Finding Repairs for Sash Windows

At my new flat, I have these sash windows and they are not in very good shape. For the most part, the place is pretty nice, but I would like to get these windows repaired, and then I would feel a lot better about inviting people over to my place to get a look of it. I am excited about living in London, as it is something I have long dreamed of. I need to look up sash window repairs in London and see if I can get these windows repaired rather soon, because frankly I just can’t seem to get this matter off of my mind.

It is really bothering me, and it almost made me want to look for another place to live. But this place was the right price, so I decided to live here in spite of the fact that the windows were in need of repair. I guess that I knew at the time, that I would end up getting them repaired on my own. Read more

Insulation Materials

nsulation materials run the gamut from bulky fiber materials such as fiberglass, rock and slag wool, cellulose, and natural fibers to rigid foam boards to sleek foils. Bulky materials resist conductive and — to a lesser degree — convective heat flow in a building cavity. Rigid foam boards trap air or another gas to resist conductive heat flow. Highly reflective foils in radiant barriers and reflective insulation systems reflect radiant heat away from living spaces, making them particularly useful in cooling climates. Other less common materials such as cementitious and phenolic foams and vermiculite and perlite are also available.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass (or fiber glass) — which consists of extremely fine glass fibers — is one of the most ubiquitous insulation materials. It’s commonly used in two different types of insulation: blanket (batts and rolls) and loose-fill and is also available as rigid boards and duct insulation.

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Clear Choices for Windows

New windows can make a dramatic difference in any home, whether you want to improve its appearance, open up a spectacular view or simply replace worn units that seem to let in more wind and rain than they keep out.

Modern window frames cut air infiltration down to almost zero and, when used with advanced glazings, can slash up to 40 percent off your heating and cooling bills. Some windows also free you from periodic painting. Still others rival fine cabinetry in eye appeal.

Manufacturers have expanded those choices with new frame materials, glazing and installation options. Indeed, “replacement windows” are no longer limited to the kind that involve ripping out the old window and installing a new prime window.

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A Lesson in Modern Framing Materials

Back in the 1950s, butterfly roofs and vertical siding made a conspicuous statement about the home of the future. But even as the Modernist movement was radically changing the outward appearance of houses, underneath, many of them were still framed the conventional way, with old-fashioned sawn lumber. That’s the way it was with this season’s TOH TV Cambridge project house.

Today, even in traditional-looking homes, the “futuristic” stuff is often the framing itself. And there’s a new language to go with it. Besides understanding the true sizes of dimensional lumber—that a 2×4 is really about 1 1/2 by 3 1/2—carpenters now need to know a host of abbreviations: LVL, OSB, I-joist. They also need to understand more about load and force as strong, efficient engineered woods and steel replace milled stock. Then there are the countless metal ties and brackets—more than 1,700 hangers alone—they’ll encounter. A house isn’t just wood and nails anymore.

A look at the framing done at the Cambridge house by TOH general contractor Tom Silva and his crew gives you a good idea of what some of these newer materials can do: allow for higher ceilings, larger open spaces, and even cantilevered rooms. And while this skeleton of studs and beams will soon be hidden inside new walls and floors, for now it’s clear that the beauty of this house is more than skin deep.

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An Affordable Shortcut to Designing Your Dream Home

You have likely been making mental notes for years. Every book or magazine that you read and each home that you visit has become a source for pieces to the puzzle that can become your new home. You don’t know a thing about architecture, designing or drafting but that shouldn’t stop you from taking the dream house that you have pictured in your head and making it a reality.

There are two ways that you can approach the creation of new house plans from which a builder can work:

1. Hire an architect

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Learning Interior Design

Learning interior design can be a simple or complicated task depending on a wide variety of factors including exposure, ability, creativity, and willingness to learn. This article is dedicated to explaining the basic elements that interior design is based upon so that you will have the ability to go out and research these elements on your own in order to advance you ability and perspective of the interior design world.

Lets begin with a few suggestions of where to properly conduct your research. A good beginning point for all of those interior design newbies would be television shows dedicated to the subject, books, magazines, other interior design professionals, etc.

Another resource that you have an unlimited exposure to that doesn’t cost you anything but time and focus are your eyes. Your eyes are wonderful tools for learning interior design and successful application of it. They are such terrific tools because eyes are the ears of the interior design symphony. They possess the ability to look upon any element of design and transmit information to your brain concerning the colors indicated in the design, textures, layout, and whether or not the overall effect is pleasing.

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