For the next several days I thought it might be fun to take a look at what American homeowners are looking for when it comes to styles, trends, and developments. Over the past several decades it has become fairly clear that there are several concepts that homeowners of all ages want. These trends can be built into brand new construction or included in older homes that are being remodeled.
When we are talking with prospective clients the question always includes all kinds of conversations about the kitchen. Many people will tell us that the kitchen is the heart of a home; it is the center place where a family congregates. We can easily all smell the aroma of something very special emanating from the kitchen whether it be cookies, meat loaf, steak, or hot dogs. Everything smells great.
But……., what cooks our food? Will you be using gas or electric:
Yesterday we mentioned the Better Buildings by Design Conference. So today let’s continue the discussion and take a look at how electricity if seen back then as compared to today.
In yesterday’s blog post we talked about Energy Star appliances and how they can save a lot. Not only are Energy Star appliances goof for your pocketbook but they are far better for our environment because they consume LESS ENERGY.
Are you curious how today’s photograph shows you new appliances? Perhaps we are going to talk about appliances that are in the bathroom. Huge amounts of energy and environmental impact come from your bathroom by:
Sorry I missed several days’ of Blog Posts, but we have been all over everywhere in the past few days; it started with a one day business trip up to Portland Maine and then a job site visit to Killington and here it is Wednesday.
So, back to winterizing your home for the winter; let’s take a good look at replacing the windows in your home as a method of conserving energy, reducing Heat Loss, saving money, and doing something right for the environment.
In every room of your home you have outlet covers, many look exactly the same as today’s photograph. Don’t forget that there are covers for other things than outlets.3
Yesterday we talked about using House Wrap as a way of stopping the wind penetration along with preventing water from entering the exterior wall. House Wrap which is known by a series of brand names is an amazing product that is used widely in quality built homes. As you wander around you probably see it being used all the time.
For the past couple weeks we have been talking about Cold Air Penetration and Heat Loss.
As your home closes up for the winter and the heat turns on the house starts to dry out; we have all noticed how doors seem to shrink, cracks open up, and things seem to fit more loosely. That is because the humidity in the house is going down and “….and all the boards did shrink.”
For the past couple days we’ve been talking about fixing the Cold Air Penetration spots in your basement. We’ve looked at the huge hole in the floor caused by the bathtub drain and then moved on to the “never used” basement floor drain.
We think that both of those ideas are worth point out since they typically are big sources of Cold Air.
What’s the big deal with Cold Air Penetration? Let’s face it most smart people shut, block, close off, and seal off most of the cold air from coming in. It’s not as though we leave the front door open. Remember when your mother would say, “….shut the door! Are you trying to heat outdoors?”