Prepare Your Home for Winter

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The winter season is gaining full strength. This is the time of the year we are reminded how important it is to protect our home from the effects of extreme weather. If you are planning a home renovation project, consider “old man winter” in your plans.

Water Damage Control

basement-renovationThe winter months can present real challenges when avoiding damage from water. For instance, Your basement is the part of your home that is under ground, the same place that water resides. Protect your home from water damage by addressing the potential harm that can come from the basement. The best basement flood protection begins with repairing cracked basement walls, and installing a sump pump system to prevent water from collecting in the basement. Basement walls can be prepared with sealant to waterproof against seepage.

Winter can also present the possibility of frozen pipes in walls, crawlspaces, basements and attics. Frozen pipes can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home’s floors, walls, appliances and furniture.

Take steps to prevent frozen pipes. Homes in northern climates are generally built with the water pipes located on the inside of the building insulation, which protects the pipes from cold temperatures. However, extremely cold weather and cracks that allow a flow of cold air to come into contact with pipes can lead to frozen pipes.  Insulate all pipes and seal all cracks in outside walls to keep the pipes above freezing temperatures.

Control Utility Costs

The solution is to winterize your home. Winterizing your home includes taking a close look at the source of drafts. Cold air coming into or going out of your house, especially through doors and windows.

Any air leaks in your home can allow warm humid air to escape and draw in drier colder air. A problem that exists in one part of the home can significantly affect all parts of the home. The result is colder temperatures and higher utility costs.

Energy Star says about High Energy Bills, “… it is common to trace high energy bills to an in-efficient component (windows, heating and cooling equipment, ducts insulation) of your home or a failure of one of these components to perform as intended. It is not always easy to pin-point the problem, but fixing it can make your home more energy-efficient and comfortable.”

The result is to stop unnecessarily high utility bills. Reducing heating bills can be an issue of air leaks in your home’s structure caused by inefficient or incorrectly installed windows or doors.

Prepare for Power Outages

A winter power outage is always a possibility and presents special challenges, including no heat.  Start preparing now for the next power outage.  Ready.gov provides basic safety tips on what to do before, during and after a power outage.

As we stated in our post Build in Family Safety When Developing Basement Renovation Plans

Remember to consider disaster response and general well-being when developing remodeling plans for the basement. Prepare your for power outages and rising water. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.

As Winter hits with its full fury, talk to the residential construction experts at Veri Construction before you complete plans for your next home renovation project,

Know the Generational Impact Before Starting Your Next Renovation Project

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If resale value is important to you, consider the desires of the two largest generations in our economy today – the Baby Boomers and the Millennials.

KitchenYou may be looking to enhance your home through remodeling rather than buying a new home. If you were to sell your home, the competition would be new construction. According to the 2017 Dodge Construction Outlook, total construction starts are expected to increase 5% in 2017 and will reach $713 billion.

But, who is buying homes today? An important aspect of the report is the reference to the generational impact on the industry. The press release covering the report goes on to say:

Single family housing will rise 12% in dollars, corresponding to a 9% increase in units to 795,000 (Dodge basis). Access to home mortgage loans is improving, and some of the caution exercised by potential homebuyers will ease with continued employment growth and low mortgage rates. Older members of the Millennial generation are now moving into the 30 to 35 year-old age bracket, which should begin to lift demand for single family housing.

Millennial Desires

As the Millennials are getting older and the economy is getting stronger, they are looking to buy their first home or upgrade to their second, more permanent, home. Consider these young first home buyers when renovating your home if resale value is important to you. Choosing renovation projects must be done carefully to maximize the return on the money you spend. So, look at your home through the eyes of these millennials and then put your time and money into adding value important to this very important demographic.

Baby Boomer Desires

The other large generation in the United States today is the Baby Boomers. In a Construction Drive post called “10 construction industry trends to watch in 2016” the 5th trend mentioned how important the environment is to the Baby Boomers.

