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And The Aftermath

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Hurricane Sandy just passed through here, and while I don’t know how much damage it did to my area, it seems likely from the amount of flooding in the area that man
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Build an Energy Efficient Bunker

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There are lots of systems out there to build a structure to resist and hurricane and lots of options to maximize the energy efficiency of your walls.  An insulated concr
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The House of Steel

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There are several materials other than wood you can use to build a structure, one of the most common is steel.  There are basically three types of steel used in constru
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Experience

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When selecting an architect, more important than their degrees or even who they have worked for is this:  have they done a similar type of job to this before and what wa
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Cannon Fodder

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So you want to build a home near the ocean.  My first advice, hire an architect or engineer immediately.  Ignoring the fact that the lot probably cost a fortune and des
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Choosing the Person You Will Be Fighting With

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Fairly often, I have clients who come into the office looking for tips on finding a contractor, and the first thing I tell them is, look for someone you can peaceably dis
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Unleash the Sun

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I’ve covered active solar before, photovoltaic panels that convert the sun into electricity, and this is an easy option if you’ve got a good south facing roof
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Which Siding is the Right Siding?

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A simple post today, but a critical one for many customers.  There are so many options in siding out there, how do you pick the right one?  The first thing I tell them
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How Much Insulation Is Enough?

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That is totally the wrong question, the better question is, how often do I want to tear out my walls to upgrade my insulation?  Pretty sure the answer is never, and if t
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Engineered Wood Products

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Previously, I did a little post about lumber, the cheapest and lowest quality control option in for structure.  Moving up the ladder a bit, there are engineered wood pro
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