Home Energy Efficiency

Designing your own home is an incredible adventure. It's exhilarating, stressful, time-consuming, exciting, and exhausting — all at once. When we began the process (for the second time), there were many things on our “must have” list: Bedroom for each...

Building the Smith Family Home: A Music Video

Belinda's fall 2010 semester project for History of Creativity at BYU was all about the project that's been consuming our family for the past couple of years: construction of our custom home. Now that our home is complete (well, for the most part) and we are moved in...

Appliances Installed

One of the final steps in a custom home build is installing appliances. Appliances are a major purchase, one that you'll be living with for a long time, so making the right choices is essential. After selecting our appliances, it was time to get appliance bids and...

Need a Bath – or a Vacation

Moving twice in the past two months— not to mention the past year building a custom home — has left me much in need of R&R. I'd take a long, hot bubble bath in my jacuzzi tub…except that someone on the building crew misplaced the tub's plug. I'm thinking a long...

Granite Remnants

If you're looking for gorgeous granite countertops, but looking to keep the granite costs down, I have just the thing for discount granite countertops: granite remnants. On our first house, the granite fabricator required us to purchase entire slabs of granite. When...