Good afternoon on this beautiful sunny Saturday. We really have been granted some really nice weather the last few days, and today doesn't appear to be the exception. Alas, I didn't fire up the pen and paper to talk about the weather though; but I assure you the weather does play a key factor in what I want to talk with you about today.
As spring is truly here we are getting a lot of folks in asking all sorts of questions about design and function for their new home.
Please remember that Vermont Modular as a company specializes in 10% Custom Built homes that are Energy Efficient. Those are the two underlying precepts that guide our business. Both Blaine and I are committed to building only what people want rather than what might be in a booklet of suggested plans.
Where has the time gone? This is the last weekend of April 2016 and this Sunday will be May 1. For a long time I’ve always thought of May as the unofficial start of summer.
Over the past several months we have been talking with a lot of folks with plans and dreams of building their new home in 2016. The demand for new homes seems to be significantly greater this year than has been the case for the past many years.
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.
Today we are going to venture into dangerous waters and tackle an age old “truth” about building a quality home. Yes, we expect a barrage of emails and comments telling us how wrong we are or from a few how correct we are.
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.
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!
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.
First – Happy April Fools’ Day. I hope you have had several laughs today. Today is truly a silly day devoted to laughing and smiling. Now on to some serious thoughts……………
Yesterday we talked about how the garage can house some truly nasty and noxious fumes, odors, and toxic smells. Staying with that lovely thought let’s take a look as something that is in the majority of Vermont homes – propane. Propane has several names, Propane Gas, LPG, LP, or just plain gas. There are two types of gas, natural gas and propane gas. Today let’s restrict our talk to Propane.
It appears as though homeowners are continuing to see the bathrooms and kitchens as the essential areas for upgrades, particularly the kitchen. As homes tend to get smaller owners are investing more in their kitchen as they see the kitchen as the heart of their home. One of the most over riding concerns for upscale appliances is whether they are Energy Star rated; be sure to check as you go shopping.