It’s amazing what can happen in just a few days. The last series of photos included erecting the walls. Now we have a roof (with roof shingles), windows, all framing, plumbing rough in, HVAC rough in, and tomorrow we’ll have an exterior door installed and electrical rough in. Oh yea, removal of the existing wall to the family room and re-framing for the new French doors. Then come the four major Wake County inspections: plumbing, HVAC, electrical and framing. All should be good to go at that point for insulation and drywall.
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When you think about it there are no cons to having a humidifier in your house. If you have a forced hot air furnace you should have a humidifier. Honeywell makes a bi pass or a flow through humidifier that is both effective and easy to install. It can be maintained yearly by a home owner with little effort. Another option is the Honeywell Steam Humidifier. This unit has many features. It use 70% less water then a standard humidifier. It can also be mounted up to 20 feet away from the furnace to allow for almost any installation situation. A Pro 8000 IAQ thermostat is a nice added feature to your Tru Steam Honeywell Humidifier. This touch screen thermostat allows you to control your humidifier as well as the temperature in your house. Unlike a standard humidifier the Tru Steam Humidifier will run when your heat is not on. By turning the fan on and putting steam into the house your house’s temperature will feel warmer then it is. This humidifier is also easily maintained by a home owner by washing it out with some soap and water. It comes with a replaceable water filter to prevent wear and tear on the humidifiers components. I think that the only cons are the ones caused by not having a humidifier. Dry mouth, itchy throats, static electricity and not to mention dry cooler air. Most installations are done with in two hours for a quick inconvenient appointment.
Your home in a majority of cases is the biggest purchase of your life. Once you own your home you want to learn to properly maintain it and also start to add improvements. Did you know that improving the Kitchen and Bathroom in your home will bring you the biggest return on investment? There are many things you can do to improve your homes value. Just to name a few you can update your bathrooms, kitchen, add and addition or improve the landscaping on your lot. All of these things can improve not only the quality of your life but the value of your home.
Eliminate Hiding Places.
Keep all entry points to your house well lit.
Trim shrubs and trees that could provide cover for an intruder. Trim tree limbs that could enable intruders to gain entry via an upper-floor window or balcony and keep items such as ladders locked inside the house.
Don’t be an easy target.
Burglars want to hit the easiest target on the block so give them reasons to skip your house.
Home-security decals or “Beware of Dog” signs are good deterrents. Home security alarms are also good.
A subscription to a monitoring service is a good idea, but even the sound of an alarm is often enough to scare off a thief.
Lock windows and doors.
Department of Justice statistics report more than half of all burglaries occur with no sign of forced entry — meaning a robber was able to enter the house through an unlocked door or window.
Use a heavy-duty deadbolt that is bolted to the door frame with three-inch screws.
Appear to be home.
When you’re away, have someone pick up your mail and newspaper or have them stopped for the duration of your trip. In addition, have someone mow your lawn. Also, use timers to turn specific lights on and off in the house to make it seem as if someone is home.
Be it a refurbishing of an old bridged walkway to the front door or a new back yard deck, decks can be a dynamic addition to any house and yard. The large deck with the white railing was striped of all old deck boards, built in planters, Bar-B-Q , hot tub, railing and gates. The under structure was reworked to replace any questionable supports. All of the stairs were replaced with new stair jacks and the upper portion of the deck was extended out an additional three feet. A pergola was added over the upper deck and white powder coated railing were added throughout including new dog gates.
The first picture is of the half-bath on the main floor that was done with the kitchen shown in that gallery. The main bath upstairs had previously been remodeled in the fifties and was pink and red without a shower. The room was striped down to the studs and had new plumbing and electrical installed. A white octagonal tile was installed on the floor with a white subway tile on the walls and shower. Green marble was used as a 6” base around the room. New plumbing fixtures with sink, toilet, and tub were added along with new lighting. The wood trim was all removed and refinished to keep the original look and material where possible.
The newer contemporary baths are actually five different bathrooms in the same house and were all updated without the changing out of the cabinets or wall covering. The floors were removed and replaced with heated tile floors, toilets, sinks, tubs, showers, lighting, etc. were all replaced. Each bathroom was different and yet the same look was carried throughout the house.
The kitchen with the darker cabinets had been remodeled previously in the early sixties and was not designed to match the rest of the house. Once we started the remodel it became apparent we’d have to gut the entire room down to the studs, including the laundry area and half bathroom. The kitchen was updated with new appliances and a more modern look yet keeping in style of this 1909 Shaker house.
The kitchen with the lighter cabinets was originally installed in the early seventies and was in dire need of an update. The customer wanted bring it up-to-date while keeping the look of the white washed cabinets and tongue & groove cedar wall coverings. New counter tops were installed, changing from tile to a man made quartz product. Updated appliances, plumbing fixtures and sink, under cabinet and general lighting, windows, flooring, and much more.