Starting The Addition

One of the best ways to increase value of your home is to add a well designed addition. This will provide you with both increased living space and additional value in your home. If the local real estate market consists of homes that are larger than yours, this may be a good way to get your home into a higher price range.

If you’ve decided to go ahead with an addition on your home there are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. Make sure it fits the existing home design-wise so it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.
  2. Don’t forget to get all necessary permits before construction
  3. Plan for some level of disruption during construction. You may need to move out or modify your daily routines for the duration of the project.

Here’s a photo showing the first step on a recent renovation project.

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The footing forms are being built prior to pouring the concrete footings for the basement foundation. Planning proper drainage is important at this point. Foundation drains should divert any groundwater away from the footings into either a sump or other drain line.

New Home Improvement Blog

Hi and welcome to my new home improvement blog. I’ve fixed up a number of homes over the years and will be sharing some of the things I’ve learned along the way.

At the very least maybe some of the stuff I post here may save you from expensive pitfalls in your renovation journey.

I’ll be back again soon with some more posts, photos etc. Thanks.

Energy Saving Ideas

Energy Saving Tips for Your Older Home

If you want to save any money, your energy bills can be an excellent start for that. Without noticing, we can spend way too much on energy. You can save a lot of money if you are a bit more careful and respect a few simple rules. Choose to use that extra earned money for something else, like a great vacation or new furniture for your home. Here is how you can stop energy wastage.

First of all, never leave a light bulb on if you are not in that room. Turn the light on when you enter and make sure you turn it off when you walk out. If you forget this in the other rooms of your house as well, they can become a real headache when the energy bill reaches your door. Did you enjoy a tasty coffee? Great, turn off your coffee machine after you’re done with coffee making. The electric heating resistance inside a coffee machine will keep on sucking energy if you leave it on. So check this appliance before you leave home. Washing machines are also significant consumers if left on without a proper reason. Don’t start the washing cycle and then leave home. The machine will stop, but the display and other lid buttons will eat up energy. So be sure you are there when the machine finishes washing your clothes, to turn it off and get your clothes out.

Is your TV running but you’re working on the computer? Let’s be serious, you can’t pay attention to both, so just choose one. You consume unnecessary energy on something you are not using. So think better of the money you are saving next time you leave both of them running. Use a programmable thermostat for your heating system. You will need just to set the temperature you want, in the particular hours you need. So your heating system will not just run chaotically, especially during the hours when you are not at home, and you don’t need the house to be heated up. Repair or get rid of useless appliances. Such item, if it’s not working correctly, it can be a black hole for energy. Either you optimize them or you just send them out to be recycled.

Keep your vents and air conditioning clean. If the air flow is not passing through them with ease, the machines will suck in more power to be able to force the air run in the system. Also, never cover radiators. It will diminish the efficiency, and the energy consumption will be increased to be able to cover the requirements. But it is only a false impression that the air is cold since the radiator is not allowed to so its job as it should, because of the coverage. Also, if you can, opt to take showers, rather than baths. For showers, the amount of water that needs to be heated is a lot smaller, so you will save energy on this side as well.