January 2019 14
The breastfeeding class is finally complete.
Your talented husband is almost done building the little man’s custom, bedside bassinet.
Your family dog is just as adorable as ever.
As you near the ninth month of your pregnancy you are into making lists and checking off tasks. When your husband decided that he would tackle the project of crafting the bassinet you did plenty of research yourself to determine what was the best paint for baby cribs and other kinds of furniture. The idea of a hand crafted piece of baby furniture was touching, but you still wanted to make sure that it would meet all of the necessary safety standards.
Whether you are expecting your first son or your fourth daughter, it is important that you are taking all of the necessary safety steps when it comes to preparing the room. Nursery paint, for instance, is one that meets the highest standards when it comes to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other ingredients. The most lovingly crafted piece of (more…)
Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) are foam block structures that have been hollowed out and laid in the pattern of a building’s outer walls. These forms are then reinforced with steel and concrete. Our ICF concrete forms take this method to the next level, and replace the traditional styrofoam composite material with Nexcem, a greener, more natural substance. This cutting edge insulating technology boasts the following benefits:
1. Energy Efficiency
Nexcem ICF concrete is extremely energy efficient. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, homes insulated with ICF concrete can save owners up to 25% on annual energy costs. It doesn’t take a math wiz to figure that’s a few hundred dollars a year, at least!
2. Sturdier Buildings
Structures insulated with ICF concrete are six to nine times stronger than buildings insulated in traditional ways – and the materials to achieve this efficiency can weigh 40% less. Structural soundness is particularly impo (more…)
You’re feeling the winds of change. Your home could use a touch-up.
Why not start with the bathroom? While any part of the house will do, your master bathroom is a great place to really stretch your wings. You can try out a new design without going all out, touching up the floor or the shower for a look that will last for years. Not only will you enjoy a more beautiful home, you’ll also rake in a higher ROI. The best home renovation projects are the ones that give you a little bit of everything in one.
If you’re a little rusty on the home design front, never fear. Here are some useful statistics and fun ideas you can read about before you make a decision.
A Remodeled Bathroom Can Give You A Pretty ROI
Do you plan on selling your home in the future? Building up your ROI with a glass tile bathroom is as simple as reaching out to a remodeling contractor and asking them about their rates. Remodeling your master bathroom has been found t (more…)
If you are handy around the house and like the thrill of DIY projects at home, there can be certain things you can do to improve your quality of life at home by planning and executing simple projects that make life a little simpler or more convenient. If you come to think of it, there can be a lot of things around your home that can be improved in many different ways through DIY projects. In fact, the best home improvement projects tend to be the ones that provide better functionality and utility to everyday tasks. This is where planning the right projects and having the right tools can make a lot of difference for you.
Some of the most useful parts of your home include storage items of furniture like dryers, cabinets, and shelves. These are staples of the home living experience that can be improved greatly through some simple steps if implemented correctly. For example, you can invest in adjustable shelving hardware, the right cabinet door locking hardware, and the right drawer (more…)
It’s important for business owners to avoid excess spending. Fortunately, you can take care of this problem by monitoring commercial energy usage. Research shows that commercial building HVAC systems make up for 40 to 60% of total energy consumption. Considering that, it’s understandable to want to research ways to reduce energy consumption costs. With that in mind, here are four smart tips for reducing your company’s energy bills.
- Choosing Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
If you want a simple way to reduce energy usage, it’s wise to get rid of traditional light bulbs. You can obtain major savings by switching to bulbs that are more energy efficient. Depending on the size of your company’s building, it might cost a bit of money to implement these changes. However, the costs savings associated with this decision will end up saving you lots of money.
- Powering Down Equipment After Office Hours
Many companies operate during (more…)
The highest percentage of most monthly expenses are spent on utilities, with the greatest of those being heating and cooling. Many energy saving products can be used to update your home to help reduce those bills. Many eco-friendly energy conservation options exist, with much to gain from installing them to your home for all power needs in your home.
