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Home Building Contractors – Why Do My Clients Hate Me?

Most Building Contractors I know get it wrong. They place their priorities on the project, rather than on their clients.

 

Why is that? As simple as it seems to say that the customer comes first, in home building, it’s not an easy task. I can definitely empathize with the builder. The more complicated and personal a provided service is the greater the risk that clients will become confused, emotional, and eventually accusatory.

 

A Home Builder or Baby Sitter?

 

A complaint I often hear is that builders want to be builders, not baby sitters. Builders want to do what they do best … build! Isn’t that the job after all? And by doing their best to build a beautiful home, won’t that satisfy the customer? Whether or not that makes sense, the fact is, it usually doesn’t work.

 

The reason many builders think like this is they … Read More

Tips for Buying Yellow Shower Curtains

Buying accessories for the bathroom can be an overwhelming task because of the hundreds of options available in the market. One example is when one is looking for shower curtains. If you do not know what to buy, stick to something conservative and traditional, like yellow shower curtains. This color is ideal for people who do not want to try anything out of the ordinary in their home but wants to be fashionable.

Because of its popularity, it is very easy to buy a yellow curtain. These can be bought for the bathroom in home improvement stores or over the internet. Used curtains can also be bought in thrift shops, garage sales, and also from the internet if money is an issue. Yellow bath accessories are everywhere. One will not have a hard time finding them. The most difficult task will be choosing the best ones.

When buying yellow shower … Read More

Green Homes – How to Avoid Fatal Energy Efficiency Mistakes

New government programs encourage people to make their home more energy efficient and green. But before you cure your home of its addiction to energy, make sure you follow the first rule of medicine: do no harm. Some cures can kill you, or at least make you sick, from colorless and odorless carbon monoxide gas (CO).

In order to understand why improvements made in the name of energy efficiency can do harm, you first need to know two simple rules about how combustion appliances, like gas furnaces, work. First, all combustion (burning) requires air. Second, burning without sufficient combustion air can produce harmful byproducts, such as CO, and can create conditions where the harmful byproducts remain in your home.

The next thing you need to know is where combustion appliances get combustion air. The preferred source is from outside the home, including ventilated attics and crawl spaces. Combustion air drawn … Read More

Testing on Insulating Paints

I have been skeptical by the claims of saving 20% on energy or more, there are many names out there, I purchased a few brands Hytech, Nansulate and Insuladd and preformed a test in my own small shop.

I first tried with a 48″ x 48″ sheet of aluminum siding, exposed each sheet to the same 150w UV lamp for 4 hours from a distance of 48″ away. The Temperature on the siding before any of the products were added at the same exposure was 138.4 Degrees F. Here are my results,

Hytech: 135.1 F = Savings (3.3 F)

Nansulate: 135.4 F = Savings (3.0F)

Insuladd: 121.6 F = Savings (14.8F)

So my conclusion on the above test is that Only Insuladd offered any “Radiant Barrier” savings worth noting at 14.8 Degrees F less surface temperature.

My Second Test was using a standard sheet of drywall 48″ x 48″ x … Read More

The Facility Security Clearance – How Defense Contractors Get Clearances

Before a defense contractor can perform on a classified contact, it must be approved for a security clearance. You might familiar with security clearances for people, but defense contractor facilities must also be approved for security clearances called a facility clearance (FCL). Having an FCL doesn’t mean that a particular building is approved for a clearance, but rather the determination is based on the entity. For example, a defense contractor facility may be a sole proprietorship, a limited liability company, corporation, university or other recognized establishment. It is the organization itself and not the building that gets the clearance.

A company cannot process itself for a clearance. The clearance is based on a legitimate classified contract from either a government entity or other prime contractor. A company can bid on a classified contract even if it does not possess an FCL. However, it must receive the FCL prior to beginning … Read More

A Brief History of Patio Covers

Patio construction – with the right type of patio covers of course – has helped evolve the functionality and design of outdoor living enjoyment. It is in our nature to enjoy the outdoors. We are drawn to it for sustenance and it may even be that the modern bbq is our quest for that original fire gathering for the meal.

Outdoor rooms have been invading home magazines, home and garden television shows and home improvement stores over the last several years. Why do you think this is? It can only be attributed to our connection and desire to entertain ourselves and guests as part of the elements around us.

When life is hectic enough, what we can really enjoy is the ability to come home and go out and sit outside under our covered patio and unwind. Have a glass of wine, watch the kids rev themselves up before bedtime, … Read More

Wood Versus Brick – Which Make The Best Homes?

Building or buying a house is a huge decision, and one that weighs heavily on the person doing the purchasing. What if you make the wrong choice? What if there are some serious problems you didn’t catch during the initial inspection? What if you miss something and tragedy happens?

There are ways to limit those nasty surprises, and one is to consider from the beginning what your home is made out of. The materials that go into construction will dictate how long your house lasts, costs and frequency of repairs, and the stress you are forced to deal with moving forward.

Two popular materials known for their sturdiness are wood and brick. But which one is actually better? Let’s take a look.

The Benefits Of Wood

Wood is often praised for its overall look. You can create a rustic, natural setting using logs. No one would deny how gorgeous wooden … Read More

An Introduction to Half Round Gutters

Rain water can be quite a destructive force, and unless half round gutters are installed on your home it could end up doing a lot of damage. Your home’s roof, siding, doors, windows, and even the foundation can all be damaged when you do not have this simple device installed and well maintained. It may not seem like such an important matter now, but it certainly will when you have to spend money on expensive siding and roof leak repair. This article will provide you with a short introduction to these useful devices.

Even though there are quite a few different types of guttering to choose from, half round gutters are quickly becoming the most popular. They are one of the oldest types on the market and are still widely used today. They are available in a wide assortment of colors, they are relatively inexpensive, and they even offer an … Read More

HVAC Contractors for Commercial Buildings – 5 Things To Look For

HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems are used for the heating and cooling of residential and commercial buildings. They also have an extra benefit that most people are unaware of: many HVAC systems are able to purify the air inside a building while maintaining a constant temperature.

Such systems are able to remove contaminants that include chemicals, organic compounds, and odors. If these systems are well taken care of they help create a fresh and comfortable environment in the building wherever they have been installed.

As these systems are proving to be the most efficient and cost effective out on the market, companies all over the country are installing them in increasing numbers, and there are many reasons why you should have a system installed as well. There are, however, some things to be aware of when installing your own HVAC system.

Once you have decided you are interested … Read More

Different Types of Decorative Garden Fencing

There is more to a garden than just flowers and vegetables. Often, people want their gardens to also be aesthetically pleasing. This can be done several ways, one of which being decorative garden fences. These fences come in many different types including wood, bamboo, and vinyl. Each of these options have different attributes setting them apart from each other. There is something for everyone with these three types of decorative garden fencing.

Wooden fences are an option for people looking for a country look. One type of wooden fence is split rail which will give your garden a rustic look. Wood can be a good option for people looking for an easy fence to install. They can be found ready-made at most lumberyards and home stores. These ready-made fences can usually be put together in a single day. Be sure to research the wooden fence before buying it because some … Read More