The first thing most people think about when building a new home is the cost. You may have seen a cost per square foot calculator of some sort on a few house plan broker sites and home designer websites showing you the averages of building a particular home in the south, north, east, and west coast. Unfortunately, the cost per square foot method (CPSFM) tends to mislead unaware homebuyers. When calculating square foot cost of say a 2,000 square foot home, you are able to compare the numbers on home builders who use this method to quote you a price to build. As you will find, the estimates can be very different.
Here are several reasons why the CPSFM is ineffective:
(1) Home styles – A country house plan with wood siding and a traditional house plan with brick at the same square footage would not cost the same to build.
Energy efficient windows will not only help to reduce your heating bill, they also increase comfort and help the environment through a lower carbon footprint. They can be made using any frame material or combination of materials. A good tool to establish whether replacement windows are energy efficient is the British Fenestration Rating Council’s (BFRC) scheme for rating the energy efficiency of windows. This is a national system and is accepted as a method to show compliance with the building regulations for new or replacement window installations. However, at present the scheme is still voluntary.
The energy rating scheme uses traffic light energy labels for windows on a scale from A to G that are similar to the energy labels you can find on most household appliances. A-graded windows are the most energy efficient. Each window rated by the BFRC has a unique label displaying the overall rating (A-G) and the energy index which shows how much energy the window will save or lose once it has been installed. This depends on a number of factors such as the building, local climate and indoor temperature. A positive value in the index indicates that the window lets more heat in through the glass into the room than is being lost through the window. Such a window is a free energy supplier. A-rated windows will have a positive energy index. Values are given in kilowatt hours per square metre per year.
The label also shows the window’s U and L values. These are measures of a window’s ability to reduce heat loss during indirect radiation exposure during the winter. Low U values mean less heat loss and translate into lower heating costs. The L value indicates the effective heat loss due to air penetration. Another value shown is the solar heat gain. This value is closely linked to the U value and measures the window’s ability to reduce heat gain during direct radiation exposure in the summer. A lower value means less direct heat enters the room and it stays cooler.
Even though anyone can effectively design the interior of their home, an interior design company can add an extra level of depth to a home that the average person just can’t do. Certain colors may clash just a little or there might be furniture that could be just slightly improved to add more functionality to a living space. If you’re thinking about investing in an interior design company in Singapore or in your local community, here are some tips to consider before signing on the dotted line:
Ask for referrals: Why jump into hiring an interior designer blindly? Even if you’re hiring friends or family, it is smart to ask around for referrals of their previous work. If you can, try to get pictures of the final product that was designed as well. This can help you understand what your project may look like in the end, any problems you may encounter during the process, and if the company is reliable.
Evaluate cost vs. value: If you are doing a remodeling project, how much is it really going to cost you to achieve that perfect look? When you do achieve that look, will it add any extra value to your home beyond aesthetics? Money is at a premium for many people these days and a $10,000 living room interior design project that adds little to no increased value to a home doesn’t make sense for a lot of people now. In other words, take the time to consider if you’re going to get your money back on your investment.
The home improvement world is filled with innovative ideas. Almost monthly it seems that new ideas and innovations are coming into the industry. The home improvement industry thrives on new technology that will make work easier, but it also relies on tradition that has built it from a small cottage industry to a leading part of the economy. Some products are fads that do not last and others revolutionize the industry; either way the business of building and renovating houses will continue.
What makes the home improvement industry so unique is that most people can “get into” the business and do some level of work; and ironically from this, make money or build equity. It is one of the few national industries that can provide this type of opportunity and some of that is due to the products that are related to this business.
Looking at RTA kitchen cabinets and RTA bathroom vanities made me realize that this is just another great product that was produced to improve the home renovation and house building industry. RTA stands for ready to assemble and the cabinets (well most RTA brands) are just that easy and ready to assemble. I have sampled RTA kitchen cabinet brands from several different companies and have found varying results. All have some level of good innovation, some are easier to assemble than others, and finally some have better quality.
I have studied more than a few tremendous punchers in my career, and being a no hype kind of guy, I must admit that the vast majority of them have been old school boxers, and bare knuckle boxers.
This is because I am a firm believer in the ‘straight punch,’ and quite frankly I find that todays athletic version of the hero’s of the past are quite lacking when it comes to the mechanics of a pure and truly powerful straight punch, or should I say straight lead.
In fact I believe in it’s power, efficiency and effectiveness so much that I have over time made it the center piece of my B.K.E. fighting system.
Many people love owning their own homes because there is nobody to answer to when compared to renting property. What this means is that the owner has the ability to add or get rid of things at their discretion, creating a place that they feel comfortable in and calling home. One of the most common ways that people achieve this goal is to add items such as furniture to complete a theme or look that they are striving for. There are so many different styles of furniture that it can seem very overwhelming to pick something that creatively accents a particular room. However, there are many options when it comes to purchasing and obtaining the furniture that makes an owner feel comfortable in their own homes.
One of the most popular types of furniture that is available for very cheap in many different resources for those looking for cheap furniture is wrought iron furniture. These include items such as wrought iron tables, wrought iron chairs and wrought iron beds. The reason people choose this style of furniture is because they present a very visually interesting aesthetic that can complete and compliment many other styles of dcor.
Wrought iron furniture is distinguishable by its parallel lines of iron and designs that incorporate more space than average for furniture. Twisting metal is a defining characteristic and helps to create some rather unique pieces of furniture that can help complete any room. However, finding wrought iron furniture can be a bit of a challenge for those who are not familiar with resource such as the Internet. The Internet is a fantastic tool for finding furniture because it allows the user to find exactly what they are looking for at an extremely affordable price.
Who can honestly say they unplug the charger from the outlet when the phone charge is complete? Can you? Or are you one of many who plug their phone into the charger overnight so a fully charged battery is immediately available in the morningand then leave the charger plugged in even after the phone is unplugged?
If so, you are wasting wattsand that translates into wasted money and unneeded carbon emissions. Cell phone chargers consume energy even after the phone charge is complete and the phone is unplugged. This may not run up a significant electricity bill for an individual but, considering the millions of cell phone chargers probably operating at this very moment and the 3 billion phones in the world, the total waste is excessive. With all the smart phones, where are the smart chargers?
LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, and Samsung have joined together to raise awareness of how chargers waste energy when left plugged in even when the phones have been unplugged. As a part of this campaign, these companies have come up with a rating system for a chargers level of energy efficiency.