Creativity

Over the weekend we received several emails from folks who follow our blog.  Several disagreed with our belief that building 24” o.c. is better.  Remember, we think it works better because it provides fewer thermal bridges which in turn ends up with LESS Heat Loss.

I was pleasantly surprised to read from several of you that strongly agreed, 24” o.c. is better.  Well folks, it seems as though some of us agree.

Building your new cottage?

For the past twenty-five years Vermont Modular has been delivering homes throughout Vermont and The North Country of New York.  For roughly twenty of those years our normal client was a young couple looking for their first home; our most popular style of home was The Cape Cod. The Cape represents a teriffic value where the “up-front-cost” was kept to a minimum.  Most of those homes were delivered as an “Unfinished Cape” where the second floor would be completed onsite usually by the young couple owning their first home.

Wind

Those of you that follow our blog know that the central theme of most of our blogs is energy; or, better said how to not waste energy.

Remember the huge hole in the floor just underneath the tub/shower?  That’s a huge source of Cold Air Penetration.  We’ve talked about other things also such as Pathways where warm air is pushed upward by the introduction of much more dense cold air entering in the basement, that upward movement of air drags heat and energy with it. 

We neglected to mention another significant factor in Heat Loss and that is wind.

Does your home breathe and spit fire?

Over the past months we have constantly talked about energy efficiency, it is what we are concerned with!  Actually we are talking about stopping heat loss in your home and that in turn will have your home using less energy.  Yes, there are other things that consume energy as well such as your refrigerator, hot water heater, laundry, and so on.  But, for today let’s talk about heating your home in the winter.  After all, this is Vermont!

What's it going to be ....., bulbs, CFL's, or LED's

First kitchens, then bathrooms, then floor coverings, and finally lighting; that’s where we have been for several days.  All these things transform your home into the palace where you live as compared to the hovel across the street.

When it comes to lighting in your palace there are so many options available. 

Household lighting

Last week we looked at kitchens, bathrooms, and floor coverings.  These three things are what can make an ordinary house into a spectacular home; they turn plain into exciting.  Things like colors, textures, materials, design, and a myriad of other things all add up to exciting; it is how you combine everything surrounding the kitchen, bathrooms, and floor coverings – that makes the difference.

What are you standing on?

Would you like your home to really stand out as an exciting home?  Well of course you would!  We suggest you start in the kitchen then go on to the bathrooms and then the floor coverings.  For the past couple days we’ve talked about kitchens and bathrooms; today let’s look at what you are standing on; who knows it just might be your "Magid Carpet"

There are all kinds of bathrooms!

Yesterday we talked about beautiful kitchens and how they contribute greatly to the overall “Curb-appeal” of a home; it is the wow-factor that we are talking about.

Right after the kitchen the bathroom is the room that contributes greatly to the whole picture of a beautiful home.

As you can see from today’s picture there are all kinds of bathrooms from fairly basic to truly lavish.  In today’s picture not much was invested in making the bathroom beautiful, it’s really difficult to imagine brushing your teeth in the morning at that sink.  Yuck!

Make yourself at home............., clean my kitchen

All the time we get asked, “….what makes some homes so much more beautiful than others?”  Or, what makes one house simply “Pop” and others …….., well, not so much.

There are basically three things that can change the most ordinary house into a beautiful home; first the kitchen, second the bathroom, and third the floor coverings.  In a close fourth is lighting.  So in the next few days we will look at these four things.

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