He pointed to the aging in place movement as a driving force for that demand, as baby boomers are remodeling their current homes and seeking out ways to increase energy efficiency and reduce utility bills.

Both generations are looking for high quality and sustainability in their homes. Both are looking to stay in their next home a very long time. When they are looking for their next home, these issues are important.

Green building will grow in residential sectors

Commercial construction has typically led the pack in green-building adoption, but the residential sector is starting to catch up. This is due to the desires of both the Baby Boomer and Millennial generations. The growing trend is driven not just by a desire to produce environmentally friendly structures, but by consumer demand, higher-quality results and life cycle cost savings.

Responsible construction is considering environmental impacts and sustainability in the design of your remodeling projects. This may be as simple as installing water saving shower heads. Or using Daylighting design as part of LEED considerations to reduce the need for electric lighting. The LEED is a certification system created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED guidelines are excellent for anyone looking to add value to their home, save money on energy costs and be active in protecting the environment.

Consult a professional construction company to discuss your home remodeling design. Home remodeling professionals understand the needs and desires of the home buyer, as well as, how to develop the plans for optimal results.

At Veri Construction, we have our own showroom. We are able to show you customized options specific to your situation. We work with clients and subcontractors, while utilizing state of the art 3-D computer generating drawings along with architectural plans for successful project delivery. We can help you get on your way to a newly renovated home.

 

Build in Family Safety When Developing Basement Renovation Plans

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As the winter weather becomes more serious, we are reminded how dangerous winter storms and cold temperatures can be. We must keep our family safe We can do this by planning ahead. Especially when we are developing home remodeling plans.

6cfdb01b-6246-407e-93e4-c2fb0de5e61cConsider Family Safety in Remodeling Plans

Remember to consider disaster response and general well-being when developing remodeling plans for the basement. Prepare your for power outages and rising water. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.

As the DIYControls Blog states in Best Basement Flood Protection: Sump Pumps and “Early Warning” Devices

There are many reasons for a basement flood, including poor lot drainage, blocked gutters, clogged downspouts, and cracks in the basement floor and walls. Events like heavy rains or melting snow are common causes of a basement flood, but so are broken washing machine hoses and blocked sewage connections.

What’s the best way to protect your home from the costly damage of a wet basement?  You should start by making repairs inside and out to minimize your home’s vulnerability to flooding. If the water table around your home is high or your lot has poor drainage, you may need to install a floodproofing system that includes a sump pump.

basement egress

When planning a basement renovation, do not overlook the fact that your basement is the part of your home that is under ground, the same place that water resides. You can prepare your basement for the worst that nature has to offer. The best basement flood protection begins with repairing cracked basement walls, and installing a sump pump system to prevent water from collecting in the basement. Basement walls can be prepared with sealant to waterproof against seepage.

 

Stay Safe and Healthy

The CDC says in Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

The Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.

Basement Egress

The basement should always have an egress, a way to get out from the lower level. If there is no door access, then be sure that a window can easily open to the outside to provide an easy exit in the case of an emergency.

Should You Turn Your Basement into a Safe Room

A residential safe room is designed to protect you and your family from severe weather conditions such as extreme high winds, hurricanes and tornadoes. Most homes in the northeastern United States have a basement.

According to FEMA, a “safe room is a hardened structure specifically designed to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) criteria and provide near-absolute protection in extreme weather events, including tornadoes and hurricanes. Near-absolute protection means that, based on our current knowledge of tornadoes and hurricanes, the occupants of a safe room built in accordance with FEMA guidance will have a very high probability of being protected from injury or death.”

Would you like more information about what it takes to build a safe room, read FEMA’s design and construction guidelines in FEMA P-320, Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business.

To learn more about building family safety into your basement renovation plans, contact residential construction experts at Veri Construction. We are an award-winning Certified NARI Remodeler, serving customers in New Jersey area.