Hopefully the biggest toilet problem you’ll ever have is getting someone to deliver a roll of toilet paper to you when sitting on the throne. But toilets have lots of moving parts and get lots of use. That means you’ll probably need to deal with at least one toilet problem in your life as a … Read More
Plywood is a well known building material. It was once used extensively in new home construction as sheathing on the exterior of house walls, the roof deck and sub-flooring. Today oriented strand board (OSB) has replaced plywood in most of these places to lower construction costs. And now cross laminated timber or super plywood
Have you tried to buy white paint and gotten confused because there are 100s of white paints? With many types of paint finishes, picking the right finish or sheen is just as difficult.And with no industry standard for paint sheens, it’s no wonder most homeowners are confused. One company’s eggshell can be another company’s satin, … Read More
As the world changes, our lives change in ways we might not realize for many years. As homeowners you’re busy juggling family and professional obligations, so it’s no surprise that you don’t pay much attention to housing news. Unless you’re working in real estate, home construction and repairs, remodeling or decorating, you simply don’t have … Read More
Have you seen windmills in Holland? Or driven past wind farms with hundreds of modern windmills? They show how yesterday’s windmills have evolved to capture the wind, sunshine and more. Because sustainable energy means no matter how much we use, there’s just as much energy tomorrow. So let’s look at how
Buying a house used to be simple. Most realtors told you it’s all about location, location, location and for many years this was true. That’s because “… You can buy the right home in the wrong location. You can change the structure, remodel it or alter the home’s layout but, ordinarily, you cannot move it. It’s attached to the … Read More
Several years ago I did extensive research on how to buy a refrigerator. I wrote several articles to share what I learned with savvy homeowners. Imagine my surprise when I recently learned I missed a very important decision factor. I learned that advertised refrigerator sizes aren’t what you think!
We work hard all week so it’s not surprising that more homeowners are looking for solutions that reduce the amount of time needed to maintain their homes. When you combine this goal with plans for home improvements, using low maintenance building materials makes a lot of sense. You might also benefit from less time needed … Read More
When buying a house we focus on location, views, the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms. We rarely think about the house building materials that went into the construction of the house, besides the granite countertops, hardwood floors and other visible features. When you build a custom home or tackle a major remodeling project, you take more … Read More
Hardwood lumber is used to make flooring, furniture, cabinets and decking. Softwoods are used for framing, trim and other purposes. So it’s important to understand these differences when buying lumber.