Building Homes of Your Own is a computer game where you are challenged to get a loan, select and purchase property, design and build a house, and sell it for a profit. There are three levels to the game, Urban or Suburban, Rivers and Lakes, and Coastline. For each progressive level you will be given a larger loan for your budget. On the third level, Coastline, you will receive a loan for more than 1 million dollars.
Construction Technology Engineering is the main focus of the software. It is meant to be as close as possible to real world situations in the building homes industry. Many students in Technology Education and Engineering class utilize this software to learn the steps to planning and building a house.
Here are some of the main tips for being successful in the Building Homes of Your Own game. First, you need to remember that … Read More
Impact of Mold on Infrastructure
Mold grows on almost any surface on the planet but it has an especially destructive effect on organic materials. On infrastructure, mold can eat away at the organic material and leave the building unstable. One big problem with this kind of fungus is that they usually start growing in places which are not visible to the human eye such as under the floorboards, behind walls and under the sink. This means that they may have established a large colony or population before the homeowners can make arrangements for their elimination. The result of this delay can mean that the mold may have already started degrading the organic material that they are growing on such as the floorboards, the beams and the framework behind the walls.
Aside from the actual degradation of the materials, mold can also leave dark or black marks on the material that … Read More
This article is for a realtor or for a home owner preparing to sell a luxury home.
If you are a real estate agent a significant and lucrative way to operate your business is to work to get listings. If you have the nicer listings in the area then all the better. If you have the inventory then other area agents have to work with you to sell your inventory. You, effectively have them working as your agents selling your inventory to their buyers. It is a great situation.
So how do you get more and better listings? This is the big question. What I recommend is to do something that is different and exciting for the home owner. After all it is the home owner that selects the listing agent. Therefore, if you properly impress the home owner with how you will market their home then you are well … Read More
Heat pumps offer dual functionality and are an efficient means and a great alternative to furnaces and air conditioners. So it is useful for summer and winter weathers with moderate heating and cooling according to the temperatures. They run on electricity and their main function is to move air i.e., by moving heat from a cool place to a warmer place. So during winter, it moves heat from outside into your homes and warms your place while in summer, it removes the heat from home and moves it outside. It is greatly energy efficient, heat pumps cost one quarter as compared to conventional modes of heating or cooling units.
High-temperature pumps are the best forms of heating your homes or cooling them according to the weather, they keep you warm during winters and cool you during summers. They are truly efficient modes that cost you less and give best results. … Read More
When it comes to investing your hard earned cash into a home, you have two options. You can buy an existing property, maybe do some renovations to make it your own, or you can build your own custom home based on your unique needs and requirements.
For many people the building process is a long and daunting one, often one they don’t want to go through, but with the right builder by your side, a custom home provides you with a range of benefits you wouldn’t ordinarily get when it comes to buying an existing property and changing it accordingly. In fact buying an existing property and making changes will cost you more in the long run than building your own.
The first benefit to a custom home is that you get to enjoy a unique design that has been drawn specifically for you based on what you like and … Read More
Green homes are houses that are kinder to the planet. They use lesser energy, produce less waste, and are a healthier environment for the people inside. Green homes come out of a philosophy of being more eco-friendly to the environment. They save on electricity, find ways to cut down on carbon-waste and general energy consumption. Green homes can put money in your pocket, and give you the peace of mind you are doing your bit to help sustain our planet.
Most of us would to make the world a little “greener” by reducing our home energy consumption. There has been improvement in building techniques and materials over the last couple of decades, which means that homes are becoming more energy efficient. Do you dream of a house with no carbon emissions and zero-net-energy use? This can be achieved with a strategy that includes alternative energy sources, and conscientious fabrication … Read More
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
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
We all think from time to time about having a log house, and this article wants to show that this dream can become a reality very easily. In today’s fast-moving world, building companies offer a wide choice of beautiful log houses. Wood as the main building material has been used ever since human started building a home for itself. Log houses have been widely used and built in the Northern part of the United States and have been developed and brought into practice by other regions in Europe. People started to build wooden houses in the areas where there were plenty of trees. Most of the time, log cabin becomes a perfect place to keep various gardening tools and other equipment to be used on the farm or ranch. Most wooden homes were very simple one room homes. Nowadays, charming and durable wooden homes seem to be making a comeback, … Read More