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Smart Building Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls IA

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Rainwater Harvesting Systems Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls, IA that can help answer your questions about Rainwater Harvesting Systems.

Prefab Contractors Cedar Falls IA

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Home Addition Contractors Cedar Falls IA

This page provides relevant content and local businesses that can help with your search for information on Home Addition Contractors. You will find informative articles about Home Addition Contractors, including "Stress-Free Additions". 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 Cedar Falls, IA that can help answer your questions about Home Addition Contractors.

Architecture Classes Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls.

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Accessible Homes Cedar Falls IA

Flexibility and adaptability become issues as the needs of homeowners in Cedar Falls 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 Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls.

Architecture Classes Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls.

Building House Framework Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls IA

When winter is gone, many of people in Cedar Falls 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 Cedar Falls IA

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

Drywall Installation Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls. 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 Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls.

Engineered Lumber Cedar Falls IA

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

Engineered Wood Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls IA

In the previous installment, we documented the needs of a family of four through an activity analysis in Cedar Falls. 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 Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls, the excitement of construction begins when the first piece of wood is bolted to concrete.

Foundation Options Cedar Falls IA

As discussed in the previous installment, a building foundation performs a surprising number of tasks in Cedar Falls. 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 Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls IA

Today's greenhouses in Cedar Falls 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 Cedar Falls IA

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 Addition Contractors Cedar Falls IA

This page provides relevant content and local businesses that can help with your search for information on Home Addition Contractors. You will find informative articles about Home Addition Contractors, including "Stress-Free Additions". 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 Cedar Falls, IA that can help answer your questions about Home Addition Contractors.

Home Automation Services Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls IA

Storm-water runoff in Cedar Falls 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 Cedar Falls IA

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

Homebuilding Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls. “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 Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls IA

Manufacturers in Cedar Falls 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 Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls IA

The word "plaster" conjures up images of old, ornate homes, the kind with thick walls, Victorian furniture in Cedar Falls 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 Cedar Falls, room additions and renovations.

Power Line Upgrades Cedar Falls IA

One of the considerations when building a new home or upgrading electrical service in Cedar Falls 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.

Prefab Contractors Cedar Falls IA

This page provides relevant content and local businesses that can help with your search for information on Prefab Contractors. You will find informative articles about Prefab Contractors, including "High-Performance Prefabs". 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 Cedar Falls, IA that can help answer your questions about Prefab Contractors.

Rainwater Harvesting Systems Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls, IA that can help answer your questions about Rainwater Harvesting Systems.

Residential Green Buildings Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls IA

In the past, homeowners in Cedar Falls 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 Cedar Falls IA

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

Water Saving Systems Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls, IA that can help answer your questions about Water Saving Systems.

Wood Building Material Cedar Falls IA

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 Cedar Falls who are involved in countless home projects, we spend much of our time cutting, shaping, nailing and painting wood.