Everyone loves the kitchen

Numerous times we have written about the kitchen and have had tons of responses all indicating that The Kitchen usually is one of The Most Important rooms in the house.  Your kitchen is many times where the family congregates either as the immediate family each night for dinner or in the mornings for breakfast before everyone bolts out the door for their day.  I would venture to say that the kitchen is where the entire family spends more time together than any other room.

Let's think insulation

For those of you that follow our blog you know that one of our favorite topics is Energy Efficiency.  For a myriad of reasons, we emphasize conserving Energy, it is the responsible thing to do in light of Global Warming and financially it just makes simple sense to not waste hard earned money by wasting energy.  It sounds like a no-brainer to me!

When Vermont Modular orders a brand-new home we consistently delete the insulation up in the attic.  We have several reasons for what might seem odd:

It will be time to dig shortly!

This weekend is when Day Light Savings Time begins and will last until November 3.  Often people think that this time of year is the most productive time for construction, and perhaps that is true.

Today’s photograph is of a job we did in Randolph Vermont, that’s in Orange County several years ago.  The excavator had started the job and as you can see a lot of dirt had been moved around in preparation for a modular home to arrive.

How heavy is snow?

Yesterday we talked about the fact that typically one cubic foot of snow weighs about twenty pounds.  Yesterday’s photograph showed you a gentleman up on his roof shoveling off what we estimated to be two feet of snow.  Or, each square foot of snow weighed about forty pounds.  Each square foot of snow then had a total weight of an estimated 60,000 pounds of snow on a 46’ Ranch House.

Look at today’s picture.  This young man is shoveling what looks like one foot of snow off his roof.

What about those basement windows?

The other day we had what I think was a great question from Linda in New York; she wants to know if she has too many basement windows and should she close-off some of those windows.  What do basement windows actually do?

Take a look at today’s photograph that shows the basement windows in a brand-new foundation in Washington County Vermont.  This foundation was part of a project we did several years ago.

So, what do these strategically placed windows do:

Oh my! Winter really is on the way.

Regardless of what the calendar says I have always thought that today and tomorrow are the unofficial days that start winter.  My reasoning is quite simple:

  1. Today is Day Light Savings time
  2. Tomorrow is Standard time.

Tonight, we all gain an hour of extra sleep because at some awful time in the wee hours of the night the time changes back one hour. 

And………, tomorrow several things will happen:

Fantastic fall project.

Yesterday we talked about dressing up the front door and the porch with decorations that reflect the next season, fall.

So, after you’ve been impressed with the front entrance your guests will see the foyer, the entryway to your home.  Here are a couple suggestions that will dress up this part of your home.  How about considering:

And the fourth and final part of design ideas

As far as interior design is concerned there are three huge things to consider:

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Floor coverings

In addition, the fourth is Lighting.  In every home the amount of light whether it is natural light that comes in through windows or artificial that comes from a light bulb is critical to creating the ambiance of all interior spaces. 

How about style and design!

All of us have at one time or another been in a home that for some reason seems to sparkle, it is just so much nicer than average.  What makes one home stand out as a truly beautiful home and another is just plain?  Take a look at today’s photograph and you will see that some kitchens are more beautiful than others.

There are four solutions to make your new home look spectacular:

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