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The Construction Symphony in B/C (Building Code
Conducting is the art of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. The primary duties of the conductor are to unify performers, set the tempo, execute clear preparations and beats, and to listen critically and shape the sound of the ensemble....Read More
What You Need to Know to Plan Your Remodel Project-Part 1:
Congratulations on your decision to remodel your home! Now comes the first Fun Part: Planning. Throughout the course of your project, you’ll appreciate more and more the importance of thorough and early planning. This activity is key to producing an end result that will closely match what you hoped for and at a cost that won’t inflict too much damage on your budget. A lot of early planning comes in the form of Information-Gathering, and that is the focus of this article. Here are a few questions to help you get started:....Read More
Building a Great Granola:
Jeff sends a tested recipe and Ann explains the relationship between granola-making and house-constructing....Read More
Mosquito Haven No More:
Taming a muddy backyard with fire & water in old NE St. Petersburg....
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20 Years Ago...
We had a fax machine that was the new fast way to send written communications. We had a computer that was put together from components at a computer store. There was no Best Buy... Read More
Solar Water Heaters
When we remodeled our house last summer I wanted to practice what I preach to my clients (with great conviction and to great excess according to my wife) about sustainable and energy efficient construction. We incorporated high efficiency air conditioning, LED lighting, better insulation, low water use fixtures, and Solar Water heating. We are very happy with the results. Our power usage has been lower every month than it was for the same month the previous two years.
This is what I learned about Solar Water Heating: Read More
A Builder Guided Weight Loss Program: Your Blueprint to Success!
In 1984 we added a second floor and completely remodeled the kitchen of our 1920's bungalow. We enjoyed the house for the next twenty-six years but there were still a few things we wanted to do. Our laundry was in the detached garage so doing laundry meant a trip down stairs and outside to the small, cramped and often mosquito ridden space. We wanted to get the laundry inside..... Read More
Why Not Now?
Should you consider building or remodeling now or wait until the economy turns around? Several factors make me think... Read More
Change Your Bulbs Every 27 Years!
(whether they need it or not)
In 2009, I built a super energy efficient house that received one of the best energy ratings in the country. That home received a minus 9 HERS (Home Energy Rating) Score. Among other energy saving systems, we used all LED ....Read More
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