Archive For: Construction Consultation

2018 ICC Building Code Revisions

2018 ICC Building Code Revisions

Every two years, the International Code Council, or ICC, issues revised editions of its code books updated to include current and accurate code information, with the latest being published in 2018. Codes determine the guidelines or acceptable parameters for operation.  For example, the location of smoke alarms or the installation of GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) ... Read More
 
Hot Spot Testing Through Thermal Imaging

Hot Spot Testing Through Thermal Imaging

Do you know what a “hot spot” is? And no, it doesn’t refer to the latest after-hours club or newest restaurant opening. A hot spot, when found in your home, could mean you have a serious problem. What is a Hot Spot? Hot spots are areas characterized by a noticeably-higher temperature in one spot when ... Read More
 
How to Address a Renovation Construction Dispute

How to Address a Renovation Construction Dispute

There was an informative article in the Washington Post (19 April 2018) by Elisabeth Leamy, host of the podcast “Easy Money,” titled “How to Address a Dispute When a Renovation Doesn’t Go as Planned.” In the article, Leamy outlines some of the steps homeowners can take when a construction dispute arises with their contractor. She had such ... Read More
 
Why Do Buildings Under Construction Catch Fire?

Why Do Buildings Under Construction Catch Fire?

Almost every day when you turn on the news you see another building fire. Whether it’s a new building or an old one, a large apartment building or a single-family home, why do these fires often occur when a building is under construction? Here are some of the reasons why: Old Construction The building may ... Read More
 
What are the Latest Smart Home Technologies?

What are the Latest Smart Home Technologies?

More and more homeowners are turning on to what is called “Smart Home” technology. These are a variety of electronic devices that are controlled remotely from within the home or via a smartphone or the Internet to provide added security, comfort, energy efficiency, and “green initiative” conservation. Some of the most common technologies control heating ... Read More
 
Construction Dispute? Alternatives to Leaving a Negative Online Review.

Construction Dispute? Alternatives to Leaving a Negative Online Review.

You have a problem with your home’s construction company or contractor. A big problem. And you can’t seem to get it resolved. Do you leave a negative online review and move on? Or are there other alternatives? Leaving a bad online review doesn’t help anyone. You may think that it might warn others from using ... Read More
 
Poor HVAC Performance Tied to Air Flow and Improper Ductwork Installation

Poor HVAC Performance Tied to Air Flow and Improper Ductwork Installation

As the marketplace demands more energy-efficient homes, the performance of something as unimposing as the HVAC system can make a huge difference, leading to the requirement for contractors to not only offer higher-quality levels of products and services, but to look at ways to improve heating and cooling system operation. One area that is often ... Read More
 
Historic Homes Require Historically-Knowledgeable Contractors

Historic Homes Require Historically-Knowledgeable Contractors

Many homes in and around the Washington DC metropolitan area can be considered “historic homes,” with some easily identified by a plaque near the front door like those from the National Register of Historic Places or those designating specific historic district. Generally defined, a historic home is of a certain age, contains historically-significant architectural features, ... Read More
 
Protect Your Family Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Protect Your Family Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Every winter we read about another instance of carbon monoxide poisoning in the news, and all too often, the deaths that occur from it. During these months when the house is closed up for winter, it is imperative to secure your home and family against carbon monoxide leaks, also known as “the silent killer.” What ... Read More
 
Laminate Wood Flooring: Plusses & Minuses

Laminate Wood Flooring: Plusses & Minuses

While most older homes have wood flooring, you see many homeowners opting for laminate wood flooring (LWF) in newer homes or for remodels. It offers almost the same look and feel as solid wood flooring, yet costs less and is relatively easy to maintain. Easy to install by the homeowners themselves, laminate wood flooring comes ... Read More