Poor insulation

When the snow melts on your roof in patches after a good snowfall it usually represents poor insulation in the attic. The heat from your home is escaping and melting the snow off of your roof. If its cold or below freezing out you’ll find that ice may form on your gutter followed by icicles. The remedy is either add a layer of insulation to what is existing or have an energy auditor come and out and follow what recommendations they give.


Roofing repair


Take time to look at your roof from about 50’ away and see if you have missing, buckling, curling or rotting shingles. This will determine if you need to develop a budget for this repair as it can be costly and begin to damage your home. Watermarks on the ceilings are signs of water leaks and may cause rotting and molding which can be hazardous to your family’s health. Above images from left to right are curling, buckling and rotting.

Make selections carefully!

It’s always good to know what you want and have clippings from magazines or printouts of what you seen and would like to have. Sometimes what you see may cost more than what you expect, therefore give yourself options. Be patient when making a final selection on who’s doing the work. The contractor that was recommended to you shouldn’t be an exception to the rule of doing the diligence of checking what and how he’s operated in the past. Is he good? Does he take a long time? Is he a man of his word? Is he honest? How’s his crew? Are they professional, exceptional or do they need to be watched? Some people are slow but very detail oriented so if you have time, this may fit and work. Some are non expensive, quick yet they miss things and this may be a perfect contractor for rental property but not for home. It’s like clothing find those that fit you and go with it. Do the research and referencing or you’ll regret it. Change orders hurt budgets and bad contractors turn dreams into extreme nightmares!

The best of both worlds

Are the old buildings where tradesman were seemingly more skilled better or worst than the structures of today where buildings are built at a faster pace. The workers had less equipment so were possibly more creative and or worked harder. I look at the buildings of old and sometimes I’m amazed and wonder how they got it done. Still standing strong, one may go in and transform its purpose but the foundation is solid. On the other hand I look at the new construction and see flaws such as walls out of square or not plumb, studs staggering and inconsistent, etc. Makes me wonder is it the time efficiency we seek or quality. A “Build them sell them and if they complain we’ll fix it” attitude takes the integrity and skill away from the job-site. Me I truly appreciate the skill of yesterday and also I respect the technology of today, therefore I say merge the two and seek the best of both worlds.

Some people can paint good, others are good painters.

We can do many of the home improvement task ourselves but we must respect the skilled professional who has reached near excellence. There’s a difference between someone who puts sheetrock mud on walls (mud-slingers) and one whom finishes sheetrock. A good finisher doesn’t have piles of dust on the floor (due to putting too much mud on the wall) because he’s learned that lesson already and has learned to control his tools. The same with a painter who can cut with his brush like an barber. A good painter usually caulks the cracks, preps the walls and puts the furniture in the center of the room or stages the area. When situations arise with pros they usually keep gliding because they encounter these situations all the time. There is plenty of things a pro does and doesn’t realize as it has become second nature. Many can do it themselves, have done or did it themselves and will continue to do so. Then there’s those who have the passion to learn and go beyond completing the task, these people go above the bar. These are the people that pay attention to detail and will fix what their customers don’t see because it would bother them even after leaving the job site. These are the people that you hire. After all, if you just wanted not bad results anybody could of done it. When spending good money you should receive good results!

This looks really good. The clock is a great touch as well.


I’ve only just awoken to the idea that clocks aren’t just for telling time. We’ve got a double-back staircase, which means we have a big wall to fill as you walk up the stairs. Ever since we moved in we’ve scratched our heads to know what to fill it with. Of course I’ve seen loads of pictures that would look great there but you’re talking an arm and a leg for even a decent print (treble it if the artist has signed and numbered it!). But after browsing House to Home, I’ve realised that a clock can be practical, stylish and a definite design statement. Check out this page  on weird and wonderful clocks. Go on, then – time waits for no man…


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