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Designing a Roof Addition

Designing a Roof Addition Consider these four options so the new portion of your roof matches the original one If you want your addition to look like it could be an original part of the house—instead of an afterthought—focus on the roofline. No matter how well the rest of the design blends and materials match with the house, unless you get the roof right, your addition will look like just that: An addition tacked onto the side of the house. If you want your addition to look like it could be an original part of the house—instead of an afterthought—focus on the roofline. No matter how well the rest of the design blends and materials match with the house, unless you get the roof right, your addition will look like just that: An addition tacked onto the side of the house.

Prevent a Roof Collapse

 
Roof top covered in thick snow - Roofing - Bloomington & Normal IL
 
Prevent a Roof Collapse: Remove Ice and Snow Heavy snow and ice accumulation, coupled by a wave of roof collapses, have left residents of the Northeast rushing to remove enough snow before their rooftops give way. The demand is so great that snow removal tools like roof rakes have become winter's version of Tickle Me Elmo — a hot commodity flying off of stores shelves. With the threat of more snow on the horizon, state emergency officials across the region Heavy snow and ice accumulation, coupled by a wave of roof collapses, have left residents of the Northeast rushing to remove enough snow before their rooftops give way. The demand is so great that snow removal tools like roof rakes
 
have become winter's version of Tickle Me Elmo — a hot commodity flying off of stores shelves.

Living Room Meets Dining Room

 
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The dining room is usually the first thing to go when shrinking a space plan down to the modern compact size so often seen in condos, town homes and other smaller dwellings. Faced with fitting your life into less square footage, how do you still fit in three square meals a day comfortably?The answer lies in your living room. With a few tricks, like adding banquette seating, folding tables and clever seating, you can make your living space perform double duty for The dining room is usually the first thing to go when shrinking a space plan down to the modern compact size so often seen in condos, town homes and other smaller dwellings. Faced with fitting your life into less square footage,
 
how do you still fit in three square meals a day comfortably?The answer lies in your living room. With a few tricks, like adding banquette seating, folding tables and clever seating, you can make your living space perform double duty for movie nights and intimate dinners.

The Pros & Cons of a Tankless Water Heater

 
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Tankless water heater mounts on the wall. Smaller tankless water heaters take up very little space. Photo Courtesy of Bosch Water Heating A tankless water heaters uses 30 to 50 percent less energy than units with tanks, saving a typical family about $100 or more per year, depending on water usage. Tankless units (also called “on demand” units) heat water only when you turn on the faucet. They usually operate on natural gas or propane. The main advantage is that Smaller tankless water heaters take up very little space.
Photo Courtesy of Bosch Water Heating
A tankless water heaters uses 30 to 50 percent less energy than units with tanks, saving a typical family about $100 or more per year,
 
depending on water usage. Tankless units (also called “on demand” units) heat water only when you turn on the faucet. They usually operate on natural gas or propane. The main advantage is that they eliminate the extra cost of keeping 40 to 50 gallons of water hot in a storage tank, so you waste less energy. They also offer a continuous supply of hot water, which is ideal for filling a big hot tub or a whirlpool. They're more compact than a standard water heater and mount on a wall.
The primary disadvantage is the upfront cost. The smaller units that you often see won't produce enough hot water to serve most households. They'll only serve one faucet at a time—a problem if you want to shower while the dishwasher is running. Larger units that can handle the demand of a whole family, but are expensive.
But because tankless units have high-powered burners, they also have special venting requirements (a dedicated, sealed vent system, which requires professional installation). Natural gas burners often need a larger diameter gas pipe, which adds to the initial installation cost.
The bottom line: When you're pricing a unit, be sure to get an estimate or firm bid on installation costs. This is not a do-it yourself project unless you have pro-level skills. You can find tankless water heaters at many home centers and plumbing specialty stores.

December Home maintenance to do!

 
Snow covered house with Christmas Decorations - Roofing - roofing contractor Bloomington Normal
 
As we know, home-ownership is one of the single biggest investments we will make in our lifetime. That is why proper home maintenance is so important. Regular home maintenance enhances the properties economic age (the number of years a house is expected to survive), ensures safety, prevents simple upkeep from turning into costly repairs and may even reduce energy consumption. Having a well maintained home provides piece of mind and increases resale value. To support our fellow homeowners in achieving As we know, home-ownership is one of the single biggest investments we will make in our lifetime. That is why proper home maintenance is so important. Regular home maintenance enhances the properties economic age (the number of years a house is
 
expected to survive), ensures safety, prevents simple upkeep from turning into costly repairs and may even reduce energy consumption. Having a well maintained home provides piece of mind and increases resale value. To support our fellow homeowners in achieving this objective, Greenwood Real Properties has put together a monthly checklist, home improvement and inspection routine for you to follow. ENJOY!!

  1. Review emergency procedures and practice fire drill escape routes. . Every family should have an emergency escape plan in place and know how to evacuate in the case of fire. An emergency escape ladder stored in the upper floor of your home may save you and your family's life. You can get a decent one for under $100 and could prove to be invaluable if ever needed.
  2. Reverse direction of ceiling fans. Since hot air rises, fans should rotate clockwise to push the air down making your heating system more efficient
  3. Replace filters in heating/cooling system and humidifier. Change monthly during peak season no longer than 3 months dependent on filter type. Not sure how to change the filter?
  4. Bleed your radiators. Don't know how, click here: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/how-to-bleed-a-radiator .
  5. Want to know how to maintain your radiators, click here: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/maintainradiators
  6. Clean and inspect kitchen range exhaust filter.
  7. Inspect toilets for any rocking motion. To repair a wobbly toilet click here for help: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,1631558,00.html
  8. Tune up fireplace and/or wood/pellet stove.
  9. Inspect indoor and outdoor Christmas decorations and inspect lights and extension cords to see if replacements are needed.
  10. Water Christmas tree daily and turn lights off before leaving home.
  11. Mark driveway with stakes for snow.
  12. Tune up snow shovel and snow-blower.
  13. Leave cookies and milk for Santa…if not sure how click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Yz7vL4I0Cg
  14. Enjoy your Holidays!!!