Recent Posts by Mary Sauer

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Soundproof Drywall: Creating a Sound Barrier Comparable to 8 Layers

There are many reasons why you might want to create a sound barrier in your home. If noise outside your of the home or coming from other rooms is disruptive, or if a family wishes to increase privacy, there are ways to create a soundproof barrier using drywall. Typically, drywall doesn’t do more than muffle sound coming from... Continue Reading

Types of Running Bond Patterns

A paver is a a type of exterior material that's used to dress up outdoor spaces and create driveways, roads, patios, retaining walls, and even kitchen floors. By using a wide variety of material such as natural stone, brick, and concrete, you can create a durable surface for outdoor flooring that will outlast heavy foot traffic—and... Continue Reading

Primer: The Go-Between for Paint and Concrete

You've got your painter's tape, roller brushes, plenty of tarp, and a gallon or two of your meticulously chosen new concrete paint color—it's the one, and you can't wait to see how vibrant it looks overtop of that dull concrete wall or floor. But wait just a minute there, antsy homeowner—you're forgetting something. If you want... Continue Reading

Types of Dormers

Dormers have been an architectural staple since the days of Shakespeare.  These windows are placed vertically into a roof and also have a roof of their own. They don't take up much room of the overall home roofing, however—as a general rule, not more than half of the depth or width of a roof. Instead,... Continue Reading

Comparing the Quality and Costs of Siding

You may be itching to swap out your home's tired vinyl siding for a classic red brick, or even a sleek aluminum—anything to give your home's face a fresh new look. But choosing your siding is a decision that will last for years, so it's important to give it some careful consideration first. After all, siding is... Continue Reading

Lighting 101: Understanding the 3 Basics Types of Lighting

Are you about to redecorate your home or remodel a room? Hold it right there. Lighting is one of the most important—and overlooked—aspects of interior design, so make sure to consider this in your next home project. Choosing fixtures is about more than the look of the sconce or chandelier. In order to fully understand... Continue Reading

New California Law Requires Doubling of Renewable Energy Use

Today, a bill will be signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown which will require half of California’s electricity to be sourced from renewables such as solar power and wind. This law is an important step forward for the state, as it will decrease pollution and the use of fossil fuel by California residents. Brown’s new... Continue Reading