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Winterizing Your Home for Good Indoor Air Quality

(ARA) - As the weather begins to cool, we start preparing our homes for the winter season. Closing up the house and using your heater can really have an impact on indoor air quality. The best way to keep the air in your home clean throughout the cooler months is to get your heating, ventilation [...]

By |December 2nd, 2008|Energy Efficiency, Healthy Homes, Insulation|0 Comments

Construction Insurance

By David Porter AIA - Consulting architect to the Garlinghouse House Plans Company since 1989 You are having your dream house built on a piece of property you own.  You are either hiring a builder or building it on your own by hiring the subcontractors and buying all of the materials.  Do you need to [...]

By |September 17th, 2008|Archi-Tech Tips, Home Construction, Insurance|0 Comments

OSB vs. Plywood

You want to build the highest quality home, right? Of course you do. That's why you're here reading this tip after you buy your home plans. Because quality is also a concern for us, we want to help you make sure that every part of your home is as good as it can be, including [...]

By |September 17th, 2008|Home Construction, Sheathing|0 Comments

Stock House Plans – The Good, the Bad…and the Unknown

By David Porter AIA - Consulting architect to the Garlinghouse Company since 1989 You have looked through lots of plans magazines or you have spent hours sitting at your computer looking at plans services' websites and there it is; bingo....a rendering or photograph of that dream house you have always wanted.  Even the floor plan [...]

Easy Energy Efficiency Upgrades

How would you like to save handfuls of money with minimal effort? And how would you feel if these actions made your home more comfortable, and were good for the environment? You can do just that by taking these simple, cost-effective steps to quickly improve the energy efficiency of your home: Use CFLs. Replace your [...]

By |August 19th, 2008|Building Green, Energy Efficiency|0 Comments

FROM MUNDANE TO MAGICAL

Add a Twist of Something Special to Your New Back Yard With about a million things to think about, it's understandable that if you're planning to build a new home, you may not have spent much time thinking beyond the home itself.  The yard - especially the back yard - has likely settled toward the [...]

By |August 19th, 2008|Decks, Home Construction, The Backyard|0 Comments

Top 3 Reasons for Building Green – ED BEGLEY, JR.

By Adrienne van Dooren Will traditionally built homes soon join the ranks of the 8-track tape, knob and tube wiring and the manual typewriter? Ed Begley, Jr., environmentalist and star of HGTV's hit show Living with Ed, believes that may indeed come to pass. I interviewed Ed during the Earth Day celebrations in Washington D.C. [...]

By |August 19th, 2008|Building Green, Energy Efficiency|0 Comments

Architect, Designer, Engineer – The Differences and Which Do I Need

By David Porter AIA - consulting architect to the Garlinghouse Company since 1989 Since I am a licensed architect, I would be remiss if my answer wasn't just, "of course, you need only an architect." But, nah, for your use in designing a house, that isn't necessarily so. I will first explain the differences between [...]

Building Green

By David Porter AIA - Consulting architect to the Garlinghouse Company since 1989 By now, you have probably heard loads about everything "green" - building green, living a more "green" lifestyle, and on and on.  "Green" is the new, overly used, buzzword thrown at you from twenty directions each day.  What is this new-fangled movement, [...]

Being Well Insulated

You know it's there, but you rarely give it a thought-unless the temperature inside your house won't stay at a comfortable level. We're talking about the insulation in your home's walls, attic, and beneath its floors. If there's not enough insulation, it can be added to an existing home. However, the best time to make [...]

By |June 23rd, 2008|Energy Efficiency, Home Construction|0 Comments