Designing your dream home – Steps to Success in Design


So you want to build your dream home. So how do you start, what is the process, and who do you need to help? These are common questions for those getting ready to build. Here is a list of the steps that get you started with a good plan, the key to achieving a smooth…

Why is a properly sized HVAC system important?


Why is a properly sized HVAC system important? Efficiency: You wouldn’t purchase a jet airplane to get to the other side of town, right? It would not address the need directly and it would cost a fortune to run and maintain. The same is true for your heating, cooling, and ventilation system.If your system is oversized as…

Hurricane (life) Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday


The Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday starts May 25 and goes until May 31! Shop during the week of May 25-31, and you won’t pay sales tax on supplies for protecting your home and business! Many useful items are tax exempt that people can add to their emergency supplies or use to protect their homes…

Design Matters – New construction vs custom construction


Design matters. If you are building a new home, proper planning and design will provide you with the most energy-efficient, durable, and healthy home. There are many things that are done in new home construction that are considered standard, that might or might not be healthy, durable, or energy efficient. The design phase is a…

Water can destroy a home in a short period of time.


A water management system does more than just protect your home from driving rain. A proper water management system protects from bulk moisture and vapor drive from inside and outside the home. This includes an appropriate house wrap, flashing at wall openings, and the right insulation to name just a few details. There are many…

Stormwater Fee coming to a town near you SOON.


Storm water has always been an issue on the construction site. Your contractor had to manage run off, clean truck tires before leaving the site, and install bio-ponds. All of these strategies have become common place in the industry. Now stormwater is becoming an issue for a wider audience. In order to protect the Chesapeake Bay, new…

How to Renovate your Bathroom for maximum value and comfort.


A common renovation in a home is the bathroom. We want them to be larger than they were built-in most older homes. Styles change and we want a fresh look. On occasion we want to add grab bars to make them more functional. There are many reasons to change or update a bathroom – the…

Green Word Defined – Green Washing


Going green has become common place in the marketing world. From light bulbs, clothing, to homes and cars – companies are telling you how they have gone green. If you do a little research on the claims, you will quickly find out that a lot of people have entered the “green world” with no knowledge…

Should you vent your crawl space?


If your home has a crawl space with plastic laying loosely on the floor and insulation above your head inside the floor joists – you are wasting energy, have poor indoor-air-quality, and could be growing mold. In our mixed-humid climate, we should seal and condition our crawl spaces. There should not be insulation inside of…