How to Protect Your Cat from a Hot Tin Roof

One of the most prolific and well adopted sustainable technologies are cool roof options, at least in commercial buildings. There was a time when almost all flat roofs were black asphalt, but most buildings built in the last 10 years are white membranes to reflect the sun’s heat year-round. These commercial buildings have been built with the realization that having a 110 degree surface year-round leads to a lot of heat infiltration, even in the winter when you might think it would be a good idea, it’s far too much and in the summer, it kills the conditioning bills. These technologies are now starting to find their way more and more into residential products and are often available from roofing companies such as markham roofing services, and I would recommend them more and more for most buildings, especially the more your cooling load dominates your heating bills.

The Vestigial Organs of Modern Houses

Looking to save some money on your house but still want it to be a well crafted and detailed home? Try eliminating square footage from the least useful rooms. Don’t spend money building rooms that get used twice a year or combine functions of multiple single-use rooms into a single space. It’s always amazing to me how houses can grow during design from simple 3 bedroom places into giant palaces as owners add more space for occasional guests or formal dining rooms. It’s important to remember that when you’re designing your home, make sure you have enough supporting walls. If you’re designing your home by yourself and are unsure, you could always consult with Brisbane Scaffold Companies or whatever companies are nearest to you. A scaffolder would be an expert on how different elements support one another, and you’re very likely going to use scaffolding when you’re building your dream home anyway, so asking them for guidance is an appropriate measure.

Facing the World, Part Two

If you missed the last post about windows, I spoke about the value and disadvantages of of pure vinyl windows. Today, I want to talk about wooden frames. Wood windows are still one of the most popular options out there. They range from plane primed pine interiors to exotic wood species with custom stains and finishes. The bare bones wood windows can be cheap while the super high end options can cost as much as the rest of the structure put together. The major difference in functionality comes from what the wood is clad in. Outside of historical districts, hardly anyone uses a pure wood window anymore. They are a lot of maintenance painting the sashes to prevent decay, so it becomes about what is on the outside of the window to keep the elements at bay. There are all sorts of style, operational, sealing, and finish options as well to compare, but that’s like 10 more posts by itself.

Facing The World

When you’re designing a house (or a small commercial building), one of the biggest choices you can make is selecting what faces the elements. These are the features that protect the interior from rain and wind and sun. I’ve covered types of siding before, and some day I’ll cover roofing materials, but today I want to talk about windows. Although I will say quickly, that if you find that your roof is leaking or just not holding out against the elements then you need to sort out a roof replacement immediately. If you came to this article in the hopes that I would cover roofing at the same time, then I can only apologize. What I can offer you in the meantime though are these tips for hiring a commercial roofing company if you need to consider one as soon as possible, instead of waiting for me to write the article. You have a better chance of them potentially telling you about whether roofing foam is the best option for your roof repair too, as although I have a lot of knowledge in the area, I’m not sure if this is my forte. So it’s probably best to make alternative arrangements now before its too late. Anyway, back to windows. Windows are probably some of the most important (and potentially expensive) choices you’ll make when designing your house. It’s also one of the first places people can look to cut when the costs exceed budget because it is so easy to downgrade and instantly save thousands of dollars. I’m going to tell you the same thing I tell all my clients, make a decision during the design process and stick with it. Downgrading during construction will not make you happier and might not even save you as much money as you’d think (especially if this was a bid project, after all, he’s no longer got any competition so why wouldn’t the contractor eat a little of your savings for himself. Not all contractor’s would do that, but most change orders during construction cost more than if you got a price upfront.)


I’ve seen it time and again, an elderly couple building a giant mansion on 4 acres of land because they have the money to do it. There’s nothing wrong with spending your money how you want, but you’re getting quantity over quality. The most common reason for this is they want space for all the kids and their grandkids over holiday visits, but what they often don’t consider is that they will be paying for all this space both upfront and year-round. There may be better ways to accomplish their goals and limit the associated costs and maintenance headaches that follow. Whatever happened to searching around for realtors such as these William Pitt homes for sale and others while trying to bridge quantity and quality together, therefore getting the most for your money. Ensuring that you get the most out of your money is essential, which is why a lot of people do decide to build their own property. However, when there are luxurious builds available in capital cities like London, from space station for example, it might be worth considering looking at them beforehand. However, if people want to build their own homes, then they should do that!