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Whether you’re redesigning your kitchen or bath, installing a sprinkler system or deciding between different siding options, in order to make your home as eco-friendly as possible you should carefully evaluate the attributes of the different products and materials that are available before you make your final choice.
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Water Saving Systems Arkansas City KS

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Rainwater Harvesting Systems Arkansas City KS

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Architecture Classes Arkansas City KS

Thirty years ago I was teaching physics at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and living in an old farmhouse. In winter, the best that could be said of my 1809 farmhouse's uninsulated walls was that they slowed the wind to a moderate breeze. Many were the nights my wife and I couldn't keep a candle lit and took to our bed for survival in Arkansas City.

Engineered Wood Arkansas City KS

Since its earliest days, America's relationship with wood has been marked by determination and innovation. Faced with thick forests, the first settlers cleared the land, used the logs for building and launched the American timber industry. It's not surprising that wood was the first export from the Jamestown settlement in 1607.

Wood Building Material Arkansas City KS

Should deck boards be installed bark side up or down? The answer: Install it best-side up, whichever it is. Think you know the facts? Read on... The overwhelming majority of our homes are made from wood. Even masonry and steel homes contain wood. As homeowners in Arkansas City who are involved in countless home projects, we spend much of our time cutting, shaping, nailing and painting wood.

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Accessible Homes Arkansas City KS

Flexibility and adaptability become issues as the needs of homeowners in Arkansas City evolve over time, and that’s where the concept of universal design or aging-in-place comes in. The idea is to create a home that’s easily accessible to all, no matter their age or mobility limitations.

All About Wells Arkansas City KS

One of the most-often-overlooked details of building a home in a rural setting is the well. Many people think there is plenty of clean and safe water waiting below the surface for them to use in Arkansas City.

Architecture Classes Arkansas City KS

Thirty years ago I was teaching physics at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and living in an old farmhouse. In winter, the best that could be said of my 1809 farmhouse's uninsulated walls was that they slowed the wind to a moderate breeze. Many were the nights my wife and I couldn't keep a candle lit and took to our bed for survival in Arkansas City.

Building House Framework Arkansas City KS

Like the skeleton of an animal, the frame of a house defines its shape. It also resists hurricane-force winds, snow on the roof and dance parties in the living room. Consider for a moment the skeleton of a bird. Evolution has engineered each bone to be just sufficient for its function. Each is thickened at points of maximum stress and precisely in proportion to that stress.

Building Products Arkansas City KS

When winter is gone, many of people in Arkansas City will turn our thoughts to those construction or remodeling projects we’ve been putting off. Whether you’re redesigning your kitchen or bath, installing a sprinkler system or deciding between different siding options.

Coastal Homes Arkansas City KS

Coastal building is undergoing a dynamic change, as evidenced by two new residential communities in hurricane-prone regions.

Drywall Installation Arkansas City KS

While drywall may seem flimsy and an unlikely thermal mass, two factors combine to make it very effective in storing excess solar heat. Read on for details.

Drywall Studs Arkansas City KS

Molly bolts, drywall anchors, wall toggles, butterfly bolts and similar fasteners that go by a host of other names are often touted as good substitutes for fastening into a stud in Arkansas City. Don't believe it. For reliability and safety, find a stud and fasten into it with a regular wood screw. The big problem with fasteners in drywall is not so much in the fastener itself.

Elevator Installation Arkansas City KS

It usually starts with the groceries. Though some people need an elevator in their house to access the multiple levels of living space, most homeowners purchasing elevators today simply want one for the convenience. "From a 2,000-square-foot house to a 14,000-square-foot house, people are installing elevators," says Eugene Aubrey, an architect who is planning an elevator in a luxury home.

Energy Efficient Lighting Arkansas City KS

Energy-efficient lighting should be a critical part of your selection process, as it has become an increasingly important component of a high-performance home. Good lighting design starts at - you guessed it - the building orientation stage of design.

