We have done a lot of DIY on our home projects, but have also done our fair share of contracting out work. Some things are (usually) better left to skilled craftspeople. In doing so, we have learned a few things about the ins and outs and ups and downs of working with contractors.
If you live in the western U.S., plan to spend an average of $692,174. And look out, San Francisco. If you live in this Northern California city, a custom home will set you back on average a whopping $1,146,000.
So, how do you take that fixer-upper back to its former glory? Start with style; decide what style suits you best, then plan accordingly. Here's a quick description of some of the most popular home styles in the U.S. today.