Top 12 Sustainable Home Improvements

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Whether you want to save money or the planet, these sustainable home improvements will help. Adding insulation, air-sealing, and new windows will also make your home more comfortable. Here is a list of the top twelve home improvements to make your home more sustainable: 1.) Schedule HVAC System Maintenance Homeowners often do not keep up … Read more

Hidden Ductless Mini Split (How to Hide / Camouflage Your Unit)

ductless mini split unit on wall

Homeowners looking for alternatives to conventional HVAC equipment might consider installing mini splits. Ductless mini splits can maximize a building’s energy performance while providing many heating and cooling benefits. These air-source heat pumps rely on an interior air-handling unit to work alongside an exterior compressor. The indoor unit typically hangs at the top of an … Read more

Mini Split- Ductless Heating & Air Conditioning: What It Is + Why You Need One

woman using a mini split air conditioner system

Cooling and heating a house is a costly endeavor. But proper temperature control will provide greater levels of comfort and can contribute to your home’s overall health. (If you can’t imagine how temperature could affect a building’s integrity, think of frozen pipes and rotting support beams.)  If you’re looking for an energy-efficient way to heat … Read more

Aircrete: What It Is, Pros & Cons, Uses in Homes/Domes

aircrete home construction

Building a new home incurs many monetary and environmental costs. One of the biggest sources of these costs is the material used in the masonry blocks, also known as the literal building blocks of your home.  Concrete is a very popular masonry material and one of the most widely used synthetic materials on Earth. Its … Read more

Insulating an Attic: Benefits, How-to & Tips

insulating an attic with cellulose

Ever wonder how to lower your energy bill without sweltering in the summer or freezing in the winter? According to the United States Department of Energy, proper insulation and air sealing can achieve energy savings of 10-20%. The estimated savings are even higher for older houses with little to no insulation.  The best part is … Read more

Types of Attic Insulation + 3 Ways to Avoid Danger & Damage

installing a type of attic insulation

 Attic insulation sits on the attic floor joists and the backside of the drywall ceiling. A properly insulated attic keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. In addition to providing greater comfort, proper insulation could help lower your energy bills.  If you’re thinking about upgrading your attic insulation, the materials … Read more

Rim Joist: Purpose, Insulation & Common Mistakes

rim joist drawing

Rim joists run around the outer edge of wood-framed houses, providing critical structural support to a home’s floor frame.  Properly insulated rim joists can increase your building’s energy efficiency. However, improperly insulated rim joists will not only impede energy efficiency but can also lead to structural damage.  Data collected by the U.S. Census indicates that … Read more

Rain Chains: What They Are + Why You Need One + How to Make Your Own

rain chain installed on a gutter

If you’re looking for an alternative to ugly downspouts, you might want to think about installing rain chains. Rain chains guide rainwater away from your house while also beautifying its exterior.   Although they are a relatively recent trend in American housing design, Japanese architects have used rain chains since the late 1500s. Known in Japanese … Read more

Which Side of Drywall Faces Out

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If you’re installing your first piece of sheetrock (USG brand of drywall) and wondering, which side of drywall faces out? We can help. If you look at the different sides of the drywall, you will notice different colors. Depending on brands, the color may vary. You’ll also notice the sides feel a little different. One … Read more

How to Install Cement Board on a Floor for Tile

durock edgeguard cement backer board

Learning how to install cement board on a floor properly is the best thing you can do for a solid, mold-resistant, crack-free tile floor that will last. Budget at least a full day for this job. Especially if it is your first time installing cement board, more extensive floors may need multiple days. Tools & … Read more

Orange Electrical Outlets

20 amp, 125 volt orange electrical outlet

Before we get into how an orange power outlet works, let’s go over what they mean. The Meaning of Orange Orange outlets mean that the ground is isolated and not connected to the outlet’s yoke or mounting strap to provide “clean” power. Indicated by the small green triangle on the outside of the outlet. NOTE: … Read more

How to Install Cork Underlayment

installing cork underlayment

When installing cork underlayment, the base materials and the type of flooring will guide how it is installed. You should also consult the manufacturer (QEP-PDF) to see what they recommend. Before we begin, it should be noted that cork underlayment can be used to level out different sub-floor heights. Say one room has hardwood flooring … Read more

Can You Vent a Clothes Dryer Inside?

clothes dryer venting done wrong

The exhaust from a traditional clothes dryer is full of moisture and lint. Clothes dryers should always be vented directly to the outside. Lint is one of the main issues. The problem with lint is that it is damp and sticks on everything, leading to gumming up anything it comes into contact with. Tiny particles of lint … Read more