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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.

Cold Temperatures Delay Completion

Looking at the national weather forecast this week, we see that many parts of the country are seeing temperatures well below freezing.  This can be problematic for building a new home.  The good news is, anything can be done in … Continue reading

Sloped Building Lot Considerations

A sloped building lot can provide gorgeous views and add serious character to your new dream home.  But if you are thinking about purchasing a lot with a big elevation change from front to back or side to side, there … Continue reading

Air Conditioner Foundation Brackets

A great way to protect your exterior air conditioner unit and to improve efficiency is to lift it off the ground with foundation brackets.  By lifting the unit off the ground, weed eaters, lawn mowers, insects and water are prevented … Continue reading

Minimum Habitable Room Size Code Change

Hot off the press is a new building code change which affects the minimum required size for habitable rooms in newly built homes.  This change to the 2015 International Residential Code states the minimum allowable size for any habitable room … Continue reading

New Home Maintenance

Believe it or not, newly built homes do require some maintenance.  As a builder, I can’t tell you how often I hear, “I shouldn’t have to do maintenance, it’s a new home.”  It is a new home and just like … Continue reading

The Inspection Process for New Homes

The local building department can be your best friend when building a new home because they help to spot potential problems well before they become major issues for you, the homeowner.  But unless you plan for the inspections required while … Continue reading

Approvals Required Prior to Construction

Most communities have an approval process that must be completed prior to starting construction of a new home.  Types of approvals include building permit, water tie-in, sewer permit, Architectural Review Board…etc.  This process varies in complexity depending on the local … Continue reading

Solar Photovoltaic Power for Homes

Solar power systems are becoming increasingly more common on new home builds throughout the U.S.  These systems save the homeowner money by converting sunlight into useable power for the home’s mechanical systems.  A lot of good comes from these power … Continue reading

Poured Concrete Foundation Quality Tips

  Braced Foundation The foundation for your new home supports the entire structure and its contents.  Many builders consider this to be the most important element to building a quality, trouble-free structure.  Poured concrete foundations are becoming the standard for … Continue reading

Top Ten Reasons to Build New

Many of the people that look at house plans have decided that without question, building new is the way to go.  On the other hand, some folks looking through these designs are trying to decide whether they should go through … Continue reading