It's hard to keep track of new legislation that affects home building and remodeling across the 50 states. Too often homeowners and re-modelers get going on a project that requires a local permit and suddenly discover they have to lay out additional money to meet building codes.
If you're a contractor, you probably already know about the new requirements when you're remodeling or renovating around lead paint. Homeowners working on their own residences are not bound by the new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) law that goes into effect April 22, 2010.
One sure way to develop an appreciation for the work that can be done with vinyl siding to transform a home is to see before and after shots of the project. That in mind, it's not too late to participate in VinylSidingZone.
You know that convenient, pull-down door in your closet that leads up to the attic? It's also a convenient passageway for energy. In the summer, you lose cool air from your home through the hatch (sometimes called a scuttle hole), where it's vented into the greater outdoors.
Reliable Remodeler would like to congratulate one of its very own members, Alure Home Improvements for being selected for their 8th appearance on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition! Between 2004 and 2008 Alure teamed up to tackle seven home remodels for ABC's hit show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Alure Home Improvements of East Meadow N.
It's a known fact that people who work in green buildings have greater productivity and less absenteeism. The Green Building Advisor reports nearly a 50 percent increase in on-the-job time and productivity in buildings designed to cut the worker's exposure to allergens.
In thinking about internal pollutants and dangers in the home for an earlier blog this week, I thought you Do It Yourselfers might benefit from a talk about radon. There are a great many false notions about this toxic gas and whether you need your home inspected.
A red flag to look for would be a lack of references that you can contact. I would suggest that a contractor have at least 10 good references and five for work that is the same as what you want to have done.
Hi Amanda, There are a couple of options for dealing with lead paint in an old house without removing it, but if you have young children or grandchildren, or expect any to come along in the future, I recommend removing the lead paint. It's just not worth the risk.
I was reading the annual list of winterizing suggestions from the Portland Oregonian, reminding those of us that experience sub-freezing temperatures during the winter months. For most of us living in the cooler American climes, winterizing is a simple chore of wrapping pipes exposed to outdoor air or freezing cold in basements, garages, attics, and crawl spaces.