Building Your Home
Speedyplan has a great 3-part series on Building Your Home. Part 1 covers plannning ahead and making sure you have a good idea about almost every detail of your home before you speak to a contractor or architect.
They will undoubtedly offer new ideas and suggestions and you make their job easier if you already have a focus on the homebuilding process. Check out part 2 and 3 in regards to your budget and selecting a home site.