Energy Efficient Wood Houses Arkansas City KS

Today's energy-efficient wood-frame houses are the most expensive, the most comfortable, and very likely the least durable residential structures ever built in the United States. Over the past 20 years, moisture-caused problems in new houses have skyrocketed. Homeowners complain increasingly of window condensation and mold indoors; of mildew, staining and peeling of exterior coatings; and of rot in windows, doors, trim, siding, sheathing and framing, all within a few years of construction in Arkansas City.

Engineered Lumber Arkansas City KS

An I-joist is a wood version of a steel beam. Their structural performance is much better than old-fashioned dimensional lumber in Arkansas City.

Engineered Wood Arkansas City KS

Since its earliest days, America's relationship with wood has been marked by determination and innovation. Faced with thick forests, the first settlers cleared the land, used the logs for building and launched the American timber industry. It's not surprising that wood was the first export from the Jamestown settlement in 1607.

Flexible Home Arkansas City KS

Building and remodeling a home will be a relatively easy process in the years ahead, if the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing has anything say about it. The HUD-supported organization recently unveiled its first concept home model to illustrate advanced construction techniques.

Flooring Options Arkansas City KS

In the previous installment, we documented the needs of a family of four through an activity analysis in Arkansas City. The analysis resulted in a list of the family's activities that required space, approximate size of each space in square feet, preferred orientation of the space (activity) relative to the position of the sun at the time of the activity, and degree of privacy appropriate to the activity.

Foundation Contractors Arkansas City KS

Considering the importance of the foundation, the dearth of attention it gets is amazing. An excavator digs a big hole in the ground; a bunch of plywood panels are assembled into a form, and the form is filled with a slurry of gray mud. For many homebuilders in Arkansas City, the excitement of construction begins when the first piece of wood is bolted to concrete.

Foundation Options Arkansas City KS

As discussed in the previous installment, a building foundation performs a surprising number of tasks in Arkansas City. The four critical tasks are to: Bear the weight of the building loads, Anchor against the forces of wind and earthquake, Prevent vertical motion due to frost, and Isolate the building from ground moisture.

Green Building Arkansas City KS

You've heard about it and read about it. "Green building," "sustainable construction," or as I prefer to call it, "high-performance building" has been the fastest-growing segment of the building industry for several years now, and there appears to be no end to the growth in sight.

Green Prefab Arkansas City KS

Alchemy follows the strategies of reduce, reuse and recycle when building its prefab "weeHouse," a streamlined modular unit that measures 14 feet wide and anywhere from 26 to 56 feet long. The prefabs are available as studio, one- or two-bedroom units, in a variety of floorplans.

Greenhouses Arkansas City KS

Today's greenhouses in Arkansas City are more than just functional spaces for growing plants - they've evolved into living spaces, where homeowners can entertain, enjoy an afternoon during inclement weather or just wile away the hours in a serene setting.

High Performance Homes Arkansas City KS

San Diego's new Scripps Highlands development looks like most other upscale communities in southern California: attractive, tile-roofed houses on winding streets, set against clear blue skies and brown hills. But the houses in Scripps Highlands are different. Shea Homes, the builder, calls them "high-performance" homes - houses in which extra effort (and money) has been spent to make them as energy-efficient as possible.

Home Automation Services Arkansas City KS

When it comes to automating your home, selecting the right contractor to install the smarts in your living space is a crucial decision. If it is done methodically, and you do your homework before calling a home automation installer, the selection process is easier, and satisfaction is almost assured.

Home Drainage Arkansas City KS

Storm-water runoff in Arkansas City has become a big problem in many communities. It not only causes flooding but can also be a health hazard. Runoff occurs when precipitation, instead of soaking into the ground, is diverted by impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks and streets. As it flows over these surfaces, it picks up chemicals, pollutants and debris, which it deposits into streams, lakes and wetland.

Home Theaters Arkansas City KS

For the past several years, home theaters have been all the rage, particularly in new construction. Many builders in Arkansas City now add "bonus rooms" and encourage homeowners to purchase special seating, lighting, audio-visual equipment.

