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A Million-Dollar Condo Building Noise Problem

A Million-Dollar Condo Building Noise Problem

A recent construction of a six-unit condominium building in Washington D.C. sold units for more than $1.1 million each, but that doesn’t mean the owners got what they paid for. The new residents have been plagued with one particular problem: noise. When the ultra-modern units were constructed, the walls between them are obviously lacking because ... Read More
 
European vs. American Home Construction

European vs. American Home Construction

Since my wife is European, she and I often spend time in Europe, both touring and visiting family and friends. Being that I come from an engineering and construction background,  I cannot help but notice the construction practices and their comparison to American standards when we travel. The thing I notice most is that European homes ... Read More
 
Hidden Damage in Your Stucco Home

Hidden Damage in Your Stucco Home

People may think that a stucco exterior is better than wood or vinyl because it needs less maintenance. Yet while stucco siding can last up to 50 years, it also has its drawbacks. Here are some problem items to look out for: Installation Stucco’s durability and reliability depends a lot on how it was installed. ... Read More
 
Don’t Let Invisible Construction Errors Go Unnoticed

Don’t Let Invisible Construction Errors Go Unnoticed

Some of the most common building mistakes aren’t visible to the human eye. That’s why we call them “invisible construction errors.” They can occur behind the walls, within the ceiling, or beneath the floors…where you’d never see them. However, these errors can cause problems in the future and should not be accepted. When building your ... Read More
 
How Can a Contractor Prevent Construction Claims?

How Can a Contractor Prevent Construction Claims?

It’s the dreaded call that no contractor wants to get: the construction dispute. It happens when your company has completed work on a project, and someone finds fault with your work or something has failed, and they request remediation and damages, or are suing your company. Construction defect can be defined as the premature failure ... Read More
 
6 Tips to Protect Your Home From Vandalism

6 Tips to Protect Your Home From Vandalism

Owning a home means protecting it around the clock. Yet, even when you are not at home, there are things you can do to help prevent vandalism. Keep shrubbery trimmed Tall shrubbery can offer ideal places for criminals to hide while trying to break into your home. Keep trees, shrubs and greenery around doorways and ... Read More
 
Summer Exterior Home Maintenance Needed Now

Summer Exterior Home Maintenance Needed Now

Summer is here, and we welcome its lazy days. One area where you shouldn’t be lazy, however, is in your home’s maintenance. Summer is the ideal time to assess any problems and make needed repairs, as well as provide normal exterior maintenance to keep your home healthy and happy for years to come. Summer Exterior ... Read More