Don’t Make Your Vessel Sink Too High

Proper Vessel Sink Height

What height should a vessel sink be above the floor? I was asked that recently. Here’s the question: “What is the recommended vanity and countertop height for a 5 inch vessel sink? The countertop we have is 3/8 inch, but the vanity base the company ordered for us is 34 1/2 inches tall which makes…

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Home Theatre Tips

Home Theatre Tips

I’d like to pass along a few home theater tips to help you create a great room for watching movies and television shows. These tips are the short version of the more detailed information we have in our home theater design pages here at www.DesigningYourPerfectHouse.com. I recommend you read through those articles to get a…

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Home Theater Design Ideas and Advice

Home Theatre Design Ideas

Good home theater design can be an elaborate endeavor that captures the look and feel of classic commercial theaters of a bygone era. Or it can be a fairly simple design the creates a comfortable movie viewing environment for you and your family. But no matter how fancy or plain your home theater design might…

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Don’t Let Excess Moisture Ruin Your New Home

Home Moisture Control

Water, water everywhere. Or more accurately stated, moisture, moisture everywhere. That pretty much describes the condition of houses while under construction. When we think of moisture, we usually think of water and not water vapor. But it’s water vapor, more commonly called relative humidity, that can play havoc in your home. Water vapor is actual…

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Creating a Correct Home Theater Seating Layout

Correct Home Theatre Design

A well-designed home theater seating layout will give you the very best movie watching experience. There are some basic rules you should follow. These rules are not difficult to follow, but they are critically important, no matter what your room size or budget, if you want your home theater to work as well as possible.…

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Kitchen Pantry Closet Design Do’s and Don’t’s

Food Pantry Design

Often, Kitchen Pantry Closets are small with limited space for all the things that will be stored within them. A well thought out Kitchen Pantry Closet Design can help you get the most out of the space you have. A Little Planning Comes First As I say about every home design project, the critical first…

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Free Air Conditioning with a Solar Chimney

Solar Chimney | Free Air Conditioning

Free air conditioning sounds like a deal you can’t pass up. Actually, it requires some up-front costs to install. But after that, there is no cost to run it. I’m talking about a solar chimney. This is a system that can effectively cool your house, especially if you live in a dry climate. A solar…

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A Question about Framing a Skillion Roof

Skillion Roof

Recently a reader asked: “I will soon be starting the process of building a 16’x27′ building with a Skillion Style Roof and no attic. I’m having trouble figuring out how to run the rafters over the 27′ span plus overhangs. It will be a metal roof… Because dimensional lumber doesn’t come that big, I don’t…

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