Homebuilding Arkansas City KS

To Malcolm Wells, May 14 is Underground America Day, a holiday he invented in the 1970s. Observance of UA Day isn't widespread among the 3,000 other owners of underground homes, but Wells doesn't really care. 'The point is that this is still a good way to build a home,' said the 75-year-old architect from Brewster, Mass.

Model Green Home Arkansas City KS

When it comes to building homes, Bob Burnside sees shades of green. “A lot of people say it’s either green or it’s not,” he explains, referring to today’s typical home in Arkansas City. “Well, that’s not always the case. Let’s find incremental improvement. Let’s do it better than last year. Let’s do the best we can with the budget available.”

Modular Home Construction Arkansas City KS

A busy couple lives in Atlanta and wants to build a ski house in Telluride, Colo. They would like to be on the slopes for the coming ski season, but their busy lives prevent them from traveling to and from Colorado on a regular basis to follow up on the progress of their house. For this couple, modular construction just may be the ideal solution.

Mold Removal Arkansas City KS

Manufacturers in Arkansas City in particular are developing new building products and materials that are specifically designed to inhibit mold proliferation. When combined with preventive strategies, these products can help make your home a healthier place to live.

Paving a Driveway Arkansas City KS

In the old days, houses usually had dirt paths that led to the barn or outbuilding where the horses were stabled. With the introduction of cars in the early 1900s, dirt paths were replaced gradually with a harder surface, such as gravel or crushed seashells, to reduce the erosion and mud that were problematic for automobiles.

Plaster Arkansas City KS

The word "plaster" conjures up images of old, ornate homes, the kind with thick walls, Victorian furniture in Arkansas City and perhaps a few Gothic columns out front. Drywall, of course, is the material of choice in most homes built over the past few decades. By and large, it is a fine product that is affordable and easy to install. But that doesn't mean that plaster is dead. Nowadays, a growing number of people are turning to veneer plaster - sometimes called thin-coat plaster - for construction in their new homes in Arkansas City, room additions and renovations.

Power Line Upgrades Arkansas City KS

One of the considerations when building a new home or upgrading electrical service in Arkansas City to an existing home is whether to string the main power line from a nearby electric pole or bury it. The biggest advantage to burying a power line is aesthetics. Most people prefer the clean, natural look of buried service as opposed to the cluttered look of aerial lines.

Rainwater Harvesting Systems Arkansas City KS

This page provides relevant content and local businesses that can help with your search for information on Rainwater Harvesting Systems. You will find informative articles about Rainwater Harvesting Systems, including "Harvesting the Rain". Below you will also find local businesses that may provide the products or services you are looking for. Please scroll down to find the local resources in Arkansas City, KS that can help answer your questions about Rainwater Harvesting Systems.

Residential Green Buildings Arkansas City KS

Green building has turned the corner over the last year or so, and residential green building rating systems are helping to develop the market.

Steel Framed Homes Arkansas City KS

In the past, homeowners in Arkansas City who wanted to build a steel-framed home had great difficulty finding contractors with the required expertise. Commercial contractors were not interested in building homes, and residential contractors lacked the experience to build them.

Timber Frame Arkansas City KS

Homeowners are generally attracted to timber frame construction because of the beautiful soaring ceilings and revealing craftsmanship found in many timber frame homes in Arkansas City. But if most homeowners think of timber frames as rustic structures, they'll have to think again.

Water Saving Systems Arkansas City KS

This page provides relevant content and local businesses that can help with your search for information on Water Saving Systems. You will find informative articles about Water Saving Systems, including "Water Saving at Home". Below you will also find local businesses that may provide the products or services you are looking for. Please scroll down to find the local resources in Arkansas City, KS that can help answer your questions about Water Saving Systems.

Wood Building Material Arkansas City KS

Should deck boards be installed bark side up or down? The answer: Install it best-side up, whichever it is. Think you know the facts? Read on... The overwhelming majority of our homes are made from wood. Even masonry and steel homes contain wood. As homeowners in Arkansas City who are involved in countless home projects, we spend much of our time cutting, shaping, nailing and painting wood.