New Avenue Homes Knowledge Base

Welcome to the New Avenue Homes Knowledgebase. Our national network of architects and contractors wrote over 300 articles to provide each other, and you, the critical knowledge needed at every step of creating a custom home, addition, or remodel.

This Knowledge Base eliminates stress and unexpected surprises by sharing the best practices for any architecture or construction project.

You can read through this knowledgebase now or look up particular questions later. 300 articles is a lot to read, but don't worry about that. After you set up a project in the New Avenue system we will send you the relevant knowledge base article when you reach a new step in the process.

We hope you enjoy this informative guide to custom home and remodel projects written by some of the best experts in the business and personally overseen by New Avenue founder and CEO Kevin Casey.


6 Biggest Surprises When Designing and Building a Custom Home in The Berkshires

New Avenue recently interviewed one of its project owners and asked for his top five. He came back with six! That alone says something about designing and building a home!

Newer Codes Open Up New Possibilities for Accessory Dwellings With Lofts

People often ask about loft heights. Newer codes in cities like Berkeley, California allow a 7' loft height instead of a 5' loft height - and that makes a huge difference!

Keeping An Owner, Architect, and Contractor on The Same Page Makes a Remodel, Addition, or Custom Home Easier

Designing and building an addition, remodel or custom home is a complicated process that involves one to two years of planning and then 45+ people to do the actual construction. New Avenue has taken experience from working with hundreds of clients to build project management software that tracks and guides your project over a 300+ step process. We combine this project management software with a marketplace of vetted architects and contractors.

Additions, Remodels, and Custom Homes: Phase I

There are five phases to a typical architectural project: Pre-Design, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, and Construction. Today let us look at the Pre-Design work that creates your Program.

Additions, Remodels, and Custom Homes: Phase II

There are five phases to a typical architectural project: Pre-Design, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, and Construction. Today let us look at Schematic Design.

Additions, Remodels, and Custom Homes: Phase III

There are five phases to a typical architectural project: Pre-Design, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, and Construction. Today let us look at Design Development.

Additions, Remodels, and Custom Homes: Phase IV

There are five phases to a typical architectural project: Pre-Design, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, and Construction. Today let us look at Construction Documents.

Additions, Remodels, and Custom Homes: Phase V

There are five phases to a typical architectural project: Pre-Design, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, and Construction. Today let us look at the Permits, Bidding, and Construction which occurs at the end of the Construction Document phase.

Additions, Remodels and Custom Homes – The 5 Phases of The Design Process

Best Practices in architecture and construction manage a project under five phases that we will review here. All projects, whether a $5,000 bathroom remodel or a $5 billion dollar stadium have these five phases.

Beginner's Guide to Kitchen Cabinets

There are infinite ways to build or arrange cabinets and they can easily be overwhelming. I’d shorten the list of consideration to three options.
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