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 … Read More
Drip edge is the flashing that protects the edges of your roof, both the eaves and the gable ends. It is required by the 2012 International Building Codes (IBS) for shingle roofs, and you should make sure that it’s properly installed with any new roof you get. Optional for years, drip edge is now required by the International … Read More
Roof repairs versus a new roof is a big decision. We’re all so busy and unlike our cars that we listen to every day we drive, we seldom look at our roof — we’re running late when we leave the house and coming home, we’re focused on what’s next like making dinner. That means most homeowners … Read More
If you’re building a new home, or thinking about new house siding for an older one, you’ve got lots of choices. There are natural and synthetic materials, and you may even replace what you’ve got with something that looks altogether different. Some are very high-end and custom while other siding materials allow you to achieve … 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!
Icicles might look magical but they signal that you have problems on your roof. Icicles mean melting snow on the roof is not able to flow freely off the roof, so the water freezes and causes ices dams. Ice dams are bad because
Walking through hundreds of exhibits at the international builder show (IBS) can be overwhelming, so it’s relaxing to stop and explore products you recognize but don’t know much about. Thus my visit at the
Baby (or puppy) gates work but they’re a hassle – storing them when not in use, putting them up, taking them down and what I like least, climbing over them as you move from room to room. In fact these gates cause you to change how you navigate around your house.
There is so much information on the Internet that it can be overwhelming. And it’s often misleading because most web pages are selling something so learning how to pick the right types of lights isn’t easy.
Front doors play an important role in a home’s curb appeal. Whether plain or elegant, every exterior door begins with a basic door at the center. From there you can upgrade a door’s style by adding features like sidelights and curved transom glass above the door. Regardless of which features you add (or don’t),