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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

BACKYARD DECKS THAT LAST

View The Garlinghouse DIY Deck Plans collection. This two-tiered, ground-level deck is made entirely out of ChoiceDek, a composite material created by mixing wood fibers (red cedar or some other type of softwood) with polyethylene, which comes from recycled consumer waste. Photo courtesy of ChoiceDek. Backyard decks are great because they offer level and stable platforms for [...]

By |June 16th, 2008|Decks, The Backyard|0 Comments

Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)

by Bruce Arant, Editorial Director for The Garlinghouse Company I've lived in "Tornado Alley" all of my life. That being the case, wailing tornado sirens, along with the chirping of birds and the buzzing of bees, have become just another familiar sound of springtime (although, not quite as calming). At 2:30 am, on the night [...]

By |June 9th, 2008|Home Construction|0 Comments

OUTDOOR FURNITURE

If you think your living room furniture takes a beating, imagine what your outdoor furniture goes through. The "elements," as we call them, will really do a number on any unprepared thing left to their mercy. Outdoor furniture has to take this beating, remain useful, and still look good.   Creating Backyard Comfort As we [...]

By |June 9th, 2008|The Backyard|0 Comments

The Backyard Kitchen

Today we cook outside for fun more than ever. It is estimated that Americans will cook and consume three billion-that's 3,000,000,000- meals outside this year on 80 million grills, at about 37.5 meals per grill each year. But like nearly everything else we do today, we tend to "supersize" things. So it won't surprise you [...]

By |May 29th, 2008|The Backyard|0 Comments

Swimming Pools and Real Estate Value

The Coolest Thing in New Home Construction A pool surrounded by a sturdy deck of either concrete or wood and set in a nicely landscaped yard can provide hours of recreation and a beautiful backdrop to your home. Photo courtesy of Donna and Ron Kolb, Exposures Unlimited. We’ve all heard that a built-in pool does [...]

By |May 22nd, 2008|Home Construction, The Backyard|0 Comments

Avoiding Common Problems with Your Builder

Building a house is a lot of work for the builder, but it's also a lot of work for the homeowner. Here is some seasoned advice to help smooth the construction process. The homeowner's work begins with hiring the builder, or general contractor, which is where many projects start to go wrong. Yet, problems arise [...]

By |May 17th, 2008|Before Your Build, Home Construction|0 Comments

Choosing A Neighborhood

By Cynthia Doggett You know you want to build. You have your dream house plan in mind. But where? Haven’t you heard? Location, is everything. In fact, location has the greatest effect on everything to do with your investment—in terms of property value and your family’s well-being. Choosing a neighborhood sounds easy enough, but there [...]