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Wall Insulation Tips: What Kind & Installation

pile of wall insulation sitting in house under construction

Our houses are becoming more energy efficient thanks to building codes focused on driving down US energy consumption. Similar to Energy Star appliances you see at the store, building materials like wall insulation must also meet more stringent building codes. In Florida, there are different codes based on the type of construction and where the insulation will be installed [Learn More…]

Difference Between HVAC Registers and Grilles

If you're hungry you'll want to cook up some burgers on a grill (no e) in the backyard. You definitely won't find much success trying to cook anything on the wooden grille shown below (right). This is a good example of how confusing home related words like registers and grilles that mean almost the same thing but not quite.

No wonder it's so challenging talking to builders, remodelers and contractors [Learn More…]

Stack Effect & Home Ventilation

illustration showing how outdoor air enters a house towards the bottom & escapes higher up

Your home's indoor air isn't as clean as outdoor air. Home ventilation using the stack effect insures the air inside your home is exchanged with outside air.

Here's an example of the stack effect that's easier to understand. You know when you light a fireplace smoke is created. The smoke goes up the chimney based on the stack effect, unless you've forgotten to open the damper which we've all done. You know that warm air (with the smoke) rises from air buoyancy, because warm air is lighter. [Learn More…]

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Rooms at Home

4 Elements of a Great Home Entertainment Room

don't put too much furniture into your home entertainment room

Home entertainment keeps the winter blues at bay. But there’s more to creating a great room than mounting a TV on the wall and adding a sofa or two. Take your cues from activities that your family enjoys. Whether it’s billiards or video games, your retreat from the world can become the most popular spot in the house! [Go Explore…]

Kitchen Cabinet Plans Can be Challenging

model home's kitchen in white & stainless

Most homeowners only dream about their ideal kitchen. Rarely do we get to design our own kitchen unless we build a new house or remodel the kitchen. Having built a custom house and remodeled several kitchens over the years, I thought this would be easy but it's not. The kitchen cabinet plans for my new house are more challenging because there are so many gadgets for cabinets today. [Go Explore…]

Beds for Small Bedrooms for Kids & Guests

bunk bed with stairs on the side

The most important piece of furniture in any bedroom is a bed. Or maybe you need multiple beds so you set out to research beds for small bedrooms. Furnishing a new home these days can be challenging. Bedrooms are getting smaller while closets are getting bigger. Follow my journey to find the best bed ideas for a room that my granddaughter and other guests will use. [Go Explore…]

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Home Aspriations

Home Building Companies & Production Builders

champions gate arch as you enter downtown from rt 4

Florida isn't a place I ever expected to live. But once my children put roots down there, you could say … my perspective changed. Over the last 10 years, I've watched the building of thousands of new homes around Orlando. Visits to model homes and open houses were made out of curiosity and/or photo taking for this blog. Now that I'm building a house, here's the timeline [Start Dreaming …]

Rebar, Short for Reinforcing Bar

You probably know where there's concrete in your house. Your foundation might be poured concrete or you house might sit on a concrete slab like my house being built in Florida (pictured above). What you're probably not as familiar with are the somewhat strange, thin metal bars that are buried in the concrete to make it stronger. The rebar above looks rather funny too [Start Dreaming …]

What are Lintels & How They Hold Your House Up

block wall construction without lintels

Block walls going up but lintels not installed yet …

The exterior walls of a house and some interior walls are known as load bearing walls. That's because they support the ceiling, the floors above and everything up to the roof of your home. Where there are doors and windows in these walls, lintels are the structural support beams that span the opening in a house built from concrete blocks. Lintels sit on top of the vertical supports on either side of the opening. [Start Dreaming …]

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Saving Money

Why Your Insurance Company Wants to Inspect Your House

homeowner finance covers much more than the mortgage, taxes & insurance that are considered when buying a home

When you buy a house, your lender asks for proof of insurance. They also require an appraisal that supports the purchase price, What has always surprised me is neither the lender or the insurance company require a home inspection or ask for the report. And I never understood why my State Farm agent would personally take photographs before issuing coverage.

So I was surprised when a reader told me her insurance company inspected her home years. She asked for help so here's what I've learned talking to my personal insurance agent plus research online [Save More…]

Condo Insurance: Facts You Need to Understand

condo buyers need to learn about their condo insurance before they buy it

With the cost of new home construction going up, more condominiums are being built with shared land that makes homes more affordable. Are you're buying your first home or first condominium? You'll want to learn more about the condo insurance you're buying to make sure you've got the right coverage in case of an emergency.

Condo insurance isn't the the same as the insurance you get for a single family home! [Save More…]

Letter to Allstate: Time to End Gender Bias

This article is meant to change the culture at Allstate, and other corporations like them, that to date do not recognize the gender bias built into their business processes. I have been treated respectfully by my Allstate insurance agents. Sadly they have little/no influence on changing the way Allstate's software applications are implemented.  [Save More…]

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How to Create Your Dream Home

Have you got a long list of projects that never seem to get done? We're here to help you prioritize what needs to get done now, along with tips to create your dream home and the lifestyle you want. Our free report will help you remember what's really important, what you loved about the houses where you’ve lived.

Owning 12+ houses through the years working for I've Been Moved (IBM), gave me lots of experience to share about what works, and what doesn't. Then I settled down to live/work in one place, and started a handyman business (8 years, 2,000 homeowners). I discovered my passion for helping women learn to manage their homes with confidence. So let’s connect and create the house you've always dreamed of!

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