Fireplaces 101— Pros and Cons of Wood burning, Gas, Electric and Alcohol/Ethanol Fireplaces— BYHYU 086
You’ve probably dreamed about having a fireplace in your living room, master bedroom, your outdoor living space, or even your master bathroom. Fireplaces these days are far more than a practical source of heat. That’s why people not only in Vermont and Michigan want them, but people building homes in California, Texas, and even Las Vegas plan to have fireplaces installed in their dream homes. Fireplaces add beauty, character, coziness and drama to almost any space and they also add to the perceived value of a house.
This week, we'll go over the pros and cons of the different types of fireplaces, including wood burning, gas, electric and alcohol burning/ethanol fireplaces.
Let’s start with wood burning fireplaces.
Swimming Pools, Part 2—Should You Go With Chlorine, Saltwater or Ultraviolet Light Sanitation? — BYHYU 085
Last week we talked about the pros of cons of the different types of pool construction. After you decide what type of pool structure you want, you’ll have to decide want type of sanitization system you’ll use to keep your pool free of bacteria, viruses and algae.
The most common systems are chlorine, saltwater, and ultraviolet light. Let’s briefly go over each system and discuss the advantages of each.
Swimming Pools, Part 1—Should You Go With Vinyl, Fiberglass or Concrete (Gunite/Shotcrete)?—BYHYU 084
This week’s episode will give you the pros and cons of different types swimming pools in hopes of helping you decide whether your dream house should even include a swimming pool, and if so, what kind. We’ll compare vinyl, fiberglass and concrete pools this week, and next week we’ll talk about sanitation systems, including chlorine, saltwater and ultraviolet light systems. Let’s begin today’s lesson by briefly discussing how a pool might impact the resale value of your house.
Even if, like me, you want hardwood, tile and/or vinyl flooring throughout most of your house, many of us love the warmth, style and soft surface that carpet provides, especially in bedrooms. Carpeting also muffles sound, so it can be especially practical in kids bedrooms or playrooms.
This week’s episode will give you a better understanding how to choose quality carpeting. Carpeting that should last you at least 15 or 20 years.
This week we have the final part of my interview with Sue Burkett, Strategic Marketing Leader for Owens Corning. She’s educating us about how we can make a statement with roof color, using Owens Corning roof shingles.
The roof plays a huge part in your home's aesthetics. If you think of the front of your house as if it were a face, then the roof is like hair. And roof color, like hair color, can drastically alter overall appearance and reflect your personal style.
Let’s take a listen/look at the final part of my interview with Sue, as she tells us how roof color can make our homes uniquely personal.
Too often we think of our home’s roof as only a structural element, when, in fact, choosing roofing that’s also stylish and unique is a great opportunity to make our house stand out from others in the neighborhood. On average, a roof accounts for 40% of the home’s exterior appearance. So choosing the perfect roof color is vitally important in building a distinctive and attractive dream home.
This week, and next week, we’ll hear about Owens Corning Roofing. Now, you probably know Owens Corning’s insulation by its signature pink color. But they also produce other products for the home, including roofing. Sue Burkett will tell us about Owens Corning roof shingles, which come in many beautiful hues that are tasteful, but far from ordinary.
Let’s get right to it. Here’s the first part of my interview with Sue Burkett, Strategic Marketing Leader for Owens Corning.
This week we’re talking about dishwashers. We’ll cover some of the newest and most popular options that you’ll have to choose from when selecting a new dishwasher. Since most of our homes already had a dishwasher installed when we bought them, many of us have never had to shop for a dishwasher. I’m hoping these 12 quick tips will help you narrow your choices.
Before we get to that, shouts out go to Jamie and Ankur for their 5 star ratings and reviews. Thank you both for taking the time to let me know that you like the podcast. Ankur lives in Australia and says “Your podcast is simply awesome and just what an aspiring home builder needs.” Jamie, who’s here in the US, and is actually in the construction industry says, in part, “My new home will certainly be better because of your help and tips. Thanks.”
I want thank you both for those kind words and I also want to thank all of you who sent me encouraging emails and offers to help with my house plan after hearing last week’s episode. I cannot even express how much comfort and support I felt. You’re the best.
I appreciate so much.
Alright, ready to get into our 12 dishwasher quick tips?
"I was dissed and I don't know why." That could have been the title to this week's post.
This will be a short and probably surprising update on my project. I’ve hit a stumbling block--actually two. But, I’m working through it.
If you typically read the blog posts here, this week, you might want to listen on the player above. I'm not sure I can effectively communicate my level of frustration or confusion in writing.
If you’ve decided to hire a builder to be your general contractor, site supervisor, or even a consultant for the construction of your new house, there are a whole slew of questions that you’ll want to ask him (or her) before you commit to working with him.
There’s the basic list of questions that you’ve probably heard before. These are questions that most people ask when they're vetting, or investigating, a builder. I bet you can guess many of them:
-Are you licensed and insured?
-How many years have you been building?
-What kind of warranty do you offer?
-How do you handle change orders?
-How many homes do you typically have under construction at one time?
-How often should I expect updates from you?
-Have you ever owned a construction company under a different name?
You’ll want to ask this so you can pull up the better business bureau reports from all construction companies owned by that builder.
-And finally, you should also ask him to provide me with a list of references?
Remember to ask for the names of a few clients from the last couple of years and a few clients from 10-15 years ago. That way, you’ll not only get to talk to people about the builder’s current work habits, but you’ll also get some idea of how his work holds up over time.
This isn’t an exhaustive list of questions, but those are some of the more common questions that homeowners ask builders that they’re considering for their projects. Now, you should definitely start with those questions, but realize that even the most mediocre builder will have acceptable answers for those questions.
Since you’re listening to this podcast/reading this blog post, I’m pretty sure, you don’t want just a mediocre builder or a mediocre home. Most of us want to a build high quality home that’s comfortable, durable and energy efficient.
So, last week, when I came across a blog post called “10 questions to ask your prospective builder,” I wanted to share those questions with you. Those questions go beyond what the average homeowner typically asks. The list of questions comes from one of my favorite websites, energyvanguard.com. We’ll cover 9 of those 10 question today.
I know what you’re thinking… Really, Michelle? A full mini lesson on kitchen sinks. White or stainless steel. What else is there to choose? What’s the big deal?
Well, even if, like me, you don’t cook most days of the week, you do probably use your kitchen sink every single day, and probably several times a day.
The kitchen sink is one the hardest working fixtures in the entire house. So, we need to choose the best sink for our kitchen routine and our kitchen design.
Some sink materials are tougher than others. Taking the time to become familiar with different sink features and materials will help you find a sink that will make your kitchen look great and function well. This week we’ll go over the pros and cons of the most common kitchen sink materials, then I’ll give you a few tips for choosing the best sink size and style for your home and habits.
Before we get to this week’s mini lesson, let’s go over this week’s Pro Term: Farmhouse sink
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