Green Remodeling

Green remodeling has been trending in the construction industry since the last few years. It refers to a house that is not only energy efficient but also very comfortable, lavish and cost effective. Many people-impressed by the idea-remodeled their house into a green one, and even more are considering it. 

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For those who are unaware of the concept of green remodeling; following are some quick facts about them:

  • Green remodeling makes the house energy efficient, durable, resource efficient and provides healthy and better indoor air.

  • This remodeling style is closer to nature than you can imagine. It offers bamboo flooring and cabinetry which not only gives natural vibes but also offers all the positive effects of natural surroundings. 

  • This remodeling includes installing home automation systems that avoids unnecessary wastage of energy.

  • This green remodeling trend is even followed in furniture, as more and more people are now inclined towards reupholstering their old furniture instead of buying new ones.

  • Going green means using energy saver bulbs, zero Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paint and bamboo. 

  • The green remodeling trend follows the motto of “Fix that exists”. The less you buy new things the better. 

  • Green remodeling enables the home owners to save a substantial amount of money that would have otherwise been spent on energy costs, such as air conditioning or house heating systems. Green remodeling allows the house to stay warm in cold weather and cold in warm weathers. 

  • Green remodeling also includes adding passive solar design features in the house that optimizes the natural heating, cooling and day lighting system of the house. 

  • Green remodeling system is not only good for the residents of the house but also beneficial for the society at large; less usage of heaters in summers and winters saves 2000 pounds of Co2 emissions.


Different Types of Home Remodeling

 

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Whether you want to improve your own living experience or have a plan to sell your house in a good price, remodeling is a great tool to transform and improve your abode according to your preferred theme and idea. House remodeling can be of various different types. Here we will look into some of those that would be good for increasing the aesthetic appeal and functionality of the house.  

Fundamental remodeling plan

 As the name suggests, this type of remodeling takes care of all the basics in the house.  A fundamental remodeling plan focuses more on retaining and maintaining the functionality of the house. Many different tasks can be included in such remodeling plan. We will discuss some of them here:

  • Making sure that floors are chip-free, roofs are not leaking and basement is not stinking with a dampening odor. 

  • Plumbing system of the entire home is in its best working condition, no drains and downspouts are choked, faucets must not be leaking and no mold is developing near the plumbing installations

  • HVAC system and/or furnace is working without any problem 

It can be said that fundamental and basic remodeling is more of a maintenance plan and helps you in retaining the existing value of your house. 

Remodeling to enhance the curb appeal of the house 

Many people view curb appeal just as the prettiness of the house and its vicinity from an outside view. However, it is not just limited to aesthetics. By increasing the curb appeal, you can also increase the functionality of your dwelling. For instance, having a spruced up outdoors can surely serve as an immediate getaway.  

There are few things that you can employ in the remodeling plan to increase the curb appeal of your house: 

  • Trimming and sprucing of the shrubbery around the house and having an inexpensive landscaping 

  • Installation of cornice on the outdoor edges of the roof 

  • Having a new pavement constructed on the entrance

A fresh coat of paint or polishing to the front door and lighting fixture illuminating the surrounding of the house will also add to its curb appeal.  A well-maintained curb appeal leaves a good first impression of your property on visitors. 

Remodeling for value addition 

This type of remodeling needs a good sum of money and involves extensive works. From transforming the look of kitchen and bathrooms by installing new accessories and fixtures to have a comprehensive overhaul of the interior, remodeling done for value addition can be expanded as much as you want to or afford to. Value-addition remodeling plan are usually adopted when one is contemplating to resale the house in near future.  

Thematic remodeling 

Home remodeling is also done in accordance with the theme of your liking. For instance transforming your house according to Amish aesthetics or want to have minimalistic motifs can also be the agenda of your house remodeling plan.

A good tip to keep in mind regarding home remodeling is to concentrate it around the functionality, without spreading it too much. 



Why Fall Is The Best Time To Replace Your Roof

 

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You have finally made the decision to mend your roof. You have entered into a contract with a roofing contractor, chosen the new material and the colors as well but you are still pondering over the time which will prove to be the best to undertake the task. Well, the answer most certainly is the fall season. Here are the reasons why fall is the best time of the year to replace the roof:

  1.  Ideal Weather Condition

The weather conditions for roof replacement are ideal in the autumn. The ideal time to install a roof is when the sun is shining, the weather is not humid and the temperature is between 450F to 800F. The temperatures are slightly cooler and do not make the roofers get fatigued due to heat. 

  1. Save Money on HVAC Systems and Tax Credit

You can save a lot of money on the heating bills during winter by replacing an old roof with a new moisture resistant and energy efficient insulated roofs in the fall season. The HVAC systems located in the attic will also work at maximum efficiency in the freezing temperatures. The best part is that you might be able to qualify for receiving tax credit for energy-efficiency.  Just save your receipts and labels of the products used and file in with the income tax reports. 

  1. Air-Tight Barrier

New shingles always require ample time to make a perfectly sealed barrier in order to make it stand rough and tough even in the harshest of environmental conditions. By replacing the roof in the fall season, you will ensure that the shingles are made air-tight before the arrival of the cold season to provide a robust barrier against the chilly weather. Shingles are also quite difficult to work with in the cold season as they become brittle and roofing contractors generally recommend working with shingles at temperatures greater than 260C. 

Since autumn is also the busiest time of the year when roofing contractors’ schedule is completely full it is advisable that you have booked your replacement project with an experienced contractor earlier. 


Remodeling Guide for the Kitchen


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Bored with the old look of your kitchen? Or perhaps your kitchen is in a dilapidated state? Remodeling your kitchen is the only solution. Implement the following tips when you are renovating your kitchen will make it more functional and comfortable.

  1. Cabinets and Flooring

Cabinets and flooring are two of the most important elements in the kitchen, so make these a priority when you are remodeling. Go for solid wood cabinets if you have a large kitchen. Glass door cabinets will be perfect for petite kitchens. Hardwood floors should be avoided; instead, go for porcelain or natural stone flooring – these are more resilient and durable for high traffic areas. 

  1. Kitchen Lighting

Additional lighting in recesses will eliminate dark spots so focus on installing under cabinet lighting which will keep the countertops illuminated. Installing task lighting will help you increase your productivity around the house.  

  1. Installing Islands

Kitchen islands make for extra storage space and are elegant, but be cautious when installing islands as they are bulky. If you have a small kitchen, you could consider investing in a movable kitchen island which is not only inexpensive compared to a fixed island but they can also be removed once you are done with your tasks.

  1. Ventilation

Do not underestimate the importance of ventilation. Invest in a proper exhaust system which will regulate the temperature inside the kitchen. Go for hood vents which are easy to both install and maintain. 

  1. Countertops

While remodeling, keep in mind that countertops should be broad enough to create an overhang above the cabinets so that dribbling sauces fall on the floor instead of the cabinets. Select an elegant and durable countertop material. Marble, granite, limestone create a sophisticated look.