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Select Fixtures and materials. It feels like too early, right? Well, think of how you will feel when the painting crew is sitting in your yard, while you have to run to the paint store?
And nothing spells more budget overrun than a TBD on the plan.
Plus, it is the least stressful part of the process, why are you arguing?
Harvard School of Public Health published a report stating nearly 46 million homes are under-insulated in the U.S. What does it mean? It means you are over-paying for both heating and cooling. How do you know if your house is well insulated? Rule of thumb: unless your house was built in the last 10 years or you’ve just completed a full house renovation, it’s probably safe to assume yours needs more insulation.
Batts are quick to install and work well in wall studs and attics. Blown-in insulation is great for insulating irregularly shaped areas with lots of nooks and crannies. Working in an area prone to moisture – kitchens, baths, and exterior walls? Make sure you have a vapor barrier.
It is not something contractors typically include in the quote but it’s well worth adding it to the scope of work.
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Designed for unprecedented performance and exceptional aesthetics, Marvin offers window options for every style of home in any climate.
Marvin Family Brand
Zola European Windows
Andersen offers an unparalleled selection of modern windows and doors, making today’s modern architecture exceptional, inspirational and easy to achieve.
Popular bathroom selection:
Why are we going on and on about windows?
How to choose the right replacement windows for your home
The best windows from Consumer Reports’ tests
Get Ratings & Reviews for the Products You Want From Consumer Reports
Custom Motorized Shades
Soma Smart Shades
Velux Active with Netatmo
Luxaflex – Smart Home Automation and Motorization
Home & Kitchen Appliances
Tile Pattern Guide
Hand Painted Tiles by Fireclay Tile
Bullnose? Quarter round? V-cap? Demystify trim terms and finish off your kitchen and bath tile in style.
The Perfect Finish for Your Tile
Custom Grout Solutions
Mapei – Premium Unsanded Grout with Polymer
Traditional and Cement Grouts
The designers’ favorite:
Something special to consider:
Annie Sloan paints
Experiment without risk. Upload your room photo, try different colors.
Make decisions on colors easier with Paint and Peel samples
Smith & Fong Plyboo
North America’s premier supplier for quality bamboo plywood and flooring products.
Cork Flooring by Green Building Supply
Cork has excellent thermal and acoustical qualities. It’s beautiful, lightweight, warm to the touch, hypoallergenic, fire and insect-resistant, stable and can be refinished just like hardwood.
With a single camera click you can see how MONARCH PLANK FLOORS will look in any floor in your home or business!
Stiletto Strand Bamboo Flooring
One of Smith & Fong’s more contemporary releases in bamboo flooring — Plyboo Stiletto® is the strongest and most durable addition to our strand flooring line.
Interior doors – “short study guide”
Belmont Hardware – San Jose
Mid Century Front Door Hardware Sources
Emtek Door Hardware
Door Hardware by House of Antique Hardware
Door Hardware Buying Guide
Sliding Barn Doors and Hinged Doors
Cabinet Knobs & Pulls
Cabinet Pulls by TOP KNOBS AND PULL
Cabinet Hardware Collections by Atlas Homewares
Eco-Friendly Metal Cabinet + Drawer Pulls
Cabinet Pulls by HAYNEEDLE
Mid Century Modern Cabinet Hardware by D.Lawless Hardware
Cabinet Pulls by Dering Hall
Cabinet Pulls by Rocky Mountain Hardware
Cabinet Pull Hardware by Doorware.com
Cabinet Pulls by Baldwin Hardware
Transforming Your Old Cabinets
Refacing when your cabinet doors look too outdated…
Choose beautiful, sustainable, and responsibly made countertops from IceStone
Online Visualizer by Silestone
The FloLogic Leak Control System is designed to safeguard your entire property by detecting and stopping abnormal water flow before significant water damage can occur. Known as “the circuit breaker for every plumbing system,” FloLogic’s flow-based water leak detection technology will sense any plumbing leak or pipe failure and automatically shut off the water, thereby protecting your property and valuables from catastrophic water damage.
Buoy is a smart home water device that attaches to your water line and sends real-time data to an app that categorizes your water use, alerts you to leaks, and lets you shut off water remotely. From there, you’ll see where you’re using water, and can shut off water remotely if there’s a leak. Peace of mind, predictable bills – and you get to keep your lawn.
The Leak Defense System automatic shut-off valve alerts you when a plumbing leak occurs and shuts off the water supply until the leak can be repaired. With pipe sizes from 3/4″ to 3″, the Leak Defense System can provide protection for your home, high rise water stacks, multi-family developments, factories or office buildings. The LDS is the cure for plumbing leak problems.
Are You Experiencing low water pressure, rust-colored water, pipe leaks… if yes – it is time to repipe.
Hiding plumbing seamlessly
Exterior Fire Sprinklers Saved 188 Properties – Wet homes don’t burn
Number one (very popular but not the most cost-efficient) option is the Shades Store.
Number two and even less cost efficient but ever so in demand ( they have motorized shades that can be programmed to open and close at your custom schedule) is Hunter Douglas Shades.
Value for money? The usual heroes Home Depot and Lowe’s.
Or traditional rods and drapes. Where? Pottery Barn, Target, Bet, Bath and Beyond… Amazon … you name it.
Norman – Shutters.Blinds.Shades.
How to Use the Psychology of Light and Lighting to Boost Your Creativity
Lighting a Room, Simplified
The right lighting can lift your spirits and make you more relaxed and productive. Here’s how the pros do it.
Free Recessed Lighting Calculator
Use the recessed lighting calculator to calculate the placement and spacing for general lighting in a room. Just select the layout, enter the room’s dimensions, and hit calculate.
Educational Video Series: Lighting Alterations and Additions
Fixed Hinges – Flange Behind Drywall
Air Filters – Exposure to pollutants in indoor air has been linked to serious health effects like asthma, respiratory irritation and cancer.
Caulks, Sealants & Adhesives – Many caulks, sealants and adhesives are made with chemicals like formaldehyde, BPA and phthalates that can harm our health.
Ceiling Tiles – Some ceiling tiles contain dangerous air-polluting chemicals like formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.
Cleaners & Air Fresheners – Cleaning products can release a plethora of chemicals into the air, including ones linked to asthma, developmental harm and cancer.
Drywall – Drywall and joint compounds can pollute the air with health-harming contaminants like mercury and sulfur.
Energy Efficiency – If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, start at home—and you’ll see the savings add up on your energy bills.