Monday April 21, 2014
It's a tragedy. So much garage space goes to waste and it's time to do something about it.
Believe it or not, your garage can be used for more than just parking your cars or storing boxes from that move-in years ago. Your friends and family might visit more often if there were more things to do at your home. You might even become more productive by turning your garage into a study room or library.
Find out some ideas of how you could turn your garage space into something might useful: http://garages.about.com/od/closetstorageideas/fl/How-to-Make-the-Most-Out-of-Your-Garage-Space.htm
Wednesday April 16, 2014
The Summer heat is coming just around the corner for most of us - especially here in Phoenix, Arizona. As you get to use more of your garage space, you may want to make sure it stays cool throughout the Summer. Adding an A/C unit can be a great addition, but it can also be a costly one. Before you install that A/C unit, check out this post on How to Estimate AC Costs When Adding a Garage to Your Home.
You will enjoy a cool garage all year long with an affordable bill that won't make you regret your addition decision. Enjoy!
Monday September 19, 2011
I used to know a cranky carpenter who said he followed two rules in his construction practice. First, ignore the architect, and second, don't pay much attention to the building code.
This sounds like the delusions of an unreliable worker, but this guy was the best carpenter around. It was just necessary to understand his rules properly. When he suggested ignoring the architect, what he meant was that architects sometimes designed things that looked pretty on paper, but wouldn't work in the real world. So it was always necessary to double-check the design drawings.
And, when he dismissed building codes, it was only because he thought they were so inadequate. He wanted to build good homes that would last a long time. Building codes, he understood, established minimal standards. They did not necessarily define "best practices."
I was reminded of this carpenter and his rules while reading about some houses in Kansas that were built to code, on soil that was sketchy and with slab foundations that were too weak. (See Building Codes and Concrete Slab Foundations.) When those foundations began to fail, the homeowners were stuck with some big repair bills.
I'm pretty sure my old friend would not have built those houses as they were built. And that's why his rules really mattered to people who hired him, whether they knew about them or not.
Sunday September 11, 2011
What can you say about a garage door? It's big, but there really isn't all that much to it. Most garage doors are composed of a series of simple panels held together with some simple hardware, which is fastened to a cable tied to springs. Big deal, right?
Well, maybe it is a big deal. A nice garage door can improve the appearance of a house, and a new garage door can work a lot better than an old one.
What's more, you probably can install it yourself. Before you can think about that installation, however, we will need to go Shopping for a New Garage Door.