Get the mold out of your house now before winter comes barreling into your neck of the woods. Mold clean-up and eradication is best conducted while you can still open doors and windows to ventilate and dry your home.
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Adding a larger window is one of the more complicated small jobs. If you are handy but have no hands-on experience with framing, waterproof flashing, exterior trim, insulation, window installation, sheetrock and painting, hire a contractor for the first one and then try the second one yourself.
Hi Sherry, That is pretty amazing! I would not want to speculate on what codes were in place in Memphis, Tennessee 18 years go, but I will say that I have been in the construction business for almost 30 years, and I don't recall being involved in, or even seeing any homes being shingled without felt paper during that time period. I admit my memory isn't as good as it used to be, but I think something like that would have stood out, as it would have been so out of the ordinary.
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.
A list of referrals from any potential contractor would be the first step. Any good contractor should be proud of past projects, and be eager for you to check with previous customers.
Tom, as long as the window seals that hold the panes of glass within the frame have not been compromised, the argon gas should still be well-sealed between the two panes of window glass. If you are unsure of the condition of the window seals, then you may want to invite a local Pella window rep to inspect the windows for you.
The first issue to resolve is whether you can add on to your home. Check with your local jurisdiction to determine what building setbacks could exist for your property.
I am unaware of the building codes in your local area, but in general I like to see each bathroom within a home have its own independent exhaust fan, duct work, and exterior vent. It is also crucial that a bathroom's mechanical exhaust system does not recirculate unwanted moisture back into the house by way of the soffit, crawl space, attic or a shared duct.
One of our recent blogs mentioned how important it is to keep your thermostat serviced and maintained. This is sage advice.