The Building Process Roadmap

The Building Process Roadmap

The other day I was reading an article from your Builder lamenting about his Homeowner who refused to try out from the rules which are stated within the Building Contract. It was obvious in the tone of the piece how the Homeowner was ‘one of these clients’ – we have all seen them before. But suppose we’re able to ensure that the Homeowner did play through the rules and turn into section of our system and a part of we as opposed to an adversary? Maybe the Homeowner wasn’t following the principles because we never clearly defined those rules.

Looking back on this problem client, what could we now have done better? As a professional Homebuilder we all know the required steps to successfully make a home, but why do we assume the Homeowner understands? They are certainly not a Builder. Homes are not their business. That’s why they hired you.

Most Builders have clear procedures spelled out inside the Building Contract. They have probably added paragraphs and addendums as time passes to cope with specific conditions have arisen inside the past. But once that contract is signed, how many Homeowners (or Builders for that matter) have a very copy of the contract designed for quick reference? The contract is normally filed away and rarely described once the ink is dry. Under the best of circumstances, ‘quick reference’ might be an oxymoron because the contract is written inside the language of legalese.

So what’s the solution? As experienced professionals, we owe it to the Homeowners to define the actual PROCESS that is followed to get specifics of the house and execute a finished product. We usually just pull the minds and hopes for our clients out of their heads and help them articulate their wants the finished project. It is …

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Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home Construction

Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home Construction

As a real estate professional, I can remember the time when at the top of a homeowner’s wish list were things like a master bedroom suite or a gourmet kitchen, but times have changed, and so has the buyers wish list.

While buyers still have these wonderful amenities on the list, they are asking for energy-saving options as their must have items on their list.

Here is a list of options that are affordable and provide immediate savings. Some of these items are: 2×6 walls, house wrap, energy-efficient windows and energy-efficient appliances.

Construction:

Make sure the walls of the home are framed with 2×6 lumber. Using 2×6 lumber for framing allows extra room for more insulation, which will keep the home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

House wrap:

It is installed right after framing, and it literally “wraps” the entire house to create a thermal barrier that keeps the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The wrap also acts as a vapor barrier between exterior materials and the framing lumber.

Windows:

More home buyers today love windows, as they bring in more natural light, open up rooms and provide a connection to the outside. But there is thermal transfer with windows. A quality builder will know how to balance the homeowner’s desire for “walls of windows” while still meeting the new more stringent code requirements.

Appliances:

Appliances account for for a sizeable percentage of electric usage in a home, especially the refrigerator, dishwasher and clothes dryer. Buyers should make sure to use ENERGY STAR rated appliances or an equivalent.

Attic Fan: an attic fan greatly reduces the amount of work for an air conditioner by getting rid of the heat generated from roof absorption.

Energy-efficient hot water heater:

Almost 20 percent of …

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Should I Install Carpet or Wood Flooring in My Home?

Should I Install Carpet or Wood Flooring in My Home?

Consider these situations: Family A has a ten-year-old house, and three steam cleanings and a number of other efforts have not been able to remove some of the stains eight years down the line after buying a carpet. On the other hand, Family B has recently bought a house with wood flooring, only to decide afterward that they need to convert their house into a high-traffic mini resort. These two examples will definitely demonstrate that both carpet and wood flooring have their disadvantages. Neither of them is perfect, and the type of flooring the user chooses should be determined by the intended long-term function of the floor covering. To make a logical decision on the flooring to choose, try to look at the pluses and minuses of each type of flooring.

Advantages of Wood

– Wood flooring comes in a wide variety of materials but may not come in as many colors as carpet. The natural colors of different types of wood, however, give it the advantage of blending in and complementing almost anything in the room.

– Thanks to some of the latest advancements and improvements that make the wood resistant to stains, scratches and termite destruction, the choice of wood flooring makes it very easy to keep your house tidy and neat.

– It’s really very rare to find anyone who is allergic to wood. This makes wood a safe and healthy option, especially for people who might react to some of the chemical reagents often used in cleaning detergents for carpets. Wood also doesn’t store grit or any solid particles and would thus be suitable for people with asthma or other breathing complications.

Disadvantages of wood

– Although wood flooring doesn’t require dangerous detergents to clean it, the floor cleaners used might include substances to maintain the …

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7 Questions to Ask When Getting Retractable Awnings for Your Home

A retractable awning is a significant financial investment for most house owners. On average, people can expect to spend between $4000 to $10,000 for a custom-made unit.

7 Questions to Ask When Getting Retractable Awnings for Your Home

Before you part with your hard-earned money, there are a number of elements that you need to consider. Due diligence and a fair amount of research can conserve you time and money as well as prevent most problems that may occur down the road.

Consider the following questions that you would want to ask before making your decision:

Who are you buying the awnings from?

With this size financial investment, you want to take a look at your regional dealer(s) and ask for referrals from other buyers in the area. No matter how good the item is, your choice of whom to do business with is just as important.

Will they help in installing the awnings?

Does the dealership support their setups or do they pass it on to a subcontractor? Do they guarantee the installation for an amount of time and will it include a warranty for future work?

Keep in mind that retractable awnings are inherently more complex than blinds and shutters and will require some technical expertise to install and maintain properly.

What sort of fasteners are they using to secure the retractable awning?

A set of retractable patio awnings can weigh up to 400 lbs or more so you would want to pay extra attention to what features are in place that keeps them from toppling over.

With today’s building and products continuously changing, make sure your installer is utilising a minimum of 3/8″ large shaft lag screw. Depending upon the product the contractor is installing, length of the lag screws is also an essential aspect. The objective is to anchor the awnings from deep within the structure which …

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Install A Modular Garage On Your Property Today!

Is there anything more comforting than knowing that you have the storage space you need? When people go shopping for houses, they almost always highlight the importance of a garage. Garages can provide you with excess storage space for your private possessions while giving you an additional usable area for other activities. Whether you want to put together a little gym or a workspace for your tools, you can have that. Unfortunately, many homes don’t have garages on board and that can leave you with few options. Fortunately, modular garage prices are becoming affordable and they are turning into a viable solution. Today, we’ll highlight the importance of a modular garage as well as the benefits that it can provide. 

Adding A Modular New Garage 

So, what exactly are we talking about when we discuss modular garages? Well, a modular garage can also be known as a prefabricated garage. To keep the definition simple, prefabricated garages are basically ready-to-use garages that you can buy and have delivered to your property. There is minimal effort required in order to install the prefabricated modular building and that leaves you with all of the benefits minus all of the work. Having a modular garage can provide you and your property with an array of amazing benefits, so let’s talk about them below.

1) Easy Installation Process – First and foremost, we have to highlight just how easy it is to have a modular garage installed onto your home. Prefabricated buildings come in kits that include segmented individual pieces. All that you have to do is simply follow the installation guidelines until your prefabricated building is standing before you. If nothing else, you can hire a team to handle the installation. Either way, you are putting together an entire building with minimal sweat …

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