Use ICFs for log home foundations

Use ICFs for log home foundations

If you're thinking about building a log home, or other pre-fab or systems-built home, start with a strong foundation.

The world of interior trim

The world of interior trim

As we get closer to the finish line of building my new home, I wanted to take the opportunity to revisit one of my favorite sources of knowledge.

Consider This During Your Bathroom Remodel

Consider This During Your Bathroom Remodel

A bathroom remodel is among the more costly improvements to a house. Here's one item that costs less than many bathroom vanities to consider for a remodeling project.

Green Gab Podcast | Water and Your Landscape

Green Gab Podcast | Water and Your Landscape

There are many different ways to think about water and how it affects our homes and land. Join us in this episode to explore managing and using stormwater and landscape around your home with ideas from rain barrels to native flowers.

Why are property, people and pets expendable?

Why are property, people and pets expendable?

Structures knocked over and scattered as if they were built with tongue depressors. Everything gone.

Results Are In: Testing Confirms ERV Boosts Indoor Air Quality in Family Home

When the Mastrangelo family had renovated and expanded their Massachusetts cape home several years ago, they added spray foam insulation to the entire second floor and roof. Sadly, the family soon started suffering from indoor air quality issues that took years to solve, until they discovered and installed a energy recovery ventilator (ERV).

Green Gab Podcast | Connecting with Nature to Connect with our Inner Green

Green Gab Podcast | Connecting with Nature to Connect with our Inner Green

With Dr. Katie Belisle-Iffrig gabbing about her book Going Green for the Genius. Dr. Katie discovered her love for nature at an early age. She came to work at the Kemper Center for Home Gardening at the Missouri Botanical Center in St. Louis and there worked with gardens and nature in many ways.

Finishing up the interior

Finishing up the interior

Now that the walls of my new home are all painted up, I’ve been working on four key areas of the home’s interior: the flooring system, the kitchens, the bathroom, and the master bedroom.

Save Space in Your Laundry Room

Save Space in Your Laundry Room

If your laundry room is like most others, chances are you would appreciate a bit more space for a folding table, shelving or a laundry basket or two.

Have Water, Will Travel

Have Water, Will Travel

While you may be making plans for a summer gallop in your RV, do you remember whether your water supply included hot water? Now is the time to check it out.

Green Gab Podcast | Plumbing Industry Promotes Water Efficiency Aesthetically

Green Gab Podcast | Plumbing Industry Promotes Water Efficiency Aesthetically

Angie Mendica from Crescent Plumbing Supply joins the Green Gab to talk toilets. The plumbing industry is acknowledging that water is our most precious resource. The plumbing industry promotes water efficiency aesthetically to commercial and residential sides of the market.

Lyme Disease Prevention

Lyme Disease Prevention

Lyme disease infection is most common in the spring, summer, and fall, so now is a good time to become more aware of how to prevent and treat it.

Interior paint done the right way

Interior paint done the right way

Putting a good finish on the interior walls of a home is more than just slapping paint on a wall and calling it a day. Every home is different, and so is every paint job.

Green Gab Podcast | Helping Builders Build Green Homes

Green Gab Podcast | Helping Builders Build Green Homes

Gabbing with Michelle Foster of Home Innovation Research Labs, the VP of Innovation Services. Michelle speaks a lot with the housing financial industry to help them see the impact of an NGBS (National Green Building Standard) green certified home or project.

Spring is Near: Is Your Swimming Pool Heater Hot to Trot?

Spring is Near: Is Your Swimming Pool Heater Hot to Trot?

It won’t be long before your swimming pool is your oasis from the day’s hectic pace.  Do you remember having problems with your pool’s hot water heater last year?  Now is the time to address them.

Radiant Heat Comfort on Boats

Radiant Heat Comfort on Boats

Personal and commercial boats including charter fishing, tug boats, ferries and law enforcement boats can easily gain the comfort of radiant heat.

Electric Radiant Heat Addresses Norway’s Guidelines for Indoor Environment, Air Temperature

Electric Radiant Heat Addresses Norway’s Guidelines for Indoor Environment, Air Temperature

With people indoors 90 percent of the time, the Norwegian Regional Board of Health and the Department of Employment created guidelines for the country’s indoor business environment.  With the employer responsible for indoor air quality, measures were taken to improve conditions for employees.

What does your old toilet say about you?

What does your old toilet say about you?

Upgrading your toilet to a new 1.28-gallon model is one of the quickest ways to save water in your home.

Green Gab Podcast | Sustainability… for Men

Green Gab Podcast | Sustainability… for Men

Gabbing about sustainability today. Sustainability, and its cousin – green – are two words that have many meanings and are often misunderstood.

Home Resale Value and Tankless Water Heaters

Home Resale Value and Tankless Water Heaters

Kitchens and bathrooms are among the most influential areas of a home on the market. State-of-the-art lighting, radiant-heated floors, new appliances and bath fixtures are among the things buyers look closely at when considering a purchase.

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