of traffic.  In addition, more and more ...
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Mistakes to Avoid When Designing a New Home
By Harden Custom Homes 25 Jun 2015
People usually have grand visions for their dream homes, but often what makes the best homes are the small decisions.  Because dream homes start off as dreams, they’re usually not fully fleshed out.  But when people get to the point where they’re concretely planning their ...
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What Roofing Material Should You Choose?
By Harden Custom Homes 25 Jun 2015
There are many ways to finish a roof.  These can range from wood shakes to built-up bitumen.  Built-up roofs are generally flat, tarred or gravel roofs and most common in commercial construction.  For houses, which usually have pitched roofs, the most common roofing materials...
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Five Hot Trends in Custom Home Design for 2015
By Harden Custom Homes 22 Apr 2015
2015 is already well under way, and here at Harden Custom Homes we're very excited about the trends that we've already started noticing this year in custom home design. While many trends come and go as quickly as the seasons, we've selected five of the biggest trends going on ri...
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Ceramic or Porcelain: Which is Better?
By Harden Custom Homes 22 Apr 2015
As the future homeowner of a new construction home, you have a lot of decisions to make about the materials and finishes that are going to be used throughout. One such important decision is regarding the tiling of your home, especially the tiling that is featured in your kitchen,...
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