Archive For: Construction Consultation

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
 
Negotiating a Guaranteed Maximum Contract

Negotiating a Guaranteed Maximum Contract

One of the most terrifying steps in any construction job is the negotiation of the contract. You, as the homeowner, want to make sure you’re paying a fair price and not being taken advantage of, and the contractor wants to know that their value is appreciated and that they are being fairly compensated for their ... Read More
 
Attic Ventilation Protects Homes

Attic Ventilation Protects Homes

While homes can be considered to be sealed, proper attic ventilation is important to protecting your home and ensuring your comfort no matter what the season. Maintaining the right amount of air flow for attic ventilation is outlined by the International Building Code (IBC). The 2012 Edition “requires enclosed attics and enclosed rafter spaces formed ... Read More
 
How to Find a Construction Expert Witness

How to Find a Construction Expert Witness

So, you have a construction claim. Your contractor and you are at odds and cannot come to a resolution. And it looks like you might need to go to court. You should consider engaging a construction expert witness. One of the best ways to support your case is to engage an expert witness. But how ... Read More
 
A Dozen Red Flags for Construction Projects

A Dozen Red Flags for Construction Projects

When you have hired a contractor to remodel, rebuilt or repair your home, there are dead giveaways that trouble is soon to come. In the industry we call those “red flags.” Knowing what to look for, and how to circumvent problems before they happen, puts you in the driver’s seat when controlling your project. 12 ... Read More