Is this the right time?

Hey mom it’s cold out!

It’s been awhile since we heard that last.  For the moment we are all thinking shorts, swimming, light weight shirts, bare foot or flip-flops, but not cold.

The time is rapidly approaching when hats, gloves, mittens, scarfs, snow pants, and boots will all be the thing.  It is the time of year when we need to think in “Layers of Clothing.”  Take a look around all the stores and there are winter coats and all that stuff for sale.

It's been a busy week.

Earlier this week we were up north, actually about as far north as anyone can go without leaving Vermont and entering Quebec.  We delivered a really cute Ranch House for a young family and everyone couldn’t be more pleased!

For a lot of reasons this was a uniquely enjoyable job!  All the owners were especially happy and excited to see this project actually come to fruition.  It was exciting.

At one point in the day I heard the owner say, “…Wow!’

“So, Chris, what do you mean?”  I asked

Let’s take a tour of our new Colonial Home.

Yesterday we introduced you to The Wyoming Colonial Home, a four-bedroom, three full bathroom home that is just perfect for a big family.  Yesterday we “walked around” the first floor with its Open Concept.  On Facebook we have a bunch of favorable comments from folks that liked the layout.

This Two-Story Colonial has 2, 323 square feet of living space; it is not a Tiny-House, yet it is not so big as to qualify as a McMansion.  By the way, those huge homes seem to have gone out of style.

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: