According to the Department of Energy, your heating and cooling costs make up to 70 percent of your total energy bills. Energy leaks in the home can increase your bills by as much as 30 percent.
Walking on any roofing material can be dangerous if you're not accustomed to doing it. I do not advise any homeowner to walk on their roof unless the house is only one story high, has a gradual roof pitch, and has standard fiberglass shingles on it.
When you plan a major remodeling project, first things first: you have to hire a contractor. Of course, you'll want to make sure that you are hiring the best person for the job.
Tiffanee, a contractor's license and a project's insurance protection are usually two separate items. Just because your potential contractor wants you to pay for an insurance policy, does not mean that he is an unlicensed contractor.
Are you wondering what remodeling trends will rise to the top of the pack this year? So did the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) when it polled member builders and contractors that belong to its 58 chapters nationwide. Remember, as you look over the results, that they may be colored by the kinds of work in which the polled contractors specialize, rather than economic realities seen in the recent Cost vs.
What I love most about the home improvement and building industry is that it frequently takes a close look at what it does and evaluates not only common practice, but the use of materials. Recently, Remodeling Magazine, sent out a "heads up" on Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST).
Expanding the ceiling heights in your house may be possible, but obviously any remodeling project of that caliber would need a structural engineer and an experienced home builder to orchestrate the details. Making alterations to a house's structural members, or removing critical portions of its framing, can cause unforeseen load transfers that can quite literally bring the house down! Of course there might be some instances when you could safely remove non-load bearing floor joists from a home's second level, which would effectively double the ceiling height in the underlying living room, but you'll need to have a contractor inspect your home and help to make that call.
It's not too early to put together a priority list for home improvements or landscaping chores you need to get done before fall and winter. The stressed housing market means many contractors are offering low bids just to get work.
Jackie, it's not be necessary to remove your home's skylight, but you certainly have a problem that needs to be resolved. Most skylights are comprised of two parts, the base (or the curb) and the frame, which holds the glass and is designed to fit over the curb much like a lid on a shoe box.
Across the lower tier of the United States, older homes and newer homes built to the Spanish colonial theme use terra cotta or concrete tiles. In the north, you'll find era homes with natural slate or wood shake roofs.