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:

And over in the kitchen something is cooking

Last week we looked at House Styles such as Ranches, Capes, Two-Story Colonials, and vacation homes.

Every home, regardless of its style has a kitchen that again is as unique as the style of a home.  Today’s photograph points towards a Modern Look with white cabinets and black counter tops; the furniture seems to match the overall look of the kitchen.

There are several things to consider as you dream about your kitchen.  Probably the first question revolves around color:

Are your appliances Energy Star Rated?

A long time ago, 1992 to be exact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA, created the Energy Star program.  Today appliances that are Energy Star Rated use upwards of 30% less energy.  This EPA program has been so successful that Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, and the entire EU have all adopted the Energy Star program.

Today is “Eclipse Day.”

This afternoon was when the Solar Eclipse passed through Vermont.  Evidently the peak moment was about 2:30 this afternoon.  Here at our offices in Shelburne there were several people out in the parking look observing this phenomenon.  It was all very exciting but only because of all the hype that has been associated with this particular Eclipse of the Sun.

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