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Choosing an eco-friendly product is great, but if it has to be shipped across the country, it’s hard to say it’s truly green. Buying locally sourced materials requires far less energy to get the products to your door. Additionally, local professionals are a valuable resource, as their knowledge of nearby communities, the types of homes in the area and even the local climate can be very useful to you and your project. “Use materials that are locally sourced and fit your home. What works in Phoenix often won’t in Philadelphia, but it can also vary from home to home. The solution for a newer suburban home might not be...

Today’s Green Tip Brought to you by Hargrave Foundation Repair – The Original Hargrave Foundation- It’s the time of year when we trim trees or sometimes lose them to inclement weather. Here’s a few things you can do with those trees instead of sending them to the landfill. Cut into logs for the fireplace. If you don’t want them your neighbors might. Hint: You can call a firewood company to take them off and sell them as firewood. Contact a local wood mill and have them milled and kiln dried. Hint: you can use this wood for Fireplace Mantels, Furniture, or wood paneling for your home.Trim the branches and...

Today’s Green Tip Harvesting Aluminum Cans Did you know, aluminum is 100% recyclable? Maybe the most recyclable metal there is. Aluminum is one of the only materials in the consumer and industrial waste stream that more than pays for its own recycling. This recycling process propels business activity rapidly. Aluminum cans return from the recycling bin to the store over and over again in a true closed loop that recycles in as little as 60 days. Aluminum WHAT CAN BE RECYCLED? Beverage cans, pet food cans, aerosol cans, aluminum foil, and cookware WHY IT WANTS TO BE RECYCLED Aluminum is infinitely recyclable. Recycling a can takes just 5% of the energy and...

Have your pool equipment checked. Change your air filters in your air-conditioning.Get your lawn mower tuned up- drain the old gas out if it’s been sitting all off season, change the oil, change the gas filter.Check your window and door screens – you can get a patch kit at the big box store. It’s also really easy to replace them if you need too with a screen kit.Have your roof checked by a professional roofer. Hint- look around your yard for pieces of shingles that may have broken off for various reasons. Clean out your gutters – gutters are your 1st line of defense from water migration and can be...

In our Alex’s World Segment – Brought to us by Windsor Door! The growing number of home improvement and remodeling apps is representative of the strong DIY culture we are experiencing. Although larger renovations still require help from professionals, a number of mobile apps have emerged that puts more power into the hands of homeowners. These apps range from measuring, painting and decorating, and are capable of helping all types of home remodels. By tapping into our creative impulses, these apps allows you to be in full control of your next home design project. We have put together the top 10 apps for home remodeling, including inexpensive DIY solutions...

I took the project for some reasons that were clear to me and others not so clear. I’m sure a phycologist would have a field day theorizing why a person would put themselves in this position by choice. Hero complex? Superiority complex? Still trying to prove I’m better than the other guy? What better way to prove my brilliance than fixing “their” shoddy work, right? Damn that ego! Even the call from the building inspector warning me that this was a “very problematic” project wasn’t enough to deter or scare me off, although it did raise a red flag. The fact...

The Vision Every remodel project whether you are planning it or not has to start out with a vision and every remodel project is much like a story, it has a beginning, a middle, and an ending. Often, actually always, it's the planning in the beginning the dictates the ending. When you hear somebody tell you” if they had only known in the beginning” well then you know it wasn't planned very well at the outset. Also, the idea that there is any predictability what so ever when you're uncovering an existing house, deconstructing structural and mechanical elements is a fool’s...

We are all from somewhere else, some other country, some other tradition, some other language, a multicultural society that came together to form the greatest nation on earth. Just like air conditioning running water and electricity it's easy to forget about how we got here and take it for granted, how this country was built, who built it and why. As we become accustomed to the conveniences that we've discovered and built in our history we've become less and less in touch with the basic question “How did it happen” What sort of sacrifices were made by the people who...

Hey Kris! Please excuse all typos as I am doing this by voice. I try and correct them but I might miss some. Thanks for contacting me! Garage floors are typically A separate pour from the main house slab And not connected to it. You can look at the edges where the Garage slab butts up to the house slab and see if there is a small gap and possibly a piece of expansion material. It may look like a little piece of rubber or wood or there may just be a gap between the garage slab and the beam of the...

Patience is the word this week So I have 2 clients I'm doing too pretty good size projects for. One is living in the house and one is living off site. The one living in the house is pressing me because they want me to get finished because I'm making a huge mess and I've only just started literally within the last few weeks. And they want to celebrate T-DAY in their new kitchen. The one living off site is pressing me because they want to get back in their house because it's taken so long to do the project not...