Michael Luckado

Michael Luckado has built, remodeled, and repaired thousands of homes across the U.S. He co-founded ArmchairBuilder.com to help people save money and time creating their dream home.

Seven Costs You Shouldn’t Forget When Planning to Build

Building a new home requires up to fifty different trade contractors and suppliers.  In addition to the people that actually perform the work on the home, there are numerous cost items that can be easily overlooked when planning to build.  … Continue reading

Milestones in New Home Builds

Building your new dream home is extremely exciting and demanding all at the same time.  From product selections to design choices, there are many decisions that need to be made throughout the process that can either speed up or slow … Continue reading

Choosing a Tornado Safe Room

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center says that 90 percent of all counties in the U.S. experienced a tornado watch from 2003 to 2013.  In additional, we have seen massive destruction from tornadoes over the past few years in … Continue reading

Pricing Out Builders for Your New Home

One of the major items that people compare when looking at potential builders to build their dream home is price.  Of course this is only one of the major criteria for comparing builders but, nonetheless, it’s very important.  There is … Continue reading

Finding Quality Contractors to Work on Your Home

One of the most talked issues in the home building and repair industry is the difficulty in finding good contractors that will work for a fair price.  This is a problem for many general contractors as well as owner builders.  … Continue reading

Batteries for New Home Electricity

Did you hear the latest news about battery packs for home electricity coming from Tesla last week?  Last week Elon Musk, the main guy over at Tesla Motors, announced some new products that could eventually change the way we build … Continue reading

Be Careful With Deposits to Contractors

Deposits are typically needed when building a new home because of the rather large scope of work.  There can be significant costs for the contractor upfront including design, estimating, and material purchases.  So deposits are a necessary evil when building … Continue reading

Simple Ideas Reducing Insurance Premiums

When we think about building our new dream home the last thing on our minds is insurance coverage. Homeowner’s insurance is one of those necessary evils that negatively impacts the budget but is required to get a mortgage.  However, there … Continue reading

Common Brick Veneer Problems

Brick is a very popular type of exterior finish for homes these days.  Not only does brick look good, but when installed properly it can last over a hundred years with very little maintenance.  Unfortunately, some builders don’t pay close … Continue reading

Top Five Reasons to Build New

Building a new home can be a time consuming experience even with a full service general contractor.  There are product and color selections to make, design decisions to tackle, land/lot choices…etc.  That being said, there are some very compelling reasons … Continue reading