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A Nation of Old Homes

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Seen this house? Like me, you might've grown up in one, or now come home to it daily.
 
Did you know that well over half of our nation's houses were built more than three decades ago? With a median (i.e. halfway point) year built of 1974, the vast majority of our nation's residential houses are functionally obsolete and you are chucking money putting lipstick on a pig if you do anything short of a total gut and retrofit of an existing house. Building science has in fact changed that much in the last five years.
 
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Punt Painting by Using Composite

 



Hate to paint but love the look of wood? Composite is your dream come true.

"Maintenance free" and "no painting" are among our favorite phrases. Some folks actually enjoy cleaning and painting (i.e. The Silly Ones); but, having done both as summer jobs, I believe if you lead a bad life, you'll go to a place where you do that for eternity, so I'll present ideas and innovative products for you to research.

Disclosure: some we've used and others we haven't so don't rely on my writing as necessarily an endorsement, merely a suggestion to consider. Once we learn about your project, budget, personal preferences and unique circumstances, we'll recommend options which might include these.

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Don't get green washed.


Feeling Green Washed? (A numbing sensation similar to cramming for finals.) Don't know what to believe about "going green"? And the alphabet soup of acronyms, how do you even remember much less choose?

I'll admit we do sometimes, keeping abreast of the alphabet soup of industry acronyms, certifications and designations. Below I've written a short glossary of some primary certifications (certainly not a comprehensive list). Bottom line, it's all good although skeptics argue the purported savings from "going green" are unverifiable and simply marketing fluff from industry participants trying to reinvent themselves post housing bubble.

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Eco-Bling: Really Cool Roofing

What if your roof grew like hair? Some roofs are literally green while others just have bling.

This post will show-and-tell "cool" (some literally) roofing technology. I'm not endorsing one brand over another. Your budget, goals and personal preference will drive that train. (We'll be happy to give our two cents if you ask based solely on our experience.) This is simply a broad overview of what's available to help you research what might be best for your unique circumstance. Basically I picked the following sites because they have sharp photo galleries.

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Smart Money Insulation

 

Money out the window, literally


Have a hunch you're heating and cooling the Great Outdoors? The wrong choice of insulation can chew your wallet, each and every month.

Home owners often treat insulation as an afterthought but it is arguably the most important building component for boosting efficiency and savings. Yet owners try to go cheap. After all, how sexy is insulation? Insulation isn't cool like geo-thermal or solar systems. You're just stuffing it inside the walls and between the joists where nobody sees it. Who cares? Just put anything in there so at least there's something between the inside and outside, and save a buck while you're at it, right?

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