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Blog Category: TALK WITH TANK

Energy Efficient Roofing

Energy Efficient Roofing

Let’s talk about something really sexy today. The roof of your house. And, even more specifically, the roof of your house + energy efficiency.

Here’s a really inexpensive way to lower your utility costs: by using Solar Board for your roof decking.

Product technology advancements are always happening, and we like implementing them. Solar Board OSB is a product that we’ve been using for many years. It looks just like your typical roof plywood decking on the outside, but on the underside (in the attic space), it has a layer of reflective foil.

 

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How do I know the lot/land I’ve picked will work for a particular house plan I have in mind?

How do I know the lot/land I’ve picked will work for a particular house plan I have in mind?

There are plenty of factors to consider when searching for the right land or lot. Let’s, for a minute, assume you’ve narrowed it down to something you like. It’s in the right area, at the right price, and includes the amount of space you want. Now, it’s time to start dissecting the land from a builder’s perspective. Here are a few things to consider before you make a purchase: ground/soil quality, slopes, position of your home in conjunction with the sun. Will extra foundational work be needed? If so, what level of cost involved? Where/how will water drain on your land/lot? What’s the prime location for your house, taking into consideration neighbors, water, soil, and topography?

The good news is, you don’t have to know the answers to all these questions! Jacob regularly meets out on potential land/lots with our prospective clients and provides his contractor perspective and recommended approach. In essence, he will help answer the above questions for you, and can make some of your decisions easier!

 

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Increasing The Value of Your Home

Increasing The Value of Your Home

Most people want to increase the value of their home in some form or fashion as the years go by.  Whether you intend on selling in a year or two or are going to be staying for a long time, doing more than basic upkeep on your home as years pass is a very good idea.  You can save yourself a lot of time and headaches when the point comes that you are ready to sell

 

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Building Codes

Building Codes

Today, I want to talk with you about building codes.  Building codes are a set of rules that specify the minimum standards in construction for safety, health, and general welfare, including structural integrity, mechanical integrity (including sanitation, water supply, light, and ventilation), fire prevention and control, and energy conservation. Today most building regulations throughout the United States are based on the Uniform Building Code, which was established by the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) in 1927. The Uniform Building Code’s stated purpose is to prevent people from being hurt physically or financially by providing minimum uniform standards of building construction.

 

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Five Useful tips for homeowners during this summer

Five Useful tips for homeowners during this summer

These are the five things every homeowner should keep in mind during this summer.

 

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Safe Room Construction

While not required by code, the proper installation of a safe room could provide “near-absolute protection” in extreme weather events, according to FEMA.
Most people think of concrete and block as the predominate safe room options. If that doesn’t fit your houseplan and you still want to have a room with some extra muscle, here is an idea to think about:

 

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Houseplans

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