Bringing the Past with You

Moving from one coast to another has been an interesting experience. I moved with my husband because he’s in the military. We’ve moved around a lot, but not to the west coast until now. I’ve missed all of the homes that we’ve been in, and all of the wonderful people that we’ve met along the way. In our last home before moving, there were these amazing wood shutters on the windows. The new home we moved into didn’t have them, so I had to find a company that would be able to install them.

I did some searching for local shutter companies and found one that would come to my home to do take some measurements and do some consulting for free.…

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Conceptualizing A Home Construction Project

Conceptualizing A Home Construction ProjectHome construction is an activity that requires diligence and focused attention. Lots of time and effort must be spent starting from the conceptualization of the idea until the turning over of its key. Failure is one aspect of this challenging task that will create a problem that would be visible on the building upon its completion. A careful study, efficient planning, full coordination, and close monitoring are some vital requirements that are necessary for the construction of the planned home.

Not only engineers and architects can do the job

Many people believe that this job is for technical people like engineers and architects. It is not so. A simple housewife with her seven to five worker-husband can also work-out together and plan their dream-house. The husband and wife team can do the drafting of the proposed home building plans. After all, they are the best thinkers since they know exactly what they want, as well as the needs that must be met by that house they are about to build. The planning of a home construction project is a free zone that nobody can monopolize. Any person or a team for that matter can exercise their respective creativity and produce a masterpiece from their own idea.

Two heads are better

It is a common belief that two heads are better than one. The man and his woman team must be joined together in this endeavor. The ideas of the husband must come to agree with that of his wife and vice-versa. Their thoughts should conform together on the following subjects:

Site or location of the home construction project.

Design of the house as to room sizes, numbers of rooms and bathrooms, the elevation of the home building, roofing, finishes and other technical specifications.

  • Cost of the home construction project.
  • Mode
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Coach Homes in North Vancouver – Expand Your Space and Your Income!

Coach Homes in North Vancouver - Expand Your Space and Your Income!What is a coach home?

North Vancouver, Canada, has approved coach home construction for qualifying lots. Also known as laneway homes, granny flats, or carriage homes, they are small self-contained homes that share lot space with a larger primary home. A small secondary home is a great way to increase your monthly income or to expand the living, working, and playing space available for your family.

Great mortgage Helpers

Given the shortage of space and rising cost of housing in North Vancouver coach homes are gaining interest. Secondary basement suites are already very common as mortgage helpers in North Vancouver, but with a detached secondary home there is the added bonus of privacy for you and your tenants! Coach homes are more marketable than basement suites because they offer an independent living arrangement, are above ground, include private garden access, and may be built with outdoor decks.

Home office, guest house, studio

If you have wanted a comfortable space for of town guests, a private place for an ageing family member, a home for a live in caregiver, a place to concentrate on work, a peaceful studio where you can reflect, or even a place where musicians in your family can practice, then a coach home could be your solution. If you live on your property and don’t already have a legal secondary suite then you may be able to build one. Coach homes are usually located at the rear of a yard, in place of a garage, although they may contain a one car garage.

Qualifying lots

Qualifying lots must be within the boundary of the city of North Vancouver, and it is very likely that in the near future they will be built within the district of North Vancouver as well. The lot type must be designated for …

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Home Styles Defined

Home Styles DefinedMany home owners are taking advantage of extremely low mortgage rates and buying homes at incredible prices. Whether they are purchasing second homes or looking to move from renting to owning, these low mortgage rates are making a home purchase the financially savvy way to go.

Sometimes it’s just the process of finding your dream home that can be the challenge. You know what you want in style, room size or amenities, but when a listing describes a home’s style as Cape Cod or Bungalow, many homeowners are left scratching their heads.

This short list of home styles can help you with the process of finding a home that is perfect for you and your family.

Cape Cod

Cod cape houses are usually one-story houses – sometimes 1 A – which have steep roof lines, multi-panel windows, wooden siding and often have a dormer window for additional space. It has a symmetrical exterior, with a door that is often found directly in the middle. This style originated in the 17th century by British invaders who settled on the east coast.

Colonial

One of the most popular home styles, the colonial is a larger offshoot of the Cape Cod. These homes typically have 2 or 3 stories, large fireplaces and brick or wood facades. Like the Cape Cod the windows are arranged around the center door, with narrow side windows on either side. These rectangular, symmetrical homes have floor plans with the kitchen and family room on the first floor and the bedrooms on the second.

Victorian

There are several home styles that are included in Victorian home styles. These romantic and very detailed houses signify an era that lasted around 1860-1900. The typical Victorian home design features steep roofs, dominant gable roofs, large windows, decorative accents such as shingles or …

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Home Styles – How Well Do You Know Home Architecture?

Home Styles - How Well Do You Know Home Architecture?For building designers and architects, it is not surprising that many people mistakenly characterize the style of the home. Some if not most of you will give the term “catch-all”, traditionally. If asked, what characteristics make up traditional architecture, the answers given can vary greatly from others who have their own ideas about what is “Traditional”. Webster’s Dictionary defines words derived by, or according to tradition. The fact is, traditional is really not a style at all. However, there are many design professionals who use this term for good reason to promote and market their goods and services. This is understandable given the fact that many in the general public are familiar with the term.

Due to regional differences and our diverse populations, Residences in the US are presented in many architectural styles and sizes. Most residences can be categorized in one or more design styles. Home styles can be distinguished when they are aligned with known facts about design features. People in architecture usually call this “period style” because of the distinguished presentation and parallel existence with history.

Of the many design styles that are spread throughout the United States, only a few are original to the country. Perhaps the best known was popularized and developed by a group of Chicago Architects known as the Prairie School. From the professional group that created Prairie architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright is perhaps the most famous. Other original styles include American Craftsman, American Foursquare, Colonial, and many more. In terms of other architectural styles, the list is too long to mention. Thus, some of the styles favored by many people are French, Mediterranean, Tudor, Greek and Gothic Revival architecture.

If you are currently looking for home designs with a certain style, look for a Residential Designer who is familiar with the specific …

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How to Save Thermal Energy at Home

How to Save Thermal Energy at HomeHeating is one of the most important functions of our home energy. This is why the biggest proportion of energy bills is allocated to our heating. Just like other things in our homes, our ways of using heat can be improved to be more efficient for our homes and especially our money.

A major amount of things at home require quite a lot of funding to be made environmentally friendly and energy/money efficient – however, there is also a great number of things you can do to ensure the efficient use of your home energy that cost you absolutely nothing but a bit of time and patience. Why is it that our heating bills can be so much higher than, for example, our neighbors, even though our houses are roughly of the same size, and use the same amount of heat?

The answer to this is simple – bad insulation; unwanted heat escape. On the surface of things, it may seem that heating your home is nice and simple; that we turn on a switch and expect our home to be heated after a certain time. It escapes many of us that the amount of heat we actually need is usually much, much less than what we pay for, and this is normally due to 2 things: drafts (through cracks and holes) and poor insulation.

Let’s focus on each of these in a little more detail and look at how we can solve them. Research shows that cold air (drafts) coming into your home causes 20% of your heating to go to waste. From high-school physics, we know that heat travels from regions of higher temperature to regions of lower temperature – if your home’s walls have even the smallest of holes or cracks in them, you are automatically wasting …

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