This winter, never underestimate the power of nature to throw something unexpected your way. The best recipe for success is preparedness, so don’t be caught off guard for this season’s predicted wickedly low temperatures. Save money, save time, and possibly save some fingers by thinking a few steps ahead. Article by Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore Originally written for HGTV, posted here. Getting yourself ready for winter is a snap. Gloves? Check! Scarf? Right here. But readying your home for a long, cold season is another story. So, until someone invents a turtleneck sweater you can put around your house when it gets cold, there’sRead More →

You’re always relieved to inch up to the driveway after a long day at work or returning from vacation. But that feel-good may be gone by the time you notice all the little projects you’ve been putting off: cracked paint, rust streaks under windows, or foggy pains of glass. Your home is a far cry from the works of art you envisioned it when you became a homeowner. Sprucing up the home shouldn’t just be about mending the cracks to make it functional and neat, you should treat your livelihood like art. Taking extra pride in that type of craftsmanship will help to keep you motivated to jumpRead More →

It’s always important to make sure your home is as safe as it is beautiful for your family. Simonton has a fantastic short article with 10 tips to keep yourself and your little ones safe. Read on below, or click here to view it on the Simonton website. Whether you’re building a new home or renovating a cherished older home, there’s a lot to think about. What are the best types of windows to have in a home with small children? How often should family fire drills be held? What type of glass should you have in windows to help prevent noise penetration and discourage intruders?Read More →

As the climate continues to change, and warmer weathers bring unpredictable weather events, builders and renovators must continually advance and research for innovative ways to help homes stand up to whatever Mother Nature can throw their way. In an article by The Washington Post, it was found in a 2014 climate change survey by Munich Reinsurance America, “63% of Americans plan to fortify or have already fortified their homes to protect themselves from severe weather events.” And it’s no surprise, given the changing nature of the climate – what happened to Winter 2016? Valentine’s weekend was frigid and the following Sunday was a balmy 60Read More →

Unsure sure of how to go about deciding which windows need replacing in your home, and want to do some of your own research? We’ve clipped a few of our favorite excerpts from various articles on the web to provide them to you in one place. Give us a call when you’re ready for your installation, or need a little help on the selection process. HGTV’s “Choosing the Right Windows” “Replacement windows aren’t the right choice for every home. Bruce Irving, a Cambridge, Mass.-based home-renovation consultant and a former producer of the long-running renovation show This Old House, gets especially passionate about people replacing historicalRead More →