Use Energy Saving Products to Update the Home
Right now, the average American home spends over $2,000 annually on heating and cooling, meaning that a change to eco-friendly energy conservation could be an improvement for individual homes and the environment at well. With the addition of sealing and insulation alone, those costs could be reduced by about 10%. Some of the most beneficial smart technology for the home includes the ability to update to efficient and eco-friendly energy savings. Whether you install solar panels or another type of renewable energy, there is much to gain from the use of energy saving products to red (more…)
Construction certainly plays an important role here in the United States, there is certainly no doubt about it. From the homes that we live in the buildings that we work in to the bridges that we cross, the use of the construction industry has proved absolutely instrumental for the modern development of the world as we know it, particularly in countries like our own, the United States.
In just the year of 2016 alone, billions upon billions of dollars worth of various commercial buildings were put into place in locations found all throughout the country. In fact, this number totaled more than $74 billion by the time that the year of 2016 had finally drawn to a close. In the years that have followed, the amount of construction has only continued to be quite impressive, to say the least. And there are certainly many of different construction projects being built here in the United States, projects that come in at all different budgets and span all different sizes.
For instance, (more…)
If you are considering remodeling or renovating your home, you are in good company. New research shows that about two-thirds of all American homeowners plan to do some sort of work on their home within the next 12 months. One area that usually brings an 84% return on investment (ROI) is the bathroom. If you have small bathrooms, you may be looking for good ideas for small bathroom makeovers. There are a number of things you can do to make that small bathroom look larger. Here are a few:
- Consider a corner sink. This can increase the amount of space you have in your bathroom and make it easier to move around once inside. Even smaller vanities and sinks can make it hard to maneuver around a small space. One tip from many local bathroom remodeling contractors is to put in a sink in the corner of the room. This can make the area feel larger because there is more usable space.
- If you do not want a corner sink, consider floating your vanity. Not only will you get some (more…)
Fossil fuels such as coal and oil have seen widespread use ever since the Industrial Revolution, but in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, alternate means of providing energy have emerged, such as solar. Solar energy, wind farms, hydro-electric dams, and more are appearing more and more often to provide for the world’s rapidly growing energy needs. In the last few decades, the world’s demand for energy has grown rapidly, and fossil fuels might not be able to keep up with it all. And even if they can, fossil fuels have come under a lot of scrutiny for their pollution and other by-products, prompting many to invest instead in solar panels and solar energy systems to meet the growing need for energy while reaping the other benefits of pursuing alternate, clean energy. How can this be done? Why is solar popular?
It is clear that the United States and many other nations, both developed and developing, need more energy than ever in both the civilian and busines (more…)
The air ducts in every home should be cleaned every three to five years in order to maintain peak performance. Heating and cooling efficiency may be lost if this is not done, and over time the need for air duct repair will become greater if these ducts are not cleaned.
HVAC Cleaning Services
The air ducts in any building need to be cleaned, along with the maintenance of the HVAC system that can help maintain proper heating and cooling throughout the year. There are also many things needed for air duct cleaning, cleaning floor vents, professional dryer vent cleaning, and other services that will keep these systems running problems.
More than just the air ducts that are a part of the HVAC system, there are dryer ducts that catch fire many times every year, with the majority cause of those (over one-third) coming from the failure to clean them. That is something of great danger, especially when there is the potential for the start of a dryer cycle before leaving the h (more…)
Do It Yourself Repair
Selling your home can take months, even years if you are unlucky enough. And when you are likely to move every five to seven years in America, that is a lot of time sitting around waiting for your current home to sell. The timescale is all over the place even as short as a few [...]
What is the most obvious characteristic of the state of Texas? Its sheer size. Texas is one massive state. With a characteristic like that comes with a layered challenge citizens of Texas experience: soil, 60 different types, to be specific. The challenge comes from choosing a location to build your home or the problems you [...]
All throughout the country, heating and cooling systems are more widespread than ever before. In fact, the data that has been gathered on the subject more than backs this up, as up to two thirds of all homes and residences here in the United States alone have some sort of air conditioning system. And in [...]