Solid-State Lighting

Last week we talked about the finances surrounding the purchase/building of a new home.  This week we will focus on various energy saving components that in residential construction are rapidly becoming main stream.

The United States is the world leader in developing Solid State Lighting (SSL).  Most of us know Solid State Lighting as LED’s.

What's the mood in your home?

In the past couple days we have looked at:

  • Floor Coverings
  • Kitchen design
  • Bathroom design

Lighting is the fourth significant area that will make your new home POP as an extraordinary home.  If you are buying or selling people always look at what makes an individual home standout as something very special; lighting is an important factor.

Mood and ambiance – any room’s mood or atmosphere is many times determined by the amount or lack of lighting.  Think carefully what type of feel you want within a room.

It has been a couple days for sure!

Today, March 15th is The Ides of March; it was 2,061 years ago today that Emperor Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by his close associates and his son-in-law.  Typically this has been a day of conspiracy, gloom, and doom; but that was then and this is now.

According to the National Weather Service here in Burlington we received 29½” of snow in a late winter blizzard.  All of us know it was a lot of snow and the wind was truly ferocious, the snow was light and puffy so it was easily blown around and drifted everywhere.

What are the latest trends in home design and style?

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. 

Let’s poke a hole in the ceiling and see what happens.

For a week or so we have been wandering around down in the basement closing up and sealing off spots where there’s Cold Air Penetration.  We’ve looked at the tub, basement drain, crevice along the top of the foundation, hole where the water line enters, and so on.  So today let’s go upstairs to the first floor and see what is going on there.

Down in the basement we are fighting Cold Air Penetration.  Up in the house we are fighting The Path that warm air takes as it tries to escape from your house.

Cold Air Penetration 101.

So far we have talked about how Dense Cold Air basically forces it way into your home through all kinds of tiny cracks and crevices.  The air wants to force itself in because it is so much more dense and has a greater weight.  That weight pushes against the warm air inside and forces itself inside.

Today let’s look at some spots where the Cold Air Penetrates into your home.  Remember we are chasing those things that when fixed will make a significant improvement and are cheap.

And away go your troubles down the drain!

On Friday we got as far as the Septic Tank.  What happens next?  What happens inside that tank?

Today’s picture or drawing is fairly easy to see and follow.  As we all know there are many different and unique designs available for septic systems, some of which have been used for a very long time and others are new more technologically advanced systems.  The important thing to remember for today is that virtually all of the systems start with a relatively common septic tank.

Are there other types of foundation walls?

Yesterday we looked at Poured Reinforced Concrete foundation walls where forms are set then filled with concrete to create a basement wall.  Remember, everything sits on top of Footings that are always below the frost level.  Occasionally you will hear people talk about “Frost Walls” and wonder what they are.   A Frost Wall is typically only 4’ tall creating a crawl space, not a full usable basement.  Frost walls’ footings are just barely below the freezing point so they work just fine.

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