Jalal, one of the main reasons that builders install soffit and ridge vents in a home is to keep a continuous airflow over the ceiling(or attic) insulation, which in turn can ensure that moisture and hot air don't collect on the underside of the roof sheathing. If your home doesn't have any soffits to vent, then perhaps you can install a dormer vent or a louvered gable vent.
Hi Bill, When you say dormer I'm assuming you are referring to one of the large central dormers found in a lot of California homes, and not the two smaller dormers found in Cape Cod styled homes. You are correct, the roofing on these types of dormers is done in the same fashion as the rest of the roof.
Kyle, insulating your home's crawl space can improve the comfort level within your home, but keep in mind that there are two other components needed for a properly functioning crawl space, namely adequate ventilation and an air-tight vapor barrier covering the ground. Your unheated crawl space should have a minimum of two vents which allow the outside air to freely flow into the crawl space, and you should research your local building codes to determine if the size of your home's crawl space vents is adequate and code compliant.
Adding more ventilation will not hurt anything with your current venting situation. The addition of additional attic venting will most likely result in a negligible drop in your upstairs room temperature.
Reliable Remodeler has suggestions for improving indoor air quality. If you have installed energy-efficient doors and windows, the good news is you're helping the outdoor environment.
Hi Nicole, the first thing you should check is to see if your current microwave has the option of being rear or top vented. A lot of nicer microwave ovens offer the option of recirculating the exhaust through a charcoal filter or having exterior ventilation installed.
Well Robert, oftentimes the most successful back yard projects start simply with a good drawing. If you can create a sketch of what you want your new wine cellar to look like, undoubtedly there is a contractor somewhere who can build it for you.
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.
It's my nature to surf the world of online home improvement blogs. There's great information out there, including home improvement ideas if you're rebuilding or going green.
Whether you're adding a room, installing new carpet, or painting, you're putting yourself and family members in potential harm's way if you don't have a mitigation plan for off-gassing, dust, and other pollutants. Sealing up the room you're remodeling to keep particulates from invading the rest of your home is a crucial step that too many people avoid taking.