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Fighting the Cold with a Fireplace

When the weather turns cold in the winter, nothing is so nice a a warm fireplace to set the mood for a romantic evening or cozy comfort when coming in from the cold in the afternoon. Gas log fireplaces offer the convenience of turning the flame on or off with ease, but a wood burning fireplace offers the traditional charm and smell of a traditional home heating source. Whichever you choose, it will serve as a supplemental heat source to lower your power bill. You should also be aware there is more architecture behind the scenes than the fire you enjoy so much.

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There Is Still Time to Prepare for Winter Weather

As the saying goes, “Winter is Coming,” but there is time to prepare so you can remain as comfortable as possible when the cold months get here. There are fairly obvious preparations such as changing the filters in your HVAC system and having it inspected to assure efficient functioning, having your chimney cleaned and inspected for damage in an older home, or making sure your windows are functioning properly and not allowing a draft in. Other preparations are more subtle things which may not be a daily concern for you.

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Contractors and the Services they Provide: Good, Better, and Best

As a homeowner you've probably worked with a contractor on occasion but it's likely not someone you work with regularly. When a job comes up and you need a contractor for either repairs or upgrades and renovations, there are a few aspects of the business you should be aware of before hiring. You know to get three price quotes, but price isn't the end-all, be-all consideration toward who you hire. Of course you want the best price, but just as important is for the job to be conducted professionally and efficiently, and done right.

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Make Your Home Awesome with Custom Carpentry

Whether you live in a new house built to generic standards for sales appeal or an older house which needs some TLC or customization to suit your style, carpentry upgrades are a relatively simple and inexpensive way to make the house you like into the home you love. An experienced contractor will know what the project needs structurally while incorporating your tastes into the overall design.

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The Hidden Dangers of Failing to Maintain Your Chimney

During the winter months, your fireplace and chimney work together to warm your home in a cost-effective manner. With most households only using their fireplace a few months out of the year, it’s easy to forget or to assume that your fireplace and chimney doesn’t have to be maintained from year to year. If you fail to maintain your chimney, you could be placing you and your family in a lot of danger. Without proper maintenance, any of the following scenarios can happen:

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How to Plan Your Bathroom Remodel

The design of your bathroom is one of the wow-factors when it comes to your home. It is one of the rooms people look at to assess the overall value of your home. It’s also a place where you expect to find comfort. If you find that your bathroom isn’t all that you dreamt it would be, remodeling your bathroom is a good option for you. However, before you hire a general contractor, it’s important to plan appropriately for your bathroom remodel.

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3 Myths About Roof Leaks

Roofs do more than help support your home. Your roof keeps the water out of your home, which helps prevent problems with mold, mildew, and damage to your personal property. Leaky roofs are a common problem for most homeowners. However, many homeowners have preconceived notions about leaky roofs that should be dispelled to ensure their roof is structurally sound and capable of doing what it was designed to do.

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How to Plan for Your Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling your kitchen is a significant project, and you need to approach it as such. If you take it for granted, it’s possible that you may not get the kitchen of your dreams, or it may cost you more than you budgeted for in the beginning. The best way to ensure that you get exactly what you want is to plan for your kitchen remodel in advance.

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Why Your Next Remodeling Project Should Incorporate Green Features

Conserving energy is a big deal when it comes to your home. Even major industries are not overlooking the need for more conservation measures. Many manufacturers are creating green products that promise to transform your home into a green machine. The following are a few reasons why your next remodel or upgrade project should be a green project.

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Why You Can't Afford Insulation Deficiencies

Energy audits are often overlooked by homeowners. With a focus on everyday projects in and around their homes, it’s easy to overlook the benefits of an energy audit. However, overlooking an energy audit year after year may cost you a lot of money. In fact, if you have low insulation now, you could be costing your household thousands each year.

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