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The Importance of Insulation

After living in our first home for a few years, my wife and I could tell that something was wrong. It was exceptionally difficult to regulate our indoor climate, and we constantly found ourselves adjusting the thermostat. Our house was perpetually uncomfortable, and it was really frustrating. Fortunately, because we decided to hire a professional HVAC contractor to inspect our system, we were able to detect serious insulation problems early. We decided that it might be helpful to make a website dedicated to providing free information about heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, so that other people could recognize serious issues.


Three Tips To Prevent Your Home Addition From Standing Out Like A Sore Thumb

You are ready to add to the space of your home, but not sure where to start. Adding on to your home with an addition can be a great investment in your home. It can also be a nightmare if you do not have the help of a professional remodeling contractor when you are designing your home addition. There are some tricks of the trade that can help your addition to not look like an addition at all. Here are three tips to help prevent your remodeling project from sticking out like a sore thumb:

1. Planning The Design Following The Original Style

You may have a home with a classic design such as craftsman-style or Victorian. If you are adding on to one of these types of homes, you will want to do an addition with some of the same design features. This means that you may want to use the same size windows if possible, and add features that highlight these styles of homes, which can be done with the roof design, adding things like porches and other features.

2. Tying The Addition In With Existing Structure

There are many issues when tying an addition to an existing structure. Sometimes, there may be sleeper rafters that rest on the roof, which will need to have structural support at load bearing walls.  It may be better to remove old rafters if this is done with a hip roof, and it is best to tie into an existing roof wherever possible.

This is the same with walls, which you may want to replace materials like siding or brick where an addition ties in to make it blend in better. The objective is to make the addition appear as though it was built when the house was built, and doing these things will help to accomplish this.

3. Using The Same Materials When You Finish

Another important aspect of any addition is the materials that are used. If your home has casement windows, you will want to use the same windows in the addition. You will also want to use the same size trim and finish materials in the addition. If you cannot match some of the materials in the addition, you may want to consider replacing some of these things in the existing structure of your home to ensure that the addition matches the rest of you home.

These are some things to consider when planning an addition for your home. If you need help with planning and completion of your home addition, contact a professional remodeling contractor to get the help you need. To learn more, contact a company like McHenry County Custom Builders, Inc. with any questions you have.