Central New York winters take a toll on the exterior of our homes. Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to go outdoors and look for home damage and repairs that need to be made. If you have a deck, you will want to be sure it’s in good condition and safe to use for summer leisure and entertaining.
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When we think about our friends, Dave and Diana Johnson and their large loving family, it gives us a warm feeling to know they will gather this Thanksgiving to share dinner and celebrate the blessings of family and friends in the home rebuilt by hundreds of friends, neighbors and local businesses. The Johnsons have touched the lives and hearts of Central New Yorkers by their abiding love and faith, which they put into action by opening their home and hearts to children in need of a safe place and a family.
Topics: Community Service
Each year we do hundreds of remodeling and home repair jobs both large and small. Frequently, our customers ask us what we do with construction waste materials and potentially reusable items removed during demolition. This question is asked so often that we felt it would be a good topic to share in our blog.
The economy and caregiver relationships have created more households where families are sharing a home and expenses. Many young adults are living at home with their parents as they deal with college debt, divorce, single parenthood or unemployment. Parents are moving in with adult children as they cope with the loss of a spouse, health issues related to aging or to lend a helping hand to a young family. Immigration is also a factor in the increasing number of multigenerational households.
For the past year and a half we joined with members of the Syracuse Fire Department to plan a renovation of the home of retired Deputy Chief Dave Johnson and his wife Diana. The Johnson's were nominated by the Fire Department to the ABC television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”. When the show was cancelled, we reverted to “Plan B”, a remodel of the kitchen, bathrooms and basement area.
For more than a year we’ve been involved with Syracuse firefighters in planning an “extreme home makeover” of the home of Dave and Diana Johnson. We nominated the Johnson Family for the ABC television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” but the show was cancelled last fall. We knew that bringing the show to Central New York would be a long shot and committed ourselves to renovating the Johnson home if they were not selected.
Many of our customers have owned the house they’re living in for decades. Over time, lifestyles change. If you purchased your home when your children were young, the kids have left the nest and are returning to visit (or sometimes move back) with young children. You may be living in a multi-generational household shared with a frail parent or older children. If someone in your household is challenged by health issues, your home may require changes to better meet their needs.
Topics: Universal Design
With all the rain we’ve had lately, conserving water is probably the last thing on your mind. However, if you are planning to remodel a bathroom, you should know about and consider some of the latest water saving products. They’re not only good for the environment, but they’ll save you money.
Bathrooms are the areas of a home that use the most water. Toilets account for 30 percent of water consumption by homeowners. Showers account for about 17 percent of water use, or 30 gallons per day for an average household. So, it makes sense to consider water-conserving products.
Water conservation affects everyone. In 1992, Congress passed the Energy Policy Act requiring builders to install only low-flow toilets in new homes. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that if one-in-ten American homes upgraded a bathroom with water saving fixtures, 74 billion gallons of water and $1.5 billion in utility costs could be saved each year. To achieve and increase these outcomes, EPA launched a partnership program in 2006, WaterSense, which brings together local water authorities, manufacturers, retailers and consumers to promote efficient use of water resources and develop products and services that meet this goal.
Products that conserve water and meet EPA standards now carry the WaterSense label.
Winter 2011 has caused considerable damage to roofs of Central New York homes. It seems like we’ve had snow on the roof continually since the first of December. Weather conditions in our region have been particularly harsh due to unprecedented lake effect snowfall and cold Canadian weather systems which have caused freezing on roofs and don’t allow for melts that we normally experience. Roofs are not designed to hold up to several tons of weight. On roofs that have collapsed, snow build up has been 2 to 3 feet thick.Read More