When you hear the word blocking, most Americans probably assume the discussion is about football. That’s why construction terminology is so confusing. Until you understand the concept which enables you to discuss construction blocking whether you remember the correct word or not. Blocking refers to short pieces (blocks) of dimensional lumber used in wood framed buildings. The … Read More
While spend more time indoors and get outdoors when the weather is nice. New houses have decks, patios and sometimes balconies. Where safety is a concern, building codes require the use of balustrades or railing systems.
Most new houses come with a deck accessible from the family room, kitchen or both. When these decks are 30 inches or higher off the ground, deck building codes require them to have railings. We’re familiar with the top railing where we put our hands and don’t really know what the materials supporting the railing are called. … Read More
Unless you’re an architect or builder, you probably don’t know what is a double hung window, or how it’s different from a single hung window. And while they look identical, there are important differences that are worth understanding. These differences are especially important if you’re planning to buy or build a new home. We hope … Read More
French doors were originally used in the 17th century as windows, not doors. They were brought to America by early settlers of Louisiana, and remain popular in places like New Orleans. These doors provide maximum light to the interior of your home. The glass and visual space makes rooms appear larger. Often French doors are decorative, although they may … Read More
When buying a home, you probably don’t know enough to conduct your own home inspection. Your real estate agent can suggest someone and they might be great but how do you know that? You want someone inspecting your new home is top notch, to protect the investment you’re making. That’s why you want to find a certified … Read More
Lally columns (red posts above) are found in basements. Sitting in Arizona, it’s funny because there aren’t any basement but I’m from the northeast where everyone has a basement.
When my girlfriend bought her new home, one of the changes she wanted to make was removing the pony wall by the front door. I’d never heard the term pony wall before, so I confirmed what she was referring to. Then I decided to learn more about the term and where these half walls are … Read More
Have you ever asked the question, what is a swamp cooler? The term refers to evaporative coolers that offer an alternative to the typical air conditioning system. Swamp coolers lower temperature using evaporative cooling versus vapor-compression refrigeration. It’s a strange nickname as these coolers don’t work in places with lots of swamps, like Florida. The name … Read More
Flashing is the term applied to materials used to seal seams where building materials meet, and where water has the potential to get into your home and cause damage. It is a key concept as most water damage remains invisible for years and the cost of repairs increases as the scope of the damage gets … Read More