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snowy craftsman house Is Snow Good or Bad for Your Roof?
It’s about that time of year when the snowbanks pile up and the whole world is covered in a blanket of white. While you’ve been bundled up indoors under a pile of blankets—if you’re lucky!—you may not have noticed that your home’s exterior hasn’t been immune to the snow either. A good blanket of snow can have some curious effects on Continue Reading
home with glass wall Passive Solar Heating Techniques You Can Use in Your Own Home
Want to heat your home without spending a dime on electricity or fuel? It’s definitely possible. We hear a lot about high performance homes that are built with passive solar designs—building structures that capture heat from the sun and use it to keep homes more comfortable naturally, without burning up fuel. In fact, “passive homes” like these in Germany, require Continue Reading
Widow's walk with a turret Installing a Widow’s Walk on Your Roof
If you hail from the New England area—or have just visited Cape Cod—you’re well versed in the distinct charm and quaint appeal that is the rooftop widow’s walk. These features call to mind the deep regional history of the coastal northeast, and they add a unique touch to modern homes in other parts of the country, as well. They may Continue Reading
wood burning fireplace insert Green Your Fireplace with Gas or Woodburning Inserts
According to Punxsutawney Phil, we’re in for a lot more winter weather this year. Luckily for you, that means all the more time you can spend warming yourself by the fireplace. And your time in front of the hearth will be all the more enjoyable when you install a gas or woodburning insert in place of your conventional fireplace. You Continue Reading
Row of new suburban brick homes How Sunlight Can Cause Problems for Brick and Stucco Siding
Usually when we talk about moisture problems, we mean the stuff caused by ice, rain, sleet, and snow—the kinds of weather it makes sense to protect your home from. But if you have masonry, stucco, or even fiber cement or concrete on the outside of your home, your siding could be collecting moisture from the inside out. It’s called inward solar vapor Continue Reading
air conditioner pipe Attic HVAC Units: What You Need to Know
As a homeowner, it can seem like professional contractors have it all figured out. After all, they’re the ones we trust to get our projects done correctly and in a timely manner! But that doesn’t mean they don’t argue over some issues in the process. Attic HVAC units are one of those subjects that contractors just can’t seem to agree Continue Reading
red house with vinyl siding Does Liquid Protectant Work for Vinyl Siding?
The sun and vinyl siding don’t exactly have the best relationship. While vinyl is one of the more durable siding options around, sunshine is kind of like its krypton. Sun can cause fading and—in worst case scenarios—can even warp or melt siding right off your home. And then there’s rain. Moisture drying on your siding’s surface doesn’t exactly do it Continue Reading
red house with multiple cupolas How Do I Install a Decorative Cupola on My Roof?
Love decorating? Why focus all your attention on your home’s interiors? A cupola adds a classic and unique twist to exterior surfaces, making it a loving update that really shows the world just how much you care about your home. Plus, it’s easy enough for a moderately experienced carpenter to install one, too. Read on for the full details below. Continue Reading
Modern Living Room Design a Glass Curtain Wall That’s Beautiful and Energy Efficient
People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones—but they shouldn’t have to suffer through high energy expenses either! Rising interest in large glass installations is changing the way architects, builders, and homeowners think about walls and windows. The trend right now in homebuilding is toward more glass: large picture windows, sliding or folding glass doors, and curtain walls are Continue Reading
ecoppia solar cleaner Robotic Solar Panel Cleaners
Ever wish you could have a robot maid like Rosie in the Jetsons? If you have solar panels installed on your home, the truth may not be that far off. In fact, a lot of major utility-scale power plants are opting for automated solar panel cleaners that are powered remotely and complete with artificial intelligence. While this tech is largely Continue Reading



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