A Fireplace Will NOT Heat Your Home!

Fireplace Heating Facts

A nice fire in a fireplace is a great way to warm up your house in the winter. Right? Wrong. A fireplace will not heat your home. That would seem logical that a fireplace would be a great way to heat a home. After all, when you sit by the fire, you get warmed up.…

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Window Shades Can Save Energy

Right Window Shade Settings

If I asked you to list five ways to save energy in your house, I’ll bet that window shades would never be on your list. Make it a list of twenty energy-saving tactics and window shades still wouldn’t make the list. We tend to think of window shades as only providing privacy and decor. But the right…

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Kitchen Countertops Can Make a Kitchen Beautiful

Kitchen Countertops

There are many types of kitchen countertops to choose from. It’s not always easy to decide what’s best for you. The high-end market practically demands granite or solid surface tops. But your budget and personal preference may make plastic laminate a better choice. Maybe a solid surface or even wood might suit your kitchen. To…

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We Can Help You with House Design Services

Architect Consulting Services

Even with all the information on my website and the guidance in my book, Designing Your Perfect House, you might want to consider our house design services. We’re here for you. We can help you a little or a lot, depending on your particular needs and desires. We’re not just a website. We are a full-service architectural…

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Your Furnace Will Smell Bad

Bad Home Furnace Smell

It’s going to happen the first night you need a bit of heat in your house this Fall. If you have a furnace, your home will fill with the acrid smell of burning debris. You can avoid this bad smell. We’re coming up to the time of year when we need to turn on our furnaces…

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Garage Design: Planning the Largest Room in Your House

Garage Storage Planning Design

Garage designs are probably not the first thing you think about when contemplating a new home. But you should. After all, it’s the largest “room” in your house. We don’t tend to think of it that way, but it’s true. Garages are often the “forgotten room.” You should maximize the usefulness of your garage with…

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Home Gyms – A Luxury and a Necessity

Home Gym Design Planning

Home Gyms  have become a more common feature in today’s homes as physical fitness has become a more important part of modern life. People are looking for ways to incorporate an exercise regimen into their daily routine. Many people do a daily run, but weight training and other upper body exercises add to your total…

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Building Material Choices – You Have Lots to Consider

Choosing Building Materials

When building a new home or remodeling an existing home, you have to make many building material choices. Not only will you need to decide on structural items, like foundation and framing materials, you will need to select house components and parts, such as windows and doors. With so much variety available today, how can…

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Sustainable and Green Building – The Rest of the Story

Green Sustainable Building Materials

Sustainable Building and Green Building are terms that are being tossed around more and more frequently. This is especially true in the world of construction and home design. If you have a product to sell, labeling it “green” is the first consideration in your marketing plan. But just what do these terms really mean? Wikipedia defines Green…

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Green Building and Energy Efficient Home Design

Green Building Materials

The term Green Building, along with Sustainable Design, are catch phrases for energy efficiency, environmentally responsible home design and construction. Solar Home Designs, either passive solar or active solar, the use of Green Building Materials, Energy Efficient Building Materials, Reclaimed Building Materials, Recycled Building Materials, and any use of Renewable Energy sources would all qualify as building “green.” In the 1970’s we called it…

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