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Are Energy Retrofitting and Historic Preservation at Odds?

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With a large percentage of homes having been built before modern energy-efficient fixtures were available, there’s a lot of potential for beneficial energy retrofitting in single-family homes. However, if your home is considered historic—or you just want to preserve its original character—it can feel as if you’ll be sacrificing your home’s historic features when you make upgrades. But thanks to advances in energy retrofitting capabilities, as well as with a little extra work on the part of you and your contractors, you can complete an energy retrofit without compromising your home’s historic preservation needs. Review the Requirements If your home…

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4 Tips for Designing a Home Office When Working From Home With Kids

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Even as the restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic recede, many workers are still doing their jobs from home permanently. If this describes you, you may be considering renovating part of your home into a home office. And, if you’ve got kids at home, taking them into consideration when designing your space is essential. Here are 4 tips for designing a home office that’s serviceable for you but also welcoming for your kids: Identify Your Space Whether it’s a dedicated room with a door that closes, a closet in the playroom, or a space that you can cordon off a bit…

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How to Deal With Lead Paint in Your Historic Home Remodel

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Once a staple of interior painting, we now know that lead-based paint is dangerous for anyone exposed to it for too long. Children and pets are the most vulnerable, but healthy adults and the elderly also can experience lead poisoning with enough exposure. If you’re planning a remodel of your historic home and suspect (or know) that you’ve got lead paint, here’s what you need to know about keeping everyone safe during the process. Identify Lead Paint You may know that you’ve got lead paint in an area you’re planning to remodel, or you may just suspect that you do…

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How the Housing Market Is Impacting the Remodeling Market

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The housing market is notorious for constantly changing. One week it’s looking up for buyers, the next it’s dominated by sellers. This contrasts with the remodeling market, which has been steadily increasing for many years now.  Still, these two markets affect each other in many ways. If no one is buying new homes, they are more likely to renovate the homes they already own. And if everyone is preparing to sell, they may want to spruce up their places before they go up for sale.  If you’re thinking about changing your housing situation, you may be wondering which is right…

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Hidden Costs to Look Out for When Renovating Your Home

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Home renovation projects can be pricey. That’s why it’s so important to create a realistic budget and stick to it.  If you’re planning on doing some construction to your home, you’ve probably already considered the price for the designer, contractors, and materials. But there are a few hidden costs that many people forget to consider.  These charges can add up, and if you don’t include them in your original estimation, you’ll end up way over budget. Here are 5 hidden costs to look out for when you’re renovating your home: The Land Surveyor A land surveyor is the person trained…

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