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Use this 6-Step Home Remodeling "Quick Guide" to review the energy home build process. It assembles information you need and outlines it using a step-by-step view.

Step 1: Analyze the Numbers

Before you start any energy home build or remodeling project, run some financial numbers to determine whether your project is a smart investment.

The numbers include the estimated costs, home value assessment, financing costs, and other related calculations.

Review cost-related issues to energy home build (remodeling) vs. buying a new home.

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link to notes: analyze the numbers
estimate the cost of your project
get your home value

 

Step 2: Collect Ideas

Your 2nd step in energy/green home is deciding what you would like to do and collecting ideas.

This includes reviewing -

  • energy home pics,
  • green home ideas,
  • architectural plans,
  • floor layouts,
  • home gallery,
  • energy home information,
  • energy home shopping and more.

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Step 3: Plan the Needed Specs

Step 3 is sketching your ideas on paper (or digitally) and developing the spec plan.

The spec plan determines what type of materials and design considerations that will be needed. It will also contain the product specifications for each remodeling element such as solar panels, water monitoring, green build, other.

You will use the spec plan and architectural design to bid the project out to a contractor.

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Step 4: Find a Contractor

Step 4 is finding and negotiating the contract with a energy/green home contractor.

Give your remodeling ideas and specs to a contractor for review and bid analysis.

Use the local network (aligned with HomeAdvisor) to find the right contractor for your project.

Review guides for contractor selection and negotiation.

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Step 5: Financing Your Project

Step 5 is arranging financing once you select the contractor and finalize the contract for your project.

Using the equity value in your home is one of the best financing option for home renovation. Start with a home equity line of credit or a bank equity program.

Other options may include cash-out refinancing, personal savings, and/or financing from home improvement contractors.

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Step 6: Manage the Project

Step 6 is where the project begins.

It starts with setting up the work area, removing everything that needs to be replaced, installing flooring and electrical if needed, putting in the final touches, etc.

It also means working with the contractor, managing the project, and getting the remodeling project inspected before releasing any funds.

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working with the contractor
managing the home remodeling project
about a home project inspections
find home inspector

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The 2nd step in energy-green home design is deciding what you would like to do. This includes reviewing green home ideas, architectural styles, home pics and more.

View A: Green Home Photo Remodeling

Our collection of photo remodeling ideas for energy-green home.

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green home
automation & security

 

View B: House Plans & Resources

An excellent resource for remodeling trends is to view house plans from leading architects.

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house plans
more house plans
architectural styles

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green home design
energy saving ideas
home solar system
alternative energy ideas

3rd party resources

about solar power
about wind power
renewable energy
home energy guides
home energy savings

 

View C: Gallery

View our selected gallery modules for energy-green home.

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gallery: going green
gallery: types home lighting

 

View E: Home Improvement Directory

Finally, view this indexed directory to product information from manufacturers and retail operations.

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search: insulation
search: water heating

 

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A Selection of Energy/Green home Topics For Your Home Energy Savings

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So Your Want to Go Green

That may take solar roof panels, wind turbines and other energy producing components. But you could start with more efficient lighting, shade landscaping, and up-to-date energy efficient appliances.

No matter how you begin, let's start with this step-by-step guide after you review the energy saving ideas and topics above. This step plan will help plan and manage your green home conversion.